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MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 8-24-15
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - Update Weekly
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 8-28-15
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 8-24-15
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 8-21-15

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

Walleye can still be found near the Rainy Lake reefs, although the best depth varies depending on the temperature and amount of light. Bright jig colors and spinners seem to work best. The best reports have been on the warmer days, especially west of Brule Narrows. Crappie and northern pike have very active in the bays including Lost, Cranberry and Black bays, and even further west into Jackfish and Sand bays. A 58-inch sturgeon caught by 13-year old Eian Gustafson took the top prize last Saturday during the North American Sturgeon Championship at Birchdale. The sturgeon bite was excellent, and all of the fish were returned to the water since this was a catch-and-release tournament. Walleye anglers are taking fish from 12-15 feet of water on shiner minnows. As usual, anglers report good action for both walleye and smallmouth bass in the current above and below the Ranier Rapids and at the dam at International Falls. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org


Lake Kabetogama walleye are beginning to school. A variety of methods are turning fish including minnows, leeches and crawlers on jigs and slip sinker rigs with and without spinners. During early morning hours, anglers are taking the majority of fish from 8-12 feet of water along the reef shelves and shorelines when using slip sinker rigs with crawlers or leeches. During midday hours, anglers trolling artificial baits are taking walleye, as well as northern pike and sauger. Jig anglers are having some success during midday to late afternoon hours when using minnows in depths of 30-35 feet on the reefs. During evening hours, fishing has been best in 8-20 foot depths. When cleaning fish, the largest walleye have been full of crayfish so crayfish-colored lures have been best when trolling. Colored hooks seem to out-produce plain bronze slip sinker rigs. Anglers with depth finders report loads of fish showing up on their screens, but getting them to bite has been the issue. On Lake Namakan, anglers have been doing well using jig and minnow combinations in the deeper waters, with lots of small and keeper-sized walleye being taken. This week has been cooler and fish will soon start feeding more heavily and consistently. 800-524-9085; www.kabetogama.com


Smallmouth bass fishing has exploded throughout the area. Whether you are live bait fishing, dragging crank baits, or flipping topwater lures, the fish are eager to bite. Some large specimens weighing nearly six-pounds have been reported. Walleye are cooperating with the more persistent anglers -- the key is to remain flexible. Try working live crawlers or leeches in the rock piles and sunken island areas, and use a smaller weight to avoid tumbling deep into the rocks. At times, just a small split shot or 1/32- or 1/16-ounce jig will get your bait down and keep it moving. Crank baits are taking their share of fish from the shallows both early and late in the day. Some bass anglers have also taken walleye when throwing spinner baits along shore. Northern pike action, with fish over 20-pounds being reported. Large profile crank baits and spinner baits with large blades are working well. Anglers are also taking fish when tossing out a live sucker or frozen ciscoe. Sunfish are very active and hitting a variety of presentations. A dozen crawlers and a bobber can provide hours of entertainment for the kids, and this is a great way to get kids hooked on fishing for life! 800-777-7281; www.ely.org

Duluth - Lake Superior and inland waters

Late last week, anglers reported lots of success during morning and evening hours when trolling at 1.8- to 2.9-mph on Lake Superior. The best presentation for walleye was a crank bait worked in depths of 15-35 feet, with fish stacked up on the shorelines near river inlets. Electronics and planer boards have been very helpful to locate lots of quality walleye. Anglers continue to find lots of fish hanging off the deep drop-offs on the inland lakes, with jigs and live bait working best. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Grand Rapids

Recent cool temperatures should reactivate most species of fish. Crappies can be found on the deep weedlines, hitting 1/16-ounce jigs tipped with plastic tail bodies. A quivering tail with a small 2-inch chub will further enhance your presentation. Crappies are starting to school up in tight groups in the deeper bays with soft bottoms where bloodworms and other critters can be found. Sometimes a spinner and minnow fished near the bottom will entice the crappies. Bluegills will be in the same areas as the crappies, responding best to smaller jigs with a small chunk of night crawler or two to three wax worms. Bass can be found using deep-running crank baits and jig and plastic presentations at the deeper weedlines. As temperatures cool further, northern pike and muskie action will really heat up! www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Lake of the Woods continues to give up limits of walleye and saugers, along with plenty of photo-worthy walleye. Anglers have had the most success when drifting spinners with crawlers or frozen shiners or trolling/down rigging. The best colors are gold and pink. Try 24-26 feet of water at Archie's Reef, Long Point, and the Morris Point wash-out. When down-rigging, hit the mud between Starren Shoal, Garden Island and Little Oak in 28-31 feet. Also check 27-29 foot depths in the area north of Long Point. On the Rainy River, sturgeon action has been great to the east from Clementson towards Birchdale. The best approach has been a circle hook and a bunch of crawlers set in a deep pocket. Walleye and smallmouth bass have been active along the shorelines in 17-19 feet of water. For the most smallmouth bass action, cast shad raps. Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye fishing remains on fire, especially at the points of the islands in 20-28 feet of water. Recent cool temperatures have caused an increase in crappie action. For the most fish, hit depths of roughly 32 feet. Muskie action has also been great, with fish coming from the shallow rock reefs and rocky shorelines on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Four Blocks has been a hot spot. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com


Daily high temperatures in the last ten days have ranged from the 50s to the 90s in the Bemidji area. While perch and walleye action has been slow, sunnies and crappies have been active. As the days grow shorter and temperatures moderate, the nightly lows will have more of an effect on lake water temperatures. Since fish usually prefer cooler water temperatures, the action should consistently pick up as most species of fish increase their feeding. 800-458-2223; www.visitbemidji.com

Detroit Lakes Area Lakes

The rapid swing from extreme heat and humidity to unseasonably cold temperatures brought walleye and bass fishing to a halt on many area lakes. Luckily, the weather has stabilized and fishing is expected to improve immensely this weekend! Currently, most walleye are coming from 20-30 feet of water on crawlers – expect the minnow bite to take off in the next few weeks as water temperatures drop. Anglers are finding bass on the deep weed edges, and northern pike remain active throughout area lakes. Sunfish and crappie action hasn’t been affected by the recent swing in temperatures, with fish holding in the open pockets in the weeds, and on the inside and outside weed edges depending on the wind. The best approach has been a small jig tipped with crawler pieces, small leeches or plastic tails; use a jigging technique or set it under a bobber for the most action. Muskie action will heat up as water temperatures cool and daylight hours shorten. At this time, the chunking bite remains the best presentation. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Otter Tail Lakes Area

Walleye anglers are finding fish in 11-14 foot depths, as well as in 20-30 feet of water. A lively leech on a rig with a 5- to 7-foot snell trolled at .5 miles per hour has worked well. Anglers are also having success using a bottom bouncer with a 3- to 4-foot spinner, or a slow death rig trolled at 1- to 1.5-miles per hour. Sunfish are active at the weedlines in 10-15 feet of water, hitting crawlers, leeches, and waxworms. Crappies are suspended over the weeds in 15-20 foot depths. For the most fish, use crappie minnows and small jigs. Look for bass in depths of 8-15 feet of water at the weeds. For northern pike, hit the weeds in 15-20 feet of water. 800-423-4571; www.ottertailcountry.com


As of late last week, walleye continued to be pulled from Lake Minnewaska by anglers using crawlers with spinners and bottom bouncers in 8-20 feet of water. Bass were active in 16 feet of water, hitting crawlers and deep-running crank baits. Sunfish had also moved deeper. Northern pike were responding best to shallow-running crank baits worked in 12 feet of water. www.glenwoodlakesarea.org

Brainerd Lakes Area

Walleye continue to be pulled from the Gull Lake Chain, the Whitefish Chain, and Pelican, Round, Edwards and Hubert lakes. Many of the smaller area lakes are also giving up lots of nice walleye. To learn which lakes hold walleye, check the DNR’s Minnesota Lake Finder page. 800-450-2838; www.explorebrainerdlakes.com

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

On Lake Mille Lacs, most of the smallmouth bass are coming from 7-12 feet of water over the larger rocks. Leeches have been best for live bait angling, followed by small sucker minnows -- run these on a drop-shot rig for the most fish. Four-inch tubes and wackys have been the best artificials. On calm days, fish 10-15 feet of water. Northern pike action has been fair. For the most action, use large suckers along the weed edges in Wahkon Bay. Please note that some area bait shops do have leeches! 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan vicinity


Lake Waconia is giving up lots of nice-sized largemouth bass at the reefs such as Cemetery, North, Center and Pillsbury. Some are also coming from the shallow reeds by the Carp Trap and at Rock Dock. Spinnerbaits, and jigs with plastic worms have worked best for anglers using artificials. Anglers preferring live bait should use crawlers, fatheads or sucker minnows for the most action. Walleye are holding in deeper water off the weeds of Keg's, Red's and North reefs. For the most fish, try jigging with a fathead, or drifting with crawlers. Sunnies and crappies are biting well at the weeds near the island and on some of the reefs in 8-14 feet of water. Some anglers report that the fish have moved a bit deeper. The usual panfish hot spots have been best, including Center, Keg's, North and Anderson's reefs. Anglers having the most success are using waxworms and crawlers for the sunfish, and crappie minnows for the crappies. 952/442-5812; www.destinationwaconia.org

Southern Minnesota

Winona – Mississippi River/Lake Pepin

Recent cool temperatures have caused the crappies to move deeper. Anglers report that most of the fish are coming from 9-20 feet of water on crappie minnows, with some responding to artificial baits such as tubes and tails. For some walleye action, try a nightcrawler or fathead minnow. 507-452-0735; www.visitwinona.com

Lanesboro -Southeast Bluff Country Trout Streams

As of Friday, Aug. 14, all area streams and rivers monitored by fisheries staff were in good shape with mostly clear water and a normal flow. Hoppers were noticeably larger, and caddis could be seen on the building walls. And as of Monday, Aug. 10, fisheries staff noted that vegetation had grown thick making trout fishing a challenge in some areas. They also recommended that anglers check water temperatures since some streams and rivers may have reached the 75-degree mark when trout as less likely to bite. As updates on stream conditions become available, they are posted on the Southeast Minnesota Stream Conditions web page. You are also welcome to call the office for updates at 507-467-2442. Anglers are encouraged to stop by a DNR Fisheries office in southeast Minnesota to pick up a copy of the new 2015 Trout Angling Opportunities in Southern and Central Minnesota booklet. Check the DNR Fisheries web page for locations. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

Ortonville - Big Stone Lake

On Big Stone Lake, the bite was slow to fair last week when high temperatures caused surface water temperatures to rise over 80 degrees. This week’s cooler temperatures are expected to trigger a feeding pattern for most species of fish. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing DNR License Sales.

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

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