Minnesota Fishing Report

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This is the Explore Minnesota Fishing Report as of Thursday, August 6, with information from community organizations throughout Minnesota.

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

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Northeastern Minnesota

Crane Lake

To learn where and when the fish are biting on Crane Lake, dial 1-800-362-7405, or visit www.visitcranelake.com

Cook/Tower – Lake Vermilion

With lake temperatures continue in the mid 60s, walleyes are biting on a Lindy rig and crawler on windswept weed lines. Perch fry are hiding in the weeds and the walleyes are on the prowl. Crank baits are also working well–best is trolling on cloudy, windy days or low-light conditions. The reef bite is OK using slip bobbers and leeches in the evening. Some very large muskies are basking in the cabbage or rocks, and some are being caught, but they are not aggressive. Deep weeds, smaller baits or fishing at night improves your odds. Bass are quite active taking soft plastics, top water baits and small spinners in traditional summer haunts. To find out more, dial 1-800-648-5897, or visit www.lakevermilionresorts.com

Duluth/Lake Superior & inland lakes

For more information , and to locate charter boats and guide services, dial 1-800-4-duluth, or check out www.visitduluth.com


Ely Area Fishing Report The walleye bite remains strong. Basswood has been a hotbed of activity as it’s known for. Lindy style rigs with half a crawler has been working great when fished around the points in ten to twenty feet of water. Adjust your depth up late in the day and by nightfall you can pick them up in six feet of water. Shagawa and Burntside have been turning out some nice “eyes” as well. On Shag, the bite has been coming on leeches or crawlers drifted around points and around the mid-lake islands in 12-16
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