state fishing report

Big Stone Lake: Anglers are enjoying good perch action along the Grape Vine Reef, BayView, Windmill Reef and Manhattan Reef, using nightcrawlers at about 10-12 feet. Grape Vine Reef has produced some walleye action. Bluegills action has also been productive.

Ely Area: With the warmer weather, anglers are catching walleyes at deeper depths during the daytime and shoreline structures during the evening on lakes such as Basswood and Snowbank. Smallmouth bass and northerns are active at about 8 feet and Lake Trout are taking spoons.

Faribault area: Walleyes are taking leeches and spinners during the evenings on French and Cannon Lakes at 12-20 feet. Cedar and Mazaska Lakes are producing good panfish action. Northerns are active on Roberts Lake, using Rapalas along weedlines. Bass are active on all area lakes.

Grand Rapids area: Lakes such as Pokegama, Trout, Deer and Bowstring are producing good walleye action along weedlines using nightcrawlers, leeches and redtail cubs. Bass are hitting on jigworms and tube worms on Pokegama, Trout and Loon lakes. Turtle Lake has been excellent on deep weedline and rock pile edges. Good northern can be found on Pokegama and Trout lakes along weedlines.

Lake Minnetonka: The best walleye action has been during the late evenings using Lindy Rigs with leeches at 24-36 on the east side of the lake and 18-24 on west side. Bass are taking plastic baits and Senko at 12-24 feet near weedlines. Northerns have been productive at 12-18 using sucker minnows while muskies are hitting on small bucktails.

Lake of the Woods: Windier weather means the best walleye action has been using spinners with nightcrawlers or trolling with crankbaits along the Long Point area, north of Garden Island or the Little Oak area at 28-33 feet. Good walleye action can also be found on Zippel Bay at depths ranging from 18-30 feet.