Summer might be halfway over but there is still plenty of time to fish! With all this beautiful weather it makes sense that people (or at least Scott) are trying to spend as much time on the lake, and less time at work, as possible. That being said, we wanted to help all of you fishing fanatics out by sharing some of our favorite “hot spots” around Central MN!

Lake Koronis

Lake Koronis is located in Paynesville. It has been ranked as an “excellent fishing lake” by the Dept. of Natural Resources and is very well known for its walleye production. The walleye that have been caught are around 3 to 4 pounds. Fishing at 18 to 20 feet is the perfect spot to catch them. Use leeches as your bait, and fish on the north side of the lake. Largemouth and small mouth bass are all over Lake Koronis. The lake temperature is around 66 degrees, which is a prime water temperature for bass to be out. They are feeding aggressively throughout the day, so leave work early and try out this lake! 

Horseshoe Lake

Horseshoe Lake is located in Munson, about 40 minutes west of St. Cloud. This lake is 550 acres in size and 57 feet deep and its deepest point. Anglers will catch a variety of different fish on this lake, such as bullheads, crappies, walleye, perch and bass. Sunfish reports have also been observed at 3 to 6 feet on Horseshoe Lake. If you are looking to catch a variety of fish, Horseshoe Lake is the place to go!

Blanchard Dam

Blanchard Dam located on the Mississippi River in Little Falls has produced a numerous amount of catfish this year. Nightcrawlers are a good bait to use if you want to catch them. Muskies have also been a great catch at the Dam. 

If none of the above lakes quite do it for you, here are a few others that are sure to leave you satisfied! 

  • Sauk River: Crappie action has been strong in the weedlines, as well as walleyes in 12 to 21 feet.
  • Long, Clear, and Rice Lake: Sunfish have improved in waters of 3 to 6 feet. 
  • Osakis Lake: Northern pike have been caught on shiner minnows in the weedlines.


While you plan out your next fishing trip we will leave you with one final word of advice. Always remember the most important rule before you go: don’t forget the beer! 

Good luck and happy fishing folks.