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Northcentral Minnesota Fishing Report – August 2nd, 2012

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Anglers are picking off a few keeping-sized walleyes during the evening hours with leeches on the six- to 12-foot rocks. There’s plenty of bigger walleyes coming off the deep, main-lake structure via rigs and leeches or leadcore. Crankbaits are working in “no-man’s land” off the structure. Muskie reports have improved with several reports of fish being caught around Hennepin Island and smallmouth bass action remains hot on the shallow and mid-depth rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Crawlers are now working best for walleyes during the day on the tops and edges of the mud flats. Leadcore and crankbaits also will produce ‘eyes in the deep basin areas. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are the way to go off the mud in 30 feet. Muskie action has improved on the north-end sand from MyrMar to Malmo and smallmouth bass remain an easy catch on the rocks. Northern pike are hitting crankbaits on the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay, Wigwam Bay, and Vineland Bay.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleyes are hitting spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches around the Lighthouse Gap in Big Traverse Bay and on the south side of Garden Island. The reefs around Knight Island have produced walleyes while trolling crankbaits in 25 to 30 feet and downrigging has been good on the deep mud flats. At the Northwest Angle, gold jigs and minnows or crawlers are turning walleyes and perch on the reefs in 25 to 30 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Nightcrawlers continue to produce walleyes on the edges of the humps in Walker Bay over 28 to 35 feet. Bright-colored crankbaits are producing walleyes during low-light periods on the flat edges between Sand Point and Cedar Point. You’ll also find active walleyes on the weed edges in Portage Bay, while other anglers are having success with crawlers on the reefs such as Mokey and Annex. Muskies have become more active on the rocks around Pelican Island, Pipe Island, and Submarine Island and in the cabbage of most bays. CowGirls, Boobie Traps, and Whopper Ploppers are all raising fish.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

RAINY LAKE

Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes in 30 feet on the reefs near Stub’s Shoal. You’ll also find walleyes west of the Reinier Rapids, and on Shorty’s Reef in 20 to 24 feet. Look for smallmouth bass on the shallow rock reefs and small northern pike remain active throughout Sand Bay and Black Bay in less than 16 feet.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Perch are being found on the 12- to 14-foot scattered rock areas off Raven’s Point and the Long Bar Fence area. Walleye activity remains tough with a few fish coming off the bars and humps in 18 to 22 feet with leeches and crawlers. A few walleyes have been plucked from the weeds on the west side and near Tamarack Point. Shad Raps are producing some walleyes on the 10- to 14-foot breaks as well.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are being taken on crawlers during the day or crankbaits at night in eight to 12 feet on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Topwater baits thrown on the weed edges of Bemidji and Plantagenet are raising muskies. Hit the weedlines of Grace Lake and Lake Beltrami for bluegills. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 12-foot weedlines of Bemidji.
Bluewater Outdoors
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleye action has slowed with just a few fish coming off Blackduck Lake in 11 to 14 feet via crankbaits. The eight- to 12-foot cabbage on Gull Lake and Rabideau Lake is holding bluegills and a few crappies. Largemouth bass continue to hit on the shoreline weeds of North Twin and South Twin lakes.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Lindy Rigs tipped with leeches, minnows, or crawlers started producing walleyes at Whitefish Lake along the 16- to 20-foot weedlines. The 14- to 17-foot weedlines of Gull Lake also are giving up walleyes on the same presentation. Bass fishing is very good on most lakes and sunfish action remains strong in the six- to eight-foot weeds of Upper Gull Lake, Hubert Lake, Round Lake, and North Long Lake. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 17 to 22 feet on the south end of Gull and in 10 to 12 feet in the Highway 371 bay on North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CROSBY AREA

Bass fishing has been excellent with topwaters, plastics, crankbaits, and live bait on most lakes. At Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake, crankbaits are turning largemouth and smallmouth bass, northern pike, and an occasional walleye in eight to 16 feet. Work the deep weed edges of lakes Mahnomen, Adney, and Clearwater for crappies. Look for sunfish on the 10- to 14-foot breaks at Black Hoof Lake or the road bed on East Rabbit Lake. A few trout continue to be caught with trout dough at Pennington Pit and the entire Pennington Chain is producing smallmouth bass.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912

EMILY AREA

Crappies are hitting tube jigs on the six- to eight-foot weedlines of Lake Emily. Hit the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Eagle Lake with Rapalas for northern pike. Bass are tearing up plastic worms at Lows Lake and you’ll find sunfish on the eight- to 10-foot rock pile in the middle of Ruth Lake.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Weedline walleyes continue to bite best with lakes such as Wabana, Bowstring, Pokegama, and Trout producing fish in 16 to 30 feet. Look for crappies to hit best during the evening hours on the deep weedlines of Big Splithand Lake, Little Splithand Lake, and Pokegama. Northern pike action is strong on the weedlines of most lakes, although bigger pike are being found in 20 feet or more on Pokegama. Bluegills are hitting in six to 12 feet at Graves Lake and Bass Lake. Look for muskies during low-light periods on Deer Lake and North Star Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

RED LAKE

Walleyes continue to hit in four to seven feet while trolling crankbaits or spinners along the pencil reeds and small cabbage beds. Some walleyes are being found near the rock humps in deeper water as well. A few nice perch are being taken by walleye fishermen and although fishing pressure is minimal for them, northern pike action is strong in three to six feet.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleye action remains strong on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake with spinner rigs and crawlers trolled along the weedlines. Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours on the bars at Cass such as North, East Cedar, Deadman’s, West Cedar, and Tom’s also has been productive for walleyes. Large minnows are producing northern pike in 20 to 25 feet on Cass, while bluegill action has been best on Kitchi Lake and in Allen’s Bay on Cass along the 12- to 15-foot cabbage.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Sunfish are hitting in eight to 12 feet at Rice Lake, Becker Lake, Clear Lake, and Pearl Lake. Look for walleyes on the six- to 12-foot weedlines out to 25 feet on Lake Koronis and Rice. Northern pike also have been active on Rice and Koronis in eight to 16 feet with the bigger fish being taken on sucker minnows. You’ll find bass in the thick weeds on Pearl and Grand Lake.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes in seven feet at McCormick Lake. Work the bars of Lake Osakis in 12 to 30 feet with leeches and crawlers for walleyes as well. Crappies are suspended over 15 feet and hitting minnows on Sauk Lake and Lady Lake. Sunfish action continues to be consistent in the eight- to 12-foot weeds of lakes Osakis, Fairy, Long Bridge, Smith, Big Birch, and Maple.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

EAST CENTRAL MN

Look for sunfish in five to seven feet and crappies in seven to 12 feet on Blue Lake. Northern pike are hitting spoons and minnows on the weedlines of Little Elk Lake and Green Lake. The Mississippi River is giving up catfish, smallmouth bass, and a few walleyes. Crawlers are working best for walleyes and smallmouth bass on the Rum River.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

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