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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 8-29-16
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Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 8-29-16

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

While the water temperatures are beginning to cool, the walleye continue to hang near the submerged structure in roughly 30 feet of water. The shoals and islands east of the Brule Narrows have been best, especially for anglers jigging with live bait. Smallmouth bass and northern pike are being pulled from the rocky and weedy shorelines. Crappies are being caught at the submerged cribs in Black Bay. Walleye and bass are active both above and below the Ranier Rapids. Rainy River walleye fishing has slowed somewhat, but the bass bite has been hot. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org


Fishing has been somewhat inconsistent on Lake Kabetogama due to changes in weather and warm, end-of-summer water temperatures. Last week, anglers found walleye in the shallows feeding on perch minnows, and in the deeper, cooler waters feeding on ciscos and other coldwater baitfish. Crawlers on slip sinker rigs worked best, but leeches and minnows were also turning some fish. Artificial lures worked well on the weed edges for all species. Large northern pike continued to slam bucktails, suicks and spinners. Bass remained active, favoring crayfish baits at the rock piles and weedlines. Crappies were occasionally being pulled from the weeds. The best advice for walleye, pike and smallmouth bass anglers is to concentrate on the weed edges – when temperatures fluctuate, also check the reefs. For perch and sauger, use jig and minnow presentations in waters down to 30 feet deep. 800-524-9085; www.kabetogama.com

Ely Area Lakes

Walleye action remains fairly consistent with the most successful anglers working at or above the thermocline. This separation of water temperatures and oxygen levels is 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 temperatures. Most lakes checked show this line at 12-20 feet. You can visually see it if you have a sensitive locator by turning the gain up higher on the display. Work at or just above this level. Many anglers are having success working deep-diving crank baits, or smaller, weighted spinner/crawler combinations. You will often see small baitfish with larger marks interspersed, and this is where you want to run the bait. Bass anglers are having a great time on most area lakes. Trophy-sized smallmouth bass are slamming surface baits early and late in the day, and hitting shallow-diving lures during midday hours. Crank baits, swim baits and crawfish imitations are drawing the most strikes in the deeper waters. Northern pike remain active, aggressively hitting spinner baits and spoons. The average pike is running 6- to 10-pounds, with an occasional pike weighing 20-pounds. 800-777-7281; www.ely.org

Duluth - Lake Superior and inland waters

Water temperatures in the Twin Ports area remain warm, with mid-70s to the low 80s reported for inland waters and parts of the St. Louis River. Lake Superior water temperatures have dropped a bit due to recent windy days. Despite a drop in temperature, Lake Superior anglers report good catches of lake trout when pulling flashers on downriggers over 120 feet of water. The larger lake trout are being pulled from the deep, cold waters. Some anglers are also taking a few fish when pulling lead core with large crank baits – expect this technique to turn greater numbers of fish in September. Stream anglers report some fish moving into the tributaries. Shore fishing on the St. Louis River has been good for rough fish, especially catfish. A large sinker hook and worm long-casted and dead-sticked is the best tactic. The inland lakes are giving up the majority of fish at dawn and dusk. The reservoirs north of Duluth have been good for walleye anglers using a simple jig and minnow combination. For panfish, use worms under slip floats in the deeper waters adjacent to vegetation. Anglers chucking bait near the vegetation are taking northern pike, bass and muskie. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Grand Rapids

Crappies are starting to move from the shallows down to 12-18 feet of water. As water begins to cool, fish feed more actively, making late summer and early fall fishing some of the best of the year. Walleye, northern and muskies have been particularly active. The broadleaf cabbage contains bait fish and these are great places for gamefish to hide. Waters to check out for walleye include Big Winnibigoshish, the Mississippi River, Big Split Hand and Bowstring. Bass fishing is good on many area lakes, especially the Gunn Lake chain and those north and east of Grand Rapids. For muskie, consider Deer, Moose, Spider and North Star lakes. www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

The water temperatures are starting to cool on Lake of the Woods. Walleye fishing remains very good with anglers are having success drifting with spinners, anchoring and jigging, and downrigging crank baits. Depths of 28-32 feet are holding the most fish, especially four miles out of The Lighthouse Gap. Jig and minnow combinations are also working well. Gold, pink, white, blue, and silver colors are recommended. Scattered schools of fish are being located across the lake to Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point. Trolling crankbaits can still be very effective. Smallmouth bass are active along the shoreline structure. On the Rainy River, some walleye are being taken on crank baits and spinners. Bass are biting well. Sturgeon fishing has been slow, although lots of fish have been seen breaching the surface of the water. Up at the Northwest Angle, anglers are taking walleye and sauger on the mud in depths of 18-30 feet. Spinners and crawler harnesses with bottom bouncers have been best. Productive colors are gold, orange and pink. Down rigging with crankbaits has also been effective, especially at the south side of Oak Island near Rabbit Ears, and in the Soldier Point area. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com


Walleye fishing in the Bemidji area has been like a smorgasbord for anglers, with a little bit of everything coming to the table. Walleye anglers are taking fish using spinner rigs with crawlers, cast or trolled crankbaits, live bait rigs with leeches, larger minnows or air-inflated night crawlers, and a simple jig and minnow combination. Walleye are coming from 6-12 feet of water on most of the larger, shallow lakes. In the deeper lakes, walleye are most active at the windward sides of shorelines and mid-lake structure in 14-25 feet of water. Perch are at the large flats and slow-tapering breaks with a mixture of chara, rocks and sand where minnows and crayfish tend to hide. For the most action, use a 1/8-ounce jig with a fathead minnow. Perch anglers report catching quite a few walleye and northern pike "by accident." Crappies and sunnies continue to hold on the greenest patches of weeds, with a few fish moving onto the moderate-depth flats with a soft bottom where they can feed on insects. 800-458-2223; www.visitbemidji.com

Bena -Lake Winnibigoshish

Lake Winnibigoshish is giving up walleye to anglers using hammered-gold spinners tipped with crawlers or minnows. Some of the best locations include Big Stoney Point, and the east breaks on top of the 9-11 foot weeds. Northern pike are hitting spoons and crankbaits worked in 8-11 feet of water. The best jumbo perch action is in 16-20 feet of water at Snaghole Bar, and on Sugar Lake. www.lakewinnie.net

Park Rapids

The Park Rapids area experienced another great week of fishing, along with an increase in smallmouth bass action. Fish are schooling and turning more aggressive in preparation for the cool months ahead. This increase in feeding is very noticeable in the bass, with lots of nice smallies coming from the shallow, rocky areas on a jighead tipped with a plastic crawfish. Jigs with nightcrawlers are also working well. Walleye action has been best in two distinct areas: roughly half are coming from the weedlines in 15-20 foot depths, and the other half can be found at the steep drop-offs leading to water as deep as 40 feet. Good live bait options are 3- to 4-inch minnows, and nightcrawlers. Many of the large bluegills can be found roaming the flats adjacent to weeds in 15-20 feet of water. Use your electronics to locate schools of fish, then simply drop down a small tube jig. Large northern pike can be found suspended out from the weed line over the lake basins. For the most action, use a crank bait that can dive down 15 feet and cast it toward the deeper waters -- hold on tight when retrieving it! 800-247-0054; www.parkrapids.com

Central Region

Alexandria Area Lakes

There are still reports of some very nice walleye catches. The majority of walleye are being caught at dusk and dawn by anglers using live bait in 18-24 feet of water. The best techniques remain lindy rigs and spinner rigs, with crank baits also producing when trolled in both shallow and deep waters. Panfish have been very active in a number of area lakes. For nice sunnies, try a 1/32-ounce jig and leech under a bobber. For crappies, use the same technique, but use a small twister tail plastic instead of a leech, and work this just above the weeds. Both species are coming from depths of 3-16 feet at the standing green weeds. The fish have been aggressive so keep moving until you find a school of nice-sized fish. 800-245-2539; www.explorealex.com


Walleye continue to be pulled from Lakes Minnewaska and Reno. Anglers having the most success are using spinners and crawlers in 20-24 feet of water on Minnewaska. During early morning and late evening hours, crankbaits have been best on Lake Reno. Use crawlers or waxworms on small jigs for sunfish. Spinnerbaits worked around the docks and in the shallows have been great early and late in day. www.glenwoodlakesarea.org

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

As of late last week, the walleye bite remained extremely good on Lake Mille Lacs, far better than most mid-August bites. The majority of daytime walleye were coming from the mud flats. Productive presentations included spinners with crawlers, leeches on live-bait rigs or under slip bobbers, and sometimes trolled lead core. Smallmouth bass action was good in 7-15 feet of water at the largest rocks. Anglers having the most success fished 3-Mile, Indian Point and Sherman's Point using tubes or drop shot rigs. Northern pike action had improved a bit, with fish hitting large suckers drifted along the weed edges in 10-12 feet of water. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com


Fewer anglers are venturing out, mostly due to high water levels. Many anglers are fishing off shore or from the docks near moving water. On Willmar and Foot lakes, the sunfish, crappies and walleye remain active near the culverts. Sunfish, northern pike and bass are still active on many area lakes including Henderson, George, Ringo and Elkhorn lakes. Most anglers are using crawlers and minnows once again. 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan vicinity

Stillwater/St. Croix River

Walleye fishing is slowing down a bit on the St. Croix River. The river has been high all month long, and as of Aug. 22, it was 5 feet higher than normal. Most fish are holding in depths of 14-28 feet, feeding on schools of shad. 651/351-1717; www.DiscoverStillwater.com

Three Rivers Park District Lakes & Rivers

The Three Rivers Park District offers many great fishing opportunities in the Twin Cities. Fishing for crappies, sunnies and bass can be excellent in the rivers, and some of the lakes are known to harbor walleye and muskie as well. Consider fishing one of the 34 lakes or three rivers this weekend. Head to Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park in New Prague on Saturday, Sept. 3 for Family Fishing and learn about different types of fish, preparing equipment, bait, and handling the fish once caught. Equipment and fishing license provided for participants during the class. Learn more at the Three Rivers Park District Fishing Page.


Lake Waconia continues to offer some good fishing options. Sunfish are hitting crawlers and waxworms. Crappies are responding best to crappie minnows. For the most action, hit the north side of Coney Island, as well as Center, Kegs and Anderson’s reefs. Sunfish are hanging near the weeds with the crappies, although some anglers are also finding crappies suspended over 20 feet of water. Walleye have been most active during evening hours, especially off Kegs, North and Anderson’s reefs. A jig and fathead minnow has been best. There have been a few reports of northern pike and muskie action along the weeds in Reinke’s Bay, Waconia Bay, and at Center Reef. Anglers will also want to check out Peterson’s Creek (aka the “Carp Trap”) for multiple species of fish. The creek is rapidly flowing into the lake, and this area is always a great fishing hole after heavy rainfall. Bass action is great in the shallow reeds during early morning hours, and along the weedlines during the day. Anglers having the most success are using topwater baits, spinnerbaits, and plastic worms. 952/442-5812; www.destinationwaconia.org

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

As of Monday, August 22, most southern trout streams were in great shape with clear conditions and normal flows. The exception was the Whitewater Stream System where the clarity was reported to be “off.” Trico spinner falls were reported on the South Branch Root River, with some observed on the Middle Branch Whitewater behind the Whitewater State Park Visitor's Center. Pick up trout stream maps at the National Trout Center in Preston, or print your own Southern Minnesota trout maps. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

Ortonville - Big Stone Lake

Anglers are out in force chasing jumbo perch on Big Stone Lake. Despite challenging weather last week, lots of nice perch were taken. The latest “hot spots” are Mallard Pointe, Hartford Flats, and Rocky Ledge. One anglers reported good action in the Manhattan Reef and Bayview areas as well. Once perch are located, work it with a small lure tipped with a spike or a piece of night crawler. The anglers working the Manhattan Reef area noted that the fish were up off the bottom, and the best bite was an hour or so before sunset. Walleye anglers are advised to work the middle of the lake by trolling a bottom bouncer/spinner/crawler combination, or pulling a shad rap. A few walleye continue to be taken, but limits can be difficult. The walleye bite will improve as cooler temperatures take hold. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

The information in this report is provided courtesy of Explore Minnesota Tourism.

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