It’s official: ‘Dog days’ of summer have arrived
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Midday walleye activity has slowed with a few fish coming
off the deep gravel and mud. The most consistent bite is with slip
bobbers and leeches on mid-depth rocks. Tubes or shallow-running
crankbaits are producing smallmouth bass on the rocks, and
bucktails are triggering muskies.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Spinners tipped with crawlers, leeches, or minnows are
producing walleyes on mud flats in 23 to 32 feet of water. Better
numbers of big walleyes are coming from deep water off main lake
structure via crankbaits. At dark, slip bobbers and leeches are
turning fish at a variety of depths.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are being pulled from 18 to 20 feet of water near Pine
Island during the morning and evening hours. Midday fishing has
improved in deeper water with spinner rigs and nightcrawlers.
Limits of fish continue to be common. The reefs and deeper bays are
producing walleyes at the Northwest Angle. Most of these fish are
hitting live bait in 22 to 34 feet. Muskie reports have improved at
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
Work the weedlines for walleyes with live bait rigs in 18 to 24
feet of water. The sharp breaks off the points are producing fish
during the day as well. The evening crankbait bite remains strong
off the points in 10 to 14 feet. Sand Point and Second Duck Point
are good places to start your evening trolling. Muskie action has
been sporadic with some seen in the weeds.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
A few walleyes can be had on the deep weedlines of the bigger
bays such as Brown’s and Wayzata. You’ll also find bigger
concentrations of sunfish and bass on the 15- to 20-foot weed edges
scattered throughout the lake. Sucker minnows and spinners have
been the ticket for northern pike on top of the deep patches.
Muskie activity has improved in these areas as well.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Look for walleyes in 20 to 28 feet of water on the Saginaw Bay
reefs, Fox Island reefs, and Olson Reef. The Reinier area also has
provided steady walleye activity. Northern pike can be had in the
back end of Black Bay where crankbaits are working best on the
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Walleye action has been up and down with scattered fish being
reported on the bars and humps in 16 to 26 feet of water. Some big
perch have been caught this week off the 19- to 34-foot humps near
Big Muskie Bar. Northern pike continue to be an easy catch in the
eight-foot weed patches.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
Sucker minnows are turning numbers of northern pike on the 12-
to 14-foot weed edges of White Bear Lake, Lake Owassa, and Big
Carnelian Lake. Plastics and topwater baits are producing bass on
Forest Lake, Lake Jane, and Big Marine Lake. The best sunfish
reports are coming off Lake Peltier in 12 to 15 feet of water.
Walleye activity has slowed with the best bite taking place during
the evening hours on the St. Croix River in 20 to 22 feet of
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Largemouth bass are very active in the weeded areas of Lake
Zumbra and Pierson Lake. Zumbra also is kicking out northern pike
in the 12- to 14-foot weeds. Lake Minnewashta, Lake Auburn, and
Lake Bavaria remain safe bets for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Muskie anglers are seeing more fish this week on the reefs and
deep weedlines while throwing topwater baits. Walleye activity has
slowed down, but panfish continue to be found in both the deep and
shallow weeds. The bigger sunfish and crappies have been taken on
the deep weedlines with more numbers in the shallows. Bass and
northern pike are cruising the weed edges and biting very
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Look for bigger bass on the deep weedlines and bars of most
lakes. Walleyes tend to be most active during lowlight periods of
the day in 20 to 35 feet of water on lakes such as Miltona, Ida,
and Le Homme Dieu. Lake Darling, Lake Geneva, and Le Homme Dieu are
giving up crappies via small minnows or tube jigs in 12 feet. Small
sunfish and northern pike are biting well on most lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Plastics are producing bass on Clinker Lake, Rabbit Lake, and
Lower Mission Lake. Look for panfish in 12 to 16 feet of water on
lakes such as Adney, Perry, and Clearwater. Limited walleye
activity is reported off Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake in 26 to 28
feet. Trout continue to hit crankbaits on the Pennington and Manual
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Work the weed edges of Blue Lake and Green Lake for panfish. A
few walleyes have come from Blue Lake in 22 feet of water.
Crankbaits have been the most productive for smallmouth bass on the
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 15 feet on Crescent Lake
and Two Island Lake. A few can be had in deeper water on Lake
Saganaga as well. Hungry Jack Lake is a safe bet for smallmouth
bass. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing salmon at a variety of
depths, while lake trout remain close to bottom.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Look for walleyes on Bowstring Lake in nine feet of water, on
Sugar Lake in 17 to 20 feet, and on Lake Pokegama in seven feet.
The Tioga Pit is kicking out rainbow trout and the bulrushes of
Bass Lake are holding sunfish. Crappies are hitting on the 12- to
14-foot weedlines of Pokegama and topwater baits are producing
muskies at the Blanden Reservoir.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838
Bass are biting at a good pace on lakes such as Birch,
Horseshoe, Pine Mountain, and Woman. Nightcrawlers attached to
spinners are turning an occasional walleye on Ten Mile Lake,
Pleasant Lake, and Woman from the shallow weeds out to 22 feet of
water. Look to Pleasant and Birch for sunfish in 12 feet. Northern
pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of Pine Mountain and
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Mallard Point and the Bonanza areas of Big Stone Lake are
producing walleyes on plugs or spinners in 12 to 14 feet. Leeches
have been the ticket for walleyes on Lake Oliver in 12 feet of
water. The north end of Lake Lac Qui Parle also has provided some
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Long Lake remains the best bet for walleyes in 21 feet. Sucker
minnows are providing consistent northern pike action on the
16-foot weedlines of Big Mantrap Lake. Topwater baits have
triggered muskies on Big Mantrap as well. Hit the Crow Wing Chain
with waxworms for bluegills in 14 feet of water.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
RED WING AREA
Shad Raps are producing walleyes on Lake Pepin in 14 to 18 feet
of water. Jigs also have worked well for walleyes on the wingdams
of the Mississippi River. Catfish are hitting stinkbaits in the
Mississippi River , while the Rush River has been giving up
good-sized pike. The deep rocks of Pepin are safe bets for both
crappies and smallmouth bass.
Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
The 10- to 15-foot weeds on lakes Andrew, Florida, Nest, and
Games are holding sunfish. Leeches fished underneath slip bobbers
are producing walleyes on Long Lake in six to 12 feet of water.
Bass and pike remain active on most lakes, while Green Lake is
providing a walleye bite in the shallow weeds out to 30 feet.
Smallmouth bass also can be had on Green with plastics and
crankbaits at a variety of depths.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097