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    6-6-17    The fish are biting good right now. The walleye are liking leechs and minnows so get both because they seem to like one one day and then switch. We are having a great year for fishing this June. The typical late evening bite is still best for walleye.

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    The muskie season opens this Saturday, June 3! Learn more about muskie fishing in Minnesota waters! Current warm temperatures should cause scattered walleye to school, making it a great weekend to be out on the water.  The weather will be warm and humid much of the weekend, with a chance for showers Friday night into Saturday. Temperatures may reach 90-degrees in some areas.

    Minnesota fishing opener dates for the 2017/2018 fishing season for most inland waters are as follows: walleye, sauger, northern pike, bass and lake trout, May 13; muskie, June 3. The fishing season for crappies, sunnies, perch and catfish is continuous. For rules, regulations and other helpful information on fishing in Minnesota, consult the DNR's Fish Minnesota web page.

     

    Northeast Minnesota

    International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

    Rainy Lake anglers are finding walleye in 15- 20 feet of water along the rocky shorelines and near the weed beds. Jigging with a minnow or slowly trolling a spinner and minnow rig has worked well. The islands around Sand Bay and Jackfish Bay have been best on the west end of the lake. Black Bay and Cranberry Bay have been the hottest spots for northern pike. Those that venture east to Kettle Falls are taking nice numbers of fish from the channels. When fishing the rocky and weedy edges for walleye, expect to pull in some smallmouth bass as well. Rainy River anglers are finding the walleye in roughly 12 feet of water from just below the dam at International Falls to west of the golf course. Other popular areas are near the confluence of the Little Fork and Big Fork rivers, and below the Manitou Rapids near Indus. 800-325-5766www.rainylake.org

    Kabetogama

    While Memorial Day weekend was often rainy and wet, the fishing remained good. Water temperatures were roughly 54-55 degrees, and slowly increasing. Walleye action was best in depths of 12-40 feet at nearly all of the popular fishing holes. Fishing the windblown shorelines and funnel areas also worked well. Tom Cod Bay had started to produce fish, and the bite was expected to heat up quickly. Reports from throughout the lake were encouraging, with fish ranging in size from 6- to 28-inches. A jig or split shot rig and plain hook tipped with a rainbow or shiner were the most productive presentations, especially for anglers moving slowly or anchored. Good fishing was also reported in the current areas near Kettle Falls. Northern pike and smallmouth bass were so common they were almost a nuisance. Perch numbers were growing, with anglers taking lots of jumbo perch measuring over 12-inches.  Even a musky was reported which is unusual this early in the year. 800-524-9085www.kabetogama.com

    Ely

    While the larger walleye remained elusive for much of Memorial Day weekend, anglers managed to take home nice stringers of eating-size walleye measuring up to 20-inches. Most anglers had success trolling spinners with leeches or crawlers, or just jigging minnows in shallow waters. Large northern pike were aggressive with good numbers measuring roughly 40 inches long. Live suckers fished under a bobber worked well for some folks, while others did well using frozen smelt or alewives fished right on the bottom. A few lake trout were reported by anglers trolling deep-diving crankbaits through 20-40 feet of water near the deeper drop-offs. The crappie spawn was stalled due to fluctuating water temperatures, but a few nice slabs were reported. 800-777-7281www.ely.org

    Duluth - Lake Superior and inland waters

    Fishing has been good, and it’s just starting to heat up! A number of tactics are working well on the St. Louis River, and the fish are hungry. Walleye and northern pike are being taken by anglers trolling and jigging. The larger fish have relocated closer to Lake Superior. Trolling crankbaits and worm harness rigs have been ideal. Jig fishing with soft plastics is also turning many fish. The best locations have been the edges of the deeper river channels. Please remember to use caution around floating debris when navigating watercraft.  Lake Superior anglers are catching coho salmon on trolled stick baits with a few colors of lead core. A few lake trout and salmon are being taken by anglers using downriggers with spoon displays. Fish are being caught several miles out on the mud line transition areas. Paying attention to water temperature differences has been important. Once fish are located, stay put. Tributary fishing has been good with reports of quite a few brook trout pulled from Lake Superior streams and rivers. Weed growth has been substantial in the inland lakes, and these are great places to fish. The crappies are about to complete their spawn, and the bluegills and bass are in the beginning stages. Anglers are encouraged to practice ethical fishing during spawning phases, and if you catch a large female, release her immediately. Northern pike are active near the weedlines, and the walleye are starting to show up on the mid-lake structure. Live bait rigging remains successful. Heavier jigs are best for deeper waters. Again, please practice selective harvest. Did you know that a 20-inch walleye can be upwards of 10 years old, making it a prime spawning fish? 800-438-5884www.visitduluth.com

    Grand Rapids

    Grand Rapids area lakes are kicking out walleye, panfish, perch and bass. Walleye anglers are having the most success at the first breakline in 4-14 feet of water. The shiners are moving back into the shallows on certain bodies of water, and the walleye are following right behind. Because of this, jig and minnow combinations are best. Some anglers are starting to have success pulling lindy rigs with a leech and bare hook. The walleye are scattered since they are chasing baitfish. The best bet to catch these scattered fish is to troll at .8-mph or drift when windy in order to cover more water than usual. Current warm temperatures should cause the walleye to school in good numbers, making it a great weekend to be out on the water. Panfish are active in the shallows, especially in the shallow bays with good emergent vegetation. For the most fish, hit 1-5 feet of water using a small leech or crappie minnow under a bobber. Artificial baits has been very good as well, because you can cover a ton of water without wasting time re-baiting your hook. Remember to release the larger panfish to keep the population healthy for generations to come! Largemouth bass fishing has been good in the shallows with vegetation. Anglers having the most success are tossing out spinnerbaits and senko worms. Smallmouth bass action has also been good, with fish staging to spawn. Jerkbaits and hair jigs have been by far the best presentations, especially on Wabana, Pokegama, Rice, Trout, and Loon lakes, and of course, the Mississippi River. And finally, the muskie opener is this Saturday! Anglers will want their presentation to be slow due to cool water temperatures. Small bucktails and slow-moving glide baits are probably best. Itasca County has some of the best muskie fishing in the state! The Mississippi River is a good place to start, along with the Big Fork River, and lakes Winnibigoshish, Deer, Moose, Little Moose, North Star, Fawn, and Spider.  www.visitgrandrapids.com

    Northwest Minnesota

    Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

    Memorial Day weekend proved to be a great fishing weekend on Lake of the Woods. Anglers consistently reported nice numbers of walleye and sauger, including lots of small, keeper-size and trophy-size walleye and sauger. The best approach was a pink or gold jig tipped with a minnow in depths of 18-24 feet of water. Anglers pulling spinners through 23-32 feet of water at the reefs also took some nice fish. Anglers reported lots of jumbo perch and northern pike mixed in. The walleye bite on the Rainy River was also good, especially during morning hours. While many walleye have headed back to the lake, some will remain in the river all year. Again, a jig and minnow has been best tactic for boating walleye. Up at the Northwest Angle, anglers continue to take good numbers of walleye and sauger, sometimes limits in just a few hours. Fish are the most prevalent at the islands such as Oak, Little Oak, Hay, Garden, as well as other small islands near Crow Duck. A jig and minnow is the best presentation, with spinner action heating up nicely. The best colors at the Northwest Angle include chartreuse, pink, gold, and glow. Key depths range from 18-24 feet of water. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

    Bemidji

    The Memorial Day weekend started off with nice weather but conditions quickly declined. The good news is that the walleye bite remained excellent! Jigs and minnows worked well off some of the shoreline breaks and weedlines in 10-14 feet of water. When the wind picked up, some of the walleye came out of even shallower waters. The fish are definitely starting to set up in their summer patterns.  Northern pike were hitting just about everything along the weedlines and providing plenty of action. Most of the crappies came out of the deeper cabbage. The largemouth bass bite was picking up. Some were still in the shallows, and others were out on the weedlines. A jig or swing jig tipped with a small plastic worm turned lots of fish.  The sunfish and bluegills were up in the shallows, hitting small jigs tipped with waxworms. 800-458-2223www.visitbemidji.com

    Walker - Leech Lake

    The fishing on Leech Lake remained hot over the weekend, despite inclement weather. Lots of fish were pulled from Sucker and Portage Bays. The best presentation for a mixed bag of walleye, large perch, and medium-size northern pike was jig tipped with a shiner worked in 7-10 feet of water on the windy sides of the bays. The rock pile bite is starting to heat up. The crappie and sunfish bite is in full swing, especially in the bulrushes in the northern bays. 800-833-1118www.leech-lake.com

    Hackensack Area Lakes

    Fishing has been very good despite the erratic weather and cool temperatures. Walleye action has been great on Woman and Little Boy lakes, with nice reports also coming from some of the smaller lakes such as Birch, Webb, and Pine Mountain. Jig and minnow combinations continue to produce lots of fish, but pulling rigs with medium/large leeches or crawlers has also been working well. Most walleye have been coming out of depths of 14-20 feet on calm days, but shallow waters have been good when there is a walleye chop. Anglers have also had success when trolling small shad raps l down the sharp 5-12 foot breaklines on the smaller lakes. After dark, use a lighted bobber on the mid-lake humps for a few fish. Most of the crappies have moved out of the shallows, with fish coming in on slip bobbers and minnows worked in 8-14 feet of water near the growing weeds during the day. During evening hours, the crappies are moving up in the water column. For the most fish, toss out a small plastic or feather jig tipped with a crappie minnow. Smallmouth bass fishing has been very good. Many are in the midst of their spawn in the shallows -- please release these fish quickly. The largemouth bass are scattered at the low weed growth. Search out weed beds and structure before others beat you to it to find pockets of stacked fish. If weed growth is still minimal where you are fishing, throw spinnerbaits over the growing weed flats to catch the cruising fish. 800-279-6932www.hackensackchamber.com

    Central Region

    Otter Tail Lakes Area

    Last week was challenging for Otter Tail Lakes Country anglers. While some anglers on the smaller area lakes enjoyed steady fishing for many species, the fish were uncooperative in the larger “walleye” fisheries due to cool water temperatures. Bass and sunfish were beginning to gather in the shallows, and the shiner minnow spawn was well past the halfway point. Some very nice walleye were reported, along with a lot of fish too large to keep. The northern pike were feeding well on the shiners near the shorelines and river mouths. Many walleye and northern pike are also coming from the mid-lake zones. Leeches, crawlers and minnows were all working well. The current warm temperatures and more stable weather conditions should lead to more consistent action and better bite for all species this week and weekend. 800-423-4571www.ottertailcountry.com

    Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

    Lake Mille Lacs gave up amazing numbers of walleye last week, despite inclement weather. Anglers have been surprised about the bite and lack of traffic at the “hot spots” on the lake. The north end and most rock reefs around the perimeter of the lake continued to offer a great daytime bite. Even the mud flats were already producing well. Shiners and leeches were best, with crawlers turning some fish as well. Smallmouth action was decent, but a little behind where it was last year at this time. The cool water kept many of these fish in 8-12 feet of water. The bass were expected to soon move into the shallows. Small tubes or jerkbaits were key to nice bass. The northern pike was sporadic, but some anglers had success using small suckers in Cove and Wahkon bays. The surface temperature were in the mid-50s. 888-350-2692www.millelacs.com

    Willmar Area Lakes

    Many anglers were out over Memorial Day weekend, catching lots of 14- to 17-inch walleye. The most popular lake was Diamond Lake with reports of 20-plus inch walleye being taken. Other productive lakes were Big Kandiyohi, Wagonga, and Elizabeth. Eagle and Green lakes were great for bass anglers. Panfish anglers did well on Willmar, Foot, Ringo, Norway, Florida and Andrew lakes. Reports indicated that the fish were very active and hungry. 800-845-8747www.willmarlakesarea.com

    Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

    White Bear Area Lakes

    The White Bear Lake water level is the highest it has been in 11 years, and Ramsey Beach is reopening! The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place June 16th before the Manitou Days Parade.  The lake is looking beautiful and the fish are biting. Nice walleye are coming from the weed edges in roughly 15 feet of water. Anglers having the most success are using leeches and worms. Bald Eagle Lake anglers are having fun catching some really nice northern pike at the weed edges when using rapalas. Good-size bass are also being taken, with anglers having the most success using plastics in the shallows during early morning hours. This weekend is the Minnesota Muskie Opener -- start in the shallows using topwater lures, then gradually move deeper as the day progresses. 651/653-5122www.explorewhitebear.org

    Lake Waconia

    As of late last week, the warmer temperatures had reignited the sunfish, crappie and bass bite on Lake Waconia.  Anglers were expected to have good success in the shallows, such as the reeds on the northwest side of the lake, the Carp Trap (Peterson’s Creek), and near the Rock Dock. Walleye anglers were encouraged to use leeches or fatheads in 12-18 feet of water, especially at the reefs such as Keg’s, Center, Cemetery, and North. Northern pike action was heating up nicely, with anglers taking fish while trolling spoons or diving crankbaits. Bobber fishing with a sucker minnow was also worth a try for anglers wanting fun pike and bass action. 952/442-5812www.destinationwaconia.org

    Southern Minnesota

    Winona - Mississippi River/Lake Pepin

    The water level on the Mississippi River is dropping, and anglers are once again fishing the river. Walleye action has been good, and crappies are coming from the snags. Anglers trolling on Lake Winona are having success with the walleye. They are also taking some crappies and perch. Expect bass action to heat up in a couple of weeks. To monitor current water flows, check the DNR’s Real Time Stream Flow Map. 507-452-0735www.visitwinona.com

    Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

    As of Thursday, June 1, conditions on area streams and rivers still varied widely, with some off in color and high, and others clear with a normal water flow. Check out the most recent Minnesota Stream Flow Report.  There were some reports of light Hendricksons during mid-afternoon hours, and dry fly and streamer success were also reported. Anglers will want to come with a "Plan B" since your first choice for a fishing hole may be unfishable due to water conditions. Pick up trout stream maps at the National Trout Center in Preston, or print your own Southern Minnesota trout maps. 800-944-2670www.lanesboro.com

    Ortonville - Big Stone Lake

    Anglers had a tough time getting out on Big Stone Lake last weekend due to high wind and rain. Those that fished off the docks did well during evening hours, catching walleye and a variety of other fish. One family had better luck fishing off the dock than in their boat. Overall, quite a few walleye were taken, along lots of crappies, bluegills, largemouth bass, and northern pike. Most of the daytime fishing took place on the south end of Big Stone Lake, from Manhattan to Ortonville. There was no specific bait that worked best. Anglers used a number of techniques, including spinners, crankbaits, jigs, and crappie rigs. 800-568-5722www.bigstonelake.com

     

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