Msg 1 Posted: 08:36 AM 08/30/07 (CST)
A jig and redtail minnow is producing walleyes in 30 to 35 feet at lakes Miltona and Ida. Work deep weedlines and flats of Miltona and Lake Le Homme Dieu for bass. Crappies are on the deep weedlines of Lake Darling, Lake Geneva, and Le Homme Dieu. Sunfish will hit in 12 to 14 feet on most lakes.
Crankbaits or minnows are turning walleyes in 15 to 20 feet at Sugar Lake and Cedar Lake. A jig and minnow is producing pike and walleyes during the evening at Clearwater Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet at Clearwater, Cedar, Sugar, and Lake Augusta. Most lakes are kicking out bass with the weedlines of Clearwater and Pleasant providing big fish.
During the day, a jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 20 feet. At night, crankbaits are working better on the flats in seven to 10 feet. Crawlers continue to trigger walleyes during low-light periods on West Battle Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Minnows or spoons are turning pike on the weedlines of Twin Lake, Clitherall Lake, Otter Tail, and West Battle. Bigger sunfish are coming from 15 to 20 feet at lakes such as Clitherall, Stalker, West Battle, and Star. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet at West Battle. The bass bite is strong, and muskies will hit suckers under bobbers at West Battle.
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on Lake Plantagenet and Lake Bemidji in 20 to 25 feet. The shoreline reeds of these lakes have provided steady muskie action as well. Panfish action is strong on most lakes with the bluegills in shallow and crappies suspending over deep water.
Minnows are producing walleyes during the day and crankbaits have worked at night in eight to 10 feet at Blackduck Lake. Round Lake and Island Lake are giving up walleyes in eight to 12 feet on those presentations. The weed edges of lakes Rabideau, Pimushe, and Gilstead are holding bluegills and crappies.
Walleye activity has picked up during the day, but peaks at sunset and beyond. Work Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish Lake with redtails and rainbows in 16 to 28 feet. Bass are hitting jigs on most lakes and some good-sized pike are hitting large minnows over 20 to 25 feet on area lakes.
A jig and redtail minnow has been the ticket for walleyes on Cass Lake during the day in 20 to 25 feet. At night, some fish are being taken with Shad Raps on top of the bars in eight to 12 feet. Deadmans Bar and Cedar Bar are good starting spots. Muskies are active during low-light periods on the bars and shallow weed areas.
Theres evening walleye action with fatheads on Chisago Lake in 10 to 12 feet. The weedlines of Chisago also can be counted on for bass and northern pike. Crappies are suspended over 20 feet at South Lindstrom Lake and sunfish are an easy catch in 12 feet at Chisago and Little Lake. Sunrise Lake is worth noting for pike as well.
Walleyes are hitting in shallow water during the evening on the Mississippi River and Rabbit Lake. The majority of pike and bass are coming from mid-depth weedlines. Good-sized smallmouth and pike have been pulled from the pits this week. Look to Little Rabbit and East Rabbit lakes for panfish, and smallmouth bass are active at Clearwater Lake and the Mississippi River.
CowGirls are triggering muskies on the shallow weeds of Big Detroit Lake. Redtails and jigs are the ticket for walleyes in 15 to 30 feet at Big Detroit, Pelican Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, Upper Cormorant Lake, and Island Lake. Bluegills are hitting in 12 to 15 feet at lakes Melissa, Floyd, and Island. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet at Big Detroit and Melissa.
Small chubs are turning walleyes in 15 feet at Island Lake and in 10 to 12 feet on Fish Lake. Fish Lake is producing crappies in 18 feet and some sunfish in 12 feet. On Lake Superior, anglers are finding fish from the Knife River to Two Harbors. Green spoons or stickbaits are triggering lake trout on the bottom and cohos and kings at mid-depth ranges. Work the rock piles of Rice Lake for pike and smallmouth bass remain active at Island Lake. The St. Louis River is the areas best muskie option.
Theres morning panfish action in 20 feet at Spectacle Lake. The Rum River and Mississippi River are producing smallmouth bass on crankbaits or nightcrawlers. Largemouth bass and pike are an easy catch on the weedlines of Blue Lake and Elk Lake.
Jigs or spinner rigs tipped with crawlers and minnows are producing walleyes in 12 to 20 feet at lakes Shagawa, Burntside, and White Iron. Slow-trolled crankbaits also have turned walleyes on these lakes. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and plastics in eight to 15 feet on most lakes. Northern pike action is picking up as the water cools.
Fathead minnows are providing a decent walleye bite at Budd Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in four feet of water at lakes such as Hall, Budd, George, and Sissiton. Catfish action is very good on most lakes with crawlers producing the majority of fish.
Anglers fishing from shore at Cody Phelps Lake are catching sunfish, crappies, and pike. Bucktails are triggering muskies at French Lake and the shoreline areas of Fox Lake are worth noting for sunfish. Fatheads are producing walleyes in current areas of Cannon Lake and in 20 to 25 feet at French Lake.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Smallmouth bass are hitting spinners or live bait on the sand-covered shorelines of most lakes. Look for walleyes in 20 to 30 feet to hit a jig and minnow on Lake Saganaga, Devils Fish Lake, and Seagull Lake. Crawlers continue to produce rainbow trout in 12 to 15 feet at Kimball Lake, Duncan Lake, and Daniels Lake.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Look for walleyes on Trout Lake during the day in 14 to 24 feet and up shallower at night. Theres a consistent night bite for walleyes with Rapalas on Lake Pokegama in seven feet. Crappie action is going strong in 14 to 24 feet at Pokegama and Lake Wabana. White tubes are turning smallmouth bass on Pokegama and North Star Lake. Northern pike remain an easy catch with sucker minnows on Pokegama over 20 to 30 feet.
Minnows or crankbaits have been best for walleyes in 22 to 30 feet. Work the reefs on Namakan Lake and the reefs on the east end of Kabetogama. During low-light periods, crankbaits are producing walleyes in shallower water. Smallmouth bass are hitting at a variety of depths throughout both lakes.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East Crankbaits are producing day-time walleyes on mud flats in 28 feet, and night-time fish on shallow rock reefs. Weedlines in Isle Bay and north-end sand breaks are best for muskies during low-light periods.
West Some walleyes are being caught off mud flats with deep-diving crankbaits during the day. Slip bobbers and leeches work at night and there also has been some crankbait action at night in shallower water. Some perch are showing up in the bays in eight to 14 feet and muskie anglers are seeing more fish than theyre catching.
Plastics are turning big bass on the deep weedlines. Crankbaits and planer boards are the way to go for suspended walleyes in Browns Bay over 28 feet. Muskies are active on top of the 12- to 15-foot weed flats. Sucker minnows are producing pike in the channels and sunfish are an easy catch in eight feet.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Cooler weather moved walleyes into the shallows around Lighthouse Gap and Morris Point Gap. Downrigging is an option in 32 to 34 feet, while mud flats around Long Point and Graceton Beach have produced them on jigs and minnows. Rainy River walleyes are hitting at Clementson Rapids and Vitas Landing. Muskie action is strong at the Northwest Angle and walleyes are hitting at Oak Island, Flag Island, and Crowduck.
Sunfish are the big story with limits being taken in 14 to 18 feet off Three Mile Bar and Four Mile Bar. A few walleyes have been taken on Rapalas during the evening on top of the bars. Crappies are suspended over 18 feet in front of Holiday Resort. Look for active bass and pike on the deep weedlines.
Walleyes continue to hit crawlers and crankbaits along the weedlines, along saddles and off primary breaks over 14 to 24 feet. The rock and weeds are holding muskies, but most seem to bite after dark. Smallmouth are showing up on the deep rock piles as water temperatures drop.
Theres a consistent bass bite on the deep weed edges of most main-lake reefs. Muskie action is good, though more follows than hooked fish were reported this week. Look to the swimming beach and Nelsons Flat with bucktails. Crappies and sunfish are in 12 to 18 feet in Reinkies Bay and on Keggs Reef.
Leeches and minnows are turning walleyes in six to eight feet on Sugar Point and the Duck Pass. Look for deeper walleyes on Bena Bar and Big Muskie Bar in 16 to 20 feet. Pike action remains strong in the shallow weeds, while the rocks on or near Ravens Point have been best for jumbo perch.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Muskie action improved this week with bucktails producing fish on main-lake reefs and mid-depth weeds. Walleyes will hit crankbaits during the evening off Sand Point, Pine Point, and Cedar Point in eight to 12 feet. Shingobee Bay and Boy Bay are producing bass and panfish in 10 to 14 feet. Bigger pike have been taken on the deep weeds in Walker Bay with sucker minnows and crankbaits.
Crankbaits are turning walleyes in 12 to 18 feet at Madison Lake. Look to the eight- to 10-foot weedlines of Lake Washington and Duck Lake for sunfish. Best bass action is at Madison Lake and the Minnesota River has tamed down providing catfish opportunities. Work the weedlines of Lake Francis with minnows for northern pike.
The deep weedlines of Big Sandy Lake and Lake Minnewawa are producing crappies and sunfish. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics and spinnerbaits on Round Lake and Minnewawa. Walleye action is slow, but northern pike are taking sucker minnows on the weedlines of Minnewawa.
The north end of Big Stone Lake is kicking out a few walleyes via crankbaits during the evening. The Rocky Ledge area of Big Stone is producing perch in 12 feet, while the islands and Meadowbrook areas are worth noting for bluegills in eight to 10 feet.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crawlers and minnows are producing walleyes on the deep weedlines of Potato Lake. Muskie anglers are raising fish with topwater baits on Big Mantrap Lake and the weedlines of Fish Hook Lake, the Crow Wing Chain, and Potato are holding pike. Sunfish are hitting in 12 to 15 feet at Sixth Crow Wing Lake early and late in the day.
Shiner minnows are providing walleye action on the 12- to 40-foot reefs of Saginaw Bay, Erickson Reef in 40 to 50 feet, and in Sand Bay over 26 to 30 feet. The smallmouth bass bite has been good on the Canadian and American sides of the lake. Look for pike on the weedlines in Lost and Cranberry bays.
Crankbaits remain the best option for northern pike in eight feet. A jig and minnow started producing more walleyes on the six- to eight-foot shoreline breaks and main-lake structure. Crappie action has been limited, but the fish caught have been good-sized and mainly off the main lake cribs in 10 to 12 feet.
RED WING AREA
Spoons are turning northern pike at the mouths of Pine Creek and the Rush River on the Mississippi River. Work the sharp breaks and points of Lake Pepin with hair jigs and minnows for walleyes and sauger. Panfish action has picked up around the docks in Baypoint Park and the rock piles of Pepin are safe bets for smallmouth bass.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Minnows and crawlers are triggering walleyes on the weedlines of Lake Koronis. Sunfish action is going strong in six to 10 feet at Horseshoe Lake, Becker Lake, and Pearl Lake. Lakes such as Rice and Grand are kicking out crappies in 16 feet and the Sauk River continues to produce numbers of catfish. Bass continue to be pulled from most lakes and northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of lakes Koronis, Rice, and Browns.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish are active in eight feet at Sauk Lake, in 16 to 20 feet at Fairy Lake, and in 10 to 12 feet at Maple Lake. On Big Birch Lake, work the 22- to 35-foot grass areas for sunfish and walleyes. Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes at McCormick Lake all day. Bass action is good, with Maple and Fairy lakes producing the biggest fish.
Lake Minnewaska is providing the areas best action. Here youll find sunfish in 10 feet and walleyes during the day in 12 to 15 feet with a jig and minnow. At night, Rapalas started turning walleyes in five feet along the bulrushes. Bass are an easy catch in 10 to 12 feet during the day and up shallower on topwater baits during low-light periods.
TWIN CITIES AREA
Northeast The Afton area of the St. Croix River is producing walleyes, via minnows, in 20 to 30 feet. The weedlines of Battle Creek Lake are producing pike and Silver Lake is a safe bet for catfish. Muskie anglers are doing well at night with topwater baits at Bald Eagle Lake, Forest Lake, and White Bear Lake.
West Fishing reports have been limited to some panfish action on Lake Parley and Hydes Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Catfish action is going strong on the Minnesota River and a few pike can still be had on Lake Minnewashta.