Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 10, 2018
LAKE MILLE LACS
Smallmouth bass action has picked up with plastics on the 10- to 20-foot rocks. Walleye reports vary, and the mud flats remain the best option. Cover water with lead-core and crankbaits, spinners and crawlers, or anchor and pitch slip bobbers and leeches and you’ll catch fish in 22 to 32 feet. Northern pike are hitting in most bays, and muskie anglers report they are seeing a few fish, but the bite has been inconsistent.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Big walleyes are still on fire, especially the fields east of Long Point, the west bar from Garden, Little Oak, and north of Zippel Bay. Pull spinners or jigs during the morning. Crankbaits are effective all day. Trolling crankbaits over the deep mud is bringing in walleyes of all sizes, including many trophies from 24 to 32 feet of water. On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing “keep season” is open until Sept 30, while northern pike and smallmouth bass are being found in tributaries into the Rainy River such as Wabanica, Baudette Bay, and Clementson. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows on top of structure, including reefs and rocks on the Minnesota side, in 24 to 28 feet. Walleyes are spread out on the Canadian side over deep mud areas around 24 feet, and muskies are being caught on a variety of bucktails over weeds and rocks.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Muskie action has picked up on Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence with topwater baits on the 10- to 15-foot weedbeds. Sunfish and bass remain active on the deep weedlines of Lake Sarah, Medicine Lake, Independence, and Minnetonka. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 12- to 14-foot weed edges on Medicine and Sarah.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Muskie action is picking up with silver and black bucktails producing fish on the shallow rock points and reefs. Walleyes are being caught on the 15- to 20-foot breaks and rocks on Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers or crankbaits in 12 to 15 feet. Northern pike remain active, hitting spoons or topwater baits on the weedlines in Rice Bay, Stuntz Bay, and Armstrong Bay.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Nightcrawlers and leeches continue to produce walleyes on the main-lake bars and humps in 22 to 34 feet. Don’t look past the crawler and spinner bite on the 12- to 14-foot weeds and flats, too. Bigger perch are being found in 20 to 22 feet off the west-side points and northern pike are an easy catch on most mid-depth weedlines.
Walleyes have been extremely tough to catch during the day and involve quite a bit of work during the evening hours as well. Slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are the way to go each evening in 8 to 12 feet off Cedar Point, Sand Point, and the Goose Island Flats. Muskie reports have been better than walleyes with fish being seen and caught on the rocks more so than weeds. Work the cabbage or rice beds in Steamboat Bay and Boy Bay for largemouth bass.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes continue to be found on main-lake reefs and breaklines and being caught on jigs and minnows or Lindy rigs and leeches. Look for suspended crappies over 15 to 30 feet range. Smallmouth bass are hitting topwaters, spinnerbaits, twitch baits, and plastics on most rock areas. Continue to troll deep basin areas with crankbaits for larger northern pike.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Things are about the same for walleyes this week. There is some shoreline action if you get a couple calm days, otherwise the deep water humps is a good place to start when the shallows are stirred up from wind. Crankbaits or spinner rigs with live bait while covering water trolling or drifting will work.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
The rock areas and 20-foot weeds on Big Marine Lake and Bone Lake are kicking out walleyes on fathead minnows. Work the weedlines on Big Marine, Beaver Lake, and Powers Lake for sunfish, while bass continue to hit jigs and plastics on Demontreville Lake and Lake Jane. The deep weedlines on White Bear Lake and Jarvis Lake have been best for muskies, with slowly presented rubber baits and crankbaits working best.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike on the deep weedlines of Whaletail Lake and Lake Minnewashta. Plastics are turning largemouth bass on the weedlines of Lake Zumbra, and the Minnesota River continues to produce a few walleyes on jigs and minnows.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
A few walleyes continue to come off Prior Lake during the evening hours with crankbaits in 10 to 14 feet. Sucker minnows will turn pike on the deep weedlines of Prior as well. You’ll also find sunfish and largemouth bass on the mid-depth weedlines of Spring Lake, Prior, and Lake O’Dowd.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Muskie action has picked up on the 12- to 14-foot weeds of Waconia Bay, North Reef, Keg’s Reef, and the swimming beach. Look for crappies around the island in 10 to 14 feet or along the north shore weedlines in 8 to 12 feet. Sunfish and bass are an easy catch in the weeds across the lake. A few walleyes are being pulled from 16 to 24 feet on the east end of the island, Reinke’s Bay, Keg’s Reef, and Red’s Reef.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Walleyes continue to hit nightcrawlers or Jiggin’ Raps on Lake Miltona, Mary Lake, and Lake Reno in 18 to 22 feet. Bucktails are raising muskies on the weedlines or flats of Miltona, and bass remain active on the weedlines or slop areas of most lakes. Plastics worked on top of the 15- foot cabbage have produced some crappies on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, and Lake Geneva.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Look for sunfish during the day and a few crappies during low-light periods on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Pleasant Lake, Lake John, and Sugar Lake. Walleye reports have been limited to an occasional fish or two each evening off Clearwater in 18 to 22 feet. Largemouth bass are being found in the slop or deep weedlines of most lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are being caught in 20 to 30 feet during the day with crawlers or on crankbaits at night in shallow water at Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, Silver Lake, and West Battle Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies in the 15- to 17-foot weeds on Fish Lake, Silver, Blanche Lake, Bass Lake by Underwood, and West Battle. Sucker minnows are turning pike on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Otter Tail, West Battle, and Donald Lake. Spinnerbaits are turning largemouth bass on the 12- to 15-foot weed edges of East Battle Lake, West Battle, Silver, and Buchanan Lake. Muskies are chasing bucktails over 15 to 20 feet on West Battle.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
The walleye bite has slowed a bit on Lake Bemidji, but it’s still pretty good for this time of year. Look for fish scattered about the weed edges, breaklines, and midlake structure in 6 to 9 feet and as deep as 30 feet. Live-bait rigs and redtails have been working well in the deeper water as have spinners and crawlers along the weed edges. If you like night fishing, trolling crankbaits over the flats and cabbage is producing fish. Lakes Plantagenet, Wolf, and Andrusia are also kicking out a few fish. Bass fishing remains excellent using plastics along the deep weed edges and midlake humps. Crappies and bluegills can still be found in the cabbage by using small jigs and plastics/minnows on most lakes. There have been some good muskie reports off Bemidji and Plantagenet.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Blackduck Lake continues to produce walleyes in 12 to 16 feet on Lindy rigs and nightcrawlers. The deep cabbage on Gull Lake, Pimushe Lake, North Twin Lake, and South Twin Lake are kicking out bluegills and a few crappies. Work the weed edges on most lakes for bass and northern pike.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Gull Lake and Whitefish Lake are kicking out walleyes, with crawlers or leeches catching fish in 15 to 25 feet. Look for crappies on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines during the evenings and sunfish in 8 to 12 feet on most small lakes. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics in the 8- to 15-foot weeds, and northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows under bobbers along the weed edges of most lakes.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours has produced walleyes on North Cedar Bar, Deadman’s Bar, and Buck’s Bar on Cass Lake. A jig and minnow also is producing walleyes in 22 to 25 feet on Cass and Pike Bay Lake. Work the 6- to 10-foot weed tops on Cass and Pike Bay for perch, while bluegills are being found on the deep lily pad edges of Wolf Lake and Kitchi Lake. Muskie reports have been good with small bucktails throughout Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
You’ll find sunfish and crappies in 4 to 6 feet or 12 to 15 feet on Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Center Lake, South Center Lake, or North and South Lindstrom lakes. A few walleyes are being caught with crankbaits on the 15-foot weedlines of Green and South Center. Look for bass on deep weedlines or under docks and lily pads on most lakes. The deep weedlines on Chisago and Green have been best for northern pike.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake are giving up walleyes on crawlers or sucker minnows in 18 to 20 feet. Hit Floyd Lake and Cotton Lake for crappies and bluegills in 10 to 12 feet. Big Detroit and Lake Sallie are giving up a few muskies, but it’s been inconsistent this week. Smallmouth bass are hitting on Big Cormorant Lake, and largemouth remain active on the weedlines of most lakes.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Green or white spoons are producing lake trout and a few coho salmon north of Silver Bay on Lake Superior. Most are hitting in the top 50 feet of the water column. Hit Island Lake with stickbaits for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet or smallmouth bass along the shorelines. Crawlers and Lindy rigs are turning walleyes on Fish Lake in 15 feet, while crappies are being found suspended over 20 feet on Fish and Island.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Leeches, nightcrawlers, and crankbaits are producing walleyes on Shagawa Lake in 8 feet. Leeches are working best for walleyes on White Iron Lake in 18 to 20 feet or the 16- to 18-foot reefs on the east side of Basswood Lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting topwater baits on the shorelines of Shagawa, as are largemouth on Armstrong Lake.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Trolling crawlers in 12 to 14 feet has produced walleyes on Thunder Lake. Look to Lawrence Lake for crappies in 15 feet and Ruth Lake continues to produce numbers of bass in 6 to 8 feet. Crankbaits are producing northern pike in 10 to 12 feet at Eagle Lake.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crappies remain active in 4 to 6 feet or 10 to 15 feet on Amber Lake, Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton. Budd, Sisseton, and George Lake have been best for sunfish in less than 6 feet. Catfish continue to be caught on most lakes with nightcrawlers.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Sunfish and crappies are hitting on Cedar Lake in 6 to 10 feet and Shields Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Look to Lake Mazaska for crappies in 10 to 12 feet, and the 8-foot rocks on Roberds Lake continue to produce sunfish.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught on crawlers or minnows at Two Island Lake in 10 to 12 feet, Cascade Lake in 8 to 12 feet, and Gunflint Lake in 25 to 30 feet. Lake trout are hitting spoons or jigs at Greenwood Lake over 30 feet and Daniels Lake over 25 to 30 feet. On Lake Superior, lake trout are being caught down about 150 feet on spoons. Smallmouth bass continue to hit crankbaits or plastics on Devil Track Lake, Hungry Jack Lake, and Poplar Lake in 5 to 12 feet. Look to Leo Lake and Trout Lake with crawlers for rainbow trout in 12 to 15 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Work the midlake humps in less than 10 feet with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits for walleyes on Little Boy Lake and Woman Lake. On Ten Mile Lake, crankbaits are producing suspended walleyes over deep water after dark. Largemouth bass are being caught from the weeds on most lakes and smallmouths are hitting topwater baits on Portage Lake, Baby Lake, and Stoney Lake early in the day. Crappies are scattered on the weedbeds of Mule Lake, Moccasin Lake, and Pleasant Lake, while bluegills continue to be caught on the lily pad edges of most lakes. Little Boy Lake and Wabedo Lake remain safe bets for muskies.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Shoepack Lake continues to produce some crappies over 16 feet and Side Lake is giving up walleyes on minnows or leeches in 20 feet. Look to Dewey Lake for crappies early and late each day in 12 to 18 feet.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Walleyes remain scattered on the edges of reefs in 20 feet or more or when the wind is blowing, work the wind blown weed edges and shorelines with a live-bait rig and nightcrawler. Being mobile is key when looking for active fish. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are showing up in spring fed bays where the water temps can be quite cooler. Perch have been more common on the reefs and if you run into a school while looking for walleyes, stick with them some are nice.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Muskie action has picked up with bucktails or topwater baits on the cabbage edges of Big Mantrap Lake and Lower Twin Lake. Big Mantrap and Fish Hook Lake also are giving up northern pike along most weed edges. A few walleyes are being caught on the deep humps and weed edges of Potato Lake and Long Lake with nightcrawlers. Look for panfish on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Portage Lake, Boulder Lake, and Third or Fourth Crow Wing lakes.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes during the day in 12 to 15 feet, as are crankbaits in shallow water at night on Big Pine Lake and Rush Lake. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch on the deep weedlines of most lakes. Work the 12- to 14-foot cabbage on Rush, Star Lake, Lake Marion, and Long Lake for crappies and bluegills.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
The shallow rocks on the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin are kicking out crappies and sunfish. Cut suckers or crawlers are producing channel catfish on the current seams of the Mississippi River. The feeder creek areas on Pepin are giving up northern pike and a few walleye continue to be caught in the Maiden Rock area in 14 to 18 feet.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Work the 8- to 12-foot weedlines for sunfish on Eden Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, Becker Lake, and Lake Koronis. Walleyes are hitting live-bait rigs and crawlers in 3 to 6 feet or the 15- to 20-foot breaks on Lake Koronis and Horseshoe. Channel catfish are being caught deep and shallow throughout the Sauk River Chain.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish are hitting on Maple Lake, Smith Lake, and Lake Osakis on the 12- to 15-foot weeds. A few walleyes are being taken with leeches on Osakis 16 to 20 feet and Big Birch Lake in 25 to 30 feet early and late each day. Little Birch Lake is producing channel catfish and pike. Long Bridge Lake and Maple are giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet, as is Osakis on Half Mile Bar and Town Bay in 12 to 18 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers on 15- to 17-foot weedlines or 20- to 23-foot breaks of Lake Alexander. The weedbeds on Fish Trap Lake are producing crappies, while the 7- to 14-foot weedlines on Beauty Lake are providing a mixed bag of panfish. Crankbaits are turning some muskies on the weedlines of Alexander and the Mississippi River is producing smallmouth bass, northern pike, and a few walleyes.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
You’ll find sunfish and a few crappies on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of lakes Andrew, Florida, Green, Eagle, Diamond, and Florida. Nightcrawlers are producing a few walleyes in 25 to 35 feet on Green, while bass and pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
The Minnesota River started producing more catfish, while largemouth bass continue to be caught on East and West Twin lakes. Anglers fishing from shore on Lake Sarah are catching perch and crappies on Lake Shetek. Walleye action has slowed.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880