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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – August 31st, 2012

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Bigger walleyes are being caught during the day on leadcore and crankbaits over deep water. Look for more keeping-sized walleyes to be taken with slip bobbers and leeches on the shallow rocks during the evening. Muskies are active on the north end and weedlines of most bays. Smallmouth bass fishing remains strong on the rocks with plastics.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – During the day, walleyes are being taken with spinners and minnows on top of the flats or with leadcore and crankbaits on the deep-basin areas. Slip bobbers and leeches are best at night off the mud flats in 30 feet. Tube jigs are turning smallmouth bass during the morning hours in 11 to 20 feet, while trolling on the north end has produced muskies. Perch action has improved on the 23- to 30-foot rocks off Brown’s Point and Pike Point.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Limits and big walleyes remain the norm off the mud flats in 30 to 33 feet, although the reefs are holding plenty of walleyes as well. Lighthouse Gap, Graceton Beach, Long Point, Rocky Point, Knight, and Bridges areas have all produced walleyes and sauger. Most fish are being taken on crankbaits or spinners and crawlers and there has been scattered reports of a shallower bite starting with jigs in 22 to 24 feet. At the Northwest Angle, jigging has worked best for walleyes on the humps and points over 25 to 40 feet. Muskie action also has been strong at the Angle.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Walleye action remains tough with fish being found scattered on the deep humps in Walker Bay, shallow weeds and reefs on the main lake, or 12- to 15-foot breaks. Perch reports have improved from 10 to 15 feet and look for them to keep moving shallower. The muskie bite continues to be up and down as water temperatures continue to fluctuate with the rock structure and shoreline weed cover holding more fish.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

RAINY LAKE

Walleyes are hitting crawlers or leeches over 30 feet in the Brule area. Pike action has improved with crankbaits along the shoreline breaks in Sand Bay. Smallmouth bass have bit better on the Rainy River than on main-lake structure with crankbaits or crawlers producing bigger fish.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Look for walleyes to hit a jig and minnow combination or leech and Lindy rig on the east side in seven to nine feet near Birch’s Landing, the Duck Pass, and Highbanks area. If the wind blows, work the bars and humps in 16 to 18 feet for walleyes. Perch are scattered and putting together a batch of good-sized fish involves a lot of sorting. Northern pike action has picked up on the weedlines out from the bird houses and old Judd’s Resort area.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Redtails or crawlers are turning walleyes in 14 to 16 feet on Gull Lake and North Long Lake, in 14 to 28 feet at Pelican Lake, and in 14 to 20 feet at Whitefish Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies in six to 12 feet on Upper Gull Lake, Round Lake, and North Long. Northern pike are hitting minnows on the weedlines of Gull, North Long, and Pelican, while Cullen Lake and Gull are producing bass in 10 to 12 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers in the 13- to 17-foot weeds of Lake Pokegama and Trout Lake. Hit 18 to 22 feet with rigs and leeches for walleyes at Sugar Lake and Deer Lake. Crappie action has picked up in eight to 16 feet at Bowstring Lake, Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, and Sand Lake or in 16 to 30 feet at Pokegama. Look for sunfish in the 13-foot weeds of Pokegama, Bass Lake, Grave Lake, and Big Splithand Lake. Muskie action has been best on lakes Deer, Moose, and North Star, while smallmouth bass are hitting on the Mississippi River, Pokegama, and Trout. Spoons and crankbaits are producing lake trout 25 to 50 feet down on Pokegama and Pit Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Work the weedlines and sharp breaks of Woman Lake with crawlers for walleyes. Muskies remain active during low-light periods at Baby Lake, while smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting throughout the area. Bluegills are weed-orientated and active at Pleasant, Birch, and Ten Mile lakes.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

RED LAKE

Walleye reports have been best if the area receives a few consecutive days without wind. Walleyes remain shallow, four to seven feet, with a few fish coming off deep rock humps. Trolling crankbaits or spinner rigs has worked best. The bigger northern pike are being taken in three to six feet on minnows, crankbaits, or spoons.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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