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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – August 2, 2022

Report from the Dock

Many reports were very similar this week to last, which tends to happen this time of year. Not much changes at this point until water temperatures start to again cool down. That means walleyes are primarily being caught on main lake structure or along thick weedlines, mainly early and late each day. Just about anything goes at this point for presentations with leeches, crawlers, crankbaits, plastics, and hard baits such as Jiggin’ Raps all producing a few walleyes. Muskie reports are OK, although there doesn’t seem to be a lot of people fishing for them, even on the state’s bigger, more-noted muskie waters. With water temperatures continuing to increase, many muskie anglers have pulled back so they don’t cause added stress on these fish. The most consistent fish-catching opportunities this week are coming in the way of panfish, bass, and pike. Weeds are the key right now, and in many areas, deep weeds are producing bigger fish. 

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Live-bait rigs with leeches or crawlers are producing walleyes on the gravel bars and mud flat edges in 25 to 30 feet during the day. Slip bobbers and leeches are working well during the evening hours on top of the flats in 20 to 24 feet. Plastics remain the ticket for smallmouth bass on most deep rock piles and rock points. A few muskies have been seen on the mid-depth rocks, but most remain weed-related.  

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Evening walleye activity continues to be most consistent on top of the mud flats in 20 to 25 feet with a slip bobber and leech. Walleyes can be had during the day, but they tend to be less active, so cover water with some form of a live-bait rig off the sides of the flats. Smallmouth bass remain rock-related with more numbers on the rock points and reef tops, but bigger fish on deep rocks, 15 feet or more. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Spinners and crawlers or crankbaits are turning walleyes in 12 to 20 feet in front of Pine Island near both the Lighthouse and Morris Point gaps. The 28- to 34-foot mud is kicking out walleyes on jigs and frozen shiners, spinners with crawlers and crankbaits. Most reefs are holding walleyes as well. Current breaks are still holding fish on the Rainy River. Sturgeon anglers are reporting good numbers of fish, pike are feeding in bays and feeder rivers, while smallmouth bass are being caught around rocks, current breaks, bays, and bridges. At the Northwest Angle, jigging or pulling spinners have been producing walleyes on reefs, neck-down areas with moving water, mud flats, and points. Muskie anglers continue to catch good numbers of fish casting shoreline structure.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

 Sunfish and largemouth bass continue to taken along the weedlines  in 8 to 14 feet on Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and Lake Sarah. A few walleyes are being caught with spinners and crawlers along the deep weeds, 16 feet or more, on Minnetonka. Bass anglers are seeing the majority of muskies showing up in shallow vegetation on Minnetonka.  

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Anglers are grinding out walleye bites with nightcrawlers on the main lake reefs in 25 to 32 feet during the day with a few fish being found a bit shallower during low-light periods. Muskie anglers continue to have more success by finding suspended fish over 20 feet or deeper. Smallmouth bass are being taken with plastics and live bait on the reef tops and rocky shorelines in 10 to 14 feet. Work the weedy bays such as Armstrong, Rice, and Stuntz for pike.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

A spinner rig tipped with minnows or crawlers is producing walleyes during the day on the shoreline breaks and flats in 10 to 15 feet. Crankbaits also are working during the evening hours in 8 to 12 feet. Perch action has improved with a jig and minnow on the 6- to 10-foot mud. Northern pike activity has been up and down with crankbaits or spoons turning fish along the 10- to 12-foot weeds.  

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

LEECH LAKE

Cover water with a spinner and crawler for walleyes on the deep weedlines or breaks throughout the main lake in 15 to 18 feet. Slip bobber fishing remains decent, especially  during the evening hours, on points and weed edges in 10 to 15 feet. Jiggin’ Raps or bigger minnows are turning some walleyes in Walker Bay over 20 to 30 feet. Look for bass and panfish in the cabbage or rice beds of most bays and the better muskie reports this week are coming off main lake rock more than weed.  

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

 Walleyes are being taken in 23 to 30 feet on shiners or leeches, while northern pike are being caught off the edges of reefs with crankbaits. Crappies are beginning to school up over the 20- to 25-foot mud and being caught on small tube jigs. Smallmouth bass can still be caught on shoreline structure, but they are starting to move deeper. Water levels have dropped a lot and most campsites are now accessible. 

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102

RED LAKE

Spinner rigs tipped with a crawler or minnow continues to produce good numbers of walleyes. Better reports have been slightly deeper this week, with more fish now coming out of 6 to 8 feet of water. 

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

The St. Croix River continues to produce fair numbers of walleyes on jigs tipped with minnows or plastics in 20 to 25 feet. Minnows are turning pike off the fishing pier at Powers Lake and the 8- to 10-foot weedline on Demontreville Lake. Look for sunfish and a few crappies along the 14- to 18-foot weeds on Bald Eagle Lake, White Bear Lake, and Big Marine Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Largemouth bass remain active on Lake Pierson in 15 to 18 feet and deep-diving crankbaits are producing pike out from the access on Pierson. Hit Hydes Lake with Mepp’s spinners for pike, just south of the access, in 13 feet. The weedlines on Lake Zumbra are producing numbers of bass and pike on crankbaits. You’ll find sunfish on the south side and crappies in the middle of Hydes, while Parley Lake is producing panfish along the 10- to 12-foot weeds.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Work the 12- to 14-foot weedlines for sunfish on Prior Lake and Cedar Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics on deep weedlines during the day and topwater baits early and late in shallow water at Lake O’Dowd, Spring Lake, and Prior.  

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle

(952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Minnows are producing pike on North Center Reef and Anderson’s Reef in 12 to 18 feet. Work the established weeds on any reef or shoreline break with plastics for bass. Bucktails continue to trigger muskies in 10 to 15 feet on Center Reef, the swimming beach area, and Anderson’s Reef. Sunfish and some crappies are being taken in 10 to 15 feet behind the island and Kegg’s Reef. 

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Look for walleyes to hit lead core and crankbaits or bottom bouncers and crawlers on Lake Mary and Reno Lake in 20 to 25 feet or 30 to 35 feet on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Some walleyes are being taken with slip bobbers in the weeds during low-light periods on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Mary, and Reno. Crappies are being caught early and late each day in the weeds throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Look for bass on the deep weedlines of most lakes and sunfish in the 8- to 12-foot or 15- to 25-foot weeds. Muskie anglers are raising a few fish around the flats on Miltona. 

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Expect a mixed bag of panfish off the 15- to 20-foot weedlines on Fish Lake, West Battle Lake, and Stalker Lake. Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers during the day in 30 to 35 feet on West Battle and 15 to 20 feet on Otter Tail Lake. Crankbaits will produce walleyes in less than 10 feet at night as well. Work the points and deep weeds with bucktails for muskies on West Battle, while pike and bass continue to be found along deep weedlines on most lakes.  

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

 The bass bite is phenomenal right now with plastic frogs in the lily pads and shallow weeds during the morning. Work the weed edges with plastic worms, tube jigs, or a jig worm during the day for bass. The walleye bite is still a little tough, but some are being taken on live-bait rigs with leeches and crawlers or a spinner rig with leeches or crawlers on Lake Bemidji. Crappies and bluegills continue to be bite on the deep weed edges of most lakes. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleye activity remains decent with most fish being taken on live-bait rigs and crawlers or leeches at Gull Lake and Blackduck Lake – work the 10- to 12-foot weedlines or 15- to 20-foot bars. Bass and pike are weedline-related and active on most lakes, while bluegills and a few crappies are being pulled from the 10- to 12-foot weeds on Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, North Twin Lake, Blackduck, and Gull.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

A few walleyes are coming off Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish Lake from 9 to 30 feet on a slip bobber and leech or live-bait rig and chub. Northern pike are hitting larger minnows on Whitefish and North Long Lake in 25 to 30 feet. Bass are being taken with plastics along the 12- to 18-foot weed edges on Gull, North Long, and Pelican. Look for sunfish on the 9- to 13-foot cabbage and crappies off the cabbage in 10 to 15 feet at North Long, Gull, and Nisswa Lake. 

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

During the day, walleyes are being taken on Cass Lake as shallow as 8 feet on the flats around Star Island with a slip bobber and leech or in 25 to 30 feet with live-bait rigs and leeches. Pitch a jig and leech in the 12- to 16-foot weeds in Allen’s Bay on Cass and Lake Andrusia for walleyes as well. Crankbaits are turning walleyes at night on the main lake bars throughout Cass. Bigger perch are being taken in 8 to 12 feet with a jig and minnow on Cass and Andrusia. Muskie activity has picked up with bucktails on the deeper breaks throughout Cass, while panfish are being found in the 8- to 10-foot weeds on Kitchi Lake, Andrusia, and Allen’s Bay on Cass. 

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

Panfish are pike are being caught along the 8- to 15-foot weeds on Chisago Lake, North and South Lindstrom lakes, and North and South Center lakes. Bass are being found on the weed edges, lily pads and reed edges throughout Chisago, North Center, South Center, and Green Lake. A few walleyes can be had early and late each day with crawlers or leeches along the 10- to 15-foot weeds on Green and South Center.   

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Rainbow trout are being caught 30 to 60 feet down on the Pennington Pit Chain and Portsmouth Pit with lead core and crankbaits. Bluegills and a few crappies are coming off the Pennington Chain as well. The deeper pools on the Mississippi River are giving up smallmouth bass and a few walleyes above the Highway 6 bridge. Largemouth bass action remains strong in and along the weeds on Rabbit Lake, Serpent Lake, and Bay Lake with plastics or crankbaits. Hit the weedlines on Clearwater Lake for crappies during the evening hours or the rice beds on the Mississippi for a mixed bag of panfish. 

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

DETROIT LAKES AREA   

Walleye reports remain light, but some fish are being taken with leeches or crawlers in 25 feet or more on Pelican Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Big Cormorant Lake. Crappies and sunfish are hitting along the 12- to 18-foot weeds on Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, Big Pine Lake, and Floyd Lake.  Bass and pike are being caught along the weedlines of most lakes as well. 

Quality Bait & Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Walleyes are being taken with chubs in 20 to 25 feet on Island Lake and with crawlers on Fish Lake in 15 feet. On Lake Superior, spoons and stickbaits are producing lake trout and a few coho salmon in the top 50 feet of the water column. Smallmouth bass continue to hit plastics and topwater baits on the rocks throughout Island.   

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Throw spinnerbaits on top of the weeds for bass and pike on Green Lake, Little Elk Lake, and Fremont Lake. A few sunfish and crappies are being caught in 14 to 20 feet on Eagle Lake and Mitchell Lake. Work the current breaks on the Rum and Mississippi rivers for smallmouth bass.  

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits in 12 to 18 feet or leeches and live-bait rigs in 6 to 10 feet on Birch Lake, Jackfish Bay on Basswood Lake, and Disappointment Lake. Look to White Iron Lake, Snowbank Lake, and Big Moose Lake for smallmouth bass with plastics along the shorelines. Crappie reports remain favorable on the weedlines throughout Blueberry Lake, Johnson Lake, and One Pine Lake. Spoons and bucktails are turning lake trout over 40 to 80 feet at South Knife Lake, Thomas Lake, and Oyster Lake.  

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358

EMILY AREA 

Upper Dean Lake started producing northern pike on crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet. Hit Thunder Lake during the evening hours with crankbaits for suspended walleyes in 15 to 20 feet and crappies are going on Washburn Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Largemouth bass are hitting topwater baits in the slop and lily pads on Ruth Lake.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Yellow bass and bluegills remain active in 4 to 8 feet on Lake Sisseton, Hall Lake, and Budd Lake. Channel catfish are hitting crawlers late in the day along the shorelines of Amber Lake and Hall. The shorelines on Lura Lake, Budd, and Sisseton continue to produce largemouth bass. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA 

Crappies and bluegills are being caught off the weed edges at Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Little Ball Club Lake, and Lake Pokegama. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics or leeches on Deer Lake and Big Turtle Lake in 15 to 20 feet, while topwater baits or plastics are producing largemouths on most lakes. Walleye reports have been light, but muskie anglers are raising fish with bucktails on North Star Lake and Moose Lake.  

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710

HACKENSACK AREA 

Walleyes are scattered from 18 to 25 feet during the day or up shallower along the humps and break lines at night on Ten Mile Lake and Baby Lake. Look for bluegills along the 8- to 10-foot cabbage beds on Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Stony Lake. You’ll find crappies during the evening hours on slightly deeper weeds at Birch, Stony, Moccasin Lake, Ten Mile, Mule Lake, and Pleasant. Smallmouth bass are hitting topwater baits or crankbaits early in the day on Ten Mile, Stony, and Baby. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics and topwater in the slop or deeper weeds on most lakes.    

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

HUTCHINSON AREA 

A few walleyes are being caught in less than 10 feet on Belle Lake. Minnows are producing crappies on Big Swan Lake early and late each day and anglers fishing from shore on Stahl Lake continue to catch sunfish.  

The Outpost Inc. (320) 587-8177

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Walleye action has been best early and late each day with crawlers or leeches on rocks and weed edges from 10 to 20 feet. Smallmouth bass remain active, hitting plastics or live bait, on the mid-depth rocks and rocky shorelines. Northern pike seem to be mixed with walleyes, but most weedlines are holding plenty of pike. 

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

LANESBORO AREA 

Streams and rivers are clear and fishing well this week and trout reports remain strong. Ant, beetle, and grasshopper patterns on the surface continue to produce trout. Trico hatches are ongoing during the morning hours, so continue to match that hatch as well.  

Root River Rod Company

(507) 467-2101

LONGVILLE AREA

Jiggin’ Raps or crawlers are producing a few walleyes on Woman Lake in 16 to 22 feet and the 14- to 20-foot rocks on Little Boy Lake. Crappies and bluegills are being caught along the 12- foot weeds on Lake Inguadona, Wabedo Lake and Woman. There’s been a few muskies raised on the weedlines of Inguadona and Wabedo and largemouth bass remain active in the shallow and deep weeds on most lakes. 

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

 The 8- to 12-foot weeds on Madison Lake, Lake Washington, and Lake Francis are producing sunfish. The weedlines on Washington are giving up crappies and a few walleyes during the evening hours. Walleyes also can be had with crawlers on Madison in 18 to 22 feet. Troll crankbaits along the 12- to 15-foot weedlines for pike on Madison and Washington. 

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Look for crappies and sunfish in the 4- to 8-foot weeds on Lake Eleven, Ann Lake, Knife Lake, and Fish Lake. Northern pike are hitting bigger minnows on Knife in 4 to 10 feet and bass continue to be caught along the shallow weedlines on most lakes.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Crawlers and leeches are turning walleyes on the 18- to 24-foot structure or weedlines at Long Lake, Lake Belle Taine, and Island Lake. Look for panfish on the 8- to 14-foot weeds throughout the Crow Wing Chain, Big Mantrap Lake, and Boulder Lake. Bass fishing remains strong on the shallow and deep weeds of most lakes and muskies are chasing bucktails on the weed humps of Big Mantrap.  

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Troll crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet at night or pull live-bait rigs and crawlers in 18 to 25 feet during the day for walleyes on Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake. Northern pike and bass remain active on most lakes, with bigger fish being found on deep weeds. Bluegills and crappies are hitting in and along the 14- to 18-foot weeds on Big Pine, Rush Lake, Dead Lake, and Star Lake. 

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Crankbaits or live-bait rigs with crawlers are turning walleyes between Lake City and Maiden Rock on Lake Pepin in 10 to 15 feet. Look to the rock shorelines for panfish on Pepin, while catfish and sturgeon remain active below the dam on the Mississippi River. Look for northern pike in front of the creek mouths and bass in the weeds on Pepin.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Look for sunfish and crappies on the weedlines or flats throughout Rice Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Pearl Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, and Long Lake. Walleyes are being taken in 12 to 20 feet with crawlers and leeches at Rice, Lake Koronis, and Horseshoe. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes and there’s been some decent muskie reports off the flats on Horseshoe. 

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish are being taken along the weedlines or weed pockets on Fairy Lake, Maple Lake, Lily Lake, Little Birch Lake, north end of Lake Osakis, and Grove Lake. Look for crappies on Little Sauk Lake and Maple on the outside weed edges during the evening hours. The weedlines on Big Sauk and Osakis are producing walleyes on bigger minnows such as creek chubs or redtails during low-light periods. Smallmouth bass action is strong on the rocks and weedlines throughout Big Birch and Little Birch lakes in 15 to 18 feet.    

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and a few walleyes are being caught below Blanchard Dam and above the Little Falls Dam on the Mississippi River. There’s some evening crappie action along the weedlines of Beauty Lake and Lake Pepin with minnows or tube jigs.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Sunfish and a few crappies are being caught along the 15- to 20-foot weeds on the south shore of Lake Minnewaska. Walleye action remains slow, with a few fish coming out of 18 to 20 feet during low-light periods on Minnewaska – High School Bar is worth looking at. Largemouth bass are being taken with plastics and topwater baits in the 10- to 15-foot weeds on most lakes. 

Last Cast Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

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