Msg 1 Posted: 12:03 PM 09/01/06 (CST)
Redtail minnows are turning walleyes from the 16-foot weedlines out to about 25 feet on lakes such as Ida, Miltona and Carlos. Northern pike and bass are relating to the 14- to 18-foot weed patches throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain. The bigger fish have started hitting crankbaits. Look for bluegills between 10 and 12 feet on most lakes, while the Le Homme Dieu Chain remains the best bet for crappies in 14 feet of water.
Cedar Lake and Clearwater Lake are kicking out a few walleyes during the evening hours in 12 to 14 feet. These fish can be found near weeds and are hitting minnows or crankbaits. Sunfish continue to be caught in 10 to 12 feet at Lake Augusta, Sugar Lake, Lake Sylvia, Clearwater and Cedar. Look to Pleasant Lake, Clearwater, Cedar and Sylvia for bass and northern pike in 10 to 12 feet of water. Muskie reports off Sugar Lake have been sporadic, although most anglers are seeing fish in the weeds.
Redtails or small sucker minnows have been the ticket for walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in six to 15 feet during the evening hours. Crawlers have worked best for walleyes on West Battle Lake in 17 to 22 feet. Work the weedlines of Clitherall Lake for northern pike, while trolling crankbaits over 35 feet of water has turned a few muskies on West Battle. Blanche Lake and West Battle are producing sunfish in 10 to 14 feet.
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on Blackduck Lake at two depths: 15 to 20 feet or six to 10 feet. Crankbaits also have produced walleyes along the shorelines here. Shad Raps are providing steady walleye activity during the evening hours in 10 to 12 feet at lakes such as Pimushe, Gull and Island. Work the deep weed edges of North and South Twin lakes for panfish.
A definite switch has been made to redtail minnows this week. They've been producing walleyes in 15 to 30 feet on Gull Lake and North Long Lake. Minnows also have been the best option for northern pike along the 14- to 20-foot weedlines of Gull, North Long and Lake Edward. Sunfish action remains strong in 12 to 16 feet of water on most lakes and largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits in the weeds throughout the area.
CASS LAKE AREA
Shad Raps trolled on the bars after dark have been effective for walleyes in 10 to 12 feet. Some midday walleyes can be had with minnows or leeches on the weedlines and sharp breaks in 17 to 22 feet of water. Perch continue to hit minnows on the bars in seven to 11 feet of water. Muskie anglers are triggering fish on the points and reed edges with bucktails and top-water baits.
The Pennington and Portsmouth pits are kicking out numbers of trout in 25 to 35 feet. Look to the Portsmouth Pit for bigger northern pike as well. Bucktails are producing muskies at Cedar Lake, while bass are an easy catch along the weedlines of most lakes. Walleyes can be had during lowlight periods on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake along the deep weed edges. Rabbit Lake also is the area's best bet for bigger bluegills in 10 to 20 feet.
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the deep weed edges and sharp breaks at lakes such as Big Cormorant, Lizzie, Pelican, Franklin, Island, Detroit and Big Toad. Bluegills can be had in the cabbage beds of Crystal Lake, Round Lake, Shell Lake, Prairie Lake and Cotton Lake. Bass fishing remains strong on all lakes with plastics tossed on the deep weedlines.
Walleyes are hitting crawlers and minnows in 12 to 14 feet at Fish Lake and Boulder Lake. The 10-foot weedlines of Fish and Rice Lake continue to provide steady bluegill action. Large minnows also will produce northern pike at Rice Lake. Flasher Flies tipped with smelt are turning lake trout on Superior. Most of these fish remain tight to the bottom in 135 feet of water.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Floating Rapalas are producing walleyes in five feet of water on Bowstring Lake. Spinnerbaits or plastic worms are the ticket for bass on lakes such as Big Splithand, Bowstring, Spider and Portage in 15 to 18 feet. Small northern pike are biting on most lakes and a few muskies have been raised on lakes such as Moose Lake, Deer Lake and North Star Lake.
Look for pods of walleyes on the reefs near deep water. A jig and minnow is turning the majority of fish. The bigger northern pike are hitting stickbaits and spoons along the deep weed edges and wind-swept shorelines. Smallmouth bass continue to slam crankbaits on the rock piles.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - Leeches and live bait rigs are turning some walleyes during the day. Work the tops and edges of the mud flats in 24 to 32 feet of water. The evening hours have been more consistent in shallower water. Crankbaits or a slip bobber and leech is the way to go on the shallow breaks or 10-foot rock piles. The rocks continue to hold smallmouth bass, while the weedlines, points and north end breaks are spots worth noting for muskies.
WEST - A slip bobber and leech remains the best option for walleyes at night in the 32- to 34-foot mud areas. Spinner rigs tipped with minnows or leeches are a good daytime presentation on top of the mud flats between 22 and 26 feet of water. Wigwam Bay, St. Alban's Bay and Vineland Bay have produced northern pike using crankbaits on the weedlines. Perch tend to be mixed with the walleyes and muskie anglers continue to see fish on the weedlines of most bays.
An occasional walleye can be had in 30 to 32 feet in Brown's Bay and Wayzata Bay during the evening hours. Muskies also tend to be most active during lowlight periods on the deep weedlines. Sucker minnows are starting to turn a few northern pike in the channels, while the deep and shallow weeds are producing bass, primarily on spinnerbaits. The 10-foot weedlines remain the best option for sunfish and crappies.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The sturgeon action at the Rainy River has been very good. Smallmouth bass also can be had on the Rainy east of the Clementson Rapids. At the Northwest Angle, bright-colored jigs are producing walleyes in 20 to 26 feet. The Knight and Bridges islands have been especially good. The south shore bite extends from the Lighthouse Gap west to Sandy Shores in 28 feet with live bait.
Largemouth bass are an easy catch and an occasional small walleye can be had on the bars during the evening hours. But the big story remains the sunfish bite. The main lake bars are giving up limits of good-sized sunfish in six to 20 feet. Better locations this week have been Two Mile, Johnson's Bar, Half Mile and the Three Mile.
Lindy Rigs and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 18 to 25 feet. A sleeper presentation has been crankbaits around the rock piles. Muskie action has been "fair" with top-water baits triggering most fish. A couple of 55-inch muskies were hooked this week with the best reports coming from the rocks and weeds.
The weedlines and reefs are holding muskies and northern pike, but the pike have been more aggressive. The reefs also are holding sunfish in 12 to 16 feet of water, with some of the bigger fish coming off North Reef. Work the weedlines near the reefs with spinnerbaits for largemouth bass.
A jig and minnow is starting to turn walleyes in five to eight feet of water. Work the weedlines near Highbanks and the Bird Houses or the points such as Raven's and Little Stoney. Numbers of good-sized perch also can be had in these locations. Northern pike have become more active in the weeds, with the bigger fish being taken on minnows or Rapalas.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Shad Raps are turning walleyes during the evening hours along the shoreline breaks and points. You'll also find some midday walleye activity with crawlers in 30 to 32 feet in Walker Bay. Spinnerbaits continue to produce numbers of largemouth bass in the reeds and rice beds. Bucktails and top-water baits are turning muskies on the rocks and weedlines of most bays. Look to Agency Bay, Shingobee Bay and most small lakes in the area for panfish in 12 feet of water.
Cedar Lake and the St. Croix River are the area's best bets for walleyes in 20 feet of water. Northern pike are inhaling sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet at Forest Lake, Demontreville Lake, Big Carnelian Lake and Big Marine Lake. Look for sunfish and largemouth bass on the eight-foot weed edges of Lake Jane, White Bear Lake and Demonterville. Bucktails are triggering some muskies at Forest Lake during the morning and evening hours.
Look for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 14 feet on Lake Washington. Largemouth bass remain active on lakes such as Madison, Big Jefferson and Washington. Big Jefferson also has kicked out some good-size northern pike. Crappies can be had on minnows in 10 feet at German Lake. The Blue Earth end of the Minnesota River is giving up a few walleyes and numbers of catfish.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Waxworks continue to produce bluegills in 16 feet at the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes. There's some lowlight walleye activity with leeches in 22 to 24 feet on Potato Lake, Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake. Sucker minnows are triggering northern pike along the weed edges of Big Mantrap Lake. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits on most lakes in 10 to 12 feet of water.
There's some evening walleye and crappie action along the 28-foot breaks of Sand Bay. Walleyes have started hitting shiner minnows near Blueberry Island in 30 to 35 feet. Black Bay continues to produce crappies and crankbaits or spoons have produced northern pike along the shallow weedlines throughout the lake.
Northern pike action has been good in the Tamarack River area. Walleyes are hitting Shad Raps in 10 to 12 feet. A slip bobber and minnow has turned a few crappies this week. The best reports are coming from the cribs on the southeast corner of the lake.
RED WING AREA
Northern pike can be had on Red Eye spoons or sucker minnows at the Rush River Inlet on the Mississippi River. Work the deep holes of the river with stinkbait for catfish. The best walleye reports on the river are coming from the wing dams. Look to Lake Pepin with plugs for walleyes, while crappies and smallmouth bass remain active on the 16- to 22-foot rocks of Pepin.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Becker Lake, Horseshoe Lake and Grand Lake are kicking out sunfish in six to 10 feet. Lake Koronis is the area's best walleye option in 12 feet of water. Look to the Sauk River for catfish. Largemouth bass and northern pike remain active in the weeds of most lakes.
Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours along the shallow bulrushes has started turning walleyes on Lake Minnewaska. Some fish also can be had off the points with minnows between 12 and 16 feet of water. Sunfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet with some crappies coming from deeper water on Minnewaska. Bass and northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits throughout the area.