Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 24, 2018


Walleyes continue to be caught with nightcrawlers and spinners or lead-core and crankbaits on the mud flats in 24 to 26 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches also are producing walleyes during the last hour of daylight on the mud flats. Smallmouth bass are being caught with plastics or live bait on the 10- to 22-foot rocks. Muskie reports continue to be limited, but you’ll find northern pike on the weed edges in St. Alban’s Bay, Wigwam Bay, Cove Bay, and Garrison Bay. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


As with the past few weeks, big walleyes continue to bite. Downrigging, lead-core and bouncers with crankbaits or trolling spinners in 32 to 34 feet has been productive in the main basin of Big Traverse Bay. On the Rainy River, weed and current edges are holding walleyes, smallmouth bass, sturgeon, northern pike, crappies, and perch. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being caught off structure in 23 to 30 feet by running crankbaits a couple feet off bottom. Bottom bouncers with a crawler harness is working well on the Canadian side and muskies remain active around rock points and reefs.  

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


Topwater baits are producing largemouth bass during the evening hours on the shallow weeds throughout Lake Minnetonka. Brown’s Bay and Wayzata Bay on Minnetonka continue to kick out sunfish in 25 feet, while crappies are being found suspended on the deep weedlines of Medicine Lake and Minnetonka. Muskie and walleye action remains slow.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


You’ll find walleyes in 18 to 25 feet, hitting crawlers or crankbaits, in Daisy Bay, out from Frazier Bay, and the deeper holes off Indian Point. Smallmouth bass continue to be caught with plastics off the shorelines and rock piles in 10 to 15 feet. The 10- to 12-foot rocks on the backside of Ely Island and Indian Point gave up a few muskies this week. The weedlines in the shallow bays off Big Bay are providing good bluegill action. 

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Live-bait rigs and crawlers or crankbaits are turning walleyes in 12 to 14 feet on the south end flats, weedbeds, and main lake bars. If it’s calm out, you’ll find walleyes off the edges of the bars in 25 to 35 feet. Perch reports have been best off the 10- to 14-foot shoreline breaks on the south end, Rich’s Townsite area, Bird Houses, and Raven’s Point. Troll the 12- to 14-foot weedlines with spoons or crankbaits for northern pike. 

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


You have to cover water to catch walleyes during the day. Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing some daytime fish in 12 to 15 feet around Goose Flats, the Snake Pit, and Cedar Point in Walker Bay. A slip bobber and leech also is producing some walleyes in the weeds and Walker Bay breaks in 9 to 12 feet. Muskie action remains best on the main lake rocks, but some fish have been caught in the weeds in Sucker Bay as well.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Deep water fishing continues to be the key for walleyes on mid-lake humps and reefs in 20 to 40 feet. A jig and minnow or Lindy Rigs with leeches or minnows are producing. Crappies continue to hold in the 15- to 30-foot range and electronics are the key to finding these suspended fish. Topwater, spinnerbaits, twitch baits and plastics continue to catch smallmouth bass in the 3- to 10-foot rock and weeds. Some bass are beginning to hold in slightly deeper water – 15 to 25 feet as well. Trolling large crankbaits around deep structure or wind-blown points for northern pike.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


The walleye bite has been pretty tough for most over the past week as anglers struggle through the dog days of August. The deep water humps usually hold some fish if the shallows are churned up from wind. Trolling crankbaits or live-bait rigs in order to cover water is the way to go.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Walleyes are being caught in deeper holes of the St. Croix River and Mississippi River with a jig and fathead minnow. Bucktails and topwater baits are triggering muskies during low-light periods on White Bear Lake. The 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Carnelian Lake and Big Marine Lake are producing sunfish, while sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weed edges of Lake Jane, Powers Lake, and Beaver Lake. 

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Lake Zumbra, Lake Minnewashta, and Whaletail Lake. Pitch a jig tipped with minnows or plastics on the deeper holes of the Minnesota River for walleyes. Largemouth bass are being caught with plastics on most lakes along the deep weedlines during the day or with topwater baits in shallow water each evening. Panfish action has been slow.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Muskie action has picked up with topwater baits on the weedlines between Reinkie’s and the Carp Trap. Hit Anderson’s Reef and Center Reef for sunfish in 15 feet or Keg’s Reef and North Reef for crappies in 15 to 18 feet. Bass are hitting on the deep and shallow weeds and a few walleyes are hitting spinners and crawlers during the evening hours on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Bass fishing has been strong with plastics on the 8- to 17-foot weedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes. Look to Lake Ida and Lake Miltona with crawlers and spinners for walleyes in 18 to 21 feet of water or Lake Mary in 13 to 15 feet of water. Look for suspended crappies in 12 to 20 feet  of water on Lake Darling and the weeds are holding sunfish on most lakes. Muskie reports have been limited to a few fish being taken with plastics on the deep points of Miltona. 

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


Look for sunfish and crappies on the 15-foot weedlines of Sugar Lake, Lake Sylvia, Lake John, and Granite Lake. Bass and northern pike also can be had on the deeper weedlines of most lakes. A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods on Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Sugar with crawlers in 18 to 26 feet. 

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Sunfish and crappies are suspended and being caught on the 10- to 20- foot weeds of Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake, West Battle Lake, and Bass Lake by Underwood. Bass fishing has been best in 10 to 15 feet with topwater baits on Stalker Lake, West Battle, and Donald Lake. A few walleyes continue to be caught on the 20- to 30-foot humps during the day or in 10 feet at night on Otter Tail Lake, Stalker Lake, West Battle, and Rush Lake. Sucker minnows are turning pike on the 15- to 20-foot weed edges of Fiske Lake, West Battle, and Otter Tail, while a few muskies are being seen on the 20- to 25-foot weeds of West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


The walleye bite picked up a bit and a jig and minnow is starting to turn more fish. Low-light or cloudy days with a little wind will definitely help. Look to Lake Bemidji, Wolf Lake, and Big Lake. The bass bite continues to be excellent using plastics along the deep weed edges of most lakes. The bigger pike are also along the deep weed edges hitting live-bait rigs and sucker minnows. Crappies and bluegills are being caught along the mid-depth cabbage and muskie anglers are raising fish on the weedlines with bucktails.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Blackduck Lake continues to give up limits of eating-size walleyes in 12 to 18 feet of water with a jig and minnow or Lindy Rigs and crawlers. Look to Island Lake, Round Lake, and Gull Lake with crawlers or minnows for walleyes in 12 to 20 feet of water. Bluegills are hitting on Gull and Gilstead Lake is producing crappies and bluegills in 11 to 13 feet of water.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Walleyes are scattered in 8 to 25 feet and hitting jigs or live-bait rigs tipped with minnows on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the deep weedlines of Lake Edwards, North Long, and Pelican Lake. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on most lakes are producing bass and the shallow weeds  on Gull, Round Lake, Cullen Lake, and Nisswa Lake are safe bets for panfish.

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


Muskie action has really picked up during the evening hours with bucktails on the main lake structure of Cass Lake. You’ll catch walleyes during the evening hours with crankbaits on top of the bars or with live-bait rigs in 20 to 25 feet during the day on Cass and Pike Bay Lake. Perch are being caught in the 10- to 12-foot cabbage areas of Cass, while Dick’s Bay and Allen’s Bay on Cass are kicking out bluegills in 8 to 10 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


The 12- to 15-foot weedlines on lakes such as North Center, Chisago, North Center, and South Lindstrom are producing panfish, northern pike, and bass throughout the day. A few walleyes have started being picked up early and late each day in 14 to 18 feet on Chisago and Green Lake. Cover water with a crawler and spinner or pitch jigs and fatheads.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


You’ll hit largemouth on the weedlines and smallmouth bass on the rocks of Serpent Lake or largemouth on the 15- to 17-foot milfoil edges of Bay Lake. Clearwater Lake is producing crappies during the evening hours on the 8- to 20-foot weeds, while bluegills and crappies are being caught around logs or rice beds on the Mississippi River. Northern pike reports are strong with plastics on the Crooked Lake Chain and trout are being taken with downriggers on the Pennington Pit.

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


Muskie action picked up on Big Detroit Lake and Lake Sallie with bucktails or topwater baits on the sharp, 6- to 20-foot breaks. Hit Pelican Lake, Big Detroit, and Big Pine Lake with crawlers or crankbaits for walleyes in 20 to 25 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish on Tamarack Lake, Long Lake, Lake Melissa, Little Pine Lake, and Little Floyd Lake in 12 to 18 feet. 

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleyes are being caught with chubs in 16 feet or on crankbaits in 25 to 30 feet where they are being found suspended on Island Lake. Nightcrawlers are producing bluegills and walleyes in 15 to 17 feet on Fish Lake. The south shore of Lake Superior is kicking out big walleyes on stickbaits or spoons in 20 feet, and lake trout continue to be caught in the top 50 feet of the water column north of Silver Bay.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Crappies continue to be caught at Green Lake in 14 feet, while the 10- to 12-foot weedlines on Blue Lake are producing sunfish. Largemouth bass and northern pike are weed-related and active on most lakes or look to the Mississippi and Rum rivers for smallmouth bass.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Nightcrawlers or minnows are producing walleyes on Shagawa Lake in 8 feet and Fall Lake in 10 feet. On the Canadian border, crawlers are producing walleyes on Birch Lake and Ensign Lake in 14 feet. Ensign also is giving up smallmouth bass in 12 to 14 feet and a few lake trout are being caught on Burntside Lake at 35 to 40 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Walleyes are being caught on crankbaits at Tuttle Lake in 4 to 6 feet and some fish are being caught by shore anglers with a jig and minnow by the bridge. Look for bluegills in 4 to 6 feet on Budd Lake, Lake Sisseton, or George Lake and crappies and yellow bass on Hall Lake, Budd, and Sisseton in 10 to 15 feet. Channel catfish are hitting chubs or crawlers at Amber Lake, Hall, and Budd during the evening hours. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Crappies have started hitting on French Lake in 12 feet, while Roberds Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 11 to 15 feet. Hit Cedar Lake for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet and Lake Mazaska for crappies and northern pike in 12 to 14 feet. 

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Bluegills are being taken on Norway Lake, Lake Anna, and Bass Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Walleye reports in the immediate area have been limited, but northern pike action is strong on the weedlines of Wall Lake and Swan Lake. Bass are hitting topwater baits early and late and plastics during the day on Middle Lake, Swan, Ten Mile Lake, and Eagle Lake.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050


Walleyes are hitting minnows or crawlers on McFarland Lake in 12 to 16 feet, Hungry Jack Lake in 10 to 12 feet, Saganaga Lake in 25 to 30 feet, and crankbaits are working best on Devil Track Lake in 10 feet. Lake trout are being taken with sucker minnows at Loon Lake down about 35 to 45 feet, spoons or smelt on Daniels Lake at 30 to 40 feet, or spoons on Greenwood Lake at 20 to 25 feet. Nightcrawlers continue to produce rainbow trout on Leo Lake in 13 to 16 feet, Trout Lake in 15 to 20 feet, and Kimball Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Crankbaits are producing smallmouth bass on the rocks of Hungry Jack and Devilfish Lake. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing lake trout at 130 to 180 feet and lake trout in the top 60 feet of the water column.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Live-bait rigs and redtail minnows are producing walleyes, northern pike, and smallmouth bass in 14 to 30 feet on Trout Lake. Walleyes also can be had on Bowstring Lake with minnows or crawlers in 6 to 8 feet or the 18- to 22-foot structure. Work the weedlines on Pokegama Lake during the evening hours for walleyes and crappies or Lake Wabana with a spinner and crawler for walleyes in 14 to 20 feet. You’ll also pick up crappies during the evening hours on the weedlines of Big Splithand Lake, Bass Lake, and Wabana. Northern pike and largemouth bass remain active on most lakes, while stream trout continue to be caught on Kramer Lake, Taylor Lake, and Tioga Pit.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Big Swan Lake and Mound Lake are kicking out sunfish in 12 to 15 feet. Mound also is producing crappies early and late each day around the swimming rafts and weedlines. Cedar Lake by St. Rose is giving up sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and topwater baits continue to produce bass on most lakes in less than 10 feet. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Walleyes are being caught during the evening hours on Woman Lake, Little Boy Lake, Baby Lake, and Ten Mile Lake in less than 10 feet. You’ll find smallmouth bass on the shallow rocks and sand areas of Mule Lake, Stoney Lake, Portage Lake, Mann Lake, and Baby. Muskie activity has picked up with bucktails on Little Boy and Baby. Hit the cabbage edges on Pleasant Lake, Moccasin Lake, and Mule for crappies.

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


Walleye fishing has picked up even more since last week. If you can find leeches, that is the way to go on a live-bait rig, but a jig and minnow is producing as well in 22 to 30 feet. Water temperatures have remained consistent, which has kept northern pike and smallmouth bass from moving much. Trolling crankbaits over the main basin is producing nice pike as they continue to relate to the thermocline. As water temperatures begin to drop look for smallies to head for the shallow reefs.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Stream and river conditions remain favorable for fishing, but some are starting to show lower water levels. Hatches for trout this week include Caddis and terrestrials. Blue-winged olives (BWOs) have been a good fly choice on cloudy days. Soft hackles are working on the large streams and rivers.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101


The narrows and Bray Park area on Madison Lake are producing sunfish and crappies in 8 to 10 feet. Crankbaits are turning walleyes off Second and Third points in 12 to 14 feet on Lake Washington and the Grassy Island area is producing crappies in 10 to 12 feet. On German Lake, crappies are hitting on the 8- to 10-foot rock bar and a few walleyes are coming off the east side in 12 to 14 feet on crankbaits.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Crappies and sunfish are hitting on the weedlines of Ann Lake, Knife Lake, and Fish Lake. Largemouth bass action remains strong with topwater baits or plastics on the weedlines and shoreline breaks of most lakes. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Knife and Mud Lake in 6 to 8 feet. 

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


Fishing reports have been limited off Big Stone Lake. Most anglers are covering water with crankbaits and picking off perch and a few walleyes north of Mallard Point in 12 to 14 feet. Once you hit a few perch, stop and pitch jigs and spikes.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Muskie reports are decent with fish being caught on blade baits on the weedlines at Big Mantrap Lake and Many Point Lake. The weedlines on Big Mantrap and Fish Hook Lake also are producing northern pike on spinnerbaits or sucker minnows. A few walleyes are being caught on Big Sand Lake and Long Lake during low-light periods with live-bait rigs and crawlers in 18 to 24 feet. Hit the cabbage on Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Crow Wing lakes for panfish.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


The bays and rip/rap areas on Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River are producing panfish. Walleyes are hitting nightcrawlers in less than 10 feet in the back channel and Bay City Flats area of Pepin. Hit the creek mouths on Pepin for pike, while sturgeon and catfish are hitting below the dam on the river.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Look for sunfish and crappies in 8 to 15 feet on Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, Becker Lake, Pearl Lake, and Grand Lake. Walleye reports have been limited, but largemouth bass continue to pulled from the weed edges on most lakes. Look for channel catfish throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes from the shorelines out to 20 feet.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Work the 12-foot weed edge on Maple Lake for sunfish and crappies or the 6- to 12-foot weeds on Lake Osakis for sunfish. Sauk Lake and Osakis are giving up an occasional walleye during the evening hours in 12 to 18 feet. The 12-foot weeds on Long Bridge Lake are producing crappies, as is Town Bay, Half Mile Bar, and Battle Point areas on Osakis in 12 to 18 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in the deeper holes of the  Mississippi River. Look to the weedlines on Beauty Lake for crappies and sunfish and Lake Alexander is giving up a few walleyes on crawlers and spinners or crankbaits in 12 to 16 feet. Green Prairie Lake is producing sunfish in 5 to 10 feet and bass fishing remains strong on the weedlines or slop of most lakes.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Crankbaits are producing a few walleyes after dark on Lake Minnewaska and Reno Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Sunfish action remains strong in 12 feet, crappies are suspended over 14 to 16 feet, and bass or northern pike are an easy catch in 12 to 14 feet on Minnewaska.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Nightcrawlers are producing walleyes and catfish on the Redwood River, while the weedlines on East and West Twin lakes are giving up bass. Crawlers also are the ticket for walleyes on East Twin in 15 feet. Dead Coon Lake is kicking out northern pike and a few walleyes in 6 to 10 feet. Hit Lake Shetek and Lake Sarah at a variety of depths for perch, walleyes, and crappies.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880


The wing-dams on the Mississippi River continue to give up nice sunfish. Willow cats or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass on the wing dams as well. Most slop or shallow vegetation areas are holding largemouth bass. Work the deep river holes for catfish during low-light periods.

Hogline Bait and Tackle (507) 474-9999

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