North Central Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 9th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
The majority of daytime walleye action continues to occur on the deep mud and gravel in 22 to 30 feet with crawlers or leeches. There is some evening action on the rocks with crankbaits, while slip bobbers and leeches will produce walleyes after sunset off the mud in 30 feet or more or on the mid-depth rocks if there’s a good wind. Most rock areas continue to kick out smallmouth bass and you’ll find pike and an occasional muskie roaming the weed edges in bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The deep mud and reefs continue to produce walleyes in 28 to 34 feet, most of which are being caught on spinners and crawlers, jigs and frozen shiners, or downrigging with crankbaits. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting spinners and minnows or crawlers on rocks and around the islands in 20 to 26 feet. Muskie action also has picked up with fish being taken on Danny Baits and cowgirls on the rocks and shoreline breaks.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Walleyes are being taken with slip bobbers or jigs tipped with leeches in the established cabbage beds of Sucker Bay. If the wind blows, you’ll find active walleyes on the points in 10 to 12 feet. The humps in Walker Bay and main-lake rock reefs are producing walleyes as well. Muskies are chasing baits around the cabbage beds, but start looking to the rocks for bigger fish. Portage Bay and the Minnesota Island area of Steamboat Bay are producing bass.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers in 25 to 32 feet in Sand Bay, the east end structure, and Reinier area during the morning and afternoon. The weedlines around the islands in Sand Bay are giving up a few northern pike and you’ll find smallmouth bass on the rocky shorelines on the Canadian side of the lake.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Spinners tipped with leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on the bars such as Center, Horseshoe, and Moxes Hole. You have to do some sorting, but there’s no problem finding perch on the shoreline breaks, points, and bars in 10 to 20 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows, spoons, and crankbaits on the weedbeds in 10 to 12 feet near the Bird Houses.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Crawlers and redtails are turning walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Whitefish Lake and Gull Lake. Look for crappies to be suspended on the deep weedlines at Cullen Lake, North Long Lake, and Sullivan Lake, while sunfish are hitting in 10 to 14 feet of water on North Long and Nisswa Lake. Northern pike and bass remain an easy catch on the deep weedlines of most lakes with minnows, leeches, or spinnerbaits.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Spinners tipped with crawlers or a jig and leech are producing walleyes in 15 to 22 feet at Sugar Lake and Lake Pokegama, 14 to 20 feet at Lake Wabana, and 20 to 25 feet at Bowstring Lake. Largemouth bass action is strong on the weedlines of Wabana and smallmouth bass continue to hit on the main-lake structure at North Star Lake and Pokegama. Crawlers or Power Bait are producing trout at Moonshine Lake, Kremer Lake, and Taylor Lake. Look for crappies in 12 to 16 feet of water on Pokegama, Rice Lake, and Big Splithand Lake. Muskies continue to hit topwater baits during low-light periods of the day at Moose Lake, Spider Lake, and North Star.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
You’ll find crappies on the 12-foot weed flats during the evening hours of the day at Pleasant Lake, Webb Lake, and Birch Lake. Woman Lake is producing smallmouth bass and a few walleyes in 15 to 18 feet and hit Birch for sunfish in 18 to 22 feet. Anglers trolling crankbaits at night over deep water on Ten Mile Lake are finding suspended walleyes and bucktails are triggering muskies on the reed edges at Little Boy Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes can be had with leeches or crawlers in 21 to 25 feet at Long Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet at Big Mantrap Lake and the Crow Wing Chain continues to produce sunfish and bass in 10 to 14 feet. Northern pike are hitting minnows or crankbaits in 15 feet at Fish Hook Lake, while Bad Medicine Lake continues to produce rainbow trout over 25 to 32 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Crankbaits or crawlers are producing walleyes in five to 10 feet of water along the shorelines or in 12 to 14 feet on the rock humps. Cast to the reed edges with spinnerbaits or minnows for northern pike.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
A few walleyes are being caught with crawlers or fatheads on the main-lake bars of Rice Lake or along the deeper weedlines of Lake Koronis. Hit the 15- to 18-foot weedlines with sucker minnows on Koronis, Rice, and Horseshoe Lake for northern pike. Sunfish continue to be caught in six to 14 feet on Pearl Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, Carnelian Lake, Goodner Lake, and Koronis. Catfish are an easy catch on the Sauk River with crawlers.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crappies and sunfish continue to hit on the bars and weedlines of Lake Osakis in six to 18 feet. You’ll also find sunfish on the weedlines of Big Birch Lake and a mixed bag of panfish on Long Bridge Lake in eight feet. Look for crappies suspended on the eight- to 12-foot weedlines of lakes Lilly, Long, and Big Sauk. Walleyes are hitting leeches on the edges of the main lake bars on Osakis, but many have been small.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155