Ely area: Area lakes have seen a very good smallmouth bass bite and steady walleye fishing. Anglers are finding northern pike on area lakes using crank baits and spinner baits. Anglers looking for panfish are having a lot of success while seeing a very active sunfish bite.
Faribault area: Cedar Lake (west of Faribault) has been producing a few walleyes in 6 to 8 feet. Anglers on Cannon Lake (just southwest of Faribault) also are seeing a few walleyes. A lot of crappies are being caught on Cedar Lake and Roberds Lake (northwest of Faribault). Shields Lake (northwest of Roberds Lake) has produced some northern pike in 4 to 10 feet.
Mora area: Knife Lake (about 9 miles north of Mora) and Fish Lake (about 5 miles southwest of Mora) are producing northern pike, largemouth bass and a few sunfish. Anglers are finding largemouth bass on Ann Lake (about 11 miles northwest of Mora) and Quamba (Mud) Lake (about 6 miles east of Mora.
Lake Winnibigoshish: The northern pike has stayed steady throughout the lake in 8 to 12 feet. Walleyes are being caught in the weeds on the lake’s east side and in 16 to 18 feet on Center Bar. Anglers are having walleye success using spinners and crawlers. Jumbo perch are being produced on Sugar Bar in 12 to 15 feet and off Sugar Point in 12 to 18 feet.
Park Rapids area: Fishing has been very good in the area and is expected to improve as fall approaches. Anglers are catching good-sized northern pike at the cabbage weed beds in 9 to 10 feet by trolling large spinner bait. Schools of largemouth bass are gathering on the deep weedlines and walleyes are beginning to go to deeper water.
West metro: Lake Minnetonka is producing some walleyes during lowlight periods, while some northern pike and muskies are being caught in 15 feet above the weed tops. Lake Minnetonka, along with Medicine Lake, Lake Sarah and Lake Independence, are producing bass and sunfish. Lake Zumbra (near Victoria) is producing largemouth bass and northern pike.