Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 5th, 2016
LAKE MILLE LACS
The mud flats and deep gravel areas are producing walleyes in 18 to 22 feet early and late or in 25 feet or more during midday hours. Spinners, live-bait rigs, and crankbaits are all turning fish. Smallmouth bass remain aggressive on the shallow and deep rock areas throughout the day, and northern pike are in several locations, cruising the weedlines in most bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Drifting with spinners, a jig and minnow, or downrigging with crankbaits continues to produce walleyes and sauger in 28 to 32 feet. Some of the best reports are coming from the middle of the lake about 10 to 12 miles out from Pine Island. Walleye reports from the Northwest Angle are best around Oak Island in 25 feet or more, while the shorelines and rocks on the Ontario side are producing muskies and smallmouth bass, and walleyes can be had here in 25 to 35 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Bass and northern pike are scattered along the 15- to 30-foot weedlines on Lake Minnetonka and Medicine Lake. Look for crappies on top of the deeper weeds and to be most active during the evening hours on Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, and Lake Independence. Some muskies are being raised with bucktails on Independence and Minnetonka, but the bite has been difficult. Sunfish are being caught on the 6- to 12-foot weedlines on most lakes.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes are reef-related and hitting in 6 to 10 feet during low-light periods and as deep as 35 feet during the day – leeches and crawlers are producing fish. Muskie action remains best at night with bucktails or topwater baits tossed on the weedlines and shallow reefs. Crankbaits, plastics, and live bait will produce smallmouth bass on the rocky shorelines.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Crankbaits or a spinner and live bait combination are producing some walleyes on the main lake bars and humps in 14 to 18 feet. Moses Bar remains the best option for bigger perch in 16 to 20 feet and spoons or crankbaits are turning northern pike on the weedlines.
Walleyes are being caught on live-bait rigs and crawlers along the 14- to 18-foot breaks in Walker Bay. During the evening hours, a slip bobber and leech combination is turning walleyes off Sand Point in 10 to 12 feet. Other midday walleye options include Pine Point and West Goose Flats in 12 feet if the wind is hitting them. Pitch the docks and reeds in any bay for largemouth bass, while Boy Bay is giving up sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. Muskie action has been up and down, but topwater baits remain the best option on the rocks.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
The heat has slowed walleye action, but the morning and evening hours are producing fish. A jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler is working best on Erickson’s Reef in 25 to 30 feet, while some fish are being pulled from 10 to 15 feet near the islands as well. The Ranier Rapids area is giving up walleyes and smallmouth bass and topwater is the way to go for smallies right now. A sucker minnow is the best bet for northern pike along the weedlines in most bays.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Spinner rigs, crankbaits, a jig and minnow or slip bobber combinations are turning some walleyes on the 4- to 8-foot shorelines breaks or 4- to 9-foot rock humps on the south shore. The heat has slowed the bite, but if you put in your time, you’ll put fish in the boat.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Northern pike are hitting minnows along the 10-foot weedlines of Bald Eagle Lake, Green Lake, and Centerville Lake. Powers Lake, Demontreville Lake, Forest Lake, and Big Marine Lake are safe bets for largemouth bass. Muskie reports have been limited, but sunfish are being caught on Big Marine and Lake Phalen in less than 8 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Muskies are being hooked with bucktails and topwater baits during low-light periods in Wagener’s Bay, Pillsbury Reef, and the swimming beach area. The reefs such as North, Pillsbury, and Kegg’s are worth hitting for panfish over 10 to 14 feet, and work the weedlines on most reefs with plastics for largemouth bass. Walleye reports continue to be limited.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Leeches or nightcrawlers will turn a few walleyes during low-light periods on the weedlines out to 35 feet on Lake Ida and Miltona Lake, while the weedlines on Lake Le Homme Dieu and Reno Lake are giving up the occasional walleye as well. Panfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike are relating to the deep weeds on lakes Carlos, Darling, Geneva, and Le Homme Dieu, while Miltona and Lobster Lake are providing some muskie action in the evenings.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
A spinner and crawler is turning a few walleyes during the early morning hours on Clearwater Lake in 16 to 25 feet. The 12- to 18-foot weeds on French Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake John, Sugar Lake, and Clearwater are worth hitting for bass and panfish. Northern pike also are active on the deep weeds of many lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
The 12- to 18-foot weeds on Silver Lake, Blanche Lake, Stalker Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle Lake are giving up panfish. Walleyes are being caught in less than 10 feet during low-light periods on crankbaits or in 15 to 30 feet during the day on live bait at West Battle and Otter Tail Lake. The 15- to 20-foot weeds on Donald Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle are producing northern pike, and topwater baits are triggering muskies during the evenings on West Battle in 15 to 20 feet.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning a few walleyes in 12 to 16 feet on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Look for walleyes in 13 to 20 feet on Big Turtle Lake as well. Bucktails are turning some muskies on the shallow weedlines of Bemidji and Plantagenet, while northern pike and bass remain an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Leeches or redtails are working best for walleyes on Whitefish Lake, North Long Lake, and Gull Lake in 22 to 30 feet. Hit the 6- to 10-foot weedlines on Gull, North Long, Cullen Lake, and Nisswa Lake for bluegills, and a few crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 18 feet on North Long. Bass fishing remains consistently good on the deep weedlines or slop of most lakes, and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Whitefish, the south end of Gull, and Pelican Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Crawlers are producing walleyes in 15 to 25 feet during the day on Cass Lake, while the evening hours have been best in less than 10 feet with crankbaits on North Cedar Bar and Deadman’s Bar. LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay Lake also is giving up walleyes during low-light periods. Bucktails worked on the cabbage edges of Cass and Lake Andrusia are triggering muskies, while panfish and northern pike reports remain strong in Allen’s Bay on Cass, Wolf Lake, and Kitchi Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Bass, panfish, and northern pike continue to be found on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Hit South Lindstrom Lake in 15 to 20 feet during the evening hours for a few walleyes – leeches and minnows are both working.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleyes are hitting leeches, crawlers, and small sucker minnows in 15 to 20 feet during the day and crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet at night on lakes Melissa, Sallie, Big Cormorant, and Big Detroit. Crappies and sunfish continue to bite on the deep weedlines of Sour Lake, Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, Little Detroit Lake, and Melissa. Muskies are roaming the deep weedlines and chasing bucktails on Pelican Lake, while bass remain an easy catch on most lakes.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Hit Fish Lake in 10 feet for bluegills or 15 to 17 feet for a few walleyes. Topwater baits are producing smallmouth bass on the shorelines of Island Lake and leeches or chubs are turning a few walleyes here in 18 to 22 feet. Stickbaits and spoons are producing coho salmon near the surface and lake trout over 70 to 100 feet of water on Lake Superior.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
The Mississippi and Rum rivers are slowly returning to fishable levels and both are giving up smallmouth bass. The weedlines on Blue Lake and Green Lake are producing panfish, while topwater baits are turning largemouth bass on Little Elk Lake and Blue.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Sunfish remain active in 4 to 12 feet on Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton, while crappies are hitting plastics and minnows in 8 to 12 feet on Hall Lake, Sissiton, and Budd. Catfish and largemouth bass are being caught in good numbers on Amber Lake, Hall, and Budd.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
The 10- to 12-foot weedlines on Shields Lake, French Lake, Lake Mazaska, and Cedar Lake are producing panfish and northern pike. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Roberds Lake as well.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Spinners and crawlers continue to work best for walleyes on the weedlines of Lake Wabana, Bowstring Lake, Lake Pokegama, and Big Splithand Lake. Chubs are turning walleyes in 18 to 25 feet on Trout Lake and northern pike in 15 to 20 feet on Pokegama and Wabana. Stream trout action continues on Moonshine Lake, Kraemer Lake, and Tioga Pit. The mid-depth weedlines on Big Splithand, Little Splithand Lake, Grave Lake, and Pokegema are giving up panfish, while the rocks on Turtle Lake and North Star Lake are holding smallmouth bass.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Crawlers and spinners are turning walleyes on the deep weedlines of Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Some anglers are trolling crankbaits in shallower water and catching walleyes during the evening hours. Smallmouth bass are biting in 15 feet on Woman as well and the weedlines on Birch Lake, Child Lake, and Woman are holding panfish in pretty decent numbers.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
MADISON LAKE AREA
Look for sunfish in less than 10 feet on German Lake and crappies in 10 to 12 feet on Duck Lake. Trolling crankbaits has worked for northern pike on the weedlines of Madison Lake, Lake Francis, and Little Jefferson Lake. Walleye action has slowed, but a few are coming off Lake Washington in 15 to 20 feet.
White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Perch action continues to go strong on Big Stone Lake in 10 to 13 feet from Meadowbrook to Mallard Point. Trolling spinners and crawlers in the main basin of Big Stone is producing walleyes in this same area. Silver bass are active throughout the lake and the south end is giving up a few bluegills.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
An occasional walleye is caught on Long Lake in 18 to 22 feet and sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Fish Hook Lake in 14 feet. The Crow Wing Chain of Lakes remains a good option for bluegills in 12 to 14 feet and a few crappies are being caught during the evening hours on the 14- to 16-foot weed edges of Big Mantrap Lake.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RED WING AREA
Flathead and channel catfish continue to bite on most current breaks along the Mississippi River. Crappies and sunfish remain active in shallow water on Lake Pepin and some walleyes are being caught on crankbaits in 10 to 18 feet here as well.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, and Long Lake are giving up largemouth bass around the docks and weedlines. Look for sunfish in 6 to 12 feet on Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, or Horseshoe Lake and the island areas on Koronis are producing smallmouth bass. The Sauk River is kicking out numbers of catfish, while sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 10 to 14 feet on Cedar Island Lake and Koronis.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
Sunfish continue to be caught in 10 to 14 feet throughout Lake Minnewaska, while bass and northern pike are active along the weedlines of most lakes. Walleye reports have been limited to some evening action on Minnewaska with crawlers and spinners in 17 to 24 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Look for sunfish from the docks and weedlines of Diamond Lake, Lake Florida, Lake Andrew, Willmar/Foot Lake, and Eagle Lake. Walleyes are being caught with leeches or nightcrawlers in 25 to 35 feet on Green Lake or along the weedlines of Eagle. Bass and northern pike also are weedline-related and active on most lakes.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097