Msg 1 Posted: 01:13 PM 07/28/05 (CST)
Minnesota Fishing Report|
There's been some walleye activity after dark on the flats of Lake Miltona. Most of these fish are hitting crankbaits or live bait rigs in 14 feet of water. The local bass bite remains good with plastics or crankbaits producing the most fish. Look to Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Ida in 14 to 16 feet of water for bigger fish. Crappies and sunfish continue to hit in 12 to 14 feet of water on lakes such Darling, Geneva, and Carlos. Work the weed flats of Miltona and Lobster Lake with plugs that run just below the surface for muskies.
Look to Sugar Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake John, and Lake Augusta for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water. Muskie action on Sugar Lake has picked up and most lakes can be counted on for largemouth bass. Pleasant Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lake John are kicking out northern pike along the 12-foot weed edges. Look for crappies to be suspended in the 9- to 12-foot weed patches of Clearwater Lake. A few walleyes continue to be caught during the evening hours on Clearwater in 16 to 20 feet of water.
Walleyes have starting setting up near the points and inside curves along the main lake bars of Cass Lake. Two presentations have been working Lindy Rigs and leeches in 16 to 25 feet on jigs, and shiner minnows in 25 to 45 feet of water. There's a crankbait bite just before dark each day on top of the bars as well. Jumbo perch are hitting leeches and small minnows around Cedar Island in six to eight feet of water. Sucker minnows under floats are producing northern pike on the cabbage edges, but muskie reports remain limited. Look for bluegills in 10 to 12 feet of water in Buck Lake.
Sunfish action has improved in 10 to 12 feet of water on Little Lake. Look for sunfish in 12 feet of water on Sunrise Lake and Kroon Lake as well. Bass have been very active near the deep and shallow weeds of North Lindstrom Lake, Chisago Lake, and South Center Lake. A few crappies remain suspended over 20 feet of water on Chisago Lake and North Center Lake.
Work the outside weed edges of Mission Lake and Perry Lake in 14 to 20 feet of water for largemouth bass and northern pike. Crappies can be found suspended over 15 to 25 feet of water on Cedar Lake and Nokay Lake. Look for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water on Serpent Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Rabbit Lake. There's some decent rainbow trout action taking place at the Pennington Pit. Most of these fish are at 30 to 35 feet and are biting on small jigs and wax worms.
Lindy Rigs and redtail minnows are producing walleyes in 34 to 38 feet of water on Upper Whitefish Lake, Pelican Lake, and Crosslake. Crappies are suspended over 12 to 14 feet of water and relating to shaded areas. Small jigs with Twister Tails have produced bigger fish. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and plastics in the weeds and near docks on most lakes. Large minnows and spinner rigs have provided steady northern pike activity in 18 feet of water on many lakes.
Lindy Fuzz-E-Grubs and minnows are producing a few walleyes on the deep humps and deep weedlines of Big Cormorant Lake, Detroit Lake, White Earth Lake, Strawberry Lake, Shell Lake, Lida Lake, and Cotton Lake. The largemouth bass bite remains excellent on all area lakes with plastic tubes and worms. Northern pike action has picked up on the sharp breaks of Lake Melissa and Lake Sallie. Work the deep weedlines on most lakes for improved bluegill action.
Elk Lake, Blue Lake, and Fremont Lake have provided steady northern pike and largemouth bass activity. Minnows, leeches, and artificial baits all have produced fish. Green Lake and Blue Lake remain the area's best bets for sunfish in 12 feet of water. Look to the deep pockets within the Rum River for smallmouth bass and an occasional walleye.
Jigs and minnows are producing crappies near the aerators on Budd Lake in 16 to 18 feet of water. There are plenty of small crappies biting at the George Lake dam as well. Look for bluegills near the docks of Budd Lake, Lake Sissiton, and George Lake. Lakes such as Sissiton and Budd are turning out northern pike on sucker minnows and spoons. Catfish remain an easy catch in eight to 17 feet of water on Budd Lake.
Walleye activity has been limited to the evening hours on French Lake in 20 feet of water and at the channels of Cannon Lake. Bluegill action remains favorable in 10 feet of water on Shields Lake and Lake Mazaska.
Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits consistently on Deer Lake, Lake Pokegama, Trout Lake, and Spider Lake. Shad Raps are producing walleyes in 12 to 14 feet of water on the bars and weed edges of Bowstring Lake and Lake Pokegama. Topwater baits and bucktails are raising a few muskies on Moose Lake. Minnows and spoons are worth trolling along the weed edges of Balsam Lake for northern pike. Crappies continue to be suspended.
Anglers fishing with slip bobbers and leeches or minnows are catching northern pike, smallmouth bass, and an occasional walleye. This presentation has been best during low-light periods of the day on the weed edges or in defined weed pockets. A few walleyes are being pulled off the 12- to 28-foot rock structure on live bait rigs. Pitch surface lures in and around the weedy bays for northern pike and smallmouth bass.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - The edges of the deep rock reefs and mud flats are worth checking for walleyes during the day with spinner rigs and leeches. Slip bobbers and leeches are still working best for walleyes after dark on shallow structure and off the sides of most flats and gravel bars. Smallmouth bass are still rock-related and hitting plastics or small crankbaits. Muskie anglers started to see more fish this week, although most remained reluctant to bite. Topwater baits and bucktails have raised the majority of the fish.
West - Northern pike action has improved along the weed edges of St. Alban's Bay, Wigwam Bay, and Vineland Bay. Look for these areas to start kicking out a few muskies as well. There have been some decent perch reports coming off the tops of the mud flats in 22 to 26 feet of water. Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes off the mud flats in 26 to 32 feet of water during low-light periods of the day. Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers remain the best option for walleyes during the day.
The weeds are key for all species. Sunfish are biting along the inside weed edges of most bays in less than eight feet of water. Muskies are being seen on top of the weed edges during low-light periods of the day. Largemouth bass are relating to the inside, outside, and weed pockets scattered throughout the lake. Look for crappies to be sitting on top of the deep milfoil patches.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Water levels have stabilized on the Rainy River, and most tributaries are holding northern pike and smallmouth bass. Plastics and Fat Raps have produced the majority of bigger fish. The south shore of the main lake continues to provide consistent walleye action in 24 to 28 feet of water. Work the rocks, rubble, and sharp breaks with spinner rigs or live bait rigs. Surface lures have triggered numerous muskies this week at the Northwest Angle. The reefs and rocks around Garden Island, Big Island, and Little Oak Island are providing the best walleye action at the Angle.
The best walleye reports are coming from late-evening anglers who pitch slip bobbers and leeches on the rock piles in most large bays. A handful of persistent anglers are pulling crawlers and leeches during the day and finding active fish in 14 to 20 feet of water. Some of the best muskie action is taking place once it gets dark, with topwater baits. Daytime activity has been limited to a few fish hitting bucktails. Spinners and spoons are fooling pike in the weeds. Look to docks or similar vertical structure for smallmouth bass.
Bucktails continue to provide consistent muskie action on the reefs and near the swimming beach. These fish seem to be most active during low-light periods of the day. The reefs also have produced better numbers of largemouth bass. Topwater or plastic presentations are the way to go for big fish. The best options for bigger sunfish are the established weed edges located near Nelsons Flat and Reinke's Reef.
Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes early and late in the day on the north end humps in 24 feet of water. The main lake bars also are holding fish, but they are scattered. Work the deep sides of these bars during midday hours and slide on top as the sun rises and sets. Most importantly, cover a lot of water. Work the weedlines and deep humps for perch with a jig and minnow. Northern pike can be caught throughout the lake on minnows or artificial presentations.
Not much has changed for walleyes other than the bite has been less impressive this week. You'll still catch a few fish off Sand Point with a slip bobber and leech during the evening hours. Midday hours are best spent on the deep humps in Walker Bay. Work the rice beds with spinnerbaits or heavy plastics for largemouth bass. Muskie anglers are seeing more fish in recent days on the thick weed edges. Topwater baits and bucktails also have hooked more fish this week than last. Look to the weed edges of Shingobee Bay for panfish during low-light periods of the day.
Look to the grass island on Lake Washington for sunfish in 14 feet of water. There's some evening crappie action taking place at the narrows of Madison Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Toss spinnerbaits or slow-sinking plastics along the weed edges of Big Jefferson Lake and you should find plenty of aggressive bass. Walleye action has dropped off, but there's no shortage of catfish to be had on the Minnesota River.
Topwater presentations are producing bass in shallow water on Round Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Lake Minnewawa. Look for sunfish in 12 feet of water on Aitkin Lake and Minnewawa. Sucker minnows have provided consistent northern pike activity on most lakes, but walleye reports have been minimal. Fatheads and leeches have produced a few walleyes on the Big Sandy Flowage.
Crankbaits and plastics has provided the best smallmouth bass action on the Mississippi River. Work the weed edges of Lake Ida for a mixture of crappies, sunfish, largemouth bass, and northern pike. Lake Constance is kicking out sunfish in eight feet of water, and Big Lake continues to produce northern pike in the 10- to 12-foot weeds.
Look to the Skeleton Island area of Big Stone Lake for bluegills and perch in eight feet of water. The Odessa area of the Minnesota River continues to provide steady catfish action on crawlers. Across the border in South Dakota, trolling live bait along the six-foot weedlines of Bitter Lake has produced walleyes.
Long Lake started giving up a few walleyes this week on leeches and crawlers in 22 to 24 feet of water. Reports of scattered walleye action are coming from Big Sand Lake as well; fish 20 to 32 feet of water. Sucker minnows have been the ticket for northern pike on Fish Hook Lake in 16 feet of water. Bass continue to inhale plastic presentations throughout the area, while Eagle Lake is worth noting for bluegills in 14 feet of water.
The main lake reefs started giving up a few more walleyes in 24 to 30 feet of water. There's still some evening and morning walleye activity in the Ranier area over 18 to 22 feet of water with live bait rigs and leeches. Work the Kettle Falls area or other moving water for walleyes as well. The rock-covered shorelines and shallow reefs are the best bets for smallmouth bass.
Grand Lake, Becker Lake, and Pearl Lake continue to produce sunfish in eight to 12 feet of water, but plan on sorting through numbers of small fish on each. Bass and northern pike are biting along the weed edges of most lakes, with Grand, Pearl, and Horseshoe Lake producing a few bigger fish. Horseshoe Lake also is the best bet for a few crappies in 10 feet of water. Look to Lake Koronis for smallmouths near the islands, while the Sauk River continues to produce numbers of channel catfish.
Sunfish remain active in the 10- to 12-foot weed pockets and edges of Big Birch Lake, Sauk Lake, Big Swan Lake, and Grove Lake. Long Bridge Lake and Sauk Lake are the area's best options for northern pike in 14 feet of water. Crappies continue to be caught on small minnows or plastics on Guerney Lake, Sauk, and Long Bridge.
Largemouth bass are biting along the 14- to 16-foot weed edges of Lake Minnewaska. Sunfish also are an easy catch throughout Minnewaska in 12 to 18 feet of water. Crawlers or sucker minnows are turning catfish on the Chippewa River near Benson. Look for suspended crappies on Lake Minnewaska, near the mouth of Starbuck Marina and the points on the south end of the lake, in 12 to 16 feet of water.
NORTHEAST METRO - Topwater baits have been the ticket for muskies on Lake Elmo and Bald Eagle Lake. Walleye action has really slowed, although the St. Croix River is still the best bet in 18 to 22 feet of water. Troll a sucker minnow or crankbait along the weed edges of Beaver Lake, Demonterville Lake, and Big Marine Lake and you should catch plenty of northern pike. Although bass seem to be active on most lakes, Jane has produced better numbers of big fish. Work the 8- to 10-foot weed edges on Lake Peltier for sunfish.
SOUTHWEST - METRO Anglers are catching numbers of flathead and channel catfish on the Minnesota River between Chaska and Belle Plaine. Big sucker minnows and nightcrawlers have produced the majority of fish. The north side of Lake Sarah is a safe bet for sunfish in four to six feet of water, as is the sunken island on Lake Parley. Speed-trolling sucker minnows has been the ticket for northern pike on Pierson Lake and Lake Minnewashta.
The 10- to 15-foot weed edges on lakes such as Florida, Andrew, Nest, and Games are providing steady panfish action. Northern pike are hitting crankbaits or sucker minnows on the Crow River, Lake Andrew, and Lake Florida. Green Lake continues to produce numbers of smallmouth bass and an occasional walleye can be had with crankbaits in 30 feet of water. On Eagle Lake, you'll pull a walleye or two off Farm Bar during lowlight periods of the day. Largemouth bass continue to hit buzz baits and spinnerbaits on all area lakes.