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Minnesota Fishing Report – August 11, 2020

Report from the Dock

Mid-day walleyes continue to be difficult to catch on a consistent basis, not impossible, they just involve more work. As with the past several weeks, anglers doing best continue to cover water with spinners and crawlers or crankbaits, basically picking off the few aggressive fish that exist. There seems to be more walleye activity at night, especially on the state’s more traditional walleye lakes, again with crankbaits, and in some instances with a slip bobber and leech. On that note, leeches are becoming very difficult to find across the state and appear to be drying up for the year. Sunfish remain weedline-related and active in most areas during the day, while crappies continue to bite best in the evenings, often suspending and feeding for short periods just before the sun sets. Muskie action has been hit and miss, with mid-depth weeds and rock areas holding some active fish early and late each day. Bucktails and topwater baits have been primary presentations for muskies again this week. Bass fishing also is strong along the weedlines of most lakes.

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

Walleye action has slowed a bit, although you will find plenty of active fish on the top of the mud flats in 22 to 26 feet. Walleyes also are hitting crankbaits on the 12- to 16-foot rocks or points, while slip bobbers and leeches are turning fish on the mid-depth rock during the evening hours. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits on the rocks in 16 feet or less and muskie reports continue to be limited.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

 

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Fishing remains excellent along the south shore with a nice mix of eaters, slots and trophy walleyes. Most fish are being taken with crawler harnesses or crankbaits on the deep mud in 30 to 36 feet. Cover water by drifting or trolling crawler harnesses in hammered gold, pink, glow or orange with a 1- to 2-ounce weight or troll crankbaits through various schools of walleyes over the deep mud. On the Rainy River, walleyes are scattered on flats and in deep holes. Sturgeon anglers also are targeting deep holes with sturgeon rigs and crawlers or frozen emerald shiners. Smallmouth bass and pike are active around current breaks, rocky areas and weed edges. At the Northwest Angle, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in state waters.

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

 

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Largemouth bass are being taken with plastics in the 8- to 15-foot weed pockets on Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and Lake Independence. Look for sunfish in 15 to 20 feet on the hard sand areas of Minnetonka. The few walleyes coming off Minnetonka are being taken on floating jigs tipped with minnows or crawlers in 26 to 35 feet. Muskie and pike reports have been limited.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

 

LAKE VERMILION

A live-bait rig and crawler continues to work best for walleyes on or near the main lake reefs in 25 to 32 feet. Northern  pike are hitting spoons or crankbaits in 4 to 6 feet in Rice Bay and Stuntz Bay, while smallies remain active on the shallow and mid-depth rock areas. The 10- to 15-foot rocks seem to be best for muskies. 

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

 

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleye action has picked up with live-bait rigs and crawlers in shallower water. Most fish are being caught in 8 to 10 feet along the east side, especially with a wind or clouds, and along the 9- to 12-foot weed flats off Raven’s Point on the west side. A jig and minnow is turning perch on the 8- to 10-foot flats and spoons are producing pike on the 10- to 12-foot weedbeds.

Lake Winnie Resort Association 

                 

LEECH LAKE

Most walleyes are coming out of 14 to 20 feet during the day on spinners and crawlers – work the reefs and bars. Jiggin’ Raps also are turning daytime walleyes in 15 to 22 feet along the hard-bottom structured areas. At night, trolling crankbaits in 9 to 12 feet around the points in Walker Bay has produced walleyes. Muskies continue to get a lot of attention around Pelican Island, Bear Island, and most other rock spots in less than 12 feet. There’s been some crappie reports coming from the cabbage in Sucker Bay and Boy Bay.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

 

RAINY LAKE     

Walleyes have been scattered in smaller groups over the last week. Mid-lake structure has been producing both eating class fish and bigger slot fish in 20 to 30 feet of water. Leeches and crawlers have been best. Larger northern pike have been coming off open water trolling patterns around structure. Smallmouth bass continue to attack topwater baits on main lake shorelines and rock piles. Crappies are beginning to group up and should get going strong in the next couple weeks. 

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102

 

RED LAKE

A spinner and crawler continues to produce walleyes during the evening hours in 4 to 7 feet along the east shore, but some fish have been caught towards the south shore this week as well. During the day, Center Bar and the main lake rock pile are giving up walleyes in 8 to 14 feet.

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Spinnerbaits or minnows are producing northern pike along the 10- to 12-foot weeds on White Bear Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and Demontreville Lake. Sunfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet at Beaver Lake, Big Marine Lake, and Silver Lake. Muskie action remains light and a few walleyes can be had on the St. Croix River with jigs and minnows in 22 to 25 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421

 

WEST METRO

Work the weedlines on Pierson Lake and Lake Minnewashta with spoons or spinnerbaits for northern pike. A jig tipped with minnows or plastics continues to turn some walleyes at the creek mouths on the Minnesota River. Sunfish have been tough to find, but crappies and largemouth bass continue to hit during the evening hours at Wasserman Lake, Minnewashta, and Hydes Lake.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

 

SOUTH METRO

There’s been some evening crappie action on Spring Lake in 6 to 10 feet. Look for bigger largemouth bass on the deep weedlines of Murphy Lake, Jeffers Pond, and Prior Lake, while Lake O’Dowd continues to produce pike on spinnerbaits in 6 to 8 feet.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle

(952) 447-6096

 

LAKE WACONIA

Sunfish are being found on North Reef, Center Reef, and behind Coney Island in 10 to 15 feet, while a few crappies are coming off Red’s Reef in 18 to 22 feet during the evening hours. Largemouth bass are hitting along the deep weedlines on North Reef, Pillsbury Reef, and Center Reef. Small bucktails have produced a few muskies near the swimming beach, Keg’s and North reefs. A jig and minnow produces an occasional walleye during the evening hours on Keg’s Reef or North Reef in 15 to 18 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Nightcrawlers are producing a few walleyes on Reno Lake and Lake Mary in 18 to 20 feet. Look for suspended  crappies off the deep weed edges on Lake Ida, Lake Darling, and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Muskie reports have been limited to a few fish being seen on Lobster Lake. Sunfish remain active in the 8- to 12-foot weeds at Rachel Lake, Lake Geneva, or Mary, while bass continue to hit plastics during the day and topwater baits early and late on most lakes. 

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

 

ANNANDALE AREA

Largemouth bass and northern pike are hitting along the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of most lakes. A few walleyes are coming off Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake in 16 to 20 feet – minnows or crawlers are working best. The 15- to 20- foot weed edges on Ramsey Lake, Maple Lake, Lake John, and Lake Sylvia are giving up sunfish and crappies.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

 

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Walleyes are being taken in 15 to 20 feet with crawlers and leeches at Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and Big Pine Lake. Plastics are producing largemouth bass along the 6- to 10-foot weeds on Long Lake, West Battle Lake, and Otter Tail. Northern pike are hitting spoons on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines at Donald Lake, Otter Tail, and West Battle. Look for sunfish and crappies in 8 to 12 feet at Marion Lake, Long, and West Battle. CowGirls or Bucher Tails continue to trigger muskies on top of the 15- to 20- foot cabbage on West Battle. 

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

 

BEMIDJI AREA

A few walleyes are being caught on Lake Bemidji, Turtle Lake, and Lake Plantagenet on live-bait rigs with leeches, crawlers or larger creek chubs. Spinners and crawlers worked along the outside weed edges also were working. Bass fishing remains excellent with plastics or topwater baits and you’ll find crappies and bluegills scattered along the cabbage on most lakes. Muskies have started hitting bucktails on Bemidji and Plantagenet. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172

 

BLACKDUCK AREA

Spinners and crawlers or a jig and minnow are turning walleyes in 10 to 15 feet at Gull Lake, Island Lake, and Blackduck Lake. Look for bluegills during the day and crappies each evening on the 12- to 18-foot weed edges of Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, Rabideau Lake, and Gull.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

 

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Live-bait rigs with crawlers or minnows are turning walleyes on Gull Lake and North Long Lake in 14 to 20 feet or Whitefish Lake in 24 to 30 feet. Lake Edward and Gull remain the best options for pike, while bass remain active on the weedlines of most lakes in less than 15 feet. North Long, Cullen Lake, Nisswa Lake, and Gull are giving up sunfish and crappies in 8 to 12 feet.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010

 

CASS LAKE AREA

Low-light periods continue to be best for walleyes with crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet on the main lake bars of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Walleyes also can be had in 12 to 18 feet with crawlers on Lake Andrusia. The Star Island and Allen’s Bay areas on Cass remain the best options for perch in 12 to 15 feet, while lakes such as Grace and Kitchi are giving up panfish in 8 to 12 feet. Bucktails or topwater baits are triggering muskies on the weedy areas of the main lake bars on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

 

CHISAGO AREA   

Look for scattered pods of sunfish in 8 to 14 feet and crappies over 18 feet on Green Lake, Chisago Lake, and North Lindstrom Lake. Crawlers or a jig and minnow are producing a few walleyes on the 20- to 24-foot structure of Green and Chisago. Bass fishing has been consistently strong early and late each day on most lakes, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 16 feet on area lakes as well.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

 

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Spinners and crawlers are producing a few walleyes on Big Detroit Lake and Pelican Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Work the 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Floyd Lake, Lake Melissa, and Height of Land Lake for sunfish or the deep weedlines on Toad Lake and Big Cormorant Lake for crappies. Bucktails or topwater baits are triggering muskies in 10 to 12 feet on Big Detroit and Lake Sallie.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248

 

DULUTH AREA   

A few walleyes continue to come off Fish Lake and Boulder Lake in 15 feet or Island Lake in 20 feet on crawlers or chubs. Island is producing numbers of smallmouth bass on topwater baits in less than 10 feet as well. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing lake trout in the top 75 feet of the water column and a few king and coho salmon in the top 50 feet throughout the Silver Bay area. 

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

 

EAST CENTRAL MN

Northern pike and largemouth bass have been an easy catch with spinnerbaits on the weedlines of most lakes. Smallmouth bass and channel catfish are set up in the deep holes or current breaks on the Mississippi River. Look for crappies over 14 to 20 feet of water and sunfish near the lily pads on Green Lake and Blue Lake.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

 

ELY AREA

A jig and crawler or crankbaits are turning walleyes in 12 to 18 feet early and late each day at Birch Lake, Bear Island Lake, and Snowbank Lake. Look for northern pike to hit spoons on the cabbage beds of Turtle Lake, Isabella Lake, and Basswood Lake. Topwater baits are triggering smallmouth bass during the morning hours on Shagawa Lake, Armstrong Lake, and Bear Head Lake. Rainbow trout are being caught near the surface with small crankbaits on Miner’s Lake and Tofte Lake. Lake trout are being taken with deep-diving crankbaits about 20 feet down on Thomas Lake, Snowbank, and Kekekabic Lake. Harris Lake and Dumbell Lake are kicking out small muskies, while crappies are being found suspended over deep water on White Iron Lake, Farm Lake, and Birch Lake.

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358

 

EMILY AREA 

Largemouth bass are being taken in the lily pads of Ruth Lake and the north end of Kego Lake is producing crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. Hit West Fox Lake with nightcrawlers for walleyes in 12 to 15 feet of water and spinnerbaits are turning pike on Ross Lake in 15 feet of water.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

 

FAIRMONT AREA

Look for sunfish in 4 to 6 feet on Budd Lake and Lake Sisseton, while crappies and yellow bass are going in 10 to 15 feet on Hall Lake, Budd, and Sisseton. Jigs and plastics are turning a few walleyes in shallow water on Tuttle Lake and the deeper holes of the Blue Earth River. Topwater baits are producing largemouth bass early and late each day on Twin Lake, George Lake, and Lura Lake.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

 

FERGUS FALLS AREA

Trolling crankbaits at night has produced a few walleyes on Pickeral Lake and Ten Mile Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Largemouth bass remain active, hitting plastics or topwater baits on the weedlines of Swan Lake, Long Lake by Dalton, and Pleasant Lake. Panfish and muskie action has been slow throughout the area.

Little Chief Outpost

(218) 998-5050

 

GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA 

Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes and bluegills along the 15-foot weed edge on Ball Club Lake. There’s an evening walleye bite with creek chubs or crawlers in 20 to 22 feet on Deer Lake and Lake Pokegama. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on most small lakes are giving up bluegills and crappies. Johnson Lake has been solid for largemouth bass, while bucktails are triggering muskies on the weedlines of Moose Lake and North Star Lake.

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710

 

GREY EAGLE AREA

The weedlines on Two Rivers Lake started producing crappies and an occasional walleye during the evening hours. Look for sunfish in 12 to 15 feet of water on Moose Lake, Pine Lake, Big Swan Lake, and Mound Lake or 20 to 24 feet of water at Big Birch Lake. The Sauk River and Lake Sylvia are giving up channel catfish, while Big Birch is producing a few walleyes during low-light periods in 16 to 20 feet of water.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

 

HACKENSACK AREA 

Spinners and crawlers are producing a few walleyes in 18 to 22 feet on Pine Mountain Lake. Crappies remain active during the evening hours on the 6- to 12-foot cabbage flats of Birch Lake, Mule Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Look for bluegills along the lily pad edges on Birch and muskie reports have been off a bit, but bucktails or topwater baits are triggering a few fish on area lakes. Northern pike and bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the deep weedlines of most lakes, especially early and late each day.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

 

LAKE KABETOGAMA

A Lindy Rig with leeches or crawlers is producing walleyes in 20 to 26 feet off the reefs and shoreline points. In the same areas on windy days, early in the morning and in the evening, 12 to 18 feet has been producing. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are still active in and around shorelines and deeper weed beds. Larger pike are suspending over deep water, so trolling crankbaits and spoons has been productive. 

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

 

LANESBORO AREA 

This area missed the heavy rains last weekend, so local streams continue to be ideal for fishing. Trico hatches continue during the morning hours and floating Rapalas or black leech streamers are working best for trout. Smallmouth bass remain active hitting topwater poppers on the North and Middle branches of the Root River.

Root River Rod Company

(507) 467-2101

 

LONGVILLE AREA

Crappies are being found in the 8- to 16-foot weeds on Girl Lake, Webb Lake, Wabedo Lake, and Lake Inguadona. Jiggin’ Raps or crawlers are turning walleyes on Woman Lake, Wabedo, and Little Boy Lake in 14 to 22 feet. Muskie action has slowed, but bluegills are being caught in 18 to 20 feet on Woman and Big Boy Lake. Bass and pike remain an easy catch along the weedlines of most lakes.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

 

MADISON LAKE AREA

The 8- to 12-foot points on West Jefferson Lake are producing panfish and northern pike. Walleyes are being taken with a spinner and crawler or crankbaits off Kaupan Point in 8 to 10 feet or the south end rock pile in 4 to 6 feet on Lake Elysian. The outlet area on the south end of Elysian is a safe bet for pike. Miller’s Point or Church Bar on Madison Lake are giving up walleyes in 12 to 16 feet.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

 

MORA AREA

You’ll find sunfish in 6 to 8 feet at Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake, while a few crappies are being found in 10 to 12 feet on Knife. Spinnerbaits or minnows are turning some northern pike at Knife and Quamba Lake in 4 feet.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

 

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch and bluegills continue to keep anglers busy throughout Big Stone Lake in 9 to 13 feet. Small leeches or tungsten jigs tipped with spikes are working best, but vertical jigging and trolling crankbaits has been a good way to locate bigger pods of fish. A spinner and crawler or crankbaits are turning some walleyes on the north half of Big Stone in 10 to 13 feet.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

 

PARK RAPIDS AREA

A few walleyes are coming off the deep weedlines with crawlers and spinners at Fish Hook Lake, Toad Lake, and Long Lake. The 8- to 12-foot cabbage areas on the Crow Wing Chain, Toad, and Big Mantrap Lake are giving up crappies. Muskie action has been good with bucktails on the deep weedlines or rock areas of Many Point Lake and Big Mantrap. Bass and pike remain weedline-related and active on most lakes, while Boulder Lake is producing sunfish in 8 to 12 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

 

RED WING AREA

Crankbaits are producing walleyes and some sauger in the Lake City and Maiden Rock areas of Lake Pepin in 16 to 18 feet. The rip rap areas on the Wisconsin side of the river are safe bets for panfish, while channel catfish and sturgeon are being caught with nightcrawlers along the current edges on the main river channel.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

 

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Walleye action has been slow over the past week, but sunfish have kept most anglers busy with lakes such as Becker, Cedar Island, Pearl, Long, Rice, Horseshoe, and East giving up fish in 10 to 14 feet of water. You’ll also find active crappies during the evening hours on Rice and Horseshoe over 8 to 12 feet of water. Largemouth bass are weedline-related and active on most lakes, while smallmouth are going on the sand breaks throughout Lake Koronis and the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. Channel catfish remain active on the Chain as well.

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975

 

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Look for sunfish along the weedlines of Lily Lake, Little Birch Lake, Fairy Lake, Maple Lake, and Grove Lake. You’ll also find scattered sunfish on the south half of Lake Osakis in 8 to 16 feet. Northern pike are weedline-related and active on most lakes and a few walleyes are being taken with crawlers during the evening hours on Sauk Lake in 14 feet. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

 

STARBUCK AREA

A spinner and crawler continues to produce walleyes during the day in 18 to 22 feet, as are crankbaits at night in 8 to 12 feet throughout Lake Minnewaska. Anglers are weeding through small fish, but catching good numbers of bluegills on Minnewaska in 8 to 10 feet off Priest Point and in front of the high school. 

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

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