Minnesota Weekly Fishing Update July 15, 2021 | The powerful 790 KFGO
The action of walleye, bass and panfish remains strong in lakes and rivers in Minnesota. The morning and evening hours are the most productive.
The skies are expected to be mostly sunny from Friday to Sunday, with highs in the lower to upper 80s. Have a good week-end!
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FISHING CONDITIONS IN NORTHWEST MINNESOTA
BAUDETTE – LAKE DES BOIS & RIVIÈRE DES PLUIES
The south shore of Lake of the Woods continues to drop a good number of walleye. While fish can be found in a variety of areas, most anglers are successful in targeting deep mud in 30-34 feet of water. Crawler or leech spinners and trolling crank baits make up the majority of fish.
On Rainy River, walleye fishermen focus on holes, power cuts, rock piles and weed edges. For most fish, pull spinners or trolling baits.
At the northwest corner, the fishermen take a lot of walleye on the mud and on the structure. Some walleye also come from shallow rocks in search of crayfish. The most consistent technique is to anchor and jig with a minnow or leech on the structure. When fishing in deep mud, drift spinners and caterpillars. Trolling crank baits were also effective. The border with Canada remains closed, but fishermen can reach the Angle via LOW passenger service, charter boat shuttle services from the south, and seaplane service from Baudette and other locations.
Contact Baudette – Lac des Bois Chamber of Commerce for more information.
FARGO / MOORHEAD – RIVIÈRE ROUGE
Water levels in the Red River have been at their lowest for a very long time, so catfish seek out any area with current. These areas are usually found above dams. If you find current, you should be rewarded with fish. Some anglers have success with large catfish when they cast bait while waiting for a catfish to pass by. There seems to be a change in preference this week, with catfish responding better to frozen bait than fresh bait. The key is to make sure the bait is not old and has no freezer burn. Also, keep in mind that the smell of frozen bait takes longer to disperse in hot water. Catfish anglers will want to attend the fishing tournament at Grand Fork East, July 30 and 31.
Contact the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Tourism Office for more information.
Fishermen report that fishing remains strong in the Bemidji Lakes region. Walleye anglers are most successful at the edge of sharp breaks, with jigs and minnows, spinners and caterpillars, and live bait platforms all working well. Some of the best lakes for walleye fishing are Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Andrusia. Pike fishing is excellent for those who use jigs and minnows or live bait rigs. Bass hit the plastics from the edges of weeds. Crappie and crappie are pulled out of weed lines.
FISHING CONDITIONS IN CENTRAL MINNESOTA
LAKES OF ALEXANDRIA REGION
Walleye fishing remains strong in some of the region’s large lakes. Anglers find fish outside weed lines in 22 to 26 feet of water. Morning and evening are the most productive, although some fish bite in the middle of the day when the wind is present. Spinners with caterpillars and live bait platforms with minnows or caterpillars produce well. Bass anglers report a good bite in deep weed lines, with crank baits, spinning baits, bladed jigs, and a variety of soft plastics all producing fish. Sunfish remain active on weed lines where they are susceptible to small plastic baits.
Contact Explore Alexandria Tourism for more information.
ISLE / ONAMIA – LAKE THOUSAND LAKES
Many large smallmouth bass are taken from Mille Lacs Lake. Please note that the walleye fishing season with the Mille Lacs release resumes on Friday July 16 and continues until Wednesday September 15, when the harvest season reopens.
Contact the Thousand Lakes Regional Tourism Council for more information.
Fishermen have pulled a fair amount of sunnies and poop from Norway’s lakes and the Games when using waxworms and strong baits, especially early in the morning and evening. South Long Lake abandons northern pike in the evening along weed lines. For the most action, use crank baits, soft plastics, and night crawlers. Bass and northern pike have been very active on the Crow River. Walleye have moved to deeper waters where anglers catch fish by jigging, rigging live bait, or pulling bottom bouncers and spinners.
North East region
Although surface water temperatures are very warm, fishing has been consistent for a number of species. For most walleyes, use leeches, especially during low light hours. In some areas, crappie fishermen actually catch more walleye than crappie!
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Walleye anglers are successful on the edges of steep breaks, with a few fish also found in weeds. On Lake of the Woods, walleye come from deep mud. Large catfish are removed from the current areas of the Red River.
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