Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - August 15th, 2014


Muskies have started hitting small bucktails at night on the big flats with green weeds on Lake Minnetonka. Look for walleyes on the 22- to 30-foot weed edges in Brown’s Bay, Wayzata Bay, and Smith Bay on Minnetonka, sunfish in 10 to 12 feet, bass in the milfoil, and crappies on the weedlines in Seton Bay and Black Lake. On Lake Independence, walleyes are hitting fatheads in 12 feet during the evening hours.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Crappies and sunfish continue to hit in 10 to 12 feet at Big Marine Lake and White Bear Lake. Bucktails are producing muskies early and late each day in 8 to 15 feet on the St. Croix River and Bald Eagle Lake. Demontreville Lake and Lake Jane are safe bets for pike and bass, while the walleye and sauger bite remains steady on the St. Croix in 15 to 22 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421


The bigger catfish have started hitting sucker minnows or bullheads in the deep holes of the Minnesota River. Crappies are hitting in 16 to 18 feet on Lake Bavaria and bass fishing remains strong with plastics or spinnerbaits on the weedlines of Lake Bavaria, Lake Zumbra and Lake Auburn. Sucker minnows are triggering northern pike on Lake Minnewashta in 14 to 18 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Walleyes continue to hit fatheads or leeches during low-light periods on Kegg’s Reef, North Reef and Anderson’s Reef in 14 to 17 feet. Look for bigger bass to hit plastics on Cemetery Reef and Pillsbury Reef in 14 to 16 feet. Sunfish are hitting small leeches along the south shore and weedlines on most reefs in 12 to 14 feet, while muskie reports have been best with bucktails on the weedlines. 

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096


Crawlers and fatheads are turning walleyes from the weedlines out to 24 feet at Cedar Lake, Clearwater Lake and Sugar Lake. Hit the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on lakes John, Sylvia, Pleasant and Cedar for crappies and sunfish. Bass are hitting topwater baits, and northern pike can be had with sucker minnows or spoon plugs on the deep weedlines of most lakes. Muskie anglers are seeing a few more fish on Sugar this week.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleye action has been good in the mornings and evenings along Lidberg Point on Green Lake in 17 to 24 feet, Nelson Island on North Center Lake in 14 to 16 feet, Holtz Point on South Center Lake in 18 to 23 feet, and in front of the hospital on South Lindstrom Lake in 20 to 24 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike off Lighthouse Point at Green in 6 to 9 feet. Panfish, bass and northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes. 

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


The 11- foot weedline on Eagle Lake is producing sunfish, crappies and walleyes. Small suckers pitched close to shore are turning largemouth bass on Lake Ida - you’ll also find sunfish here in 9 feet. Work the weedlines of Limestone Lake for sunfish, Long Lake for crappies, and Buffalo Lake for panfish, catfish and bass. On the Mississippi River, walleyes and smallmouth bass are hitting between Monticello and Clearwater, while sunfish are being found below the Monticello dam.

Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187


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North West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - August 15th, 2014


The 18- to 20-foot weedlines on lakes Ida and Miltona are producing walleyes, as is Lake Reno in 10 to 20 feet. Live bait rigs and leeches or crawlers are best. Crappies are on the deep weedlines on the Le Homme Dieu Chain and Ida. Bass are hitting plastics on the weedlines of most lakes. A few muskies have bit bucktails on Miltona and Lobster Lake. 

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255


Look for walleyes to hit jigs and minnows in 15 to 20 feet or crankbaits in 5 to 10 feet on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake and Rush Lake. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows on the 15- to 25-foot weedlines of Fiske Lake, Otter Tail and Clitherall Lake. Bass fishing remain best in 8 to 12 feet with spinnerbaits at South Turtle Lake, Long Lake and Bass/Elbow Lake. Panfish are going in the 7- to 15-foot weeds of East Battle Lake, Ethel Lake and West Battle. Muskies are hitting Double CowGirls over the 20 to 25-foot cabbage on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Crawlers, leeches, and minnows are turning walleyes in 18 to 20 feet on lakes Sallie, Melissa, Big Detroit, Upper Cormorant, Middle Cormorant and Big Cormorant. Topwater baits and bucktails are turning muskies on the weedlines of Big Detroit and Pelican Lake. Look for sunfish along the weedlines out to 21 feet on Big Detroit, Sour Lake, Siverteen Lake and Floyd Lake. 

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Crawlers are producing walleyes in 18 to 24 feet at Potato Lake and during low-light conditions on Fish Hook Lake in 21 to 30 feet. Northern pike remain active, hitting sucker minnows in 14 feet at Big Mantrap Lake. On Two Inlets Lake, crappies are biting on the weedlines during the evenings, and the Crow Wing Chain continues to produce bluegills in 12 to 15 feet. Bucktails have started raising muskies on Big Mantrap.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


The 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Rush Lake and Big Pine Lake are worth hitting for panfish. Crankbaits are producing walleyes on the shallow flats and shoreline breaks of Big Pine, while leeches are working for walleyes on the 10- to 20-foot humps of Little Pine Lake.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355



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North East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - August 15th, 2014


Crawlers and fatheads are turning walleyes at Island Lake in 20 to 25 feet and Whiteface Lake in 12 to 14 feet. There’s some bluegill action on the weedlines of Fish Lake and Pike Lake, while muskie action has improved on Island and the St. Louis River with double-bladed spinnerbaits. On Lake Superior, the Two Harbors area is producing lake trout and cohos near the surface.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Walleye action has been inconsistent, but the reefs and shoreline breaks are best with leeches on Burntside Lake, Basswood Lake, Snowbank Lake, and Shagawa Lake. Spoons or heavy jigs are producing lake trout over 40 to 60 feet on Burntside and Snowbank.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Crappies are being caught on minnows and leeches in 12 feet at Big Sturgeon Lake and Echo Lake. Hit the weedlines of Stingy Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike, and perch are hitting crawlers in 10 feet on Long Ear Lake.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


Crappies are being found in 17 to 20 feet on Cross Lake and 14 to 17 feet on Lake Pokegama. Sunfish are in 14 feet or deeper on these lakes as well, and the Snake River has been producing northern pike and bass. Walleyes are hitting live bait in 15 feet on several lakes but most have been small. 

Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995


Walleyes are being caught early in the morning with leeches or crawlers on the reefs and shoreline breaks in 20 to 28 feet, during midday hours with leadcore and crankbaits in 25 to 30 feet, and again in the evenings on jigs in the shallow weeds close to shore. Smallmouth bass remain an easy target on the rocks, and pike are cruising the weed edges throughout most bays.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121



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North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

North Central Minnesota Fishing Report - August 15th, 2014


East - Smallmouth bass continue to hit rattle baits or plastics on the 8- to 12-foot rocks. Walleye action has been best in the evenings and after dark on the edges of the mud flats in 20 to 28 feet with slip bobbers and leeches. Bigger northern pike have started hitting crankbaits on the north end weedlines and in any southern bay.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West - Walleyes are biting on the tops, edges, or off the mud flats - their location just depends on the day and the evenings have been best with leeches. During the day, bigger walleyes are being caught and anglers are catching some of the nicest perch they have in years on the mud flats. Work the rock points for smallmouth bass in 10 to 20 feet. Muskie action is slow. Pike are hitting crankbaits in the bays. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Many anglers are heading north to Garden Island, West Bar, or Hay Island in 22 to 24 feet, while others are staying close to the Lighthouse Gap in 14 to 20 feet. Hammered-gold spinner rigs tipped with a leech or crawler are working best. Walleyes are hitting jigs or spinners in 15 to 17 feet during the afternoon and evening hours on the Rainy River. Sturgeon are piled up on the river off current breaks near deep pockets and adjacent streams. At the Northwest Angle, spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 22 to 30 feet near Little Oak, Four Blocks or Little Traverse in Ontario. Muskie action is strong in Ontario waters near weedbeds with pink CowGirls during the evenings. 

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


Walleye fishing continues to be “good to excellent” with Lindy Rigs and a piece of crawler, minnows, or slip bobbers and leeches all producing fish in 18 to 25 feet. Work the transition areas and mid-lake reefs for better numbers. There’s some good-sized perch in the mix and smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the rock points and reefs. Muskie anglers are reporting follows but few hook ups. Northern pike can be had in the shallow, weedy bays.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleye reports have improved and there has been more keeping-sized fish in the mix with most of them coming from the 6- to 11-foot weedbeds in the northwest corner of the lake on crawlers or leeches. Bigger walleyes continue to be caught on the humps and bars in 18 to 22 feet. Spoons or crankbaits are triggering northern pike on the weed edges along the north and west sides. Look for bigger perch on Hunter’s Hump, Horseshoe Bar, Snaghole Bar, and the south corner of Bena Bar in 20 to 24 feet.  

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Sucker Bay is producing walleyes on crawlers and spinners or crankbaits in 9 to 12 feet. Sand Point, Cedar Point and the weedlines in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes on leeches or crawlers in 10 to 14 feet. There’s some evening walleye action on the humps in Walker Bay and crankbaits are producing walleyes at night in less than 12 feet from Sand Point to Cedar Point or on the Goose Island Flats. Muskie action has picked up on the rocks and weeds with small bucktails.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Black Bay started giving up walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on hammered-gold spinners and minnows. Jigging with minnows has produced walleyes on the reefs in 20 to 30 feet - look to Community Reef for better numbers. The east end, just before the Brule, also is holding walleyes in 20 to 24 feet. Smallmouth bass reports have improved on the shorelines or shallow weedbeds, and a few northern pike can be had with sucker minnows in the weeds as well.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Trolling crankbaits or spinners and live bait continues to produce limits of walleyes along the 5- to 8-foot shoreline breaks. There are some crappies in the mix this week, and northern pike of various sizes continue to be caught by walleye anglers.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


During low-light periods, work the 6- to 8-foot structure and slide off the edges during midday hours for walleyes on Lake Bemidji. Wolf Lake also is producing walleyes in 16 to 24 feet. Throwing CowGirls in the weeds has triggered muskies on Bemidji and Little Wolf Lake. Panfish and bass action remains consistent on the weedlines of most lakes. 

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


Walleye action remains very good with Lindy Rigs and crawlers along the 8- to 11-foot weedlines of Blackduck Lake, Island Lake and Gull Lake. Panfish reports are also favorable in the 8- to 10-foot weeds of Gull, Pimushe Lake, North Twin Lake, South Twin Lake and Gilstead Lake. 

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Bigger northern pike have started hitting sucker minnows on the 14- to 22-foot weedlines of Gull Lake and Whitefish Lake. Both lakes also are giving up walleyes on creek minnows in 14 to 28 feet. Work the deep weeds for bigger bass on North Long Lake, Hubert Lake and Gull. Sunfish action has been best in 6 to 8 feet at North Long, Gull, Cullen Lake and Nisswa Lake.

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


Walleyes have taken crankbaits or leeches under slip bobbers in low-light periods in the deep holes of the Mississippi River or in 17 to 24 feet on Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake. Northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits in 8 to 15 feet on Bay Lake and East Rabbit Lake. Rainbow trout are biting crawlers or Power Bait from shore on the Pennington Chain. Hit Clearwater Lake for smallmouth and largemouth bass and Nokay Lake for largemouth. Crappies and sunfish are in the 12-foot weeds of Serpent and Black Hoof Lake.

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


Green Lake is kicking out crappies in 9 to 11 feet and sunfish in 7 feet, while Knife Lake is giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Look to the weedlines of Green and Blue Lake with spinners and live bait for walleyes and pike. The deep holes of the Rum River are holding walleyes and smallmouth bass.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on the south end of Mitchell Lake in 12 to 16 feet. Lows Lake is giving up pike via  spoons in 8 to 12 feet, and the west side of Kego Lake is producing panfish in 12 to 14 feet. 

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on the 8-foot weedline or 18- to 22-foot structure at Bowstring Lake and Sand Lake. Work the weedlines or 17 to 30 feet with creek chubs for walleyes at lakes Wabana, Deer, Trout and Pokegama. Crappies are on the weedlines of Pokegama and Wabana, while stream trout are hitting at Moonshine Lake, Kramer Lake and Taylor Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


You’ll find crappies in 15 feet and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet at Lady Lake and Swan Lake, while Mary Lake is producing panfish in 20 feet. There’s an evening walleye bite with slip bobbers and leeches on the 16- to 18-foot weedlines of Cedar Lake. Hit 20 feet of water with Lindy rigs and fatheads for walleyes at Mound Lake or with redtails on Big Birch Lake in 18 to 22 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Stay on the move with a spinner and crawler in 15 to 24 feet and you’ll catch walleyes at Woman Lake, Birch Lake and Little Boy Lake. Muskie action has improved with Double CowGirls on the weedlines of Little Boy and Lake Wabedo. Look for crappies in 15 to 20 feet during the day or 10 to 16 feet in the evenings at Birch Lake, Webb Lake and Woman. Sunfish and bass are biting along the deep weeds of most lakes. 

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


Fish Lake in Mora has a consistent crappie and sunfish bite during the evening in 4 to 6 feet. Knife Lake continues to give up walleyes on No. 5 Shad Raps with red bills in 6 to 8 feet. Large sucker minnows are producing catfish in the evenings on the Snake River. 

Fish Lake Bait (651) 674-4734


A few walleyes have been tight to the weeds or in 18 to 20 feet on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Look for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Cedar Island Lake, Rice, Koronis, Horseshoe Lake and Becker Lake. Catfish are biting on the Sauk River Chain of Lakes, and the bass bite is strong in the weeds of Pearl Lake, Grand Lake, Koronis, Rice and Horseshoe. A few are getting into geese during the early season. 

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


At Lake Osakis, sunfish action has improved on the Half Mile Bar in 6 to 8 feet and Two Mile Bar in 7 to 18 feet. Osakis also is giving up crappies in 5 to 16 feet and walleyes in 18 to 40 feet. Hit Maple Lake for sunfish in 12 to 15 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Smallmouth bass action has been excellent on the Mississippi River – you’ll find sunfish below the dam in Little Falls, and walleyes below Blanchard Dam. Sunfish continue to hit on Lake Alexander in 10 to 15 feet.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleye action is good via downrigging, spinners tipped with crawlers or with jigs and chubs in 18 to 22 feet. Try the sand bar off Springsteel, and south tip of Buffalo Bay.

Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200



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South Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

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South East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southeast Minnesota Fishing Report - August 15th, 2014


Walleye action is strong with crawlers or leeches in 12 to 15 feet in the Maiden Rock and Lake City areas of Lake Pepin. Northern pike are hitting spoons or suckers in the Rush River and Pine Creek areas of Pepin. Work the brush piles and rip/rap areas on the Mississippi River for catfish.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Lake Zumbro continues to produce crappies over 18 to 22 feet and smallmouth bass close to shore, while the dam at Zumbro is giving up pike and muskies on sucker minnows. Chesterwoods Pond is a safe bet for panfish and largemouth bass, while Willow Creek Reservoir is giving up panfish in 5 to 10 feet. Sunfish are in 5 feet. Trout are suspended in deep water at Foster Arend Pond. 

Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982


Walleyes are biting willow cats, crankbaits and leeches on the rock dams and pools of the Mississippi River. Deeper holes are holding catfish. Trout anglers report clear streams.

West End Bait (507) 452-6241


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South West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - August 15th, 2014


Work the 4- to 8-foot rocks on Hall Lake and Budd Lake for crappies and bluegills. Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 8 feet on Hall and Budd in the evenings. The docks on Lake Sissiton and George Lake are holding bass, while catfish are an easy catch on most lakes with crawlers.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


The shallow weeds on Lake Minnie Belle are giving up sunfish and catfish continue to hit crawlers on the Crow River. Hit the shoreline weeds on Stella Lake for crappies during the evenings. 

Litchfield Outpost (320) 593-0025


The catfish bite has picked up with large sucker minnows in the deep holes and slack water areas of the Minnesota River. Lake Washington is producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and the Blue Earth River is producing walleyes on minnows. Look to the weedlines of Lura Lake with plastics for bass. 

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Big Stone Lake continues to kick out perch  in 12 to 14 feet on Manhatten Reef and near Hartford Beach. A few walleyes are hitting crankbaits at Big Stone from Sodak and further north in 8 to 10 feet. The Minnesota River remains a safe bet for catfish.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Spinnerbaits are producing pike in 10 feet on Lake Sakatah. The rock pile in Antil’s Bay on Lake Tetonka is giving up white bass and an occasional walleye. The swimming beach area of Tetonka is worth noting for sunfish.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Crappies, sunfish, bass, and a few walleyes are being caught on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Eagle Lake and Diamond Lake. On Green Lake, sunfish are hitting in 10 to 12 feet and crawlers are producing walleyes in 30 to 35 feet.

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


Work the shoreline breaks on Twin Lake during the evening hours for smallmouth bass, walleyes and perch. Lake Benton is producing walleyes on crankbaits in 6 feet. A few geese have been shot during the early season.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880


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