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- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)
Walleyes best on Ottertail, West Battle Lake, Clitherall. Try West Battle Lake and Clitherall early morning or evening using leeches on snell hooks in 20-30 feet. On Ottertail try 10-20 feet using leeches on plain hook snells (no spinners). Panfish and crappie lakes to try are West Battle, East Battle, Clitherall, Silver. Use nightcrawlers or waxworms for the panfish and crappie minnows for the crappies. For bass action, pitch jigs and minnows in the weeds or throw spinner baits, plastic frogs etc. Try are Donald Lake, West Battle, Silver Lake, Johnson Lake,Stalker Lake. Northern pike are in the 15-20 foot weedlines hitting sucker minnows on snells or try using spoons. Best pike lakes are Donald, Ottertail, West Battle.
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Dave, 117 E Benton St, corner of Hwy 75 and 14 (507-368-4204)
- Timberline Sport & Tackle
Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd. (218-835-4636)
Island Lake and Blackduck Lake have been producing walleyes in 15-20 feet of water using leeches. Other lakes that have been producing walleyes and panfish are Gull and Pimushe along the weed edges using leeches and crawlers.
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Jason Freed, Toby Kvalevog, Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)
In the past week the fishing has started to pick back up, especially during the late morning and afternoon. Fishing shallow has still produced the best action in 8-15ft of water early in the AM and in the evenings as those fish are actively moving around and moving up to feed on small perch in most cases. Targeting them with slip bobbers, lindy rigs with crawlers, jigs, or even casting rippin raps or small crankbaits at times.
As the morning goes on and into the afternoon, focusing on windblown shoreline breaks in 18-25ft of water has produced well pulling crawlers or chubs on lindy rigs or utilizing reaction bite style baits such as jigging rap to provoke fish into biting. What has been promising this past week is we are seeing more and more larger schools of walleyes as well as some big pike and walleyes mixed in. If not fishing shoreline breaks, look to fish the bars and humps in 20-30' of water.
Walker Bay has been overall pretty good this past week with the Main Lake still producing fish, but having to move around and fish alot more spots. The Crankbait bite is still the most consistent bite on the Main Lake.
Muskies continue to show themselves with anglers reporting fish hitting the net. Small bucktails, top waters, and jerkbaits have been the best presentation when casting for the fish of 10000 casts.
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)
Walleyes biting in 15 to 20 feet on South Lindstrom using bobbers/leeches or some shiner minnows. North Center is proucing a mixed bag of panfish, bass and pike. Call us for more details!
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)
Lake Superior action is best at Two Harbors and Silver Bay. Spoons producing lake trout in 100 feet. Coho salmon being caught in the top 40 feet. Island Lake is producing walleyes and smallies. Use minnows or leeches for the walleyes or buzzbaits along the shorelines for smallmouth. Walleyes and bluegills are biting in 10-15 feet on Fish Lake.
- Babe's Bait and Tackle - BabesBaitEly.com
500 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, MN, first business on the left as you are entering town of Ely from the west on Hwy 169 (218-365-6930)
8-23-Walleye action remains fairly consistent with the most successful anglers working at or above the thermocline. This seperation of water temps and oxygen levels has been the place to run your baits. The level of the thermocline varies from lake to lake, even different parts of the same lake where water flow and clarity can alter temps. Most lakes checked have shown this line to be at twelve to twenty feet. You can visually see it if you have a sensitive locator by turning up the gain higher in the display. Work at or just above this level. Many folks are having success working deep diving crankbaits, or smaller weighted spinner/crawler combos. Often times you will see small bait fish, with larger marks interspersed, and that's where you want your bait to be running. Bass fishermen are having a heyday on most lakes around here. Some trophy size smallmouth have been smashing surface baits early and late in the day, then working shallow divers during mid-day. It's not rocket science, just keep working along shorelines and weed edges down to about ten feet. Crank baits, swim baits and crawfish imitations are drawing the most strikes down deep. Pike remain active, and are more than willing to smash a spinner bait or spoon. Average pike are running from six to ten pounds, with an occasional whopper up to twenty pounds being reported.
- Fish On Bait & Sport www.habitatnow.com
Kyle, 201 S Franklin St, 2 blocks south of stoplights in Glenwood (320-634-3667)
Call Kyle for a report.
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Jim Tuller, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
Jig and minnow combo is producing walleyes as well as the lindy rig with a leech or crawler. Pull spinner rigs or cranks until you find fish then sit on them with the jig or lindy rig. Bass fishing has been good. Pike can be found on top of the weedbeds or on the outside. Spinnerbaits, jigs or sucker minnows produce. Panfish can be found in and around the inside weedlines and bullrush edges.
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Phil & Ellen Hart, US Hwy 53 & Co Rd 122, 30 miles south of Int'l Falls-Canadian border (218-875-2121)
8-21- Beautiful late summer weather, decent fishing warm water, good water levels, abundant wildlife-come and enjoy it all – while it lasts. Late summer fishing is a challenge on this lake, as we will soon experience big temperature swings, which gets the walleyes moving in different directions, till they school up as the 75 degree water cools down. This past week folks found as many walleyes in shallow water as they did deep waters. Theory is walleyes are feeding on perch minnows in the shallow water and a population of walleyes also seek cooler, deeper water for ciscos and other cold water baitfish. Crawlers lead the way as bait choice followed by leeches and minnows. Slip sinker rigs again the favored presentation.Artificial lures working well on weed edges and off reed edges for all species. Big northern pike still slamming bucktails, suicks and spinners. Bass remain active, seem to favor crayfish baits, rock piles as well as weedlines is a great place to find them. Crappies are occasionally being caught in the weeds as well as walleyes in some cases, probably feeding on perch minnows, like the walleyes. Concentrate you efforts for walleyes, pike and smallmouth on weed edges, take note that walleyes may scatter to the reefs as temperatures start fluctuating. Perch and sauger being caught in deeper waters, down to 30’, common presentation is jig and minnow. Big weekemd coming up for Kabetogama, fishing contest finale with live radio show from 10-12 at Gateway General Store and Kabetogama Garage Sales 9am – 3pm on Friday and Saturday Aug 26th and 27th.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
- Lake of the Woods Area Tourism Bureau - www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com
near Junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 172 in Baudette, (1-800-382-FISH)
8-22- Walleye fishing continues to be good as the walleyes have the feed bags on. Water temps starting to slowly cool. Drifting with spinners, anchoring and jigging, and downrigging crankbaits all were successful depending upon the location. 28-32 feet still holding fish four miles out of Lighthouse Gap. Jig and minnow has been good. Gold, pink, white, blue, and silver for colors. Scattered schools across the lake to Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point catching good numbers of fish. Reefs along with "no man's land" holding walleyes . Trolling crankbaits still very effective. Smallies are active along shoreline structure.
On the Rainy River, some eyes being boated daily but lots of rain Friday night dirtied the water. Anglers pulling cranks and spinners as top choice to cover as much water as possible. Bass biting well. Sturgeon fishing is slow but many spotted jumping or "breaching". Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30.
Up at the NW Angle, fishing in 18-22 feet with orange, green and gold spinners tipped with shiners and crawlers on warmer days and 20-27 feet when its cooler. Fish have been caught in mud and rubble rock, west bar off Little Oak, Crow Duck, west bar off Garden Island and in the mud south of Oak Island. Spinners outproducing downrigging. Crappies are being found in deep holes of 26-30 feet. In Ontario waters, spinners are successful but the jig bite is back. The preferred depth is 24-30 feet on top of reefs, saddles, points, and wind swept areas. For muskies a large percentage of fish seen are being caught, patience is key. Bucktails, stickbaits and topwater producing over bare rocks, reeds with rocks and rocks adjacent deep water. Resorts, guides, and hot deals at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)
7-26-Leech lake is doing great! Most of our guests have been having great fishing! Walleye fishing during mid summer means the fishing are spread out so trolling with shad raps or other artificial bait is the key to success. Crayfish and perch colors are doing the best, once you find the active school if you want to switch over to jigs or lindy rig set ups your odds greatly improve. Also trying to keep your main times on the lake, early and late you will pick up more fish and you won't run in to jet skiers tubers and other fun boaters. Muskie action has been great! They really like the warm waters. Bucktails (white) have been the go to bait, but don't be afraid to throw everything at them. Pike action is also really good! We just had a 41-1/2 incher caught and is going to be on the wall in Nebraska! Panfish action has been good in the bays, always best to ask bait shops what and where if you are going after them! This is a great time to talk with your friends and plan a fall fishing trip! Hope to see you this fall!
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - (320-630-1761)
The smallie bite is on fire on Mille Lacs! Anglers are having luck at the south end, Cove Bay, Big Point, Wigwam Bay. Gull Island on the east side has been hot as well. Try pitching tubes, crayfish jigs, plastics, crankbaits, mostly anything is working. Walleye fishing is great at the mud, 29-30 feet, try pulling rigs/spinners/crawlers, pulling leadcore with larger leeches. Bobber fish the rocks when windy in 17-20 feet. Muskie starting to strike and some pike too. Panfish are biting on smaller area lakes like Platte, Sullvan, Ann, Knife and Shakopee in deeper waters. Call for small boat trips and launch trips! Listen to Outdoor Adventures on iHeart Radio for fishing reports or call Chris anytime!
MILLE LACS, AITKIN, BRAINERD LAKES
- Jeff Hanson's Guide Service
Mille Lacs is still producing fish! Roach rigs/leeches have been the best presentation on the mud flats. Use your electronics to find schools of fish along the edges of the flats. Some days they will be on the top edge in 25-27', other days they'll be in the 30-34' range. Many fish in the 24-27" range each day and just in the last week lot's of smaller 10-14" fish are also showing up on the mid lake flats.
Pike action has been hot in the bays over the upcoming weed beds in the 11-14' range. You can use sucker minnows and bobbers, troll Husky Jerks, or pitch jigs and Impulse plastics.
Smallmouth action has been good on the rock reefs in the 6-12' range on both Rapala Rattlin' Raps and X-Raps.
The Brainerd lakes like Gull, North Long are producing lots of action for walleyes, bass and pike on the weedlines in 14'17'. Walleye action has been best in the mornings. Roach rigs with minnow and leeches are working. Also pitching jigs into the weeds has been crushing the pike and bass.
As always, call for up to the date reports or to inquire on available days. 4, 6 and 8 hour trips available.
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)
Muskies are hitting the 6-10 foot shorelines on 6 to 10 Minnetonka and Independence. Topwater baits working best. Walleyes are in deeper waters on Minnetonka. Sarah and Independence are producing crappies and sunnies in 5-10 feet.
MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
August 11, 2016 St. Croix River
Its been a great August for walleye… Thankful to say we are still catching walleye at good rate!
Jim aka the Blind Squirrel, hoists a put back 20.5″ walleye. Jim loves to eat a walleye fish fried golden brown as well as the rest, but agrees with me that over 20″ let them go back! Nice fish Jim!!
One of the reasons the fish have been “on” is the abundance of small 2.5 to 3″ shad that continue to relate to the bottom and on structure and shorelines.
Cute couple Kurt and Lori showing their “double!” The big one came on a jig and minnow. Great trip. Kurt had on and landed a beast carp, plus two others that were too big to land… aka the ones that got away! Plenty got caught – 2 limits of walleye and sauger!
Lori with a nice river walleye. Kurt caught the first ten fish then Lori came storming back they both ended up pretty even in totals at the end of the day.
Over the years guiding I have many repeat customers such as all the people you see in this weeks report, the next pics are repeats too. Thankful for the great customers and their support.
Dan shows a good 22″ walleye he recently landed and put back from the Croix. He was on a pleasant trip with his father Bill, and son Matt, and brother Mark -” The Maestro”. This was another trip with 2 limits of keepers. The guys figured they only needed seven for a big dinner.
Mark aka The Maestro was a fishing machine and conducted a sweet symphony of fish catching! In other words he “put on a clinic.”
Fish depths have been from 16 to 30 feet deep catching them in all these depths.
Flow rate increasing from last week –
St. Croix River water level slowly fell to 675.5 and then is now rising again and is 677.0 predicated to go to 681.5
Water temp 78 – 80 steady.
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Josh Severtson, www.smokeyhills.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
Walleye – On the transition from summer to fall, the walleyes will be more scattered throughout the water column. Mostly looking for that 18’-22’ on quick dropping bars, shelves, and flats. This gives the walleyes a choice of either deeper feeding or shallow feeding in the weeds. Tie on a Northland “Pro Walleye Micro Blade Spinner” either tipped with a crawler or minnow for your best chance on pulling up that late summer walleye!
Northern Pike – Looking in about 12’-16’ of water for the tallest, greenest weeds this time of year. With the life cycle of most weeds ending this time of year, the greenest and tallest weeds around will be the
key on hooking that trophy Northern. Tie on an Acme “Little Cleo” in either 2/5th or 3/4th oz for fishing any depths!
Bass – Spread out anywhere from 3’-18’. Up shallow looking for the lifelike action coming from a Lunkerhunt “Combat Frog”. The deeper bass will be looking for a heavier Texas Rigged Yum “Dinger” paired with a VMC “Heavy Duty Wide Gap” hook for your best luck at hooking that big mama!
Sunfish/Crappie – On the search for the tallest and greenest weed beds around in anywhere from 12’-18’ of water. Looking out for any of the lifelike VMC “Wingding, Nymph, or Boot tail” all tipped with either a leech, crappie minnow or small piece or worm for best luck at hosting that late summer fish fry!
- Wheaton Service & Bait www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400)
Lake Traverse has become, in my opinion, one of the top Catfish fisheries in the upper mid west! Channel and Flathead cats! our average catfish is in the 9-12 pound range! We've seen cats in the 60 plus pound range! Great time! Of course the Walleye fishing is outstanding! Lake Traverse is the top net count lake in the state. Looking for guided fishing? Wheaton Service has 2 guides looking to put you on the fish! Give us a call! Starting Sept 1 we will start our 2nd year of production of Fishin Hole Lodge fish houses Skid Houses. All Aluminum, many colors available, many different sizes. We no longer sell Alumi lite shacks. Give us a call 320 563-1400 wheatonservice.com or check us out on Facebook! Take a Kid Fishin!
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)
The fishing on Lake Waconia has been great. The most consistent fish anglers have had success with have been the crappies. We continue to hear them being caught on the outside weedlines in 12 to 14 feet of water, as well as areas of mixed weeds and sand in 8 to 10 feet. Crappie minnows have been most popular, although most baits have worked too. Sunfish are also around with the crappies, and have been biting well on crawlers and waxies. Many walleye anglers continue to catch crappies walleye fishing as well. The bite for walleyes has stayed decent off Keg's Reef and the rocks of Red's Reef in 14 to 18 feet of water. Some locations like the east end of Coney Island are good this time of year in deeper water, as depths drop fast, as deep as 26 feet. The northwest end of Coney Island can be great as well, in the 14 to 16 foot range. Fatheads continue to be a great choice, although leeches and crawlers have been working well too! Largemouth Bass have been good! Many anglers were finding them both shallow and off deep weedlines. We had several nice catches reported near the Carp Trap (Peterson's Creek on the NW side of the lake), and the reeds just west of that in less than 5 feet of water. Topwater baits are always fun, as active bass will slam the surface to engulf your lure. For those working the weedlines or in the weeds, areas like Cemetery Reef, Center Reef and North Reef are all great bass locations. Using plastic worms, bass jigs, or spinnerbaits can produce nice bass in these areas. Of course live bait like leeches and sucker minnows will always be a good bet. We have had a handful of anglers catching and releasing muskies. The northern pike bite has picked up. Working the weedlines past Lola's (below the big cemetery hill) and east toward the beach has worked. Also the northeast side of the lake by the Clay Banks and around the cabbage weeds of Reinke's Bay can be good northern pike fishing as well. If you haven't had the chance to get on the water, and need a way to get on Lake Waconia, don't forget we rent fishing boats and pontoons! Click Here to learn more about our prices and policies! We make it easy for you to have an enjoyable day on the lake! Call (952) 442-2096 to reserve. See you at the lake!
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, firstname.lastname@example.org, (218-327-2312)
Weather has been a big dictator on the walleye bite for Big Winnie. Besides all that the fishing has been good. Many of the humps and bars are turning out catches of big fish and eaters as well. Crawlers and leeches on rigs have been best for the deeper bite. The shallows in and around weed beds all over the lake have also been excellent choices. We have been pulling spinners with a half crawler, leech or a minnow at speeds of 1.0 to 1.5 mph and doing quite well. Stony Point, Tamarac, Musky Bay, and the Bird Houses are great places to try spinner presentations. Covering water trolling crank baits has also been good with bonus northern pike in the mix. A new bait from Rapala the Shad Dancer is a bait to try. Great action and dives from 8-11 feet. Panfish have been okay and expect that to get better in the upcoming weeks. Weed edges with small baits and spinners have been taking crappies in Big Cutfoot lake. Perch fishing on the north rocks has been good. Sorting through the smaller ones to keep nicer perch has provided plenty of action. Summer is winding down so get out and enjoy Big Winnie and all it has to offer.