Area fishing report - Aug. 12
■ BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA
Redtails are producing walleyes in the weeds in 16 to 18 feet at Whitefish Lake and Gull Lake during the morning and evening hours. Look for bass to hit spinnerbaits or sucker minnows on the deep weedlines of Gull, North Long Lake, and Round Lake. Sunfish continue to be found in the shallow weeds of most lakes and northern pike are weed-related in 16 to 18 feet of water and hitting suckers or redtails at Gull, North Long, Whitefish, and Pelican Lake.
■ LAKE MILLE LACS
Reports indicate more keeping-sized walleyes being caught on the mid-depth rocks or off the flats in 30 feet or more at night with slip bobbers and leeches. During the day, leadcore and cranks are turning big walleyes in 30 to 34 feet, as are crawlers on the edges of the flats. A few perch reports have been heard coming off the deep rocks, smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the rocks, and the weedlines in most bays are producing northern pike. Look to the north-end sand for muskies during low-light periods.
■ LEECH LAKE
The crankbait bite at night has been hit or miss, with the stretch from Sand Point to Cedar Point being most productive in nine to 14 feet. Work the main-lake humps with crawlers in 25 to 35 feet with crawlers during the day for walleyes. A few more walleyes are starting to be pulled from the mid-depth weeds with jigs and minnows. Muskie action has been best in the cabbage of Portage Bay and the rocks around Pelican and Submarine islands.
■ LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH
Perch are hitting minnows on the 12- to 14-foot rocks in the Fence area and northwest corner of the lake. Walleye action has picked up with slip bobbers and leeches or crawlers and spinners in the eight- to 12-foot weeds on Tamarack Point, Big Stoney Point, and Raven’s Point. Horseshoe Bar also gave up more fish this week in 12 feet.
■ BEMIDJI AREA
Diamond Point Bar and the west side of Lake Bemidji are giving up walleyes via live bait in 18 to 24 feet. Bluegills and crappies have started hitting at Clearwater Lake in 12 to 15 feet and the weedlines of Midge Lake are kicking out bass and bluegills. Muskie action has been best on the weedlines during low-light periods with bucktails at Bemidji, Big Lake, and Lake Plantagenet.
■ CASS LAKE AREA
Walleye action remains hot on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake with crankbaits, spinners, or jigs in six to eight feet. Better spots have been the bars such as North Cedar, Tom’s, East Stony, the Kettle, and West Cedar during low-light periods. Look for perch in six to eight feet on Tom’s Bar, East Cedar Bar, North Cedar Bar, and the Kettle. Bass are hitting plastics on Lake Thirteen and look for panfish along the pencil reeds at Kitchi Lake.
■ RED LAKE
Most shorelines are giving up walleyes in four to six feet mainly on crankbaits or spinners and crawlers. But the recent cold fronts and windy conditions have slowed the walleye and northern pike action considerably.
■ SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish are hitting in 15 feet at Maple Lake, 15 to 22 feet at Big Birch Lake, and in eight feet on Lake Osakis. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 22 feet on Maple or in seven feet at Long Bridge Lake. Walleyes remain active in 18 to 22 feet on Big Birch, in eight to 12 feet on Osakis, and in six to eight feet at Sauk Lake. Slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are working best.
■ ALEXANDRIA AREA
Crappies are hitting tube jigs and minnows in 12 to 18 feet at Lake Carlos and Lake Darling and you’ll find sunfish in 16 to 18 feet at Lake Ida or eight to 12 feet on Darling. Walleye action has slowed, but some fish are being taken during low-light periods in six to 10 feet with crankbaits at Ida and Lake Miltona. Crawlers and spinners continue to produce walleyes on Lake Reno in six to eight feet. Muskie action has been limited, but bass are hitting crankbaits and plastics on the deep weed flats of most lakes.
■ PARK RAPIDS AREA
Minnows worked on the 14- to 17-foot weedlines of Long Lake are turning a few walleyes. Bluegills are hitting waxworms on the weedlines of Fish Hook Lake, Toad Lake, and the Crow Wing Chain. Rainbow trout are suspended over deep water and hitting crawlers at Long and Bad Medicine Lake, while Fish Hook, Island and Potato Lake have been best for bass. Muskie anglers on Big Mantrap Lake are reporting decent action with bucktails.