North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – August 23rd, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
The daytime walleye bite has been hit and miss, but the night bite has been more consistent off the mud flats in 30 feet or more with slip bobbers and leeches. There are a few walleyes being caught on leadcore and crankbaits in the deep-basin areas during the day. Smallmouth bass are hitting in 14 to 20 feet throughout the day and northern pike are hitting crankbaits or sucker minnows in most bays over seven to 14 feet.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Hammered gold spinners tipped with crawlers are producing walleyes on the humps and structure in 30 to 35 feet. Jigs tipped with frozen shiners are turning walleyes in 29 to 33 feet just off the Canadian border between the snowmobile trail north of Pine. At the Northwest Angle, crappies and perch are hitting off the breaks of most reefs and walleyes are hanging to the deep edges around Oak, Lunatic, Four Blocks, and Little Oak islands.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing some walleyes at the Snakepit and trenches off Pine Point in 21 to 25 feet of water or on the humps in Walker Bay over 35 feet or more. Plastics have produced numbers of bass in Steamboat Bay and Boy Bay. Muskies are hitting bucktails tossed into the cabbage of Portage Bay as well as in the narrows.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes continue to be found deep and they are showing a preference for crawlers or minnows. Work Community Reef in 22 to 32 feet, the Brule area in 30 feet or more, and around the east-end islands in 20 to 30 feet of water. Northern pike are biting around the weedlines in most bays, but big fish have been tough to find.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Perch are hitting minnows and jigs in 10 to 12 feet off Richard’s Townsite or the rocks off Raven’s Point, the Fence, and Moses Rock. Crankbaits are producing pike on the six- to eight-foot weedbeds throughout the lake. With the right wind, there’s an evening walleye bite in eight to 10 feet off Little Stoney Point, but most fish are coming from the weedbeds and tops of bars in 12 to 14 feet with spinners and crawlers.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
On Lake Bemidji, walleyes are hitting leeches or crawlers in six to nine feet during low-light periods and in 18 to 24 feet during the day. Big Turtle Lake started kicking out walleyes in 12 to 18 feet on minnows, while the edges of the bars on Cass Lake are producing walleyes in 18 to 25 feet and northern pike in shallower water. Muskie action has picked up with bucktails on the weedlines of Lake Plantagenet and Bemidji. Hit North Twin Lake for bluegills and crappies in 14 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Sunfish continue to be found around docks and in the shallow weeds of Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Cullen Lake. Walleyes are hitting redtails or creek chubs in 17 to 28 feet on North Long Lake, Whitefish Lake, and Gull. Bass action is strong on the deep weedlines of most lakes. Whitefish and Gull are producing pike along the 17- to 20-foot weeds.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
You’ll find sunfish in four to 10 feet on Horseshoe Lake, Becker Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Crappies are suspended over 16 feet on Grand Lake or over 12 to 14 feet at Pearl Lake and Long Lake. Bass are hitting in the slop or thick weeds on most lakes and northern pike are hitting minnows in 10 to 15 feet at Horseshoe and Rice Lake. Crawlers or cut minnows are turning catfish on the Sauk River.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The weedlines of lakes Wabana, Bass, Graves, Big Splithand, and Little Splithand are giving up bluegills. Walleyes are hitting leeches, crawlers, or redtails in nine to 15 feet on Bowstring Lake, 16 feet on Sand Lake, and on the weedlines of Lake Pokegama. Anglers trolling with leadcore and crankbaits in 20 to 30 feet are catching pike on Pokegama. Crawlers are producing stream trout at Tioga Pit, Kremer Lake, and Taylor Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281