When is the best time to go fishing? Here in the north woods, every day is the best day. Our area contains a wide range of lakes with varied depths, shoreline structure, and a wide range of fish species. Seasoned anglers know success requires patience and a willingness to try different techniques. If you have a youngster in the group, they will most likely catch the biggest fish - it always happens. So, maybe no technique is a good strategy too. For those interested in learning about lake structure, water quality, or creel surveys we encourage you to visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Lake Finder page. Area lakes will either be found in St. Louis or Lake County. Minnesota Fishing Regulations
Weekly Fishing Report
07/27 /2021 ***Fishing Report*** Arrowhead Outdoors
Walleye - Walleye anglers are continuing to find active walleyes in 4-6 feet of water while working weed lines. Leeches fished under a bobber have been the best way to catch walleyes. Anglers are also reporting an excellent deep water trolling bite during the evening hours on many of the area lakes. Here anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits over 30+ feet of water behind lead core or planner boards. Anglers trolling have been catching quality walleyes!
Bass - Both smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing has been excellent on area lakes. Both have been aggressively hitting topwater early in the morning. Largemouth are being found in shallow weed beds, wild rice beds, lily pads or downed trees. Weedless, floating frogs have been the go-to baits in these locations. Smallmouth bass have been located on shallow boulder flats, around islands and sunken islands. For smallmouth bass, whopper ploppers, torpedoes, and pop-r’s have been very hard to beat during the early morning topwater bite. As the sun gets up, both bass switch over to spinnerbaits and soft plastics.
Panfish - Sunfish anglers have been reporting an excellent bite on area lakes. Small leeches fished under a bobber, inside weed beds or around downed trees has been very effective. Crappie anglers have been reporting an excellent bite inside cabbage beds during the evening hours. Anglers have been catching crappies with minnows under a bobber or jig and twisters fished close to thick stands of cabbage.