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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – August 22nd, 2014


East – Crankbaits, plastics and live bait are all turning smallmouth bass on the rock points and reefs. Hit the mud flats and gravel bars in 22 to 28 feet for walleyes during the day and the rock reefs at night with leeches and slip bobbers for better action. Northern pike continue to hit in the bays, while muskie action remains limited.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Live-bait rigs are producing walleyes on the tops, edges or off the sides of most mud flats during the day. At night, slip bobbers and leeches continue to work on, or just off the flats. Smallmouth bass are on  rock points such as Seguchie’s, Brown’s and Sherman’s. Muskie action is limited, but northern pike are along the weedlines in most bays. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Down rigging or spinner rigs are producing walleyes north of Garden Island, around Crow Duck Island, and Glen’s Reef in 16 to 22 feet or West Bar in 14 to 22 feet. Walleyes also are hitting spinners off Archie’s Reef and in the Lighthouse Gap area in 15 to 20 feet. At the Northwest Angle, 19 to 24 feet has been best for walleyes north of Garden Island, Little Oak, and Four Blocks. Muskie reports have been best in Canadian waters with bucktails on the weedbeds in less than 10 feet. On the Rainy River, jigging with a frozen shiner has produced walleyes in 14 to 20 feet. Sturgeon are biting in front of Timbermill and east towards Birchdale.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH


Walleye patterns are changing with mostly small fish hitting crankbaits in 18 to 30 feet. Smallmouth up to 18 inches are being caught and largemouth are being targeted along the bay weedlines. Crankbaits in the shallow weeds of most bays have produced pike. Muskie action has been best after dark on the rock reefs and island points.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Leeches and spinners continue to trigger walleyes along the 9- to 12-foot weeds off Tamarack Point, Sugar Point, Raven’s Point, and from the Birdhouses to the mouth of the river. The main lake humps and bars are producing bigger walleyes in deeper water. Northern pike are hitting spoons along the west shore weedlines. Perch are on the south corner of Bena Bar, the Snaghole and Rich’s Townsite area in 20 to 22 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleyes are taking crankbaits on the 10- to 15-foot flats. Some have been caught on Lindy Rigs and crawlers on the humps in Walker Bay in the evenings and at night with crankbaits in 9 to 12 feet from Sand Point to Cedar Point. Muskies are hitting topwaters on the rocks and weeds.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


The reefs along the east end of the lake are producing walleyes on minnows and crawlers in 25 feet. Pike and smallmouth bass are in the shallow weedbeds or shoreline structure. Crappies are hitting leeches in the “crappie beds” in the Rat Root Lake area.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Strong walleye action continues in 5 to 8 feet along most shorelines with slow-trolled crankbaits or live bait rigs. Most fish have been between 12 and 18 inches.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Look for largemouth bass on the weedlines of Bay Lake or Serpent Lake and for smallmouth bass on Clearwater Lake and the Mississippi River. The Mississippi also is providing steady walleye and catfish action. Hit the weedlines on Bay for a mixed bag of panfish. Pike are hitting crankbaits on the weed edges of Mission Lake and Horseshoe Lake. Anglers fishing from shore on the Pennington Chain are catching trout.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912


Spinner rigs are producing mostly pike  on the weeds of Blue Lake and Green Lake. Green is producing panfish in 7 to 11 feet, while Knife Lake is giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Hit the Rum River with crankbaits, minnows, or crawlers for walleyes and smallmouth bass.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985


Plastics are producing bass in Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt Lake and the east side of Lawrence Lake is giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Hit the mouth of the river on Lake Emily with spoons in 10 to 12 feet for northern pike. Bear hunters are reporting lots of activity at baits.

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


Big walleyes and northern pike are being taken with Lindy Rigs and creek chubs in 20 to 35 feet on lakes Pokegama, Deer, Trout and Wabana. Spinners will produce more “eaters” in the weeds on these same lakes. Crappie action has picked up in 12 feet on Big Splithand Lake or in 16 to 25 feet on Wabana and Pokegama. The weeds of Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes are producing panfish, while rainbow trout continue to hit on Kraemer Lake, Moonshine Lake and Taylor Lake. Spinner rigs and crawlers are turning walleyes on the mid-lake structure of Sand Lake and Jessie Lake as well.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


White jigs are producing crappies and sunfish in 12 to 16 feet at Swan Lake and Lady Lake or in 20 to 22 feet on St. Mary’s Lake. Sucker minnows are turning pike on the weedlines of most lakes and there’s an evening walleye bite with slip bobber rigs on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines of Cedar Lake. On Big Birch Lake, walleyes are hitting minnows in 20 to 35 feet and the north basin is a safe bet for sunfish.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


During the day, walleyes are hitting crawlers in 18 to 22 feet on Woman Lake and Little Boy Lake. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are producing fish in 10 to 15 feet on Woman, Little Boy and Birch Lake. Smallmouth bass are taking plastics or topwaters in 10 to 14 feet on Woman, Baby Lake and Portage Lake. Look for panfish in the weeds of Pleasant Lake, Moccasin Lake, Birch and Woman. Muskies have taken topwater baits on Baby and Lake Wabedo.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


Fatheads are turning walleyes during the evening hours on the weedlines and breaks of Big Sandy Lake, where pike are along the weeds and crappies have been near docks.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits             (218) 426-3382


Walleyes are hitting nightcrawlers or minnows from the weedlines out to 22 feet on Lake Koronis and along the 12- to 18-foot weedlines on Rice Lake. Look for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet on Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Rice and Koronis. A few crappies can be had on the weedlines of Pearl Lake and Clear Lake. Goose hunting has been slow.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


On Lake Osakis, sunfish continue to hit in 10 feet from Two Mile Bar towards Three Mile Bar. The north end of Osakis is producing crappies in 15 to 20 feet and walleyes remain active but scattered in 8 to 40 feet. Sunfish can be had on Fairy Lake in 12 to 18 feet, Maple Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and Little Birch Lake in 15 to 18 feet. On Long Bridge Lake, crappie action is strong over 8 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


The Mississippi River has been consistent for walleyes on live bait below Blanchard Dam and Camp Ripley area. Smallmouth bass reports have been favorable above the Little Falls Dam. Crappies and sunfish are on the 15-foot weeds of Beauty Lake and in 8 to 10 feet on Lake Alexander.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleyes continue to hit spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or chubs on this end of Lake of the Woods. Work the Blinker area, Sand Bar, Swift Ditch, 9 Mile, and south tip of Buffalo Bay in 18 to 25 feet.

Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200


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