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Minnesota Fishing Reports
The information in this report is provided courtesy The Outdoors Weekly, and Explore Minnesota Tourism.
Friday, September 02, 2005
The Fishing Hot Spot this week is LAKE MILLE LACS, located the city of ONAMIA, where excellent numbers of walleyes are being taken.

Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing http://www.wildlifelicense.com/mn/index.html And, please consult Minnesota DNR rules and regulations for slot limits on specific lakes.

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NORTHERN MINNESOTA FISHING REPORTS

Duluth
A few walleyes are coming from waters as deep as 30 feet on Fish, Island and Caribou lakes. Use a crawler harness, or troll crankbaits for the most fish. Trout and splake are active on many area lakes. Some decent muskie action is being reported on Island Lake, and on the St. Louis River at the channel edges and weed beds, especially during lowlight hours. On Lake Superior, lake trout are being pulled from 100-130 feet of water, roughly 90-120 feet down, on dodgers and flies. And an occasional salmon is showing up in front of the Lester River.

Kabetogama
On Lakes Kabetogama and Namakan, slip sinker rigs tipped with leeches, crawlers or minnows are producing the most fish, especially in depths of 22-30 feet at the reef edges and shoreline breaks. When the weather is unstable, try a jig and minnow in depths of 30-40 feet--change speeds often to improve your chance of a strike. Crankbaits are still working well along the shorelines and weed edges for most species. Rock wall structures, rock piles and deeper rock and rubble reefs have all been good for smallmouth bass action. For the most fish, try a crayfish-style bait. And other lakes within Voyageurs' National Park have been excellent for largemouth bass action, and are well worth the hike.

International Falls
Fall is possibly the best time to fish Rainy Lake and the Rainy River--the fish are active, the weather is generally moderate, the fall colors can be beautiful, and the insect population has fallen dramatically. At present, walleye anglers are doing well using minnows in 20-30 feet of water over the submerged reefs. There are reports that Sand Bay has been very productive. Last weekend's International Falls Bass Championship produced numbers of nice-sized bass. The Rainy River proved to be the more consistent location, an the Mimic Minnow was the best producer. Water levels remain low on the Rat Root and Littlefork rivers, with slightly higher levels on the Big Fork River--each of these rivers has been excellent for smallmouth bass. And there have been reports of a few bear sightings, as well as small flocks of geese and sandhill cranes beginning to head south.

Grand Rapids
Walleyes and crappies are once again coming from Bowstring and Sand lakes. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are very active on Pokegama, Trout and Balsam lakes, as well as most lakes around Marcell. Muskie action has been fair on Moose, Little Moose and Northstar lakes, with bucktails working best.

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NORTHCENTRAL/WEST MINNESOTA FISHING REPORTS

Baudette
On Lake Of The Woods, fishing remains excellent. The Northwest Angle and Islands area is giving up numbers of walleyes in 14-16 feet of water on jigs tipped with minnows or crawlers. Two walleye measuring over 30-inches were recently caught and released. Crappies are also biting, with one 17-inch fish recently landed, and stringers of 45 fish being reported. Walleyes are also hitting jigs and minnows worked off the points in depths of 14-20 feet of water, with smallmouth bass also showing up. Muskies remain active in this area as well. The Rainy River is always interesting, and one party caught six walleyes, and two sturgeon on frozen shiners. The sturgeon can still be seen jumping in the river. Resorters are seeing the first run of shiners in the river, which should be followed by increased fish activity. Smallmouth bass are active in the river, with a 12-year-old recently landing a beautiful 4-pound smallie in the Clementson area. Along the South Shore, the stretch between Long Point, Garden and Stony Point has been excellent for walleyes, with fish found in depths of 34-36 feet while downrigging with plugs. At Zippel Bay, large fish are being taken on crawlers and leeches worked through the rocky areas.

Blackduck
Muskies are active on many area lakes. The walleye bite is picking up on Blackduck Lake, as well as other area lakes. Panfish are biting on Gilstad and Rabideau lakes. Upper Red Lake anglers are catching limits of crappies off the cribs near Roger's.

Bemidji
Lake Plantagenet is producing walleyes in 7-10 feet of water out on the rock piles, and in depths of 8-10 feet along the west shoreline cabbage. Also check out 20 foot depths off the break since fish are starting to move into deeper waters due to cooler temperatures. On Lake Bemidji, the rock piles, Diamond Point, and Grassy Island are all kicking out walleyes. Try trolling after dark for the most fish. Cass Lake is giving up walleyes on the sand bars. The best approach has been a jig and minnow, or a lindy rig tipped with a crawler or leech. After dark, switch to shad raps. Muskie action has been consistent on Lake Bemidji. For northern pike, hit Grace Lake.

Bena
On Lake Winnibigoshish, the bars on the south end of the lake have been the most consistent, with roach rigs, 7-foot leaders and crawlers producing numbers of fish. Leeches are also working well, but have been difficult to find. Work the edges of Big and Little Musky, Horseshoe, Moses and Eelpout in 18-25 feet for limits of fish. The jig and minnow bite has been improving, especially at Raven's Point and the outside of Tamarack Bay. At the North Shore and Highbanks areas, try chub-colored taildancers and the new purple haze shad raps in 7-12 foot depths at the outside edges of the weeds. Crappie action has been improving on Big Cutfoot Sioux, with nice-sized fish coming from 22-28 feet of water by vertically jigging small jigs and minnows. Lots of nice bluegills are coming out of McAvity Bay on half of a nightcrawler or small leeches worked in depths of 15-17 feet. Northern pike fishing has been good at the North Shore and Tamarack Bay area when trolling flashy spoons quickly through 7-11 foot depths.

Walker
On Leech Lake, some walleye anglers are limiting out in less than an hour, especially at Sand and Agency bays. Muskies are also active, with lots of 40-inch fish being caught and released. Bass action has also been good, and perch should become more active in the next couple of weeks.

Hackensack
Muskie fishing is going well on area lakes. For walleyes, hit Woman or Stony lakes. Bass and sunfish are biting on Birch Lake.

Park Rapids
The walleye bite is picking up on Big Sand and Potato lakes in 8 feet of water. Crappies and bluegills are active on Fish Hook and Long lakes, with pink and white jigs taking fish from 13-20 feet of water.

Detroit Lakes
The walleye bite continues to improve. For the most fish, try jigs and minnows off the sharp breaks on Big Cormorant, White Earth, Elbow, Many Point, Toad, and Island lakes. Bass action remains strong, with plastics turning the majority of fish. Crappies and bluegills are being caught in and along the deep cabbage weeds. Muskie action is picking up on Detroit Lake.

Pelican Rapids
Sunfish and walleyes are being pulled from Lake Lida. Prairie Lake is also producing good numbers of sunfish. Pelican Lake is a good bet for walleyes and numbers of northern pike. Fatheads, suckers, and leeches are all working well.

Battle Lake
Walleyes are hitting suckers, shiners and redtails throughout the day on Ottertail Lake. During evening hours, troll crankbaits on the flats. Battle Lake walleyes are taking nightcrawlers, shiners and redtails. Switch to shad raps towards dusk. Northerns are hitting sucker minnows on Battle, Ottertail and Clitheral lakes. Muskies are being taken on small crankbaits. Topwater baits are producing bass. And for sunfish, hit Blanche, South Turtle and Clitheral lakes.

Alexandria
Walleyes are hitting shiners and redtails in 20 feet of water. Try Carlos, Ida and Miltona lakes during morning and evening hours for the most fish. Panfish are biting in the shallows of Geneva, Darling and Victoria lakes.

Starbuck
On Lake Minnewaska, walleye action is picking up as the water temperatures cool down. Reno and Minnewaska lakes are both producing fish, especially at night. On Lake Minnewaska, work off the edge of the bulrushes on the north side of the lake using floating rapalas in 5 feet of water. On Lake Reno, hit 7-8 foot depths on the north side of the lake. Sunfish and bass action has been good throughout these lakes.

Brainerd
North Long, Pelican and Gull lakes are giving up walleyes on lindy rigs tipped with redtail chubs. During the day, hit depths of 18-28 feet, and at night, check out 10-12 feet of water. Bass action remains strong, with fish hitting large white spinnerbaits slowly rolled across the flats.

Crosslake
Walleyes remain deep, and are hitting lindy rigs and spinner rigs tipped with redtails or leeches in 30-34 feet of water during the day. During evening hours, try trolling crankbaits over the deeper waters. Northern pike continue to be pulled from the outer weed edges. For the most fish, try large sucker minnows on spinner rigs or under bobbers. Bass are in and along the outer weeds, hitting spinnerbaits, and jigs tipped with plastic worms worked along the surface or in the weeds. Crappies can be found suspended down 12-14 feet off the points and submerged islands. The best approach has been a small jig tipped with a minnow or worm. Panfish are hanging along the weedlines throughout area lakes.

Nisswa
The walleye bite has hit full stride, and anglers report 10, 20, and even 30 fish coming in each day, especially on Gull Lake. The abundance of young fish are growing up, and becoming keeper-size fish, with many 14- to 18-inch fish being seen. Smaller redtail chubs and nightcrawlers have been the best producers. Try tailhooking the minnows on a lindy rig on a 2-4 foot leader and work the windward side of the lakes. All windswept weedlines, humps, points, and inside turns seem to be holding fish, all the way from the 13-16 foot weed edges out to 30 feet of water. Fishing has been great throughout the day, with fish moving up and down the break, so remain mobile.

Isle
On Lake Mille Lacs, recent breezy conditions have caused a good shallow rock bite. Some anglers are reporting excellent catches by anchoring up wind of the reefs and letting a slip bobber and leech drift up to the edge of the rocks. Many anglers overlook the shallows this time of year, and head straight for the flats. If the "flats" don't pan out, give the shallows a try. Some anglers are having success casting Wally divers and shad raps onto the reefs, and pulling them off the drop. In the deeper waters, run crawlers and spinners through 28 feet of water near the edge of the flats. Angling pressure has been light, and anglers are enjoying easy access to their favorite fishing spots! Muskie action continues to improve--hit Vineland Bay using bull dawgs and prop tops for the best results, with several nice fish recently reported.

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TWIN CITIES FISHING REPORTS

St. Cloud
Panfish are hitting worms and waxworms on Sauk and Schneider lakes. Anglers report excellent bass action at the first and second breaklines. Northern pike remain active, with fish hitting sucker minnows. Walleye anglers are having the most success on the Mississippi River, and on Little Rock Lake, using a 1/8-ounce jig tipped with a minnow. Lowlight hours have been best. And smallmouth bass are providing lots of action on the Mississippi.

Grey Eagle
Big Birch, Big Swan and Mound lakes continue to give up limits of nice-sized sunfish, as well as a few large crappies. A few walleyes are coming from Big Birch Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing, as well as northern pike fishing has been excellent throughout the area. Muskie action remains strong on Buckhorn Lake. Please note that this used to be a DNR rearing pond, so the access is minimal--a very small or carry-in style boat is advised.

Eden Valley
Panfish remain very active on Grand, Koronis, Rice, Horseshoe, Becker and Pleasant lakes, with fish hitting angle worms and waxworms in 7-10 feet of water in the holes of the weeds. A few crappies are coming from Rice Lake off Fisher's Resort on black flu flu jigs and crappie minnows worked in 18 feet of water. Walleye are being pulled from 22-28 foot depths on jigs and lindy rigs tipped with minnows on Koronis or Rice lakes. Northern pike are extremely active 15 feet down in the weeds and just off the weed edges. For the most fish, try a larger jig tipped with a minnow during the day. Towards dusk, work spinnerbaits over the weeds and weed edges. And for bass, hit Koronis and Horseshoe lakes.

Annandale
Bass are active at the deep weedlines of most area lakes. Walleye action has been best in 20-25 feet of water on nightcrawlers. Sunnies remain on top of the weedlines in 5-10 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows either bobber fished or trolled through 10-15 feet of water on on Clearwater Lake.

Waconia
On Lake Waconia, bass are active in the shallows on the north side of the lake. For the most fish, hit the reeds and bulrushes using topwater baits. Also try the reefs, such as Cemetery, Center and North. For a few walleyes, hit the Beach, Anderson's Reef and Red's Reef using a jig tipped with a minnow or nightcrawler.

Wayzata
On Lake Minnetonka, sunfish are hitting jigs and plastics along the weed edges during lowlight hours. For muskies, work the flats using bucktails during morning hours. Northern pike and walleye action is starting to pick up, with fish preferring minnows.

Anoka
Smallmouth and walleye action have improved on the Mississippi River. For the most fish, try live bait, such as redtails and nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass are hitting artificials on most area lakes. The crappie bite remains good on Green, Buffalo and Linwood lakes. The best approach has been a crappie minnow or fathead. For sunnies, hit Peltier and George lakes using waxworms in 15 feet of water.

Chisago City
Chisago Lake walleyes are starting to bite in 5-9 feet of water at the shallow sand. The bass bite remains good, with fish hitting rattle traps worked in the shallows of Green, Chisago, North and South Center lakes. For northern pike, hit Sunrise Lake using suckers--the weeds have died off making it much easier to fish.

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SOUTHERN MINNESOTA FISHING REPORTS

Mankato
Crappies and sunnies are coming from 12-15 feet of water on Lake Washington. Madison Lake is giving up sunfish in depths of 12 feet. A few walleyes are starting to bite during evening hours--for the most fish, use a crankbait in the shallows. Northern pike are active on Big Jeff Lake. Successful bass anglers are using spinnerbatis and tube jigs on area lakes.

Montevideo
Walleye action is picking up on Lake Lac qui Parle. The best approach has been a crankbait pulled through 10 feet of water. The Minnesota River is giving up walleyes on jig and minnow combinations.

Ortonville
On Big Stone Lake, bluegills and perch are being pulled from 10-12 feet of water at the Meadowbrook and Goose Island areas. The Rocky Ledge is producing fish in depths of 13-14 feet. For the most fish, try a variety of baits, such as waxworms on small ice jigs, and crappie minnows.
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Saturday, August 27, 2005
Minnesota Fishing Reports - Aug. 27, 2005
The Fishing Hot Spot this week is the city of BRAINERD, where area lakes are giving up good numbers of walleyes and bass.



Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing http://www.wildlifelicense.com/mn/index.html And, please consult Minnesota DNR rules and regulations for slot limits on specific lakes.



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NORTHERN MINNESOTA FISHING REPORTS



DULUTH

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits worked in 16-20 feet of water on Island Lake, with the largest fish being pulled from depths of 25-30 feet. Perch-colored lures seems to be working best. The St. Louis River walleye bite has slowed down, but should pick up once temperatures become cool. Muskie action has improved, with fish hitting topwater lures. On Lake Superior, lake trout are biting five miles out of the Duluth entry. Work two miles off the North Shore and the Wisconsin line using flashers, dodgers, trolling flies and squids for the most fish.



KABETOGAMA

On Lakes Kabetogama and Namakan, walleyes are hitting slipsinker rigs with leeches or crawlers worked in 20-28 feet of water at the reef edges. Fish are also being taken on jig and minnow presentations, and this bite should only improve as temperatures cool. Some anglers are doing well in 25-30 feet of water, however depths of 30-45 feet have been best, especially at the east side of Lake Kabetogama. Northern pike are very active at the shorelines and outskirts of weedy bays in 8-15 feet of water. Large spinner baits worked along the weed edges for both pike and bass. Smallmouth bass are responding to crayfish-colored lures worked in the shallows along the rock ledges and rock shelves where crayfish can normally be found.



INTERNATIONAL FALLS

On Rainy Lake, walleye anglers are finding fish in 20-25 feet of water towards the east end of the lake, as well as at the rapids at Ranier. For the most fish, try a jig tipped with live bait. Large northern pike are chasing live bait and artificial lures--hit the weedy edges of the shallow bays for the most fish. Smallmouth bass anglers have been gearing up for the International Falls Bass Championship taking place today and tomorrow, August 26 & 27.



GRAND RAPIDS

Many walleyes remain at the deep humps and bars, however fish are starting to move into the shallows, where jig and minnow combinations are working well. Smallmouth bass action has been excellent on Lake Pokegama. Good muskie action is being reported on Moose and Deer lakes. Northern pike remain active on most area lakes.



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NORTHCENTRAL/WEST MINNESOTA FISHING REPORTS



BAUDETTE

On Lake Of The Woods, good numbers of large fish are coming from the rock rubble piles and throughout the mud flats. Muskie fishing remains excellent at the Northwest Angle and Islands area. Walleyes are hitting jigs tipped with minnows and crawlers, especially at the rock reefs. Young's Bay is giving up lots of eating-sized walleyes in 12 feet of water around the weed lines in the bays. The deep channels on the Rainy River have been good for prize-sized walleyes. Two of the best spots are the mouth of Silver Creek and the confluence of the Rapid and Rainy rivers. Sturgeon remain extremely active, and the northerns continue to bite along the reedy edges. A river resort recently reported a 12-pound walleye, 20-pound northern, and a 62 1/2-inch sturgeon! There has been a great South Shore walleye bite in 20-25 feet of water on leeches and spinners. Anglers are also having success jig fishing around the reefs of Graceton Beach and Long Point, with crawlers and leeches being the most productive. The larger, trophy-sized walleyes can now be found in 34 foot depths, with several 28-inch fish recently reported. And Little Traverse has been good for numbers of 14- to 17-inch walleyes.



BLACKDUCK

Blackduck Lake is producing walleyes in 12-14 feet of water. Leeches have been best, but many anglers are turning to minnows once again. Panfish are active on most area lakes in 12-20 foot depths, between the weedlines and the deeper waters. For the most fish, use waxworms or nightcrawlers.



BEMIDJI

Walleyes are hitting jig and minnow combinations worked in 20 feet of water on Lake Plantagenet. The largest fish are being taken right before dark. Crappies are being pulled from Marquette Lake while trolling 20 feet of water. Northern pike are active on North Twin Lake, and hitting shad raps and salmo boxers. For numbers of bass, try skitter pops, spinners and jawbreakers.



BENA

On Lake Winnibigoshish, walleye action has been inconsistent, with fish found in the shallows one day, and at the main bars the next day. Look for these fish at the deep humps and bars, especially at Sugar, Raven's, Center and Bena bars. Jig and minnow combinations are becoming the most productive method, however don't leave the crawlers and leeches at home. Jumbo perch are showing up on the rocks, and often saving the day. For some nice northern pike and walleyes, try trolling #7 and #8 shad raps. Quite a few large muskies have been recently caught-and-released, probably due to the cooler temperatures. Little Cutfoot Sioux is currently giving up limits of crappies.



WALKER

On Leech Lake, a few walleyes are coming from 20-25 feet of water at Agency Bay. Sand Point is also producing a few walleyes in depths of 15 feet on shad raps. Evening hours seem to be best. Muskies are becoming more active, especially in the shallows at Portage Bay and Pelican Island.



HACKENSACK

Walleye action has been best on Woman Lake using fatheads, golden shiners and redtails in 22 feet. Crappies are hitting crappie minnows on Birch Lake. Bass are active throughout area lakes, with topwater baits taking the most fish.



PARK RAPIDS

Fish Hook Lake is producing walleyes in 27 feet of water, with minnows working best. Panfish are also biting on Fish Hook Lake--for the most fish, hit 12-14 foot depths using an ice fly and waxworm. Northern pike are hitting jigs tipped with sucker minnows on the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes. Bass are active on Long Lake in 14-16 feet of water at the deep weedlines, with Carolina rigs taking the most fish.



DETROIT LAKES

The walleye bite is slowly improving. Jigs and minnows are turning the majority for one local guide, especially at the midlake humps and sharp breaks. White Earth, Big Toad, Shell, Elbow, Strawberry, Pelican and Cotton lakes are all producing fish. Cloudy, windy days seem to be the most productive. Bluegills and crappies continue to be pulled from area lakes at the deep cabbage weeds on little nipper jigs and plastic tails. The largemouth bass bite remains excellent, with fish hitting plastics at the deep edge of the weeds on most area lakes. More muskies are being seen than caught on Detroit and Pelican lakes. The best approach has been a bucktail spinner.



BATTLE LAKE

Ottertail Lake is giving up walleyes in roughly 8-12 feet of water on minnows and worms. Anglers are also taking a few fish by trolling with shad raps. Both presentations are working on Battle Lake as well, especially at night. Northern pike are very active and hitting sucker minnows on Battle, Ottertail and Clitheral lakes. Anglers trolling for pike on Battle Lake report quite a few muskies mixed in! Bass action is improving with the cooler temperatures--try topwater lures for the most fish. And sunfish can be found on Blanche, South Turtle and Clitheral lakes.



ALEXANDRIA

Walleyes are hitting beetle spins and mimic minnows at the 14- to 18-foot weedlines. A piece of crawler or a leech is also working well. Ida and Geneva lakes are producing walleyes. On Lake Carlos, walleyes are coming from roughly 30 feet of water. Northern pike are taking spinnerbaits, and jig and minnow combinations from the 15- to 18-foot weed edges. Crappies and sunnies are biting on Darling, Geneva and Mill lakes. For bass, try tubes, mushroom jig heads and white spinnerbaits.



STARBUCK

Bass and sunfish are active on Lake Minnewaska, with bass hitting plastic worms in 12 feet of water. Sunfish action has been best at the Starbuck end in similar depths--try a jig and waxworm for numbers of fish. A few walleyes are coming from Lake Reno after dark on shallow-running floating rapalas. Hit 6-7 foot depths on the north side of the lake for the most fish. On Lake Minnewaska, try a shallow-running floating rapala at the bulrushes in 5-6 feet of water on the north side of the lake, especially after dark.



BRAINERD

The walleye bite has really improved throughout the area. Whitefish, Gull and North Long lakes are producing good numbers of walleyes right at the weedlines in 14-18 feet of water. A lindy rig tipped with a creek chub, or redtail chub has been the best bet. Bass fishing remains strong, with bass coming in with the walleyes. Most of the larger bass can still be found at the second break. And muskie action has improved, and should continue to improve as temperatures cool.



CROSSLAKE

A few walleyes are coming from 30-34 feet of water on lindy rigs and spinner rigs tipped with leeches. Some anglers are having success while trolling. Bass and northern pike action remains strong in and along the outer weedlines. For pike, try a spinner rig or bobber fishing with a large pike minnow. Bass anglers are having success with spinnerbaits, as well as jig and worm combinations worked through the weeds. Crappies can be found suspended in 12-14 feet of water off the submerged islands and points, especially on the sides with shade. For the most fish, try minnows or waxworms on small jigs.



NISSWA

There has been some excellent walleye action on Gull Lake recently, especially at the mid-lake bars and humps. Numbers of keeper-sized fish are from the breaklines on lindy rigs and redtail chubs. Depths of 18-26 feet has been best. Many healthy walleyes, measuring in at 15-16 inches, are being seen. Bass are biting plastic worms, and minnows on a jighead throughout the area. The bass are hanging out on the weedlines in 16-18 feet. Northern pike continue to hit baits trolled in 10-14 feet. Try anything with flash, and remember to use a steal leader. Large sunnies are hitting worms in depths of 15-18 feet.



ISLE

On Lake Mille Lacs, evening hours have been best for walleyes, with fish being pulled from the 8- to 12-foot rock humps on a slip bobber and leech. Most of these fish are keepers, and fall into the current Mille Lacs slot. During the day, hit the gravel bars and mud flats in 28-32 foot depths for a few fish. Deep-diving crankbaits, and gold, pink, and orange/chartreuse spinner rigs and crawlers are taking fish from the edges of these structures. Some of the areas to check out include Sloppy Joes, the Five-Mile Gravel, and Sherman's Flats. Smallmouth bass action has slowed somewhat, however fish continue to be pulled from 3-5 feet of water on a fluke-style bait or tube.



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TWIN CITIES FISHING REPORTS



GREY EAGLE

Fish are moving into their fall patterns. The sunfish bite is excellent on Long Lake north of Burtrum. Work the north end of the lake, off the west edge of Big Bar. Anglers are also having success with the sunfish on Big Birch, Swan and Mound lakes. Bass fishing has been excellent on most area lakes. Large crappies are biting on Cedar Lake west of Upsala. For walleyes, hit Little Birch and Cedar lakes using a redtail or rainbow chub. Lots of 2- to 3-foot muskies are being pulled from Buckhorn Lake, with some anglers taking more than one a day!



ST. CLOUD

Panfish and crappies are being pulled from the weeds in 10 feet of water on Goodner Lake, and right in the channel on Schneider Lake. Angle worms and waxworms are both working well. Nice-sized pike are coming from Grand and Pearl lakes on suckers under a bobber or on a lindy rig in 12-14 feet of water. Catfish are active in the holes of Horseshoe Lake, and also in the river channel between the lake and the Chain of Lakes. A bunch of nightcrawlers have been the key to success.



EDEN VALLEY

Sunfish action has been excellent in 10-12 feet of water on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. Waxworms and panfish leeches have been best, with some anglers doing well with angle worms. Bass and sunfish are coming from Rice Lake. On Lake Koronis, smallmouth bass action has been great, with fish coming from the weeds, as well as the deeper rock piles. Walleyes are biting on Koronis and Rice lakes--for the most fish, try lindy rigs and crawlers in depths of 22 feet off the drop-offs.



ANNANDALE

Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under bobbers in 10-15 feet of water on Clearwater and Pleasant lakes. Some anglers are also doing well when slow-trolling sucker minnows. Bass are biting at the deep weedlines of Clearwater, Sylvia and Pleasant lakes. Walleyes are active in 20-25 feet of water, and hitting nightcrawlers. Sunnies remain on top of the weedlines in depths of 5-10 feet on Clearwater, Pleasant and Sylvia lakes. Use waxworms, leeches and angle worms for the most fish. The Mississippi River is producing smallmouth bass, catfish, and even some crappies.



WACONIA

On Lake Waconia, numbers of bass were caught during last Saturday's tournament. Anglers are catching the majority fish along the outside weed edge in 12-14 feet of water. Fish can also be found in the shallows amongst the pencil reeds and bulrushes on the north side of the lake. Crappies and sunfish are active along the deeper edge of the milfoil in depths of 12-13 feet. Some of the better locations include the north side of the lake, off Anderson's Reef and Pillsbury Reef. And there have been a few reports of muskies measuring 40 inches.



WAYZATA

Lake Minnetonka muskie action is on the increase, with fish coming from the weed flats during early morning hours on bucktails and topwater baits. Bass have moved into the weeds, and are hitting black and blue jigs in the milfoil. Buzzbaits are also producing fish over the weed flats when the wind is calm. Sunnies can be found at the outside weed edges in 16-18 feet of water, with the largest fish close to the bottom. Waxworms and ice flies are working best. A few crappies are being pulled from the smaller bays, such as Maxwell and Black Lake. Northern pike are in the channels hitting sucker minnows under a bobber. Walleye fishing has been best during late evening hours. For the most fish, try a crawler and floater, or a shad rap in the larger bays, such as Brown's or Wayzata.



ANOKA

Green Lake near Princeton is giving up numbers of crappies on fathead minnows worked in 8-20 feet of water. Sunfish are hitting worms in 6-15 feet of water on Lakes Peltier and George. Largemouth bass are being puled from George, Crooked and Green lakes. Smallmouth bass action has been best on the Rum and Mississippi rivers, with redtails producing good numbers of fish. And many Anoka County lakes have been good for walleyes.



CHISAGO CITY

Bass are extremely active right off the docks on Chisago Lake. Sunfish are also biting on Chisago Lake, with fish over a pound being pulled from 13-14 feet of water. South Lindstrom Lake is producing walleyes on the bar, between Rose Hill and the Beach. Work a crawler harness in depths of 18-20 feet during lowlight hours for the most fish.



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SOUTHERN MINNESOTA FISHING REPORTS



RED WING

On the Mississippi River, action remains steady, with a mixed bag of walleyes, bass and northern pike being taken from around Reed's Landing. Also check out the wingdams near Wabasha. For the most fish, pitch plastics, rapalas, and rattle traps.



MANKATO

Catfish are taking crawlers on the Minnesota River. Lake Washington remains the best bet for sunfish, especially in 12 feet of water during lowlight hours. A few walleyes are coming from Lake Washington.



MONTEVIDEO

Catfish are being pulled from the holes on the Minnesota River. For the most fish, try crawlers, minnows, cutbait and stinkbait. The walleye bite is expected to pick up in the near future on Lake Lac qui Parle.



ORTONVILLE

On Big Stone Lake, perch are being pulled from the docks in the town. Boat anglers are catching perch and bluegills along the Meadowbrook area at the deeper rock piles found in 11-12 feet of water. Some panfish are coming from 7-8 feet of water at Goose Island on waxworms and a piece of nightcrawler.




posted by Minnesota Fishing Reports at 12:04 PM 0 comments

Monday, August 22, 2005
MN Fishing Reports - Aug. 19, 2005
The Fishing Hot Spot this week is the city of BENA, where LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH is giving up good numbers of walleyes, large jumbo perch, and northern pike.

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NORTHERN MINNESOTA FISHING REPORTS

DULUTH
Good numbers of bass and pike are being pulled from the shallows of Caribou Lake on topwater lures and spinners. Fish Lake is giving up quite a few walleyes on crankbaits worked in 14-18 feet of water at the flats. Bluegills are active at the 4- to 6-foot weedlines, and hitting crappie minnows under bobbers. On Grand Lake, northern pike action has been excellent, with fish hitting spoons or sucker minnows under a bobber in 6 feet of water. For perch and walleyes, hit depths of 12-18 feet using a lindy rig and leech. On Pike Lake, try lindy rigs and crawlers in 17 feet, and for perch, hit depths of 30 feet using crappie minnows and worms. The St. Louis River is giving up good numbers by the Hwy 23 Bridge on orange, yellow or gold crawler harnesses. Tofte Lake rainbows and splake are hitting dead bait. On Lake Superior, trout and salmon fishing has been good from Two harbors on north using spoons. Walleyes are being taken from the South Shore by pulling stickbaits in the top 30 feet of water.

KABETOGAMA
On Lakes Kabetogama and Namakan, walleye action has been excellent at the mid-lake reefs and rock piles with submerged flats and gradual vertical drops--try slip sinkers and a 4- to 6-foot snell with a crawler at the vertical drops, or troll a spinner or bottom bouncer over the flats. For a number of species, troll crankbaits along the shorelines in 12-15 feet of water. Northern pike are very active at the weed edges and over the tops of the submerged weeds, and hitting large spinnerbaits and buzz baits. Smallmouth bass action is shifting from the weeds to the rock walls and rock piles by the crayfish. For the most fish, try crayfish lures, or lures that are crayfish-colored. Troll or cast these lures in the shallows, down to 12-15 feet.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS
On Rainy Lake, walleye anglers are finding fish in 20-25 feet of water, towards the east end of the lake and near the rapids at Ranier. The best approach has been a jig tipped with live bait. Smallmouth bass anglers are pre-fishing for the International Falls Bass Championship, August 26 & 27, but no one will say on what and where all of these fish are biting! Large and aggressive northern pike are chasing live baits and artificial lures, especially at the weedy edges of the shallow bays--anglers should remember that the wind will push baitfish into shore, so consider conditions when choosing a location. And, the North American Sturgeon Championship will be held on the Rainy River at Birchdale on Saturday, August 20. This event typically draws 250-300 anglers for this catch-and-release sturgeon fishing contest.

GRAND RAPIDS
Lake Pokegama continues to produce good numbers of bass, crappies and bluegills around Pooles Bay. Northern pike are active on most area lakes, with the largest fish coming from 25-35 feet of water. Muskie action has been good on Moose and Northstar lakes, with fish hitting topwater lures.

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NORTHCENTRAL/WEST MINNESOTA FISHING REPORTS

BAUDETTE
On Lake of the Woods, warm, sunny weather has kept the walleyes close to the structure. Rainy River anglers are having fun with the northerns along the reedy shorelines. Crappies are being landed right off the docks near Clementson. Bass are biting in the bays and inlets to the river. Limits of walleyes are being pulled from the South Shore by trolling and jig fishing in depths of 20 feet. Crankbaits are producing many trophy-sized walleyes. Crawlers have been the preferred live bait. Many of the charters are downrigging in 30-35 feet of water, with the rock rubble and reefs halfway between Garden Island and Long Point giving up great numbers of fish. At the Northwest Angle and Islands area, fishing has been excellent near Crow Duck Island in 12 feet of water, with shad raps, and chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows taking the most fish. Other hot colors include the traditional gold, and pink and white. Many eating-sized walleyes in the 14- to 16-inch range are being landed off the deep reefs. And don't miss the North American Sturgeon Championship held this Saturday, August 20 on the Rainy River at the town of Birchdale. For details, dial 218/634-1340

BLACKDUCK
Pimushe Lake is producing walleyes and panfish. A few panfish are also biting on the Twin Lakes. On Blackduck Lake, some smaller walleyes are being taken. For the most fish, try leeches or crawlers in 14-18 feet of water.

BEMIDJI
Lake Bemidji is giving up walleyes on jigs tipped with minnows, and on a Phelps floater with a crawler worked at the 10- to 12-foot weed edges. Some fish can be found as deep as 35-45 feet of water. Anglers are catching panfish in the cabbage. Bass are active in depths of 18-20 feet, and hitting worm rigs, crawlers, leeches. Try Movil and Campbell lakes for the most fish. Anglers are seeing muskies along the weed edges and rock humps on Bemidji and Plantagenet lakes. The best approach has been a spinnerbait, bucktail or jerkbait. Large northern pike are coming from Big Bemidji while pulling crankbaits at the weeds.

BENA
On Lake Winnibigoshish, walleyes can be found both in the shallows, as well as off the main lake bars on the south end of the lake. Some of the best locations include Moses, Horseshoe, Raven, Center, Long and Eelpout. A leech or nightcrawler on a Roach Rig has been best, however a jig and minnow combination is also working well. Large jumbo perch are being taken on small chubs on a Northland Fireball worked around the rocky areas. A nice mix of northern pike and walleyes is coming off the Highbanks area on #7 shad raps and taildancers trolled at about 1 1/2 to 2 mph. Also try trolling around Raven's and Sugar Points. And crappie action is expected to pick up as fish move to deeper waters on Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux.

WALKER
On Leech Lake, muskie action is improving, with fish taken near the islands. Shingobee Bay has been excellent for panfish. Topwater baits are producing good numbers of bass. For a few walleyes, try rigs and crawlers at night in 15-25 feet of water.

HACKENSACK
Northern pike action has been excellent on area lakes. Walleyes are hitting rapalas trolled through deeper waters at night on Ten Mile and Stony lakes. Bass are active at the 15-foot weeds, and hitting leeches and powerbait. Crappies can be found in 14-16 feet of water using jigs tipped with crappie minnows.

PARK RAPIDS
Bass are active on Fish Hook and Belle Taine lakes. Crappies and bluegills are hitting jigs tipped with crappie minnows on the Lower Crow Wings. A few walleyes are coming from Long, Big Sand and Potato lakes--the best approach has been a jig tipped with a leech or redtail chub worked in 12-20 feet of water.

DETROIT LAKES
The walleye bite is improving, with jigs and minnows taking the most fish, especially at the sharp breaks and deepwater weedlines. Some of the lakes to check out include Big Cormorant, Pelican, White Earth, Elbow, Lida, Lizzie, Detroit and Cotton. Bass fishing remains good on most area lakes, with plastic worms and tubes producing lots of fish. Crappies and bluegills continue to hit small jigs and lindy plastic thumping grubs on top of the deepwater area humps. Bluegills are most active in 10-15 feet of water on Lake Crystal. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Prairie, Sand and Lida lakes.

BATTLE LAKE
Bass, northern pike and panfish are biting on most area lakes. Panfish are active at the 14-foot weedlines. Bass can be found deeper using jigs and minnows. For pike, troll the weeds. Walleyes are coming from the Ottertail Lake flats at night on crankbaits. On Battle Lake, try leeches or crawlers during late evening hours and after dark for a few walleyes.

ALEXANDRIA
Panfish are hitting waxworms in 8-16 feet of water on most area lakes. Crappies can be found suspended in the deeper waters using crappie minnows. Bass are hitting crankbaits on the Chain of Lakes. Walleye action has been sporadic, with jigs and fatheads taking the majority of fish, especially on Ida and Miltona lakes. Northern pike are hitting spoons at the deep weedlines. Muskie fishing is picking up in the shallows.

STARBUCK
On Lake Minnewaska, anglers are locating a few walleyes after dark--for the most fish, try pulling shallow-running rapalas next to the bulrushes on the north side of the lake. Bass and sunfish action remains good. For bass, use plastic worms in 12 feet of water. For sunfish, hit similar depths at the Starbuck end using jigs and waxworms. A few walleyes can be found using nightcrawlers in depths of 24-26 feet.

BRAINERD
Bass, northern pike and muskie fishing remains good on area lakes. The bass can be found at the second weedline chasing just about anything thrown their way. For the largest northerns, hit the deeper waters.

CROSSLAKE
Walleyes are coming from both 32-34 feet of water during the day, and 12-14 feet down over 60-70 feet of water during evening hours. Try lindy rigs tipped with minnows or leeches during the day, and troll crankbaits at dusk. Northern pike and bass continue to be pulled from the outside weedlines. Try spinner rigs tipped with minnows or minnows under bobbers for northern pike, and use spinnerbaits or a jig and worm for the bass. Crappie action has been good in 12 feet of water. For the most fish, hit the submerged islands or drop-offs to the deeper water using jigs and crappie minnows.

NISSWA
Bass action has been consistent on most area lakes. North Long Lake is producing both numbers and good-sized fish. For lots of action, but few keeper-sized fish, hit Hubert Lake. The Gull Lake Chain continues to produce numbers of fish as well--drop a frog on a lily pad for some great bass fishing, as well as a few smaller walleyes. Eating-size walleyes are coming from the Gull Lake Chain on live bait rigs tipped with crawlers or minnows. Leatherback minnows have been especially good since they are lively and handle the warm water temperatures better than redtails or creekchubs. Panfish action has been good on most area lakes. Crappies and really large sunnies are being pulled from 12-15 foot depths.

ISLE
On Lake Mille Lacs, most of the walleye activity has been at sunset, where anglers are finding numbers of keeper-size fish on the rock reefs in 8-15 feet of water. The best approach has been a slip bobber, leech and angle jig. Some daytime action is also being reported, especially at the deepwater structure, such as the gravel and mud flats, as well as the areas adjacent the structure. For the most fish, try crawlers and spinners, rainbows and spinners, leeches and long snells, and deep-running crankbaits. Use a faster speed while trolling in order to cover more water. Muskie action continues to improve, with some large fish coming in on trolled bucktails.

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TWIN CITIES FISHING REPORTS

ST. CLOUD
Sunfish are active on Brigg's, Sugar and Sauk lakes, and hitting waxworms, leeches and angle worms. Bass anglers continue to catch fish both deep and shallow. Try jig and worm combinations, as well as crankbaits on Big Birch and Sugar lakes for the most fish. Muskie action is picking up on Sugar Lake. The Mississippi River is giving up numbers of smallmouth bass and catfish. Some catfish are also being pulled from the Sauk River, just above the dam at Cold Spring.

EDEN VALLEY
Rice, Horseshoe and Long lakes are producing sunfish in 4-10 feet of water. For the most fish, try waxworms, angle worms or panfish leeches. Northern pike can be found in 10-12 feet of water using sucker minnows on these lakes. Lake Koronis continues to produce a few walleyes.

ANNANDALE
Sunfish are active on Clearwater and Augusta lakes in 12 feet of water. A few walleyes are being pulled from the weed edges of Clearwater Lake on leeches during lowlight hours. Northern pike action remains good on Clearwater and Pleasant lakes.

WACONIA
On Waconia, bass are biting at both the shallow and deep pencil reeds, especially at Reinke's Bay. A few walleyes are coming in on large leeches worked around Kegg's Reef. At night, try bobber fishing with leeches and fatheads at North and Red's reefs. Muskies are biting along the weedlines near the public beach and around Center Reef. Sunfish and crappies are being pulled from the 15 foot reefs.

WAYZATA
On Lake Minnetonka, some walleyes are being pulled from Wayzata and Brown's bays. Sunfish and bass are active in the weeds in roughly 10 feet of water. Bass are hitting topwater lures during early morning hours. Northern pike and muskie action is just beginning to pick up.

CHISAGO CITY
Panfish, northern pike and bass are active on most area lakes, and especially on North and South Center lakes. Panfish are hitting waxworms and angle worms. For large pike, hit Sunrise Lake using sucker minnows. A few walleyes are being pulled from the St. Croix River on fatheads.

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SOUTHERN MINNESOTA FISHING REPORTS

RED WING
On the Mississippi River, a mixed bag of walleyes, bass and northern pike are coming from Reed's Landing to the south. Towards Wabasha, they are biting at all the wingdams. Try pitching plastics, rapalas, and rattle traps for the most fish.

MANKATO
Walleyes can be found suspended in 20-22 feet of water on Lake Washington using shad raps near Grassy Island. Catfish remain active on the Minnesota River. Lake Washington is producing sunfish in depths of 10-12 feet. Northern pike are hitting spoons on Little Jefferson Lake in 6 feet of water.

MONTEVIDEO
A few catfish are being pulled from the Minnesota River. Walleye anglers are pulling crankbaits on Lake Lac qui Parle, and taking a few fish from the north end by Hantho's Landing, as well as on the south end near the islands.

ORTONVILLE
On Big Stone Lake, panfish are biting at the Grapevine and the Christmas Trees in 9-10 feet of water. Anglers report mostly bluegills and perch. On the Minnesota River, a few pike are coming in on spoons. For the most fish, cast from shore just below the dam in town.
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Minnesota State Records

Walleye
17 pounds, 8 ounces

Northern Pike
45 pounds, 12 ounces

Muskie
54 pounds, 56 inches

Trout
43 pounds, 8 ounces

Largemouth Bass
8 pounds, 12.75 ounces

Smallmouth Bass
8 pounds

Catfish
70 pounds

Crappie
5 pounds

Sunfish
2 pounds, 13 ounces

Salmon
33 pounds, 4 ounces



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