Msg 1 Posted: 10:32 AM 07/27/07 (CST)
Bluegill action has picked up on Lake Ida and Lake Le Homme Dieu in 12 to 20 feet. Bass fishing remains strong with plastics on the deep weedlines of most lakes. Crappies are being found on the cabbage beds of lakes Darling, Geneva and Le Homme Dieu. A few walleyes can be had with leeches or crawlers at sunset and beyond in 30 to 40 feet on Lake Miltona and Ida. Pike and muskie reports have been limited.
The 12-foot weedlines and bars of Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, Sugar Lake and Lake Augusta are holding sunfish. Look for crappies to be suspended on top of the deep weeds on these lakes. Theres some limited walleye action during the evening hours on Clearwater in 18 to 24 feet with leeches and nightcrawlers. Bass and pike can be had on the weedlines of most fisheries, but Clearwater and Pleasant Lake have given up a few more big fish. Muskie anglers on Sugar Lake report more follows this week.
Walleye activity has really dropped off, although a few fish are being caught on the flats of Otter Tail Lake at night. Sunfish are hitting leeches on Clitherall Lake, West Battle Lake and Blanche Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Muskie anglers are reporting a lot of follows on West Battle. Look for suspended crappies on South Turtle Lake in 15 to 20 feet and bass fishing remains very good with the bigger fish coming from deep water.
Trolling deep crankbaits over 30 feet has been the best bet for walleyes on Lake Bemidji. Muskie action has picked up with CowGirls and Rumblers triggering fish on the weeds and flats of Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Bluegills are hitting on the shallow weedlines of most lakes. Bass and pike action is strong throughout the area as well.
Blackduck Lake remains the best bet for walleyes. Fish the weeds in seven to 10 feet with leeches or crankbaits during the evening hours. The weed edges of Pimushe Lake, North Twin and South Twin Lake are kicking out crappies and bluegills. Northern pike have become more aggressive along the weedlines of most lakes.
Bass, northern pike and sunfish action remains consistent on the weedlines of all lakes. Crappies have started hitting during the evening hours on the mid-depth weedlines of Gull Lake and Lake Hubert. The best bet for walleyes in this area is a Lindy Rig and live bait trolled on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines during the evening hours.
CASS LAKE AREA
Leeches are turning walleyes in 20 to 25 feet off Deadman's Bar and in 10 to 12 feet off Norway Beach on Cass Lake. Jumbo perch have started hitting in 10 to 12 feet off Cedar Island on Cass and on LeRoy's Bar at Pike Bay Lake. Bluegill and crappie action has improved in 12 to 15 feet on Grace Lake and Kitchi Lake. Muskies are most active during lowlight periods with topwater baits producing more fish this week.
Consistent bass action is reported with plastics on Serpent Lake, Bay Lake, Lower Mission Lake and Rabbit Lake. Cast crankbaits or float sucker minnows on the weed edges of any lake and youll find pike. Some big sunfish are coming off lakes such as Little Rabbit, East Rabbit, Black Hoof and Milford. There's some evening crappie action taking place at Black Hoof, Mahnomen and Clearwater. Limited walleye action is reported off Serpent Lake during the evening hours.
CROSS LAKE AREA
Walleye action remains strong during lowlight periods on the Whitefish Chain, Pelican Lake and Crosslake. Lindy Rigs or spinner rigs tipped with leeches and nightcrawlers are the way to go in 22 to 30 feet. The warm weather is triggering a deep crankbait bite for walleyes and lake trout as well. Trolling crankbaits or spoons on the weedlines of most lakes is a safe bet for pike and bass are active in four to eight feet. Panfish can be had in the weeds of most lakes, but look deep for bigger fish.
Big Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa are kicking out walleyes. Leeches have worked best on the sand flats or weed edges during the evening hours. Look for muskies on the weedlines of Big Detroit with live bait and artificials. You'll find suspended crappies over deep water in Deadshot Bay on Big Detroit. Pearl Lake is producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet, while bass and pike action remains strong throughout the area.
Look to Island Lake in 20 to 22 feet with leeches or crawlers for walleyes. Fish Lake continues to give up a few walleyes in 15 feet as do the 12- to 15-foot holes of Boulder Lake. The best reports from Lake Superior are coming from the Silver Bay area. Work the surface down to 100 feet with spoons for pink salmon, kings, lake trout and a few cohos. The 10-foot weedline of Fish Lake is the best bet for bluegills. Smallmouth bass are hitting live bait or crankbaits on the structure of Island Lake.
Crawlers or small crankbaits continue to produce smallmouth bass on the Rum and Mississippi rivers. Sunfish and crappies are being found on Blue Lake over 14 to 22 feet. Largemouth bass have bit well on the weedlines of Fremont Lake, Blue, Elk Lake and Green Lake. The weedlines of Fremont remain the areas best option for pike as well.
The bigger sunfish have started hitting on Shields Lake and Lake Mazaska in 14 feet. Spoon plugs are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Shields, Mazaska and Cedar Lake. There's a consistent after dark muskie bite taking place on the bars of French Lake with large rubber baits. The deep weeds and thick slop of Cedar Lake are a safe bet for largemouth bass.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Lake trout action has picked up on Lake Superior about 150 feet down with spoons. Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 10 to 20 feet on Devils Fish Lake, Devils Track Lake and Elbow Lake during the evening hours. The weedlines of Elbow are worth noting for pike.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A jig and minnow combination is producing pike in 20 to 30 feet of water on Lake Pokegama. The weedlines of Pokegama also are giving up numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass. Theres some decent daytime walleye action on the weedlines out to 30 feet of water at lakes Wabana, Trout, Deer, Swan and Pokegama. The night bite is noticeably better in seven to 16 feet of water with Shad Raps as well. Trolling the deep water of Deer and Moose Lake with large crankbaits has triggered muskies.
Five Point Lake, Webb Lake and Birch Lake have produced bunches of crappies during the evening hours in 14 to 16 feet. The last hour of daylight is the best bet for walleyes on the weedlines of these lakes. Bass continue to be found on the deep weedlines and deep breaks during the day and up shallower during lowlight periods. Birch and Pleasant lakes have been best with spinnerbaits.
Look to the reefs with deep water nearby for walleyes and sauger during the day. During lowlight periods, work the windswept bays and shelves. Spinner rigs or long-snelled Lindy Rigs should produce fish in 28 to 32 feet. Smallmouth bass continue to be found on weed edges and rock, while northern pike are set up in deep water adjacent to weedy bays and shorelines.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST Slip bobbers and leeches are the way to go for walleyes. Work the deep gravel and mud for bigger fish, but the shallow rocks have produced some ``keepers'' during lowlight periods. Smallmouth bass anglers have been more noticeable and they are catching fish with plastics on the shallow rocks, boat lifts and docks. Muskies continue to chase baits on the weeds and rocks with the most fish being caught during the evening hours and after dark.
WEST The most consistent walleye bite is from sunset through the night in 28 to 32 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches are working best on the Seven Mile Flat, Sherman's Flat and Seguchie's Flat. Trolling sucker minnows or crankbaits on the weedlines of St. Alban's Bay continues to produce pike. Muskie action is limited, but the rock points are giving up smallmouth bass.
Muskie action has picked up with bucktails and large spinnerbaits turning the most fish on the deep weedlines. Bass, pike and panfish are found tight to the weeds early and late in the day and off the edges during midday periods. A few walleyes continue to be caught during lowlight periods on a jig and leech in 20 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Downrigging or spinner rigs are producing the most walleyes along the south shore in 25 to 35 feet. Long Point, Stoney Point and Crow Duck Island have been steady producers again this week. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting live bait around the islands in 16 to 20 feet. Topwater baits and bucktails also have raised muskies around the islands early and late in the day. The Rainy River is always a safe bet for smallmouth bass and sturgeon.
Some consistent sunfish action is taking place on the bars and flats in eight to 12 feet. Small leeches, waxworms and worms all have produced fish. Work the One Mile, Two Mile and north-end access area. Walleyes are hitting crankbaits during lowlight periods in 12 feet. The bass bite has been excellent along the deep and shallow weedlines. Minnows or crankbaits are triggering numbers of pike in the weeds as well.
The key for muskie anglers is perch. Find the perch, find the spots they're sitting, throw perch-styled baits, and you'll find active muskies. Walleye fishing remains tough with some anglers reporting success trolling crankbaits on the weedlines or pitching a jig and crawler. Deep-water trolling with leadcore about four to seven feet off bottom over 26 to 32 feet also has triggered walleyes, especially during lowlight periods.
Muskie activity has picked up with bucktails and large crankbaits by the swimming beach and southeast corner of the island. Sunfish are being taken in eight feet near Pillsbury Reef, off Harm's Point in eight to 12 feet, and near Cemetery Reef in 12 to 14 feet. Cemetery Reef and North Reef are producing some big bass, but look for numbers of smaller fish in the reeds scattered throughout the lake.
A Lindy Rig and leech is producing walleyes on the nine- to 12-foot breaks off Little Stony Point, Raven's Point and Sugar Point. The north-end humps also are giving up some walleyes, usually bigger fish, in 16 to 20 feet. Look for bigger perch on the 14- to 18-foot rocks with fatheads. The shoreline weedlines are giving up small pike, but big fish have been scarce.
LEECH LAKE AREA
On Leech Lake, trolling crankbaits in Walker Bay or the main-lake rocks has triggered muskies. The best walleye action is taking place with Shad Raps after dark between Sand Point and Cedar Point. Pine Point also has been a good spot once the sun sets. The best pike and bass action has come off the weedlines of Portage Lake. Panfish reports have been limited.
Large minnows are producing catfish in the deep holes of the Minnesota River. Panfish continue to be caught on Madison Lake and Lake Washington in 10 to 12 feet. Washington is kicking out walleyes via crankbaits in 15 to 18 feet during the evening hours. The weedlines of Big Jefferson Lake are holding northern pike and bass, most of which are hitting spinnerbaits. Lura Lake is a safe bet for bass as well.
The channels of the Mississippi River are kicking out smallmouth bass and catfish. Trolling crankbaits has produced walleyes and pike on Lake Pulaski and Sugar Lake in 10 to 17 feet of water during lowlight periods. Look for sunfish on Lake Ida in eight to 12 feet of water, while northern pike and bass are hitting crankbaits and spinnerbaits on Eagle Lake, Mitchell Lake and Big Lake.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Work Fish Hook Lake during the evening hours in 23 feet with leeches and crawlers for walleyes. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Big Mantrap Lake in 14 to 16 feet. On the Crow Wing Chain, you'll find bluegills in 14 feet of water. Topwater baits and plastics are producing bass on most lakes and look to Big Mantrap and Elk Lake with bucktails for muskies.
The east-end reefs near Blueberry Island and Saginaw Bay are producing walleyes in 30 to 40 feet. Community Reef, Sand Bay and the Three Sisters area continue to produce walleyes in 26 to 30 feet. Shiner minnows and leeches have worked best. The mouth of the Little Fork on the Rainy River started giving up walleyes as well. The North Arm is providing steady smallmouth bass action and the shallow water of Black Bay is a safe bet for crappies.
Look for walleyes on the east shore gravel bars in 10 feet, the mud flats in eight to 10 feet, and the south shore rock pile in six to 12 feet. Spinners and leeches or crankbaits have worked best throughout the day. Trolling big crankbaits on the east shore in eight feet has produced numbers of good-sized pike. An occasional crappie is pulled off the cribs over eight to 10 feet.
RED WING AREA
Trolling Shad Raps on leadcore or planer boards in 18 to 25 feet has produced some walleyes on Lake Pepin. The big northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows or Red Eye spoons at the mouth of the Rush and Pine rivers on the Mississippi River. Topwater baits have been the ticket for smallmouth on the rock piles of Pepin.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
A few ``accidental'' walleyes have been caught on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of Koronis, Rice and Horseshoe Lake. Look for sunfish on Pearl Lake in 10 feet, Becker Lake in 10 to 12 feet, and on Grand Lake in six to 12 feet. The weedlines of Pearl Lake are holding crappies.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Expect consistent sunfish action in three to 14 feet (depending on the lake) at Sauk, Fairy, Maple, Lilly, Villard, Little Birch, Swan and Lady lakes. Theres an evening crappie bite at Sauk with Beetle Spins and minnows in eight to 11 feet. Sucker minnows under a float are producing pike on the eight- to 15-foot flats of Sauk and along the 16-foot weedlines of Lilly and Fairy. The bass bite remains strong on most lakes.
Sunfish and crappies are hitting on the Starbuck end of Lake Minnewaska in 12 feet. A few walleyes are being taken, but they're scattered from the shallow weeds out to the 20-foot breaks, primarily on Minnewaska. Northern pike action has slowed, but bass remain an easy catch on Minnewaska. Spinnerbaits and plastics continue to work best.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO Sunfish continue to hit on Lake Peltier and Little Lake in eight to 10 feet. The public fishing dock at Battle Creek Lake is kicking out sunfish as well. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch on White Bear Lake, Big Marine Lake, Demonterville Lake, Olson Lake and Big Carnelian Lake. Look to the ``pumphouse'' on Centerville Lake for crappies. A few muskies are being taken during the evening hours at Forest Lake, Lake Owassa and Bald Eagle Lake. The St. Croix River remains the area's best bet for walleyes and sauger.
WEST METRO Topwater baits are triggering bass on the thick weed patches of lakes Auburn, Bavaria and Steiger. Catfish continue to hit at a good pace on the Minnesota River, while lakes Minnewashta and Riley are the area's best panfish options. Northern pike are inhaling sucker minnows trolled on the weedlines of Lake Zumbra and Steiger Lake.
Look for crappies and sunfish off Best Point on Lake Tetonka in seven to 10 feet of water. Walleyes, pike and catfish are hitting in the DNR Bay over 14 to 17 feet of water on Tetonka. Most of the pike and bass are hitting spoon plugs. Sunfish Lake is producing panfish and pike in 20 feet and Clear Lake is kicking out panfish in 10 to 16 feet of water. German Lake is giving up sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water throughout the day.
The 10- to 15-foot weedlines of lakes Andrew, Games, Nest and North Long continue to produce sunfish and crappies. There's some limited walleye reports coming off the weedlines of Eagle Lake and the 45- to 50-foot depth range of Green Lake. Bass and northern pike have bit well in and around the mid-depth weeds. Live bait and artificials both have worked.