Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 4, 2017

Great Eight


East – Fishing pressure continues to be light and smallmouth bass action has been more sporadic this week. Look for bigger bass on the deep rocks and more numbers of small fish closer to shore. Muskie action also has slowed this week, but sucker minnows or crankbaits are turning northern pike on the weedlines in most bays.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Spinner rigs tipped with leeches, crawlers, and minnows are producing walleye and sauger from 17 to 30 feet. Fish also are coming off the reefs with gold, white, blue, and chrome/silver colored spinners and crankbaits producing fish. Anglers also are doing well in “no man’s land” out in the mud over 30 feet or more with crankbaits and leadcore for bigger walleyes. Northern pike and smallmouth are active around the lake. Anglers on the Rainy River are finding a few walleyes with the morning/evening being better than the day bite. Smallmouth bass scattered all over the river by docks, feeder streams, and back bays. Sturgeon fishing continues to be very good as well. At the Northwest  Angle, chrome and chartreuse spinners and blue or silver crankbaits have been producing walleyes off Lunatic Island and Four Blocks Island or West of Little Oak Island in 28 to 32 feet. On the Canadian side, the rock/mud transitions have been the most productive. Muskie fishing really picked up this week while casting bucktails over weed and rocks.

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


Muskies have started to hit bucktails in 10 to 14 feet on Lake Minnetonka. Lake Independence, Lake Sarah, Medicine Lake, and Minnetonka continue to produce largemouth bass and sunfish along most weedlines. Work the tops of the weeds with spinnerbaits and sucker minnows for northern pike, and look to the deep weeds for suspended crappies on Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Smallmouth bass remain active on the shorelines and 3- to 10- foot rock humps – crawlers and plastics are both working. Walleye action has been more of a hit and miss thing this week, but when they bite, the rocks and reefs seem to be most productive in 20 to 25 feet. Work the shallow, weedy bays with sucker minnows or crankbaits for northern pike in less than 10 feet. Muskie reports indicate that anglers are seeing more fish than they’re catching on the rocks.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers on the 10- to 12- foot flats and weeds. There is some evening walleye action on the bars with live-bait rigs and crawlers in 17 to 19 feet. Perch are hitting in front of Harry Lake on the west end in 10 to 15 feet, off Sugar Point in 15 to 20 feet, and on Snaghole Bar in 20 feet. Northern pike continue to hit spoons on the 8- to 12-foot shoreline breaks and weeds.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleye action has been spotty with a few fish hitting spinners and crawlers on the Hardwoods and Goose Island Flats. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches have turned some walleyes in 8 to 12 feet during the evening hours off Pine Point, Sand Point, and in Trader’s Bay. Muskie reports have been mostly positive with bucktails or plastics on the rocks and bass are hitting in the “slop” in most bays.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


The main lake reefs are now best for walleyes in 25 to 32 feet. The reefs between Jackfish Bay and Brule Narrows have been especially kind to anglers. Crappies are being caught in Black Bay and most weedbed edges are giving up northern pike and smallmouth bass. The rapids or strongest current areas on the Rainy River are giving up walleyes and smallmouth bass. Sturgeon are being caught in deep water on the river as well.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


If the wind doesn’t blow and people can get out, walleyes are still providing decent action. Most fish are being taken by trolling crankbaits or live-bait rigs in 4 to 8 feet. The 8- to 14-foot rock humps also are giving up walleyes. Large, flashy baits have started turning bigger northern pike.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Walleyes are hitting leeches or nightcrawlers in 12 to 20 feet from Hudson to Prescott on the St. Croix River. Spinnerbaits are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Forest Lake or White Bear Lake, and bass are hitting plastics in the shallow cover of Demontreville Lake. Bucktails are turning a few muskies in 8 to 12 feet on Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear, while the 6- to 10-foot weedlines on Lake Jane are kicking out sunfish.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Crankbaits trolled along the 15-foot weedlines of Pierson Lake, Lake Zumbra, and Lake Minnewshta are producing pike. Bass are hitting jigs and plastics on the weedlines of Wasserman Lake, Lake Auburn, Lake Bavaria, and Lake Riley. Look for bigger sunfish on the 8-foot weedlines of Auburn, and the deep holes on the Minnesota River are producing channel catfish.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet and crappies in 15 to 20 feet on the back side of the island, or Kegg’s, Center and Cemetary reefs. Jigs or crankbaits are producing a few walleyes during low-light periods in 20 to 25 feet on the Claybanks area, North Reef, and Kegg’s Reef. Muskie anglers are seeing fish and catching smaller fish near the swimming beach, Nelson’s Flat, and Pillsbury Reef. Bass fishing remains strong in the shallow weeds on most reefs.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Bass fishing remains consistent with plastics along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, Lake Ida, and Lake Geneva. Look for walleyes in 17 to 22 feet at Reno Lake, Lake Miltona, and Lake Mary – leeches or Jiggin’ Rapalas are working best. Sunfish action has picked up in the deep weeds of Ida and Reno, while muskie reports have been limited to a few sightings or small fish off Miltona.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255


Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 6 to 10 feet or on the 15- to 25-foot humps of Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Silver Lake. Panfish are being found in the 8- to 15-foot weeds at Fish Lake, Rush Lake, Bass Lake, and West Battle. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in the 15- to 20-foot weeds on Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and West Battle. Bass are active on docks and weedbeds at Donald, Fiske, and Fish, while crankbaits are triggering muskies in 15 to 20 feet on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleyes are hitting slow-presented crawlers or leeches on the 15- to 25-foot mid-lake structure on Lake Bemidji. Perch also are going on the east side of Bemidji along the 5- to 12-foot weedlines. Crappie reports have been best from the 12-foot weedlines on Turtle River Lake, and look for bluegills on Lake Beltrami in 3 to 8 feet. Bucktails are raising muskies around the mid-lake structure of Lake Plantagenet.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Walleye action has slowed, although a few are being caught with nightcrawlers or leeches on Island Lake in 12 to 14 feet. The cabbage areas on Gilstead Lake, Rabideau Lake, Gull Lake, and Pimushe Lake are giving up crappies and bluegills. Work the deep cabbage edges for northern pike and largemouth bass on most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Walleyes are biting slightly better in 16 to 22 feet at Whitefish Lake and Gull Lake – redtails and leeches are working best. Sunfish are being caught in the shallow weeds of North Long Lake, Lake Margaret, and Cullen Lake. Bass fishing remains strong on the shallow and deep weedlines of most lakes with spinnerbaits. A few crappies can be had on North Long and Whitefish over 14 to 18 feet, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Gull in 8 to 12 feet.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010


Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours on the main lake bars of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake has produced walleyes. Perch reports have improved from the 12-foot weeds on Cass and Pike Bay. Look for bluegills in Allen’s Bay on Cass in the 6- to 8-foot cabbage beds. Buck Lake and Lake Andrusia have been producing northern pike, but muskie action has slowed.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Largemouth bass are being pulled from the lily pads or deep rocks on most lakes. Look for panfish on the deep weedlines of Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, Green Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. The shallow weed edges on most lakes are producing northern pike, while spinner rigs are turning a few walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on Green, North Center, Chisago, and South Center.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


There’s some evening crappie action in 12 to 14 feet on Black Lake and Big Mahnomen Lake. Bay Lake and Serpent Lake are producing bass in 4 to 10 feet, while rainbow trout are being caught in 30 to 50 feet at Huntington Pit. Leeches are producing a few walleyes on East and West Rabbit lakes, Clearwater Lake, and the Mississippi River. Trolling crankbaits along the 18- to 20-foot weeds has triggered pike at Serpent and Lower and Upper Mission lakes.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912


Island Lake is kicking out walleyes on leeches or jigs and fathead minnows in 20 feet, as is Fish Lake in 15 feet. The shorelines of Island and Alden Lake are producing numbers of smallmouth bass on buzz baits. The McQuade Launch area on Lake Superior is producing lake trout with spoons about 50 feet down over 150 feet of water. You’ll find bluegills in 10 feet and crappies in 15 feet or more on Fish.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Bass fishing has improved on the weedlines of Little Elk Lake, East Hunter Lake, and West Hunter Lake. A few walleyes have been taken with nightcrawlers in the deep holes of the Rum River. It’s also worth noting that the weedlines on Fremont Lake have turned up some northern pike. Look to Blue Lake and Green Lake for panfish in 14 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Basswood Lake is producing walleyes, although most are over 20 inches in length, on leeches or crawlers in 10 to 20 feet. Look to Garden Lake, White Iron Lake, and Farm Lake for crappies in 10 to 20 feet. A few lake trout are being taken with spoons about 80 feet down over 100 feet of water on Burntside Lake. Smallmouth bass remain active on the shorelines and reefs of most lakes, but the majority are running small.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton are producing panfish in less then 8 feet. Look to George Lake and Budd Lake for largemouth bass, and numbers of catfish are being caught with cut bait, chicken liver, or crawlers at Fox Lake, Hall Lake, and Budd.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Panfish and northern pike are being caught at Cedar Lake in less than 6 feet. The 12- to 15-foot rock piles on Roberds Lake are producing crappies and sunfish. On Lake Mazaska, you’ll find sunfish and crappies in 12 to 15 feet, while Kelley Dudley Lake is producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleyes are hitting leeches or minnows at Two Island Lake during low-light periods in 8 to 12 feet, Hungry Jack Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Gunflint Lake in 25 to 30 feet, and Cascade Lake in 8 to 14 feet. Smallmouth bass are super-active and hitting just about anything on Hungry Jack, Poplar Lake, and Devil Track Lake in 2 to 9 feet. Leo Lake and Mink Lake are giving up rainbow trout on crawlers in 12 to 15 feet, and Kimball Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Look to the upper 40 feet of the water column with flashers and spoons on Lake Superior for lake trout and salmon. Lake trout also can be had on spoons or jigs about 35 feet down on Greenwood Lake and Duncan Lake about 25 to 30 feet down.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Spinner rigs trolled through the weeds are producing walleyes at Pokegama, Big Splithand, Bowstring, Round, and Wabana lakes. There’s some evening walleye action with a jig and minnow in 7 to 14 feet on Sugar Lake, Deer Lake, and Moose Lake. The weedlines on Pokegama, Big Splithand, Wabana, Rice Lake, and Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes are holding crappies. Bluegill action is slow, but bass and northern pike are hitting on most lakes. Crawlers are turning rainbow and brown trout on Moonshine Lake, Taylor Lake, and Kraemer Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Look for panfish in the 10- to 12-foot weeds on Cedar Lake, Big Birch Lake, and Big Swan Lake. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches are producing a walleyes in less than 20 feet on Big Birch. Hit the weedlines on Big Swan and Lady Lake for pike, while bass fishing remains strong throughout the area.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Catching walleyes involves covering a lot of water in 18 to 20 feet with spinner rigs on Ten Mile Lake and Woman Lake during low-light periods. Muskie reports have improved off Little Boy Lake and Wabedo Lake with small to medium-size bucktails. Look for bluegills off the lily pads and crappies in 6 to 8 feet on Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Portage Lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting drop-shot rigs in 8 to 20 feet at Stoney Lake and Portage, while Birch Lake and Moccasin Lake are safe bets for largemouth.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176


Walleyes are scattered among the 40-foot, main lake reef edges around Martin and Haris islands or the channel towards Kettle Falls. Suspended walleyes are being taken with crankbaits over deep water as well. Casting plastics along shorelines has triggered smallmouth bass, and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weedlines in most shallow bays.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Big Boy Lake started giving up crappies during the evenings and bluegills during the day in 12 feet. Walleye action has slowed, but crankbaits are turning a few in 8 to 12 feet at night on Woman Lake, as are Jiggin’ Raps on the deeper humps of Little Boy Lake during the day. Largemouth bass fishing remains strong on the cabbage edges, and smallmouth are being found on the rocks of Webb Lake.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Sunfish and crappies are biting at Knife Lake, Fish Lake, and Mud Lake in 6 to 7 feet. A few walleyes are being caught by trolling crankbaits on the 5-foot weedlines of Ann Lake and Knife. Topwater baits are producing bass during low-light periods, as are plastics during the day on the weedlines of Knife and Fish.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151


Perch and bluegills are hitting on the 11- to 13-foot weedlines in the Hartford Beach, Mallard Point, and Bonanza areas of Big Stone Lake. Walleye action has been slow, but largemouth bass are active on the south end of Big Stone.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on the 20- to 22-foot weedlines at Long Lake. Fish Hook Lake is producing crappies in 12 to 14 feet, and muskies have started hitting bucktails on Big Mantrap Lake along most cabbage humps. Bass fishing remains strong on the deep and shallow weeds of most lakes, while bluegills remain active on the weedlines throughout the Crow Wing Chain and most small lakes.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 4 to 8 feet during the evening hours on Little Pine and Big Pine lakes. Slow-death rigs and redtails worked in 22 to 25 feet during the day or crankbaits at night in 6 to 10 feet have turned walleyes on Otter Tail Lake. Look for crappies and bluegills in the heavy cabbage areas of lakes such as Star, Dead, Rush, Big Pine, and Little McDonald.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


The walleye bite has been slower this week with a few fish being taken on crankbaits in 10 to 15 feet at the Head of the Lakes and Maiden Rock areas of Lake Pepin. Panfish and northern pike are biting in the bays and the wing dam areas below the dam on the Mississippi River is producing channel catfish and sturgeon.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Sunfish and crappies are being found on the weedlines of Clear Lake, Upper Spunk Lake, Goodner Lake, Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, Long Lake, and Horseshoe Lake. Walleye action has slowed, but bass are being found on the weedlines and slop areas of most lakes. Channel catfish also remain active throughout the Horsehoe Chain of Lakes.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Sunfish continue to be caught at Lake Osakis in 7 to 10 feet on Three Mile Bar, in Town Bay, and Miller’s Bay. You’ll find crappies suspended over 18 feet in the Battle Point area and walleyes in 16 to 22 feet on Osakis as well. Little Sauk Lake is producing crappies in less than 8 feet, and most live bait options are turning walleyes on Big Sauk Lake in 4 to 10 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Sunfish continue to be found in the shallow weeds of Lake Alexander and Green Prairie Lake. The deeper holes on the Mississippi River are producing catfish, smallmouth bass, and a few walleyes. Muskie reports have been limited to a few fish being seen on Alexander, and largemouth bass remain active on the weedlines of most lakes.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Anglers are seeing walleyes on Lake Minnewaska in 20 feet or more, but it’s been difficult getting them to bite. The Glenwood and Starbuck ends of Minnewaska continue to produce sunfish in 7 to 12 feet and throwing spoons over the 9-foot weed tops has produced northern pike.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Green Lake is producing walleyes on leeches or crawlers in 30 to 40 feet, as is Eagle Lake and Diamond Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Bass and northern pike remain active on the deep weedlines of most lakes. Look for sunfish and crappies on the 15- to 18-foot weedlines of Diamond, Willmar/Foot Lake, Games Lake, Florida Lake, and Lake Andrew.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097


Trolling crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet has produced walleyes on Lake Lac qui Parle. Channel catfish are being caught with crawlers or stinkbaits in the deeper pools of the Minnesota and Redwood rivers. Look for smallmouth bass action on East and West Twin lakes and good numbers of largemouth from Wood Lake.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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