Detroit Lakes: Guide Brad Laabs reports good fishing despite the recent warm temperatures. Walleyes are being caught on most area lakes in 17 to 26 feet of water. Leeches and nightcrawlers have been getting the best results. Panfish anglers are scoring on weed beds, the edges of flats and mid-lake weed beds near deep-water drop-offs. Bass have been active and are taking jigs tipped with suckers near weed beds in 12 to 15 feet of water. Muskies are active on Big Detroit, Sallie, Pelican and Battle lakes.
Crosby area: Walleyes have been slow, with a few reports of fish being taken from Serpent and Rabbit lakes at 16 to 20 feet. Northerns have been providing some good action on Bay Lake and East Rabbit and have been taking sucker minnows on large jigs fished through deep weeds. Largemouth bass have been active on most area lakes and are hitting 5- to 7-inch plastic worms.
Ely area: Walleye action in the area has slowed somewhat, but with fish moving deeper because of the above-normal temperatures, a few larger fish are being taken. Several walleyes of up to 11 pounds have been caught fishing deep reefs in 16- to 20 feet. Some are hitting Shad Raps and Countdowns fished deep behind a bottom bouncer. Northerns are hitting as usual and are taking large plugs and spoons. Panfishing has been good in shallow areas during evening hours.
Kabetogama-Namakan: Phil and Ellen Hart at the Gateway Store report good fishing on the lakes, with walleye, perch and northerns being active throughout the day. Kabetogama anglers have been taking walleyes using nightcrawlers and leeches at 17 to 24 feet, while Namakan has a minnow bite going on at 26 to 32 feet. Northerns are hitting large spinnerbaits and spoons, with weedlines yielding the best results. Perch are still biting, and the smallmouth bass bite has been consistent along shorelines and at rockpiles.
Leech Lake: Tim at Anderson's Resorts reports that walleye action has slowed on the big lake, but some fish are still being taken by covering lots of water with No. 7 Shad Raps in perch or silver color, or by slip-bobbering on the edge of the mid-lake reefs or at Sand Point. Muskies have been active, with plenty of 50-inch fish being released. Panfish and perch are also biting.
St. Croix River: Guide Turk Gierke reports a good walleye and sauger bite, but it's been hard to limit out or catch many nice fish at one spot. Anglers have been using live bait and trolling Rapalas at 20 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass are biting along the riprap and rock shorelines. Crappies are in the marinas, and water is clear.