Msg 1 Posted: 12:40 PM 08/17/07 (CST)
The catfish bite on the Minnesota River is very good. Large sucker minnows have produced numbers of fish. Theres some evening walleye action with crankbaits on Lake Washington in 15 to 20 feet. The points and weedlines of Washington and Madison Lake are producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Big Jefferson Lake is providing numbers of northern pike via spinnerbaits or sucker minnows.
Bass anglers are finding fish off the deep weeds of Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Miltona. Look for walleyes with crawlers during the evening hours in 25 to 35 feet at Lake Ida and Miltona. Theres also some evening crappie action on the weedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain and sunfish remain active in 12 to 14 feet throughout the area. Muskies remain sluggish with some activity taking place during low-light periods.
Crankbaits have started producing walleyes on the weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake. Look for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet at Lake Augusta, Lake John, Clearwater, and Sugar. Northern pike and bass remain an easy catch on the weedlines of most lakes and muskies have started chasing topwater baits on Sugar. Crappie reports have been limited.
A jig and minnow pitched in the weeds is producing walleyes on Otter Tail Lake during the evening hours. West Battle Lake and Silver Lake also have evening walleye activity with leeches in 20 feet of water. Trolling sucker minnows on the weedlines of Otter Tail and West Battle is a safe bet for pike. Muskies are chasing baits on West Battle but few have bit. Sunfish action remains strong in 10 to 20 feet at Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle.
Bass are hitting plastics and spinnerbaits on the weedlines of Big Lake, North Twin Lake, and South Twin Lake. Work the weedlines of Swenson Lake and Big Lake for panfish and pike. Walleyes remain active during low-light periods in 16 to 30 feet of water at Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Redtails and crawlers are working best on jigs or live bait rigs.
Panfish are hitting on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges of Pimushe Lake and Gilstead Lake. Walleye action remains strong via crankbaits or minnows on Blackduck Lake and Round Lake in seven to 10 feet. Spoons or sucker minnows are the ticket for northern pike at Gilstead and Rabideau Lake.
Pike and bass are hitting along the weed edges of most lakes. Walleyes are biting during the evening hours on the 14- to 20-foot weedlines and bars of Gull Lake and Whitefish Lake. Panfish can be had in 10 to 12 feet on most lakes with Gull and Lake Hubert giving up a few bigger crappies and sunfish.
CASS LAKE AREA
During the day, the main-lake bars are producing walleyes in 30 to 40 feet of water on Cass Lake. The evening hours are best spent on top of the bars or weedlines with a jig and minnow or Shad Rap. Perch have become more active, preferring a jig and minnow in eight to 12 feet throughout Cass. Muskie action continues to be good with many reports of active fish chasing topwater baits during low-light periods. Look to Grace Lake, Kitchi Lake, and Dicks Bay on Cass for panfish in 12 to 15 feet of water.
Bass and sunfish are hitting at a good pace. Look to the 12- to 18-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and South Center Lake for the majority of them. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows in 12 feet of water at Sunrise Lake, while walleyes are starting to bite more regularly during low-light periods in deep water.
Theres some evening walleye action with live bait at Pelican Lake, Serpent Lake, and the Mississippi River. The weedlines of lakes such as Rabbit, Clearwater, Horseshoe, and Cedar are producing numbers of bass and northern pike. Cedar Lake remains the areas best bet for muskies as well. Look for sunfish in 10 to 14 feet at Black Hoof Lake, East Rabbit Lake, and Little Rabbit Lake.
Walleyes are being pulled off the 15- to 17-foot weedlines of Big Detroit Lake with minnows. Minnows also have turned walleyes on the 15-foot weedlines of Island Lake, Pelican Lake, and Lake Melissa. Some good-sized pike are coming from Melissa as well. Bass are hitting on area lakes and sunfish are being targeted in 12 feet at Floyd Lake, Prairie Lake, and Melissa. Big Detroit continues to produce muskies during low-light periods.
Crankbaits have started producing walleyes in 25 feet at Island Lake. Boulder Lake is a secondary walleye option with live bait in 15 feet. Theres a steady bluegill bite on Fish Lake in 10 to 12 feet, while bass remain active in most lakes. On Lake Superior, the best salmon and trout reports are coming from more than 100 feet where suspended fish are being found out of the Duluth area.
Work live bait during low-light periods at Blue Lake in 20 feet and you will pick off an occasional walleye. The Rum River and Mississippi River continue to kick out smallmouth bass via crawlers or crankbaits. Weedlines are holding active bass and pike at lakes Green, Elk, and Fremont. Blue Lake is a safe bet for sunfish and crappies in 15 to 18 feet.
Leeches are producing walleyes in six to eight feet at White Iron Lake and Shagawa Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 14 to 20 feet at One Pine Lake and Bear Island Lake. Smallmouth action has been very good on the west end of Burntside Lake. Drift or troll sucker minnows on the 10-foot weedlines of Little Long Lake and Fall Lake for pike.
Crappies are being caught in eight to 10 feet at Hall Lake. Crankbaits are producing small walleyes during the evening hours at Hall and South Silver Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Catfish are crushing sucker minnows on most lakes and muskie anglers are reporting mainly follows on Fox Lake.
Muskie anglers are doing well with CowGirls after dark on French Lake. The 15- to 20-foot breaks of Fox Lake are giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods. Hit Cedar Lake with plastics for bass and sucker minnows are triggering pike at Kelley Dudley Lake. Sunfish action has improved with Shields Lake standing out again this week in 12 to 14 feet.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes continue to hit Rapalas during the evening hours on Lake Pokegama. Minnows are producing walleyes at Lake Wabana, Trout Lake, and Sugar Lake in 15 to 35 feet. The deep weedlines of Spider Lake, Wabana, and Pokegama are worth noting for crappies during the evening hours. Topwater baits are raising muskies after dark on the weed edges of Deer Lake and Moose Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are very active throughout the area and theres a consistent pike bite with crankbaits in 20 feet on Pokegama.
Youll find suspended crappies over 15 to 24 feet at Birch Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Pleasant Lake kicked out a few sunfish this week in 14 feet as well. Woman Lake gives up an occasional walleye in 25 to 30 feet and deep-diving crankbaits are the way to go for pike at Ten Mile. Muskie action is picking up on area lakes with topwater baits.
Look for walleyes during the day to be hitting live bait in 30 to 35 feet. The shoreline structure in eight to 12 feet is the best bet during low-light periods with a jig and minnow. The Martin Islands area has been productive again this week. Northern pike are hitting minnows and artificial baits outside the weed-covered bays such as Mud, Daily, and Ash. Pitch a topwater lure on the rocks for smallmouth bass.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East Big walleyes, and the occasional keeper, are hitting deep-diving crankbaits over the 30- to 32-foot mud and gravel areas. Some evening crankbait action has started in shallower water as well. The north-end sand breaks and weedlines in most bays remain the best bet for muskies during low-light periods. Hit the docks and mid-depth rocks for smallmouth.
West Northern pike remain active along the weedlines of St. Albans Bay and off Browns Point. The best walleye action is taking place during the evening hours, off the flats, in 28 to 32 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches have worked best and there is some deep crankbait action during the day. Muskie anglers are offering mixed reviews with more follows than hook sets reported.
Muskies continue to hit on established weed edges near deep water, especially during low-light periods. The bigger sunfish are being found in 16 to 20 feet throughout Browns Bay and Wayzata Bay. Sucker minnows worked tight to the weedlines and in the deep channels are producing pike. A few crappies are being found on top of the deep milfoil and bass remain an easy catch in the milfoil pockets with jigs and plastics.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Two patterns remain consistent on the south end: the deep downrigging bite in 32 to 35 feet and the live-bait rig or jig and minnow combination on the 14-foot reefs. Muskie action remains strong at the Northwest Angle and there are walleyes being taken around Oak Island with crawlers. On the Rainy River, spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes and smallmouth bass in 20 feet.
Sunfish continue to provide the best bite with the main-lake bars kicking out fish in 10 to 12 feet. A few walleyes can be had during the evening hours off the bars as well. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 12- to 14-foot weed edges and a few crappies are being found suspended over 25 to 30 feet on the north end. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and plastics on the deep weedlines.
Andersons Reef, the swimming beach, and North Reef are providing the most muskie activity. The deep weeds off Andersons Reef and Cemetery Reef are safe bets for bass. Crappie and pike action remains slow, but sunfish are being caught in 10 to 12 feet off Harms Point and Pillsbury Reef. The only opportunity for walleyes is during low-light periods, mainly off the reefs.
The west-end points, Little Stoney Point, and the Highbanks area are giving up walleyes in eight to 12 feet. Find an established weed edge and work it with Shad Raps or minnows for the most fish, especially early and late in the day. The mid-depth rocks are giving up perch and pike remain active on the shallow weedlines.
Cover a lot of water with Shad Raps during the evening hours and youll hook walleyes. Better areas this week have been Sand Point, Walker Bay Narrows, and Otter Tail Point in 12 to 14 feet. The weedlines of Kabekona Bay and Shingobee Bay are producing bluegills and a few crappies. Work the rice beds in Boy Bay for bass and the best muskie reports now are coming off the mid-depth weeds.
The docks and 12-foot weedbeds of Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake are holding crappies. The weedlines of Minnewawa continue to produce northern pike as well. Minnows or crawlers have triggered more walleyes during the evening hours at Big Sandy Lake in 22 to 27 feet. Look to Round Lake for the areas best bass action.
The Mississippi River continues to produce numbers of catfish and smallmouth bass. Look for sunfish in the six- to 18-foot weeds of Eagle Lake and Lake Ida. Largemouth bass and pike are hitting crankbaits on the deep weedlines of Big Lake, Mitchell Lake, and Eagle. A few walleyes have started hitting crankbaits on Lake Pulaski during low-light periods.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Fish Hook Lake is the areas best option for northern pike in 16 feet of water with sucker minnows. Long Lake is producing some walleyes in 23 to 28 of water feet and topwater lures continue to trigger muskies on Big Mantrap Lake. Hit Island Lake for sunfish and crappies in 16 to 30 feet and Potato Lake is worth noting for smallmouth bass.
Look for walleyes off Blueberry Island in 40 to 50 feet, in Sand Bay over 35 feet, and near Franzen Island in 40 feet. Minnows have started turning fish, but crawlers continue to work as well. The smallmouth bass action has been awesome on the North Arm rocks with crankbaits. Black Bay is producing a few crappies and the weedlines of Lost Bay are a safe bet for pike.
Walleyes are scattered in six to 12 feet of water. The rock piles are holding the most fish, which are being taken with jigs, crankbaits, and spinners. Trolling the east shore with spoons, minnows, or crankbaits is the ticket for big northern pike. Crappie action is minimal with just a few fish coming off the north-end cribs in 10 to 12 feet of water.
RED WING AREA
Lead-lining stickbaits over the 18- to 25-foot holes of Lake Pepin is triggering some walleyes. Suckers or stinkbaits are producing catfish by the dam on the Mississippi River. Work the backwaters of the river for panfish and the Rush River area is a safe bet for pike. Smallmouths remain active on the rock piles of Pepin, especially early and late in the day.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Consistent sunfish reports are coming off Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island Lake in six to 10 feet and off Pearl Lake in 12 feet. The north shore of Lake Koronis started giving up sunfish in six to eight feet and crappies in 16 to 20 feet. Work the weedlines of Koronis and Rice Lake for pike and catfish action is very good on the Sauk River.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Scattered walleye reports are coming from McCormick Lake, Little Birch Lake, and Lake Amelia. The depths have varied, but minnows and leeches are working best during the evening hours. Sunfish action continues on most lakes with Villard, Big Birch, Big Swan, Maple, and Lady lakes standing out this week. Sauk Lake is always a safe bet for largemouth bass.
The 10- to 14-foot weedlines are producing some walleyes on Lake Minnewaska. Work the points and bulrush edges after dark for walleyes as well. Sunfish are biting in 12 to 14 feet throughout Minnewaska and a few crappies are showing up on the 12-foot weed edges. Bass and northern pike are hitting minnows or spinnerbaits on the deep weedlines of most lakes.
TWIN CITIES AREA
Northeast Sucker minnows are the ticket for northern pike on the weedlines of Big Marine Lake, Forest Lake, and Bald Eagle Lake. Muskie action also remains strong with topwater baits at White Bear and Bald Eagle. A jig and minnow pitched in 18 to 20 feet is producing walleyes and sauger on the St. Croix River. Sunfish are hitting in 10 feet of water at Lake Peltier and Little Lake, while crappies continue to be found at Centerville Lake.
West Look for sunfish and crappies in eight to 10 feet at lakes Minnewashta and Riley. The weedlines of Pierson Lake and Wasserman Lake are producing northern pike. Parley Lake is giving up a few walleyes during the evening hours and the areas biggest bass are being pulled off the weedlines of Steiger Lake.
Large spinnerbaits are turning muskies on Lake Tetonka. Working spoon plugs on the weedlines of Tetonka has provided steady pike action and the south end of Tetonka is producing walleyes during low-light periods of the day in 15 to 17 feet of water. Leeches or crankbaits have triggered the most fish. Look to Lake Francis for sunfish in 10 feet of water and Clear Lake is a safe bet for crappies over 15 to 20 feet.
The main-lake structure in 30 to 50 feet of water is holding walleyes on Green Lake, most of which are being taken on live bait. At Diamond Lake, trolling Shad Raps at night has produced walleyes in six feet. Panfish have bit consistently on the weedlines of lakes such as Andrew, Green, Nest, North Long, Games, and Eagle. Bass are being plucked off the docks of most lakes, with Florida Lake giving up better numbers of big fish. Northern pike continue to be active on the deep weedlines of most lakes.