North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – August 16th, 2013


East – During the day, walleyes are being taken with leadcore and crankbaits on deep basin areas. Anglers cover water with this approach and pick off active fish. At night, crankbaits are working in six to 12 feet. Suckers under bobbers are producing pike on the 12- to 16-foot weedlines on the north end. Smallmouths are an easy catch.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes during the day on the edges of the mud flats in 24 to 26 feet, as is leadcore and crankbaits in deeper water. Slip bobbers and leeches are best at night off the mud in 30 feet or more. Look for pike to hit crankbaits or minnows on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of St. Alban’s Bay, Vineland Bay, and Garrison Bay. The rock points and structure are safe bets for smallmouth bass in 16 to 19 feet.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Trolling bright crankbaits on downriggers or leadcore has produced walleyes on the deep mud. Schools of walleyes and sauger are being found out from Pine Island, Long Point, and Garden Island in 30 to 35 feet. Drifting with crawlers and spinners over the mud at Stoney Point and Graceton Beach has triggered walleyes on windy days. Sturgeon are hitting from Clementson Landing to Birchdale on the Rainy River during the evening hours. At the Northwest Angle, the 22- to 24-foot rock piles near Little Oak, Oak, and Lunatic islands are holding walleyes.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH


Some of the rock reefs are producing walleyes in 14 to 18 feet, as are shoreline breaks and humps in Walker Bay. Work the six- to 10-foot cabbage beds with slip bobbers and leeches for walleyes and there has been a consistent crankbait bite at night between Sand Point and Cedar Point in nine to 12 feet. Bass continue to hit spinnerbaits in Steamboat Bay and Portage Bay, while muskies are getting more active on the rocks.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on the reefs past the Brule in 30 feet, around the islands in 20 feet on the east end, and Community Reef in Sand Bay. Smallmouths are along the shoreline of Sand Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Look for pike in the 10- to 12-foot weeds to hit spoons or sucker minnows. Walleye action has been limited. Perch continue to be found throughout the lake, but you have to sort through small fish for your keepers.
Lake Winnie Resort Association                 


Minnows and live-bait rigs are turning walleyes on the inside and outside weed edges of Lake Bemidji. A few muskies are being taken on Lake Plantagenet and Bemidji with small bucktails and work the lily pads or docks for bluegills on Gull Lake, Grace Lake, and Walker Brook Lake. Bass fishing is excellent with spinnerbaits or plastics.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Crappies are suspended on the deep weed edges of Cullen Lake and North Long Lake. Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet at North Long, Nisswa Lake, and Gull Lake. Redtails are turning walleyes in 15 to 22 feet at Whitefish Lake, Pelican Lake, and Gull. Bass and pike are cruising the deep weedlines and hitting minnows, leeches, or crankbaits.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010


Spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes in 11 to 14 feet at Bowstring Lake or 12 to 30 feet at Deer Lake, Lake Wabana, and Sugar Lake. Redtails are working best for ‘eyes at Lake Pokegama in 20 to 30 feet. The eight- to 16-foot weedlines of lakes Pokegama, Bass, Big Splithand, and Little Splithand are holding bluegills. These lakes, as well as Wabana, also are giving up crappies during the evening hours.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Trolling spinners and minnows in five to seven feet along the south shore has produced limits of walleyes. The north and east shorelines also have been producing fish. On the east and southeast ends, crankbaits are turning walleyes and big northern pike.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Sunfish are hitting in six to 12 feet at Long Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Rice Lake. You’ll find bass in the weeds on Lake Koronis, Rice, and Horseshoe and suckers are turning pike in 16 to 18 feet on Koronis, Rice, and Cedar Island. Koronis is giving up a few walleyes in 25 to 35 feet during the evening hours.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Consistent crappie action is reported off the eight- to 12-foot weedlines of Long Bridge Lake, Lady Lake, Long Lake, and Sauk Lake. You’ll find sunfish and crappies on the weedlines of Little Birch Lake. On Lake Osakis, crappies are suspended over 10 to 18 feet, sunfish are biting from the Three Mile up to Head of the Lakes in 16 to 18 feet, and walleyes are hitting golden shiners in 18 to 40 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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