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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – August 10th, 2012

LAKE MILLE LACS

Reports indicate more keeping-sized walleyes being caught on the mid-depth rocks or off the flats in 30 feet or more at night with slip bobbers and leeches. During the day, leadcore and cranks are turning big walleyes in 30 to 34 feet, as are crawlers on the edges of the flats. A few perch reports have been heard coming off the deep rocks, smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the rocks, and the weedlines in most bays are producing northern pike. Look to the north-end sand for muskies during low-light periods.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Limits of walleyes continue to be taken with spinner rigs and crawlers in 30 to 32 feet in Big Traverse. Anglers jigging and pulling crankbaits are finding schools of active walleyes scattered from the Lighthouse Gap to Rocky Point up to Garden Island. At the Northwest Angle, jigging continues to trigger more walleyes near Skeet Island or the rock reefs. Muskie fishing remains strong for those working cooler water to the north. Work the deep rocks and underwater points for smallmouth bass and northern pike.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

The crankbait bite at night has been hit or miss, with the stretch from Sand Point to Cedar Point being most productive in nine to 14 feet. Work the main-lake humps with crawlers in 25 to 35 feet with crawlers during the day for walleyes. A few more walleyes are starting to be pulled from the mid-depth weeds with jigs and minnows. Muskie action has been best in the cabbage of Portage Bay and the rocks around Pelican and Submarine islands.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

RAINY LAKE

Minnows are producing some walleyes, but crawlers are the best option on or near the main-lake reefs in 30 feet or more. The Reinier Rapids area is giving up walleyes in 20 to 25 feet mainly on crawlers during low-light periods. Smallmouth bass have been most active on the shallow rock reefs on the Canadian side and most northern pike being caught continue to be small.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Perch are hitting minnows on the 12- to 14-foot rocks in the Fence area and northwest corner of the lake. Walleye action has picked up with slip bobbers and leeches or crawlers and spinners in the eight- to 12-foot weeds on Tamarack Point, Big Stoney Point, and Raven’s Point. Horseshoe Bar also gave up more fish this week in 12 feet.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

BEMIDJI AREA

Diamond Point Bar and the west side of Lake Bemidji are giving up walleyes via live bait in 18 to 24 feet. Bluegills and crappies have started hitting at Clearwater Lake in 12 to 15 feet and the weedlines of Midge Lake are kicking out bass and bluegills. Muskie action has been best on the weedlines during low-light periods with bucktails at Bemidji, Big Lake, and Lake Plantagenet.
Bluewater Outdoors
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Redtails are producing walleyes in the weeds in 16 to 18 feet at Whitefish Lake and Gull Lake during the morning and evening hours. Look for bass to hit spinnerbaits or sucker minnows on the deep weedlines of Gull, North Long Lake, and Round Lake. Sunfish continue to be found in the shallow weeds of most lakes and northern pike are weed-related in 16 to 18 feet of water and hitting suckers or redtails at Gull, North Long, Whitefish, and Pelican Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleye action remains hot on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake with crankbaits, spinners, or jigs in six to eight feet. Better spots have been the bars such as North Cedar, Tom’s, East Stony, the Kettle, and West Cedar during low-light periods. Look for perch in six to eight feet on Tom’s Bar, East Cedar Bar, North Cedar Bar, and the Kettle. Bass are hitting plastics on Lake Thirteen and look for panfish along the pencil reeds at Kitchi Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

RED LAKE

Most shorelines are giving up walleyes in four to six feet mainly on crankbaits or spinners and crawlers. But the recent cold fronts and windy conditions have slowed the walleye and northern pike action considerably.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish are hitting in 15 feet at Maple Lake, 15 to 22 feet at Big Birch Lake, and in eight feet on Lake Osakis. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 22 feet on Maple or in seven feet at Long Bridge Lake. Walleyes remain active in 18 to 22 feet on Big Birch, in eight to 12 feet on Osakis, and in six to eight feet at Sauk Lake. Slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are working best.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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