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BATTLE LAKE
- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)

Bass: Try topwater baits in 10-15 feet of water on Stalker, West Battle and Donald lakes.

Walleyes: Best lakes are Otterail, Stalker, Rush and West Battle in 25-30 feet of water.

Pike: Best lakes are West Battle and Ottertail using sucker minnows at the 20-foot weedline.

Panfish: Clitheral, West Battle and Elbow lakes are producing sunnies and crappies at the 10-15-foot weedline.

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BLACKDUCK AREA
- Timberline Sport & Tackle
Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd. (218-835-4636)

Blackduck is producing walleyes in 15 feet of water. Try using a jig and a minnow for best results. Walleyes are also biting on Island, Round and Gull lakes in 15-20 feet of water. For panfish, try Gull Lake in 15 feet of water. Stop in or call us for daily reports!

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BRAINERD AREA
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Jason Freed, Toby Kvalevog, Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)

8-13- Leech Lake - Not a whole lot has change for our Leech Lake Fishing Guides this past week.  The bite has slowly began to pick up for walleyes but also some jumbo perch. We have been spending our time rigging crawlers along breaklines and underwater humps and points and slip bobber fishing where we can find nice patches of cabbage.  This is especially effective on calm and sunny days.

Fishing has been best for our guide team in Walker Bay as well as other bays on the West end of the lake.  There has been alot of pressure in areas, so the key is to seek out new ground and realize that often times those fish either move out or will get pressured to the point they won’t be as easy to fish.  Trust your electronics and drive until you start seeing bait and then pay attention to that depth and key in on those specific areas of structure and you will often find fish. Like anything wind plays a key on Leech and where you should often fish.  Be sure to go faster when pulling cralwers to keep those small perch off, so pulling those rigs .8-1.1 mph has been best for us.

Otherwise we have spent alot of time fishing other lakes in the Walker Area and having great luck.  Pulling spinners along deep weed edges in 18-24 feet of water has yielded great action for walleyes and bass.  Rigging chubs has been another great tactic for catching big smallmouth, pike, and some bonus big walleyes. Drop shotting, jigs with senkos rigged wacky style, and even top water at times have been go to presentations for putting big bass in the boat.  Panfish are relating to the weeds in 8-14 feet of water. Try using 1/32 oz jig with a small minnow or tube and find the right kind of weeds and you will find some great panfishing this time of year.

Brainerd Lakes - Walleye fishing on most area lakes has been spotty.  However, some days we have had some really good fishing with big fish and keepers mixed together.  Then other days, it seems like they vanish, but this is a typical August trend. Look for schools of walleyes to be moving into the deeper weedlines, and even off the weedlines in 15-25 feet of water.  Red tails and creek chub minnows on Live Bait rigs have been the standout, but on slower days it is worth running a crawler or leech also. When we get some cool nights and the water temps drop a little, these fish will go bonkers!   

Bass and northerns have been active on the deeper weed edges also.  Largemouth have been hunkering down in the thickest weeds, so casting swim jigs or tubes has been the best.  A great way to catch northern pike this time of year is to fish a beefed up Lindy Rig consisting of a 20-30 lb fluorocarbon leader.  Put a large minnow on a 1/0 hook and fish the deeper weedlines i 15-25 feet of water. An added bonus is that you may run into a giant walleye also!

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CENTRAL MINNESOTA
- Minnesota Fishing Guide Service
www.minnesotaguideservice.com - www.minnesotaicefishhouserental.com
Capt Josh Hagemeister (320-291-0708)

Now is the best time of the summer for fishing! The water temps are hot and so are the fish. Walleyes are being caught roaming deep lake basins, sunken islands and of course the best walleye spot ever—weed beds! Plastic swim baits or small jigging Rapalas worked aggressively will do the trick in the 8-12 foot range. The monster bluegills are being caught and released off of deep weedlines and rock piles in the 15-20 foot range. Bottom bouncer JB lures crawler combos have been the best. Piles of largemouth bass can be caught fishing cabbage beds in deep 8-12 foot depth range with rattle baits like the Bill Lewis rattle trap. Schools of bass are being found on deep weedy humps or weedlines in the 15-20 foot range using Texas rigged power worms. Lotsa Fish! Lotsa Fun!

CHISAGO CITY
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)

8-27- Walleyes are biting on Green and Chisago in 15-20 feet of water during morning and evening hours. Panfish are biting on Chisago, South Lindstrom and North Center at the 15-foot weedlines. Pike and bass have been mixed in with the panfish.

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DULUTH
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)

9-8-Island and Fish lakes are both producing walleyes in about 15-20 feet of water. Anglers report that panfish are mixed in with the walleyes. Walleyes are also biting on the St. Louis River. Trolling spoons on Lake Superior is producing salmon and lake trout. Stop in or call us any time for more details!

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ELY
- 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)

9-3- With the summer season drawing to a close, many families were out on area lakes enjoying the good weather and active fish. Youngsters were having a ball catching some nice bass and panfish, and the occasional pike. Most of the bass caught were slamming spinner baits or top water lures fished right along the shorelines or under boat docks. Some of the smallmouth bass caught were exceeding the 20" mark, which are true trophy size fish. Some youngsters were having a ball catching most of their fish just using a crawler suspended under a bobber. This method was also effective in catching a good number of trout on the area local lakes such as Tofte, Miner's and the Glacier Ponds, right off the shore. Some anglers using boats to slow troll small crank baits, spinners and spoons were also reaping the rewards.

Walleye fishermen are still managing to catch decent numbers of good eating size walleyes in the fifteen to eighteen inch range. Crawler harnesses and crankbaits trolled along deep water breaks were the most effective. Although few true lunkers have been caught, anglers were still pleased to catch at least a few fish for the dinner table.

Lake trout are still to be had on Burntside lake, with most of those being caught in the three to seven pound range. Spoons and crank baits fished along the thermocline at approximately thirty to forty feet down have been most effective. Lure color didn'r seem to be as important as locating the fish and moving quietly along.

Now that the kids will be heading back to school, more of the serious anglers will be showing up to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and increased action as the water temperatures begin to plummet. These can be some of the most productive times of the season, as fish begin to put on the feed bag to see them through the winter months ahead.

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GLENWOOD
- Fish On Bait & Sport www.habitatnow.com
Kyle, 201 S Franklin St, 2 blocks south of stoplights in Glenwood (320-634-3667)

Visit the Habitat Outlet on line at www.HabitatNOW.com for all your habitat needs.  Fish On!

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HACKENSACK
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Caleb Garoutte, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)

9-8-It has been another great week of fishing! Bass fishing continues to be fantastic for smallmouth and largemouth both. The calm waters over the weekend provided some great smallmouth sight fishing opportunities on Woman, Stony, Portage, and Baby. Lightweight, slower falling jigs are great in these situations - get the jig well out in front of the fish and let the slow fall do its work. If fish are slow to bite experiment with color and rate of fall to find the winning combination. 

Largemouth have been stacked in the pads, and they've been feeding aggressively. Don't be surprised if you plop a frog in a bank of pads and see a wake from a fish coming from 10+ feet away to pound the frog. If fish are a little slow, switch over to a jig and pull through the pads the same as you would a frog, but slow and pause it in the pockets to get less aggressive fish to play ball.

Muskie fishing has been very good as well. Overall it is a little slower than during the full moon, but fishing is still going pretty strong. Bigger fish have been on the move, and the bigger baits are starting to pay. Don't be afraid to fish your baits fast at times - we converted many fish from lazy followers to hot fish chasing through figure 8's with a gradual speed increase during the retrieves. 

Walleye fishing has been surprisingly good as well. Though techniques are what you would expect for late August, fish have been in better numbers and more concentrated than you would expect. We've done well focusing on shallow flats with good perch/forage and throwing shallow running cranks after dark. There are defintely some fish pockets as well you can target with the jig, or a slow rig with a big minnow.

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KABETOGAMA-NAMAKAN
- 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)

9-2-HUNTING AND FISHING REPORT. Bear hunting begins with mixed results. With respect for those that do not want to see images of harvested animals we will not be posting any pictures but will giving updates on success. If you would like see pictures you can stop in at Gateway or PM us and we will send them to you. So far we have numerous bear registered at Gateway. We have a certified scale to weigh your trophy as well. Don't forget, if you register at Gateway you will be entered in a drawing for a Yeti or St Croix rod product! Most baits are being hit regularly with most hunters holding out for that trophy. We have many good guides in the area but I can't say enough good things about Frank House and his bear hunting guide service. NO CAMERAS, NO ATV's, NO GROUND BLINDS AND NO CUTTING OF TREES TO MAKE EXTENSIVE TRAILS through the woods.....just good old fashioned bear hunting the way it should be done. Building your own ground blind out of natural material, walking your bait in and waiting in anticipation of what you may or may not expect is an experience you won't forget. This was my first time hunting with Frank and after spending some time with him this past two weeks setting up baits I realized that you don't need to be fancy to see bear. I saw two on the first day but decided to watch instead. Can't wait to get out there again! Haven't heard much from other guides in the area but will update when we do.

On to fishing. It has been tough the last few days. Multiple weather fronts have the fish scattered and unpredictable. It has been the toughest fishing of the year so far. Some are dragging jigs slowly through mud bottom areas and others are having success off rocky points in deeper waters. The reefs have been hit or miss but mostly slow. The good in all of this is if you find them, they are aggressive. A minnow or leech has been most productive. (YES, we still have leeches at Gateway!) Jig and minnow or Lindy with a leech. Water temps are slowly dropping.

Hope everyone is having a fun and safe Labor Day weekend. It's hard to believe summer is coming to an end but in Voyageurs National Park the adventure NEVER ends. Even though the days are getting shorter, the fall season is a great time to see the colors change and spending some time on water or taking a hike. It's a little quieter and you will feel like you have the whole place to yourself! If you need a little relief from the stress, come visit us in God's country! It's perfectly awesome!

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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)

9-10- Incredible week of walleye fishing.  Very strong walleye fishing continues as we transition into fall.  Limits of walleyes with big fish mixed in has been the norm.  Crankbaits and still spinners / crawlers in main basin successful. 32-34 feet of water in Big Traverse Bay holding big numbers of walleyes. Walleyes being caught as shallow as 2' and everywhere in between.  Shiners showing up at mouth of Rainy River with some running up the Rainy River.  Fish being caught all around Big Traverse Bay.

On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing "keep season" continues until Sept 30. Some walleyes entering river after shiners which are starting to come in.  Some reports of walleyes being caught as shiners trickle in.  Fall is a productive and beautiful time on the Rainy River.

Up at the NW Angle... Strong numbers of walleyes being caught on mud flats with bottom bouncer / crawler harness or on crankbaits on both sides of the border. 22 - 27' is a good start.  Perch schooling on top of reefs.  Muskie activity picking up.  Next full moon, Sep 24.  Sep / Oct Crappie anglers are producing nice black slabs.  A complete list of lodging, packages, guides and fishing info available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging

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LAKE OF THE WOODS
- Sportsman's Lodges, Lake of the Woods, Rainy River - www.sportsmanslodges.com (1-800-862-8602)

Leaves are Changing and Walleyes are Biting. It has been a great bite this week. If you have never experienced fall fishing on Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River it is a must do! There is lot of action, great scenery and endless fishing spots to explore. The bite this week has been the best in the main basin of Big Traverse in 30'-34' using crankbaits and drifting with spinners and a crawler. Current water temp is 66 degrees. The shiners are showing up in the river though so you can definitely tell we are at the start of transitioning into fall patterns. It won't be long and the walleyes will start to move in shallower making shorelines, bays and the river a hot bed for a good jig and a minnow bite. 

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Sturgeon, Pike, Smallmouth Bass
Fall is a great time to reel in not only walleyes but multi-species as well. The sturgeon fishing in the river is incredible. We see so many 50"+ get caught it is crazy. To gear up for sturgeon a 4/0 or 5/0 hook, 1-3 oz. no roll sinker and a gob of minnows is a good approach. Anchored in or near a hole in the river bed or channel is a good spot to find them. To lure in the bass and pike, throwing out top water baits in weedy bays with some rock structure is good approach. There are hundreds of spots along the Rainy River and bays along the south shore to fish these fish. Not sure how to do it or don't have the equipment? No problem! We have guided trips available via our 18' and 20' boats, great for groups up to 4 plus the guide. For more information about guided trips click here.

Cabela's National Walleye Tour Championship Wrap Up
Thank you Cabela's, anglers, sponsors and guests for visiting us on Lake of the Wood's for the 2018 Championship Tournament this week. What a blast! We certainly enjoyed having you and look forward to having you visit again soon. Congratulations Max Wilson 2018 Pro Champion, Scott Matthson 2018 2018 Co Champion, Brett King 2018 Pro Angler of the Year and Terry Hora 2018 Co Angler of the Year! Lots of great fishing went on during this 3 day tournament. The winning 3 day bag total was 45.83lbs. Over $280,000 was given away in cash and prizes. To learn more about the tournament and results click here.  

 

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LAKE OF THE WOODS
- Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge, NW Angle/Oak Island, MN - www.oakislandlodge.com (800-772-8411)

Set the hook!
Nice keeper walleyes and a few larger are biting at the line this week. Anglers are finding the best walleye bite in 25'-30' pulling gold spinners with a minnow or worm as well as a jig and a minnow along the edges of points or on top of reefs. Water temperature is currently 65 degrees. Come get into the fall action!

Muskies, Pike, Bass
These fish are starting to move to the rocks but you can still find them in the weeds. So be sure to check out both of these spots right now. Throwing top water baits has been the ticket.

Crappies
Fall is one of the best times of the year to reel in these sweet flavored fish on Lake of the Woods. Anglers are starting to reel in some nice crappies and once the water starts to dip in the next few weeks, the bite should only get more aggressive. Using a 1/4 ounce jig or smaller tipped with a minnow works well in areas with structure.

Perch
Jumbo perch are on the reefs. Grab some minnows and a 1/8 ounce jig and jig away.

Not sure where to go?
Take a guide! Sit back relax and reel in the fish. With nearly 1 million acres to explore, Lake of the Woods can be overwhelming, leave the guess work out of a fun fishing trip and take a guide. For more information about our guided trips click here.

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LEECH LAKE
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com/spirit/
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) spirit@arvig.net (e-mail) 

Muskie hunters, if you do not have Leech Lake on your to do list you should put it there right now! They are going strong! We had a teenager from Texas catch a 49.5 incher first day fishing them! Rocky shorelines seem to be the ticket but never underestimate sandy beaches this time of the year! Smallmouth bass have been very active, taking over the rocky reefs that the walleyes called home all spring. Live and artificial baits both are working. Walleye action has been okay, it's more of a night type bite, either trolling shad raps or lighted bobbers. Pike and panfish are still pretty active in the bays! As always we would love to see you up here on Leech Lake. We have a few openings August 11-18 and September is just around the corner. It would be great to grab your friends and have a long weekend getaway!

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MILLE LACS
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - www.kuduksguideservice.com
(320-630-1761)
For up to the minute reports, call Chris at 320-630-1761!

Great fall fishing! Mille Lacs walleye bite is still going strong. Bass fishing is still on fire, moving into the shorelines and docks now. Liberty Beach on the east side will be opening up with new ownership soon with a restaurant, food, pull tabs and more! Terry's and Dickie's launches are doing great. Smaller area lakes are doing great for panfish. Anne, Knife, Shakopee, Platte, Sullivan to name a few. Call Chris to book a guided trip, a launch trip or for up-to-the-minute fishing reports. Listen to Chris and Stan live for a weekly fishing report from 5-6 pm Saturdays on Outdoor Adventures on www.twincitiesnewstalk.com (iheart Radio)! Or listen to their podcast

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LAKE MINNETONKA
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)

8-27- Minnetonka has a great topwater bass bite going in the weeds during evening and morning hours. For crappies, try the weedlines on Minnnetonka and Medicine lakes. Sunnies are in 20-25 feet of water on Minnetonka, try Brown's or Wayzata bays for the best action. Muskie action is starting to pick up at the weedlines. Stop in or call us for details!

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MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
www.croixsippi.com
(651-208-2811)

The heat of summer has the St. Croix River at 78 degrees and with no rain in sight – or fallen to earth lately- the water level continues to fall.

Maddie Hart with a 20.25' smallmouth bass! There was some screaming and oh oh oh..as the fishing rod was doubled over, the fish went all around the boat. Fun! released.
Maddie with a 20.25″ smallmouth bass! There was some screaming and oh oh oh..as the fishing rod was doubled over, the fish went all around the boat. Fun! released.

This time of year people are looking to get out and enjoy nature, and float on the root beer colored waters of the river known as the St. Croix. This isn’t the peak walleye season and so we fish for smallmouth, crappie, sunfish, cats, and white bass.

Sam and Maddie, Sam caught this one early in the trip a good fighter for sure. Sam likes to fish happy to get him out on the water. released.
Sam and Maddie, Sam caught this one early in the trip, a good fighter for sure. Sam likes to fish – happy to get him out on the water. Released.

The river is a great place to fish because it holds white bass and catfish – both can show up where you don’t expect and wake you up in a hurry.

This 6- 7 lb. channel cat hit while crappie fishing! WHAM!! loosen the drag quick! Released.
This 6- 7 lb. channel cat hit while crappie fishing! WHAM!! Loosen the drag quick! Released.

Crappies are abundant and well fed on the river. They are hard to find though as they like to suspend.  But if found they will actively take minnows.  The bite is as light as can be just a slow tug.

Lowell with a slab crappie.
Lowell with a slab crappie.  Lowell and his crew brought home a mix of 18 keeper crappie and sunfish.Joe with a slab crappie.
Joe with a slab crappie.  Joe and his friend Adam brought home a dozen keeper panfish.

We have been getting lots of sunfish most many are 7.5″ some 8.0″ to 8.5″.  Not huge by any means but they are all thick.

Joe with a nice smallie! released.
Joe with a nice smallie! released.

St. Croix water level is 675.8 and falling, water temp was 78 degrees. The river won’t go lower than 675.5′ as it is regulated by the Red Wing Lock and Dam #3.

Have fun and enjoy the river!

Signed,

Charlie Gierke

 

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PARK RAPIDS
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Josh Severtson, www.smokeyhills.com
Park Rapids, Minnesota (218-237-5099)

Walleyes - Most fishermen are finding fish around 8-15 feet in and around the weeds. Rig up a Quick Change Spinner rig paired with a leech or minnow for best luck.

Crappie/sunfish - Some smaller warmer lakes will have the crappies and sunfish leaving the waters shallower then 5 feet. Others that are a little deeper have a lot of fish on beds up shallow. Rig up a slip bobber and a Northland "Gypsi Jig" tipped with a minnow to fill the bucket for the fish fry! 

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LAKE TRAVERSE
- 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!

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WACONIA
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)

8-22-The summer season is winding down and daylight is getting shorter. With school starting for many families and some of our summer staff moving on to their education, we have shortened our store and gas pump hours. Currently through Labor Day we are open Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am to Sunset, and on Saturday & Sunday from 7:30 am to Sunset. Gas Pump Services ends at 7:30 pm. After Labor Day we will update with more shortened hours.

While the season got off to a late and slow start in June, we have had wonderful weather in July and August! Fishing has been very good longer into the season than normal. Sunfish action has been excellent all summer long, with many caught that were bigger than what we normally see out of Lake Waconia. The bite for sunnies has been so good, that walleye anglers have been frustrated with the constant biting of their leeches, crawlers and even minnows. Many different depths have worked for the sunnies, but you’ll generally always have success in or on the edge of the weeds around 12 feet of water. An easy spot to always try is on the southeast side or north side of Coney Island. Don’t be surprised to find action for crappies and bass too in those depths as they have been good as well. Bigger bass has been caught in the weeds off reefs such as North, Cemetery, Center and Pillsbury. Don’t hesitate to hit up the super shallows using topwater lures for some exciting bass action as well. As far as walleyes, the bite lately has been deeper. Locations such as Keg’s, Red’s or the east end of the island are all worth trying. Depths from 17 to 25 feet have produced some success with fathead minnows. Northern pike continue their resurgence on Lake Waconia. We aren’t up to the numbers from 20 years ago, but it’s fairly common to catch some pike if you’re targeting them, and even if you’re trying to get bass or walleye, anglers have had surprise pike bites. Muskies have gotten more active in August. We’ve had reports of catches in the upper 30’s to low 40 inch range, with one even up to 53 inches reported earlier in the week. Areas by the weeds of North and Kegs reef are good locations, as well as the weedline on southeast side of the island. Working the south shoreline weeds to the east toward the beach is also well worth targeting muskies.

We have a couple of quick notes we want to share regarding our slip and buoy members at the marina. We are thankful for all of the families that have chosen the In Towne Marina to trust us with their boat this summer! We celebrated another season with them in late July by having a fun get together with buffet lunch, drawing prizes and an informal fishing contest. Fun was had by all and there were some impressive fish caught. The Royer family won our grand prize drawing. As for the fishing contest, the winning sunfish was caught by young Logan DeMarce with a HALF POUND Pumpkinseed! Robbie Olson had the winning bass at over 2 pounds.

As I previously mentioned, some of our staff have moved back to college recently, and we celebrated them last week with our Employee Fishing Contest! Of course a full year’s worth of bragging rights were at stake, and the winners were Ben Hester and Kort Oelfke, with over 10 pounds of bass to take 1st Place! We’re thankful for the job our wonderful staff does!

Come out to the lake while the summer temps are still here! We will be renting fishing boats and pontoons through the 2nd weekend of September. Give us a call at (952) 442-2096 to reserve!

We look forward to seeing you at the lake!

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WINNIBIGOSHISH
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, tom@mnfishingconnections.com, (218-327-2312)

The walleye fishing on Big Winnie has been good this year and many anglers visiting the area have been happy to say the least. Most of the fish have move off shore to the humps and bars, but there are still lots of fish in the new emerging weeds to go along with other options, The Fence, Backside of Bena Bar. Horseshoe, and the north side of Zoomers have all been good choices. Leeches and nightcrawlers have been good and bottom bouncers and spinners in depths of 20-27 feet have also been good. The Northern Pike fishing has been excellent with spinner baits and trolling crank baits along the north and south shores in new emerging cabbage weeds. Perch fishing has also been decent on the shallow rock piles on the north end near Farley Creek. The summer fishing is in Full swing and Big Winnie is a great place tp visit.

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WEST CENTRAL MN
- Fishin' With Frisch Pro Guide Service - www.fishingthemidwest.com
Mike Frisch
(218-731-8141)

9-5-The walleye bite is definitely picking up in the Alexandria area with fish being caught along the weeedlines on Lakes Miltona and Ida.  Some deeper fish are starting to show up now too. The "plain rig" is a very productive method right now for catching these walleyes.  "Plain" consists of a 2-ounce Rock-Runner bottom bouncer with a plain 4-foot Tactical fluorocarbon snell, two #4-hooks, and a nightcrawler.  Super-Glo Attractor hooks provide a splash of attraction to the rig that often adds to the catch! The quality stainless steel wire feeler on the Rock-Runner is important to this rig as well, as it gives the bait good action, is snag resistant, and adds to the rig's sensitivity. Ottertail Lake continues to produce good catches to anglers fishing the lake's numerous sunken islands and humps in water depths from 17- to 28-feet.    Ottertail 'eyes like plain too, and its best to stay on the move quickly searching from hump to hump until a good number of fish are marked on sonar.

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