North Central Minnesota Fishing Report - August 24th, 2012
LAKE MILLE LACS
Walleyes are being taken via two methods during the day – running leadcore and crankbaits over deep water on the main-lake basin or spinners and crawlers on the edges of the mud flats. At night slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes off the flats in 28 to 32 feet or on the rock reefs in 10 to 15 feet. Muskie reports have been inconsistent, although the weeds on the north end seem to be giving up some fish and smallmouth bass continue to be caught on the rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Crankbaits or crawlers continue to produce walleyes in 30 to 32 feet from the Lighthouse Gap to Morris Point Gap and up to Garden Island. On the main-lake reefs, pink or gold jigs and spinners are turning walleyes as well. At the Northwest Angle, some anglers are reporting 50 to 100 walleyes a day off the reefs in 30 to 35 feet. Throw bucktails on the rocky shorelines in this area for muskies.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Jigs tipped with minnows or spinners and crawlers are starting to produce walleyes on the points and cabbage weed areas in nine to 12 feet of water. There has been some decent walleye catches reported during the day on the main-lake reefs in 20 to 25 feet and at night with crankbaits around the points in Walker Bay. Muskies are being raised on the rocks around Submarine Island and on the cabbage in Portage Bay.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Walleyes are hitting minnows and crawlers on the main-lake reefs in 32 to 37 feet. The Reinier Rapids area also is giving up walleyes during the evening hours in 22 to 25 feet. Northern pike are being caught on the weedlines in Sand Bay, but most have been small and smallmouth bass remain active on the deep rocks.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Slip bobbers and leeches, spinners and crawlers, or jigs and minnows are all turning walleyes on the 12-foot weed edges and points. The tops of the main-lake bars and humps also gave up walleyes via spinners and crawlers in less than 20 feet of water. Look for perch on the 12-foot rocks and northern pike to be mixed with the walleyes.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Lindy rigs tipped with leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes at Island Lake and Blackduck Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Lakes such as North Twin, South Twin, Gilstead, Gull, and Pimushe are producing panfish in six to 10 feet and bass along the deeper weeds.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Redtails remain the hot bait for walleyes at Gull Lake and Whitefish Lake in 17 to 22 feet. Bass are hitting plastics and minnows on the deep weed edges of Gull, Round Lake, and North Long Lake. Sunfish action is strong on the eight- to 12-foot weedlines of Round, the Highway 371 Bay on North Long, Cullen Lake, and Nisswa Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or redtails in 14 to 18 feet at Pelican Lake, Gull, and North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010