Minnesota fishing report
Annandale area: Anglers are using fathead minnows or leeches for walleyes on Clearwater and Cedar Lake at 10-20 feet. Northerns are being caught on most lakes at 5-15 feet along weed lines using sucker minnows or spoon. For bass, anglers are using topwater baits or plastics on the weed lines of most area lakes. Lake Sylvia, Clearwater Lake, Lake John, Cedar Lake, Pleasant Lake and Sugar Lake are producing good panfish action.
Battle Lake area: Lake such as Otter Tail, West Battle, Ten Mile and Silver are giving anglers good walleye action using a jig and minnow or leeches at 13-16 feet. Bass are hitting on minnows with jigs or spinners at Ten Mile, Pickerel and Clitherall. Northerns are at 10-15 feet using minnows or spoons near weed lines. Crappies are suspended in weeds using crappie minnows and small jigs on West Battle, Clitherall or Stalker Lake.
Big Stone Lake: Anglers are heading out toward the south end of the lake to catch walleyes using spinner baits with night crawlers or leeches near weed lines. Bluegills, crappies, largemouth bass, northerns and a few perch also are being caught.
Ely area: Although walleye action has been sporadic due to the mayfly hatch, the evening bite near shorelines, trolling with spinner baits with night crawlers or leeches is still productive on lakes such as Shagawa, Burntside or Fall Lake. Northerns are taking spoons or spinners baits along weed lines or drop-offs at 5-15 feet. Crappie action is best during the mornings using a minnow or small soft bait.
Grand Rapids area: Anglers have found a good walleye bite on Trout Lake, Pokegama Lake, Big Splithand, Round and Big Jess using night crawlers, leeches and spinners near weed lines. Northern action is productive on Spider Lake, Pokegema, Bass and Round Lakes. Anglers are targeting shallow parts of area lakes for bass using spinner and crankbaits.
Lake Mille Lacs: Consistent walleye action has been on mudflats using leeches on a live bait rigs. Anglers are also catching walleyes at 14-17 feet over the rocks with slip bobbers. Good smallmouth bass action is found on the rock reefs in the 6-10 foot range using plastic baits or leeches. Northern action has picked up as well.