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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
Toby Kvalevog and Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)
7-26-We will keep this report pretty short and simple. Not a whole lost has changed in the past week in regards to the bite. I will say the early morning and evening bites are still by far the best bite with the day time look to fish deeper structure and cover a lot of ground.
In the low light hours, try fishing shallow in 5-10ft of water using slip bobbers, jigs, or long lining crawlers. Cabbage or other weed beds are holding bait and that means predators are close by. If not shallow look to 12-18ft of water during these hours by pulling lindy rigs or trolling crankbaits. As the day moves along, trolling crank baits and spinners has been best.
Walker Bay has been solid for a mix of both keepers and slots as well as some bigger pike showing up on the humps. Look to 18-28ft of water and pulling lindy rigs with crawlers and minnows. The Main Lake has produced fish on deeper humps or steep edges. The South end of the Main Lake near Pelican Island has had the best reports. Look to fish in 12-18ft of water or 22-28ft of water.
Until next week! Tight Lines and Happy Hooksets!
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
- 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)
7-25-Many of the folks fishing the Ely area recently were tough to convince that the summer doldrums have descended upon us. A good number of walleyes, pike, and bass have been landed and reported in to the local bait shops. The walleye bite this time of year has been unusual to say the least. Bass anglers have been cashing in on the "eyes" while tossing spinner baits and soft plastics in as little as four feet of water, while others are find them while trolling crawler rigs and cranks along the thermo-Cline in 15-19 feet of water with plus-size crankbaits. Pike are busting spinners and spoons along island points and the entrances to shallow bays near the deeper drop-offs. Some nice crappies are filling the stringers for some on Birch Lake, One Pine and East Twin. Most are finding the fish suspended about half way to the bottom. A few lake trout have been coming up from the depths of Burntside Lake for anglers trolling spoons and Rapala Glass Minnows at about 55-65 feet of water or more. It may be a scorcher sitting out there in the boat at this time of year, but as they always say, "It beats working", and if you feel it's too hot out, you could always take a dip in these cool, clear waters.
- 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.
- Gateway Store kabfishingreport.com - gatewaygeneral.com
Phil & Ellen Hart, US Hwy 53 & Co Rd 122, 30 miles south of Int'l Falls-Canadian border (218-875-2121)
7-24-Wacky weather, wacky fishing, Kab has it all. No major storm damage here last week, but turbulent just the same. Water levels on the high side for this time of year, but nice height for docks. Water temp on the surface, mid to high 70s. As for Wacky fishing, as many walleyes coming out of shallow water, under 10’ as there is at the expected range of 22’-30’. Leeches and crawlers both working as the bait of choice. Plain hook or spinner both working well. Snell length, adjust as necessary to keep bait in strike zone as noted on your fish finder. Mornings, 6am to 10am and evenings 5:30pm to 9:30pm have been the best proven bite times all year. Slow presentation has also been a common denominator. On Kab, the West end shallow waters have been providing action and mid-Kab, it seems the reefs and rock pile structures are giving up eyes. Lots of perch and sauger accompanying the walleye bite to help put fish on the plate. Smallmouth being nabbed consistently along shorelines, rock piles and some weed beds. Pike fisherman doing well tossing big spinners, buzz baits and stick baits on weed edges. Lost Bay, Mud Bay, Daily Brook and Nebraska Bay all holding hungry Big Pike. Lots of 9-11” walleyes being caught and released which is promising for the coming years. Sunrises and Sunsets have been phenomenal as always and must be on your bucket list, come and see why by visiting Our National Park. BINGO at the Kabetogama “Town” Hall at 8pm on Thursday July 28th and each Tuesday and Thursday after until Aug 9th. Come Join the FUN – For All Ages!! See You Soon, Crabby Phil & Ellen Hart
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)
7-25-Fish are active and there are limits to be had. Resorts are downrigging with crankbaits, jig fishing and drifting spinners. Schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet being targeted by jiggers and crankbaiters continue to heat up. Garden Island and 9-12 miles off of Pine Island are holding fish. Many great fish in the 18" range and some trophies mixed in as well. Gold, silver and white have been strong.
On the Rainy River, some walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Water clarity has improved slightly. Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes with some anglers using a bottom bouncer paired with a stick bait as well. Most anglers fishing the lake. Great smallmouth bass bite up and down the river. Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30th and they are active.
Up at the NW Angle, the mud between Little Oak and Oak Island has been pro and aducing good numbers of saugers and walleyes in depths of 24 to 30 feet. Work the offshore reefs and humps using spinners and bottom bouncers with crawlers, or crankbaits, as the majority of fish have moved off the larger islands onto the mid-lake structure. The southwest side of Oak and the areas around Four Blocks also good producers again. Gold, pink and orange are top color choices. On the Ontario side the walleyes have been out deep in the mud off the rocks in 25-35 feet due to the recent storms and heavy winds. Spinners have been the most productive. The water temp is 70 degrees. Many nice sized fish have been boated and everyone has been going home with their limits! The Muskie action has continued to improve along with pike and smallmouth bass.
Anglers who plan to take Highway 46 out of Deer River should know that the bridge 3 miles south of Alvwood is closed and a 30 mile detour is the result. Our suggestion is to take Highway 6 North in Deer River to Highway 1 West to Northome. Resorts, guides, and local events 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)
7-26-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
7-26-Many of you know the St. Croix is very high right now and the flow historically fast. The week before was at normal summer levels. As stated the river is high and flowing fast. Right now the river also has a “slow no wake” imposed on boat traffic from Taylors Falls to Prescott. Smallmouth bass are always in the forecast on the river. They are shallow and deep and can be hard to pin down to a depth. They relate to baitfish and move accordingly. Rising waters can be hard to catch fish in, but last Tuesday when the water was coming up we had good success with clients, we caught 50 walleye total – many were the 14 to 14.75″. Trolling with Rapalas has been decent and can not be overlooked when targeting walleye. It is true that some days they want bait more though some days cranks – it's fun to figure it out! See www.croixsippi.com for fish pics!
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Nathan, Josh, www.smokeyhills.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
7-16-Walleye - Most fishermen finding the eyes right on or just off of deeper weedlines and shelves running 18-24 ft of water. Tie on a Lindy “Lil Guy” paired with a Redtail minnow, night crawler or large leech for best luck at finding those elusive keepers!
Northern - Looking for some cooler waters after the last few weeks of scorching temps in the taller weed growth out deeper in about 10-14ft of water looking for a Eppinger “daredevil” in either ¾ or 1 oz.
Bass - Still able to find a few in the shallows in 5’ or less. The majority of the bigger bass are going to be anywhere from 5-10’. The bass are on the hunt for an Outkast Tackle “RTX Jig” paired with a VMC plastic “Chunk”, the ideal setup for the 5+ LB. bass!
Need advice or help on how to do it? Come see Josh in the fishing department!
Crappie -Looking for the big tall cabbage beds, deeper timber, anything structural out in that 14-18ft of water. Tie a VMC “Nymph” or “Wingding” on and tipping either of them with a crappie minnow, small leech or crawler for the best luck at having that fish fry!
- Wheaton Service & Bait www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400)
7-26-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)
7-27- 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)
7-27-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.