Msg 1 Posted: 06:54 AM 08/04/05 (CST)
If you want walleyes you have to fish after dark on lakes such as Miltona, Ida, and Carlos in 18 to 25 feet of water. Bass continue to bite well on the flats of most area lakes and the local crappie bite also has held up. The best crappie reports are coming off Lake Darling, Lake Geneva, and Lake Le Homme Dieu during the evening hours in 12 to 15 feet of water. Tube jigs or small minnows and a float has worked best. Shallow running crankbaits are the best bet for muskies, just before dark, on Lobster Lake.|
The powerlines area of Clearwater Lake is a safe bet for sunfish in 12 feet of water. Look to the 12-foot flat on Lake Augusta and the 12-foot weedlines on Sugar Lake for sunfish as well. Pleasant Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lake John are producing numbers of northern pike in 12 to 14 feet of water. Bass are biting on most lakes, while Sugar Lake continues to produce an occasional muskie on topwater baits. The deep weedlines and sharp breaks are holding a few active walleyes on Clearwater Lake. Spinner rigs and leeches seem to be working best.
Walleye activity has picked up on Otter Tail Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water with small sucker minnows. There's also some evening action with Shad Raps on the six-foot flats. On West Battle Lake, work leeches and crawlers during the day in 20 to 25 feet and Shad Raps after dark on the 10- to 12-foot flats. Sunfish are an easy catch throughout the area with lakes such as Battle, Star, and East Lost producing the biggest fish in eight to 12 feet of water. A few muskies continue to be raised on West Battle Lake, while Dead Lake and Ann Lake are safe bets for northern pike and largemouth bass.
Casting crankbaits or rip jigging the north end grass flat on Lake Bemidji has produced quite a few walleyes during the evening hours. Bucktails and topwater presentations have been turning muskies on the mid-lake weed flats of Lake Plantagenette and Lake Bemidji. Numbers of good-sized largemouth bass are hitting buzzbaits on Big Bass Lake in eight feet of water. Panfish action is slow, but northern pike are biting well on Lake Irvine and Lake Bemidji.
Blackduck Lake is kicking out small walleyes on top of the humps in 11 to 14 feet of water with Lindy Rigs and leeches. There's some nice sunfish coming off Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, and North and South Twin lakes in 10 to 12 feet of water. The Tamarack River area on Upper Red Lake is kicking out an occasional big pike, but it's been more spotty over the past week.
The best bets for walleyes are redtails, leeches, or nightcrawlers along the 22- to 26-foot weedlines. Work these weeded areas with sucker minnows and you should find active northern pike as well. The area's biggest bass are hitting plastics in 10 to 14 feet of water. A few crappies and sunfish are biting on the area's smaller lakes in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Sunfish are an easy catch in six to 12 feet of water on Chisago Lake. The islands on North Center Lake are holding crappies in 14 feet of water, while the Pancake Island area on South Center Lake is providing a mixture of good-sized sunfish and crappies. Bass continue to be caught on most lakes, while sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Sunrise Lake.
Sunfish continue to bite well in 12 feet of water on Serpent Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Rabbit Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet of water on Cedar Lake and Nokay Lake. There's a few walleyes coming off the weedlines of Serpent Lake during the evening hours. Rainbow trout are hitting small jigs tipped with live bait in the Pennington Pit about 35 feet down. Largemouth bass and northern pike are biting on most lakes, but look for the bigger fish to be related to deep weeds.
Walleyes have been "sluggish" in this area. The best bet is trolling a Shad Rap after dark on the shallow flats of Pelican Lake, Strawberry Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, Shell Lake, or Cotton Lake. Crappies and bluegill are biting on top of the sunken islands of many lakes in five to seven feet of water. Plastics continue to produce largemouth bass in the shallow and deep weeds. Muskie anglers are reporting follows on Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake.
Look for walleyes with leeches and crawlers on Fish Lake and Island Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water. Northern pike and a few walleyes can be had from Rice Lake during the evening hours in eight feet of water. The best reports off Lake Superior continue to come at least 10 miles out where fish are suspended, hitting spoons or plugs.
Look to the Rum River for a few walleyes and numbers of smallmouth bass. Most of these fish are being caught on live bait. On Blue Lake, largemouth bass and panfish are biting in 12 to 17 feet of water. Elk Lake continues to produce small walleyes with leeches or nightcrawlers in nine feet of water. Weed edges of most area lakes are safe bets for northern pike.
Sunfish are an easy catch in five feet of water on Budd Lake and George Lake. A small minnow under a float is the way to go for crappies near the aerators on Budd Lake. Nightcrawlers continue to produce consistent catfish action on Budd as well. Muskie anglers are finding success with Suicks during lowlight periods on Fox Lake.
The bars and points of Lake Pokegama started producing more walleyes during the evening hours. Trolling Shad Raps during the evening hours in 12 feet of water has produced walleyes on the north end of Bowstring Lake as well. There's no shortage of smallmouth bass to be had on lakes such as Deer, Trout, and Spider. Moose Lake and North Star Lake remain safe bets for muskies in and around the weeds. Sucker minnows or spoons have been providing consistent northern pike action along the weedlines of most lakes.
The bass bite on most lakes has been excellent with lakes such as Pleasant, Ten Mile, and Portage leading the way for big fish. Muskie anglers are doing well on Baby Lake with topwater presentations, while a jig and minnow continues to turn crappies along the weed edges of Birch Lake. Walleye action has been slow in recent days.
Crawlers and spinners have produced good walleye action on Stella Lake in nine to 13 feet of water. Scattered sunfish reports are coming off Lake Minnie Belle, Stahls Lake, and Lake Marion in 10 to 12 feet of water. Work the weedlines with sucker minnows or crankbaits on Lake Jennie and Hook Lake for northern pike.
The morning and evening hours remain the best bets for walleyes. Work the reefs and island areas in 30 feet of water with leeches or crawlers for the most consistent action. If the sun is out, or if it's calm, forget about walleyes and work the weedy bays for northern pike and smallmouth bass. Daily Bay, Nebraska Bay, and Lost Bay on Lake Kabetogama are worth noting as is Moose Bay, Junction Bay, and Hoist Bay on Namakan Lake. Crankbaits have worked best for both species in 12 to 16 feet of water.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - Catching walleyes during the day has become difficult except for an occasional big fish. The night bite is still worth noting with slip bobbers and leeches off the deep sides of most mud flats. Smallmouth bass remain active on the rocks with the bigger fish hitting tubes or crankbaits. Topwater baits are the best bet for muskies early and late in the day, while bucktails continue to raise a few fish along the weeds during midday hours.
West - A spinner rig and rainbow minnow is the best option for walleyes on the mud flats during the day. After the sun sets, slip bobbers and leeches are producing fish off the flats in 30 to 34 feet of water. Better areas in recent days have been Sherman's Flat, Seguchie's Flat, and the Eight Mile Flat. Look for muskies and northern pike along the weed edges of St. Alban's Bay, Wigwam Bay, and Vineland Bay. Smallmouth bass are hitting Berkley Power Tubes on the rock points.
The 10-foot weed patches are providing numbers of sunfish and largemouth bass. Jigs and plastics have worked best for bass during the day, while topwater is the way to go early and late. Look for an occasional pod of crappies to show up in these same areas. Walleyes and northern pike have been tough to find.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The hot weather seems to have moved the majority of feeding walleyes to deep water along the south shore. Down riggers are now the best bet over 30 to 35 feet of water. Spinners and crawlers also have produced fish on the deep rock and rubble piles. Anglers on the Rainy River are experiencing some great smallmouth bass fishing along the sharp breaks with tubes or Fat Raps. Pink jigs tipped with a minnow have provided numerous walleye limits at the Northwest Angle. Several muskies in the 50-inch class also were caught at the Angle this week.
There has been some decent sunfish action in 14 to 20 feet of water. These fish remain scattered, but active on Johnson's Bar, Half-Mile Bar, and in front of Lindwood Resort. The bars also are your best bet for a few walleyes during the evening hours with slip bobbers and leeches. Look for northern pike and largemouth bass throughout the lake in areas that offer thick weeds.
Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes on most rock piles during the day. The established weedlines are holding fish as well. The best way to approach these fish is with a live bait rig or crankbait. The soft-bottomed flats that offer sparse weeds are holding walleyes and panfish. Work the deep rock humps at dusk and after dark with topwater baits for muskies. Key on secondary structure such as points and weeds for muskies as well. Sunfish are thick in the six to 15-foot weeds and smallmouth bass continue to be caught on vertical structure.
Bass continue to be caught on shallow and deep structure throughout the lake. Work plastics or spinnerbaits during the day and topwaters as the sun rises and sets. You'll have to sort through some small sunfish, but numbers are not a problem along the 10- to 12-foot weed edges. Topwater baits are still the best bet for muskies near the swimming beach and reefs.
During the day, you'll find scattered walleyes on the main lake bars and humps. Shad Raps are turning a few more fish during the evening hours off Little Stoney Point in 10 to 12 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting just about anything along the nine- to 12-foot weed patches. Look for jumbo perch on the 15-foot rocks or 25- to 30-foot humps with a jig and minnow.
The day bite for walleyes is virtually nonexistent, although slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes off Sand Point in 11 to 13 feet of water during the evening hours. There's some evening action with live bait rigs near Agency Narrows in 15 to 25 feet of water as well. Muskie action has improved with topwater baits and bucktails in Deadhead Bay and Portage Bay. Shingobee Bay still is producing sunfish and crappies in 12 to 18 feet of water.
The catfish bite on the Minnesota River continues to be the best thing going in this area. Look to the weed edges of Big Jefferson Lake for northern pike and largemouth bass. Sunfish are biting on the grass island of Lake Washington in 12 to 14 feet of water. Walleye and crappie action has been slow this week.
The deep points and Rat Root River areas of Black Bay started kicking out numbers of good-sized crappies. Look for steady walleye action early and late in the day with crawlers and leeches in 24 to 32 feet of water. Community Reef and Eight Mile Island have been consistent producers in Sand Bay. On the east end of the lake, the reefs off Saginaw Bay and Blueberry Island are giving up walleyes in 30 to 40 feet of water. Artificial presentations continue to work best for northern pike along the weedlines of Lost Bay.
Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits and plastics on lakes such as Grand, Pearl, Big Fish, and Pleasant. Sunfish also can be had on these lakes in 10 to 12 feet of water. A few walleyes are being caught on the Horseshoe Chain during lowlight periods of the day on shallow running Shad Raps. Look to Watab Lake for suspended rainbow trout over 40 to 60 feet of water. Lake Koronis is a safe bet for smallmouth bass and the Sauk River continues to produce numbers of channel catfish.
Lake Minnewaska continues to produce sunfish in 12 to 16 feet of water. The mouth of the Starbuck Marina is holding suspended crappies over 14 to 18 feet of water. Largemouth bass and northern pike also remain active along the points and weeded areas of Minnewaska. The Chippewa River near Benson is kicking out catfish on crawlers and small sucker minnows.
NORTHEAST METRO - Sucker minnows or spoons worked along the weedlines have produced numbers of northern pike on lakes such as Big Marine, Big Carnelian, Forest, and White Bear. Topwater presentations have been turning bass during the evening hours on Bald Eagle Lake and Jarvis Lake. There's no shortage of small sunfish to be had in eight to 12 feet of water on White Bear and Little Lake. Work the tops and edges of the weeds for crappies on Bald Eagle and White Bear.
SOUTHWEST METRO - Work the sunken island on Lake Parley and the north side of Lake Sarah for sunfish in six to eight feet of water. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows and spinners along the weed edges of Pierson Lake and Lake Minnewashta. Sucker minnows and nightcrawlers continue to be the best for catfish on the Minnesota River.