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Current Fishing Reports on Up North Outdoors.

MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 6-18-18
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - Update Weekly
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 6-15-18
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 6-18-18
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 6-15-18

Northeast Minnesota
International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River
Walleye can still be found in roughly 20 feet of water near the rocky shorelines on Rainy Lake, but fish are starting to also show up on the submerged reefs in slightly deeper waters. On relatively calm days, try jigging with a minnow; if the wind is blowing, troll with a spinner rig and minnow. Popular fishing areas have been Black, Cranberry and Lost bays, the west side of Brule Narrows, and on the submerged humps east of the Narrows. The Rainy River is giving up walleye in areas with current such as above and below the Ranier Rapids. The area downstream from the dam at International Falls has also been popular. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org

Kabetogama
Fishing remains good on Lake Kabetogama as water levels rise and temperatures remain consistent. Depths of less than 15 feet are giving up fish of all species, including all sizes of walleye and sauger. A small jig tipped with a minnow or leech worked slowly has been best. While anglers would normally have turned in their jigs by now, jig and minnow combinations still work very well in the traditional spring hot spots. Cool nighttime temperatures and recent rainfall have kept the water temperatures in the 60s. On windy days, walleye anglers are having the most success along the shallow windward shorelines and weed lines, especially at entrances to bays. Nebraska Bay, in particular, has been very productive. On calm, sunny days, hit depths of 20 to 35 feet of water off the shorelines, island points and reefs. The Martins, Cuculus and Nashata have all been good places to start. Areas with a sand or clay bottom are best, especially where there is a transition from sand to clay, and from rock to gravel. Bring along some shiners since they remain the go-to bait.  Leeches are also turning fish. After 2 or 3 days of consistent sun and calm water, anglers will want to focus on low light hours. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are an easy catch when casting rapalas or mepps spinners along the shorelines, with some nice pike also being taken by walleye anglers. 800-524-9085; www.kabetogama.com

Ely Area Lakes & Streams
The walleye bite remains fairly consistent for many anglers fishing area lakes. The walleye remain in relatively shallow waters which may be due to the colder water temperatures drawing the baitfish to warmer waters near shore. Most fish, including bass and northern pike, are being pulled from depths of 4 to 10 feet. This shallow water action has continued much longer than usual. Bait used has little effect on success, with leeches, crawlers and minnows, along with trolled crank baits, all working well. Crappie fishing has heated up. For the most fish, work the weed edges using a minnow or soft plastic either on a jig or under a bobber. Some anglers are catching crappies in as little as 2 feet of water! Stay a good distance away from the schools of fish and use the smallest offerings on the lightest line that you can manage. Many large smallmouth bass in the 20 inch range are being reported, and this action should continue for the next few weeks. For now, use a slower approach with either live bait or soft plastics such as tubes or crawfish imitations. Soon, topwater presentations and crank baits worked along the drop-offs and rock piles will also be productive. Northern pike are still hammering sucker minnows under a bobber, but can also be taken by setting a frozen smelt right on the bottom in 4 to 10 feet of water. 800-777-7281; www.ely.org
Cook County: Lutsen, Tofte, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage Area Waters
The sun is higher, the water is warmer and the fish are biting. Northern pike action has been exceptional. Anglers having the most success are casting red and white spoons into 15 to 25 feet of water. Cascade Lake, between Grand Marais and Lutsen, is giving up lots of large northern pike. Poplar Lake, in the mid Gunflint Trail area, has also been good for lots of larger pike. The walleye bite is heating up, with fish coming from the weed lines and sunny banks near shore on lakes up the Gunflint Trail and throughout the region. In particular, Two Island Lake, a shallow, rocky lake just north of Grand Marais, is producing some nice-sized keepers. Live bait seems to be best, with walleye anglers doing well using both minnows and leeches. The clear water rivers are filled with trout, and the steelhead are active at the mouths of rivers now that the water flow is slowing down. Don your waders and cast toward Lake Superior’s shoreline for good-sized kamloops as well. One lucky angler took a 6 pound kamloop from Kadunce River, located between Grand Marais and Hovland, right off Highway 61. Anglers are sure to enjoy all of the action this weekend!  218-387-2524; www.visitcookcounty.com

Northwest Minnesota
Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River
Walleye and sauger are spread out all over Lake of the Woods. Lots of keepers are being taken at Pine Island and along the south shore over to Long Point. Jigs and minnows continue to produce the most fish, however spinners and crawlers turn more fish each day. Hammered gold and pink colors have been best. Few walleye anglers continue to fish the Rainy River, however, the bass anglers are having a blast at the shorelines, inlets, structure and docks. Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye and sauger fishing has been great for anglers using spinners in depths ranging from 5 to 25 feet. Anglers report good numbers of walleye stacked up on the reefs and humps. Gold with green or pink crawler harnesses are working well. The smallmouth bass are attacking plastics worked in and around the rocks. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Bena - Lake Winnibigoshish
The Lake Winnibigoshish walleye bite remains very strong. Anglers having the most success are either using a jig and minnow combination or spinners with nightcrawlers at the shoreline breaks and points in 8 to 12 feet of water. Some fish can also be found on the main-lake bars in deeper water. Northern pike remain active throughout the lake. Perch action has slowed a bit this week. www.lakewinnie.net

Walker - Leech Lake
Leech Lake continues to give up lots of keeper-size walleye, along with good numbers of larger fish. Anglers taking the most fish are working the breaklines in 12 to 20 feet of water. Check the transition areas, such as the weed edges or other key features for bait fish since the walleye should be nearby. For the most action, pull crawlers or leeches on a lindy rig. On windy days, try jigs with minnows or leeches in 6 to 10 feet of water, especially at the windward side of the main lake rock reefs and points. Annex, Submarine, North Bar and Big Rock Reef are just a few areas to check. There are still some fish coming from the flats around Goose Island the west end of the lake, as well in depths of 10 to 13 feet of water.  Walker, Agency and Kabekona bays have also been producing fish at times. Once the bug hatch begins, anglers will want to pull out their crank baits and spinner baits. 800-833-1118; www.leech-lake.com

Park Rapids
Walleye fishing has been consistent throughout the Park Rapids area. Fish are being caught on the cabbage flats in 6 to 10 feet of water by anglers trolling spinners and leeches. Walleye are also being caught along the deeper weedlines in 12 to 17 feet of water, with jigs tipped with leeches or minnows working best. Huge sunfish remain on their spawning beds but anglers are asked to please release some of the larger fish to maintain the health of the population for future anglers. Crappies have left their spawning areas and can now be found roaming the shallow weedy flats. For the most action, slowly retrieve a pink and white plastic grub tipped with a small crappie minnow through the weeds. Largemouth bass are also dispersing, heading out to the weed beds. Anglers having the most success are casting and retrieving white spinner baits near the shallow green weeds, with northern pike also being taken. 800-247-0054; www.parkrapids.com

Detroit Lakes
Walleye fishing remains good throughout the area, with some of the best action on Sallie, Melissa, Detroit, Pelican and Big Cormorant lakes. Live bait rigs with leeches are working well off the deep weedlines and breaks in 12 to 14 feet of water. Jigs tipped with minnows or leeches are also working well. Bluegills and crappies are responding to small jigs with plastics, minnows or wax worms worked around the cabbage in 8 to 12 feet of water. The bass bite is excellent around the docks and deep weed edges. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region
Otter Tail Area Lakes
Fishing remains great for most species throughout Otter Tail Lakes Country. Most of the sunfish have either completed their spawn or are in the midst of their spawn, and they are hungry. Expect sunfish action to really heat up by this weekend! 800-423-4571; www.ottertailcountry.com

Brainerd Lakes Area
In the Brainerd Lake Area, the walleye bite remains strong during evening and nighttime hours on Gull Lake. Walleye are responding to blue blades with a leech and 1/8 ounce bullet weight trolled at 1.1 mph in 8 to 16 feet of water, especially at the windblown weed edges. Trolling stick baits on the weed edges around dusk and after dark has been good for numbers and large walleye. The key has been to troll at 1.5 mph using a jerk/pause technique. Rattles seem to really increase the bite. Northern pike are extremely active, with lots of large pike coming from Gull Lake. Black spinnerbaits with bronze blades, as well as wade wobblers, were producing very well. A combination of casting and trolling at the weeds has been best. Many of the smaller area lakes are beginning to offer some great walleye and bass fishing. Slip bobbers with leeches worked on the rock humps and at the weed edges are producing well. A crawler harness trolled at 1 mph in 10 to 15 foot depths is also productive in some of the shallower, warmer water lakes. 800-450-7247; www.visitbrainerd.com

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs
The bite on Lake Mille Lacs is in high gear! It was good going into last weekend, but has surged coming out of the weekend. The deep water (mud, rock and gravel) has been solid, especially for anglers using leeches (with crawlers running a reasonably close second). And even though much of the activity has been in the deeper water, there are a large number of walleye lingering at the mid-depth rocks. Anglers even report nice fish coming from 6 to 12 feet of water off the docks during evening hours! If you love catching walleye, this is the time to come to Mille Lacs. Another highlight has been the smallmouth action. Most of the fish have moved to 7 to 12 feet of water or the "free-standing" reefs. For the most action, use smaller tubes, grubs, rigs or hair jigs. Drop shots are also turning fish. Northern pike activity has improved a little, both in size and quantity. Small suckers have been best. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com 

Willmar
The walleye bite has been very good in the Willmar Lakes area, especially for anglers using a jig and a crawler. East Solomon Lake has been the most productive, with good numbers also coming from South Long, Eagle, Willmar, Foot and Big Kandiyohi lakes. Crappies, northern pike, bass and sunfish are also biting on most area lakes. Lake water temperatures have risen to roughly 75 degrees. 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
White Bear Area Lakes
Most crappies remain near the thickest weeds in 8 to 10 feet of water on White Bear Lake.  The largemouth bass continue to be found on the traditional shallow water flats, with the largest fish still on their spawning beds.  Muskie continue to prowl the shallows looking for concentrations of spawning fish. White Bear Lake is clearer due to the zebra mussels. While aggressive pike and bass will still bite on sunny days, anglers may want to fish during morning and evening hours, and overcast days for the best bite. Since the fish are easily spooked, long casts and slow presentations are the most effective techniques. For bass, use soft plastic worms and slow sinking tubes or flutter baits. The muskie bite is also best during low light conditions and after dark. Walleyes remain scattered throughout the lake. Try fishing the weedlines with lighted bobbers and crawlers at dusk or after dark for the most walleye. Water temperatures are well into the mid-70s. Bald Eagle Lake has been great for largemouth bass action. The bluegill and crappie bite is also very good. Northern pike are actively hitting large crankbaits. 651/653-5122; www.explorevhitebear.org

Southern Minnesota
Lanesboro/Preston - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams
According to the National Trout Center in Preston, rain storms did quite a bit of damage to some of the local streams and rivers this past week. The Root River got hit hard following roughly 6 inches of rain. This caused the water level to increase by 2 to 3 feet leading to some washouts in town. The Root River in Preston was at 25 centimeters of visibility at the County Road 17 Bridge at the time of this report, and water was still running high. For the next couple of days, the Root River will not be fishable due to high and muddy water. Mill Creek at the County Road 2 Bridge in Chatfield had roughly 30 centimeters of water visibility at the time of this report. Trout Run at the Bucksnort Dam, however, was at over a meter of water visibility. It is safe to say that this area was missed by the heavy rains, the stream should be very fishable for any method of trout fishing this weekend. The National Trout Center in Preston is requesting help to keep area trout streams in good shape. On Saturday, June 16, volunteers are needed to clear fallen trees from a prime restored stretch of Hay Creek near Red Wing. Bring boots, long pants, gloves, bug spray, water bottle and a fishing rod for afterwards (this is great trout water). If interested, please RSVP to Tony Nelson at 952-486-2282. Check out the Minnesota Stream Flow Report before heading out. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com


Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing DNR License Sales.

The information in this report is provided courtesy of Explore Minnesota Tourism.



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