Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 25, 2017

Great Eight


East – Big walleyes are being caught on the mud flats in the main basin area with crankbaits and leadcore or live-bait rigs. Smaller walleyes seem to be hitting plastics in 18 feet or less. Look for smallmouth bass on the 12- to 18-foot rocks, trolling continues to trigger muskies on the north end, and pike are being caught on the weedlines lake-wide.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Crankbaits and leadcore or crawlers are turning walleyes on or near most mud flats in 22 to 32 feet. Plastics and live bait are producing smallmouth bass on the deep rocks with better action early and late each day. Most muskies being seen are on the rocks or sand, and northern pike are hitting crankbaits along the 10- to 14-foot weedlines in most bays.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Spinners and crawlers or crankbaits are producing walleyes on the 28- to 31-foot mud south of Garden Island or on the reefs. On the Rainy River, spinners or crankbaits are producing walleyes, smallmouth bass are being found on the rocks, and sturgeon remain active. At the Northwest Angle, trolling crankbaits near Little Oak Island in 26 to 30 feet has produced walleyes. Muskies are being taken on bucktails on the shallow weeds and rocks.

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

The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on lakes Minnetonka, Medicine, Sarah, and Independence are producing bass and sunfish. A few walleyes are being taken during low-light periods with a jig and minnow or nightcrawlers on Minnetonka along the 15- to 20-foot weeds. Northern pike and muskies are being taken in 15 feet above the weed tops with bucktails or spinnerbaits.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The walleye bite has been sporadic and the fish being caught are big and sitting in deep water – 30 feet or more. Shiner minnows or crawlers are working best around the islands, deep breaks, and the mud flats in Big Bay. Smallmouth remain active on the weedbeds and rocks in 3 to 8 feet, while muskies are hitting best during low-light periods on the rocks or points in 8 to 10 feet.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Perch action has been best in 12 to 15 feet on Sugar Bar or off Sugar Point in 12 to 18 feet. Northern pike remain active throughout the lake in 8 to 12 feet. Spinners and crawlers continue to produce walleyes in 16 to 18 feet on Center Bar or in 9 to 12 feet in the weeds on the east side.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Crankbaits are turning the majority of walleyes around Cedar Point and Sand Point in 8 to 12 feet, from Templar Point to Onigum Point in Walker Bay, or in 4 to 8 feet at night in Sucker Bay. Topwater baits and trolling crankbaits has triggered muskies in Boy Bay, Kabekona Bay, and Portage Bay. Look for largemouth bass in the rice beds and  smallmouth on the 15- to 20-foot rocks.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the reefs and humps in 30 to 33 feet in Sand Bay or east of the islands near Jackfish Bay. Smallmouth bass are being caught on the rock shorelines and weedlines in most bays, while crappies are hitting in Black Bay and back into the Rat Root River on the west end of the bay. On the Rainy River, walleyes are being caught below the dam at International Falls, and sturgeon are relating to the wider bends downstream.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Walleye action has continued to be pretty decent with spinner rigs or crankbaits. Better areas this week have been the 8- to 14-foot rock humps, mud flats in 13 to 15 feet, and outside the reeds in 3 to 8 feet.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Fathead minnows are producing walleyes at the mouth of the Kinnikinnic River on the St. Croix River. Look for crappies and sunfish in the weeds at Silver Lake, Beaver Lake, and Big Marine Lake. Sucker minnows are turning pike at White Bear Lake, Tanners Lake, and Powers Lake or largemouth bass on Demontreville Lake and Silver.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Lakes such as Whaletail, Zumbra, and Bavaria continue to kick out largemouth bass. Look for suspended crappies over 15 to 18 feet on Whaletail and Hydes Lake, and the bridges on the Minnesota River are worth noting for walleyes. Work the weedlines with sucker minnows for pike at Pierson Lake and Zumbra.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


A jig and minnow worked on the rocks is producing walleyes at Spring Lake and Prior Lake. The deep weeds on Lake O’Dowd are holding numbers of largemouth and pike. Look for crappies in 15 to 20 feet on Spring or sunfish in 12 to 15 feet at Prior.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096



Minnows have started producing a few more walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake. Sunfish are hitting in the 12- to 14-foot weeds of Lake Sylvia, Lake John, Clearwater, and Sugar. Pike and largemouth bass remain active on the weedlines of most lakes.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are hitting crawlers on the 20- to 30-foot humps or jigs and minnows in 10 to 15 feet at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, Rush Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies along the 10- to 18-foot weeds on Clitherall, West Battle, Fish Lake, and Donald Lake. Bass fishing remains strong in the 10- to 15-foot weeds with plastics at East Battle Lake, West Battle, Donald, Clitherall, Fiske Lake, and Silver Lake. Trolling spoons on the weedlines at Fiske, Donald, West Battle, and Otter Tail has produced northern pike. Casting CowGirls in the 15- to 20-foot weeds at West Battle is turning muskies.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Crawlers are producing walleyes on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines at Lake Bemidji – some fish are being taken with crankbaits in shallower water at night. Turtle River Lake is producing largemouth bass, and you’ll find crappies in the 14-foot weeds of Big Wolf Lake. There’s a night bite with topwater baits for muskies around the points on the north end of Lake Plantagenet.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Blackduck Lake started giving up a few more walleyes on crankbaits, minnows, and crawlers in 10 to 14 feet. Lakes such as Gilstead, Pimushe, Gull, and Rabideau are producing crappies and bluegills in the 10- to 14-foot weeds. Work the rocks on Island Lake for smallmouth bass and look for bigger bass or northern pike on the deep weedlines of most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Walleyes are hitting crawlers and chubs on Gull Lake and North Long Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Look for northern pike to hit sucker minnows in 20 to 24 feet on Whitefish Lake and Gull. Bass fishing remains strong on the deep weedlines and shallow cover on most lakes. Sunfish continue to be found in 5 to 7 feet, as are a few crappies in 7 to 12 feet at Lake Margaret, Highway 371 Bay on North Long, Gull, and Nisswa Lake.

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


Crankbaits or minnows are producing walleyes during the day on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake in 18 to 20 feet. The 10- to 15-foot bars on Cass and Pike Bay are giving up perch as well. Muskies are chasing bucktails in 12 to 20 feet on Cass, while bluegills are hitting in the 8-foot weeds in Allen’s Bay on Cass and Lake Andrusia.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Topwater baits are working best for bass over shallow cover on North and South Center lakes, Green Lake, and Chisago Lake. Work the outside weedlines on Chisago and Green for pike, and a few walleyes can be had during low-light periods in 15 to 20 feet on Green, Chisago, and North Center. Look for sunfish on the weedlines and crappies suspended over 12 to 20 feet on the south end of Chisago.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Walleye and smallmouth bass action remains strong on the Mississippi River. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting on Clearwater Lake and Serpent Lake as well. Northern pike are hitting crankbaits in 18 to 21 feet on Mission Lake, and a few stream trout are being taken on Snowshoe Pit, Manuel Pit, and Yawkey Pit. Work the 14-foot weedlines on Serpent and Black Lake for crappies during the evening hours.

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


Muskie action has improved with topwater baits at Big Detroit Lake in 10 to 12 feet, and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Pickeral Lake, Floyd Lake, and Big Detroit in 18 to 20 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies in the weeds on Big Cormorant, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Tamarack Lake. Big Detroit, Tamarack, and Melissa are giving up walleyes in 18 to 30 feet with live bait. Bass fishing remains strong on most lakes in 6 to 14 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Island Lake is giving up walleyes in 22 to 25 feet on minnows or chubs and smallmouth bass and muskies along the sharp breaks. On Fish Lake, a few walleyes can be had in 15 to 20 feet or look in 10 to 15 feet for panfish. Reports from Lake Superior have been best north of the immediate area with lake trout and a few salmon being taken about 50 to 60-feet down over deeper water.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


The mid-depth weedlines on Green Lake, Little Elk Lake, and Blue Lake are producing sunfish. Green and Blue are kicking out largemouth bass. The Rum River and Mississippi River are worth noting for smallmouth. Spectacle Lake and Blue are giving up crappies in 14 to 18 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Minnows are producing walleyes during the evening hours at the power dam area on Fall Lake, Shagawa Lake in 8 to 12 feet, and Crooked Lake in 6 feet. Hit Birch Lake in 6 feet for crappies and a few walleyes in 12 feet. Spoons are turning lake trout about 45 to 75 feet down on Burntside Lake or 45 to 50 feet down on Thomas Lake and Knife Lake.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Look for suspended crappies over 6 to 12 feet at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Bluegills are being found in less than 6 feet on Budd and Sissiton, while largemouth bass remain active in shallow water on Hall and Budd.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Look for crappies on the 12- to 15-foot rocks on Roberds Lake or around the docks and boat lifts on Cedar Lake. Cedar is giving up a few walleyes in 6 to 8 feet with fathead minnows, as is Cannon Lake from shore. Trolling crankbaits in 4 to 10 feet on Shields Lake has produced northern pike.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Big Birch Lake and Little Birch Lake are producing walleyes on crankbaits or shiner minnows in 15 to 25 feet – most fish are sitting on top of the weeds. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 30 feet on the main basin of Big Birch. Mound Lake is producing crappies and sunfish, while Big Swan Lake is kicking out sunfish in 12 feet. Northern pike and bass reports remain consistently good throughout the area.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


The 20- to 25-foot mid-lake structure is producing walleyes and perch during low-light periods of the day – these fish will be in shallower water with a good wind. Casting crankbaits on the shorelines and thick weedbeds has been the ticket for northern pike and smallmouth bass.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Walleyes are being taken with crawlers or a jig and minnow in 18 to 20 feet on Woman Lake, 16 feet on Big Boy Lake, and along the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Little Boy Lake. Topwater baits thrown on the sharp shoreline breaks of Little Boy and Baby Lake are raising muskies. You’ll find crappies in the 7- to 14-foot weeds at Woman, Lake Inguadona, and Wabedo Lake, while bluegills are going in 14 to 18 feet on Big Boy.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 6 feet at Knife Lake and Fish Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits on Knife, Fish, Ann Lake, and Quamba Lake. A few sunfish are being caught on Knife, Ann, and Fish in 5 to 7 feet, but crappie reports remain limited.

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


A few walleyes are being caught on the 18- to 22-foot weedlines at Long or in 16 to 18 feet on Fish Hook Lake. The cabbage beds on Big Mantrap Lake are kicking out northern pike on spinnerbaits and a few muskies on bucktails. The Crow Wing Chain and Fish Hook continue to produce sunfish in 8 to 12 feet and crappies, most of which are suspended, over 20 to 25 feet. Largemouth bass are being found in the slop or deep weedlines on most lakes, while smallmouth are hitting on the deep rocks or humps of Potato Lake and Big Sand Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Water levels have risen about four feet and that’s slowed walleye activity with a few fish being taken on crankbaits in 15 feet on Lake Pepin. The snags and tree cover are producing panfish on Pepin, while the bays and backwaters are producing northern pike. Crawlers are turning sturgeon and channel catfish below the dam on the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Sunfish action remains strong on Lake Osakis along the 9- to 13-foot weedlines in Miller’s Bay, and the 8- to 12-foot weedline on Maple Lake is producing sunfish and crappies. Little Sauk Lake is giving up crappies in 12 to 14 feet, and you’ll find suspended crappies in the Battle Point area on Osakis over 18 to 20 feet. Crawlers and shiner minnows are turning walleyes on Osakis in 18 to 30 feet. Little Birch Lake is producing northern pike on shiners along the 18-foot weed edge.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Water levels have gone up, and that’s improved walleye action below the Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi River. The slack water areas on the river are holding smallmouth bass as well. Look to Green Prairie Lake, Beauty Lake, and Pierz Lake for sunfish in less than 10 feet.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleyes are being caught during the day with crawlers in 22 to 24 feet or during the evening hours with crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet on Lake Minnewaska. Anglers are catching walleyes from shore with slip bobbers and minnows on the west shore of Lake Emily. Look for largemouth and smallmouth bass in 16 feet, northern pike in 9 feet, and consistent sunfish action in 8 to 12 feet throughout Minnewaska.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

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