Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 26th, 2016

Great Eight


Recent rains have dirtied the water so walleyes are being caught on the breaks and rocks in less than 9 feet of water, even during the day. This shallow water also has also been productive when it’s cloudy or windy. The deep basin areas in 28 to 32 feet of water are giving up walleyes, mainly on live-bait rigs or crankbaits throughout the day. Smallmouth bass reports have slowed, but a slow presentation should produce fish on the rocks. Trolling crankbaits has been producing northern pike in the northeast corner, and another effective method has been using slip bobbers and sucker minnows in the weeds in the south end bays.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Spinner rigs, anchoring and jigging, or downrigging crankbaits continue to provide consistent walleye action in 28 to 32 feet of water about four miles out from Lighthouse Gap. Scattered pods of walleyes also are being found near Zippel Bay, Long Point, Rocky Point, and along main lake reefs. On the Rainy River, some walleyes are being caught on crankbaits, sturgeon fishing has slowed, and smallmouth bass are very active. At the Northwest Angle, 18 to 27 feet of water has been the best bet for walleyes on the mud and rocks, west bar off Little Oak, Crow Duck, Garden Island, and south of Oak Island. Crappies are suspended over 26 to 30 feet of water, and look to the rocks and reeds adjacent to deep water for muskies.

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

Bass are being taken on topwater baits during low-light periods and with plastics in 20 feet during the day. Look for sunfish in the 6- to 8-foot weeds and crappies on top of the 18- to 24-foot weeds. Walleyes are hitting slip bobbers and minnows at night in the 8- to 10-foot weed pockets, and muskies are taking spoons in 14 to 18 feet.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes continue to be caught on the 18- to 22-foot sand/gravel areas or on the rock points and rock piles in 18 to 20 feet – minnows and crawlers are working best. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches are producing smallies bass on the tops of the rock piles and wind-driven rock points. Look to the weed breaks for northern pike in Stuntz Bay, Rice Bay, and Everett’s Bay. Muskies continue to be plucked off the tops of the deeper reefs with bucktails.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Look for walleyes to hit hammered-gold spinners tipped with crawlers or minnows on Big Stoney Point or the east breaks on top of the 9- to 11-foot weeds. Pike are hitting spoons or crankbaits in 8 to 11 feet, and the best perch action is coming from 16 to 20 feet on Snaghole Bar or in Sugar Lake.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Cover water with crankbaits during the day in 12 to 16 feet in the Hardwoods and Meadows areas for walleyes. The 25- to 30-foot humps in Walker Bay started giving up walleyes on live bait, and the crankbait bite at night around Sand Point is improving in 9 to 12 feet. Muskie action remains good with bucktails and topwater baits around Pipe Island, Huddle’s Reef, Diamond Point, the Annex, and in Sucker Bay.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Jigs tipped with minnows, leeches, or crawlers are producing walleyes on the 25- to 35-foot humps. Crappie action has improved on the main lake reefs, and big northern pike are being caught with minnows or crankbaits in the bays and around any main lake weedbed. Work the mid-depth rocks or weeds with plastics and crankbaits for smallmouth bass.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Fishing pressure has been light and inconsistent weather patterns haven’t helped the bite. But with a couple days of stable weather walleyes are being caught with spinner rigs or crankbaits on the 5- to 8-foot shoreline breaks. Anchoring and pitching a jig and minnow also has turned walleyes on the south shore rock humps in 4 to 9 feet.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Walleyes are hitting crankbaits or crawlers from Hudson to Prescott on the St. Croix River in 15 to 25 feet. Demontreville Lake continues to produce bass on sucker minnows, while Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake are giving up muskies on topwater baits. Look to Big Marine Lake for crappies and sunfish in 15 to 18 feet, and spinnerbaits are turning northern pike on the weedlines of most lakes.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines of Lake Minnewashta, Whaletail Lake, and Lake Auburn. Trolling crankbaits or spoon plugs in deep water at Pierson Lake and Lake Zumbra has produced northern pike. Panfish reports have been limited and the creek mouths on the Minnesota River are giving up a few walleyes on jigs and minnows.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Look for muskies along the 15-foot weedlines on the back side of the island or the swimming beach area. A few walleyes are being taken during low-light periods with a jig and minnow on Kegg’s Reef and North Reef in 15 to 22 feet. Sunfish and bass are being caught on the reefs, pencil reeds on the north side of the lake, Harm’s Point, and into Wagener’s Bay. The east end of the island is a safe bet for crappies in 15 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Work crawlers on Lake Chippewa for walleyes in 14 to 16 feet or Lake Ida in 24 to 30 feet. Some walleyes are being taken with crankbaits on Lake Miltona at night in 6 to 12 feet. Muskie anglers are reporting more follows than hook-ups on Miltona and crappies are being caught along the 12- to 15-foot cabbage on Lake Darling and Lake Le Homme Dieu.

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


Walleye action is slowly picking up with crawlers or minnows in 10 to 20 feet at Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Buffalo Lake. Crappies are most active during the evening hours and sunfish can be had during the day on the weedlines of Clearwater, Lake Sylvia, French Lake, Lake Augusta, and Sugar Lake. Pitch a spinnerbait along the weedline on any lake for bass and northern pike.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are being taken with Shad Raps after dark in less than 5 feet or during the day with crawlers in 15 to 30 feet at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Rush Lake. Look for sunfish in 12 to 15 feet on West Battle, Stalker Lake, and Fish Lake. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits in 12 to 15 feet and northern pike are taking spoons in 15 to 20 feet on Fiske Lake, Donald Lake, and West Battle. Bucktails continue to raise muskies in 20 to 25 feet on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleyes continue to be caught with redtails or crankbaits along the 6- to 12-foot weeds on Lake Bemidji. Gull Lake is producing walleyes on crawlers in 10 to 16 feet, and Walker Brook Lake started giving up bluegills around the shallow lilly pads. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics on Moose Lake, while small bucktails are turning muskies in the shallow weeds of Bemidji.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Island Lake is producing walleyes on crawlers or a jig and minnow in 13 to 17 feet. Lakes such as Pimushe, Gilstead, and Rabideau are giving up bluegills and crappies in the 10- to 13-foot cabbage. Pike and bass were active on the weedlines of most lakes and many anglers are catching them incidentally.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


North Long Lake and Whitefish Lake are giving up walleyes with redtails in 18 to 30 feet. Look for bass to hit plastics in the weeds on Gull Lake, Round Lake, and North Long. Sunfish are being found in less than 10 feet at Lake Edwards, Gull, and North Long. A few crappies were suspended over deep water on Whitefish, the Merrifield end of North Long, and south end of Gull.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010


Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours on the bars in 7 feet has produced walleyes on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. The bigger perch have started hitting on the edges of the reeds on Cass, and bluegills continue to hit in Allen’s Bay on Cass in 6 feet. Pike and muskies were hitting bucktails on the cabbage beds or shoreline breaks at Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Crappies and sunfish remain active on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of lakes such as Green, North Lindstrom, Chisago, and North or South Center. Work the 15-foot weedline on Green for pike. Bass continue to be caught in the slop or on deep weeds throughout the area. Walleye action has been best during low-light periods with minnows in 14 to 16 feet on South Center and Green.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Look to Big Detroit Lake and Pelican Lake with crawlers or small sucker minnows for walleyes in 17 to 22 feet. Crappies and bluegills are biting on the weedlines of Tamarack Lake, Height of Land Lake, Lake Melissa, and Sour Lake. Northern pike and bass remain an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes, but muskie reports have been limited.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


You’ll find bluegills in 10 feet and crappies over 18 to 20 feet at Fish Lake. Minnows are turning some walleyes in 20 feet on Fish and Island lakes during low-light periods. On Lake Superior, anglers trolling spoons from the Lester River to the Pumping Station are catching lake trout down 75 to 100 feet and a few king salmon 50 feet below the surface.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or spinnerbaits along the 7- to 14-foot weedlines on Green Lake. Blue Lake is kicking out crappies in 14 feet and sunfish are being found in the weed pockets of most lakes. The Mississippi River continues to provide consistent smallmouth bass and catfish action.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sissiton are producing crappies in 8 to 15 feet and sunfish in 4 to 7 feet. Walleyes are hitting crankbaits or jigs and minnows in 4 to 8 feet on Hall and Tuttle Lake, while catfish remain an easy catch on most lakes with nightcrawlers.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Fishing pressure has been light due to high water on area lakes. It’s pretty tough to get a boat in, and all lakes in this area continued to be under a “no-wake” classification early this week. The only noteworthy report is coming off the Cannon River where anglers are fishing from shore below the dams and catching northern pike and a few walleyes.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleyes are being found in 9 to 15 feet at Two Island Lake, in 15 to 18 feet on East Twin Lake, on Devil Track Lake in 10 to 15 feet, and on Hungry Jack Lake in 12 to 16 feet; Crawlers and minnows are both working. Brook trout have started hitting crawlers at Shoe Lake in 6 to 8 feet and Carrot Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 6 to 12 feet on Hungry Jack and Devil Track in 8 to 10 feet. On Lake Superior, trolling watermelon or blue-colored spoons over 120 to 150 feet has produced lake trout.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Spinners tipped with minnows or crawlers are producing crappies and bluegills on Big Splithand Lake and Bowstring Lake in 4 to 7 feet. Sugar Lake and Trout Lake are giving up walleyes on redtails or crawlers in 17 to 26 feet. The weedlines on Lake Wabana are a safe bet for walleyes as well. Crappies are being caught on the 13- to 20-foot weedlines at Rice Lake, Lake Pokegama, Jay Gould Lake, Big and Little Cutfoot, Round Lake, and Wabana. Hit the weedlines on Bass Lake, Grave Lake, Trout, or Big and Little Cutfoot for bluegills. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action continues to be very good on most lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


A few sunfish are coming off the weedlines of St. Anna Lake and Maple Lake, while bass action has picked up on Mound Lake, Big Birch Lake, and Little Birch Lake. Look to Swan Lake for northern pike and Big Birch is giving up a few walleyes in 12 to 20 feet on crawlers or crankbaits. The fishing pier on Long Lake by St. Rose is worth hitting for sunfish.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Walleyes are hitting minnows or crawlers on the 14- to 18-foot humps on Woman Lake. Work the weedlines with hair jigs or plastics on Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Ten Mile Lake for panfish. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting on Ten Mile, Birch, and Woman among other lakes.

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


Smallmouth bass, northern pike, and walleyes are being found scattered throughout the weedlines and main lake reefs. Crawlers lead the way for walleyes, pike are hitting bucktails, and smallmouth can be had with any crayfish-colored artificial bait. Perch and sauger are showing up in 30 feet or more and can be had with a jig and minnow.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Walleyes are hitting fatheads or crawlers in 6 feet on Eagle Lake and Lake Washington is producing panfish in the Grassy Island area in 6 to 8 feet. Hit Madison Lake with crankbaits for northern pike, and the Grassy Island area here is worth noting for crappies and sunfish.

White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Sunfish are being caught on the weedlines at Ann Lake, Fish Lake, and Knife Lake. A few walleyes are coming off Knife with jigs and minnows in 6 to 8 feet, but bass and northern pike reports have been limited.

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


Perch action continues to be decent around Mallard Point on the north end of Big Stone Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Big Stone also is giving up a few walleyes in the same areas, and bluegills have picked up on the north end on the 5- to 7-foot rocks or 10- to 12-foot basin area.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleyes are tough to find right now, but minnows are turning a few fish on Big Sand Lake in 30 feet. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows on Fish Hook Lake in 14 feet, and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes is worth noting for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Look for crappies in 14 feet during the evening hours on Fish Hook.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in 8 to 10 feet or crankbaits on leadcore in 15 feet in the Lake City and Maiden Rock areas of Lake Pepin. The snag areas on Pepin are holding crappies and perch, while catfish remain active below the dam in 20 to 25 feet on the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Crappies and bluegills are being caught in 5 to 10 feet on Chesterwoods Pond, Willow Creek Reservoir, Foster-Arend Pond, and Silver Creek. Crappies and sunfish also were being taken on Lake Zumbro last week, but as of early this week the lake was still under a “no-wake” situation due to high water so fishing pressure on it was light.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under a bobber on Lake Sakatah in 7 feet. The sand bar next to the swimming beach on Lake Tetonka is producing sunfish and largemouth bass.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873


Anglers fishing from shore on Willmar/Foot Lake and Ringo Lake are catching sunfish, crappies and the occasional walleye. Look for areas such as culverts or other moving water areas on these lakes. Northern pike and bass are being caught on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines on most lakes, and work the weedlines on Diamond Lake and Eagle Lake for panfish.

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

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