Msg 1 Posted: 07:54 AM 08/14/07 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA |
The only walleye action is taking place during low-light periods in water as deep as 35 feet at Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Bass remain active on the deep weeds and bars throughout Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos and Miltona. Look for crappies during the evening hours on the deep weedlines of lakes Darling, Geneva and Le Homme Dieu. Sunfish continue to be caught in 12 to 14 feet of water on many lakes.
Sunfish continue to be caught in 12 to 14 feet of water at Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake and Pleasant Lake. Lakes such as Sylvia, Cedar, Pleasant and Clearwater are giving up numbers of bass and pike on spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Look to Clearwater for evening walleye action in 18 to 24 feet of water with live bait rigs and leeches. Some walleyes have been pulled off the shallower weedlines with minnows as well.
Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet are producing walleyes. The ticket on these lakes has been to work crawlers in 16 feet during low-light periods or redtails in 30 feet during the day. Muskie action has been limited this week, but youll find bluegills in 10 feet and crappies in 14 feet at Big Lake and Evergreen Lake. The weedlines of Lake Irvine are holding northern pike, while plastics continue to trigger bass at Big Lake, North Twin and South Twin lakes.
Blackduck Lake is producing walleyes in seven to 10 feet of water on jigs and live bait or crankbaits. Round Lake and Island Lake also have provided steady walleye action in 10 feet of water during the evening hours. Panfish remain active on Pimushe Lake, while spoons are triggering numbers of pike at Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake.
Sunfish, pike, and bass can be found near weeds in most area lakes. Live bait or crankbaits have triggered most fish during low-light periods. The weedlines of Gull Lake, Lake Hubert and Nisswa Lake are providing evening crappie action. Work the deep weedlines and bars of Gull for walleyes. Lindy Rigs and crawlers or redtails are working best in 16 to 20 feet.
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers in 35 to 45 feet on Cass Lake. North Cedar Bar and Deadmans Bar have been best. The mid-depth bars of Pike Bay Lake also have given up walleyes. A perch-walleye mix can be had around Cedar Bar and Star Island on Cass with jigs and minnows in eight to 12 feet. Muskie action is best during low-light periods with bucktails and topwater baits. Look for panfish along the strip in Dicks Bay on Cass and bass remain an easy catch on topwater baits.
Steady sunfish action is reported from Chisago, South Lindstrom and South Center lakes in 15 to 20 feet. Drop-shotting plastics is the way to go for big bass at Chisago. The 12-foot weed edges of Sunrise Lake continue to produce pike and there are a few walleyes being taken at night in 20 to 25 feet at South Center and Chisago.
Walleyes can be caught with consistency on the Mississippi River and Serpent Lake after dark Panfish anglers are catching fish at Little Rabbit Lake and the Mississippi between Riverton and Brainerd. Bass fishing remains strong on most lakes with plastics and plenty of pike can be had with sucker minnows or jerkbaits. Trout fishing in the pits is slow, but muskie action has picked up at Cedar Lake.
Small sucker minnows are producing walleyes at Big Detroit Lake in 17 feet and on Pelican Lake and Big Cormorant Lake in 17 to 20 feet. Work the weed edges of lakes such as Floyd, Prairie, Pelican and Big Detroit for sunfish. Youll find crappies on these lakes suspended over 20 feet of water. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch on most lakes, and theres some consistent muskie action at night on Big Detroit with BullDawgs and Double CowGirls.
Lake Superior anglers are finding a mixed bag of fish including walleyes, king salmon, and lake trout with spoons and plugs. The best action is taking place about five miles out of Duluth over 100 feet of water. The St. Louis River is giving up walleyes, primarily in the 20-foot dredged trenches. Look for walleyes on Island Lake in 25 feet and at Boulder Lake in 15 feet as well. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Fish Lake are holding bluegills.
Blue Lake is kicking out panfish in 16 to 22 feet and some walleyes in 20 feet during low-light periods. Look for bass and pike on the weedlines of Fremont Lake, Elk Lake and Green Lake. The Rum River and Mississippi River continue to produce numbers of smallmouth bass on crawlers or crankbaits.
Its been a tough week of fishing. Walleye action has really slowed with just a few fish being taken during the evening hours on lakes such as Fall and Burntside. Panfish reports also have been limited and while northern pike continue to be caught, big fish have been scarce. The one constant has been smallmouth bass, which remain active on most of the lakes that hold them.
The 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Shields Lake are giving up sunfish. CowGirls are triggering numbers of muskies at French Lake after dark. Leeches are turning walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot breaks of Fox Lake and the deep milfoil of Cedar Lake is holding bass. On Kelly Dudley Lake, sucker minnows worked on the weedlines have provided steady pike action.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Salmon action on Lake Superior has slowed, but lake trout continue to be caught along the shorelines over 50 to 70 feet of water. Walleyes continue to be active at night on Elbow Lake in three feet and at Lake Saganaga and Devils Track Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the sand and rock areas of most lakes.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
On Sugar Lake, walleyes are hitting during the day in 35 feet of water and in 14 feet of water during the evening hours. Theres a consistent evening walleye bite on the weedlines of Lake Pokegama with Rapalas. Work Trout Lake with redtails in 20 to 35 feet of water for walleyes. Jigs or crankbaits worked on the deep weeds of Pokegama are producing pike. Crappies continue to be found on the weeds during the low-light periods of the day on Pokegama and Lake Wabana. The night muskie bite has been very strong with topwater baits at lakes such as Deer, Moose and North Star. The Mississippi River is kicking out largemouth, while the deep weeds of Pokegama continue to provide smallmouths.
Natural-colored plastics are producing a lot of bass at Stony Lake. Deep-diving crankbaits are the ticket for good-sized pike in 25 to 30 feet at Ten Mile Lake. Look for crappies on top of the weeds over 14 to
16 feet of water at Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake.
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in six to 12 feet or crawlers and leeches in 30 to 35 feet. The wind-driven points and shorelines are always good shallow spots. Work the weeds in most bays with minnows or crankbaits for pike. Smallmouth are hitting topwater lures on the rock ledges.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST Crankbaits continue to trigger the most walleyes over 30 feet of water. Muskie anglers are trolling the north-end sand breaks and casting the weeds in Isle Bay and having success, especially during low-light periods. Smallmouth bass remain an easy catch with live bait or plastics on the shallow and mid-depth rocks.
WEST The daytime walleye bite is limited, but evening action has picked up on the tops and edges of the mud flats. Sucker minnows or crankbaits are producing quite a few good-sized pike on the weedlines of St. Albans Bay. Work the rock points for smallmouth and the best muskie activity continues to take place on the rock points and in weedy bays at night.
Look for sunfish on the 18-foot weedlines of Browns Bay and Wayzata Bay. Muskie action has been very good on the weedlines near deep water. Trolling heavy spinners and minnows tight to the weeds has provided steady pike action. Walleyes can be had during low-light periods tight to the milfoil edges in 20 feet of water. A jig and pig combination is producing bass in the milfoil pockets.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are being taken on downriggers in 32 to 35 feet or with live bait on the reefs in 12 to 14 feet. Walleyes and sauger are being taken on the Rainy River in 20 to 22 feet on spinners and crawlers. The Clementson Rapids area has been best. At the Northwest Angle, jigging with crawlers has produced walleyes around Oak Island. Several big muskies also were taken this week in this area.
Sunfish action is very good in 12 feet of water on the Four Mile and Half Mile bars. Walleye activity is limited, but northern pike are hitting very well on the weedlines. The biggest bass are being pulled from the deep weeds and you will find crappies suspended over 28 to 30 feet in front of Holiday Resort.
Lindy Rigs and crawlers drifted along the weedlines and saddles have produced walleyes. Crankbaits also have turned walleyes this week, especially during low-light periods. Muskie anglers are doing well primarily after dark. CowGirls and SiliGirls have worked best off the rock points and weedlines. Senkos are the ticket for bass in any cover that creates shade.
The 10- to 13-foot weeds of Andersons Reef, North Reef and Cemetery Reef are holding bass. There is some walleye action during low-light periods off the deep weed edges of these reefs. Look to Pillsbury Reef and Harms Point for sunfish in eight to 12 feet. Muskie action continues to improve in 13 to 15 feet from the marina to the swimming beach, the southeast side of the island, Andersons Reef and North Reef.
Ravens Point, Sugar Point, Little Stoney Point and the south end of Highbanks are all holding walleyes. The key is to work the eight- to 12-foot weedbeds with Shad Raps, spinners and crawlers, or slip bobbers and leeches. A jig and minnow is producing perch on the 12- to 16-foot rock flats. Some bigger pike were taken this week on the six- to eight-foot weedlines.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught, but theyre spread out in 12 to 14 feet. Shad Raps are a good way to go off Sand Point and Otter Tail Point on Leech Lake. Muskie action has picked up with CowGirls on the main lake rocks and weeds. Look to Boy Bay on Leech and Portage Lake for largemouth bass.
Sunfish are an easy catch in 10 to 12 feet at Madison Lake and Lake Washington. Theres some evening walleye action with crankbaits on Washington in 15 to 18 feet. The New Ulm area of the Minnesota River is kicking out catfish, mainly on sucker minnows. Spinnerbaits and sucker minnows continue to trigger pike on the weedlines of Big Jefferson Lake and Lura Lake remains a safe bet for bass.
Theres some evening walleye action with crankbaits in the Hartford Beach area of Big Stone Lake. Big Stone also is giving up perch and bluegills during the day. Better areas this week have been Goose Island, Manhattan Reef and Meadowbrook in eight to 12 feet.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crawlers continue to produce walleyes at Long Lake in 23 to 30 feet. Look to Fish Hook Lake in 16 feet with sucker minnows for pike. At Island Lake, youll find crappies suspended over 30 feet and bluegills in 14 to 16 feet. Big Mantrap Lake is providing plenty of muskies on topwater lures and rainbow trout are being found suspended over 50 to 60 feet at Bad Medicine Lake.
A jig and minnow or crawlers are triggering walleyes in Sand Bay over 35 feet, Eight Mile Island in 30 feet, Community Reef in 30 to 32 feet, and near Blueberry and Steamboat islands in 40 to 50 feet. Sucker minnows are producing pike on the weedlines of Lost Bay and the North Arm continues to provide steady smallmouth bass action.
Walleye action has slowed with just a few fish being taken on jigs on or near six- to 12 -foot rock piles. The north-end cribs are producing some crappies in 12 feet and the east shore is the best bet for pike in eight feet with spoons or crankbaits.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish remain active in 12 to 14 feet at lakes Villard, Fairy, Lady, Big Birch, Little Birch, Big Swan and Maple. Leeches and shiner minnows are producing eating-sized walleyes at Lake Amelia in 18 to 30 feet. McCormick Lake and Little Birch also have produced walleyes during the evening hours. Look to Little Birch for smallmouth bass as well.
Bass and northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits on the deep weed edges of most lakes. Look for sunfish and a few crappies on the Starbuck and Glenwood ends of Lake Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet. Walleye action has picked up during the evening hours on Minnewaska. These fish remain scattered from 10 to 20 feet, primarily along the weedlines.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST Bucktails and topwater baits are triggering muskies and big northern pike at White Bear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. Look for crappies on the sharp breaks starting at about six feet on Centerville Lake and Lake Peltier. Peltier also is giving up sunfish in six to 10 feet. The Prescott area of the St. Croix River is giving up walleyes on leeches.
WEST Bass continue to hit sucker minnows or spinnerbaits on the weed edges of Steiger Lake and Lake Minnewashta. Northern pike remain active on the weedlines of Pierson Lake and Lake Wasserman. Cast or troll crankbaits on the deep hole of Parley Lake for walleyes during the evening hours.