Msg 1 Posted: 07:30 PM 08/21/06 (CST)
A fathead minnow on the weedlines of Clearwater Lake will produce walleyes, northern pike and bass. Look to Clearwater, Sugar Lake, Lake Augusta, Lake Sylvia and Cedar Lake for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Most lakes are producing northern pike and bass in 12 to 14 feet. Pleasant Lake is worth noting for crappies along the 12-foot weed tops.
Sunfish are hitting in 10 to 16 feet on Clitherall Lake, Battle Lake, South Turtle Lake and Blanche Lake. The weedlines of West Battle Lake are the best bet for northern pike and muskies. Spinnerbaits provide bass action at West Leaf Lake. Work 10-foot breaks and flats on Otter Tail Lake and Stalker Lake with crankbaits for evening walleyes.
A Lindy Rig and redtail minnow is turning walleyes on Gull Lake in 16 to 20 feet. Sucker minnows trolled on the weedlines of Gull and Lake Edward are producing northern pike. Panfish can be had in 12 to 14 feet on lakes like Upper Gull, North Long, Round and Margaret. Bass and northern pike continue to hit on the deep weedlines of most lakes.
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and fathead minnow is producing walleyes and perch on Cass Lake. Work the tops of the bars in less than 12 feet. During the evening, Shad Raps are best on North Cedar Bar. The east shore of Lake Andrusia is giving up walleyes, mostly with a leech in 18 feet. Look to Grace Lake for bluegills in 12 feet of water, while northern pike and muskies are active throughout the Cass Lake Chain.
Work the vegetated areas of Rabbit Lake, Lake Adney, Mission Lake and Greer Lake for sunfish and crappies. Trout continue to hit nightcrawlers at the Portsmouth Pit over 40 feet. Walleyes are tight to the 16-foot weedlines of Serpent Lake and Clearwater Lake during the evening. The Pine River is a safe bet for smallmouths, while largemouths and northern pike are hitting on weedlines of Upper Dean Lake, Mission Lake and Nokay Lake.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A slip bobber and leech is producing walleyes in six feet of water on Bowstring Lake. Bass continue to hit a variety of baits on lakes such as Spider, Rice, Balsam and Pokegama. Little Sand Lake and Bowstring are giving up a few crappies in the weeds late in the day. Bluegill reports remain strong from the shallow weeds of Bowstring and Cutfoot Sioux Lake. Deer Lake and Moose Lake are worth noting for muskies.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST -- The best daytime walleye bite is on mud flats in 22 to 28 feet with spinners and crawlers. Evening hours have been consistent on 10- to 12-foot rock areas with slip bobbers and leeches. Plastic tubes or crankbaits are providing smallmouth bass action on the rocks. Bucktails are raising the majority of muskies on weed edges and mid-depth rocks.
WEST -- Sherman's Flat, Seven Mile Flat, Seguchie's Flat and Curley's Flat are the best bets for walleyes. Pull spinner rigs and live bait during the day or anchor and slip bobber fish with leeches at night. Work the top of the mud during at midday and off the edges after dark. Hit weed edges of Vineland, Wahkon and St. Alban's bays for pike and muskies.
Look for most fish in weeds next to sharp breaks. Northern pike, bass, panfish and muskies are relating to these areas in 14 to 20 feet. Occasional walleyes can be had in the evening in 20 to 24 feet in Wayzata and Brown's bays. Crappies can be had with tube jigs or minnows on top of milfoil patches.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
You'll catch walleyes on main lake structure in 28 to 30 feet with downriggers. There's rigging and live bait action along the south shore in 17 to 20 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the rocks in and around Zippel Bay. The best option for muskies is the Northwest Angle in 14 to 22 feet. Large crankbaits and bucktails are triggering fish. Walleyes are in 17 to 34 feet near islands at the Angle. The Rainy River is a safe bet for sturgeon, smallmouth bass, and northern pike in 14 to 20 feet.
You'll find sunfish and a few crappies tight to the weeds in 14 to 16 feet. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and buzz baits on deeper outside weed edges. Lowlight periods have been best for muskies on reefs and weed edges. Shad Raps have produced a few walleyes on the reefs during lowlight periods of the day.
A short Lindy Rig and leech or jig and minnow is the key for walleyes along shallow breaks and weedlines. During the evening, trolling Shad Raps in these areas also has produced fish. The majority of big perch and northern pike can be had in the same areas.
LEECH LAKE AREA
There's an evening walleye bite with slip bobbers and leeches or Shad Raps. Better spots this week were Sand Point and Agency Bay in 12 to 18 feet. Muskie action is strong on the rocks and cabbage beds in Walker Bay and the Pipe Island area. Look to Stoney Point and Otter Tail Point for perch in 16 to 18 feet. Fish 10-foot weed edges in Sucker Bay and Agency Bay for bluegills and crappies, while the rice beds produce numbers of bass.
Sucker minnows are producing catfish on the Minnesota River. The Blue Earth River is kicking out walleyes on a jig and minnow. Look to Baker's Bay and the Grassy Island areas of Lake Washington in five to eight feet for bluegills. Rappels are turning walleyes on deep weedlines of German Lake. Big Jefferson Lake is best for northern pike and white spinnerbaits with big blades are the ticket for largemouth bass at Lake Washington.
Despite low water levels, the deeper pockets of the Mississippi River are producing smallmouth bass, catfish, and a few walleyes. Northern pike and largemouth bass are hitting throughout the area in 10 to 16 feet of water and there is some decent sunfish action being reported. Look for concentrations of sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Big Lake, Lake Ida and Eagle Lake.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crappies continue to be caught on the weed edges of Lake Belle Taine and Fish Hook Lake in 12 to 16 feet of water. Walleyes are scattered, but not impossible to catch. The best options are Long Lake and Potato Lake late in the evening in 20 feet. Look for northern pike and bluegills throughout the Crow Wing Chain in 12 to 16 feet, while bass remain active on most lakes.
Work reefs off Blueberry Island, Olson Island and Fox Island for walleyes. The best bet is a leech or crawler in 26 to 30 feet. Sand Bay is giving up a few walleyes in 28 feet, too. Chubs are turning northern pike on most main lake reefs all day. The North Arm is a safe bet for smallmouth bass and Black Bay is producing some crappies in 15 feet of water.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Ice flies tipped with worms or small leeches are producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Sauk Lake. The same presentation will work for sunfish in 12 to 16 feet at Fairy Lake, Lilly Lake, and Long Lake. Fatheads or slip bobbers and leeches continue to turn walleyes on McCormick Lake. Northern pike are hitting on most lakes with Little Birch and Big Swan providing the most numbers. You'll find suspended crappies on Sauk over the 15- to 17-foot bars and on Lake Levin in 12 feet.
Rapalas are producing walleyes at night in three to five on Lake Minnewaska. Work the edges of the bulrushes and points. A sucker minnow is turning northern pike at the inlets of Minnewaska, while sunfish and crappies continue to bite in 12 to 15 feet off Priest Point, the Starbuck Marina and south side of Minnewaska. A few walleyes have started hitting leeches in 12 to 16 feet on Reno Lake.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST -- Walleyes are biting in the evening at Clear Lake, Bald Eagle Lake and the St. Croix River in 20 to 24 feet. Sucker minnows or crankbaits are turning northern pike on 12-foot weed edges of Big Carnelian Lake, Forest Lake and Big Marine Lake. Forest Lake, Lake Owassa and Bald Eagle Lake are kicking out muskies on top-waters and bucktails. Look to Little Lake and Lake Peltier for the area's biggest sunfish in 10 to 12 feet.
WEST -- An occasional walleye is caught on a slip bobber and leech at Lotus Lake. Sunfish are active in 16 to 18 feet on Lake Auburn, Lake Bavaria and Lake Minnewashta. Work the weedlines of Auburn and Pierson Lake with sucker minnows or spinnerbaits for bass and northern pike. The deep holes of the Minnesota River are a safe bet for catfish.