Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 15, 2017

LAKE MILLE LACS        

A variety of plastic presentations are turning smallmouth bass on the deep rocks during the day and there is some topwater action on the shallow rock edges and points early and late each day. The main lake mud flats and weedlines in most bays are giving up northern pike and trolling on the north end sand or off deep, main lake structure has produced muskies.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Crankbaits, spinners and crawlers or a jig and minnow are turning walleyes on the reefs and shorelines of Big Traverse Bay. Big piles of shiner minnows have started to move close to shore and the Lighthouse Gap and walleyes are following. Walleye action on the Rainy River is best during the morning and evening hours, while smallmouth bass and sturgeon continue to be caught as well. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting in current areas between the islands in 10 to 25 feet depending on the time of day. On the Canadian side, a jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 17 to 22 feet, crappies remain active, and muskies are being hooked with crankbaits.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Crappies are being caught early and late each day over 10 to 15 feet on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Minnows are producing a few walleyes in the channel areas of Minnetonka, while spinnerbaits or large minnows are producing muskies on the deep weedlines of Minnetonka and Independence.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on the rocks and reefs in 18 to 25 feet, as well as leadcore and crankbaits on the flats in 20 to 25 feet. Crankbaits also are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Stuntz Bay, and smallmouth fishing remains strong on the rock shorelines and docks. Muskie action remains strong in 10 to 15 feet on the rock points, north side of Ely Island, and Indian Point or the 8- to 12-foot rock piles.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Perch are being caught in 11 to 13 feet from Rich’s Townsite to the old Judd’s Resort area. Spoons continue to produce northern pike in the 7- to 9-foot weeds. A few walleyes are being taken with spinners and crawlers off Moses Bar during the day in 35 feet, and a jig and minnow is producing some walleyes in the shallow weeds during the evening hours.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

You have to do some sorting, but perch are being caught with minnows in Trader’s Bay over 8 to 12 feet. Trolling crankbaits during the day and at night has produced walleyes from Sand Point to Cedar Point to Templar Point in 8 to 14 feet. The main lake rocks continue to produce some walleyes as well. Trolling crankbaits on most rock areas has produced more muskies than the weeds.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Walleyes and smallmouth bass are being taken on the submerged structure with a jig and minnow or crayfish-colored crankbaits. The shoals east of Grindstone Island have been especially kind to anglers. Crappies continue to be found suspended in Black Bay and the Rat Root River. Walleyes and good sturgeon action continues in the Rainy River.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

A few walleyes and northern pike are being taken with a jig and minnow on the rock piles and rock humps in 8 to 14 feet. Trolling crankbaits along the reed edges also has produced fish. There’s good numbers of geese in the area and many groups are shooting limits, while bear hunters are finding plenty of success as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Northern pike and largemouth bass are hitting small sucker minnows on Lake Jane and Demontreville Lake. Work the weedlines on Silver Lake, Beaver Lake, and Big Marine Lake for crappies and sunfish. Topwater baits are turning muskies on the weed tops throughout Forest Lake and White Bear Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Look for suspended crappies over 15 to 18 feet on Hydes Lake and Whaletail Lake. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows or spinnerbaits in 10 to 12 feet at Pierson Lake and Lake Zumbra, and largemouth bass are being  caught off the weedlines of Whaletail, Zumbra, and Lake Bavaria with plastics. Goose hunting pressure has dropped a bit, and local birds are more spread out.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

The 10-foot weed edge on the north shore is producing northern pike and largemouth bass. A few walleyes continue to be caught during low-light periods with minnows in 15 to 18 feet on North Reef and Kegg’s Reef. Look for panfish on the 10- to 14-foot weeds on the north side of the island, Kegg’s Reef, and Center Reef. Bucktails or topwater baits are triggering muskies near the swimming beach and Nelson’s Flats area.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ANNANDALE AREA

Minnows are now working best for walleyes along the remaining weed edges or on the 15- to 20-foot breaks of Clearwater Lake and Sugar Lake. Sunfish are hitting during the day, as are crappies during the evening hours on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Pleasant Lake, Lake John, Cedar Lake, Maple Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Clearwater. Bass are hitting on the deep weedlines during midday hours and in the slop each evening on Clearwater, Sugar, Cedar, and Sylvia. Goose hunting pressure has dropped since opening weekend, but those going out continue to shoot birds.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 20 to 30 feet on West Battle Lake or 15 to 20 feet on Otter Tail Lake. Panfish are hitting in 10 to 15 feet at Clitherall Lake, Fish Lake, and West Battle, while bass are being taken with spinnerbaits in the 10- to 15-foot weeds on Fiske Lake, Donald Lake, and West Battle. Look to the 20-foot weedlines of Fiske, Donald, and West Battle for pike, and muskies are hitting Double CowGirls in 12 to 17 feet on West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Lake Bemidji is producing walleyes in 12 to 14 feet off Diamond Bar with minnows or crawlers during the day and crankbaits at night in shallower water. The north end of Bemidji is kicking out muskies on topwater baits and perch in 6 to 9 feet. The Turtle River Chain of Lakes is producing sunfish in the 12- to 15-foot weeds and crappies over the main basin areas.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781

BLACKDUCK AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the 11- to 14-foot weedline of Blackduck Lake. Crappies and bluegills remain active in 16 to 20 feet on Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, Rabideau Lake, and Turtle River Lake. Limits of geese continue to be shot as bird numbers remain high, and a few more bear have been registered in the past week.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Minnows and nightcrawlers continue to produce walleyes in 18 to 30 feet on Gull Lake and North Long Lake. The shallow weeds are holding sunfish on North Long, Cullen Lake, Nisswa Lake, and Roy Lake. Look for larger northern pike and bass along the 15- to 18-foot weedlines of North Long and Gull.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

A Lindy Rig and minnow is turning walleyes during low-light periods in 25 to 30 feet on Cass Lake, Pike Bay Lake, and Lake Andrusia. If the wind is blowing, minnows also are turning walleyes on the 12-foot weedline in Wolf Lake. Trolling spoons on the 8-foot weed edge on Andrusia and in Allen’s Bay on Cass is producing northern pike. Panfish reports have been limited to a few fish in Allen’s Bay, and muskies are chasing bucktails early and late each day on the cabbage beds of most lakes.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Topwater baits are producing bass in the reeds and inside weedlines of Bay Lake and Rabbit Lake. Leeches are turning walleyes and sunfish during the evening hours at Serpent Lake in 18 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 17 to 19 feet on Black Hoof Lake. Most bear hunters have filled their tags, and goose hunting has been excellent.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912

DULUTH AREA   

Crawlers and minnows are turning walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Island Lake and 15 feet at Fish Lake. The narrows on Fish are producing crappies and bucktails are raising muskies on the St. Louis River and Island. The Silver Bay area on Lake Superior is giving up pink salmon about 50 feet down on small spoons and stickbaits. Bear hunting reports continue to be very good throughout the area.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Nightcrawlers are turning smallmouth bass on the current breaks of the Rum and Mississippi rivers. Minnows and crankbaits are producing a few walleyes in 12 to 14 feet on Blue Lake and Green Lake. Blue also is producing crappies over 14 feet, and sunfish can be had on the weed edges of Little Elk Lake and Blue. Goose numbers remain strong, but there hasn’t been as many people hunting them this week.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows on Shagawa Lake in 6 to 8 feet, Snowbank Lake in 25 to 30 feet, and on the 15-foot reefs and channels throughout the White Iron Chain. The deep rocks on Snowbank Lake, Fall Lake, and White Iron Lake are giving up smallmouth bass. Hunting reports have been light.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

FAIRMONT AREA

Perch are hitting minnows on Big Twin Lake in 6 to 12 feet, and a few walleyes are coming out of the Blue Earth and Watonwan rivers with jigs and minnows. Budd Lake and Lake Sisssiton continue to give up bluegills and crappies in 6 to 8 feet. There’s geese in the area, but there hasn’t been many people chasing them.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Sunfish and a few crappies are being caught on Cedar Lake in 4 to 10 feet and Lake Mazaska in 6 to 12 feet. Anglers fishing from shore on Cannon Lake are catching perch and white bass. Look to Shields Lake for sunfish and northern pike along the 6- to 10-foot weed edges.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes at Sea Gull Lake in 20 feet, Gunflint Lake in 25 feet, East Twin Lake in 10 to 14 feet, and Two Island Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Hit Duncan Lake and Daniels Lake with jigs and frozen smelt about 25 feet for down for lake trout. On Clearwater Lake, sucker minnows are producing lake trout at 20 to 25 feet. Rainbow trout are being taken with crawlers in 10 to 12 feet at Leo Lake and Kimball Lake in 15 feet. Lake trout are being caught with spoons over 200 feet of water on Lake Superior. A few more bear have been registered, but the warmer weather and additional natural food sources have limited bear activity.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Crappies are very active on the weedlines of Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes, Lake Pokegama, Big Splithand Lake, Trout Lake, Lake Wabana, Sand Lake, and Bowstring Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows or nightcrawlers on the weedlines of Bowstring and Trout, in the shallow weeds of Big Splithand, current breaks on the Mississippi River, and in 18 to 24 feet on Pokegama. Look to Kraemer Lake, Moonshine Lake, and Taylor Lake for stream trout. Bears continue to be seen at baits and many hunters have filled tags, while others are holding out for a bigger animal.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

LONGVILLE AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes at Woman Lake in 7 feet during the evening hours or over 18 feet during the day – green weeds and rocks have been best. The weedline in Broadwater Bay on Woman is kicking out crappies, while Mule Lake is producing largemouth and smallmouth bass in shallow water. The bulrushes on Little Boy Lake have given up several muskies over the past week. There’s quite a few geese in the area and bear hunters continue to see activity at baits.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

Crankbaits continue to produce walleyes during low-light periods on Madison Lake in 5 to 8 feet. The south end of Big Jefferson Lake is producing crappies, and Duck Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 8 to 10 feet. Goose hunters continue to find success throughout the area.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Sunfish remain active in 5 to 7 feet on Knife Lake, Fish Lake, and Ann Lake. Trolling crankbaits in 5 feet has produced northern pike and an occasional walleye at Knife and Fish. Topwater baits are working best on top of the weed flats for largemouth bass at Quamba Lake, Knife, and Ann. Bear hunting success has dipped since opening weekend and goose hunting reports have been limited.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Muskie reports have been good along the cabbage beds of Many Point Lake and Big Mantrap Lake with bucktaails or topwater baits. Look to the 12- to 16-foot cabbage on Long Lake with a jig and minnow for walleyes and sunfish are being caught in the weeds of Fish Hook Lake, Eighth Crow Wing and Ninth Crow Wing lakes. The weedlines on Lower and Upper Twin lakes are producing northern pike on sucker minnows. Goose hunting continues to be excellent and most bear hunting reports remain favorable.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Crappies and sunfish are being pulled from the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Star Lake, Dead Lake, Rush Lake, Lake Marion, and Big Pine Lake. Trolling crankbaits after dark in 8 to 12 feet or pitching jigs and minnows in 17 to 25 feet continues to produce walleyes on Big Pine. The local goose population seems to have spread out with less hunter success this week compared to opening weekend.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Crawlers on live-bait rigs or crankbaits and leadcore are producing walleyes on the upper end of Lake Pepin and in the Wisconsin channel on the Mississippi River. Crappies and sunfish are hitting in the backwater areas, while channel catfish, flathead catfish, and sturgeon remain active below the dam. Goose hunting reports have been lighter with less participation.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Sunfish are hitting in 10 to 14 feet and crappies are biting in 15 to 18 feet on Lake Koronis, Eden Lake, Browns Lake, Rice Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Long Lake. Pitch a jig and minnow on the weedlines out to 20 feet for walleyes on Schneider Lake and Horseshoe. Catfish continue to hit throughout the Sauk River Chain, and goose numbers have dipped.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Work the weed pockets in 12 to 16 feet for sunfish and the 17-foot weed edge for crappies out from Holiday Resort on Lake Osakis. Look for crappies in 12 to 14 feet on Long Bridge Lake as well. Minnows and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 9 to 11 feet on Sauk Lake. If you have the right field, goose hunting has been very good with numbers of birds in the area.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Smallmouth bass are hitting above the Little Falls Dam and sunfish are being caught in 10 to 15 feet above the Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi River. The 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Fish Trap Lake are giving up sunfish and there seems to be plenty of geese around, but not many hunters.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Sunfish remain active throughout Lake Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet and a few crappies have been mixed in as well. Walleyes continue to be caught after dark with minnows on the west side of Lake Emily. Walleyes also can be had on Minnewaska during the day in 20 to 24 feet with minnows or nightcrawlers and after dark on crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

Panfish and northern pike continue to be caught on Diamond Lake, Eagle Lake, Green Lake, Games Lake, Nest Lake, and Florida Lake. Minnows are turning a few walleyes on Diamond, Eagle, Green, and South Long Lake. Hunting reports have been light.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 5 to 7 feet on Lake Shetek and Wood Lake. On Lake Sarah, crankbaits or jigs and plastics are turning walleyes and perch in 3 to 10 feet. Northern pike, walleyes, crappies, and perch are all being caught on Lac qui Parle, while catfish remain active on the Redwood and Minnesota rivers. Fewer geese were shot this week compared to last.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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