Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report – August 1st, 2013
A few walleyes continue to hit leeches at Farm Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Vertically-presented jigs are turning an occasional lake trout over 60 feet at Burntside Lake and Snowbank Lake. Topwater baits or leeches are producing smallmouth on most lakes, while the bays and shorelines of Birch Lake are giving up bluegills.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
A jig and leech is producing walleyes in 12 to 18 feet at Devil Fish Lake and Pike Lake, in 10 to 15 feet at Two Island Lake, and in 25 feet at Loon Lake. Walleyes also can be had with rigs and leeches in 18 to 22 feet at Poplar Lake or with Rapalas at Devil Track Lake in eight to 12 feet. On Lake Superior, anglers are finding lake trout suspended over 150 to 200 feet and salmon are being taken with Dipsey Divers in 100 feet or less. Crawlers are turning rainbow trout in 20 to 22 feet at Trout Lake and Leo Lake and brook trout at Loft Lake. Topwater baits continue to provide steady smallmouth bass action at Hungry Jack Lake in 15 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
A plain hook and crawler is turning walleyes in 14 to 20 feet, as are jigs and minnows in 30 to 36 feet. Center Reef, Martin Islands, Blundt Island, and Headlight area have been most productive early and late. Northern pike are favoring shoreline breaks or weed edges and smallmouth bass are on the gravel beds and reef tops.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
The mayfly hatch has wound down and now walleyes are chasing young-of-the-year perch, which is a good thing because they’ve become more aggressive since they are forced to chase in order to eat. The go-to presentation is still a live-bait rig and piece of crawler on the reefs and shoreline breaks. The smallmouth bass bite is still going strong on the rocky shorelines and shallow, rock reefs. Artificial presentations as well as live bait under a float are producing numbers of fish. Muskie action around the full moon was nothing but stellar in the rocks and weeds with bucktails.
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