Metro Area Fishing Report – October 18th, 2013
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
On Lake Minnetonka, shallow-running crankbaits are turning walleyes during the evening hours along the 12-foot weed edges, while daytime action has been best with a jig and minnow in 15 to 19 feet. Minnetonka also is giving up crappies in the 10-foot milfoil, northern pike via spinners and suckers in 15 feet, and bass from the milfoil pockets. Muskie anglers are catching fish on Minnetonka, Eagle Lake, Weaver Lake, and Lake Independence with sucker minnows or bucktails in 12 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes and crappies are being caught on the St. Croix River over 30 feet and white bass are schooled on the points in 18 to 20 feet. Look for muskies to hit large sucker minnows along the shallow weedlines of White Bear Lake, Forest Lake, and the St. Croix in eight to 10 feet. Northern pike action remains strong at Bald Eagle Lake and most small lakes around the metro in less than 12 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Anglers fishing from shore with crawlers are catching walleyes on the Minnesota River. Northern pike are hitting spoons or sucker minnows in eight to 10 feet on Piersons Lake and Lake Minnewashta. Work the reef edges of Lake Waconia with bucktails or large suckers for muskies. Hunting action has been poor for pheasants and ducks.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake are giving up crappies over 18 to 22 feet with some fish still hanging on the shallower weed edges. You’ll find sunfish in 10 to 14 feet at Clearwater, Lake John, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Bass and pike also can be had on the remaining weed edges of most lakes. The pheasant opener was mostly a non-event, while puddle ducks and geese continue to be shot by waterfowl hunters.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Throwing crankbaits on the rock piles and points has produced bass at lakes Chisago, North Center, and South Center. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows in eight to 12 feet on Sunrise Lake and there are walleyes being caught after dark with jigs and minnows in the channel between Big Green and Little Green lakes. There hasn’t been much at all to report on the hunting front.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Look for suspended crappies over deep water at Stanchfield Lake, Lori Lake, and Louis Lake. Lakes Lori and Louis are giving up a few walleyes as well in 16 to 20 feet. You’ll find crappies in the eight- to 14-foot stump areas of Ann Lake and in 11 feet on Knife Lake. Duck hunting continues to be solid in the Rice Creek Reservoir, woodcock numbers appear strong, and pheasant hunting wasn’t that bad despite poor weather on opening day.
65 Bait and Tackle (320) 396-9904
Jigs and rainbow minnows are turning walleyes on the rock piles and remaining weed edges of Rush Lake, while large sucker minnows are triggering muskie action on the weed edges of Rush and Forest Lake. Look for crappies to be suspended over the deep basins of Fish and Rush or along the weedlines of Goose Lake. Bird numbers sound decent, but poor weather and corn limited pheasant success on opening weekend and woodcock seem to have migrated into the area in good numbers this week.
Fish Lake Bait (651) 674-4734
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in 18 to 21 feet on Fish Hook Lake and Big Sand Lake in 16 to 20 feet. Look for northern pike and muskies to hit large sucker minnows on Big Mantrap Lake in less than 10 feet. Grouse and duck hunting reports have been limited.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Vertically fishing a jig and minnow over 30 to 50 feet has been best for walleyes at Dead Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Big Pine Lake during the day. At night, anglers are trolling crankbaits in eight to 10 feet and catching walleyes on these lakes as well. Northern pike can be had with minnows on most lakes in 10 to 15 feet, but panfish action has been slow. Duck numbers have dropped a bit, but most reports remain favorable, and there has been a few divers showing up this week.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355