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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – August 14th, 2015

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Troll Rapalas in 5 to 7 feet or crawlers in 20 to 30 feet for walleyes on West Battle Lake and Clitherall Lake. The 10- to 15-foot weeds of lakes Donald, Stalker, West Battle, and Clitherall are holding sunfish and crappies are suspended in 15 to 20 feet on Donald, West Battle, and Blanche Lake. Spinnerbaits are producing bass in the 8- to 15-foot weeds of West Battle, Stalker, Donald, and Fiske Lake. Muskies are chasing Jakes during low-light periods over 20 feet on West Battle. Goose hunters report a slow start to the season.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Crankbaits are turning walleyes during the evening hours on the rock piles, DNR Bar, Diamond Bar, and Grassy Island area of Lake Bemidji. Small bucktails have triggered plenty of muskies on the west side of Bemidji and shallow weeds of Lake Plantagenet. Hit the weedlines of Movil Lake, Buzzle Lake, and Moose Lake for crappies and sunfish.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

Drifting leeches through the weeds on Gull Lake and Island Lake has produced eating-sized walleyes and some bigger fish are being taken in deep water on these  lakes with jigs and leeches. Look for bass, pike, crappies, and sunfish on the deep weedlines of Lake Pimushe, North Twin Lake, South Twin Lake, and Gull.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Leeches or large minnows are turning walleyes on the 14- to 18-foot weedlines or in 32 feet on Whitefish Lake and North Long Lake. Suckers under bobbers are producing pike in 12 to 16 feet on Gull Lake, North Long, and Whitefish. Sunfish are active in the 6- to 8-foot weeds of Nisswa Lake, Roy Lake, Hubert Lake, and Cullen Lake.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League 

(218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

The 10- to 12-foot weed edges on the north side of Pike Bay Lake or Allen’s Bay, Wishbone Bar, north side of Star Island, and O’Neil’s Point on Cass Lake are all providing steady walleye action. Bluegills and crappies are hitting in 12 feet in Allen’s Bay on Cass, Buck Lake, and Kitchi Lake. Muskies are most active just before sunset.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831             

CROSBY AREA

Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting plastics on deep weedlines of Clearwater Lake. Big pike are hitting bucktails in the tress of Huntington Pit and Pennington Pit, while crappies are in the weed tops of Serpent Lake during low-light periods. Look for sunfish in 12 to 17 feet on Little Rabbit Lake.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

ELY AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Burntside Lake or walleyes and smallmouth bass on the reefs in 7 to 22 feet at Basswood Lake. Smallmouths also are hitting on Snowbank Lake, Lake Shagawa, and Burntside on crankbaits or plastics.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

FAIRMONT AREA

Jigs and plastics are triggering bass in 3 to 8 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Crappies also can be had on these lakes in 6 to 10 feet and George Lake is producing a few bass and catfish along the shorelines.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Leeches or minnows are producing walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on Cascade Lake and Two Island Lake, McFarland Lake in 14 to 18 feet, or Lake Saganaga in 12 to 15 feet or 25 to 28 feet. Lake trout are being taken with ciscoes or spoons over 35 to 45 feet on Clearwater Lake and Greenwood Lake or over 30 feet on Loon Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Walleye action has slowed although spinners and crawlers are turning some fish on the weedlines of Lake Wabana and Bowstring Lake. A better bet might be to troll crankbaits during low-light periods in less than 12 feet on Lake Pokegama and Sugar Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Look for crappies and sunfish on the weed edges of Lady Lake, Swan Lake, and Moose Lake, while pike and bass are active on the weedlines of most lakes. A few walleyes are coming off Big Birch Lake during the day with leeches in 25 to 35 feet or at night with Rapalas on the shallow weed tops. Little Birch Lake also is giving up some walleyes, on leeches, in 18 to 25 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Spinners and leeches are producing walleyes on most deep structure areas that are adjacent to shallow shelves. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits or tubes on rock reefs and points.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

PARK RAPIDS AREA

A few walleyes are being pulled from the 8- to 14-foot weeds of Long Lake or in 22 to 28 feet on Big Sand Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet on Big Mantrap or sunfish in 12 to 14 feet on the Crow Wing Chain.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Trolling Shad Raps during the evening on the flats in 6 to 10 feet of water has produced walleyes at Otter Tail Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Crappies and sunfish remain active in 12 feet on Rush Lake and Lake Marion.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

The rock piles on Lake Pepin are producing crappies and sunfish, while northern pike are hitting bucktails or sucker minnows in front of the feeder creeks on the Mississippi River. An occasional walleye is caught from Pepin by trolling crankbaits.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

You’ll find crappies over 20 feet on Lake Zumbro. Backwater areas on the Mississippi River near Wilcox are producing bass and pike. Pike and crappies are being caught with minnows on Silver Lake Reservoir in 5 to 10 feet.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

Look for sunfish in 6 to 12 feet on Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Schneider Lake, and Becker Lake. Lake Koronis is giving up a few walleyes and smallmouth bass in 12 to 20 feet, while Grand Lake and Pearl Lake are kicking out largemouths in 2 to 6 feet. Goose reports have been mixed, but some groups have done well in harvested wheat fields.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish are biting at Lake Osakis on the bars and shallow structure in 8 to 10 feet. Crappie action is strong on the weedlines or over 25 feet or more on Osakis. Long Bridge Lake, Sauk Lake, and Smith Lake are worth noting for panfish as well.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Look for crappies and sunfish in 18 to 20 feet on Beauty Lake and Green Prairie Lake or along the deeper weedlines of Lake Shamineau. Tube jigs are producing smallmouth bass in the deep holes and current breaks of the Mississippi River. The weedlines on Lake Alexander are giving up pike.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers in 18 to 20 feet or jigs and minnows on the points in 16 to 18 feet on Lake Minnewaska. Crankbaits are turning pike and bass on Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet and sunfish are in 12 feet from Priest Point towards the High School Bar. Goose-hunting participation has been low.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Clear Lake by Waseca is producing crappies and sunfish in 15 to 20 feet, as is German Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Hit Lake Tetonka during the morning hours in 15 to 20 feet with minnows for pike and crappies.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

The docks and shallow weeds of lakes Florida, Eagle, Diamond, Andrew, Games, Henderson, Elkhorn, and George are all producing sunfish. Bass and pike continue to hit well on the deep weedlines of most lakes and a few walleyes can be had during the day with leeches and spinners in 22 to 32 feet or at night with Rapalas on the 8- to 10-foot flats at Green Lake.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 

(320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

A few walleyes continue to be taken with Rapalas in 7 to 10 feet on Lady Slipper Lake, Lake Shetek, Lake Sarah, and Dead Coon Lake. Look to Shetek for crappies and perch in 8 to 11 feet and to the shorelines of East Twin Lake for smallmouth bass.

Borch’s Sporting Goods 

(507) 532-4880

WINONA AREA

Catfish are being taken with cut suckers or stinkbaits in the deep holes on the main channel of the Mississippi River. Hit the backwaters and current breaks in 15 to 20 feet for crappies, smallmouth are biting well throughout the river, and pike are hitting spoons and spinnerbaits in the back channel areas. Trout anglers are matching the hatch on most rivers and doing well.

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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