Msg 1 Posted: 02:43 PM 08/04/06 (CST)
Work the bars and deep weedlines with plastics for bass on lakes such as Miltona, Le Homme Dieu, Carlos and Geneva. The only walleye reports are coming from 30 or more feet of water after dark on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Crappies can be found suspended over the deep weeds of Le Homme Dieu, Geneva and Darling Lake. Sunfish action remains strong and an occasional muskie report is heard off Lake Miltona.
Largemouth bass and sunfish can be had in 10 to 12 feet on Sugar Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Lake Augusta and Cedar Lake. Cedar and Pleasant Lake are the area's best options for northern pike in 12 to 18 feet of water. Clearwater gives up an occasional decent walleye. Fathead minnows or leeches are best in 14 to 20 feet. Look to Sugar Lake for muskies during the evening hours.
Work the weeds of West Battle Lake for northern pike and a few muskies. Sunfish action remains strong in 10 to 16 feet on Clitherall Lake, Battle Lake and South Turtle Lake. Plastics or spinnerbaits are triggering largemouth bass in the weeds of Blanche Lake and West Leaf Lake. Otter Tail Lake remains the best option for walleyes in less than 12 feet during the evening hours.
Look for crappies and bluegills on the 10- to 14-foot cabbage beds of Lake Rabideau, Gilstead Lake, North Twin Lake and South Twin Lake. A few walleyes can be had on the humps and weed edges of Blackduck Lake and Gull Lake. Upper Red Lake also is producing walleyes in 11 feet.
Redtail minnows remain the best option for walleyes on Gull Lake in 17 to 24 feet of water. Sucker minnows are the ticket for pike along the deep weedlines of Lake Edward and Gull Lake. Largemouth bass can be had in the weeds of most lakes, while panfish continue to be caught in 12 to 14 feet on Upper Gull Lake, North Long Lake and Lake Margaret.
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and perch on the six- to eight-foot sand flats during the day on Cass Lake. You'll find some fish in 40 to 50 feet as well. At sunset, Shad Raps are producing fish in 10 feet of water. Minnows have been turning numbers of northern pike in the cabbage of Lake Andrusia, Pike Bay Lake and Cass. Bluegills remain active over 15 to 20 feet in Allen's Bay on Cass. Crankbaits are triggering muskies in the cabbage beds throughout the Cass Chain.
Look for trout to be hitting waxworms or nightcrawlers in 30 to 40 feet at the Pennington Pit and Portsmouth Pit. Largemouth bass and pike are an easy catch on the 14- to 18-foot weeds of Serpent Lake, Mission Lake and Rabbit Lake. The Pine River and Mississippi River are producing smallmouth bass and a few walleyes on crankbaits or crawlers. Look for panfish in eight to 28 feet of water on most lakes.
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the flats next to deep water on Big Detroit Lake. Shell Lake and Island Lake also have given up a few walleyes on minnows. The deep weedlines of Lake Melissa have been kicking out northern pike on minnows. Bass fishing has been excellent in deep water on plastics and the larger bluegills caught in this area are coming from deep water as well.
Look to Island Lake with leeches for walleyes in 25 feet of water. Trolling spoons and crankbaits in the Lester River area of Lake Superior has been productive for walleyes in 40 feet of water. The best lake trout reports are coming from 100 feet down with downriggers. Small leeches are producing bluegills in 15 feet on Fish Lake.
Catfish are the area's mainstay. Crawlers are turning numbers of them in shallow water on George Lake, Hall Lake, Lake Sissiton and Budd Lake. Bucktails and top-water baits are triggering muskies on Fox Lake during the evening. Crappies can be found suspended over 14 to 16 feet on Hall Lake and Budd Lake.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Lakes such as Devil's Track, Saganaga, and Elbow continue to produce walleyes. The majority of these fish are hitting leeches, but they've moved out to 15 to 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are biting throughout the area on the deep and shallow sand or rock locations. Reports from Lake Superior have been limited this week.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes can be had on the north end humps of Bowstring Lake. These fish are hitting leeches during the evening. Bass fishing is impressive on most lakes with Spider, Balsam, Rice and Pokegama leading the way. Little Sand Lake and Bowstring are worth noting for crappies - in the weeds during the evening hours. Sucker minnows are triggering deep-water pike on Lake Pokegama and Trout Lake.
Look to Woman Lake with nightcrawlers for walleyes in 18 feet of water. Ten Mile Lake also is producing walleyes on a jig and minnow in 22 feet of water. Bass fishing has been strong on lakes such as Little Boy, Birch and Five Point. Sunfish are hitting waxworms in eight to 10 feet on Birch and Five Point as well.
Anglers on Lake Kabetogama and Namakan Lake report the best walleye action in 24 to 28 feet with slip sinker rigs and crawlers or leeches. Martin Islands, Chase Islands, Ram Island and Center Reef have been best on Kab, while Hoist Bay and Stevens Island on Namakan are worth noting. Northern pike are inhaling spoons, bucktails and stickbaits on deep weedlines of Tom Cod Bay, Nebraska Bay and Daily Bay. Smallmouth bass can be had in weeds or along the rock-covered shorelines.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - The day bite has slowed since the heat arrived. Hit Hawkbill Reef in eight feet during the evening hours with slip bobbers and leeches and you'll find walleyes. The mud flats also continue to produce walleyes after dark via slip bobbers and leeches in 22 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits or tubes on the shallow rocks. Muskie anglers report "decent" action on the north end.
WEST - Spinners tipped with minnows or crawlers are your best bet during the day on top of the flats. At night, slip bobbers and leeches have produced walleyes in 32 to 35 feet off the flats. Northern pike can be had on the weed edges of most bays and muskie action continues to improve in these areas as well. Pitch tube jigs on the rocks for smallmouth bass.
The deep weeds near sharp breaks are holding walleyes, northern pike, and panfish. Big jigs and crankbaits have been turning muskies in the 15- to 20-foot weed areas. Bass are hitting jigs and plastics along the deep weedlines early and late in the day.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Downrigging has produced a lot of walleyes in 32 feet of water along the south shore. Crawlers also are working for walleyes in 10 to 12 feet near Long Point and Arnesen's Reef. The mud flats out from Zippel Bay have given up walleyes as well. Little Traverse Bay, Garden Island, Pelican Island and Hay Island are providing steady walleye action at the Northwest Angle. Muskie anglers are turning quite a few fish around the islands during the day. On the Rainy River, minnows and hammered-gold spinners are fooling walleyes near the Frontier Access.
The saddle areas continue to produce walleyes during the early morning hours. The rock piles, big bay reefs, and bars also are holding fish early and late in the day. Muskies are in their summer patterns and most active during lowlight periods of the day due to the pressure they're receiving. Smallmouth bass are hitting top-water baits and Senkos during the day around vertical structure.
Look for the larger northern pike, bass, and panfish to be relating to deep weeds. These areas have given up an occasional walleye during the evening hours as well. Shad Raps or a slip bobber and leech are turning some walleyes during lowlight periods on the reefs. Top-water baits remain the best option for muskies on the sand, rock, and weeded areas during the evening hours.
A short Lindy Rig and leech is producing walleyes in the six- to 12-foot weed patches. Shad Raps also have worked on the shallow weedlines during the evening hours. Work a jig and minnow combination for perch in 10 to 12 feet, in areas where deeper weeds exist. Northern pike are scattered, but active throughout the lake.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Shad Raps continue to produce walleyes during the evening hours in 10 to 12 feet on the flats and points. Bass action remains strong in the rice beds and thick vegetation. Muskie anglers report their best success with bucktails on the weeds and rocks of Pelican Island and Portage Bay. A few good-sized perch can be had on minnows in the Walker Narrows.
Baker's Bay on Lake Washington is producing sunfish and crappies in 12 to 14 feet of water. The west end of Lake Francis also is giving up panfish in 10 feet of water. The deep holes of the Minnesota River are worth noting for both walleyes and catfish. A few walleyes have come off Clear Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water with crankbaits. Bass continue to bite in the area and the weedlines of Big Jefferson Lake are holding northern pike.
Sunfish and crappies can be had on Shumway Lake in eight to 12 feet of water. Northern pike are biting well along the weedlines of Wolf Lake. Big Sandy Lake is producing walleyes on the 10-foot weedlines both early and late in the day. Look to wards Rat Lake for crappies in 15 feet of water.
Sunfish are continuing to hit at a good pace in 10 to 12 feet on Big Lake, Lake Ida, and Eagle Lake. The deep holes of the Mississippi River continue to produce smallmouth bass and catfish. Bass and northern pike are hitting on most lakes, but walleye action has been slow since the heat arrived.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Smallmouth bass are hitting on Big Sand Lake and Potato Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water. Sucker minnows are the ticket for northern pike on the weedlines of Big Mantrap Lake. Look for sunfish in 10 to 14 feet on Fish Hook Lake and a few walleyes can be had during the evening hours in 20 feet on Big Sand Lake.
The reefs off Blueberry Island are giving up walleyes in 28 to 30 feet. Olson Reef is providing steady walleye action as well. Leeches, minnows and crawlers have worked best. Look to Black Bay for crappies and northern pike can be caught with minnows on most reefs. The North Arm remains the best option for smallmouth bass.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Sunfish action is strong in six to 12 feet on Becker Lake, East Lake, Pearl Lake and Goodner Lake. The Sauk River is giving up numbers of catfish, primarily on nightcrawlers in eight to 14 feet. Look to lakes like Grand, Pleasant, Big Fish, Big and Pearl for northern pike and largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on Lake Koronis and walleye action is slow.
The sunfish bite continues to be consistent on Lake Minnewaska in 12 feet of water. The Glenwood and Starbuck ends of the lake have both produced fish throughout the day. Walleye and northern pike reports have been limited, but largemouth bass can be caught on plastics in the weeds of most lakes.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST - Northern pike and bass continue to hit well on the weedlines of Big Marine Lake, Demonterville Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. Walleyes can be had during the evening hours on the St. Croix River, Clear Lake and Bald Eagle in 20 to 22 feet of water. Find the 10- to 12-foot weed edges on Little Lake or Lake Peltier and you'll find sunfish. Forest Lake and Lake Owassa remain the area's best bets for muskies.
WEST - There's some evening walleye action with slip bobbers and leeches on the breaks of Lotus Lake and Lake Riley. Look to Lake Auburn and Lake Bavaria for panfish in 12 to 14 feet. Northern pike and bass are hitting live bait and artificials on most lakes, but Auburn and Pierson tend to be most consistent. Lowlight periods of the day have provided bigger fish.