Msg 1 Posted: 01:14 PM 08/15/05 (CST)
Look for suspended crappies and sunfish along the deep weed edges of Lake Ida, Lake Darling, Lake Geneva, Lake Carlos, and Lake Homme Dieu. Bass continue to be caught on the flats of most lakes with jigs, plastics, and crankbaits. Walleye action is still limited to low-light periods of the day, in deep water, on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Northern pike are biting well throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes on sucker minnows and spoons.|
Sunfish are still providing the area's best action. Lakes such as Clearwater, Augusta, Sugar, and Cedar are worth checking in 12 feet of water. Walleyes have been scarce, limited to an occasional flurry of activity on the weed edges of Clearwater during low-light periods of the day. A few muskies continue to be raised on Sugar Lake during the evening hours, while lakes such as Pleasant and John continue to produce northern pike.
Dead Lake is kicking out numbers of northern pike and largemouth bass in 10 to 12 feet of water. The area sunfish bite is still going strong with lakes such as Battle, Star, East Lost, and Dead producing fish in 10 to 12 feet of water. The shallow flats and shoreline breaks of Otter Tail Lake are worth trolling with Shad Raps during the evening hours for walleyes. A few fish can be had during the day on Otter Tail in 20 feet of water with crawlers or leeches. Muskie anglers on West Battle Lake continue to lure fish to the top of the weed flats with bucktails and Suick brand baits.
There have been some nice largemouth bass taken off the 12- to 19-foot weed edges with plastics. Live bait rigs tipped with redtail minnows and leeches have produced walleyes along the 16- to 24-foot weeds. The majority of sunfish and crappies caught are coming from six to 12 feet of water. Lakes such as Round, Gull, North Long, and Nisswa have been favorites among anglers this week for all species.
Trolling shallow-running Rapalas has produced walleyes at sunset in six to 10 feet of water. A jig and minnow will produce jumbo perch at similar depths on Cass Lake. The muskie bite on Cass is "on and off" with most active fish chasing small bucktails. Look for bluegills in 12 to 18 feet of water on Midge Lake and Grace Lake.
Walleyes are being found in 30 or more feet of water with Lindy Rigs and redtail minnows or leeches. Some suspended fish are being taken over deep water with crankbaits. Bass and northern pike are being taken on top of the weeds and outside weed edges. Spinner rigs tipped with sucker minnows have worked best for pike, and plastic worms are the best bet for bass. Crappies and sunfish continue to be found suspended over 20 to 28 feet of water.
Walleye fishing is slow at best. A few fish are being taken with Shad Raps on Big Cormorant Lake after dark. Jigs and minnows have turned an occasional walleye on White Earth Lake. Spinners and large sucker minnows have turned northern pike along the deep weedlines of Lake Melissa. Black bucktails are the best bet for muskies on Big Detroit Lake and Pelican Lake. Work the deep humps and weedlines with plastics on most lakes for largemouth bass. There have been some panfish caught in these areas as well.
Nightcrawlers continue to produce numbers of catfish on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and George Lake. Look for good-sized bluegills and sunfish in three to eight feet of water on lakes such as Hall, Budd, George, and Sissiton. The bigger fish seem to get most active during low-light periods of the day. Small minnows are turning crappies near the aerators on Budd Lake. Live bait and low light are about the only option for an occasional walleye on Hall Lake.
Smallmouth bass remain very active on the points, sand, and shoreline breaks of Deer Lake and Spider Lake. Look to Lake Pokegama for walleyes during the evening hours with Shad Raps in 10 to 12 feet of water. North Star Lake and Moose Lake are the area's best options for muskies with bucktails and Suicks. Panfish action has been limited to a few fish off the north end of Bowstring Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Speed-trolling crankbaits and slip-sinker rigs have produced walleyes off the reefs and wind-swept shorelines. You'll find a mixed bag of walleyes, northern pike, and smallmouth bass on top of the weeds. The best way to approach this vegetation is by casting crankbaits, small spoons, or spinnerbaits.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - Crankbaits are turning walleyes during the day if the wind is blowing. Most of these fish are coming from 20 to 24 feet of water on or near the rocks at the north end. The deep sides of most mud flats are still the best option if you're using slip bobbers and leeches after dark. Work the weed edges with bucktails for muskies during midday hours; topwater baits are raising fish on the rocks during the early morning and evening hours. Crankbaits and tube jigs are providing steady smallmouth bass action on the rocks and off the points.
West - A quick-moving spinner rig tipped with a rainbow minnow or nightcrawler is producing walleyes on top of the mud flats during midday hours. Slip bobbers and leeches remain the best bets after dark off the deep sides of the mud. Look for scattered perch to be mixed in with the walleyes on the mud and deep rocks. Smallmouth bass continue to bite well, but muskie anglers are seeing more fish than they're catching in the weeds.
Sunfish and largemouth bass are providing consistent action on the 10-foot weed patches. The bigger bass seem to be hitting topwater presentations and they're most active during low-light periods of the day. A few more walleyes have been caught this week off the deep weed edges of Wayzata Bay and Brown's Bay. Northern pike and muskies have tucked themselves in the thick weeds and have been reluctant to bite.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
There are plenty of walleyes and muskies to be had at the Northwest Angle. Jigs or hammered-gold spinner rigs and live bait have produced limits of 2- to 3-pound walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water. Better areas this week have been Little Oak Island, Garden Island, and Four Blocks. Smallmouth bass are inhaling Fat Raps and tube baits on the sharp, shoreline breaks of the Rainy River. Along the south shore, downrigging is the best option for walleyes in 30 to 35 feet of water. The best reports are coming from seven to 10 miles out with fish hitting Rapalas. There's some action on live bait taking place in 10 to 20 feet of water near Graceton Reef, the rock pile near Birch Beach, and Zippel Bay State Park.
Leeches have produced some walleyes during the evening hours in 30 feet of water. Work the deep and shallow weeds for bass with topwater baits early and late in the day. The reefs and swimming beach area remain the best options for muskies, and you can plan on finding plenty of sunfish scattered throughout 10 to 12 feet of water.
There are two patterns producing walleyes. The first is a live bait rig on the bars such as Bena, Big Muskie, Little Muskie, Moses, and Sugar in 16 to 25 feet of water. The second is a shallow bite with a jig and minnow combination off Raven's Point and Stoney Point. This shallow action is best if the wind is blowing into the points. The best perch reports are coming off Raven's Point in 11 feet of water.
The Sand Point area continues to provide steady walleye activity during the evening hours in 11 to 13 feet of water. Live-bait rigs and crawlers also are producing walleyes as the sun sets; fish 15 to 25 feet near Agency Narrows. Muskie action has improved on the flats near Goose Island and the rocks off Pelican Island. Work the weed edges of Shingobee Bay for panfish. Topwater baits have produced numbers of largemouth bass in the rice beds.
Look for suspended walleyes to be hitting Shad Raps in 20 to 22 feet of water near Grassy Island on Lake Washington. Catfish are still biting at a good pace on the Minnesota River. Lake Washington is the best bet for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water, while bigger northern pike are hitting spoons and spinnerbaits on Little Jefferson Lake in six feet of water.
The east end reefs near Blueberry Island have provided consistent walleye action during the evening hours in 40 to 50 feet of water. Jigs tipped with leeches or minnows are working best. The edge of Olson Reef and Community Reef in Sand Bay also are worth noting for walleyes in 28 to 30 feet of water. The top side of Olson Reef has produced numbers of smallmouth bass as well. Black Bay continues to kick out some nice crappies, while the weedlines in Lost Bay and the rock piles near Cranberry Island are the best stops for northern pike.
Bolfing Lake, Grand Lake, Pearl Lake, and Horseshoe Lake are producing sunfish in six to 12 feet of water. Look to Grand,Pearl, Pleasant Lake, and Beaver Lake for numbers of northern pike and largemouth bass. The Sauk River continues to produce catfish, while the islands area of Lake Koronis remains a safe option for smallmouth bass. Rainbow trout are suspending over 50 to 60 feet of water on Watab Lake.
Sunfish continue to be the big story on Lake Minnewaska. Although you have to sort through some small fish, there is plenty of action and the occasional keeper in the mix. Look for the majority of fish to be biting in 12 to 16 feet of water. Largemouth bass and northern pike are hitting off the points and shallow weed breaks of Minnewaska as well. A few crappies continue to suspend outside the Starbuck Marina over 14 to 18 feet of water. Crawlers, sucker minnows, and stink baits are producing numbers of catfish on the Chippewa River near Benson.
NORTHEAST METRO - Spinnerbaits or topwater presentations have produced numbers of good-sized bass on Forest Lake, Eagle Lake, and Jarvis Lake. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows, spoons, and crankbaits on the thick weed edges of White Bear Lake, Big Carnelian Lake, and Big Marine Lake. Crappies and sunfish continue to be weed related and active on Little Lake, White Bear, Bald Eagle, and Jarvis Lake.
SOUTHWEST METRO - Work the weed edges of Lake Zumbra and Stieger Lake for northern pike and largemouth bass. On Pierson Lake and Lake Wasserman, sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 12 feet of water. On the Minnesota River, anglers are catching channel catfish on crawlers and flatheads on sucker minnows near the deep holes and logjams. There are some good-sized sunfish being found suspended on Lake Bavaria over 15 feet of water. Sunfish also are biting well in 12 feet of water on Lake Minnewashta and Lake Parley.