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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 07:18 AM 08/25/05 (CST)
RED WING - A mixed bag of fish are biting at Reed's Landing on the south end. They are also biting down by Wabasha at all the wingdams. Try pitching plastics, Rapalas, rattle traps. Walleyes, bass and an occasional northern pike are being caught.

MANKATO - Suspended walleyes on Lake Washington in 20-22 feet. Try working Shad Raps near Grassy Island. Catfish still biting on the Minnesota River. Lake Washington sunfish are in 10-12 feet of water. Northern pike hitting spoons on Little Jefferson Lake in 6 feet of water.

GRAND RAPIDS - The water and air have both cooled down and we are able to spend more time at our favorite pastime. The walleyes have started to bite on Winnie a bit. Try the deeper bar edges on Raven, Moses, Center and Horseshoe. You will also want to work the weed beds with leeches and rigs for those weed fish. Use small minnows and jigs in the Tamarack Bay area for jumbo perch and crappies. Pokegama is still doing good for bass and some crappies and bluegills around Pooles Bay. Northern are going good in most area lakes. The biggest fish are coming from the deep water - 25-35 feet is where most stay in the summer. Muskie action has been decent on Moose and Northstar. They seem to prefer topwater right now. Fishing will improve as fall gets closer.

ALEXANDRIA - Panfish best using waxies on area lakes in 8-16 feet of water. Crappies suspended in deeper water hitting crappie minnows. Bass hitting crankbaits on the Chain. Walleyes sporadic, try jigs and fatheads. Hit Ida or Miltona. Northerns hitting spoons on the deep weedline.

Muskie fishing picking up in the shallows.

HACKENSACK - Northern pike bite is excellent. Walleyes still hitting on Ten Mile and Stony lakes. Try trolling Rapalas at night in deeper water. Bass bite good in the 15-foot weeds.

Use leeches or PowerBait. Crappies in 14-16 feet taking jigs/crappie minnows.

LEECH LAKE - Muskie action is improving on Leech Lake. Work some of the islands throughout the lake. Shingobee Bay is the spot for panfish. Topwater baits best for bass. Walleye activity has been sporadic. Try rigs/crawlers at night in 15-25 feet of water.

MILLE LACS - Most of the walleye activity has been focused around the sunset bite. Anglers are still finding decent numbers of keepers on the rock reefs in 8-15 feet of water.

Use a slip bobber/leech/angle jig here. The day bite has changed somewhat - it's not dead by any stretch of the imagination; however we do see more people beginning to struggle. There are still folks going to the same spots they fished on the opener, using the same approaches and wondering what happened to all the fish. We might get by with this in the evenings, but during the day... probably not. The deepwater structure (gravel and mud flats) and the areas adjacent to these structures continue to hold good numbers of active fish. Crawlers/spinners, rainbows/spinners, leeches/long snells and deep running crankbaits are still turning fish - perhaps not in "June numbers" but in far better numbers than we usually expect in mid-August. Kick your speed up a little (this is where the crankbaits and the crawler/spinner rigs shine) so you can cover some water, and give it a shot. Muskie fishing continues to improve - some big fish are showing up, but the overall numbers are still a bit behind "normal".

RAINY LAKE - Nice mid-summer weather has brought out quite a few anglers. Moderate weather interrupted by the occasional thunderstorm and cooler evenings are all apparently factors in fish activity. Walleye anglers report they're finding fish in 20-25 feet of water, fishing toward the east end of Rainy Lake, but the rapids at Ranier continues to be a popular spot. Jigs tipped with live bait work best. Large and aggressive northern pike are going after live baits and artificial lures. Expect to find them in the weedy edges of shallower bays, remember that the wind will push baitfish into the shore so check the wind.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 02:12 PM 08/25/05 (CST)
Thanks for the report Scrunch!

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