August Fishing. Hot
sweaty days, high humidity, and fish that are going crazy everywhere. There are dozens of awesome fishing
opportunities this time of the year, but here are 4 quick and easy fishing
trips you can take advantage of.
Rainy Lake, Minnesota.
One of my personal favorite lakes to fish for walleyes (and
smallmouth and huge pike) –a guy can’t beat Rainy Lake on the Minnesota Canada
border during August. The norm is to
fish the tops of the multiple mid lake reefs using a jig and minnow. Sorry, slow and boring. Dial it up a notch or ten and use bottom
bouncers, increase the boat speed, throw on some cheap night crawlers and a
spinner rig and you’re in business. An
extremely effective and reliable spinner rig is a JB Lures Hot Flash series with
a crawler harness. Look on the sides of
the reefs—everyone fishes the tops of the reefs, so after a while those fish
are pressured and “over fished”. Make sure to fish the sides the sides of the
reefs or even the bottom near the lake basin sometimes as deep as 50 ft. Typical depths will range from 25-45 ft. Do not ignore the shallow bays filled with
cabbage weeds in the 5-9 ft range, the biggest walleyes are waiting there! Bring
a camp stove to enjoy a shore lunch at one of the many islands on the American
side of the lake. Great lodging options
can be found at Island View lodge just east of International Falls.
Alexandria Minnesota Bass Fishing
Perhaps some of the best concentrated largemouth bass
fishing lakes in the state. For numbers
and a good average size. Pick your
poison—docks, pads, deep weed edges, inside weed edges, bulrushes, slop, weed
flats–even flooded timber in some of the lakes. It’s the perfect area to learn new techniques
or polish your favorite bass fishing skills.
It’s hard to argue that one of the most consistent and versatile bass
fishing presentations is the Texas rigged black plastic worm—using a 7” black
Berkley Power Worm, or maybe a simple ½ oz. Northland spinner bait with a
number 5 Colorado blade. Only three spinner
bait colors are needed—white, black, or chartreuse. And don’t forget the
crankbaits—I like the bill Lewis MR-6 in the bluegill pattern. The baits has a great wobble and a rattle
sound the fish destroy! While numbers of bass can be schooled up on
deep weed lines, weedy points or humps (good for the worm or cranks) the
largest bass are usually in water shallower than 6 ft—or even 2 ft. Scum Froggin’ the “SLOP” is the hint. Lol.
Mississippi River Smallmouth Bass
It starts around Brainerd and gets even better as it flows
south through St. Cloud and well beyond the town of Monticello. “It” refers to high caliber, high quality,
high numbers, and big Smallmouth bass untouched by many hands due to the fact
they are found in the mighty Mississippi River.
It is amazing just how untapped the river is. And yes there is a ton of
water for big fast boats. Not the stereo
typical shallow canoe type stuff (but that is a fun way to fish the river). Awesome opportunities for top water fishing,
timber, eddies, bridge pilings, deep holes, sand/gravel bars, riffles—you name
it, it’s there. And don’t worry about
the wind or waves ruining your trip—because it will not. All that is needed is an orange or black jig
head tipped with a crawfish tube or craw body. Well maybe a crawfish bottom
digging crankbait or maybe an in-line Blue Fox spinner. Ok, one more—a number 5 floating Rapala to
“twitch” the surface.
Door County Wisconsin Salmon Fishing
Only around 6 hours from the Twin Cities is a great small
boat salmon fishing opportunity. The
Door County area north of Green Bay, WI. Is well suited for any
watercraft. Unlike the more popular
congested fishing ports of Algoma, Sheboygan, Port Washington etc., the
Northern portion of Door County north of Sturgeon Bay has a ton of great salmon
fishing only a couple miles off of shore.
And being the northern portion of the “Door” is a peninsula, dodging any
wind direction is easily done with a quick 15 minute drive to the other side which
nearly extinguishes the threat of sitting on shore all day waiting for the wind
to stop. It’s a classic bite—down riggers,
dipsey divers, copper wire, and planer board rigged with spoons (hard to beat a
Pro-King) or dodger/fly combos. Bring a speed/temp gauge to help find the
thermocline and the cold water the big Kings look for—42 degrees for the big
dudes and up to the 55/60 degrees for the others. Typical fishing depths are from 50-75 ft. at
the lure over 100-180 ft of water bottom depth.
Big browns and Steelhead are also on the prowl. Multiple low key towns dot the country side
which offer many opportunities for fisherman/boat friendly lodging. No lines at the boat landings in the mornings
and plenty of parking. Oh yeh, boat
traffic?—nope. Big fish? Yup.