Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 17, 2018

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

Walleyes seem to be biting best during the evening hours on slip bobbers and leeches on the edges of the mud flats in 26 to 28 feet. The day bite has been slower, but if you cover water with crankbaits or live-bait rigs and crawlers, you’ll catch some fish off the flats. You’ll find smallmouth bass on the 10- to 22-foot rocks, and muskie anglers are seeing a few fish, but not having much success getting them to bite.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Pulling spinners and jigging crawlers is producing walleyes during periods of low light, while crankbaits are effective all day on the mud in 24 to 32 feet. The reefs to the west also are producing a lot of nice fish. On the Rainy River, northern pike and smallmouth bass continue to be found in tributaries into the Rainy, and weed edges are holding a variety of fish in back bays and on the river itself. At the Northwest Angle, spinners and crawler harnesses are still the preferred method for walleye fishing on the Minnesota side. Walleyes are being caught off structure, scattered over the mud between 20 to 30 feet. Downriggers and deep-running crankbaits also have been productive. On the Canadian side, walleyes are being caught in channels off of islands and along reefs in 18 to 25 feet. Bottom bouncers with crawler harnesses or jigs and minnows are working best. Muskies are favoring rocks over weeds right now, with some 50-inch-plus fish being caught. 

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Warm weather and high recreational boat traffic have made for tough fishing, especially on the weekends. There have been some nice sunfish coming out of Brown’s Bay and Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka in 25 to 28 feet. Look for suspended crappies over deep weeds on Minnetonka and Medicine Lake. Walleye action is slow, but some muskies are being caught with topwater baits during low-light periods in 10 to 15 feet on Lake Independence and Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Walleye action has slowed a bit and the fish are scattered, so it’s important to stay on the move. Leadcore and crankbaits are producing some fish in Big Bay and Daisy Bay in 20 to 25 feet, as are nightcrawlers on the 15- to 20-foot rock areas. The tops of the rock reefs and rock shorelines are producing smallmouth bass in 7 to 9 feet. Muskie reports have been limited this week, with a few fish being seen on the shallow rocks. 

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Look for walleyes to hit crawlers and spinners during the early morning and evening hours in the 14-foot weeds. Midday hours are best in 25 to 35 feet, with long Lindy rigs and crawlers on the main-lake bars and humps. Snaghole, Little Muskie, Big Muskie, Horseshoe, and Moses bars have been best depending on wind direction. The east- and west-side weedbeds continue to produce pike in 10 to 14 feet on spoons or crankbaits, while the Snaghole, Bena Bay, Raven’s Point, and Third River Flowage areas have been best for perch.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

LEECH LAKE

Walleye action continues to be off, but some fish are being taken during the day on live-bait rigs and crawlers on the main-lake flats in 10 to 14 feet. You have to cover a lot of water. Trolling crankbaits or anchoring with slip bobbers and leeches are producing a few more walleyes during low-light periods in 8 to 12 feet on the flats and breaks in Walker Bay. Muskies remain somewhat active, but they seem to be more scattered between the rocks and weeds this week.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Deep-water fishing continues to be the key to catching walleyes. Work midlake humps and reefs in 20 to 40 feet with a jig and minnow or Lindy rigs with leeches. Crappies continue to be found suspended at 15 to 30 feet, so electronics are a key to finding them. Smallmouth bass are hitting topwater baits, spinnerbaits, twitch baits, and plastics on the 3- to 10-foot rock structure and weeds. Trolling large crankbaits on and around deep structure continues to be a good technique for catching larger pike. Look to wind-blown points and deeper weeds.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

The walleye-fishing story remains about the same. Work the shallows if you get a couple of calm days or the deeper humps in 8 to 14 feet when the water is churned up a little. Covering water via trolling with crankbaits or a good drift with live-bait rigs will put  some fish in the box.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Troll the flats at night with crankbaits or pitch a jig and minnow in 17 to 20 feet during the day for walleyes on Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake. The St. Croix River also is producing a few walleyes in 17 to 24 feet. Work the weedlines on Big Marine Lake and Carnelian Lake for panfish, while bass are hitting best on Demontreville Lake and Lake Jane. The weedlines on Beaver Lake and Powers Lake are kicking out northern pike, and muskie reports have been best off Jarvis Lake or White Bear with topwater baits during the evening hours.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

LAKE WACONIA

The 8- to 12-foot weedlines on the north shore and 10- to 14-foot weedlines on the back side of the island have been best for crappies during the evening hours. Most weedlines on the reefs and in Waconia Bay are giving up sunfish and largemouth bass. Muskie action has been best early and late each day on the weedlines in Waconia Bay, the swimming beach area, and Keg’s Reef. 

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Nightcrawlers are producing a few walleyes during low-light periods on Lake Miltona and Lake Reno in 16 to 22 feet. Look for a mixed bag of panfish and bass on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Mary, Lake Geneva, and Lake Carlos. Muskies have been on again, off again on the deep weeds of Miltona and Lobster Lake. 

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

ANNANDALE AREA

A few walleyes are being taken on spinners and crawlers or jigs and fathead minnows along the 14- to 17-foot weeds on Clearwater Lake and Lake Sylvia. Crappies are hitting during the evening hours, and sunfish are being caught during the day in 12 to 16 feet at Clearwater, Sylvia, Lake John, Pleasant Lake, Sugar Lake, and Buffalo Lake. Largemouth bass continue to be caught from deep weeds during the day or in the slop during low-light periods. Northern pike action has been best with spinnerbaits or sucker minnows on the deep weeds of most lakes.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Walleyes are being caught on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle Lake in 20 to 30 feet during the day on Lindy rigs and leeches. Look for sunfish and crappies over the 10- to 12-foot weeds at Fish Lake, Silver Lake, Blanche Lake, and West Battle. Northern pike are hitting spoons or sucker minnows on the 10- to 20-foot weeds on Donald  Lake, Otter Tail, West Battle, and Fiske Lake. Spinnerbaits and plastics are turning bass at West Battle, East Battle Lake, Donald, Silver Lake, and Buchanan Lake. Look for muskies in the 15- to 20-foot weeds on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

The hot weather this past week has cut down on angler activity and water temps have climbed back into the mid- to upper 70s again. Walleye fishing has been a little slow, but Lake Bemidji is kicking out some fish on spinners and crawlers as well as with a jig and minnow. Look to the deep weed edges during low-light conditions. Bigger pike are being caught on the deep weed edges on live bait rigs and sucker minnows. Bass fishing remains good for those throwing Texas-rigged plastics along deep weedlines and midlake humps. You’ll find crappies and bluegills off the deeper cabbage as well. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Bluegill action remains strong on Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, and Pimushe Lake in the 10- to 14-foot cabbage edges. Walleyes continue to hit spinners and crawlers or jigs and minnows on Blackduck Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Anglers fishing from shore and in boats on Lake Benjamin are catching rainbow trout.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

CASS LAKE AREA

Muskie action has picked up on the shallow rocks, sand, and reeds, with bucktails or topwater baits on Cass Lake. The 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Cass and Pike Bay Lake are producing crappies and bluegills. The north end and Buck’s Bar on Cass or LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay are kicking out walleyes on crankbaits. Nightcrawlers are producing some walleyes on Lake Andrusia and Wolf Lake in 16 to 18 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

You’ll find sunfish, crappies, and northern pike on the 15-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and North and South Center lakes. Work the deep weeds on Green Lake, Chisago, North Center, and South Center with plastics for bass.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Crappies are being caught during the evening hours in the 14- to 17-foot weeds of Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake. Nightcrawlers are producing walleyes and sunfish in 18 to 25 feet on Rabbit Lake. The 15- to 18-foot weeds on Bay Lake are safe bets for largemouth bass, and topwater baits are turning smallmouths during the evening hours on Serpent. Trout are being taken on crankbaits and leadcore about 20 to 25 feet down over deep water on Huntington Pit and Pennington Pit.

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Crappies have started to hit on the weedlines on Height of Land Lake and Tamarack Lake. Bass and northern pike action is strong on Lake Sallie and Floyd Lake. Look to Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake for walleyes in 20 to 25 feet. Most are being caught on nightcrawlers. Big Detroit Lake and Sallie are producing a few muskies in 14 to 18 feet on bucktails.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Anglers are catching suspended walleyes on crankbaits over 25 feet on Island Lake. Look for bluegills in 15 to 20 feet on Fish Lake. Spoons are producing lake trout in the top 50 feet of the water column in the Two Harbors area of Lake Superior.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Green Lake is giving up crappies in 14 feet, and the weed edges on Blue Lake are giving up sunfish. Smallmouth bass continue to hit on the Rum River and Mississippi River, while largemouth bass are an easy catch on topwater baits on most lakes early and late each day.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Leeches are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass on the east side of Basswood Lake in 13 to 20 feet. On Shagawa Lake, topwater baits are producing smallmouth and walleyes are hitting crawlers during the evening hours in 8 to 10 feet. Walleyes also are being caught with leeches in the Newton Falls area of Fall Lake or with crankbaits on the White Iron Chain in 13 to 15 feet and current seams of the Kawishiwi River. Flutter spoons are producing lake trout about 70 feet down on Burntside Lake.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

Sunfish are hitting in 6 to 8 feet on Roosevelt Lake, and the lily pads on Lake Emily continue to produce largemouth bass. Troll crankbaits on Dean Lake for pike in 15 feet, and you’ll find suspended crappies over 20 feet on Lake Washburn.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FERGUS FALLS AREA

Jigs and plastics are turning largemouth bass on the weedlines and reeds of Spitzer Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 30 feet on Deer Lake, and sunfish are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes. Walleyes are hitting crankbaits during the day in the deep water – 20 to 24 feet – or on the flats in 10 to 12 feet during low-light periods at Ten Mile, Clitherall Lake, and Eagle Lake.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows or nightcrawlers on Lake Saganaga in 18 to 22 feet, Gunflint Lake in 25 to 30 feet, and Cascade Lake in 12 to 17 feet. A few lake trout are being taken with spoons on Greenwood Lake at 40 to 45 feet, Seagull Lake at 25 to 35 feet, and Trout Lake at 35 to 45 feet. On Lake Superior, Dipsey Divers and Flutter Spoons are turning salmon in the upper 80 feet of the water column, and lake trout in the 130- to 140-foot range.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GREY EAGLE AREA

Look for crappies on Big Birch Lake and Big Swan Lake over 18 to 20 feet of water. Sunfish continue to hit angler offerings on Mound Lake, Buck Lake, Moose Lake, and Big Swan in 12 to 15 feet. A few walleyes are coming off Cedar Lake and Big Birch during the day in 20 to 30 feet or during low-light periods along the 18-foot weedlines. The weedlines on Big Swan and Birch also are producing northern pike. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Live-bait rigs and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Woman Lake in 18 to 25 feet, as are crankbaits during low-light periods on Ten Mile Lake over deep water. Look for suspended fish here. Crappie action has been best early and late at Portage Lake, Mule Lake, and Moccasin Lake on the 8- to 12-foot weedbeds. Mule Lake is giving up largemouth and smallmouth bass, while Stoney Lake is kicking out smallmouth. Look for bluegills on the lily pad edges of Birch Lake or deep weeds in Broadwater Bay on Woman. Muskies are being seen and caught on the cabbage beds of Little Boy Lake on bucktails or topwater baits. 

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Walleye fishing remains consistent on midlake reefs and island points in 22 to 32 feet, with leeches and crawlers or a jig and minnow. If the wind blows, work the wind-blown weedlines as well. Perch are being found on the tops and edges of reefs and along deep weedlines. Some big northern pike have been caught on large crankbaits, spoons, and Suicks over deep-water areas that offer cooler water. Look to the rock shorelines and mid-depth, main-lake rocks for smallmouth bass.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

LANESBORO AREA 

Stream conditions remain good, flowing clear and fishable, and trout are biting. There’s been an evening caddis hatch taking place that anglers are matching with their flies. Dry flies are working best in the morning, with a consistent Trico hatch happening. Trout are feeding on grasshoppers, ants, and beetles during midday hours.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101

LONGVILLE AREA

The weedlines on Lake Inguadona and Big Boy Lake are producing crappies early and late each day. Work the weedlines with bucktails or topwater baits for muskies at Lake Wabedo, Inguadona, and Baby Lake. Bluegills are being found on the cabbage edges of Big Boy and Child Lake. Webb Lake continues to produce smallmouth and largemouth bass.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MORA AREA

Sunfish are hitting in 10 to 12 feet on Ann Lake and Knife Lake, while crappies are hitting best on Lake Eleven and Ann in 14 to 16 feet. Largemouth bass remain active on most lakes, but walleyes and northern pike have been tough to catch.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

Bigger pods of perch are on the move throughout Big Stone Lake, with the morning and evening hours producing the most fish north of Mallard Point in 11 to 13 feet. Walleye action is slow, but bluegills are being plucked from the weed pockets on the south end of Big Stone.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Bucktails and topwater baits are triggering muskies on the cabbage beds of  Big Mantrap Lake and Many Point Lake. Northern pike are hitting crankbaits or sucker minnows on the deep weeds of Fish Hook Lake and Big Mantrap. Look to Portage Lake or Third and Fourth Crow Wing lakes for crappies over 12 to 16 feet and sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. A few walleyes are being taken on crawlers at Long Lake and Potato Lake along the 22- to 24-foot weedlines.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Running crankbaits at night in 8 to 12 feet or pulling spinners and crawlers during the day in 14 to 18 feet has produced walleyes on Big Pine Lake and Rush Lake. The 12- to 14-foot cabbage on Star Lake, Lake Marion, Dead Lake, Long Lake, and Rush continues to produce a mixed bag of panfish. Northern pike and largemouth bass remain active on the deep weeds of most lakes as well.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

A jig and crawler rig is producing walleyes in 4 to 8 feet in the Bay City and Maiden Rock areas on the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin. The rock piles on Pepin continue to hold crappies and sunfish. Look for channel catfish below the dam and flatheads in the backwaters and timber areas of the Mississippi River.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Rice Lake is kicking out sunfish in the 8- to 12-foot weeds and crappies over the main basin area. Crawlers are producing walleyes on Lake Koronis in the 8- to 15-foot weeds, while northern pike and smallmouth bass are active here as well. The Horseshoe Chain is producing numbers of bass, sunfish in 8 to 12 feet, and suspended crappies over 16 to 20 feet. Look to the weeds on Pearl Lake and Grand Lake for sunfish and largemouth bass.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Lake Osakis is producing crappies in Town Bay, Half Mile Bar, and the rock pile off Battle Point in 12 to 18 feet. Osakis also is producing sunfish along most weed edges in 6 to 12 feet and a few walleyes on crawlers or leeches during low-light periods in 16 to 20 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Smallmouth bass and catfish are hitting on the current breaks north of the Little Falls Dam on the Mississippi River. The river also is giving up walleyes between the Blachard Dam and Little Falls Dam. Look to Beauty Lake for crappies and sunfish in 8 to 14 feet, while muskie and walleye action has been slow. 

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Sunfish action remains strong throughout Lake Minnewaska in 12 feet. The Priest Point area has been especially good. You’ll find suspended crappies over 16 feet on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska. Bass and northern pike fishing also remain strong in the weeds of Minnewaska. 

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

Walleye action has been limited to a few fish being caught on crawlers at Green Lake in 25 to 35 feet. Panfish, bass, and northern pike action has slowed a lot throughout the area since last week.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Walleyes are being taken on crankbaits or nightcrawlers in 15 to 17 feet on East Twin Lake. Look to Lake Shetek for crappies and walleyes or Lake Sarah for perch and walleyes. Anglers fishing from shore and from boats on Dead Coon Lake are catching walleyes and pike in 8 to 12 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

WINONA AREA

Walleyes are being caught on willow cats and nightcrawlers on the deep wing dams of the Mississippi River. The deep holes on the river are holding flathead catfish, and sunfish are being pulled from the wing dams as well. Look for bass and pike in the slop, and fly fishing has produced brown and rainbow trout on the Winnebago Creek.

Hogline Bait and Tackle (507) 474-9999

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