Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 11, 2017
LAKE MILLE LACS
Plastics are producing smallmouth bass on the 14- to 18-foot rocks and there has been some big bass caught in deeper water away from this structure. Trolling on the north end in 14 to 16 feet remains the best option for muskies, and crankbaits are turning northern pike on the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay, Cove Bay, and Garrison Bay.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Spinner rigs and most live bait options are turning walleyes and sauger on the reefs or 20- to 30-foot breaks along the south shore. Leadcore or downrigging with crankbaits has produced fish on the deep mud areas as well. The Rainy River continues to give up a few walleyes, smallmouth bass, and good numbers of sturgeon. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting spinner rigs around the islands in 25 to 32 feet. The rocks and mud on the Canadian side are giving up walleyes, and muskies continue to be caught from the weeds and rocks.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The deep weed edges on Lake Sarah, Medicine Lake, and Lake Minnetonka are producing largemouth bass and sunfish. You’ll also catch pike with spinnerbaits thrown on top of the weeds throughout Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Muskies are hitting bucktails in 10 to 14 feet on Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Most rock reefs continue to hold walleyes with crawlers working best. Work the tops of the reefs during low-light periods and slide off the edges in 25 feet or more during the day. Crankbaits or plastics are turning smallmouth bass on the shorelines and shallow rock, while sucker minnows are triggering pike in 6 to 10 feet in weedy bays. Muskies are being taken with bucktails or topwater baits along the rock points and reefs.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleye action has been hit and miss, but spinners and crawlers continue to turn some fish in the 8- to 12-foot weeds. Live-bait rigs and crawlers also are producing some walleyes on Long Bar, Bena Bar, and Snaghole Bar in 16 to 20 feet. Look for bigger perch on Snaghole in 18 to 20 feet or on the west side in 10 to 15 feet. Pike were biting spoons on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines.
Slow-death rigs or spinners tipped with crawlers are turning a few walleyes on the main lake rocks or 10- to 14-foot weedlines. Some fish are being pulled from the shallow weeds as well. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches continue to produce walleyes off Sand Point in 10 to 12 feet during the evening hours and after dark. Hit the reeds in Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay for largemouth bass and the deep, main lake rocks for smallmouth. Bucktails and topwater baits are the best options for muskies on the rocks as well.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
The majority of walleyes are being caught around submerged structure in 25 to 35 feet of water. The submerged humps from Sand Bay, east to Brule Narrows have all been productive with a bright colored jig and live bait. Topwater baits and shallow diving crankbaits tossed over the edges of weedbeds or rocky structure will turn smallmouth bass. Troll crankbaits on the humps and sharp drop-offs for northern pike, and the Rainy River has been fairly active for walleye, too. The best reports have been from faster waters above and below the Ranier Rapids, below the dam at International Falls, and near the confluence of the larger tributaries.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Most walleyes continue to be taken by trolling crankbaits or live-bait rigs in 4 to 8 feet on most shorelines. The 8- to 14-foot rock humps remain an option for walleyes as well. Northern pike have been caught right along with the walleyes, but trolling larger spoons or crankbaits has been a better method for catching them.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Leeches or nightcrawlers were producing smallmouth bass and walleyes throughout the St. Croix River in 12 to 18 feet of water. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Lake Elmo were giving up northern pike and largemouth bass. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows and spinnerbaits on the weedlines of Forest Lake and White Bear Lake. Bucktails are turning muskies on the 10- to 12-foot points of Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Topwater baits or jigs and plastics are producing bass on the weedlines of Lake Auburn, Lake Bavaria, and Whaletail Lake. Northern pike have been hitting sucker minnows on the 8- to 14-foot weedlines of Lake Zumbra and Lake Minnewashta. The weedlines on Auburn continue to give up sunfish, and crappies are biting in 12 to 14 feet at Hydes Lake.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
The weedlines throughout Prior Lake are holding walleyes, bass, and panfish. Hit the rocks on Lake O’Dowd with plastics for bass as well. Walleyes are being caught with leeches or nightcrawlers during the evening hours at O’Dowd and Fish Lake in 15 feet. Sunfish and a few walleyes also can be had at Spring Lake in 6 to 12 feet of water.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Bass remain active on the shallow and deep weeded areas along most reefs. You’ll find sunfish in 10 to 15 feet and crappies in 15 to 20 feet on the back side of the island, Kegg’s Reef, and Center Reef. Muskie action has been up and down with better reports coming from the swimming beach and Nelson’s Flat. A few walleyes are being caught at night in 20 to 25 feet on the Claybanks area and Kegg’s Reef.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Walleyes are hitting crawlers in 15 to 20 feet of water during the day or crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet during low-light periods on Lake Miltona. Hit Reno Lake in 14 to 17 feet, Lake Mary in 12 to 14 feet and Lake Ida in 30 feet or more with live bait for walleyes as well. Bass continue to hit plastics on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, and Lake Geneva. Miltona continues to be the best option for muskies, while sunfish and a few crappies can be had off the deep weeedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
A jig and fathead or leeches are producing walleyes on the 14- to 18-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake. Bass fishing has been consistently good in the “slop,” shallow weeds, bulrushes, and deep weedlines of Clearwater, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Look to the weedlines of Sylvia, Sugar, Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, Granite Lake, and Lake John for panfish and northern pike.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-52997
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, Rush Lake, and Silver Lake are giving up a few walleyes – work live-bait rigs during the day in 18 to 20 feet or crankbaits in less than 10 feet at night. You’ll find crappies and sunfish in the 10- to 15-foot weeds at Fish Lake, Bass Lake, Silver, and West Battle. Sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike in 20 feet on Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and Otter Tail, while bucktails or deep-diving crankbaits are triggering muskies in 15 to 20 feet on West Battle. Bass fishing remains strong on most lakes.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are hitting crawlers or leeches in 15 to 25 feet of water during the day and crankbaits in 6 to 12 feet of water at night on Lake Bemidji. Work the shallow structure on Big Lake and Lake Plantagenet with bucktails or topwater baits for muskies. Crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 20 feet of water at Turtle River Lake, and bluegills have continued to hit on the weedlines of Lake Beltrami and Gull Lake.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Slip bobbers and leeches or Lindy Rigs and redtails are producing some walleyes in the weeds or 16 to 20 feet of water at Whitefish Lake, North Long Lake, and Gull Lake. The shallow weeds in the Highway 371 Bay on North Long, Lake Margaret, and Cullen Lake remain best for sunfish, but crappie reports have been limited. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on Gull in 8 to 12 feet and North Long in 12 to 15 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours on Cedar Bar, North Cedar Bar, and Tom’s Bar of Cass Lake or LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay Lake has produced walleyes. Look for bluegills in Allen’s Bay or perch in 6 to 8 feet of water on Cass. Lake Andrusia and Wolf Lake are producing northern pike, while muskie reports have improved a bit on the cabbage areas throughout Allen’s Bay.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Spinner rigs and leeches are turning walleyes on the 14- to 20-foot rocks and weed edges at Green Lake, North Center Lake, and Chisago Lake during low-light periods. Crappies and sunfish continue to be plucked from the deep weedlines of Chisago, North Lindstrom Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, Green, and North Center. The 12- to 14-foot weed edges on most lakes are producing northern pike and bass.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Nightcrawlers and minnows are producing walleyes in 17 to 20 feet during the day, as are crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet at night on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, and Lake Sallie. Bucktails or topwater baits are raising muskies during low-light periods on Big Detroit and Melissa. Hit the 10- to 15-foot weedlines for northern pike and panfish on Floyd Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, Melissa, and Big Detroit. Plastics on the deep weeds during the day or topwater baits during low-light periods in shallow water are producing bass on most lakes.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Hit the shorelines for smallmouth bass or 15 to 20 feet for walleyes on Island Lake. Fish Lake and Whiteface Lake are giving up a few walleyes in 15 feet as well. You’ll also find sunfish and crappies in 10 to 16 feet on Fish. Reports from Lake Superior have been better just up the shore, with most lake trout and salmon hitting spoons about 50 to 70 feet down. Look to the St. Louis River with bucktails for muskies.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish off Snowbank Lake in 20 to 25 feet, Basswood Lake in 10 to 20 feet, and Burntside Lake in 25 to 30 feet. An occasional lake trout is caught on Snowbank or Burntside – most are suspended over deep water and being taken with spoons. White Iron Lake and Garden Lake continue to give up crappies in 15 to 18 feet.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Smallmouth bass are being caught with tubes on the south end of Roosevelt Lake in 5 feet. You’ll find crappies in 8 to 12 feet on Ruth Lake and sunfish near the lily pads in 6 to 8 feet at Eagle Lake. Trolling crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet has produced northern pike on Upper Dean Lake.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crappies remain active in 8 to 10 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Budd and Sissiton also are giving up sunfish in 6 to 8 feet, and if you want a walleye or two, troll crankbaits on Tuttle Lake. Catfish continue to be caught with cut bait or nightcrawlers at Fox Lake and Budd.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Leeches and minnows are producing walleyes Crescent Lake in 10 to 15 feet, Devil Track Lake in 10 to 12 feet, Two Island Lake in 8 to 12 feet, Hungry Jack Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and Cascade Lake in 8 to 14 feet. Nightcrawlers are turning rainbow trout at Mink Lake and Leo Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch with plastics or topwater baits on Poplar Lake, Hungry Jack, and Devil Track Lake. Lake trout are hitting spoons on Greenwood Lake and Duncan Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes in and along the 7- to 15-foot weeds of Lake Pokegama, Sugar Lake, Big Splithand Lake, and Lake Wabana. Crappies and sunfish are being caught in the 10- to 16-foot weeds at Big Splithand, Pokegama, Rice Lake, or in 18 to 21 feet on Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes. Lakes such as Moonshine Lake, Taylor, and Kraemer continue to kick out stream trout on crawlers. Look for bass in the weeds and larger pike in 18 to 20 feet on most lakes.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Crankbaits are producing a few walleyes in 8 to 12 feet at night, as are spinners and crawlers in 18 to 20 feet during the day on Woman Lake. The shallow weeds on Birch Lake, Big Boy Lake, and Portage Lake are producing bluegills and a few crappies. The weedlines on Wabedo Lake remain the area’s best bet for muskies, while smallmouth bass remain active on the shorelines and rocks on Stoney Lake, Webb Lake, and Portage.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Crappies are hitting minnows and plastics in 10 to 15 feet on Shoepack Lake and Shannon Lake. Drifting sucker minnows in the 6- to 10-foot weeds on Big Sturgeon Lake has produced northern pike. Leeches are turning walleyes on Side Lake in 20 to 23 feet.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
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
MADISON LAKE AREA
Look for suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on Madison Lake, the west side of German Lake over 20 feet, and Duck Lake in less than 10 feet. Nightcrawlers continue to trigger walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on Madison and in 18 to 22 feet off Third Point at Lake Washington. Northern pike action is strong on the weedlines of most lakes and Baker’s Bay on Washington is producing a few sunfish.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Leeches, crawlers, and minnows are producing a few walleyes on Long Lake in 20 to 22 feet and Potato Lake in 25 to 35 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting topwater baits on the shorelines of Potato and Fish Hook Lake is giving up panfish in 12 to 14 feet. Largemouth bass remain active on the weedlines of most lakes, bluegill reports have been limited, and the weedlines on Big Mantrap Lake are kicking out pike and a few muskies.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Trolling crankbaits on Horseshoe Lake has produced a few walleyes during low-light periods in 10 to 16 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 16 feet on Rice Lake or along the 8- to 10-foot weeds on Lake Koronis, Long Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Pearl Lake, and Horseshoe. Channel catfish are being found throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes, and largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines of Pearl, Grand Lake, and Cedar Island.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Minnows, leeches, and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on the north end of Big Sauk Lake in 4 to 8 feet or 16 to 20 feet on Lake Osakis. Three Mile Bar, Town Bay, and Miller’s Bay on Osakis continue to give up sunfish in less than 10 feet, and the Battle Point area is giving up crappies in deeper water. Look to the weedlines on Long Bridge Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
With water levels rising a bit on the Mississippi River, anglers are again finding a mixed bag of fish (catfish, smallmouth bass, walleyes, and rough fish) in the deeper holes and current break areas. Sunfish continue to be found in less than 10 feet on Beauty Lake, Sebie Lake, and Green Prairie Lake. The weedlines on Lake Alexander are giving up a few crappies each evening, and largemouth bass continue to be caught on most lakes.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Not much has changed from a week ago so walleye reports continue to be limited throughout the area. The Glenwood and Starbuck ends of Lake Minnewaska continue to produce sunfish and the occasional crappie in 7 to 12 feet. Northern pike, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass also remain active on Minnewaska.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Walleye reports continue to be sporadic with a few fish being taken on live bait at Eagle Lake and Diamond Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Anglers are finding better numbers of walleyes on Green Lake in 25 to 35 feet. The 15- to 18-foot weedlines of Diamond, Willmar/Foot Lake, Games Lake, Florida Lake, Nest Lake, and Lake Andrew are producing panfish, largemouth bass, and a few northern pike. Look for smallmouth on the rocks and deeper breaks throughout Green.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097