State fishing report
Detroit Lakes Area: Over the past 10 days recorded highs in the area have swung between 90 degrees and 63 degrees. The drastic swing has slowed walleye and bass fishing on many lakes, but that should rebound as temps stabilize. Walleye are being found between 20 and 30 feet on crawlers, but minnows may have more success going forward. The sunfish and crappie bite hasn’t been affected with fish being found in the open pockets of weeds, and on inside and outside weed edges.
Lake Mille Lacs: Smallmouth bass continue to be found around 7-12 feet of water over large rocks. Leeches have worked best for live bait, and some area shops do have them in stock.
Lake Superior: Anglers reported success finding walleye during the morning and evening hours using a 1.8 to 2.9 mile-per-hour troll using crank bait at depths of 15-35 feet. Fish have been stacking on the shorelines near the river inlets, while on the inland lakes they are hanging off the deep drop-offs.
Lake Waconia: Largemouth bass are being found along the reefs using crawlers, fatheads or sucker minnows or using spinner baits or jigs with plastic worms for artificial baits. Walleye are holding deeper off the weeds.
Winona Area: Recent unseasonably cooler temperatures have most anglers catching crappies at deeper depths around 9-20 feet on minnows. There has also been some success using tubes and tails and other artificial baits, while walleyes are being found on night crawlers or fathead minnows.