Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - August 29th, 2014


Look for walleyes to hit minnows or crawlers on the sharp breaks and deep weedlines in most large bays. Muskies are being raised with bucktails on the points in 12 to 15 feet. Look for bass and sunfish in eight to 12 feet and crappies on top of the milfoil in 15 to 18 feet. Northern pike are hitting spinners and minnows on the deep weedlines as well.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Spinnerbaits tossed on the weedlines of Big Carnelian Lake are producing bass and pike. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines on White Bear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake continue to produce crappies. Muskie action has been best in less than 10 feet at Forest Lake, while sucker minnows are producing northern pike in less than 8 feet at Silver Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421


Northern pike are being caught at Pierson Lake, Lake Minnewashta, and Lake Auburn in 18 to 20 feet on spoon plugs or deep-diving crankbaits. The Minnesota River is kicking out channel catfish and Steiger Lake is giving up bass and pike in 12 to 14 feet, but panfish action is slow.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Crappie action remains strong behind Coney Island, Kegg’s Reef, and North Reef in 9 to 14 feet. Look for walleyes to hit fathead minnows during the evening hours on North Reef, Kegg’s Reef, and Red’s Reef in 12 to 17 feet. Muskies are being caught with bucktails off the weedlines on the south side of the island, swimming beach, North Reef, and Center Reef in 12 to 14 feet. Work the shallow weeds for bass and bluegills.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096


Crappies, bass, pike, and sunfish are on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Lake John, Maple Lake, Lake Sylvia, Sugar Lake and Cedar Lake. Crawlers and live-bait rigs or jigs and fatheads are producing walleyes early and late each day in 14 to 22 feet on Clearwater and Cedar.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes off Holtz Point at South Center Lake in 16 to 18 feet, the north end of North Center Lake in 15 to 20 feet, and Green Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Sunfish, crappies, and bass remain an easy catch on the 8- to 11-foot weedlines of most lakes and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or crankbaits in 15 to 20 feet on North Center.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Work the weedlines of Lake Maria during the day for sunfish and in the evenings for walleyes. Sucker minnows are producing bass and northern pike on the weedlines of Eagle Lake, Dean Lake and Lake Ida. Smallmouth bass action has been excellent with small sucker minnows on the Mississippi River.

Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187



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North West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - August 29th, 2014


Spinners and crawlers or jigs and minnows are producing walleyes on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona in 16 to 25 feet, the 25- to 30-foot humps on Lake Carlos or 11 to 15 feet on Reno Lake. The Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes is giving up crappies, bass, and sunfish along the 12- to 14-foot weedlines. Hit the shallow weeds on Miltona with bucktails for muskies during the evening hours.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       (320) 763-3255


Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 10 to 20 feet or crankbaits in 5 feet on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, Clitherall Lake and Silver Lake. Sunfish and crappies are being found on the 8- to 15-foot weedlines on Heilberger Lake, West Battle, Blanche Lake and Clitherall. Bass fishing has been best in the 8-foot weedbeds with plastics at West Battle, East Battle Lake, Bass Lake, Clitherall and Blanche. The 12- to 20-foot weedlines on Donald Lake, West Battle and Otter Tail are producing northern pike via sucker minnows or spoons. The evening hours are producing muskies in 10 to 15 feet on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Muskies are hitting topwater baits on the middepth weedlines and humps at Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake. Minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes in 15 to 21 feet on Big Detroit, Pelican, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie and Big Cormorant Lake. Crappie and sunfish action has been best on the weedlines of Big Detroit, Melissa, Siverteen Lake, Floyd Lake and Sour Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods on crawlers and leeches at Fish Hook Lake and Potato Lake in 18 to 22 feet or in the weeds on Long Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Long and Fish Hook, while bass fishing remains strong in the shallow weeds out to 15 feet on most lakes. Look for bluegills throughout the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes in 12 to 14 feet, and bear baiting reports have indicated a lot of berries in the woods.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Jigging Rapalas are producing walleyes on Big Pine Lake in 18 to 30 feet, while crankbaits are turning walleyes on Little Pine Lake in 8 to 10 feet. The 8- to 11-foot weedlines on Long Lake, Rush Lake, and Star Lake are giving up crappies and sunfish. Look for bass and pike along the deep weedlines of most lakes.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355



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North East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - August 29th, 2014


Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 35 feet at Island Lake or Whiteface Lake in shallower water. Island also is kicking out good-sized crappies, most of which are suspended over 20 feet, and smallmouth bass on topwater baits. A few muskies have been caught with sucker minnows or topwater baits on the St. Louis River. On Lake Superior, lake trout and coho reports remain best from Silver Bay to Grand Marais in the top 50 feet of the water column. Bear baits are getting hit, especially with the cooler weather this week.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Minnows are producing walleyes in 14 to 16 feet and northern pike in 16 to 23 feet at Burntside Lake. The weedlines on Big Lake are kicking out small walleyes, but Basswood Lake is producing bigger walleyes on minnows. Smallmouth bass continue to hit on the shorelines or reefs of most lakes and Burnstide is giving up an occasional lake trout over 60 to 75 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes at Seagull Lake in 15 to 20 feet, Poplar Lake in 12 to 15 feet, McFarland Lake in 10 to 14 feet, and Two Island Lake in 12 to 17 feet. Northern pike action has improved with spoons or crankbaits at Devil Track Lake in 8 to 12 feet, Cascade Lake in 10 feet, and Elbow Lake in 6 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting in 14 feet on Hungry Jack Lake and Crescent Lake in 6 to 10 feet. Look to Leo Lake in 12 to 17 feet or Trout Lake in 15 feet with crawlers for rainbow trout. Carrot Lake is giving up brook trout via Mepps spinners. On Lake Superior, lake trout are hitting spoons over 120 to 200 feet, but salmon action has been limited.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Hit the 6-foot weeds on Knife Lake and Fish Lake for sunfish, while crappies are being caught with plastics or minnows in 8 to 10 feet on Ann Lake and Knife. Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours on the weedlines, rock, or sunken timber on Knife and Fish has produced walleyes.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151

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North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

North Central Minnesota Fishing Report - August 29th, 2014


East - Drifting sucker minnows on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines in most bays has produced northern pike. Smallmouth bass are hitting tube jigs or crankbaits on the rock piles in the southeast corner of the lake and the weedlines on the north end have been best for muskies. Walleye reports are limited during the day, but the evenings have been productive on the 12- to 18-foot rocks with slip bobbers and leeches.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West - Walleye action continues to be best on the mud flats during the day and night – it’s a matter of finding where the fish are located on these flats during specific times of the day. Seven Mile, Eight Mile, Seguchie’s, and Sherman’s flats are all good starting points. Work the rock points with crankbaits for smallmouth bass and the weedlines in most bays for northern pike and muskies.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Boats continue to head north to Garden Island or Crow Duck for walleyes with a mix of downrigging or spinner rigs producing fish. Anglers on Archie’s Reef are doing well via downrigging or with spinner rigs in 15 to 20 feet of water. Hammered-gold spinners tipped with nightcrawlers or leeches are turning walleyes outside the Lighthouse Gap with some good reports coming out of Graceton Reef in 22 feet or 6 miles out from Zippel Bay Gap with frozen shiners. Crawlers are producing sturgeon in 20 feet on the Rainy River and smallmouth bass reports have been best on the shorelines heading east towards Birchdale. At the Northwest Angle, Little Oak and Four Blocks are giving up walleyes in 25 to 30 feet of water and the muskie action has been best in the evenings with CowGirls on the weedbeds.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH


Slip-bobber rigs with a half nightcrawler are producing walleyes on the 8- to 14-foot rock piles. Walleyes also can be had with live-bait rigs and a piece of crawler on the sand and mud flats in 17 to 25 feet. You’ll pick up nice perch and smallmouth bass with the walleyes. Muskie action has been improving on the deep weedlines, especially on those windy and cloudy days.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


The 9- to 12-foot weedlines remain the best option for keeping-sized walleyes and pike, while the main-lake bars and humps continue to produce bigger fish. Spinner rigs and crawlers or jigs and minnows have worked best near Sugar Point, the Birdhouses, Tamarack Point, and Raven’s Point. Perch reports are favorable with some fish being caught on the structure in 20 feet, but the 7- to 9-foot weeds off Rich’s Townsite have been the go-to spot this week.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Crankbaits are providing consistent walleye action during the day on Goose Island Flats and the Snake Pit in 12 to 14 feet. Rigging with crawlers also has worked for walleyes during the day on the rocks such as the Annex or around Submarine Island. At night, slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are turning walleyes off Cedar Point in 9 to 12 feet. The main-lake rocks have been hot for muskies and the weedlines in Waboose Bay are kicking out crappies.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Fishing pressure has been light, but the reefs on the east end of the lake are producing walleyes in 20 feet or so on crawlers. The weedbeds and shoreline structure are producing smallmouth bass and a few northern pike are being caught by bass anglers. Bear baiting success has been mixed, although there’s been more poor reports than good, likely due to an abundance of raspberries and bluebberries in the woods.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Live-bait rigs or crankbaits remain the best options for walleyes along most shorelines in less than 8 feet. Minnows also have started becoming part of the mix for walleyes once again. Anglers continue to hook the occasional large northern pike while walleye fishing as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Sucker minnows or spinnerbaits are producing northern pike on the weeedlines of Lake Mahnomen, while bass are hitting crankbaits or plastics at Serpent Lake, Bay Lake and Cedar Lake. Crappies have bit best during the evenings on the weedlines of Black Hoof Lake and Serpent Lake. Troll crankbaits on the deep weedlines of Rabbit Lake and Nokay Lake for walleyes.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912


Green Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in 7 to 10 feet and Knife Lake is producing crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Hit the weedlines of Blue Lake and Green with spinners and sucker minnows for northern pike. Walleye and smallmouth bass reports continue to be strong on the Rum River.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985


The west side of Lake Washburn is kicking out crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Long-lining crankbaits over deep water has produced walleyes on Roosevelt Lake – these fish are suspended and active after sunset. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under bobbers on the southeast end of Upper Dean Lake in 12 to 15 feet. On West Fox Lake, topwater baits are producing largemouth on the weedlines. Bear baits are being hit consistently based on most reports.

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


Eating-sized walleyes are being pulled from the weeds on Bowstring Lake, Sand Lake, Lake Wabana, Lake Pokegama and Trout Lake. Creek chubs are producing big walleyes and northern pike on these lakes in 25 feet or more. Crappie action has improved in 12 to 14 feet on Big and Little Splithand lakes or in 16 feet on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake and Pokegama. Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing remains consistent on all lakes and rainbow trout continue to be caught at Tioga Pit, Taylor Lake and Moonshine Lake. Bear hunters are offering mixed reports from baits, but berry crops remain strong.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleyes can be had with slip bobbers and minnows in 12 to 18 feet at Cedar Lake or with Lindy Rigs and minnows in 22 to 35 feet on Big Birch Lake. The north end of Big Birch is giving up sunfish in 10 to 18 feet as well. Swan Lake and Lady Lake are providing a mixed bag of panfish in 12 to 16 feet, as is St. Mary’s Lake in 20 feet. Bass and northern pike reports remain consistently good along the weedlines of most lakes.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Crappie and sunfish action is strong on the weedlines of Webb Lake, Pleasant Lake, Woman Lake and Birch Lake. There’s a daytime walleye bite on Woman with minnows or crawlers in 20 to 22 feet and some evening action with crankbaits in 10 to 14 feet on Birch and Little Boy Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are an easy catch on the weedlines and rock piles on most lakes, and look to Baby Lake for an occasional flurry of muskie activity.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


Crappies are being found around the floating rafts on Big Sandy Lake and the weedlines here are giving up a few sunfish. Walleyes also can be had with minnows on Big Sandy, but the majority of them have been small. Hit the weedlines of Big Round Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits             (218) 426-3382


Sunfish action remains consistent in 6 to 10 feet on lakes Koronis, Rice, Horseshoe, Cedar Island, Long, Becker and Browns. A few walleyes are being caught with fatheads or crawlers on Koronis in 12 to 20 feet. Smallmouth and largemouth bass reports have been favorable on most lakes, while crappie action is slow.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Miller’s Bay on Lake Osakis is producing sunfish in 10 feet and the 15-foot breaks in the north end bay continue to produce crappies. You’ll also find crappies on Guerney Lake in 6 to 8 feet and Long Bridge Lake in 8 feet. Look for sunfish at Maple Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Fairy Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and Little Birch Lake in 15 to 18 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Work crawlers or minnows below the dams or slack water areas of the Mississippi River for walleyes and smallmouth bass. Sunfish action remains strong in the 8- to 10-foot weeds of Lake Alexander or in 13 to 16 feet on Beauty Lake. Muskie action is improving during the evening hours with bucktails or topwater baits.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleye action continues to be strong as spinners or jigs tipped with minnows and crawlers are working best on this stretch of Lake of the Woods. Anglers are working the Blinker area, Swift Ditch, and south tip of Buffalo Bay in 18 to 30 feet.

Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200


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South East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southeast Minnesota Fishing Report - August 29th, 2014


Look to Cedar Lake for crappies, bass, and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet, while the weedlines and bars on Shields Lake are giving up bass and sunfish in 9 feet. Lake Mazaska is giving up a few crappies, most of which are suspended over 10 to 12 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleye action has slowed a bit, but Lake Pepin is giving up fish on minnows or crankbaits at the Head of the Lakes in 10 to 15 feet. On the Mississippi River, bluegills are being found on the rock piles and catfish are sitting in the deep holes.  

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Look for crappies in 7 feet Lake Zumbro or in 6 feet on Chesterwoods Pond. Bass action remains strong along the shorelines of Zumbro, while northern pike and muskies are being caught below the dam on Zumbro. Sunfish are hitting in 5 to 8 feet on Willow Creek Reservoir and in slightly deeper water on Foster Arend Pond. Sunfish action also has been strong on the Mississippi River in 8 to 10 feet.

Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982

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South West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - August 29th, 2014


A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the eddies and deep pockets of the Blue Earth River and a few catfish continue to hit on the Mississippi River, but the bite has been less consistent. Lake Washington is worth noting for panfish in 10 to 12 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Crankbaits are turning walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on the north end of Big Stone Lake from Sodak up to the Elk Farm. The Manhatten Reef and Rocky Ledge areas of Big Stone are producing perch in 12 to 14 feet. Hit the Minnesota River for catfish and anglers fishing from shore on Botker’s Slough are catching crappies.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 


If you move around the 12- foot weedlines of Lake Minnewaska you’ll find schools of sunfish. Stick close to the 14- foot weedlines on Minnewaska with a crawler and spinner for walleyes. Lake Mary is producing crappies in 15 feet, as is the west side of Lake Reno. Goose hunting reports have been limited during the August season.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239


The swimming beach area of Lake Tetonka is giving up northern pike and sunfish in 10 feet. Look to the west end of Lake Francis for sunfish in 8 to 10 feet.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


The weedlines on Eagle Lake and Diamond Lake are giving up a few walleyes and sunfish. On Green Lake, crankbaits, minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes in 25 to 35 feet. The weedlines on lakes such as Norway, Willmar/Foot, Andrew and Games are worth hitting for panfish and bass.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097


Trolling crankbaits in 4 to 8 feet has produced walleyes on Lake Shetak. Northern pike reports have been poor, but most small ponds are giving up panfish.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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