MN: Anglers turn to low-light periods for dog-days walleyes Issue: 32
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – You need to cover water during the day with live-bait rigs
or spinner rigs tipped with nightcrawlers or leeches for walleyes.
Work the tops and edges of the mud and gravel bars. There is some
action taking place with crankbaits off the structure in deep
water. A slip bobber and leech remains the best night option for
walleyes on any of the deep rock reefs. Look to the shallow and
mid-depth rocks for smallmouths, which can be had on plastics,
crankbaits, or live bait. Muskie reports weren’t as consistent this
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Spinner rigs with nightcrawlers or minnows continue to
trigger some walleyes during the day on the tops and edges of
Seguchie’s Flat, Seven Mile Flat, Eight Mile Flat, and Sherman’s
Flat. Anchoring and pitching slip bobbers and leeches at night in
30 to 34 feet has provided more consistent walleye action. Muskie
reports varied this week, but anglers seem to be raising quite a
few fish from the weeds and northern pike are hitting crankbaits on
most weedlines. Look to the rocks and weeds for consistent
smallmouth bass action.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are hitting live-bait rigs or spinners and crawlers in 20
to 25 feet along the south shore. Saugers are being caught slightly
deeper and there are more walleyes and sauger being caught via
downrigging. Live bait also is the best option at the Northwest
Angle, where walleyes, smallmouth bass, and northern pike are being
taken around the islands in 20 feet or more. This area is giving up
a few muskies as well.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Work spinner rigs and nightcrawlers during the day on the rock
reefs and main-lake flats in 15 to 18 feet for walleyes. At night,
crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches are producing fish around
Sand Point in 10 to 14 feet. Muskies remain active on the cabbage
beds in Sucker Bay and Portage Bay, while bass fishing continues to
be very good along the rice beds in most bays. Panfish reports have
been limited this week.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Sunfish are being caught along the shallow and deep weed areas of
Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence. These lakes also are giving
up the occasional walleye in 32 to 38 feet, mainly on
nightcrawlers. Northern pike and bass are tight to the deep weed
edges on most lakes and Minnetonka has produced muskies during
low-light periods with most fish chasing bucktails or topwater
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Nightcrawlers and minnows are producing walleyes on the main-lake
reefs and Fox Island area in 25 to 35 feet. The Three Sisters area
of Sand Bay is producing walleyes in 24 to 30 feet and you’ll find
decent walleye action on the Rainy River in 12 to 15 feet.
Crankbaits and minnows are producing northern pike on the deep
weedlines in Lost Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The main-lake bars and north-end humps continue to produce the bulk
of most walleye catches. Anglers are drifting crawlers or leeches
in 18 to 22 feet and the bite seems to be best when the wind blows.
With a decent wind, you’ll find active walleyes on the west-side
points in less than 12 feet as well. Northern pike are hitting
along most weedlines and perch can be had with a jig and minnow in
eight to 13 feet.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
The weedlines on the north end of Bald Eagle Lake are giving up
muskies during low-light periods. Look to the St. Croix River for
walleyes in 15 to 20 feet and Demonterville Lake is giving up
panfish in eight to 10 feet. The weedlines of Beaver Lake, Silver
Lake, and Demonterville are kicking out northern pike, mainly on
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Look for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet on Lake Auburn, Lake Bavaria, and
Pierson Lake. Crankbaits, sucker minnows, and spoon plugs are
triggering northern pike along the weedlines of Pierson and Auburn.
Bass are hitting topwater baits and spinnerbaits at Steiger Lake
and Whaletail Lake during the morning and evening hours.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Walleye action has been slow with an occasional big fish caught
late at night on North Reef and Kegg’s Reef in 12 to 15 feet.
Sunfish and bass remain active on the shallow weedlines adjacent to
most reefs and muskie anglers raised more fish this week. CowGirls
have been the hot bait on North Reef, Center Reef, and the swimming
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Panfish continue to be found on the deep weedlines throughout the
Le Homme Dieu Chain. Look for bigger bass on the bars and deep
weedlines of Lake Miltona, Lake Carlos, and Lake Le Homme Dieu.
Walleye action has been best during low-light periods of the day
with spinners and crawlers in 15 to 18 feet on Miltona and Lake
Ida. Throwing bucktails on the weedlines of Lobster Lake and
Miltona has produced a few muskies.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Nightcrawlers are producing walleyes at Clearwater Lake in 16 to 24
feet and bass fishing continues to be excellent on the weedlines
and shoreline breaks of most lakes. Sucker minnows and spoon plugs
are turning northern pike at Clearwater, Lake John, Lake Sylvia,
and Pleasant Lake. Muskies are most active early and late in the
day at Sugar Lake, while the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on
Clearwater, Sylvia, John, and Sugar are holding sunfish.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297 www.littlejimssports.com
Walleyes and northern pike are hitting in 15 to 25 feet at Otter
Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Walker Lake. Trolling Shad Raps in
eight to 10 feet has produced walleyes at night on the flats of
Otter Tail as well. Sunfish are hitting in six to 12 feet at West
Battle, Clitherall Lake, Blanche Lake, and Stalker Lake. Look for
crappies on these lakes to be suspended over 15 feet or more. The
weed edges of West Battle are giving up a few muskies, but most
continue to chase baits rather than eat them.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are hitting nightcrawlers during the day in 18 to 25 feet
and crankbaits during low-light periods in shallower water on Lake
Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. The cabbage beds and points of both
lakes are also targets for muskies and northern pike. You’ll find
panfish in 10 to 15 feet at Grace Lake, Kitchi Lake, and Grant
Lake, while the weedlines of most lakes continue to produce
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Panfish and bass action is consistent on the weedlines of Lake
Pimushe, Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, and North Twin Lake. Work the
12- to 15-foot break with nightcrawlers at Island Lake for
walleyes. The seven- to 10-foot weedline on Blackduck Lake also is
giving up ‘eyes with crawlers.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Redtails or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes early and late in
the day in 16 to 20 feet at Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and North
Long Lake. Look for sunfish and bass on the weedlines of most lakes
and pike are hitting minnows in 12 to 20 feet at Gull, North Long,
and Round Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218)
Nightcrawlers or fathead minnows are working best for walleyes
during low-light periods on the deep weedlines of Chisago Lake and
Green Lake. Sunfish are hitting in 12 to 15 feet at North Lindstrom
Lake, South Center Lake, and Chisago. Sucker minnows continue to
turn northern pike in 10 to 14 feet at Sunrise Lake, while bass are
an easy catch throughout the area with plastics and
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Work the weedlines out to 20 feet for walleyes at Pelican Lake,
Lake Melissa, Big Detroit Lake, and Big Cormorant Lake. Sunfish and
crappies are hanging around the deep weed edges of Floyd Lake,
Cotton Lake, Severson Lake, and Big Detroit. Bass and pike are
hitting on the weedliness of most lakes and muskie activity has
been best at Big Detroit and Pelican with large spinnerbaits.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Bluegills are being found on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Fish
Lake, while the structure and shoreline breaks of Island Lake are
providing consistent smallmouth bass action. Nightcrawlers are the
preferred walleye bait at Island in 20 to 30 feet and at Boulder
Lake in 15 to 17 feet. Muskies remain “fairly active” on the St.
Louis River as they continue to chase bucktails. On Lake Superior,
salmon and lake trout are being found suspended 20 to 70 feet
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
A leech and plain hook is producing a few walleyes on the reefs of
Burntside Lake in 24 to 26 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting on
lakes Shagawa, Snowbank, Basswood, and Burntside, but look for the
biggest fish to be deeper on the reefs. Basswood and Burntside are
giving up northern pike in 15 to 20 feet, while lake trout action
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Bucktails or topwater baits are producing an occasional muskie at
Fox Lake during low-light periods of the day. Crappies and
bluegills are hitting in five to seven feet of water at Lake
Sissiton, Budd Lake, and Hall Lake. Crankbaits and minnows are
turning northern pike at Tuttle Lake in three to five feet of water
and North Silver Lake is producing perch in less than six
Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle (507) 235-5225
Look to Lake Mazaska, Kelley Dudley Lake, and French Lake for
panfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. Bucktails continue to work best
for muskies on the weedlines of French during the evening hours.
The weedlines of Kelley Dudley and Shields Lake are giving up
northern pike, most of which are hitting spoons. Walleye action has
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Leeches and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on the weedlines
out to 24 feet on Bowstring Lake, Lake Wabana, Sugar Lake, Lake
Pokegama, and Sand Lake. Crappies remain active during the evening
hours in the cabbage of Pokegama, Spider Lake, and Big Splithand
Lake. Look for sunfish in 10 to 14 feet on lakes Pokegama, Bass,
Graves, and Little Splithand. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action
remains strong on most lakes, big northern pike remain suspended
over 20 feet or more, and muskies continue to be raised during
low-light periods at Deer Lake and North Star Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
The eight- to 12-foot weedlines of Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, and
Webb Lake continue to produce panfish. Look to Portage Lake and
Baby Lake for consistent bass action and sucker minnows are
producing northern pike in 12 to 14 feet at Ten Mile Lake. Walleye
reports have been limited this week.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleyes are being plucked out of the weeds with minnows and
nightcrawlers at Lake Washington. Washington also continues to
produce panfish near the points in 10 to 12 feet. Spinnerbaits and
spoons are turning northern pike along the shallow weeds of Lake
Francis. Catfish are being found in some of the slack-water areas
of the Minnesota River.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Spinner rigs and jigs tipped with leeches or minnows are producing
walleyes in six to 12 feet on the south shore rock humps. There’s a
shallower bite, five to 10 feet, on the east-shore breaks with live
bait and crankbaits early and late in the day. Crankbaits and
spinnerbaits continue to trigger big northern pike along the
shorelines and bulrush edges.
Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
RED WING AREA
Walleyes and sauger are being caught on three-way rigs and
crankbaits in 15 to 25 feet at Maiden Rock Flats and the points
throughout Lake Pepin. On the Mississippi River, bigger catfish are
being caught below the dam on sucker minnows and stinkbaits,
crappies are hitting in the backwaters in 10 to 15 feet, and the
docks around Baypoint Park are holding bluegills.
Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334