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Minnesota Fishing Report – August 18, 2020

Report from the Dock

Shorter days and cooler nights have been much welcomed by anglers as water temperatures have started to dip a bit. There was a lot of that upper 60- to low 70-degree water temperatures reported across the northern part of the state this week and that seems to have triggered a better walleye bite in some areas. As reported last week, leeches are just about impossible to find at this point and there were quite a few reports that minnows have started producing better numbers of walleyes. Muskie action also ticked up a bit or at the very least, people were seeing more fishing than they have the past couple of weeks – bucktails, rubber baits, and topwater presentations have been the best options. Hit your weedlines for bluegills and crappies, although several reports indicated that crappies have started suspending off deeper weed locations. Water levels on many rivers have gone up with the recent rains, opening up some improved fishing options for walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and catfish.

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

Walleyes are biting, but it hasn’t been fast and furious, with crawlers and leeches producing fish on the mud flats. Trolling the deep basin areas off the flats in 30 feet or more has produced walleyes as well. Smallmouth bass are hitting live bait better than artificial presentations on the deep rocks and rock points. A few northern pike are being found in Garrison Bay, Wigwam Bay, St. Alban’s Bay,and Cove Bay. Trolling big baits on the flats has produced more muskies than the in-shore weeds and rocks. Locate pods of tullibees in these deep areas and you’ll find muskies. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

 

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Two main patterns are producing walleyes along the south shore, a crawler harnesses or crankbaits over deep basin areas in 30 to 36 feet. Mix up colors, crankbait size, shape, rattling vs non-rattling, speed and direction of trolling until you dial them in. On the Rainy River, walleyes and some sauger are scattered on flats and hitting crankbaits. Target sturgeon in deep holes with sturgeon rigs and crawlers or frozen emerald shiners. Smallmouth bass and pike are active around current breaks, rocky areas, and in bays.

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

 

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

The 15- to 20-foot sand areas on Lake Minnetonka continue to produce sunfish. Muskie reports have been light, but northern pike are being taken in 20 feet or so on Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Plastics remain the best option for bigger largemouth bass in 15 to 20 feet on Minnetonka, Independence, and Medicine Lake. A few walleyes are coming off Minnetonka during the evening hours in 25 to 30 feet with jigs and minnows.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

 

LAKE VERMILION

Walleye action has been a bit slow, with scattered fish being taken on crankbaits or minnows on the submerged reefs or shoreline breaks in 15 to 20 feet. Muskie anglers are reporting more follows than hook ups on the wind-driven rock points and reefs in 12 to 15 feet – bucktails are working best. Hit Rice Bay, Stuntz Bay, and Everett Bay with spoons or sucker minnows for pike in less than 6 feet, while smallmouth bass reports have been limited to a few fish coming off the 5- to 10-foot rock piles.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

 

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes continue to be taken with spinners and crawlers, but minnows have produced some fish as well on the shoreline breaks, points, and weed edges in 9 to 12 feet. There’s also been some fish taken during the evening hours with crankbaits on top of the main lake bars and with crawlers during the day off of them in 20 to 25 feet. Spoons are turning pike around the 10- to 12-foot weedbeds and perch seem to be active on the shorelines and flats in less than 12 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

                   

LEECH LAKE

Spinners and crawlers continue to produce walleyes on the main lake flats in 10 to 14 feet. There’s also been fish starting to be caught with minnows on the flats and green weed areas in 9 to 12 feet, while others are hitting Jiggin’ Raps on the deep humps in Walker Bay. At night, slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are producing walleyes near Sand Point in less than 12 feet. Muskies are receiving quite a bit of pressure with topwater baits or rubber baits triggering  fish on the rocks and sand. 

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250

 

RAINY LAKE     

Walleyes have been moving a lot and being found in slightly deeper water this week. The best bite going has been in 30 to 35 feet of water with bigger minnow or leeches. Crappies are schooling up and being caught on spinner rigs over mud bottoms. Bigger pike remain active, hitting large crankbaits trolled over deeper water or shallow cabbage. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper and being caught on deep rock piles. 

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102

 

RED LAKE

Wind and rain have limited fishing opportunities over the past week. If the weather allows people to get out, walleyes are being caught during the day on Center Bar and the rock pile with spinners and crawlers in 8 to 14 feet. The evening hours have been best with minnows or spinners and crawlers along the shorelines in 4 to 7 feet.

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Bass are hitting plastics or crankbaits in 10 to 14 feet at Demontreville Lake, White Bear Lake, and the St. Croix River. Look for sunfish and crappies on the weedlines of Tanners Lake, Silver Lake, and Big Marine Lake. Northern pike are being taken with spinnerbaits or minnows on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges at Gervais Lake, Lake Owasso, and Powers Lake, while muskie reports have been best on the St. Croix and Bald Eagle Lake with bucktails.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421

 

WEST METRO

Hit the deep pockets or turns on the Crow River for smallmouth bass, northern pike, and walleyes or the Minnesota River for catfish and walleyes – crawlers or a jig and minnow are working best. Northern pike are hitting spoons or crankbaits over the weeds on Pierson Lake or west side of Lake Minnewashta. Crappies are hitting Beetle Spins during the evening hours on Minnewashta in 8 feet, while Hydes Lake or Lake Parley are giving up sunfish and crappies in 8 to 10 feet. The weedlines on Wasserman Lake and Lake Bavaria continue to kick out largemouth bass.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

 

SOUTH METRO

Prior Lake is kicking out bluegills and crappies in 5 to 8 feet of water, while northern pike are going on the west shoreline and Frost Point area of Lower Prior Lake. On Upper Prior Lake, a few walleyes are coming out of 16 feet on the upper side of the Wagon Wheel Bridge area. 

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle

(952) 447-6096

 

LAKE WACONIA

You’ll find sunfish around Coney Island, North Reef, and Center Reef in 10 to 15 feet and some crappies over 18 to 22 feet on Red’s Reef. Northern pike and muskies are hitting bucktails on the 12- to 17-foot weedlines on Anderson’s Reef or the swimming beach area. Look for bass under docks or on the deep weedlines of North, Center, and Anderson’s reefs.

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Crappies, largemouth bass, and northern pike are being caught on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, Lake Darling, and Lake Geneva. Nightcrawlers are turning some walleyes on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona in 25 to 30 feet. Work around the islands on Lobster Lake with bucktails or topwater baits for muskies early and late each day.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

 

ANNANDALE AREA

Look for sunfish during the day and crappies each evening on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Maple Lake, Ramsey Lake, Indian Lake, Lake John, and Lake Sylvia. Sugar Lake started giving up a few muskies and some walleyes are coming off Clearwater with crawlers or minnows in 12 to 20 feet. Bass and northern pike are active on most lakes, but look for bigger fish to be on deep vegetation.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

 

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Otter Tail Lake is giving up numbers of walleyes at night on crankbaits in 5 feet of water. During the day, slow-death rigs and crawlers are turning walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on Otter Tail, and Rush Lake or West Battle Lake in 25 to 40 feet. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics on the docks or 8- to 12-foot weeds at Donald Lake, West Battle, and Ten Mile Lake. Look for suspended crappies over the 20-foot humps and sunfish in 8 to 12 feet on Rush Lake, Donald, West Battle, Otter Tail, and Clitherall Lake. Trolling spoons over the 15- to 20-foot weeds has produced northern pike on Rush and Otter Tail, while muskies are hitting bucktails in 20 to 25 feet on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

 

BEMIDJI AREA

Water temperatures are now in the upper 60- to low 70-degree range and that has helped the walleye bite. Jigs and minnows are starting to produce walleyes more consistently now, but the majority of fish are still coming on live bait rigs and leeches or crawlers. Look to the sharp breaks and mid-lake structure in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Bemidji, Lake Plantagenet, Lake Andrusia, and Wolf Lake. Bass fishing remains excellent with topwater baits early in the day and plastics along the deep weed edges during midday hours. Northern pike action is very good with minnows along weedlines and crappies have started to scatter a bit along weed edges and cabbage areas on most lakes. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172

 

BLACKDUCK AREA

A jig and minnow or spinner and crawler is turning walleyes on Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Gull Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Northern pike and bass remain weedline-related and active on most lakes. Look for crappies and bluegills in the 10- to 14-foot cabbage areas of Pimushe Lake, Rabideau Lake, Gilstead Lake, Gull, and Blackduck. 

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

 

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Walleyes are being taken on Lindy Rigs with redtails or crawlers in 16 to 22 feet at Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and North Long Lake. Look for northern pike in 8 to 10 feet or 20 to 25 feet to hit larger minnows at North Long, Lake Edwards, and Pelican. Topwater baits or plastics are turning bass on mst lakes, while sunfish are going in 6 to 10 feet and crappies are suspended over 8 to 10 feet on the south end of Gull, North Long, Nisswa Lake, and Round Lake.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010

 

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleye action has slowed a bit, but trolling crankbaits during the evening hours on the main lake bars of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake is producing some fish. Jumbo perch are being found in 7 feet of water around the northeast side of Star Island on Cass and west shore of Pike Bay. Crappie reports have improved at Kitchi Lake during the evening hours off the 12- foot cabbage edges and muskies have become more active on the edges of the deep water, hitting black bucktails on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

 

CHISAGO AREA   

You’ll find sunfish on the weed or lily pad edges and crappies over 16 to 20 feet on Chisago Lake, North and South Lindstrom lakes, and North and South Center lakes. Walleyes are being taken with a slip bobber and leech or crawlers in 16 to 20 feet on South Center and Green Lake. Crankbaits are the ticket for pike on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines or 16- to 20-foot breaks on area lakes, while bass fishing remains consistently good on all lakes as well.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

 

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Sunfish and crappies are going on Pelican Lake, Floyd Lake, and Height of Land Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Big Detroit Lake and Pelican are producing walleyes on crawlers or sucker minnows in 15 to 25 feet. Bucktails or rubber baits are triggering muskies on Big Detroit and Lake Sallie in 8 to 10 feet early and late each day. Bass and pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248

 

DULUTH AREA   

Chubs or crawlers are producing walleyes on Island Lake in 20 feet or Boulder Lake and Fish Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Northern pike action has picked up with sucker minnows on the 10-foot structure of Boulder and Fish. Island and the Cloquet River Chain continue to provide excellent smallmouth bass numbers. On Lake Superior, chinook salmon have started showing up in the Dultuh area in the top 50 feet of the water column – spoons are the ticket. The Apostle Islands area of Superior has given up numbers of lake trout about 75 to 100 feet down.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

 

EAST CENTRAL MN

Topwater baits are turning largemouth bass on the weedlines of Blue Lake and Little Elk Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 14 to 20 feet and sunfish near the lily pads on Blue and Green Lake. Look to the deep holes and current breaks on the Mississippi River for walleye, channel catfish, and smallmouth bass.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

 

ELY AREA

Trolling crankbaits on the deep flats or pitching a jig and minnow on the sunken islands has produced walleyes on Disappointment Lake, Horse Lake, and Four Town Lake. Smallmouth bass are aan easy catch at Birch Lake, Boot Lake, and Lake Four with topwater baits or a jig and minnow around the sunken islands. Look for bigger pike on Isabella Lake, Parent Lake, and Pipestone Bay on Basswood Lake to hit large spoons along weed edges. Lake trout are hitting heavy bucktail jigs over 40 to 60 feet on Knife Lake, Thomas Lake, and Frazier Lake, while anglers fishing from shore are catching brook trout with crawlers on Miner’s Lake, Skull Lake, and Louis Lake. Birch, South Farm Lake, and Stub Lake are safe bets for crappies and bluegills in 10 to 15 feet.

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358

 

EMILY AREA 

Mitchell Lake is giving up northern pike on crankbaits in 12 to 15 feet during the evening hours. Look to Washburn Lake for suspended crappies over 25 feet and Perry Lake started producing sunfish in 8 to 10 feet. You’ll hit largemouth bass with spinnerbaits on Lake Esquagamah in 10 to 12 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

 

FAIRMONT AREA

Yellow bass and crappies are biting in 10 to 15 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton. Look for sunfish in 4 to 6 feet at Budd and Sisseton, while plastics or topwater baits are turning largemouth bass on Twin Lake, Lura Lake, and George Lake. A few walleyes continue to be caught on Tuttle Lake and the Blue Earth River.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

 

FARIBAULT AREA

Sunfish are being caught on Lake Mazaska and Shields Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Walleye, bass, and northern pike action continues to be slow throughout the area.

John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787

 

FERGUS FALLS AREA

Walleyes are being taken with crankbaits over 16 to 18 feet in the evenings or in 30 to 40 feet during the day on crawlers at Pickeral Lake and Eagle Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish on the cabbage edges of Fish Lake, Eagle, and Long Lake north of town. Bass and pike action remains strong on most lakes and muskie reports have been limited.

Little Chief Outpost

(218) 998-5050

 

GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA 

Crappies and some bluegills are being found on Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake and in McCavity Bay on Big Cutfoot Sioux along the 15-foot weed edges. Largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits on the weedlines of most small lakes, while pike and walleyes are being found suspended about 20 feet down over deeper water on Lake Pokegema. Muskie anglers are seeing good numbers of fish, but having a tough time getting them to commit at Moose Lake and North Star Lake.

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710

 

GREY EAGLE AREA

The weedlines on Kings Lake started producing sunfish and crappies are being pulled off the weedlines at Two River’s Lake. An occasional walleye is caught with deep-running crankbaits over 20 to 25 feet at Big Birch Lake, Big Swan Lake, and Cedar Lake. Sunfish remain active in 12 to 15 feet on Pine Lake, Moose Lake, Mound Lake, and Big Swan.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

 

HACKENSACK AREA 

Walleyes are being taken on the humps of Ten Mile Lake with live-bait rigs and crawlers or redtail minnows. Look for sunfish and crappies on the 13- to 18-foot weed edges at Birch Lake, Webb Lake, and Stoney Lake. Look for bigger northern pike and bass on the deep structure of most lakes.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

 

LONGVILLE AREA

A jig and redtail minnow or Jiggin’ Raps are turning walleyes on Woman Lake and Little Boy Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Muskies have become a bit more active on Little Boy and Wabedo Lake, while pike and bass are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes. Look for a mixed bag of panfish from 8 to 15 feet on Big Boy Lake, Webb Lake, Girl Lake, Woman, and Lake Inguadona.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

 

MADISON LAKE AREA

Crankbaits or a spinner and crawler continue to produce walleyes during low-light periods off the points in 8 to 10 feet on Lake Elysian. You’ll find a mixed bag of panfish and pike on the 8- to 12-foot weeds and points on West Jefferson Lake, while Miller’s Point and Church Bar on Madison Lake are worth hitting for walleyes with live bait in 12 to 16 feet.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

 

MORA AREA

Spinnerbaits or plastics are turning largemouth bass on Ann Lake and Knife Lake, while minnows are producing pike on Quamba Lake and Knife in 4 to 6 feet. Sunfish remain active in 6 to 8 feet at Knife, Ann, and Fish Lake.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

 

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch continue to hit in 11 feet and bluegills are going in 8 to 10 feet just north and south of Hartford Beach on Big Stone Lake. Walleye action also has picked up a bit on Big Stone with a spinner and crawler along the Bonanza area in 10 to 13 feet.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

 

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleye action has been hit and miss with some fish being taken on the 18- to 20-foot weedlines with a spinner and crawler at Long Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Island (West) Lake. Look for panfish in the 8- to 12-foot cabbage on the Crow Wing Chain and Boulder Lake. Northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits on the deep weedlines of Lake Belle Taine and the Crow Wing Chain, while muskie reports have been good on Big Mantrap Lake with bucktails. 

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

 

PERHAM AREA

A live-bait rig with minnows or crawlers is turning walleyes on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Star Lake. Bass and northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes, while Big Pine, Rush Lake, Toad Lake, and Star are producing crappies and bluegills along the 8- to 12-foot weeds.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

 

RED WING AREA

Walleyes and sauger are being caught with crankbaits or crawlers on the Wisconsin side or middle of Lake Pepin in 16 to 18 feet. The shoreline rocks on Pepin are holding crappies and sunfish, while channel catfish remain active throughout the deep holes on the Mississippi River. 

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

 

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

A few walleyes are being taken with Jiggin’ Raps or jigs and minnows on Lake Koronis in 9 to 15 feet and Horseshoe Lake in 6 to 15 feet. Sunfish and crappies are being found in 6 to 12 feet on Rice Lake, Long Lake, Schneider Lake, Pearl Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Horseshoe. Bass fishing remains strong on most lakes and the Sauk River Chain continues to produce channel catfish.

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975

 

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The weedlines on Lily Lake, Fairy Lake, Maple Lake, Little Birch Lake, and Grove Lake are still producing sunfish. The south half of Lake Osakis also is kicking out sunfish in 8 to 16 feet. Walleye reports are light, but creek chubs are turning northern pike on the weed edges of Osakis, Lily, Long Lake, and Sauk Lake.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

 

STARBUCK AREA

Troll crankbaits at night in 8 to 12 feet or spinners and crawlers during the day in 18 to 22 feet for walleyes on Lake Minnewaska. The Priest Point and high school area on Minnewaska are worth hitting for sunfish in 8 to 10 feet. Bass and pike remain an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

 

WILLMAR AREA

The weedlines on Nest Lake are giving up crappies and sunfish. You’ll also find sunfish on Diamond Lake in 12 to 14 feet and Henderson Lake in less than 12 feet. A few walleyes are being caught with nightcrawlers at Long Lake in 14 feet and Green Lake in 25 to 30 feet of water. Crankbaits or minnows are producing pike on Eagle Lake in 17 feet, while bass fishing remains strong on the weedlines of most lakes.

J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle 

(320) 235-4097

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