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Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – August 21st, 2015


Minnows or crankbaits have been the best bets for pike on the weedlines in the south- and west-end bays. Smallmouth bass can be had with plastics or crankbaits on the rock points and reefs in 12 to 16 feet, but muskie reports have been limited to a few sightings during low-light periods.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


A mix of walleyes and sauger are filling limits this week in 24 to 26 feet on Archie’s Reef, Long Point, and the Morris Wash Out; gold or pink spinners tipped with frozen shiners or crawlers have worked best. Downrigging on the mud between Starren Shoal, Garden Island, and Little Oak in 28 to 31 feet also has produced fish. On the Rainy River, sturgeon remain active from Clementson toward Birchdale, while walleyes and smallmouth bass have been hitting along the shorelines in 17 to 19 feet. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting crawlers or jigs and minnows on the points of the islands in 20 to 28 feet.

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


Look for crappies on the outside weed edges and sunfish right in the weeds on Lake Minnetonka. Muskie action is slow, but spinnerbaits are producing pike on the 14- to 16-foot weed edges of Lake Sarah and Minnetonka. Bass are hitting plastics on the weedlines of Minnetonka, Sarah, and Medicine Lake, while walleye action remains slow.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Lindy rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes on the 25- to 30-foot shoreline breaks and structure around Potato Island, south shore of Pine Island, and north shore of Ely Island. Muskies continue to be active, hitting CowGirls and topwater baits on the weeds and rock points of Frazier Bay, Everett Bay, Stuntz Bay, and north side of Ely Island. Work the weedy bays for pike and the 8- to 12-foot rocks for smallmouth bass.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes in 12 to 16 feet on Long Bar, Center Bar, and Tamarack Point – most main-lake bars are worth looking at for walleyes. You have to stay on the move to find pods of perch with bigger fish in them, but the Snaghole to River Bar is a good starting point in 12 to 20 feet. Spoons and crankbaits are triggering pike on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Covering water with crankbaits in 11 to 14 feet has produced a few walleyes during the day east of Goose Island and the Snakepit area. A jig and minnow just started working for walleyes in the Hardwoods area in 10 feet and this should improve as the water cools. Muskies have been chasing bucktails and topwater baits on the rocks, while  the weeds in Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay are producing bass.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250


Minnows or leeches will turn walleyes on Erickson Reef in 20 to 25 feet and around Eight Mile Island in Sand Bay over 15 to 20 feet. The Reinier area also is giving up walleyes in 10 to 15 feet during the evening hours. The rock points and shorelines are producing smallmouth bass on crankbaits. 

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


There’s a bit more work involved, but walleyes continue to be caught on crankbaits or spinner rigs outside the reed edges in 4 to 7 feet of water. A jig and minnow has also produced walleyes on the 11- to 13-foot rock structure and pike reports have been limited.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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