North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – August 1st, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – The best day bite for walleyes is taking place on the mud and gravel in 22 to 30 feet. These fish will slide shallower during low-light periods and can be had with slip bobbers and leeches in 15 to 18 feet. Most rock areas, shallow to deep, are holding smallmouth bass and they can be had on live bait, plastics, or crankbaits. A few muskies are being seen on the weedlines in most bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – The mud flats such as Eight Mile, Seguchie’s, and Seven Mile continue to produce walleyes. Hit the tops and edges during low-light periods with a spinner and live-bait combination. After dark, anchor and pitch slip bobbers with leeches off the mud in 30 feet or more. Smallmouth bass continue to be an easy catch on the rocks and northern pike are hitting crankbaits on the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay and Garrison Bay.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Recent north winds have stirred up the big fish with many reports of 20-inch or larger walleyes coming off the reefs in 28 to 32 feet or the mud in 29 to 34 feet. Trolling crankbaits or drifting with spinners and crawlers along Garden, Bridges, and Little Oak islands has worked, as has downrigging or anchoring with a jig and frozen shiner in 30 to 33 feet along the Canadian border line closer to the south shore near Pine Island. Water levels are high on the Rainy River so the increased current is pushing minnows upstream and the walleyes are following. At the Northwest Angle, spinners and chubs are turning walleyes in 18 to 25 feet around Little Oak, Four Blocks, and Falcon Island or the rocks in Little Traverse Bay.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes on the main-lake humps and reefs in 16 to 22 feet. The cooler weather seems to have sparked a decent walleye bite in the cabbage beds of Sucker Bay and Portage Bay as well. Muskies are spread out on the points, shoreline breaks or cabbage areas and they seem to prefer small baits.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes on the east end in 20 to 25 feet during the morning hours. A jig and minnow is working best for walleyes on the reefs in Sand Bay or in the Reinier area over 25 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass action has been best on the rock structure throughout the Canadian side of the lake.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Work the tops of the main-lake bars and humps with a spinner and crawler in 15 to 18 feet for walleyes. Shad Raps also are producing walleyes on top of most bars. Perch are scattered throughout the bars or shoreline breaks and northern pike have moved to the 10-foot weedbeds and can be had with sucker minnows.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Walleye action has been limited to Lake Bemidji where crawlers and leeches are turning fish in 18 to 32 feet. Bucktails thrown on the weedlines of Little Wolf Lake, Lake Plantagenet, Big Lake, and Bemidji have triggered muskies. Hit the docks and lily pads of Grace Lake for sunfish and you’ll find crappies suspended on the weedlines of Turtle River Lake and Lake Beltrami.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Walleye activity has been slow, but the deep weedbeds of lakes Rabideau, Gilstead, North Twin, and South Twin are producing crappies and bluegills. Throwing spinnerbaits on these weed edges will provide consistent bass and northern pike action.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or redtails are turning walleyes in 16 to 20 feet on Gull Lake and Whitefish Lake. If the wind is blowing, hit Pelican Lake in 26 to 32 feet with redtails for walleyes. You’ll find sunfish on the weedlines of North Long Lake, Nisswa Lake, and Whitefish. Bass and northern pike have moved to the deep weedlines of most lakes.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
A crawler and spinner is producing walleyes in 18 to 20 feet at Cass Lake and off LeRoy’s Bar at Pike Bay Lake. You’ll also pluck walleyes and perch off the edges of North Cedar Bar, Buck’s Bar, and Duckhead Bar on Cass with a jig and minnow in 12 feet. Buck Lake and Allen’s Bay on Cass are producing bluegills in 10 feet and the docks on Wolf Lake are holding bass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are hitting spinners and leeches in 16 to 25 feet on Sugar Lake and Lake Pokegama or on the 20- to 25-foot structure of Bowstring Lake and on the 12- to 20-foot weedlines of Lake Wabana. There’s some evening muskie action with topwater baits at North Star Lake, Spider Lake, and Deer Lake. Crappies are being found in 16 feet at Big and Little Splithand lakes or in 12 to 14 feet on Pokegema and Rice Lake. Bluegills remain shallow on Bass Lake, Pokegama, Big Splithand, and Little Splithand and there has been excellent smallmouth bass action on the deeper structure of Pokegama, Wabana, and North Star.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Walleyes are hitting leeches and fatheads in 20 to 22 feet at Big Sandy Lake. You’ll find sunfish and crappies on the weedlines of Big Sandy, Lake Minnewawa, Aitkin Lake, and Round Lake. Bass and northern pike action has been strong on the weedlines of most lakes.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
Consistent cold fronts and wind has slowed the walleye bite a bit. Once the weather improves, look to trolling crankbaits in five to 10 feet or on the rock humps in 12 to 14 feet of water to provide steady walleye action. Northern pike reports also have been limited, but they should improve once the weather warms as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Crawlers and fatheads are producing a few walleyes on Lake Koronis from the weedlines out to 20 feet. Lakes such as Koronis, Rice, Cedar Island, Horseshoe, Becker, East, Goodner, Pearl, and Carnelian are all giving up sunfish in six to 12 feet. Northern pike action has picked up in 12 to 25 feet on Koronis, Rice, and Horseshoe, while bass are being pulled from the slop or deep cabbage on most lakes.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
The Starbuck and Glenwood ends of Lake Minnewaska continue to produce sunfish in 12 feet. Walleye action has slowed, but largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines. Minnewaska also is giving up quite a few smallmouth bass in six to eight feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239