Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 18, 2017

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – With the walleye season open again, anglers are catching fish with live bait rigs or crankbaits in 16 feet of water or deeper. Muskie action continues to be strong on the north end, and numbers of good-sized northern pike are being taken on the weedlines of most bays. The smallmouth bite has been tougher so a slow presentation has been the best option on or near the rocks.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – The walleye bite has been somewhat inconsistent, but fish are being caught on most mud flats in 20 to 32 feet of water with live-bait rigs and crawlers or leadcore and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass action has picked up a bit on the 18- to 24-foot rocks with live bait or plastics. Muskie reports have been light, but northern pike are being caught via trolling crankbaits along the weeds in most bays.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing numbers of walleye and sauger in 28 to 31 feet of water. The area between Long Point and a few miles south of Garden Island have been best. Northern pike are hitting all over the lake, look for smallmouth in the rocky areas, and perch are mixed with the walleyes. On the Rainy River, crankbaits or spinner rigs are producing some walleyes early and late each day. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the shoreline rocks or bridge areas, and lake sturgeon continue to bite. At the Northwest Angle, walleye action has been strong in 13 to 22 feet or 26 to 30 feet from Four Blocks to Garden Island. On the Canadian side, spinners are working best on the reefs in 18 to 28 feet and muskies are hitting on the shallow rocks and weedlines.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Work the weedbeds or deep weedlines live bait rigs and minnows for walleyes on Lake Minnetonka. You’ll find largemouth bass, sunfish, and northern pike on the 12- to 18- foot weedlines of Medicine Lake, Lake Sarah, Lake Independence, and Minnetonka. Sub-surface crankbaits are producing a few muskies in 12 to 15 feet on Minnetonka during low-light periods.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Walleye action has been a bit slower and catching numbers involves more work. Most fish are coming from 25 to 32 feet along the reefs and mud flats on Lindy Rigs and crawlers or crankbaits. The shorelines and weedlines continue to hold smallmouth bass and northern pike in Stuntz Bay, Rice Bay, and Mud Creek Bay. Muskie are being taken on the rock points with white, silver, or black bucktails and topwater baits.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleye action has been slow during the day, but a few fish are being taken on the back side of Center Bar in 15 to 20 feet with spinners and crawlers. Work the mid-depth weeds with spinners and crawlers during the evening hours for walleyes as well. A jig and minnow is producing perch off Sugar Point and Raven’s Point on the west shore in 14 to 17 feet. Northern pike continue to hit on the weedlines as well.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

There’s a morning walleye bite with redtails or Jiggin’ Raps on the humps in Walker Bay. Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on the Snake Pit Flats and Annex area. Trolling crankbaits after dark in the Sand Point area has produced walleyes as well in 9 to 14 feet. Bucktails or topwater baits have worked best for muskies on the rocks and the rice beds in Boy Bay are kicking out largemouth bass.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Jigs or spinner rigs tipped with minnows or crawlers are triggering walleyes near the reefs east of Grindstone Island. Crappies continue to hit in Black Bay and up the Rat Root River to Rat Root Lake. Northern pike are active early and late each day along the weed edges at the mouth of Cranberry Bay and Black Bay. The outside turns on the Rainy River are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass and sturgeon are hitting best on the shallow flats, downstream from the deep holes.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

Trolling live-bait rigs or crankbaits has produced walleyes in 3 to 7 feet or on the 8- to 14-foot rock humps. The 13- to 15-foot mud flats have started giving up more walleyes. A few bigger pike have been caught this week along with some perch, freshwater drum, and gold eyes.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

WEST METRO

The deep holes on the Minnesota River are producing catfish and the Crow River is giving up walleyes around the bridges on minnows and jigs. You’ll find largemouth in the slop and along weed edges at Lake Bavaria, Whaletail Lake, and Lake Zumbra. Crappies are being found suspended over 15 feet at Hydes Lake and Whaletail, while sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Pierson Lake and Zumbra.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Largemouth bass are hitting plastics in the weeds on Prior Lake, Spring Lake, and Lake O’Dowd. Spring also is producing walleyes in 15 feet on crawlers or minnows. Look to Prior and Spring for panfish in 14 to 17 feet, muskie reports have been limited, and the weedlines of O’Dowd, Spring, and Prior are producing northern pike.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 25 feet on Kegg’s Reef and the back side of Coney Island. A few walleyes are being taken with minnows during low-light periods on Kegg’s Reef in 16 to 22 feet or Center Reef in 14 to 18 feet. Sunfish are weed-related throughout the lake in 7 to 14 feet and bucktails are raising muskies on top of North Reef and Kegg’s Reef. Northern pike action remains strong with spinnerbaits on the weedlines in Waconia Bay, the Claybanks, and Pillsbury Reef. Look for bass in the reeds, along shorelines or on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Pillsbury and Cemetary reefs.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Bass continue to hit plastics on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Darling, Lake Ida, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Chippewa Lake, and Lake Geneva. Crappies are being caught at Lake Henry, Lake Geneva, Lake Andrew, and Lake Agnes in 8 to 10 feet, while sunfish reports have been limited. Chippewa continues to produce walleyes on crawlers in 16 to 22 feet, as is Lake Carlos in 18 to 24 feet. A few muskies are being taken on Lake Miltona with CowGirls along the deep points.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Sugar Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Lake Sylvia are giving up sunfish in 15 feet. A few walleyes are being taken with fatheads or crawlers in 15 to 22 feet at Cedar Lake, Clearwater, and Sugar. Look to the weedlines on lakes Sylvia, John, Ramsey, Granite, and Clearwater for bass and northern pike, while Buffalo Lake and Clearwater are giving up some crappies along the deep weedlines.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet during the evening hours or spinners and crawlers in 15 to 25 during the day at West Battle Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and Rush Lake. The 8- to 12-foot weeds on Fish Lake, Silver Lake, West Battle, and Rush are producing panfish. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in the 15- to 20-foot weeds on Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and Rush. Bass are being caught around docks and weedbeds with spinnerbaits on Donald and Fish Lake, while muskies are hitting hard plastics in 15 to 17 feet at West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on the rock piles and Grassy Island area on Lake Bemidji. Perch are hitting on the weedy points of Lake Plantagenet in 15 to 20 feet. You’ll find sunfish on Gull Lake in the 6-foot reeds, while bass are hitting on the weedlines of Lake Beltrami. Muskie reports have been best with bucktails on the weed edges of Plantagenet, Bemidji, and Little Wolf Lake.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleyes are hitting crawlers in 12 to 16 feet at Blackduck Lake and in 15 to 18 feet on Island Lake. Gilstead Lake and Gull Lake are producing crappies and sunfish in the 10- to 14-foot weeds. Island is producing smallmouth bass on the rocks, while largemouth and northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Walleyes are hitting chubs or crawlers in 18 to 25 feet on Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and North Long Lake. Look to the deep weedlines with sucker minnows for northern pike on Whitefish and Gull, while bass are hitting along the 10- to 16-foot weedlines on North Long, Gull, and Lake Edwards. Look for crappies in the 7- to 10-foot cabbage and sunfish in 5 to 7 feet at North Long, Nisswa Lake, and Round Lake.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours on North Ceder Bar and Deadman’s Bar on Cass Lake or Center Bar and LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay Lake has produced walleyes. Lake Andrusia and Wolf Lake are kicking out walleyes and pike during the day with a spinner and crawler in 18 to 20 feet. Look for perch in 6 to 8 feet on Cass, and muskies have bit best during the evening hours on the sand areas on the main lake portion of Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA   

Walleyes are being taken with crawlers or minnows in 14 to 18 feet on Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Center and South Center lakes – low-light periods have been best. The deep cabbage areas on Green, North Center, Chisago, South Center, South Lindstrom Lake, and North Lindstrom Lake continue to produce panfish. Pike and bass also are being caught on the weedlines of most lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

The deep weedlines on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake are producing largemouth bass and northern pike. Hit the slop or weedlines on Bay Lake for largemouth, and a few crappies can be had on Serpent during the evening hours in 15 feet. A few walleyes are being caught in the deep holes of the Mississippi River, and anglers fishing from shore on the Huntington Pit are catching trout. Little Rabbit Lake and the Mississippi River are providing a mixed bag of panfish.

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Topwater baits are triggering muskies during the evening hours on Big Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa. Northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits in 12 to 16 feet at Floyd Lake and Big Detroit. Small sucker minnows are producing walleyes in 17 to 30 feet on Floyd, Big Detroit, and Tamarack Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish on the 8- to 14-foot weedlines of Tamarack, Big Detroit, Melissa, and Lake Sallie.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

EAST CENTRAL MN

Look to Blue Lake and Spectacle Lake for a few crappies in 14 to 18 feet. The weedlines on Little Elk Lake and Blue are holding sunfish. Topwater baits are triggering bass on Green Lake and Blue, while the Rum River is kicking out smallmouth bass and a few walleyes.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Look to the reefs and shorelines on Snowbank Lake and Burntside Lake for smallmouth bass. Walleyes are being taken after dark in 25 to 30 feet with leeches or minnows on Snowbank, while an occasional lake trout is caught on Snowbank in 40 feet or more. On Lake Shagawa, a few walleyes can be had in 10 to 20 feet with minnows.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on the south end of Roosevelt Lake in 8 to 10 feet, and Eagle Lake is giving up northern pike in 12 to 14 feet on spoons. Look to Lawrence Lake for crappies in 10 to 12 feet, while topwater baits are turning largemouth bass on Lake Emily during the evening hours.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Bluegills are being caught around the docks on Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton, while crappies are suspended at 6 to 12 feet on Hall Lake, Budd, and Sissiton. Hall and Budd are kicking out largemouth bass, but walleye action is limited to a few fish off Tuttle Lake and the local rivers.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Lake Mazaska continues to produce crappies in 15 feet and some pike along the weedlines. Look to the rock bars on Cannon Lake for a few walleyes, and Shields Lake is kicking out sunfish and northern pike in 9 feet. Fox Lake started giving up crappies over 20 feet, and Roberds Lake is giving up sunfish on the 12-foot rocks.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Walleye action has been best early and late each day on Two Island Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water, Elbow Lake in 4 to 6 feet of water, Hungry Jack Lake in 15 feet of water, and Lake Saganaga in 20 to 25 feet of water – minnows and crawlers are working best. A few lake trout are being taken with minnows down 40 to 45 feet at Trout Lake and with spoons at Greenwood Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Lake trout action also has been strong on Lake Superior over 125 to 150 feet of water. Look to Hungry Jack in 10 feet and Devils Track Lake in 4 to 12 feet for smallmouth bass. Leo Lake is kicking out rainbow trout on minnows in 15 to 18 feet, as is Mink Lake in 12 to 20 feet with nightcrawlers. Northern pike are being taken with crankbaits on Poplar Lake in 12 to 15 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

The deep weedlines on lakes Pokegama, Bowstring, Big Splithand, Rice, Wabana, Big Cutfoot, and Little Cutfoot continue to produce crappies. Spinners and crawlers in the weeds are turning walleyes on Trout Lake, Jessie Lake, Bowstring, and Pokegama. Smallmouth and largemouth continue to bite throughout the area, while crawlers or Power Bait are producing trout on Kramer Lake and Taylor Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Walleyes continue to be caught with crankbaits on Big Birch Lake and Little Birch Lake on top of the 12- to 18-foot weeds. Sunfish are being taken in 15 to 18 feet on Swan Lake, Cedar Lake, Mound Lake, Big Birch and Little Birch. A few crappies are being found under the docks and swimming rafts on Mound and Swan. The weedlines or deep breaks on Big Birch, Swan, Lady Lake, and Buck Lake are producing northern pike.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Slip bobbers with minnows or leeches are producing walleyes after dark in 8 to 10 feet on Woman Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Little Boy Lake. Bucktails thrown over the rocks on Little Boy, Wabedo Lake, and Baby Lake are turning muskies. Look for sunfish on the weedlines out to 20 feet during the day and crappies on the cabbage beds each evening at Webb Lake, Portage Lake, Birch Lake, and Moxen Lake. Northern pike and bass are active on most lakes along the 8- to 16-foot weedlines.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Walleyes are being taken with crankbaits on the weedlines or with a jig and minnow on the wind-blown shorelines. Lindy Rigs and crawlers also are turning fish in 16 to 22 feet early and late each day. Northern pike are active along most weedlines and smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on the rocky shorelines or reefs.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MADISON LAKE AREA

Big Jefferson Lake and Duck Lake started producing crappies and northern pike in 6 to 8 feet. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics in the weeds on the west side of Lake Francis. Third Point on Lake Washington is kicking out sunfish, but walleye action is slow.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Crawlers continue to produce small walleyes in 8 feet at Knife Lake. Crappies and sunfish remain active on the weedlines of Ann Lake, Quamba Lake, and Knife.

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

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleye action has been hit and miss with some fish being taken on redtails or crawlers on the 18- to 24-foot weedlines of Long Lake and Sand Lake. Bucktails and topwater baits are turning muskies on the cabbage beds of Big Mantrap Lake, while bass fishing remains strong on all lakes. Work the 10- to 12-foot cabbage on Fish Hook Lake and the Crow Wing Chain for panfish.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

RED WING AREA

Walleye action has slowed, but crappies and bluegills are hitting on the shallow rocks along the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin. Crawlers or cut bait are turning channel catfish and bullheads, and sucker minnows are working best for flatheads on the Mississippi River. Sturgeon continue to be caught on the river as well.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/
ST. CLOUD AREA

Sunfish action has picked up in 10 to 14 feet on Eden Lake, Goodner Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Pike and bass are being plucked from the weedlines on Grand Lake and Pearl Lake. Look to the island areas on Lake Koronis for a few walleyes and smallmouth bass in 14 to 18 feet.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

You’ll find crappies on the 8- to 12-foot weeds of Maple Lake and Little Sauk Lake or in 12- to 18-feet on Lake Osakis. Sunfish can be had on the weedlines of Maple or in Miller’s Bay and the Three Mile Bar on Osakis. Slow-presented crawlers are turning walleyes on Big Sauk Lake in 8 to 22 feet and on the mid-lake humps on Osakis.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

The deeper holes on the Mississippi River are holding smallies, catfish, and a few walleyes. Sunfish are hitting above the Blanchard Dam on the river. Lake reports were limited.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WILLMAR AREA

Panfish, bass, and pike are being taken on the weeds of lakes Florida, Norway/Games, Diamond, Andrew, Eagle, and Green. Nightcrawlers are turning a few walleyes over 30 to 40 feet on Green as well.

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

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