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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 10, 2021

Report from the Dock

Anglers willing to put in their time and cover water are catching some walleyes. Sitting in one spot and waiting for a bite to develop just doesn’t cut it this time of year. Deep weed edges and main lake structure seem to be most productive during the day with reactionary baits such as Jiggin’ Raps, crankbaits or spinner rigs turning better numbers of fish. There were a few more walleyes caught at night with crankbaits in many areas as well. If you just want to catch fish and have some action, find a weedline or weed flat and you should have no problem finding numbers of largemouth bass, pike, and panfish. Generally, deeper weeds have produced bigger fish, while shallow weeds are a better option for more numbers. There didn’t seem to be an area in this week’s report that didn’t offer solid panfish, pike, and bass activity. Crappies are most active during the evening hours – again in and around weeds, and muskie reports improved a bit with rocks tending to hold more active fish than weeds at this point.

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics on the 8- to 12-foot rocks and bigger boulders in 18 to 20 feet. Jiggin’ Raps, live-bait rigs with crawlers, and slip bobbers with leeches continue to turn walleyes on or around the mud flats in 25 to 30 feet during the day and 18 to 22 feet each evening. Anglers pulling crankbaits on leadcore are catching midday walleyes off the flats in 30 feet or more.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Look for walleyes just off the flats in 25 feet or deeper during midday hours or on top of the flats each evening in 18 to 24 feet. Slip bobbers with leeches or live-bait rigs and crawlers are working best. Muskie and pike reports have been limited, but smallmouth bass continue to hit live bait and plastics on the rock points and reefs in 10 to 20 feet.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Target walleyes over the 30- to 34-foot mud and pick off those romaing basin fish. A second pattern that’s productive is fishing on or near structure, such as reefs adjacent to deeper mud. The two primary techniques are drifting or trolling spinners with crawlers or trolling crankbaits and covering water. On the Rainy River, anglers are targeting walleyes in holes, current breaks, rock piles and weed edges. Pike are adjacent to weeds and current breaks, while smallmouth bass are biting throughout the river. The sturgeon “keep” season continues through Sep. 30 as well. At the Northwest Angle, the Canada border is now open and that means driving to the Angle is once again possible. Boating from the Angle into Canada is also once again allowed. Expect great walleye fishing on the deep mud of Little Traverse Bay in 28 to 33 feet with spinners and crankbaits.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Bass and sunfish continue to come off the deep weedlines, 14 feet on the west side and 30 feet on the east side, of Lake Minnetonka. Lake Sarah and Medicine Lake are kicking out sunfish in 10 feet, while topwater baits are triggering muskies on the 10- to 15-foot weeds of Minnetonka. An occasional walleye is taken on a spinner and crawler in 24 to 30 feet on Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Muskies are active, but anglers are seeing more fish than they’re catching. Bucktails or rubber baits are working best on the mid-depth rocks. Look for walleyes in 16 to 22 feet to hit crawlers or minnows along the submerged rock breaks and rock humps. Work the weedbeds with minnows in the bays for northern pike and smallmouth bass are going on most rock reefs or shorelines in less than 10 feet.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes are scattered from 10 to 17 feet around the points, shoreline breaks, main lake humps, and bars. Crankbaits or minnows are working best and you’ll find northern pike mixed in. Perch action has been a bit slow and you have to do some sorting, but minnows are turning some better fish on the 10- to 12-foot weedbeds.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

LEECH LAKE

Bucktails thrown on the rocks around Pelican Island, Bear Island, and in Agency Bay has triggered muskies, especially on overcast days. Walleye action remains sporadic and you have to cover water during the day with live-bait rigs or pitch jigs and crawlers in the weeds to find fish. Trolling crankbaits at night has started to produce a few more walleyes around Goose Island, Pine Point, and Sand Point. Look to the weeds in Agency Bay and Boy Bay for perch, smallmouth on the main lake rocks, and largemouth or pike in the 8- to 12-foot weeds in Boy Bay and Sucker Bay.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Walleyes are biting in 25 to 35 feet of water, but it seems each day is a little bit different as far as depth. Crappies are schooling up and being found over the 8- to-12-foot mud bottoms and northern pike are being caught on sunken reefs. Smallmouth bass are sitting on slightly deeper rock piles and remain active.

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102

RED LAKE

Cover water with a crankbait, live-bait rig, or spinner rig tipped with crawlers for walleyes. Start in 9 feet or so and work your way deeper until you find the most active fish. Good pods of walleyes are being found by anglers willing to put in the time to find them.

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Bald Eagle Lake and the St. Croix River are giving up some walleyes early and late each day in 18 to 22 feet – there’s been a few muskies coming out of the river as well. The weeds on Olson Lake remain a safe bet for bass and spinnerbaits are producing pike along the 12- to 15-foot weeds on Powers Lake and Tanner’s Lake. The 8- to 10-foot weeds on Powers, Lake Owasso, and Silver Lake remain safe bets for sunfish.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

The weedlines on most lakes are kicking out largemouth bass, but look for better numbers and a few bigger fish off Lake Minnewashta and Auburn Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Minnewashta also is kicking out sunfish in 15 to 18 feet and northern pike remain active, hitting spoons or minnows along the 15-foot weedlines of Auburn. Wasserman Lake, and Pierson Lake. 

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Work the deep weed or rock with plastics on most reefs for largemouth bass. Black bucktails and topwater baits are raising muskies on Pillsbury Reef, Harm’s Point, the swimming beach area, and north shore weed edge. Look for sunfish in 12 to 16 feet on the back side of the island, Keg’s Reef, Cemetary Reef, and Center Reef or work North Reef and Keg’s for crappies over 18 to 20 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on jigs with plastics or minnows on Keg’s and Red’s reefs in 16 to 19 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Walleyes are hitting crawlers on the deep weedlines of Lake Ida, Reno Lake, and Lake Mary. Look for bigger sunfish in the 12- to 16-foot weeds on Lake Darling and Lake Louise. Throw bucktails along the cabbage on Lobster Lake for muskies, plastics are turning smallmouth bass on the flats at Ida, and crankbaits are producing largemouth on the weedlines or flats of most lakes.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Bass and pike are being taken with spinnerbaits or live bait along the weedlines of most lakes. A few walleyes are coming off Clearwater Lake and Sugar Lake in 15 to 20 feet with crawlers or leeches. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Cedar Lake, Indian Lake, Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, and Maple Lake are giving up sunfish during the day and a few crappies each evening.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

The 15- to 20-foot weeds continue to produce a mixed bag of panfish on Heilberger Lake, Eagle Lake, South Turtle Lake, and and Blanche Lake. Minnows or crawlers are turning walleyes during the day in 16 to 22 feet, as are crankbaits in 5 to 8 feet at night on West Battle Lake and Otter Tail Lake. A few muskies are being raised during low-light periods on West Battle over 20 feet, while bigger bass and pike are relating to deep weeds on most lakes.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Not a whole lot has changed this week. Water levels continue to drop from the drought so be careful at the accesses. Walleye fishing for this time of the year has been pretty good on area lakes. A jig and minnow along with live-bait rigs and crawlers/leeches are producing some fish in 11 to 18 feet. Bass fishing remains excellent using plastics on the deeper weed edges and crappies and bluegills are still being found off and in the deep cabbage. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Leeches or crawlers continue to produce walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. Bass and pike are weed-related and active throughout the area. Work the deep weed edges, 12 to 16 feet, on Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, and Pimushe Lake for bluegills and crappies. 

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Lindy Rigs and chubs are producing walleyes in 22 to 28 feet on Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the deep weed edges of Gull, North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards. You’ll find sunfish and some crappies in around the 6- to 12-foot weeds on Gull, Nisswa Lake, Roy Lake, Cullen Lake, and Lake Maragret.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Spinners and crawlers or live-bait rigs and minnows are producing walleyes during the day at Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake in 25 to 32 feet. The nighttime crankbait bite also remains strong on the bars of both lakes.Work the thick weeds with bucktails early and late or troll the basin area during the day for suspended muskies on Cass. Perch have started hitting around Cedar Island on Cass in less than 8 feet and bluegills are being found in Dick’s Bay and Allen’s Bay on Cass, Kitchi Lake, and Pughole Lake.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

Panfish, pike, and bass are being found in the 12- to 15-foot weeds on North Lindstrom Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, Chisago Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Minnows or crawlers are producing walleyes during low-light periods in 12 to 15 feet on Chisago, and Green Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

The shaded bends or deep holes on the Mississippi River are holding smallmouth bass, walleyes, and channel catfish. Largemouth bass are being found on the outside weed edges on the Crooked Lake Chain and Bay Lake. Troll crankbaits along the 12- to 15-foot weed edges for pike on Greer Lake and Black Bear Lake. A few lake trout and rainbow trout are coming off the Pennington Pit Chain, while bluegills are going during the day in 18 to 20 feet on Rabbit Lake. There’s an evening crappie bite on the 15- to 18-foot weed edges on Bay and Serpent Lake.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Trolling crankbaits at night in less than 12 feet or dragging minnows and crawlers during the day in 20 to 25 feet continues to turn walleyes on Big Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa. Island Lake is giving up smallmouth bass in 15 feet and largemouth bass are weed-related and active throughout the area. Hit the 10- to 12-foot weeds for sunfish during the day and crappies each evening on Cotton Lake, Floyd Lake, Tamarack Lake, Lake Sallie, and Melissa.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Walleyes continue to be taken with minnows on Island Lake in 18 to 20 feet or Fish Lake and Whiteface Lake in 15 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics or topwater baits on Island and the weedlines on Fish are kicking out a mixed bag of panfish. On Lake Superior, lake trout are being found 50 to 75 feet down, as are salmon in the top 50 feet of the water column – spoons are working best from Silver Bay up to the Canadian border.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Bass and pike remain active along the 7- to 14-foot weed edges on Eagle Lake, Mitchell Lake, and Freemont Lake. A few panfish are coming off Green Lake or Blue Lake in 10 to 14 feet and walleye action remains slow.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Farm Lake, Basswood Lake, and Birch Lake are producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet with spinners and crawlers. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are being taken with topwater or spinnerbaits in less than 10 feet on Hegman Lake, Ella Hall Lake, and Wood Lake. The cabbage beds on Bear Island Lake, Lake One, and Bass Lake are kicking out crappies and sunfish. Lake trout action has picked up with spoons or small bucktails at Burntiside Lake and Knife Lake – most are being found 30 to 50 feet down over 50 to 100 feet.

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358

EMILY AREA 

Sunfish are taking waxworms on the east side of Lake Emily in 8 feet and West Fox Lake started giving up crappies in 12 feet with minnows. Look for largemouth bass to hit topwater baits in the lily pads on Lake Esquagamah and trolling crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet on Eagle Lake has produced northern pike. 

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

There hasn’t been a lot of people fishing, but yellow bass are hitting on Budd Lake and Sisseton Lake in 4 to 12 feet. Crappies are being found suspended on Hall Lake and Budd over 8 to 12 feet and largemouth bass are being caught along the weedlines of Budd and Sisseton. Anglers fishing from shore at night are catching catfish on Hall and Budd. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA 

Trolling crankbaits over deep water has produced muskies on Moose Lake and North Star Lake. Largemouth bass are being caught in the slop on most lakes and smallmouth bass are being plucked off the humps of Deer Lake. Walleye reports have been limited, but crappies and bluegills remain active on the weedlines at Sugar Lake, Little Ball Club Lake, and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710

GREY EAGLE AREA

The weedlines on Kings Lake are producing sunfish, crappies, bass, and a few walleyes. Troll crankbaits along the 15- to 20-foot weed edges for a few walleyes on Big Birch Lake – smallmouth and largemouth bass are hitting in shallower water here as well. Catfish are being taken along the shorelines of Sylvia Lake with cut sucker minnows or crawlers, while Mounds Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 12 to 20 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on Ten Mile Lake in 25 to 30 during the day and crankbaits are producing suspended walleyes over 100 feet or more at night. There’s some evening crappie action and daytime sunfish activity on the weedlines of Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Webb Lake. Small bucktails are raising muskies on Baby Lake, while the deep weedlines on most lakes are producing quality bass and pike.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

LANESBORO AREA 

This area received enough rain over the past week to keep trout streams flowing perfectly. Trico hatches continue in the morning so match your fly with those, while hoppers, crickets or ants are producing trout on the surface. Below the surface, scud and small nymph patterns have been best.

Root River Rod Company

(507) 467-2101

LONGVILLE AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows or crawlers on Woman Lake in 17 feet, Wabedo Lake in 18 feet, and Little Boy Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Work the 11- to 15-foot weed edges on Woman, Big Boy Lake, and Lake Inguadona for crappies and bluegills. Muskie reports have been light locally, but bass and pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

The Carpenter’s Point and sunken island areas on Lake Francis are kicking out panfish in 10 to 12 feet during the day and some walleyes each evening. Hit Squirrel’s Nest Point on Lake Washington with minnows or crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet during the evening hours for walleyes. Second Point on Washington is giving up panfish in 12 to 14 feet, while the Grassy Island area is producing pike. The weedlines on Madison Lake are holding panfish, walleyes, bass, and pike.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Sunfish continue to be caught along the 5- to 7-foot weedlines on Knife Lake and Ann Lake. Spinnerbaits are producing northern pike and bass on the deeper weedlines of Ann, Knife, and Fish Lake.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Walleye reports remain limited, but perch and bluegills are being caught on Big Stone Lake. Bigger fish are being found in 10 to 12 feet from Rocky Ledge up to Mallard Point again this week.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

The mid lake-structure and weedlines are producing walleyes in 18 to 24 feet on spinners and crawlers or big minnows at Long Lake, Potato Lake, and Boulder Lake. Find the cabbage or points in 10 to 18 feet for a mixed bag of panfish on the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes and Toad Lake. Largemouth are an easy catch on the deep weedlines or lily pads of most lakes, while the rocks and sand on Lake Belle Taine and Potato are producing smallmouth. Throw bucktails on the weed edges and rocks at Big Mantrap Lake for muskies.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

The 10- to 15-foot weeds continue to produce panfish, pike, and bass at Rush Lake, Dead Lake, Star Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Lake Marion. Troll crawlers and minnows during the day along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines or crankbaits in slightly shallower water each evening for walleyes on Big Pine, Rush, and Star.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Walleye action has slowed throughout Lake Pepin over the past week. There’s been a few caught with crankbaits in 15 to 20 if you’re willing to cover water in the Lake City and Maiden Rock areas. Catfish and panfish reports from the Mississippi River have been slow as well.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Sunfish and a few crappies are being caught from 6 to 15 feet on Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Brown’s Lake, Pearl Lake, Grand Lake, Rice Lake, and Becker Lake. Walleye action has been slow, but bass and nortern pike continue to hit in less than 12 feet on most lakes. Channel catfish also remain active in shallow and deep water throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes.

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish are being found in and along the weeds on Fairy Lake in 15 to 17 feet, Maple Lake in 12 feet, and throughout Miller’s Bay on Lake Osakis in 11 to 14 feet. Look for crappies along the 15- to 18-foot weed edge on Little Birch Lake or the 6- to 14-foot weed tops on Sauk Lake. Shiners or leeches are turning walleyes on Osakis in 24 to 32 feet and bass fishing remains strong throughout the area.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

The deep holes or current areas on the Mississippi River are producing channel catfish and smallmouth bass, while the Swan River inlet area is producing walleyes during the evening hours. Bucktails are raising muskies on Lake Alexander in the 8- to 12-foot weeds, but panfish action has been slow. 

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WILLMAR AREA

Crawlers are turning walleyes at Green Lake in 25 to 30 feet and Big Kandi Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Work the 8- to 15-foot weedlines on Eagle Lake and George Lake for crappies and sunfish. Hit Point Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in 15 to 17 feet and bass fishing remains strong in the slop or deep weed edges of most lakes.

J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle 

(320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

The deeper holes on the Minnesota River by Granite Falls are producing catfish on crawlers. You’ll find a few active walleyes early and late each day on Lake Shetek, East Twin Lake, and Lake Sarah in 10 feet of water. Anglers on Lake Lac qui Parle are catching a mixed bag of walleyes, crappies, and northern pike.

Borch’s Sporting Goods 

(507) 532-4880

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