North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – August 30th, 2013

LAKE MILLE LACS
The best option for walleyes during the day continues to come “in the middle of nowhere” in the deep basin areas with leadcore and crankbaits. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are turning ‘eyes off the flats in 30 feet or more and on the mid-depth rocks. Crankbaits or sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike on the weedlines in most bays – these areas are the best option for muskies as well. Look for smallmouth bass on the rocks in 14 to 20 feet, most of which can be had with live bait, plastics, or crankbaits.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
    www.johnsonsportside.com
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
    www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS
Trolling crankbaits has produced walleyes over the 32- to 35-foot mud in Big Traverse Bay, 26 to 28 feet in front of Morris Gap, six miles north of Long Point in 27 to 30 feet, or along the border 10 miles north of Lighthouse Gap. Jigging has produced fish during the evening hours on the sand and rocks near Pine Island in six to 15 feet. On the Rainy River, you’ll find sturgeon in the deep holes that offer current and smallmouth bass near boulders and mouths of tributaries. At the Northwest Angle, jigs and minnows are producing walleyes on the rock structure in 22 to 25 feet. Northern pike and muskies are most active in the deep weedbeds during the evening hours and smallmouth bass can be had along the shorelines.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

LEECH LAKE
The heat seems to have improved muskie action with good reports being heard via bucktails during low-light periods in the cabbage of Portage Bay or the rock areas such as the Annex, Mokie’s Reef, and around Submarine Island. Daytime walleye action is slow, but the evening hours are producing fish on the breaks in Walker Bay or off Cedar Point with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits. Pitching plastics into the cabbage of Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay is a safe bet for bass.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE
Crawlers and leeches continue to produce walleyes in the Reinier area over 20 to 30 feet, Community Reef in 22 to 32 feet, the Brule area in 30 to 38 feet, and around the islands on the east end in 20 to 28 feet. Northern pike reports remain limited, but smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits in the Rainy River.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH
Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow, crankbaits, or spinners and crawlers on top of Center Bar and Horseshoe Bar in 12 to 14 feet or on the east side weedlines in six to seven feet. Perch are mixed in with walleyes and pike are hitting minnows and artificial baits on the nine- to 12-foot weedlines.
Lake Winnie Resort Association                        www.lakewinnie.net

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA
Walleyes can be had with crawlers, chubs, or redtails during low-light periods in 16 to 28 feet at Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and North Long Lake. You’ll find plenty of bass and sunfish on the weedlines of Gull, North Long, Round Lake, and Cullen Lake. Live-bait rigs and sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 18 to 28 feet on Whitefish.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are hitting crawlers on the weedlines of lakes Pokegama, Sugar, and Wabana or in 11 to 13 feet on Bowstring Lake. There’s some evening crappie action on the weedlines of Big Splithand Lake, Rice Lake, and Pokegama. Trolling Jakes in the deep, main-lake basin areas of Deer Lake and North Star Lake has triggered muskies.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

RED LAKE
The warm weather has slowed walleye activity a bit, but some limits continue to be caught with crankbaits or spinners and crawlers along the southeast shore in four to eight feet. The mid-lake rock humps and southwest shoreline are giving up walleyes as well. Trolling large crankbaits has triggered bigger northern pike in recent days.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Lakes Koronis, Becker, Goodner, and Horseshoe are safe bets for sunfish in six to 10 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 12 to 14 feet on Rice Lake, Long Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Minnows or crankbaits are producing pike in 10 to 16 feet on Koronis and Rice or in shallower water on the Sauk River.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look for sunfish and crappies off Battle Point, Two Mile Bar, Three Mile Bar, or the north end of Lake Osakis in the six- to 18-foot weeds. The 12- to 18-foot grass island areas of Big Birch Lake are holding sunfish, while crappies can be had off the six- to 12-foot weedlines at Big Sauk Lake and Long Bridge Lake. Walleyes can be had during low-light periods with a jig and minnow, Shad Rap, or crawler and spinner on Big Sauk in four to eight feet or Osakis in 12 to 18 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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