Alexandria area: On the area’s medium-sized lakes like Reno and Mary, anglers are using jigs with minnows or leeches at 12-14 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on Milton near weedlines. Northerns and panfish are active on the smaller lakes. Crappies and blue gills are active on the Chain of Lakes (Geneva, Darling, Carlos, Le Homme Dieu, etc.) at shallow depths using tube jigs or Flu Flu jigs.
Brainerd Lakes area: The walleye bite during the evenings has been active on Gull Lake and anglers are catching walleyes on North Long Lake at 16-18 feet using jigs and shiner minnows. Crappies are active near weedlines at 8-11 feet using small jigs and minnows. Northerns are taking sucker minnows at 8-12 feet on North Long and Gull also. Sunfish are at 4-6 feet on most area lakes.
Detroit Lakes area: Anglers continue to enjoy good walleye action along weedlines at 10-15 feet using jigs with shiner minnows on Big Detroit Lake. Bass and panfish are at shallow depths, near weedlines using small jigs tipped with plastics. Northerns are active on Lake Sallie along weedlines, using sucker minnows.
Grand Rapids area: The best lakes for walleye action are Bowstring, Big Splithand, and Big Winnie using leeches and night crawlers at about 10-12 feet. Look for good crappie action near spawning areas near weedlines on Spider, Bowstring, Third River and Big Balsam lakes.
Lake Waconia: Keg’s Reef, Center Reef, Cemetery Reef or North Reef are the best spots for good walleye action at about 12-18 feet using leeches or fathead minnows. The best crappie and sunfish action is in the shallows such as the reeds on the northwest side of the lake. Northerns are taking spoons, crankbaits or sucker minnows along weedlines.
Leech Lake: Anglers are enjoying productive walleye action in Sucker Bay, Dead Head Bay and Big Hardwood Point using a jig and a minnow at about 10 feet. The rock structures on the south end of the lakes are also producing walleyes at 15-20 feet. Crappies and sunfish are hitting on nightcrawlers and small minnows along pencil reed beds and sand flats. Northerns and perch are active as well.