Msg 1 Posted: 08:19 AM 09/01/08 (CST)
Northeastern Minnesota |
On Rainy Lake, the main-lake reefs are now producing the most walleyes, especially in 34-38 feet of water on minnows or crawlers. Some fish have been taken from shallower waters around Fox Island and in Sand Bay. The Rat Root River area of Black Bay continues to give up crappies. Northern pike are hitting minnows in the Rainy River and in Lost Bay in depths of 15-20 feet.
Trout and Pokegama lakes are providing daytime walleye action in 14-20 feet of water on minnows and crawlers. An evening crankbait bite is being reported in depths of 6-8 feet on Deer, Sugar, Swan, and Pokegama lakes. Crappies can be found suspended at the weedlines of North Star, Big Splithand, Wabana, and Spider lakes. Bluegill action remains strong on Bass, Grave, and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes, as well as on the Mississippi River.
Lake Kabetogama is producing walleyes on crawlers and leeches worked in 25-34 feet of water at the reef edges during the day. Anglers are taking the most fish during evening hours in depths of 12-16 feet on jig and minnow combinations. Northern pike are coming from the deep weed edges, with the larger fish hitting crankbaits. For smallmouth bass, work the 12- to 18-foot rock pile edges and rock shelves.
On Lake Vermilion, muskie action slowed this week due to cooler temperatures and an abundance of small tulibees hanging near the surface and providing an easy meal. Walleye anglers are doing well when trolling shallow-running crankbaits along the weedlines, and using deep-runners at the sharp breaks.
Walleye action has been limited, with just a few fish coming from Seagull Lake in 45 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are very active on Devils Track, Poplar, and Two Island lakes. Look for lake trout using spoons 45-60 feet down on Saganaga, Clearwater, and Trout lakes. Slip bobbers and crawlers are producing brook trout on Carrot Lake, with splake being pulled from Esther Lake.
Boulder and Fish lakes are kicking out walleyes on chubs worked in 12 feet of water. On Island Lake, minnows are working best in depths of 24 feet of water. Spoons and buzz baits are turning northern pike at the shallow weedlines on Rice Lake. Fish Lake is producing bluegills in depths of 8-10 feet, with crappies being pulled from 15-18 feet of water. Island Lake continues to produce muskies. The north shore of Lake Superior is giving up cohos and lake trout from the French River to Two Harbors.
On Lake of the Woods, walleye fishing remains excellent in 20-32 feet of water when using live bait or downrigging presentations from the Lighthouse Gap to Long Point. Crawlers are turning sturgeon on the Rainy River. At the Northwest Angle, the mud flats around Oak Island remain a hot spot for walleyes, with jigs and minnows working best.
Bluegill and crappie action remains strong at the deep weedlines of Gilstead, North Twin, South Twin, and Rabideau lakes. Walleyes are coming from 10-14 feet of water on Gull, Island, and Blackduck lakes. Many anglers have now switched back to minnows and crankbaits, especially during evening hours.
Panfish remain active in 12-18 feet of water on Pimushe, Lower Sucker, and Grace lakes. Walleye action is improving, with anglers taking fish on minnows worked in depths of 8-14 feet during evening hours on Lake Bemidji. At night, try crankbaits in slightly shallower waters on Lake Bemidji. Muskies are hitting topwaters and bucktails on Plantagenet and Bemidji lakes in less than 12 feet of water. The Lake Julia weedlines are giving up some northern pike on sucker minnows.
On Cass Lake, leeches are turning walleyes in 25-35 feet of water off Bucks, North Cedar, Windego, and East Cedar bars during the day. Crankbaits are also working in these areas at night in depths of 6-10 feet. The bars of Pike Bay Lake are holding active walleyes. Kitchi Lake has started to produce crappies. The best perch action is around the Anglers Beach area on Cass Lake, and Boomerang Bar in Allens Bay has been good for bluegills.
On Lake Winnibigoshish, a jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes at the weedlines and shoreline breaks on windy days. Bena and Big Muskie bars have been good on calm days, with anglers taking fish on leeches and crawlers worked in 14-22 feet of water. Work the deep rocks for the largest perch. Northern pike are being taken on minnows and spoons worked just off the weedlines.
On Leech Lake, spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes during the day in 12-15 feet of water off Sand Point, Stony Point, Goose Island, and the Big and Little Hardwoods. Crankbaits and jig and minnow combinations have been best during evening hours off Sand Point and the Walker Bay humps. Good bass action is being reported in the rice beds of Boy Bay by anglers using topwater lures. Steamboat Bay and the Walker Narrows are giving up bluegills and crappies in depths of 8-12 feet.
Walleyes are being pulled from 18-24 feet of water on jigs tipped with minnows on Ten Mile, Birch, and Woman lakes. The 12- to 16-foot cabbage beds on Birch and Ten Mile lakes are holding crappies. Sunfish are being pulled from the deep weeds of Ox Yoke and Lindsay lakes. Spinnerbaits tossed into the weeds are producing largemouth and smallmouth bass on most lakes.
Island Lake and the Crow Wing Chain are giving up bluegills in 12-14 feet of water. Walleyes are being taken on spinners and crawlers worked in depths of 28-30 feet on Long Lake during evening hours. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike at the weedlines of Fifth Crow Wing and Big Mantrap lakes. Topwater lures have triggered some muskie activity on Big Mantrap early and late in the day.
The muskie bite has been excellent at the weedlines and humps of Big Detroit Lake, with Cowgirls and Bulldawgs taking the most fish. Walleyes are hitting minnows and crawlers worked in 15-30 feet of water on Melissa, Pelican, and Big Detroit lakes. Panfish are being pulled from the deep weedlines on Big Detroit, Floyd, Island, Franklin, Lizzie, and Lida lakes. Northern pike and bass have been active on the weedlines of most area lakes.
Otter Tail Lake continues to produce walleyes in 18-22 feet of water on sucker minnows. Look for sunfish in depths of 12-15 feet on Stalker, Elbow, Rush, and Dead lakes. Crappies can be found suspended over 16-20 feet of water on Clitherall Lake. The deep weeds on Blanche and Long lakes are giving up the areas largest bass.
Spinner rigs and jigs are producing walleyes on lakes Reno and Miltona in 15-20 feet of water. At night, crankbaits are working in the shallower waters. The 5- to 10-foot weedlines on lakes Darling, Geneva, Carlos, Le Homme Dieu, and Mary are holding panfish. Muskie anglers are reporting mostly follows on Lobster and Miltona lakes. Some large northern pike are coming from the deep weedlines of area lakes. For bass, work the main-lake bars and deep weeds on most lakes.
Lake Minnewaska continues to give up sunfish in 12-14 feet of water. The smallmouth and largemouth bass are actively hitting plastics. A few walleyes have started hitting crawlers and minnows worked in depths of 14-18 feet.
Little Sauk and Big Sauk lakes continue to produce crappies in 6-12 feet of water. Sunfish remain active in depths of 10-16 feet on Fairy, Maple, and Big Birch lakes. Big Birch is also producing walleyes in 30-35 feet of water. Fairy Lake remains the areas best bet for northern pike, with the majority of fish coming from depths of 15-18 feet.
Bass and northern pike are hitting minnows and crankbaits at the deep weeds of Gull, North Long, Round, and Whitefish lakes. Pelican and Gull lakes have started producing walleyes in 16-24 feet of water, with redtails and crawlers working best. Panfish anglers are taking fish from the 14- to 16-foot weeded areas of most lakes.
Plastics and crankbaits are turning bass in 12-16 feet of water on Bass, Horseshoe, Bay, and Rabbit lakes. Walleyes are hitting crankbaits trolled through depths of 6-12 feet on Pelican Lake at night. The Mississippi River is giving up a few walleyes and smallmouth bass. For panfish, work the 9- to 12-foot weedlines on Bay, Cedar, Ross, and Mahnomen lakes. The Huntington Pit has been best for a combination of rainbow and brook trout. Cowgirls are triggering a few muskie on Cedar Lake.
On Lake Mille Lacs, the east end is giving up a few walleyes on crankbaits, and leeches under slip bobbers, worked at the 8- to 12-foot rocks at night. Perch are coming from 14-16 feet of water at the mouths of most bays. Smallmouth bass have been an are easy catch on the rocks and around the docks when using plastics or crankbaits. On the west end of the lake, crankbaits are turning walleyes off the flats in depths of 30-34 feet during midday hours. At the mud flats, hit 28 feet of water using slip bobbers and leeches. Perch action has improved on the mud and at the shoreline breaks. For northern pike, hit the weedlines of most bays.
St. Cloud/Eden Valley
Sunfish are providing steady action in 8-12 feet of water on Cedar Island, Rice, Pearl, Horseshoe, and Becker lakes. Walleyes are being pulled from the Lake Koronis weedlines and flats on crankbaits after dark. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows worked in depths of 12-14 feet on Pearl, Grand, and Rice lakes.
Twin Cities vicinity
Sunfish are active in 12 feet of water on Blue, Green and Spectacle lakes. Topwater presentations are turning largemouth bass during low-light hours on Blue and Elk lakes. Smallmouth bass are hitting rapalas and crawlers on the Mississippi and Rum rivers.
Crappies and sunnies are being pulled from the weedlines out to 20 feet of water on Clearwater, Cedar, and Sylvia lakes. Minnows have started to produce more walleyes on Cedar and Clearwater lakes in depths of 18-26 feet. For northern pike, try working spoon plugs in 20-30 feet of water on Cedar, Sylvia, Sugar, and Pleasant lakes. Muskie action has improved according to anglers using Cowgirls on Sugar Lake during evening hours.
Prior Lake/West Metro vicinity
Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on Pierson and Auburn lakes in 14-18 feet of water. Bass are hitting topwater lures and crankbaits on Minnewashta, Steiger, Whaletail, and Bavaria lakes. The Minnesota River is giving up a few large catfish during evening hours. Look for sunfish in depths of 12-14 feet on Hydes and Pierson lakes.
On Lake Waconia, main-lake reefs, such as Keggs, Reds, and Cemetery, are producing sunfish in 14-18 feet of water. The reefs have also been best for muskies when using bucktails and topwater lures. Walleyes are hitting jigs tipped with fathead minnows during low-light hours at the reef edges. For bass, work the deep weeds using plastics or spinnerbaits.
On Lake Minnetonka, the inside and outside weedlines are holding bass and panfish. Northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits and sucker minnows trolled through 15-18 feet of water. A few walleyes are being taken after dark on floating jigs and leeches worked in depths of 18 feet. Work the weedy points adjacent to deep water using Cowgirls or Bulldawgs for muskies.
The weedlines of Sunrise Lake continue to provide the areas most consistent panfish and northern pike action. The larger largemouth bass tend to be at the deep weeds or rocks, with Chisago Lake being best for both size and numbers. The deep weeds of Chisago Lake have also produced sunfish and a few walleyes during low-light hours on live bait.
White Bear Lake/Northeast Metro vicinity
The weedlines of White Bear Lake are giving up northern pike. Demontreville and Big Marine lakes continue to produce bass. Sunfish action is consistent on most area lakes, with crappies being pulled from Lakes Peltier and Centerville along deep weedlines. Topwater baits are triggering a few muskies at night on White Bear Lake. Catfish remain active on the St. Croix River.
Northern pike are hitting spoons and sucker minnows at the mouth of the Rush River on the Mississippi River. Work the backwaters of the river for panfish. The rocks in Lake Pepin are holding smallmouth bass. Smaller walleyes and sauger are coming in on crankbaits worked in 18-25 feet of water on Lake Pepin.
Bluegills are active in 6-8 feet of water on Lake Mazaska, with crappies being pulled from depths of 8-10 feet. Walleyes are hitting leeches worked at the 8- to 12-foot bars on Shields Lake. Shad raps are triggering a strong northern pike bite in 10 feet of water on Shields and Mazaska lakes. The bars and points on Lake Mazaska are giving up bass on tubes and crankbaits. For muskies, work topwater lures and small bucktails at the shallow weeds of French Lake.
The 10- to 12-foot points of Lake Washington and the deep weedlines of Lake Francis continue to produce bluegills. Crappies are being taken on minnows worked in 12-20 feet of water on Madison Lake. Sucker minnows and crankbaits trolled along the weedlines of Little Jefferson and Big Jefferson lakes have provided steady northern pike action.
Minnows are producing crappies during low-light hours at the Fox Lake weedlines. Lots of bluegills and crappies are being pulled from 6-10 feet of water on Budd and Sissiton lakes. Catfish are hitting crawlers worked near shore on Hall, Budd, and Sissiton lakes.
The sunfish are very active, and the bite has been consistent in 10-15 feet of water on Green, Eagle, North Long, Nest, and Andrew lakes. On Green Lake, live bait is producing walleyes in depths of 25-35 feet during the day. Crankbaits are working well at night in 10-15 feet of water. Crankbaits have also triggered walleyes on Eagle Lake in depths of 10-25 feet, and the Diamond Lake weedlines are producing a few walleyes and panfish during morning hours.
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