Duluth area: Fishing on Lake Superior and area inland waters has been good. According to www.visitduluth.com, fish on the St. Louis River are biting. Walleye and northern pike are being taken by anglers trolling and jigging. The larger fish have relocated closer to Lake Superior. Anglers on Lake Superior are catching coho salmon on trolled stick baits.
Ely area: While the larger walleye have been mostly elusive so far, anglers have caught some measuring up to 20 inches. Large northern pike were aggressive with some measuring roughly 40 inches long. The crappie spawn stalled because of fluctuating water temperatures, but some nice slabs have been reported. A few lake trout have been caught in 20 to 40 feet of water near the deeper drop-offs.
International Falls area: Rainy Lake anglers are finding walleye in 15 to 20 feet of water along the rocky shorelines and near the weed beds. The islands around Sand Bay and Jackfish Bay have been best on the west end of the lake. Black Bay and Cranberry Bay have been the hottest spots for northern pike.
Lake Mille Lacs: As of late last week, the surface temperature was in the mid-50s. Anglers have been catching a lot of walleye. The north end and most rock reefs around the perimeter of the lake continued to offer a great daytime bite. Smallmouth action also has been solid but remains slightly behind where it was last year at this time.
Lake Pepin area: Walleye action has been good, and crappies are coming from the snags as the water level on the Mississippi River has dropped. Anglers trolling on Lake Winona are having walleye success and catching crappies and perch. Bass action is expected to increase soon.
White Bear Lake: The lake’s water level is the highest its been in 11 years and the fishing has been good. Northerns are being caught in depths of 8 to 12 feet, and walleyes are being caught at night in the deep holes. Bass are biting in the shallows around the docks and lily pads, while panfish are being caught everywhere.