Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 12th, 2016
LAKE MILLE LACS
For August, walleye action continues to be better than expected. The mud flats, weeds, and deep rocks are producing fish during the day on spinners and live bait. During the evening hours, slip bobbers and leeches are working best. The rock reefs are holding smallmouth bass with bigger fish coming off the 20- to 24-foot rocks. Any bay with an established weedline is worth hitting for northern pike.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Drifting sand flats, anchoring on or near rock piles, and trolling crankbaits has produced walleyes in 28 to 32 feet. Crankbaits or spinner rigs are turning walleyes and smallmouth bass on the Rainy River and sturgeon reports remain favorable on the river as well. At the Northwest Angle, crankbaits or spinners tipped with minnows or crawlers are producing walleyes in 20 to 24 feet around Four Blocks, Little Oak Island, Big Oak Island, and Garden Island – mud has been better than rocks.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Walleyes are hitting small sucker minnows in 25 to 30 feet throughout the larger bays such as Wayzata, Brown’s, and Smith on Lake Minnetonka. Minnetonka also is giving up northern pike on the 12- to 15-foot weed flats, sunfish in the western bays over 12 feet, and some muskies at night on topwater baits. Medicine Lake remains a safe bet for bass and pike, while the weedlines on Lake Sarah are worth hitting for panfish.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Northern pike action has picked up with crankbaits in the weedy bays such as Stuntz, Mud Creek, and Rice. Walleye reports have varied with Lindy Rigs and leeches turning some fish during the day in 18 to 26 feet or in the evenings with slip bobbers over 8 to 12 feet. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but catching fish has been best at night with topwater baits or bucktails.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes on the 12- to 14-foot weedbeds during the evening hours. Walleyes also can be had during midday hours with spinners on the edges of the bars such as Horseshoe, Moses, and Sugar or off Mallard Point and Stony Point in 12 to 14 feet and the weeds on the south end of Highbanks. Northern pike remain active in the 9- to 12-foot weeds and perch are hitting on the 10- to 12-foot rocks at Rich’s Townsite and the Snaghole.
A jig and minnow started producing walleyes during the early morning and evening hours on Mounds Point and Sand Point in 7 to 10 feet. A spinner and crawler also is working on the Snake Pit and Meadows area in 12 to 14 feet and trolling crankbaits in the evenings near Pine, Sand, and Star points is worth trying as well. Muskies continue to be caught at a good pace on the main lake rocks or weedlines in Portage and Sucker bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
A jig tipped with minnows or a piece of nightcrawler is still producing walleyes on the reefs in 25 to 30 feet or near the islands in 10 to 15 feet. Topwater baits are producing smallmouth bass near Ranier Rapids, and northern pike are relating to the weedlines in Black Bay and Sand Bay.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Some walleyes are being caught along the shoreline breaks and rock humps, but the action has not been consistent. Strong winds and more than 3 inches of rain appear to have played a role in the less-than-stellar walleye action.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Walleyes are hitting fathead minnows in the Bayport area of the St. Croix River in 25 to 30 feet and on White Bear Lake in 20 feet. Spoons are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Lake Peltier, while bucktails are the ticket for muskies at Forest Lake, East Rush Lake, and West Rush Lake. Look to Island Lake for sunfish or Big Marine Lake and the St. Croix for crappies.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Northern pike and sunfish are being caught on the 10- to 12-foot weedline of Pierson Lake. Work plastics in the weeds on Lake Zumbra, Lake Auburn, and Lake Bavaria for bass. A few crappies are being found in 16 to 18 feet on Whaletail Lake during the morning and evening hours.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Look for panfish and bass on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines along the north shore, reefs, and back side of the island. A few walleyes are caught during low-light periods in 18 to 20 feet and there’s been a noticeable improvement with the muskie bite along the southeast shoreline.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Walleyes are hitting crawlers early and late each day on lakes Miltona and Ida in 17 to 24 feet and on Chippewa Lake in 15 to 20 feet. On Reno Lake, crankbaits are turning walleyes during low-light periods in 6 to 8 feet. Crappies are being found in the 8- to 12-foot cabbage on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Darling Lake, and Reno. Muskies have become more active on the weedlines of Miltona and bass fishing remains strong on most lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
A few walleyes are being taken with small sucker minnows or crawlers in 16 to 24 feet on Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Sugar Lake. Northern pike and bass remain active on the weedlines of most lakes and a mixed bag of panfish can be pulled from the weeds on Lake Augusta, French Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Clearwater.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Walleyes are hitting plastics or redtails during the day on Lake Bemidji in the 4- to 8-foot weeds. Bucktails and topwater baits are producing muskies on the weedlines of Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Look for crappies suspended over deep water and bluegills under the lily pads on Turtle River Lake. Lake Beltrami is giving up largemouth and smallmouth bass, while Balm Lake is a safe bet for largemouth as well.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Gull Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Gilstead Lake are producing crappies and bluegills in the 10- to 12-foot cabbage. Look for walleyes on Island Lake, Round Lake, and Gull Lake to hit crawlers and leeches in 10 to 16 feet. The weedlines on most lakes are holding northern pike and bass.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Whitefish Lake and North Long Lake are producing walleyes on redtails in 12 to 28 feet. Look to Lake Edwards, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish with sucker minnows for northern pike and bass are hitting on the weedlines and docks of North Long, Whitefish, and Gull Lake. Sunfish remain active around the docks and shallow weeds on Cullen Lake, Nisswa Lake, and North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting crankbaits at night in 6 to 8 feet or jigs and minnows on the edges of the bars during the day on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Bluegills and crappies are being found in 15 to 18 feet on Cass, Lake Andrusia, and Kitchi Lake. Muskie action has picked up during midday hours with bucktails on Cass and Pike Bay. Look to Buck’s Bar on Cass in 14 to 18 feet for perch.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Look for sunfish during the day and crappies in the evenings on the 4- to 8-foot rocks on North and South Center lakes. A jig and minnow continues to produce a few walleyes during low-light periods on the 8-foot bars of Comfort Lake. Hit the 8- to 10-foot weeds on Chisago Lake and Green Lake for bass and pike, while Kroon Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish in 8 to 10 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleyes are hitting crawlers at Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, Big Floyd Lake, Pelican Lake, and Upper Cormorant Lake in 18 to 24 feet. You’ll find panfish, bass, and northern pike on the 18-foot weedlines of Long Lake, Tamarack Lake, and Big Floyd. Pelican Lake and Big Detroit are producing muskies on topwater baits.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
EAST CENTRAL MN
Look for sunfish at the Orono Lake dam and bluegills or crappies in 7 to 20 feet on Blue Lake. Bass and pike reports have been limited and the rivers continue to run fast and high making them difficult to fish.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Smallmouth bass are hitting on the reef edges of Snowbank Lake, Burntside Lake, and Lake Shagawa. Minnows are turning walleyes and smallmouth bass in 8 to 22 feet on Basswood Lake. Northern pike are active in shallow water at Snowbank and Shagawa, while lake trout are being taken on crankbaits over 60 to 80 feet on Snowbank.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Sunfish and crappies are hitting in 12 feet on Shields Lake and Lake Mazaska or in 17 feet on French Lake. Hit the weedlines of Cedar Lake for bass and panfish, while Kelley Dudley Lake is kicking out panfish in 6 to 12 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows or crawlers in 5 feet on Elbow Lake, in 15 feet on Ball Club Lake, and Poplar Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Seagull Lake is kicking out lake trout over 40 to 45 feet on spoons, as is Greenwood Lake over 50 feet on ciscoes. Rainbow trout are hitting crawlers on Leo Lake in 15 to 18 feet and Mink Lake in 15 feet. Fly fishing early and late each day is producing brook trout on Carrot Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are being caught with crawlers on the weedlines of Bowstring Lake and Lake Pokegama, while chubs are working best in 20 to 25 feet on Trout Lake. Smallmouth and largemouth bass continue to hit throughout the area and some bigger northern pike can be had in the deeper areas of Pokegama. Work the weedlines on Grave Lake and Little Splithand Lake for panfish.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Big Birch Lake started kicking out walleyes in 12 to 20 feet and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet on leeches or crawlers. Crappies are hitting along the weed edges on the north and south ends of Big Swan Lake, while Moose Lake and Mound Lake are producing sunfish in less than 10 feet. Hit Little Birch Lake and Mound Lake for bass.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Walleye action has been slow, but plastics and crawlers are producing sunfish and crappies on the weedlines of Ten Mile Lake, Woman Lake, Child Lake, and Birch Lake – crappies have been most active during the evening hours. Largemouth and smallmouth bass continue to hit plastics on most lakes.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Smallmouth bass are hitting crayfish-colored plastics and northern pike are taking spoons, minnows, and bucktails in 8 to 15 feet. Walleye action is sporadic with some fish coming out of 8 feet and others as deep as 20 to 28 feet; the west end of the lake and mid-Kabetogama have been best.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
MADISON LAKE AREA
Third Point on Lake Washington is producing crappies and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and German Lake is giving up crappies near the island in 8 to 12 feet. Northern pike are hitting crankbaits on Big Jefferson and Little Jefferson lakes and Lake George is giving up panfish in 6 to 8 feet.
White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Sunfish are biting on the weedlines of Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Quamba Lake. Largemouth bass are being caught with topwater baits on the weedlines or with plastics on the rocks at Knife. A few northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows on Knife and Fish lakes in 4 to 5 feet.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Good-sized perch continue to be caught with spikes or nightcrawlers over 13 feet in the Mallard Point and Rocky Ledge areas of Big Stone Lake. The main basin of Big Stone is producing walleyes in 10 to 13 feet on spinners and crawlers. The islands on Big Stone continue to give up a few bluegills in 10 to 13 feet as well.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes are being caught at night in 16 to 18 feet on Potato Lake with slip bobbers and live bait. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 14 feet on Fish Hook Lake, and bluegills remain active on the Crow Wing Chain in 12 to 18 feet. Look to Big Mantrap Lake for suspended crappies over 30 to 35 feet during the day and there is some evening crappie action on the weedlines of Potato and the Crow Wing Chain.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake are producing walleyes on crawlers along the 18- to 25-foot humps. Marion Lake, Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Rush Lake are safe bets for panfish in 12 to 14 feet. Bass and northern pike remain an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
Crappies continue to be found suspended over deep water on Lake Zumbro, and most ponds in town are producing panfish in shallow water. The shorelines and Lake City area on Lake Pepin are giving up crappies and walleyes.
Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
A few walleyes are being caught in 20 to 30 feet on Lake Koronis and the weedlines here are producing northern pike. Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Schnieder Lake are giving up sunfish in 8 to 12 feet, while bass fishing remains strong on most lakes.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crappie action remains strong in 10 to 12 feet on the north end of Lake Osakis and Sauk Lake in 8 feet. Long Bridge Lake/Little Sauk Lake is producing crappies and sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Look for walleyes during the evening hours on Big Birch Lake in 12 to 18 feet – spinners and crawlers or golden shiners are working best. Osakis is producing walleyes on golden shiners on top of the bars in 12 to 18 feet. The 15-foot weedlines on Lilly Lake, Maple Lake, and Long lake are giving up a mixed bag of panfish.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
Northern pike are hitting medium-sized sucker minnows on Lake Sakatah in 5 to 8 feet. Sunfish and perch are being caught on Lake Tetonka in 8 to 12 feet, bass reports have been favorable from area lakes, and a few crappies are biting on the weedlines of Lake Francis.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873
Walleyes are being taken with crawlers or crankbaits on the weedlines of lakes Florida, Eagle, and Diamond or in 30 to 40 feet on Green Lake. Bass continue to hit on most lakes, while the weedlines on Eagle and Diamond are producing sunfish. Look to the weedlines of Nest Lake and Florida for crappies and sunfish.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097