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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – August 7th, 2015

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers in 16 to 22 feet on lakes Miltona, Reno, Ida, and Mary. Sunfish are being found in the 10- to 16-foot weeds of Ida and Chippewa Lake, while Lake Darling is producing crappies and sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Hit the deep weeds and flats on most lakes with jigs and plastics for bass. Muskie action is limited to the evening hours with topwater baits at Lobster Lake and Miltona.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Spinners and crawlers are producing a few walleyes in 16 to 30 feet on Cedar Lake and Clearwater Lake. Sunfish are tight to the 14-foot weedlines and crappies are suspended just off them at Lake Sylvia, Sugar Lake, French Lake, and Clearwater. Bass and pike are hitting live bait or spinnerbaits on weedlines of most lakes.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

The 12- to 15-foot weeds are producing panfish on West Battle Lake, Clitherall Lake, Stalker Lake, Donald Lake, and Blanche Lake. Walleyes continue to hit leeches or crawlers during the day in 15 to 20 feet or crankbaits in less than 10 feet at night on West Battle, Otter Tail Lake, and Rush Lake. Bass and pike action is generally good on the weedlines of most lakes and West Battle remains the area’s best option for muskies.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. The shallow weeds on both lakes are producing muskies on bucktails. Hit the weed edges on Big Bass Lake for bluegills, while pike and bass are an easy catch on weedlines of most lakes.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Walleyes are hitting leeches or redtails on the 15- to 26-foot weedlines of Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and North Long Lake. Toss spinnerbaits in the weeds of North Long and Gull for bass or hang a sucker minnow under a bobber for pike on the weedlines of Whitefish, the south end of Gull, and Pelican Lake. Sunfish are being found in 6 to 12 feet of water on North Long, Nisswa Lake, and Cullen Lake.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League

(218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Minnows and leeches are producing walleyes during the day on Cass Lake in 30 feet. During the evening hours, trolling crankbaits has produced best on Deadman’s Bar and Turtle River Bar. Allen’s Bay on Cass is producing panfish in 12 to 14 feet and muskies are chasing BullDawgs on North Cedar Bar, Deadman’s Bar, and in Allen’s Bay.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA   

Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 8 to 13 feet at Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and Green Lake. Bass are being found on the deep weedlines and deep breaks on most lakes; jigs and plastics are working best. Look for suspended pike over 15 to 20 feet on Chisago and Green.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Largemouth and smallmouth bass are being taken on drop-shot rigs along the 18- to 22-foot weeds of Serpent Lake. Hit the deep cabbage during low-light periods on Clearwater Lake and Nokay Lake for crappies, while East Rabbit Lake is producing sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Bucktails are turning pike in the timber of Portsmouth Pit, Sagamore Pit, and Huntington Pit. A few walleyes continue to be caught in the deep holes of the Mississippi River.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Walleyes are hitting small sucker minnows or leeches during the day in 18 feet and crankbaits at night in 8 to 10 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, and Lake Melissa. Work the 12- to 14-foot weedlines for panfish on Little Detroit Lake, Upper Cormorant Lake, Severson Lake, Sour Lake, and Melissa. A few muskies are being raised with bucktails or topwater baits on Big Detroit, Pelican Lake, and Beers Lake. You’ll find bass and pike on the weedlines of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Lindy rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes on Island Lake in 18 to 20 feet and Fish Lake in 15 feet; the 12- to 14-foot weed edge on Fish is giving up sunfish as well. On Lake Superior, cohos, lake trout, and some walleyes are being caught with stickbaits on the south shore about 30 feet down over 70 feet of water. Muskie action has picked up with bucktails on Island and the St. Louis River.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Smallmouth bass continue to be caught on crawlers or crankbaits on the Mississippi and Rum rivers. Hit Blue Lake for sunfish and crappies in 8 feet or throw topwater baits for largemouth bass on Blue, Green Lake, and Little Elk Lake.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches in 6 to 10 feet on Burntside Lake and 20 to 25 feet on Basswood Lake. Hit Shagawa Lake with topwater baits for smallmouth bass, but lake trout and pike action remains slow.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

Smallmouth bass are hitting crawlers at Mitchell Lake in 8 to 12 feet and the north end of Lawrence Lake is producing sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. There’s a morning crappie bite with tube jigs on the south end of Eagle Lake in 10 to 12 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Hall Lake is giving up crappies and walleyes in 4 to 10 feet, while Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton are producing crappies in 6 to 10 feet. George Lake is a safe bet for bass or catfish and a few walleyes are coming off Tuttle Lake with crankbaits in 4 feet. Look to Fox Lake with bucktails for muskies.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

The 10- to 12-foot weedlines on Shields Lake are holding sunfish and Lake Mazaska is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 12 feet of water. Hit the weedlines of Roberds Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike and some fishermen fishing from shore at Cannon Lake are catching catfish.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Troll crankbaits at night in 7 to 12 feet of water for walleyes at lakes Pokegama, Sugar, Trout, and Deer. Spinners and crawlers are working during the day for walleyes on the weedlines of Lake Wabana, Bowstring Lake, Big Splithand Lake, Pokegama, and Trout. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action is strong on area lakes and crappies are hanging on the weedlines of Pokegama and Little Splithand Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Crappies and sunfish are hitting on the weedlines of Lady Lake, Swan Lake, and Moose Lake, while Mound Lake is producing crappies and sunfish. Birch Lake is giving up a few walleyes during the day on leeches and nightcrawlers in 30 to 35 feet or on crankbaits in the evenings over 18 to 20 feet of water. Kings Lake and Cedar Lake are giving up an occasional walleye, while bass and northern pike action is consistent on most lakes.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle

(320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Crankbaits or live-bait rigs and nightcrawlers are producing a few walleyes on the 16- to 25-foot weedlines of Woman Lake, Birch Lake, and Ten Mile Lake. Bass fishing has been consistently good on all lakes, muskie reports have been limited, and panfish are being found in 12 to 16 feet of water on Pleasant Lake and Birch.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Trolling crankbaits in 12 to 16 feet has produced walleyes, smallmouth bass, and pike along the wind-driven shorelines. The deep weed edges also are giving up pike and walleyes, especially around Sugarbush Island down to the Ash River entrance. 

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MORA AREA

Sunfish and pike are hitting in 6 feet on Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake; sucker minnows are working best for pike. Crappie and walleye action is slow, but largemouth bass are hitting plastics and topwater baits at Knife and Ann.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Hit the Rocky Ledge, Grapevine, and islands areas of Big Stone Lake for perch in 12 to 14 feet of water. The south end of Big Stone also is producing bluegills, but walleye action has been slow. Silver bass are active throughout Big Stone and the Minnesota River continues to produce catfish.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

A few walleyes can be had during the evening hours in 18 to 22 feet at Long Lake. Plastics continue to produce bass on the deep weedlines of most lakes and sucker minnows are turning pike at Fish Hook Lake in 14 feet. There’s an evening crappie bite on the 14- to 16-foot weed edges of Big Mantrap Lake and the Crow Wing Chain continues to kick out sunfish in 12 feet. Power Bait has been the ticket for rainbow trout on Long Lake (North) and Bad Medicine Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

Sunfish are being caught in 6 to 10 feet of water at Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Browns Lake, Pearl Lake, and Becker Lake. Walleye action has been slow, but Rice Lake and Lake Koronis are giving up a few fish in 18 to 24 feet. Look for largemouth bass on the weedlines of Grand Lake and Long Lake and catfish are hitting throughout the Sauk River.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish action has picked up on Lake Osakis with small leeches in 12 to 17 feet of water; hit the Half Mile Bar, Miller’s Bay, Outlet on the east side, and Two Mile Bar. Crappies continue to be found on the weedlines or suspended over 25 to 32 feet on Osakis. You’ll also find suspended crappies in 10 to 12 feet on Long Bridge Lake and the north end of Sauk Lake. Troll the weedlines of Long Lake for pike or pull crawlers and spinners during low-light periods for walleyes on Sauk in 8 to 12 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Hit the current breaks for smallmouth bass and the 15- to 20-foot holes for walleyes on the Mississippi River. Sunfish continue to be caught on the weedlines of Lake Alexander, Beauty Lake, and Green Prairie Lake. Muskie reports have been limited, but the weedlines on Lake Shamineau are producing crappies.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

VIRGINIA AREA

Crawlers are producing walleyes and minnows are turning crappies on the 8-foot humps of Whiteface Lake and Birch Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass continue to be caught on crankbaits during the day or topwater in the evenings at Ore-B-Gone/Gilbert Pit.

Lucky Seven General Store

(218) 741-3617

WILLMAR AREA

Sunfish continue to be found on the docks or shallow weeds of lakes Andrew, Games, Diamond, Willmar/Foot, and Eagle. A few walleyes are being taken with leeches on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Eagle and Diamond, while bass and pike action is strong throughout the area. On Green Lake, walleyes are being caught in 8 to 10 feet on Shad Raps or in 22 to 32 feet on Lindy rigs and crawlers.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 

(320) 235-409

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