Msg 1 Posted: 07:40 AM 08/11/06 (CST)
Concentrate on the big lakes such as Miltona, Ida and Le Homme Dieu for walleyes and northern pike. The fish being caught are as deep as 30 feet and most active during lowlight periods of the day. Crappie action remains strong on Lake Geneva, Lake Darling and Le Homme Dieu. The bigger bass are being located on deep weeds with crankbaits and spinnerbaits now turning the majority of fish. Sunfish can be had on most lakes in 12 to 16 feet of water.|
Northern pike are very active along the weedlines of Pleasant Lake, Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake and Cedar Lake. Sunfish are hitting in 12 to 16 feet of water on Lake Augusta, Lake Sylvia, Sugar, Cedar and Clearwater. These lakes are producing numbers of bass using spinnerbaits as well. Look to Clearwater for walleyes on the deep weed edges. Sugar Lake continues to produce muskies during the evening hours on top of the shallow weeds.
Crappies and sunfish can be had on most lakes in 12 to 15 feet of water. Plastics and top-water baits are turning bass throughout the area, while the deep weedlines of most lakes continue to hold northern pike. Battle Lake is providing steady muskie action early and late in the day. Work the shallow flats of Otter Tail Lake and Stalker Lake for walleyes during the evening hours.
There's some evening walleye action with crawlers and minnows on the humps and weed edges of Blackduck Lake. Crappie and bluegill action remains strong on the 10- to 14-foot weed edges of Gilstead Lake, North Twin Lake, South Twin Lake and Lake Rabideau. Bass and northern pike also can be had on the weedlines of most lakes.
Gull Lake continues to provide steady walleye action. Most of these fish are hitting jigs or Lindy Rigs tipped with redtail minnows in the 14- to 20-foot weed areas. Bass can be had on spinnerbaits or top-water presentations throughout the area and you will find crappies in 14 to 18 feet on most of the area's smaller lakes.
Work the points and shallow weeds of Chisago Lake with crankbaits for bass and walleyes. The west side of Chisago is kicking out numbers of crappies during the evening hours in six to 10 feet of water. Sunfish are biting well on lakes such as South Lindstrom, North Center and Chisago. At Sunrise Lake, you'll find bass, pike, sunfish and crappies along the weed edges.
Bass and northern pike are hitting live bait and artificial presentations on the 16- to 18-foot weed edges of Nokay Lake, Mission Lake and Upper Dean Lake. Crappies and sunfish are scattered in the shallow and deep weeds of Rabbit Lake, Lake Adney, Greer Lake and O'Brien Lake. Crawlers continue to produce trout in 30 to 40 feet of water at the Portsmouth Pit. Look to Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake for walleyes. These fish have been tight to the 16-foot weedlines and most active during the evening hours.
The crappie bite has picked up a bit on area lakes. Most of the fish are coming from deep cabbage during the day and on top of the cabbage during lowlight periods. Jigs and one-inch tubes have worked best. The northern pike bite remains strong on area lakes with Shad Raps or a jig and minnow. Bass fishing also remains consistent in the area. An occasional walleye is caught on a jig and minnow at Detroit Lake and Big Cormorant Lake.
Big bluegills are hitting on Rice Lake in six feet and at Fish Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water on Boulder Lake. Lake trout are hitting orange or green spoons and flashers on the north shore of Lake Superior over 90 feet of water. Look to Rice Lake for northern pike in 12 feet of water.
Walleyes are hitting in three to six feet of water on Hall Lake and Budd Lake. Leeches and crawlers are working best on a floating jig head. The channel between Amber Lake and Hall Lake is producing limits of crappies. Catfish can be had on most lakes with stinkbaits. Look for northern pike to be hitting Crocodile Spoons along the shallow weeds of most lakes.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Bowstring Lake and Trout Lake are kicking out walleyes. A slip bobber and leech has worked best in six to eight feet. Bass are hitting top-water baits in the shallow weed areas of Balsam Lake, Hanson Lake and Spider Lake. The shallow weeds also are holding bluegills on Bowstring, Cutfoot Sioux Lake and the Bowstring River. Crankbaits or top-water baits have been the ticket for muskies at Deer Lake, Moose Lake and Cutfoot.
Birch Lake is producing sunfish in 10 feet. Walleyes can be had on Ten Mile Lake in 20 to 22 feet and at Woman Lake in 18 feet of water. These fish have bit best during the evening hours. Bass anglers are turning numbers of fish in the weeds and sand areas of Birch and Five Point Lake.
Lowlight periods find walleyes relating to shallow water next to reefs or the wind-swept gravel and rubble shores. The presentation of choice has been leeches or crawlers, although Shad Raps and Tail Dancers also have come into play. Primary depths have been 12 to 22 feet, depending on the wind and time of day. Work the rock piles with crayfish-colored plastics or spinners for smallmouth bass. Surface lures over the weeds are producing fish as well. Spoons, stickbaits and spinners are turning northern pike on the weed edges.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - Slip bobbers and leeches are providing the best walleye action on the shallow rock reefs. The evening hours have been most consistent with areas such as Hawkbill Reef and Hennepin Island kicking out fish in 10 feet of water. The day bite has been tough, but with some work you'll find active walleyes on top of the flats in 22 to 30 feet of water. Muskie reports were limited this week, but smallmouth bass continue to inhale plastics or crankbaits on the rocks.
WEST - The best bet for walleyes after dark is a slip bobber and leech off the edges of the flats in 32 to 35 feet. Sherman's Flat, Seguchie's Flat and the Seven Mile Flat are worth noting. During the day, a spinner and rainbow minnow is turning a few walleyes on top of the mud. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the rock points with tube baits. Muskies and northern pike are being taken on the weed edges of most bays.
Bass continue to hit on the deep weedlines. Small baits and slow presentations have turned bigger fish. Walleye reports have been slow, but northern pike, muskies, and panfish continue to be caught in the 15- to 22-foot weed areas. The early morning and evening hours have been most productive.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Graceton Beach and the rocks off Zippel Bay have been producing walleyes, northern pike, and smallmouth bass in five to eight feet of water. Anglers also are finding fish in 17 to 19 feet with plugs, while crawlers and leeches are turning fish, too. At the Northwest Angle, the reefs and drop-offs are giving up walleyes and muskies. Jigging or casting Shad Raps in 17 to 34 feet of water has been best. Sturgeon action remains strong at the Frontier Landing area of the Rainy River in 18 to 21 feet.
The sunfish bite has shifted into high gear. The Half Mile Bar has kicked out numbers of sunfish in 12 feet of water, as have the weeds in eight feet of water in Town Bay. Small leeches, worms or nightcrawlers all work for the bigger fish. Bass continue to be caught in the weeds, while northern pike and walleye reports remain slow.
Walleyes continue to hit crawlers early and late in the day in the 17- to 24-foot saddle areas. Crankbaits also are producing walleyes and some northern pike along the wind-swept shorelines and outside weedlines. The reef bite for walleyes is holding its own with a slip bobber and leech. Muskie action was described as "fair" this week. A few muskies are chasing hair baits and top-water baits around the rocks and weeds.
A slow-rolled spinnerbait has been deadly for bass on the outside weed edges. Panfish can be had tight to the weeds in 14 to 18 feet of water. The best muskie action takes place during the early morning and evening hours at Reinkie's Bay, North Reef and Center Reef. Walleye reports are limited.
The majority of walleyes continue to come from the shallow breaks and weed areas. A jig and golden shiner minnow or short Lindy Rig and leech is working best in six to 12 feet. During the evening hours, Shad Raps trolled on the outside weed edges have produced fish. These shallow locations also are your best option for bigger perch and northern pike.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Muskie activity has been very good on the rocks and cabbage near Pelican Island, Pipe Island, and in Walker Bay. Numbers of fish in the 50-inch class have been reported this week, most of which are falling to white-colored presentations. Walleyes are hitting Shad Raps or a slip bobber and leech combination during the evening hours. Look to Sand Point in 10 to 12 feet or Agency Bay in 18 to 20 feet of water. The eight- to 10-foot cabbage edges of Sucker Bay are holding good-sized bluegills and crappies. Perch action also has been good off Stoney Point and Otter Tail Point in 20 to 28 feet.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
There's some late evening walleye action on Potato Lake and Long Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Look for crappies during the evening hours on the weed edges of Lake Belle Taine and Fish Hook Lake. The Crow Wing Chain of Lakes continues to produce bluegills and pike in 12 to 16 feet. Potato Lake is the area's best bet for smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Look for walleyes in the Fox Island area over 28 to 33 feet and in Sand Bay in 28 feet of water. Most of the main lake reefs now are producing northern pike. The bigger fish are hitting minnows or crankbaits. Black Bay and Sand Bay are producing crappies early and late in the day. Walleyes and smallmouth bass can be had behind the dam on the Rainy River.
Walleyes can be had on crawlers and live bait rigs in nine to 11 feet of water. The morning and evening hours have been best. A few crappies can be had with slip bobbers and small minnows on top of the main lake cribs. Northern pike are hitting minnows and artificial baits in the weeds and inlet areas.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Lakes like Grand, Pearl, Pleasant and Big Fish are kicking out bass and northern pike in 12 to 16 feet. The Horseshoe Chain of Lakes is providing steady sunfish and catfish action in six to eight feet of water. Look to Lake Koronis for smallmouth bass and some walleyes can be had here on crankbaits, after dark, in 10 to 12 feet.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST - Sucker minnows or Shad Raps have been the ticket for pike and bass in the 12- to 14-foot weeds of Big Marine Lake, Forest Lake and Big Carnelian Lake. Look for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water on Little Lake and Lake Peltier. A few walleyes and sauger can be had on the St. Croix River, while crankbaits are producing muskies early in the morning at Bald Eagle Lake and Forest Lake.
WEST - Cut bait and sucker minnows are turning channel and flathead catfish on the Minnesota River. Lake Minnewashta is providing the area's best sunfish bite in 18 to 20 feet. Lake Auburn also is giving up sunfish and numbers of largemouth bass as well. Work the 14- to 18-foot weedlines of Pierson Lake with spoon plugs or minnows for northern pike.
Nightcrawlers and minnows are producing walleyes on Lake Tetonka in eight feet. You'll find crappies under the bridge on Lake Sakatah in five feet. Crankbaits or a sucker minnow under a bobber has been the ticket for northern pike at both lakes. Largemouths will hit spinnerbaits or plastics at the Cannon River inlet on Tetonka.
Panfish continue to hit in 10 to 12 feet on lakes such as Norway, Florida, Nest, Andrew, Games and North Long. There's some shallow water walleye action on Green Lake and the smallmouth bass bite continues to be good on Green as well. Northern pike and largemouth bass are an easy catch in the deep weeds of most lakes.