Weekly Minnesota fishing report August 3, 2005 FREP0803
Lake of the Woods
Hot weather has moved the walleye deeper along the south shore, according to Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau. Many charters are downrigging in 30-35 feet. Fishing with gold spinners tipped with a worm is producing walleye on the rocky reefs and rubble piles. Rainy River is seeing some great smallmouth bass action along the shoreline where steep drops occur, using soft-bodied tube baits or Fat Raps. Shorelines also are great spots for northern now that the grass and reeds are high. Still receiving reports of gigantic sturgeon rolling and splashing in the river.
Rainy Lake One Stop reports lots of good fishing going on with the hot weather. This is walleye action on the reefs using jigs and minnows, and on the humps trolling spinners and leeches in the early morning and evening. Northern are hitting on top of the reefs in the shallows on spoons and spinners. Mepps spinners and twister tails are producing smallmouth bass in the shallows.
Lots of good fishing also going on in Ely area lakes such as Shagawa, White Iron and Fall, according to Skube's Bait. Smaller walleye providing nice dinners for fisherman using nightcrawlers, leeches and some minnows in 18-20 feet around the reefs and islands. Smallmouth bass are almost a nuisance to walleye fisherman. Fish are suspended in 18-20 feet and hitting on nightcrawlers and leeches. Northern fishing is fair using crank baits, Rapalas and Mepps spinners in 15 feet.
Park Rapids area
Delaney's Bait says walleye fishing is OK in the area with best action on the deep weedlines in 20-40 feet using Lindy Rigs and redtails, with some action on jumbo leeches. Northern can be found on the outside weed edges in 12-15 feet with sucker minnows and jigs. Lower Crow Wing lakes producing crappies on crappie minnows and twister tails and bluegills on bobbers with angle worm pieces in 6-12 feet.
Crappies are more active in the evenings, often feeding on the surface, according to Alexandria Outfitters. Small tube jigs tipped with wax worms or angle worm bits work well. Small spinners also will boat active fish. Bass are hitting topwater lures in the mornings. Try carolina rigging in deeper water during midday. Miltona, Ida and Latoka are producing smallmouth bass on deeper rocky humps or sandbars with small jigs or crank baits. Target shoreline structure for walleye using small weedless jigs and fatheads. Dragging a Lindy Rig and leech or crank bait along the outer weedlines also working. Good muskie action on large bucktail spinners or jerk baits. Osakis, Mary and Smith seeing a good northern bite on large sucker minnows on a quick-set rig or below a big bobber.
Battle Lake area
Ben's Bait Shop reports that the best walleye bite in West Battle and Ottertail is in the late evening with Rapalas in 9 feet. West Battle and Clitherall are producing panfish using small leeches or wax worms in 5-15 feet. Largemouth bass hitting in Elbow using Rapalas in 5-10 feet.