Msg 1 Posted: 06:11 AM 08/25/06 (CST)
A jig tipped with white plastic or a minnow has produced walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in four feet of water. There's a decent Rapala bite taking place during the evening hours on West Battle Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. Leeches continue to turn walleyes on East Battle Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water. Sunfish are hitting small leeches in 15 to 20 feet of water on lakes such as West Battle, Clitherall, and South Turtle. The local bass bite remains strong and sucker minnows are turning northern pike in the weeds of Otter Tail. Casting or trolling crankbaits on West Battle Lake has produced muskies.|
Nightcrawlers or redtails are turning walleyes on the 16- to 30-foot weedlines of Gull Lake. Northern pike can be had on sucker minnows in 14 to 24 feet on Gull, North Long Lake, and Lake Edward. Bass continue to hit spinnerbaits on the 12- to 20-foot weed edges of most lakes. Look for crappies and sunfish in 12 to 26 feet on most lakes.
Perch action remains strong on the bars and weed edges in six to 10 feet of water. A jig and minnow or crankbait is producing walleyes on the bars during the evening hours as well. A few walleyes continue to be caught on leeches on the 16- to 24-foot breaks. Muskie anglers are trigging fish on the reed edges and along the weedlines, while Allen's Bay and Dick's Bay remain safe bets for bass, pike, and sunfish.
Whitefish, Rush, and Pelican lakes are producing walleyes in 22 to 34 feet on redtails or leeches. Most anglers are finding success on the outside weed edges and deeper. Bass and northern pike also can be had along the weedlines. Plastic worms or spinnerbaits worked in or on top of the weeds are providing bass action, while sucker minnows have been the ticket for pike. Look to Crosslake for bass and Hay Lake or Bertha Lake for northern pike. Crappies and sunfish are being found suspended in 14 to 20 feet throughout the area.
Lake trout, cohos, and chinooks are being found scattered along the shoreline of Lake Superior. Smallmouth bass action remains strong on the rock-covered shorelines of most lakes. Crankbaits or leeches have turned bigger fish. Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes in 15 to 18 feet on Lake Saganaga, Elbow Lake, and Devil's Track Lake.
Look to Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake for sunfish in 12 to 15 feet. Walleyes can be had as shallow as three feet of water at Woman Lake, during the evening hours, on a slip bobber and leech. Baby Lake is giving up a few muskies and northern pike remain active throughout the area. Look for consistent largemouth bass action in the weeds of Ten Mile Lake and Birch Lake.
Casting or trolling crankbaits has produced walleyes in 15 to 28 feet of water. Key in on the reef edges and the sharp, shoreline breaks. There's also has been some live bait action taking place in the Martin Islands area of Kabetogama and the Blind Indian Narrows of Namakan. Smallmouth bass are along the rocky shorelines, while the deep weed edges continue to provide steady northern pike activity.
The deep side of the weedlines are kicking out sunfish and largemouth bass. An occasional crappie is pulled from these areas as well. Muskie, northern pike, and walleye action remains slow.
Nightcrawlers remain the bait of choice for walleyes on the east end of the lake in 25 to 40 feet of water. The west end of the lake has produced more fish in 18 to 26 feet of water, primarily on crawlers. Some anglers have caught walleyes by trolling bright-colored crankbaits around the rock piles. Muskies are chasing baits but are not real aggressive. Fishing at night with topwater baits has produced a handful of fish. Sunnies and crappies are located along the shallow weedlines.
North Reef and Kegg's Reef are kicking out sunfish in 13 to 18 feet. Plastics and topwater baits are fooling bass in the weeds of Reinkie's Reef. Northern pike are an easy catch with sucker minnows on the weed edges, while muskie anglers have reported a lot of follows. Small sucker minnows have turned a few walleyes on Cemetery Reef.
Walleyes have been pulled from five- to eight-foot weed patches. Lindy Rigs and leeches or jigs and minnows work best at Little Stoney Point, Raven's Point, the Bird Houses, and Duck Pass. You'll find some walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot flats and rock piles as well. Northern pike and jumbo perch are mixed with the walleyes.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The best action on the south shore has been on the mud flats near the Morris Point Gap in 26 to 31 feet. Crankbaits also are producing walleyes north of Pine Island in 30 feet of water. Limits of walleyes and sauger can be had at Big Traverse Bay in 24 to 27 feet. Hammered gold spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes in 30 feet near Crowduck Island at the Northwest Angle. At the Rainy River, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and sturgeon action remains strong.
Topwater baits are triggering muskies on the rocks of Agency Bay. Work the rice beds with spinnerbaits during the day and topwater baits during the evenings for largemouth bass. Crawlers continue to produce walleyes in 32 feet, but there is some crankbait activity on the points during the evening hours. Most small lakes in the area are kicking out panfish.
East - During the evening or in cloudy conditions, crankbaits or a slip bobber and leech is producing walleyes on the six- to 12-rocks. The mud flats are giving up bigger fish, primarily on leeches and live bait rigs. The best muskie reports are coming off the north end with bucktails.
West - Slip bobbers and leeches remain the best bet for walleyes at night, on the mud, in 34 feet of water. During the day, deep-running crankbaits are turning fish off the flats. A spinner and minnow also works on top of the flats during the day. Tube baits are providing steady smallmouth bass action on the rocks, while the weedlines of most bays are holding muskies and northern pike. Fox Island, Olson's Reef, and the east end of Blueberry Island are providing walleye activity in 26 to 30 feet. Rock piles in Saginaw Bay are holding walleyes and there's been a switch to minnows over the past week. Work deep pockets of Black Bay with minnows for crappies.
NORTHEAST METRO - Sunfish and largemouth bass continue to be pulled from the shallow weed edges of White Bear Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, Lake Jane, and Demonterville Lake. Sucker minnows have been the best bet for pike in 12 to 15 feet of water on lakes such as Forest, Big Carnelian, and Big Marine. Hit the weed tops of Forest Lake with a bucktail for muskies. The best walleye option remains the St. Croix River during lowlight periods of the day.