Msg 1 Posted: 11:32 AM 07/14/06 (CST)
Its official: Dog days of summer have arrived
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - Midday walleye activity has slowed with a few fish coming off the deep gravel and mud. The most consistent bite is with slip bobbers and leeches on mid-depth rocks. Tubes or shallow-running crankbaits are producing smallmouth bass on the rocks, and bucktails are triggering muskies.
Johnsons Portside (320) 676-3811
West - Spinners tipped with crawlers, leeches, or minnows are producing walleyes on mud flats in 23 to 32 feet of water. Better numbers of big walleyes are coming from deep water off main lake structure via crankbaits. At dark, slip bobbers and leeches are turning fish at a variety of depths.
Terrys Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutts Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are being pulled from 18 to 20 feet of water near Pine Island during the morning and evening hours. Midday fishing has improved in deeper water with spinner rigs and nightcrawlers. Limits of fish continue to be common. The reefs and deeper bays are producing walleyes at the Northwest Angle. Most of these fish are hitting live bait in 22 to 34 feet. Muskie reports have improved at the Angle.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
Work the weedlines for walleyes with live bait rigs in 18 to 24 feet of water. The sharp breaks off the points are producing fish during the day as well. The evening crankbait bite remains strong off the points in 10 to 14 feet. Sand Point and Second Duck Point are good places to start your evening trolling. Muskie action has been sporadic with some seen in the weeds.
Reeds Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
A few walleyes can be had on the deep weedlines of the bigger bays such as Browns and Wayzata. Youll also find bigger concentrations of sunfish and bass on the 15- to 20-foot weed edges scattered throughout the lake. Sucker minnows and spinners have been the ticket for northern pike on top of the deep patches. Muskie activity has improved in these areas as well.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Look for walleyes in 20 to 28 feet of water on the Saginaw Bay reefs, Fox Island reefs, and Olson Reef. The Reinier area also has provided steady walleye activity. Northern pike can be had in the back end of Black Bay where crankbaits are working best on the thick weedlines.
Loons Nest (218) 286-5850
Walleye action has been up and down with scattered fish being reported on the bars and humps in 16 to 26 feet of water. Some big perch have been caught this week off the 19- to 34-foot humps near Big Muskie Bar. Northern pike continue to be an easy catch in the eight-foot weed patches.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
Sucker minnows are turning numbers of northern pike on the 12- to 14-foot weed edges of White Bear Lake, Lake Owassa, and Big Carnelian Lake. Plastics and topwater baits are producing bass on Forest Lake, Lake Jane, and Big Marine Lake. The best sunfish reports are coming off Lake Peltier in 12 to 15 feet of water. Walleye activity has slowed with the best bite taking place during the evening hours on the St. Croix River in 20 to 22 feet of water.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Largemouth bass are very active in the weeded areas of Lake Zumbra and Pierson Lake. Zumbra also is kicking out northern pike in the 12- to 14-foot weeds. Lake Minnewashta, Lake Auburn, and Lake Bavaria remain safe bets for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Muskie anglers are seeing more fish this week on the reefs and deep weedlines while throwing topwater baits. Walleye activity has slowed down, but panfish continue to be found in both the deep and shallow weeds. The bigger sunfish and crappies have been taken on the deep weedlines with more numbers in the shallows. Bass and northern pike are cruising the weed edges and biting very well.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Look for bigger bass on the deep weedlines and bars of most lakes. Walleyes tend to be most active during lowlight periods of the day in 20 to 35 feet of water on lakes such as Miltona, Ida, and Le Homme Dieu. Lake Darling, Lake Geneva, and Le Homme Dieu are giving up crappies via small minnows or tube jigs in 12 feet. Small sunfish and northern pike are biting well on most lakes.
Christophersons Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Plastics are producing bass on Clinker Lake, Rabbit Lake, and Lower Mission Lake. Look for panfish in 12 to 16 feet of water on lakes such as Adney, Perry, and Clearwater. Limited walleye activity is reported off Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake in 26 to 28 feet. Trout continue to hit crankbaits on the Pennington and Manual Pits.
Oars n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Work the weed edges of Blue Lake and Green Lake for panfish. A few walleyes have come from Blue Lake in 22 feet of water. Crankbaits have been the most productive for smallmouth bass on the Rum River.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 15 feet on Crescent Lake and Two Island Lake. A few can be had in deeper water on Lake Saganaga as well. Hungry Jack Lake is a safe bet for smallmouth bass. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing salmon at a variety of depths, while lake trout remain close to bottom.
Bucks Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Look for walleyes on Bowstring Lake in nine feet of water, on Sugar Lake in 17 to 20 feet, and on Lake Pokegama in seven feet. The Tioga Pit is kicking out rainbow trout and the bulrushes of Bass Lake are holding sunfish. Crappies are hitting on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Pokegama and topwater baits are producing muskies at the Blanden Reservoir.
Bens Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838
Bass are biting at a good pace on lakes such as Birch, Horseshoe, Pine Mountain, and Woman. Nightcrawlers attached to spinners are turning an occasional walleye on Ten Mile Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Woman from the shallow weeds out to 22 feet of water. Look to Pleasant and Birch for sunfish in 12 feet. Northern pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of Pine Mountain and Birch.
Swansons Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Mallard Point and the Bonanza areas of Big Stone Lake are producing walleyes on plugs or spinners in 12 to 14 feet. Leeches have been the ticket for walleyes on Lake Oliver in 12 feet of water. The north end of Lake Lac Qui Parle also has provided some walleyes.
Buds Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Long Lake remains the best bet for walleyes in 21 feet. Sucker minnows are providing consistent northern pike action on the 16-foot weedlines of Big Mantrap Lake. Topwater baits have triggered muskies on Big Mantrap as well. Hit the Crow Wing Chain with waxworms for bluegills in 14 feet of water.
Delaneys (218) 732-4281
RED WING AREA
Shad Raps are producing walleyes on Lake Pepin in 14 to 18 feet of water. Jigs also have worked well for walleyes on the wingdams of the Mississippi River. Catfish are hitting stinkbaits in the Mississippi River , while the Rush River has been giving up good-sized pike. The deep rocks of Pepin are safe bets for both crappies and smallmouth bass.
Ikes Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
The 10- to 15-foot weeds on lakes Andrew, Florida, Nest, and Games are holding sunfish. Leeches fished underneath slip bobbers are producing walleyes on Long Lake in six to 12 feet of water. Bass and pike remain active on most lakes, while Green Lake is providing a walleye bite in the shallow weeds out to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass also can be had on Green with plastics and crankbaits at a variety of depths.
Brads 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
IF IT'S WET...IT'S CATCH'N FISH