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- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)
Walleyes right now are coming from shallow water after dark pulling shad raps in 3-5 feet of water or during the day in 12-25 feet (depending on what lake) using bottom bouncers and nightcrawlers. Lakes to try are Ottertail, Fish, Rush and West Battle. Sunnies & crappies are being caught in the 10-15 foot weeds beds using angle worms, leeches and crappie minnows for the crappies. Lakes to try are West Battle, Rush, Fish and Clitherall. Bass are being caught around docks, shallow weedslines using spinner baits, top water plastics. Lake to try are Donald, Fiske, Stalker and West Battle. For Northern try trolling with spinners and sucker minnows in the 15-20 foot weeds. Lakes to try are Donald, Fiske, Rush, Ottertail and West Battle. Musky are in the 15-20 foot weeds, try casting Jake's or double cow girls on West Battle Lake.
- Veire's Mini-Mart
Dave, 117 E Benton St, corner of Hwy 75 and 14 (507-368-4204)
Please call Dave for a fishing report!
- Timberline Sport & Tackle
Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd. (218-835-4636)
Pimushe, Gilstead, North Twin and South Twin are producing crappies and bluegills in the 10-14 foot weedlines. Pike and bass are also biting at the weedlines on minnows. Gull, Island, Blackduck and Round are good bets for some walleye action in about 14-20 feet of water. Try using leeches or nightcrawlers.
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Jason Freed, Toby Kvalevog, Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)
Leech lake has still remained stable during the recent consistent yet warmer and calm weather. For walleyes, trolling shad raps during the day and evening in 11-14 feet has been most effective for keepers pulled at 2.2 to 2.8 mph in the areas such as Grand View Flats, Snake Pits and Duck Point areas. Days where there isnt much wind try using planer boards to keep your baits out and away from the boat. Crayfish colored patterns have worked best, but each day is different so experiment with a combo of different colors and patterns.
In the early mornings or late evenings, try pitching a jig and a leech or throwing a slip bobber into areas of weeds, cabbage and / or shallow rock piles. This seems to be the best tactic that we have seen now, and if fishing the rocks a bonus smallmouth or two is even possible.
Walleyes have been decent on Whitefish this past week. It is the middle of summer, so some days are better than others. Using your electronics, scan the weed edges, humps, and points looking for schools of fish. Depending on what depth they are at, you can use slip bobbers/leeches, or live bait rig with creek chubs or redtails to get them. We really enjoy this time of year, because when you set the hook it could be a walleye, bass, northern, sunfish, or crappie!
Action fishing has been outstanding on all the area lakes. With the warm water the largemouth, sunfish, and rock bass have been going crazy from 6-20 feet of water. We like to use a jig/plastic worm combo, because it sinks slow and fishes through the thick weeds. This time of year, you can throw plastics, tubes, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and drop shots and catch fish.
Walleye fishing and the use of live bait continues to be banned on Mille Lacs at this time. Please check with the DNR or local bait shops to stay current with these changes as they are ever changing.
The smallmouth bass fishing has continued to be good. Depths continue to remain between 4-20 feet depending on the time of day and weather patterns. A drop shot with a plastic has been a good choice when the bass are deeper. Look for the transition areas where rock piles turn into mud. If the bass are shallower, Rapala X-raps, tubes, and topwaters have been getting the fish to bite.
The northern pike fishing has been good in the weeds. Trolling bigger bucktails and spinnerbaits at 3-5 mph has been producing bigger pike. Fish a sucker minnow or large creek chub (minnows must be longer than 8 inches) under a bobber in the cabbage weeds has also been producing pike.
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)
Panfish are biting on North Lindstrom, South Lindstrom, Chisago, North Center and South Center. Work the weedlines for bluegills and move to the deeper water and bays and channels for crappie action.
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)
Walleyes biting on Island in 20 feet on leeches. Fish Lake is kicking out bluegills in the 10-foot weeds. Muskies are hitting bucktails on the St. Louis River. Salmon are biting on Lake Superior from Two Harbors to Silver Bay in 50-70 feet of water.
- 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)
Fishing report 8/14/17
The walleye bite remains steady for most anglers who are putting the time in on area lakes. While not fast and furious, one can expect to catch enough fish for a shore lunch, or dinner at home. Crawler harnesses seem to be the primary way to catch them lately. Choose a spinner that coincides with the color of the water that you are fishing. Neutral tones like gold, silver, and white work best best in clear water lakes, and bright colors such as orange, chartruese, and fire tiger, work best in bog stained lakes. Crank baits too are working when plying the waters around sunken islands and reefs. Keep in mind that as the season progresses the bait fish population is growing in size, and it's not unheard of to use cranks up to six inches long.
Crappie fishing has been good for many, with fish up to fourteen inches being reported. Simple minnow and bobber rigs are working well, but many folks are discovering just how effective a tiny jig with a one inch Gulp minnow soft bait can be. These plastics work well, and one needs not rebait after every fish, so you can cast right back and stay in the action, which can be non-stop for several minutes or more before the fish move on.
Some large northern pike are falling for spoons and spinner baits fished along weed lines or rocky points. A large crank bait can be trolled or casted in these same areas to provide a great rod bending experience. For those that prefer a more laid back approach, try fishing a sucker minnow under a bobber either around the weed beds or just off the dock.
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Caleb Garoutte, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
The full on summer struggle for boating some walleye is still on! The fisherman have been having a tough time with the walleye as expected this time of year, but those that have gone into summer mode with bottom bouncers and crawlers have been finding fish. The name of the game is covering ground. Woman and Leech have both been a crawler bite with a few fish still coming on redtails. Ten Mile has been producing fish over the deep water with crankbaits at dusk and after dark. Time to get out the trolling rigs!
What the walleye bite has lacked, the Largemouth bite has - get out the heavy sticks with the 30lb braid and get in the slop! Most lakes have a majority of their fish sitting up against shore waiting for frogs to prey on. Get way back in the weeds to find the largemouth. Weedless bass spoons and frogs have been the best way to get back in there after them. Mule, Portage, and Moccasin have all been great, and they have been finding some big fish on Birch as well.
For panfish focus on the evening bite primarily. The bluegill and crappie have been moving up in the water column to feed in the late evening and it can be a pretty furious bite if you're over a good weedbed. Throwing a bobber with a crappie minnow or worm works, but pitching a light weight jig with a light rod can be a great way to pull them fast. Mini-Mite jigs are always a Swanson's favorite, but any light crappie jig will work well.
The muskie bite has definitely heated up in the last week. We've been hearing more reports of fish being boated, and much more consistent action. Bucktails are king right now from what we have heard, but don't be afraid to pull a jerk bait over the prime structure. Little Boy/Wabedo have been good as well as Leech. Reports have been coming in off the rocks and the weeds both!
- Gateway Store kabfishingreport.com - gatewaygeneral.com
Jason and Robyn Cooper, US Hwy 53 & Co Rd 122, 30 miles south of Int'l Falls-Canadian border (218-875-2121)
Kabetogama-Namakan-Ash River Fishing Report 8-14-17
Fantastic weather and great fishing continues well into August.
Aside from a one day washout this past week, the weather and fishing continues to be fantastic! Anglers are finding all varieties of fish in various depths. I know that sounds vague, but fishing has been good just about everywhere. The key, as always, is locating active fish and staying with them.
Walleyes have been active using a wide variety of methods. Trolling crankbaits along weed lines has been productive as of late as well as casting a jig tipped with a minnow on windblown shorelines. Wind has been lacking recently so when it does blow this method can be extremely effective. Lindys with a long snell and spinner tipped with a leech or crawler is turning fish in 16-22ft. Leeches are becoming scarce these days so grab them while you can. Fishing early morning and just before dusk is best. During the day, try deeper water off shoreline points and reefs.
Northern Pike are active along most weed lines trolling and casting larger crankbaits or spoons and small mouth bass are attacking just about anything along rocky shorelines. A jig with plastics has also been productive for bass on the shallow reefs.
Just two weeks away and we will have our annual fishing contest finale on August 25th so get out there and try to beat the current leaders! We will also have the community garage sale on the 25th and 26th.
This Tuesday will be your last attempt to win the bingo jackpot which stands at $175! Get there early!
As most seem to think summer is winding down, it really doesn’t feel like it as the park and lake are quite active with anglers as well as recreational boaters.
There is still plenty of summer left here in God’s country!
Until next time…..
Jason and Robyn
Gateway General Store
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)
The bite is on and good numbers of walleyes and saugers being boated daily. Lots of big fish. Spinners with crawlers and pulling crankbaits in the mud in 28-31 ft doing very well. The area between Long Point and a few miles south of Garden Island holding lots of fish. Gold, glow and bright colors continue to be solid choices. Plugs that are darker in color seem to be producing on cloudy days while brighter colors do better on sunny days. Pike all over the lake, perch mixed in with walleyes and smallmouth bite in rocky areas of the lake.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening. Fall fishing on the Rainy River coming soon as shiners will push back up the river. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners producing the best now. Smallmouth bass in good numbers along shoreline rock, bridge embankments and feeder streams. Sturgeon anglers finding good success.
Up at the NW Angle, excellent fishing continues with no signs of slowing down. In Minnesota, the bite has been on fire with trolling. Blue, chrome, clown or UV pink has worked great in 26-30’. Nice bite in 13-22 feet of water as well. Four Blocks to Garden Island still holding lots of different sized fish. Big pike trolling cranks and spoons. Up in Canada, jigging walleyes has been outstanding as is pulling spinners in 18-28’ using pink, orange, black and chartreuse along the reefs. Muskies have been chopping on bucktails and hard baits, shallow weeds and rocks in both MN and Ontario. Lodging, charters and guides are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)
Leech Lake is the place to be this summer! Walleye action is still strong! Big fish hitting on the main lake using shad raps on break lines or running lead core on the deep breaks. We have had some really big fish reported in the last couple weeks. Eating size walleyes hitting on weedlines and points mostly at twilight hours. Pike and muskie is hot this time of the year - they love the warmer water and it seems like they are angry at the top water stuff! Sand bars and rocky points are great spots to start! There again it seems like they are having more luck before and after the pleasure/ jet skiers are off the water! We had one of the biggest smallmouth bass come in to the resort recently pushing 6 pounds, it hit a topwater bait! We are also seeing sunfish and rock bass coming in with good numbers. So as you can see there are fish for everyone! We still have openings in August /September. Aome great late season specials also! So if you can slip away, it will be worth your time!
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - (320-630-1761)
Bass are on fire! Try throwing anything in crayfish color, either tube jigs or throwing crankbaits at the breaks/transitions. Garrison, Myr Mar Reef and 3-mile are hot spots to try. Muskies have also been biting on Mille Lacs. Pike are hitting sucker minnows during evenings in the bays. Panfish, pike and walleyes are biting on smaller area lakes such as Platte, Sullivan, Shakopee, Ann and Knife. Fish the weedlines.Call Chris for up-to-the-minute reports or to book a launch trip or a small boat trip! Listen to Chris live from 5-6 pm Fridays & Saturdays on Outdoor Adventures on www.twincitiesnewstalk.com (iheart Radio)! Or listen to the replay Sundays from 6-7.
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)
Bass and sunfish are biting on Minnetonka, Independence, Medicine, and Sarah. Northern pike are bitting sucker minnows at the weedline of most area lakes. Crappies are suspeneded on the deep weedline on Minnetonka. Walleyes are biting in the bigger bays on Minnetonka after dark.
MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
The weather plays a large factor in the location and overall bite activity of the fish. Walleye, smallmouth, and muskie are much more willing to bite on the windy overcast days as opposed to the hot clear and calm days. So determining what specie to angler for either the walleye, skis, bass or cats is really weather dependent.
Bass will be shallower based on the overcast, and wind, plus bait pods move them shallow. Once found you do well for bass on soft plastics (Prescott Bait Co. plastics are very good and unique enough that the next angler is not using them). On the clear days the bass have been found deep rigging for walleyes and caught on bait – try 20 to 25+ fow.
Walleyes and sauger become tricky to catch livebait and trolling Rapala Shad Raps are effective in August. If you can find keeper saugers you’ll have a good day as nice walleyes are also nearby as they swim together this time of year.
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Josh Severtson, www.smokeyhills.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
Walleye/Northern- With the water temps hovering around the high 60's on the majority of the area lakes the main group of walleyes have been marked and caught between 10'-16' of water. The bite switching from minnows to leeches and crawlers. Tie up a Lindy "Walleye Spinner" with a 1/2 oz walking sinker for the perfect weight.
Bass- starting to spread out between 1'-8' in the thickest weed beds, lily pad patches, and timber piles. Rig up a VMC "Wacky Weedless" hook and team it with a Yum "Dinger" in a variety of colors from light to dark depending on the lake's clarity and food source.
Sunfish/Crappie- Still staged around the shallows from 6'-12' looking for either sandy bottoms, pencil reeds, or cabbage for cover. Tie on a slip bobber paired with a VMC "Hot Skirt" or Northland "Fire Fly" jig tipped with a crappie minnow or small leech for best luck at filling the bucket!
- Wheaton Service & Bait www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400)
Lake Traverse, on the MN/SD border, is on fire! The walleye bite has been great, as well as the other species of fish we catch on our quest for walleye:) Water temps are relatively cool for this time of the year. Wheaton Service bait shop is relocating to Hwy 75 in Wheaton. Way better location, You will be able to drive right into our new lot pulling a boat, no hassles like our old location. Like always, Wheaton Service will have the "Best Bait in Town" and we always have up to date info on the bite that is going on on Lake Traverse. Our website will remain the same until our new shop is up and running. Wheaton Service will once again be building lite weight fish houses this fall. Our houses brand is Fishin' Hole Lodges. Lite weight skid houses, all aluminum, We use the same 3m tape that Yetti uses on their houses, less screws, makes for a great finished look! Available in most any color. The average 6x8 is $3,795.00 and weights about 360 lbs.Check us out at wheatonservice.com... 320 563-1400 Ask for Steve! Take a Kid Fishin!
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)
Reports of late-afternoon walleyes biting in the same areas as the crappies. Most common walleye areas continue to be around Cemetery, Kegs and North Reefs in 12 to 17 feet of water. Bass continue to bite in most depths as well.
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, firstname.lastname@example.org, (218-327-2312)
Look for walleyes to hang shallow before heading off shore. All the points from Sugar, Ravens, Mallard, to Stony Point are great spots to try. Depths of 6-12 best. VMC mooneye jigs and a shiner have been productive or with a slip sinker rig with a shiner.