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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – August 17th, 2012

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Anglers continue to hook muskies by trolling bucktails on north-end weedlines and in the southern bays. Mid-day walleye action has been best with leadcore and crankbaits in 25 feet or more, while evening reports have been best on the six- to 12-foot reefs with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits when it’s cloudy or windy. Smallmouth continue to hit plastics, crankbaits, and live bait on the rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
www.johnsonsportside.com
West – During the day, leadcore and crankbaits are producing walleyes in the deep basin areas, as are crawlers on Slow Death rigs on top of the flats. Slip bobbers and leeches are turning more keeping-sized walleyes at night off the mud flats in 28 to 32 feet. Look for pike on the weedlines in most bays and smallmouth bass on the rocks.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Anglers are pulling crankbaits, crawlers, and jigging on the main basin in 29 to 32 feet and hooking walleyes. Pods of walleyes are also being found at the Lighthouse Gap and Morris Point Gap, west to Rocky Point, and north to Garden Island. The reefs such as Archie’s, Starren Shoal, Knight, and Bridges are giving up walleye limits as well. At the Northwest Angle, jigs tipped with dead minnows or Gulp are producing walleyes on the smaller reefs that top out at 30 feet, but are surrounded by deep water.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on the west arm of Submarine Island and south-end rocks in 14 to 18 feet. The weeds in Sucker Bay and deep weed patches near the Hardwoods also are giving up a few walleyes. Pulling crankbaits at night is producing some walleyes in nine to 14 feet. Muskie reports have been best on the weeds in Portage Bay or shallow rocks on the south end.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

RAINY LAKE

Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on the reefs in 35 feet or more. Better spots this week include Shorty’s Reef and Erickson’s Reef during mid-day hours. Pike reports remain limited to mainly small fish from the weedlines in most bays.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleye action has picked up with spinners and crawlers or crankbaits on top of the bars in 15 to 20 feet. There’s also been some steady walleye reports coming from the 12-foot weeds off Raven’s Point with slip bobbers and leeches. Pike can be had on minnows or spoons in most weedy areas.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

BEMIDJI AREA

Jigs and fatheads are turning walleyes on the north side of Lake Bemidji in 20 to 25 feet. At Clearwater Lake, walleyes, crappies, and bluegills are biting in eight to 14 feet during the day. Throw topwater baits in five to eight feet on Lake Plantagenet and Big Lake for muskies. The weedlines of Grace Lake or Midge Lake are producing panfish and bass.
Bluewater Outdoors
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting Rapalas during low-light periods on the bars in six to eight feet throughout Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Perch are scattered on the deep weedlines and major bars of Cass. Look for crappies and bass under the lily pads in Allen’s Bay on Cass and Kitchi Lake. Bluegill and pike action has been best in 15 to 20 feet on most lakes.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831                sunsetcove-resort.com

CROSBY AREA

Spinners and minnows are producing walleyes on the deep weed edges of Serpent Lake. There’s some evening crappie action in 10 to 15 feet at Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake, while sunfish are hitting on Black Hoof Lake and the backwaters on the Mississippi River. Topwaters are turning smallmouths on the Mississippi, Pine River, and Pennington Chain. Northern pike can be had with sucker minnows on the weedlines of Lower Mission Lake, Bay Lake, and Nokay Lake.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912

EMILY AREA

Lindy rigs and leeches are turning walleyes during the evening on the north end of Washburn Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Hit the 16-foot weedlines of Lawrence Lake for sunfish and Upper Dean Lake with Rapalas in 12 to 14 feet for pike. The lily pads in Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt Lake are holding largemouths.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

HACKENSACK AREA

Crankbaits are turning walleyes in 12 to 16 feet at Woman Lake and suspended walleyes over 20 feet or more on Ten Mile Lake. Muskie action has picked up on the rocks of Woman and Little Boy Lake. Crappies are in 16 to 20 feet during the day or in six to 10 feet during low-light periods at Woman, Birch Lake, Webb Lake, and Moccasin Lake. Moccasin and Birch also are kicking out sunfish.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Sunfish are hitting at Lake Koronis in six to eight feet and Horseshoe Lake in six to 12 feet. Sucker minnows are turning pike on Koronis and Rice Lake in 16 to 18 feet. Anglers are finding suspended crappies over 12 to 14 feet on Rice, Goodner Lake, and Pearl Lake. Channel catfish are an easy catch throughout the Sauk River Chain of Lakes.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The narrows area on the north end of Lake Osakis is producing sunfish in eight to 10 feet. You’ll also hit sunfish in seven feet at Long Bridge Lake, 12 to 16 feet at Fairy Lake, and nine to 12 feet on Big Birch Lake and Maple Lake. Leeches are producing walleyes in eight to 12 feet on Osakis, as are spinners and crawlers or jigs and minnows in 18 to 22 feet on Big Birch.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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