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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:17 AM 08/07/07 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA


Leeches and crawlers are producing a few walleyes during the evening hours on lakes Ida and Miltona in 25 to 35 feet. Look for bluegills on the 12- to 25-foot weedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Bass continue to be caught on most lakes in the weeds and there is some evening crappie action on the deep weedlines of lakes Le Homme Dieu, Darling and Geneva.

ANNANDALE AREA

Bass and northern pike are hitting on the deep weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake and Cedar Lake. Sunfish action remains strong on the 12-foot weed edges of Clearwater, Sugar Lake and Lake Sylvia. The 10-foot bar on Lake Augusta is giving up sunfish as well. Crappies are active on the weedlines of most lakes during the evening hours. Muskie anglers are reporting a few follows from Sugar Lake, while Clearwater remains the best bet for walleyes, during the evening hours, in 18 to 24 feet.

BATTLE LAKE

Leeches and minnows are producing some walleyes at Clitherall, Silver, Blanche, Walker and Rush lakes in 18 to 25 feet. Theres some evening walleye action on Otter Tail Lake in seven to 11 feet with sucker minnows. On West Battle Lake, walleyes are being found in 30 to 35 feet during low-light periods. Muskie anglers are hooking fish on the weeds of West Battle Lake with sucker minnows. Look for sunfish in 14 to 18 feet at Deer Lake, Dead Lake and Norway Lake. Bass and northern pike are hitting well on most lakes in 16 to 20 feet.

BEMIDJI AREA

A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes in the six-foot cabbage beds of Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Rapalas and redtails also have worked on these lakes in 14 to 16 feet. Muskie action has been slow, but Big Lake is giving up crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Work the weedlines of Lake Swenson for pike and bluegills have been on the bite in 12 to 14 feet on most lakes.

BLACKDUCK AREA

Panfish action continues to be very good on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges of Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, North Twin Lake and South Twin Lake. Theres an evening walleye bite at Blackduck Lake with crankbaits and leeches on the 10-foot weedlines. Bass and northern pike can be had with minnows or spinnerbaits on the weedlines of most lakes.

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

The weed edges of most lakes are producing pike and bass early and late in the day. Sunfish action also remains strong on the weedlines with small jigs and waxworms or panfish-sized leeches. Walleyes continue to be caught during the evening hours in 12 to 20 feet. The key has been to stay tight to the weeds with a live-bait rig and redtail.

CASS LAKE AREA

Midday hours are best spent off the bars of Cass Lake with a leech and live bait rig in 20 to 25 feet for walleyes. During the evening hours and after dark, Shad Raps are turning walleyes on top of the bars in 10 to 12 feet. Muskie and perch action remains slow, but Grace Lake and Kitchi Lake continue to give up panfish in 12 to 14 feet.

Crosby Area

Pike action has been excellent throughout the area with sucker minnows or spinnerbaits taking most fish. Bass also have bit well with lakes such as Rabbit, Serpent, Clearwater and Horseshoe standing out. Pelican Lake and Serpent Lake are giving up a few walleyes after dark. Sunfish remain an easy catch on the weedlines of Black Hoof Lake, Little Rabbit Lake, East Rabbit Lake and Turkey Bass Lake. Look for crappies to be suspended at Serpent and Mahnomen Lake. Jigging spoons tipped with Power Bait have produced trout during the early morning hours at Manuel Pit and Huntington Pit.


DETROIT LAKES

Walleye action is strong on Big Detroit Lake, during the morning in 10 to 17 feet. Look to the weedlines of lakes Melissa, Island and Sugarbush with minnows for as well. Bass will hit spinnerbaits on most lakes and sunfish are hitting on the deep weedlines of Floyd Lake, Prairie Lake and Melissa. Look for suspended crappies over 19 to 24 feet at Melissa during the evening. Muskies are hitting topwater baits at a good pace on Big Detroit Lake during low-light periods.

DULUTH AREA

Look to Island Lake with crankbaits for walleyes in 25 to 30 feet. The docks and reefs of Island are holding numbers of smallmouths and a few walleyes can be had on Boulder Lake and Fish Lake as well. Fish Lake will produce good-sized bluegills in 15 feet. On Lake Superior, the best salmon and lake trout action is seven miles out of Duluth about 100 feet below the surface.

ELY AREA

Slab crappies will fall for minnows or tube jigs at Fall Lake, White Iron Lake, Low Lake and Little Long Lake. Walleyes are scattered between four and 30 feet and active during low-light periods. Limits of eaters, as well as some trophy-caliber walleyes, have come from Basswood Lake, Burntside Lake, Fall and White Iron. Early-morning smallmouth bass action is consistent on most lakes with topwater baits and northern pike are hitting just about anything thrown on the weedlines.

FAIRMONT AREA

Fathead minnows started producing walleyes on Hall Lake during the evening. Catfish action is strong on most lakes and theres an evening crappie bite in eight to 10 feet at Budd Lake. Look to Fox Lake during the evening hours for an occasional walleye and muskie.

FARIBAULT AREA

Sunfish action remains strong at Shields Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Bass are hitting plastics and jigs on the deep milfoil of Cedar Lake. Muskies are chasing topwater baits at night up shallow or Bull Dawgs during the day in deep water on French Lake. Youll also find suspended crappies over the 40-foot hole on French. Spoon plugs and Shad Raps are producing numbers of pike on the weedlines of lakes Mazaska, Shields and Cedar.

GRAND MARAIS AREA

The coho salmon and lake trout bite has picked up on Lake Superior. The majority of fish are down about 100 to 150 feet and being taken with Dipsey Divers. On Lake Saganaga, walleye action has picked up via leeches in 20 feet during the day and in 10 feet during low-light periods. Devils Track Lake, Seagull Lake, Elbow Lake and Gunflint Lake also are producing walleyes, primarily during the evening hours.

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Deep weedlines of Lake Pokegama will produce walleyes and bass. Evening walleye action is holding up well at lakes Wabana, Trout and Deer via crankbaits. Mid-day walleyes are being found on these lakes on the 20-foot weeds. Muskie anglers are seeing fish on Moose Lake and Deer Lake, but few fish have committed. Spider Lake and Rice Lake are worth noting for crappies during the evening in 10 to 15 feet. Topwater baits are producing smallies at North Star Lake.

HACKENSACK AREA


Look for suspended crappies over 16 to 24 feet on Birch Lake and Ten Mile Lake. The 14- to 16-foot cabbage areas of Pleasant Lake also have produced crappies. Woman Lake started giving up walleyes during the evening hours in 25 to 30 feet. Muskie anglers are reporting more follows, but most continue to come up empty-handed. Jigs and live bait are producing pike and bass on the deep weeds of Pleasant and Birch lakes.

LAKE KABETOGAMA

During the day, look for walleyes on 30- to 40-foot reef edges and sharp breaks around Martin Islands. Low-light periods are best spent on top of the reefs, the shallow bays and wind-driven shorelines. Pike are hanging in deep water adjacent to shallow bays like Slatinski, Mud, Daily, Nebraska and Blind Ash bays. Some sauger and perch are in very deep water.

LAKE MILLE LACS

• EAST — Walleye action is slow with some big fish being taken on deep-diving crankbaits off the deep mud and gravel areas. Muskie anglers are seeing more fish on the north end sand, in Isle Bay and off Big Point and some of the best action is taking place after dark. Smallmouths remain an easy catch with crankbaits or plastics on the rock points and reefs.

• WEST — There’s some mid-day walleye action with deep-diving crankbaits off the mud flats in 32 to 35 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches continue to work best after dark on the edges of the flats in 28 to 32 feet. Anglers continue to hit some good-sized pike with sucker minnows or crankbaits on the weedlines of St. Alban’s Bay. Muskies seem to be most active during the evening and night hours, while smallmouth bass can be had on the shallow rocks.

LAKE MINNETONKA

Sunfish and bass continue to be found on the six- to 10-foot weedlines. Bull Dawgs and bucktails are triggering muskies on top of the weed flats that are adjacent to deep water. Trolling spinnerbaits tipped with sucker minnows has provided steady pike action over 15 feet in the deep bays.

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The walleye bite has been strong on the eight- to 10-foot reefs with crawlers and bottom bouncers. Other anglers are having success pulling plugs or downrigging in 33 to 35 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting at a good pace in Baudette Bay and the Rainy River. Eating-sized walleyes also are coming from the Rainy on jigs in 20 to 23 feet. At the Northwest Angle, jigs or bottom bouncers are turning walleyes on the reefs around Oak Island. Several muskies over 50 inches have been caught this week at the Angle as well.

LAKE OSAKIS

Large sucker minnows are producing pike on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines and flats. The sunfish bite is strong on the Half Mile Bar, Center Bar and north-end weed edges in 12 to 15 feet. Look for walleyes during the evening off the bars in 12 feet. Bass are on the weedlines but crappie action is limited.

LAKE WACONIA

The best muskie reports are coming from the swimming beach and south side of the island via bucktails and topwater baits. Bass are being found on the deep and shallow weeds with some of the biggest fish hitting on the south side of Cemetery Reef. Sunfish remain active in deep water off the reefs, but walleye reports are minimal.

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH


Most of the consistent walleye action is coming off the eight- to 10-foot weedlines with a short Lindy Rig and crawler or jig and minnow. The north-end humps are giving up walleyes in 18 to 22 feet. The west-side rocks off Raven’s Point are producing perch in 12 to 14 feet. Look for northern pike on the seven- to nine-foot weedlines throughout the lake.

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits on 10- to 14-foot weedlines. If youre fishing live bait, low-light and night periods are best. Muskies are everywhere in the weeds and rocks, but getting them to commit to anything has been difficult. The best bets are bucktails and topwater baits after dark. Smallmouth bass continue to be found on the docks and sunfish action remains strong in the weeds.

LEECH LAKE AREA

Surface baits are triggering muskies and some big pike anywhere you find established cabbage beds. Walleyes continue to be caught on live bait during the day in 14 to 20 feet and on crankbaits during the evening hours in 12 to 14 feet. Better areas this week have been the Sheep Pasture and Walker Bay Narrows. Panfish action has improved on the weedlines of Shingobee Bay, Kabekona Bay and Bear Island. Work the rice beds of Boy Bay for largemouth bass.

McGREGOR AREA

Crawlers are producing a few walleyes in 27 feet at Big Sandy Lake. Work the docks and weedbeds of Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy with small jigs or minnows for crappies. The weedlines of Minnewawa are holding northern pike and Round Lake is providing the areas best bass action.

MONTICELLO AREA

The deep channels of the Mississippi River are kicking out smallmouth bass and catfish. Sunfish and crappies are active on the four- to 16-foot weedlines of lakes Constance, Ida and Eagle. Bass and pike are hitting crankbaits or minnows on the weedlines of Big Lake, Mitchell Lake and Silver Lake.

ORTONVILLE AREA

The Manhattan Beach and Meadowbrook areas of Big Stone Lake are producing bluegills and perch in 12 feet of water. Look to the weed edges of Oliver Lake with minnows for crappies. Trolling Rapalas on the north end of Lake Lac qui Parle has been productive for walleyes in six feet.

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Theres an evening walleye bite on Fish Hook Lake in 22 feet with crawlers. Northern pike are active in 16 feet at Long Lake and the Crow Wing Chain. Look to Big Mantrap Lake with topwater baits for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Big Mantrap is kicking out muskies as well.

RAINY LAKE

Walleyes are being found in 40 to 50 feet off Blueberry Island and in 40 feet in Sand Bay and near Franzen Island. Crawlers or shiner minnows worked vertically have produced the most fish. There is some evening walleye action over 30 to 40 feet at the American Narrows. Northern pike activity has been limited, but crankbaits are producing numbers of smallmouths throughout the North Arm.


RED LAKE

Walleyes remain active on the rock piles and gravel bars out of Washkish in 10 to 12 feet. A spinner and crawler has worked on the edges during the day, while a jig and minnow has turned more fish on top of these areas during low-light periods. A few more crappies were pulled from the cribs this week and northern pike are inhaling bucktails along the east shore in six to eight feet.

RED WING AREA

Trolling crankbaits in 18 to 25 feet at Lake Pepin has produced walleyes. The big pike continue to hit spoons or sucker minnows at the mouth of the Rush River on the Mississippi River. The Maple Springs area of Pepin is producing smallmouth bass. Hair jigs and leeches have worked best.

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

The Sauk River is producing numbers of channel catfish. Northern pike and sunfish are biting well at Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, Grand Lake and Pearl Lake in six to 12 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting on Lake Koronis and Rice Lake while largemouth action has slowed. A few walleyes can be had on crankbaits after dark on Koronis in 10 to 16 feet.

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Look to Big Birch Lake for suspended crappies over 18 to 24 feet. Sunfish action is strong in five to 14 feet at Sauk, Maple, Lilly, Villard, Big Swan and Fairy lakes. Walleye reports are limited, but Sauk Lake continues to produce numbers of largemouth bass. Sucker minnows worked on the 10- to 16-foot weedlines of most lakes are safe bets for pike.

STARBUCK AREA

More walleyes were caught this week on Lake Minnewaska in 12 to 20 feet with fathead minnows and spinners. Sunfish are active in 10 feet on Minnewaska and bass are an easy catch on the docks and reeds early and late in the day.

TWIN CITIES METRO

• NORTHEAST METRO — Topwater baits are producing numbers of bass at Big Marine Lake and Big Carnelian Lake. Look for northern pike along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Big Marine, Forest Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. Walleyes, sauger and silver bass are hitting a jig and minnow in 18 to 20 feet in the Hastings area of the St. Croix River. Lakes such as Peltier, Little and Battle Creek are safe bets for sunfish and surface baits are triggering muskies at White Bear Lake, Forest and Bald Eagle.

• WEST METRO — Lakes such as Hydes, Minnewashta and Riley are kicking out sunfish and crappies in eight to 10 feet. Spoon plugs or sucker minnows are producing pike along the weedlines of Pierson Lake. There’s a steady catfish bite on the Minnesota River during the evening hours and bass continue to hit spinnerbaits on the weedlines of most lakes.






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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:19 AM 08/07/07 (CST)
Thanks for the report BB!


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:34 AM 08/07/07 (CST)
Thanks, looks like a few fish are still biting in a few places.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 12:49 PM 08/07/07 (CST)
Thanks BigBite!



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:35 PM 08/07/07 (CST)
"Crawlers are producing a few walleyes in 27 feet at Big Sandy Lake"

I thought BSL didn't have a deep walleye bite.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 01:38 PM 08/07/07 (CST)
Nofish,
I thought the same thing and I've never caught one deeper than 10ft in my life. So I guess I will have to give it a try, I will let you know what happens.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:55 PM 08/07/07 (CST)
nice to see a few fisherman still hitting the lakes but wheres the river reports hiding at ?


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 02:07 PM 08/07/07 (CST)
What rivers are you looking for? Got any favorites?


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:01 PM 08/08/07 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 01:26 PM 08/08/07 (CST)
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I'm talking rivers like crow wing,leaf and the red eye going to try the crow wing agian this weekend i'll post back if i find any fish .


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