Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 3, 2018

Great Eight


Walleye action was slower last weekend, likely due to the full moon, but it should pick up again soon. The fish being caught continue to hit on or around the mud flats, deep gravel, and main basin areas of the lake – 22 to 32 feet, depending on the time of day. Smallmouth bass and some walleyes are being caught on the 10- to 22-foot rocks with plastics. Muskie anglers are seeing some fish on the weeds and rocks and northern pike action has been slow.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Drifting or trolling spinners and crawlers east of Long Point have produced a lot of walleyes and sauger. Some anglers are even jigging with good success, while others are trolling crankbaits on the deep mud in 24 to 32 feet. On the Rainy River, sturgeon reports remain strong and northern pike and smallmouth bass are being found in  tributaries into Rainy River. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are  being caught on reefs with a jig and minnow or bottom bouncers and crank-baits in 24 to 28 feet on the Minnesota side. Mud-bottom areas deeper than 25 feet have been best on the Canadian side. 

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


The deep weedlines on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, Medicine Lake, and Lake Sarah are holding largemouth bass, sunfish, and suspended crappies. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 feet on Sarah and Medicine, but walleye and muskie reports have been light during the past few days.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleye action has been a bit more sporadic, but crawlers or leeches are turning some fish on the main lake rock reefs and breaks in 25 to 30 feet. Some bluegills and crappies are being caught in Glenwood Bay and behind Pine Island in 16 to 18 feet. Muskie action has been best in Frazier Bay and Gold Island area, although anglers are reporting more follows than hook-ups. You’ll find good numbers of northern pike in Mud Creek Bay, Cable Bay, and Rice Bay.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleye action remains pretty good with crawlers or leeches on the 22- to 34-foot mid-lake humps. Spinners and nightcrawlers also are producing walleyes on the 12- to 14-foot flats and weedbeds on the north side. Work Raven’s Point to Sugar Point with a jig and fathead for perch in 20 to 22 feet. Trolling spoons or crankbaits along the 10- to 14-foot weeds has triggered pike.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


You need to cover water on the main lake with a spinner and crawler in 9 to 11 feet for walleyes from Joe’s Landing to the Hardwoods. A slip bobber and leech is turning walleyes on the 16- to 20-foot rocks on North and West bars, while crankbaits are producing walleyes after dark in Walker Bay from 8 to 12 feet. Muskie reports have been good on the cabbage in Portage Bay and north of Hardwoods. Largemouth bass are hitting in the rice beds throughout the lake.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleyes have made their summer move to main lake reefs and breaklines and anglers have been most successful using jigs and minnows or Lindy Rigs and leeches. Walleyes can change depths daily so don’t be afraid to spend a little extra time searching with your electronics to pinpoint the best locations. Crappies have moved out to deeper structure in the 15- to 30-foot range and smallmouth bass have been caught on topwater baits, spinnerbaits, and plastics on rock shorelines, points and weed/rock areas. Look for large pike on deep weedlines to hit spinnerbaits, jerk baits, and spoons.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Walleyes continue to be caught on crankbaits or live-bait rigs and crawlers on the rocks in 8 to 14 feet, shoreline breaks in 3 to 7 feet, and the 12- to 14-foot mud. The areas with the most activity just depends on wind speed and time of day. 

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


The weedlines on Big Marine Lake, Powers Lake, and Beaver Lake are producing sunfish. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics on Demontreville Lake and Lake Jane. Sucker minnows or crankbaits are turning northern pike at Lake Josephine and Tanners Lake. Look for walleyes on Big Marine and Bone Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Muskies are being caught with slow presentations on the deep weedlines of White Bear Lake and Jarvis Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Jigs tipped with plastics or minnows are turning walleyes in the creeks and at creek mouths off the Minnesota River – these are shore-fishing opportunities. Trolling crankbaits in 16 to 18 feet on Whaletail Lake or drifting sucker minnows on the west side of Lake Minnewashta has produced northern pike. Look for sunfish on the hump straight out from the access on Lake Parley during the evening hours , while drop-shot rigs are producing bass in the weed pockets of Lotus Lake and Lake Zumbra.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


The weedlines on North Reef, Cemetery Reef, and Center Reef are producing sunfish. Bass are being found in the reeds or the 14- foot weedlines on North Reef. Muskie action has picked up on the 16- to 18-foot weedlines and fathead minnows are turning some walleyes during low-light periods on Keg’s Reef and North Reef in 16 to 18 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Crappies are being caught in 14 to 16 feet, on top of the cabbage, at Lake Ida, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, and Lake Geneva. A few walleyes are being caught on Lindy Rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches at Lake Miltona, Ida, Reno Lake, and Mary Lake. The shallow, thick cabbage on Miltona and Lobster Lake has produced a few muskies on topwater baits.

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


You’ll find sunfish and crappies on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Lake John, Pleasant Lake, and Sugar Lake. A few walleyes are being taken with nightcrawlers on Clearwater, Sugar, and Cedar Lake in 18 to 26 feet. Largemouth bass and northern pike are being found on the shallow and deep weeds of Sylvia, John, Pleasant, Maple Lake, and Granite Lake. 

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Look for walleyes on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle Lake to hit leeches or crawlers in 20 feet during the day or crankbaits in 5 to 10 feet during low-light periods. Sunfish and crappies are being found on the 10- foot weeds of Blanche Lake, Rush, Silver Lake, and West Battle. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or spoons in the 10- to 20-foot weeds of Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and Otter Tail. A few muskies are being seen on West Battle in the 15- to 20-foot weeds, while East Battle Lake, Silver, and Blanche have been best for largemouth bass in the 10- foot weeds.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Catching walleyes has involved more work this week. Jigs and minnows are still producing, but spinners and crawlers or crankbaits along the deep weed edges are producing better. Windy days have been more productive on lakes such as Bemidji, Andrusia, and Big Wolf. Bigger pike are hitting along the deep weed edges on live-bait rigs and medium-size suckers. The bass bite continues to be good on deep weedlines using plastics. Bluegills and crappies continue to be caught in the deeper cabbage on jigs and minnows or plastic tails. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Walleyes continue to be caught during the evening hours with a slip bobber and leech on the 10- to 15-foot bars and weed edges. Crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes on Island Lake and Round Lake in 10 to 15 feet as well. Bluegill action has been best in 10 to 15 feet on Gull Lake and Lake Pimushe, pike are hitting on most lakes, and largemouth bass action remains strong on North and South Twin lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Walleyes are scattered between 8 and 25 feet and hitting leeches on Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and North Long Lake. The 8- to 20- foot weed edges on North Long, Cullen Lake, and Whitefish are giving up pike on spinnerbaits or sucker minnows. Look for bass on the 6- to 15-foot weed edges of Round Lake, Gull, and North Long. Crappies and sunfish are being found in 5 to 15 feet on Nisswa Lake, North Long, and Cullen.

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


Spinners and crawlers are turning a few walleyes during low-light periods on Green Lake and South Center Lake in 14 to 17 feet. Largemouth bass are being found on the deep weedlines during the day and along the shorelines each evening on area lakes. The 12- to 18-foot weedlines on North Center Lake, South Center Lake, Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake continue to produce sunfish and crappies. 

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


The rock piles on Clearwater Lake are kicking out smallmouth bass, while largemouth bass are hitting best on the weedlines of Rabbit Lake and Black Bear Lake. Look for crappies during the evening hours and sunfish during the day on the 12- to 17-foot weedlines of Little Rabbit Lake. Trout action remains strong on Sagamore Pit, Pennington Pit and Huntington Pit about 25 to 40 feet down over deep water. 

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


Pelican Lake started giving up a few walleyes in 15 to 22 feet on crawlers. Look for crappies and bluegills on the weedlines of Floyd Lake, Tamarack Lake, and Cotton Lake. A few muskies are being raised on the weedlines of Big Detroit Lake and Bad Medicine Lake continues to produce rainbow trout.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Blue Lake, Little Ann Lake, and Elk Lake are producing sunfish in 7 to 14 feet. Work the weedlines of Birch Lake, Fremont Lake, and Green Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike. Largemouth bass are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes, while the Rum River and Mississippi River are giving up smallmouth bass. 

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Leeches are producing walleyes during the day in 15 to 20 feet or each evening in 6 to 8 feet on Shagawa Lake, White Iron Lake, and the reefs on the west side of Basswood Lake. The same program is working for walleyes on Four Town, Insula, and Horseshoe lakes within the BWCAW. Topwater baits are turning smallmouth bass on the shorelines of Farm Lake, Crooked Lake, White Iron, and Shagawa.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Mitchell Lake started giving up walleyes on leeches, around the island in 12 to 14 feet. The south end of Eagle Lake is producing northern pike on sucker minnows in 8 to 10 feet. Look to Perry Lake for crappies in 12 feet and Emily Lake started producing sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. Hit the lily pads in Woods Bay on Roosevelt Lake for largemouth bass.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Hall Lake, Amber Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton are producing crappies in 4 to 6 feet or 12 to 15 feet. Look to Tuttle Lake with crankbaits for walleyes in 4 to 6 feet. Bluegills are hitting best in 4 to 6 feet on Budd, Sisseton, and George Lake. Channel catfish remain active during the evening hours on Budd, Sisseton, and George.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Cedar Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in 8 to 12 feet, while Roberds Lake is giving up sunfish and bass in 6 to 10 feet. Look to French Lake for crappies in 12 to 15 feet and sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. Panfish also can be had on Shields Lake in 8 to 12 feet and the bridge area on Cannon Lake is producing catfish and white bass. 

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Crankbaits are turning walleyes at night on the shallow flats of Ten Mile Lake, Stalker Lake, and Pomme de Terre Lake. Northern pike are being caught with minnows and being found  suspended over 26 to 28 feet on Swan Lake. Look to Norway Lake and Anna Lake for sunfish in 14 to 16 feet, while largemouth bass are being taken with topwater baits on Johnson Lake, Wall Lake, and Swan.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050


Walleyes are being caught on crawlers or leeches at Two Island Lake in 10 to 15 feet, East Twin Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Seagull Lake in 18 to 23 feet, and Hungry Jack Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Nightcrawlers are turning rainbow trout on Leo Lake in 15 to 18 feet, Kimball Lake in 10 to 14 feet, and Trout Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Look to Pike Lake, Devil Track Lake, and Poplar Lake for smallmouth bass in 4 to 10 feet. Northern pike action has picked up with spoons or crankbaits on Lake Saganaga over 20 to 30 feet and Seagull in 15 feet. On Lake Superior, lake trout continue to come from 140 to 200 feet and some salmon are being found in the top 80 feet of the water column.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Pine Lake is giving up sunfish in 6 to 12 feet, Moose Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in 8 to 12 feet, and Mound Lake is kicking out sunfish in 12 to 15 feet. Look to Mound with topwater baits for largemouth bass and Big Swan Lake is giving up sunfish during the day in 10 to 15 feet or crappies over 18 to 20 feet during the evening hours. On Big Birch Lake, crappies are hitting during low-light periods in 18 feet, as are sunfish in 12 to 15 feet during the day. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Walleyes are being caught on Pine Mountain Lake and Little Boy Lake with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches on the 6-foot humps during the evenings and after dark. Bluegill action has picked up on the lily pad edges or shallow weeds of Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake. Bucktails or topwater baits have produced muskies early in the day on Little Boy and Lake Wabedo. Topwater baits are turning smallmouth bass on the shallow structure of Portage Lake, Stoney Lake, and Baby Lake. 

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


Topwater baits are producing smallmouth bass on the Root River from Lanesboro and further south. Trout reports have not changed since last week, streams are running clear, and Tricos continue to hatch during the morning hours on the South Fork and South Branch of the Root River. Midday dry fly patterns are still ants and grasshoppers on area streams.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101


Look for bluegills in the coontail of Woman Lake in 22 feet and Big Boy Lake in 14 feet. Large minnows or Jiggin’ Raps are turning walleyes on the 16- to 22-foot humps of Little Boy Lake. The rock areas on Little Boy also are producing muskies on topwater baits. Crappies are being found in 12 to 14 feet on Girl Lake, Lake Wabedo, and Broadwater Bay on Woman Lake. 

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Madison Lake is giving up crappies on Cow’s Bar in 8 to 12 feet, sunfish in the narrows in 8 to 10 feet, and largemouth bass on the back side of Church Bar in 8 feet. On Lake Washington, there’s an evening walleye bite off Third Point in 16 to 18 feet with Lindy Rigs and crawlers, the Grassy Island area is producing panfish and bass in 8 to 10 feet, and the north end of Baker’s Bay is kicking out pike on spoons in 6 to 8 feet. Look to Duck Lake for crappies, sunfish, bass, and pike on the 6- to 8-foot weedlines.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Northern pike are being caught along the shallow weedlines and shorelines of Big Sandy Lake. You’ll find crappies on the weedlines of Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy, walleyes have been tough to find, but bass fishing is consistently good on most lakes.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382


Sunfish and bass are being caught on the 4- to 6-foot weedlines of Ann Lake, Knife Lake, Fish Lake, and Quamba Lake. Large sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Knife in 5 to 6 feet, while walleye and crappie action is slow.

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


Rush Lake and Big Pine Lake are producing walleyes on the 14- to 16-foot shoreline breaks with spinners and crawlers. The deep cabbage edges on Rush, Lake Marion, Long Lake, and Sybil Lake have been good for crappies and bluegills. The weedlines on most lakes continue to produce bass and northern pike as well.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Leadcore and crankbaits or live-bait rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes and sauger on the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin in 14 to 18 feet. Hit the rip/rap areas on Pepin for crappies and sunfish. Channel catfish are biting during the day, as are flatheads at night  on the current seams and rock piles on the Mississippi River. 

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


You’ll find sunfish in 6 to 14 feet and suspended crappies on the 8- to 20-foot weeds of Rice Lake, Browns Lake, Eden Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Upper Spunk Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, and Becker Lake. Rice, Horseshoe, and Lake Koronis are giving up walleyes, but they are scattered between 10 and 25 feet. Northern pike and largemouth bass remain active on most lakes.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Sunfish action has been strong on the weedlines of Lake Osakis, Maple Lake, Lake Villard, and Little Birch Lake. Little Birch, Long Bridge Lake, and Guernsey Lake are producing northern pike. Look to Long Bridge in 14 feet and Two Mile Bar on Osakis for crappies.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Lake Alexander started giving up walleyes on crawlers along the deep weed edges. Green Prairie Lake continues to give up sunfish on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines and the weedbeds on Fish Trap Lake are a safe bet for crappies. Look to the weed flats on Thunder Lake for crappies, while the Mississippi River continues to produce smallmouth bass and a few walleyes.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleye action has been slow, but sunfish continue to be caught throughout Lake Minnewaska in 12 feet. Bass and northern pike also are hitting on the weedlines of Minnewaska and crappies are being found suspended over 15 feet on the Glenwood end.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Sunfish are hitting early and late each day on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Diamond Lake, Eagle Lake, Florida Lake, and Nest Lake or in 15 to 22 feet on Green Lake. Nightcrawlers are producing a few walleyes on Green in 25 to 32 feet or Diamond and Eagle in 12 to 16 feet during low-light periods. The weedlines on Willmar/Foot Lake are giving up panfish, pike, and bass.

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


Crankbaits or nightcrawlers have been best for walleyes on Dead Coon Lake and Rock Lake in 6 to 9 feet or Lady Slipper Lake and School Grove Lake in 6 to 10 feet. Fish the weedlines of Wood Lake, East Twin Lake, and West Twin Lake for largemouths.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880


Willow cats, nightcrawlers, and leeches are producing walleyes on the wing dams of the Mississippi River. You’ll find sunfish on the snag areas or pike and bass in the shallow vegetation on the river as well. Lake Winona continues to give up a few bass and panfish. 

Hogline Bait and Tackle (507) 474-9999

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