Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – September 4th, 2015
LAKE MILLE LACS
Crankbaits are turning pike on 12- to 14-foot weedlines in Vineland Bay, Garrison Bay, Cove Bay, and St. Alban’s Bay. Smallmouths can be caught with leeches, minnows, crankbaits, or tubes on 10- to 14-foot rocks and weedlines.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Crawlers and spinners are turning walleyes and sauger in 24 to 26 feet at the Lighthouse Gap, in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point, 12 Mile, and Archie’s Reef. Jigs and frozen shiners also will produce fish in these areas over 28 to 30 feet, as will crankbaits in 28 to 32 feet out 12 miles from Pine Island or around Knight and Garden islands. Sturgeon and smallmouth bass action has been hot on the Rainy River. Work deep pockets and adjacent bays for sturgeon and shorelines or weedbeds for bass. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes and sauger are hitting in 24 to 32 feet over reefs, troughs, and mud areas. Work the points off Falcon Island in Ontario or Garden Island to Northwest Point on the Minnesota side. Crappies are hitting in 24 to 28 feet, while crankbaits are producing muskies on the shallow weedbeds and near rock reefs.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Work the inside weedlines with plastics for bass on Lake Minnetonka, while spinners and sucker minnows are turning pike here in 15 feet. Muskie reports have improved with bucktails on the weedlines of Lake Independence and Minnetonka, while Lake Sarah is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 20 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the shallow rock reefs and rocky shorelines. Walleyes can be had on rigs and minnows in 15 to 22 feet or by long-lining crankbaits over the flats in 25 to 30 feet. Muskie action remains strong with bucktails in 15 to 18 feet.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Perch reports have been best in the 6- to 12-foot weeds at Rich’s Townsite, Sugar Point, Raven’s Point, and Big Stoney Point. Spinners and crawlers are work best for walleyes in 12 to 14 feet in the Highbanks area, Center Bar Flats, and “the rock” in the southeast corner of the lake. Look for pike to hit spoons or crankbaits in the weeds
Walleye action has been slow with a few fish being taken on crankbaits during the day north of Goose Island or at night from Sand Point to Cedar Point in 9 to 14 feet. Muskie reports also have slowed with the occasional fish coming off the rocks and the majority of perch biting continue to be small.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company
The majority of walleyes are hitting shiner minnows around the Shoal Islands area in 20 feet or at the lift bridge in Reinier in 15 feet. Work rock points for smallmouths and the weedbeds for pike with crankbaits. The Rat Root River is worth noting for crappies. Bear reports have been inconsistent.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Walleye action remains strong in 4 to 8 feet along most shorelines with a jig and minnow, live-bait rigs, and crankbaits. Various sizes of pike and a few crappies have been in the mix as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128