State fishing report
Brainerd area: Anglers are catching walleyes on most area lakes near weed flats at 8-12 feet using minnows, leeches or crawlers. On Gull and North Long, walleyes are a bit deeper, 12-18 feet on Gull and 15-18 feet on North Long. Jigs or plastic worms are working best for bass now, and spinner baits or sucker minnows are the bait of choice for northerns.
Chisago Lakes area: Walleyes are being caught at 10-14 feet using a jig and minnow or leeches near weed edges of most area lakes. Anglers can use sucker minnows or crank baits for northerns and crappie minnows or wax worms for panfish.
Detroit Lakes area: Walleyes are biting in the shallows near the outside edges of cabbage weeds or near shoreline breaks using a jig and a minnow or slip bobber with leeches or night crawlers. Another good spot for walleye action is near hump flats on main lake flats. Big Detroit and Pelican Lake are yielding some good muskie action. Panfish are active near weed lines.
Lake of the Woods: Anglers are jigging or drifting or using spinners at 8-10 feet for walleyes and saugers near the reefs of Stony and Knight Island. Anglers are also working the West Bar, jigging at 22-27 feet and drifting at 8-12 feet. Northerns are being caught at shallower depths. Other good spots for walleye action are near Pine Island toward Zippel Bay at 23-27 feet and Long Point and Twin Island at 17-18 feet drifting or 31-32 feet jigging.
Leech Lake: Walleyes have moved onto the rock reefs and main lake structures such as such as Pelican Island and reefs such as Annex, Submarine and the North Bar using spinners and crawlers at 12-15 feet. Northerns are hitting on Rapalas or sucker minnow trolling near weed lines. For bass, anglers are using plastic baits near rock structures.
Willmar area: Walleye action has been heating up on Green Lake at 27-35 feet on the south end of the lake and near the castle flats. Walleyes have also been active on Big Kandiyohi Lake, Solomon Lake, Long Lake, Eagle Lake, Nest Lake, Lake Andrew and Lake Florida, using leeches or night crawlers with bottom-bouncers while trolling. Bass, northern pike, sunfish and crappies have also been active on all area lakes near weed lines.