Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 3, 2017

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

Strong winds have kept anglers off the lake so fishing reports have been limited. Look for muskies on the shallow rock reefs with the dropping water temperatures. The tullibees should be on these spots and muskies will follow.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Hearty fall anglers continue to catch walleyes on the main lake in front of Pine Island, Graceton Beach, Zippel Bay, Long Point, and near the gaps in 7 to 30 feet. Most are anchored up and dropping a jig and shiner. On the Rainy River, walleyes are being caught in the Frontier and Clementson areas. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are biting anywhere from 10 to 30 feet, crappies are biting in 27 feet or more with a good amount of perch mixed in.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Large sucker minnows are turning muskies on Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence on the 10- to 15-foot weed edges. Look for a few walleyes at night in the channels or during the day on the deep weedlines of Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

A few walleye and muskie anglers have been out, but the cold and wind has limited fishing activity. Look for walleyes on the deep reefs, 20 feet or more, and muskies on the tops or edges of the shallow rock piles and points.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Fishing reports continue to be nonexistent due to poor weather and a lack of anglers. With continued cool weather expected and the firearms deer season starting this weekend, fishing will likely remain limited.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

A handful of die-hard anglers have ventured out this past week, but fishing pressure has been light due to strong winds and cold temperatures. Walleye reports have been limited to a few big fish coming out of deep water in Walker Bay. Although muskie reports have been slow look to the shallow rocks for fish.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

A few walleyes continue to be caught  below the dam, but there hasn’t been many anglers venturing out. Grouse hunting reports have been good for those willing to get off the main trails, and there has been a noticeable increase with deer movement.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

Windy conditions have prevented anybody from fishing since last week. There has been a few more ducks and geese moving through the area, and deer have been on the move – the outlook for this weekend’s gun opener looks good, with colder weather hopefully moving deer.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

A few muskie anglers continue to catch fish with large sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Bald Eagle Lake and Lake Calhoun. Walleye reports have been limited, but look to the St. Croix River in 10 to 20 feet if the weather alllows.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Fishing and hunting reports have been light due to recent weather. Archery hunters have noticed an increase in deer activity with more reports of bucks chasing does this week than last.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Strong winds made it difficult to get on the area’s big lakes so walleye reports have been limited. If weather conditions allow, look to Lake Miltona or Reno Lake for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. A few muskie anglers have braved the weather, but success has been limited on Miltona. Pheasant reports remain poor, but there has been a push of ducks and geese into the area, although geese continue to be more numerous.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

The few anglers going out are catching walleyes on Clearwater Lake in 5 to 15 feet with shiner minnows. Waterfowl hunters are shooting some divers and mallards, pheasant hunting reports have been poor, and deer activity has increased.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Muskies continue to hit sucker minnows on West Battle Lake in 18 to 20 feet. A few walleyes are being taken with minnows on Otter Tail Lake in 10 to 15 feet or West Battle with crankbaits in 10 feet. Hunters are shooting quite a few divers, some mallards, and a decent number of geese.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Open water fishing is coming to an end quickly, and thin ice is covering some small ponds and swamps. Even some of the boat access areas are starting to form skim ice. The lakes are still open but very few folks are out. There’s about three inches of snow here and more in the forecast, which should make for a fantastic opening weekend of deer season! Ducks, especially mallards, continue to move into the area.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Fishing reports have been nonexistent since the cold weather arrived, with most turning their attention to hunting. There was a push of northern ducks into the area last weekend, but they seem to have moved out quickly. Deer have started to rut and become more active during daylight hours.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Walleyes and crappies are being caught on Gull Lake over 28 to 48 feet, but only a handful of anglers have been going out. Many boats have been put away with the recent cold snap and upcoming firearms deer season.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Crappies are being found in the 8- to 12-foot cabbage throughout Allen’s Bay and Dick’s Bay on Cass Lake, the north arm of Kitchi Lake, north end of Lake Andrusia, and off the two points on Wolf Lake. Bucktails are producing muskies on Wishbone Bar and the Kettle on Cass or the southwest corner of Pike Bay Lake. Hunting reports have been limited.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA   

Trolling crankbaits on the bars of North and South Center lakes has produced walleyes for the few people still going out. You’ll also catch walleyes and crappies over 20 feet or more on Chisago Lake – look for suspended crappies. Waterfowl hunters are reporting good success for mallards, geese, and some divers, while bucks are starting to chase does.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

DETROIT LAKES AREA

A few anglers continue to catch walleyes on Big Cormorant Lake with minnows in 20 to 22 feet. Muskie anglers continue to catch fish with sucker minnows on Big Detroit Lake and Pelican Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Deer activity has increased and there has been some northern ducks moving through the area.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

A few muskies are being caught with sucker minnows at Island Lake and the St. Louis River in 6 to 10 feet. Wind and cold have limited fishing options for walleyes and panfish. Grouse hunting reports remain strong, but there hasn’t been many people chasing them. Archery kills have increased, and most hunters are seeing increased buck activity.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Reports have been limited to anglers fishing from shore on the Rum River for walleyes with marginal success. The wind and cold kept anglers off area lakes this past week. Deer activity has improved with bucks being seen chasing does, duck numbers improved last weekend, but they seem to have moved out quickly.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

FAIRMONT AREA

Anglers fishing from shore with minnows are catching a few walleyes on the Blue Earth River and Tuttle Lake. There was a good push of mallards and divers into the area last weekend and the hunting was good, but duck numbers have diminished since then.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

GRAND MARAIS AREA

There wasn’t anyone fishing over the past week due to the wind and cold. Even grouse hunting was tough with all the wind, but there are decent numbers of grouse to be had based on earlier reports. Deer activity has picked up so opening weekend of the gun season looks promising.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

HACKENSACK AREA 

Windy conditions have limited fishing opportunities, but the few people going continue to catch walleyes on Woman Lake in 20 to 30 feet. Muskie reports have slowed, although Lake Wabedo would be a safe bet if weather conditions allow. Deer have really started to move based on archery hunter reports, and a number of them have been seen along roads and ditches. Northern mallards and divers have moved in, but hunting pressure has been light.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176

LAKE KABETOGAMA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes over 22 to 35 feet at the entrances of most bays or off the island points. The Ash River also is giving up walleyes, but overall, fishing pressure has been limited due to the weather. Good numbers of deer are being seen, and grouse hunting has been good for those willing to get off the main trails.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MORA AREA

The cold weather and wind has kept anglers off area lakes. Waterfowl hunters had a couple decent days with some northern ducks moving through, but most of them have migrated out. A few ringnecks, mallards, and geese are being seen.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

Strong winds haven’t allowed many opportunities to fish. But with some calm and warmer conditions, perch, crappies, and bluegills can be had in 12 to 14 feet on Big Stone Lake. Pheasant hunting has improved a bit with more corn coming out, and this has improved field hunting opportunities for geese and mallards as well. Some divers are being shot over water as well.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

The weather prevented anglers from getting out over the past week. Waterfowl hunters are seeing and shooting good numbers of northern ducks, and most report a fine mixed bag of birds. Grouse hunting reports also have been positive, and bucks have reportedly begun the rut.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

It’s just been too cold and windy for anyone to get out fishing and most boats have been put away. The outlook for this weekend’s deer opener looks promising with more of them being seen in harvested fields and along roadsides. There seems to be more ducks and geese in the area, including some divers, but hunting pressure for them has been limited.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Walleyes and sauger are consistently being caught with a jig and minnow, blade baits, and plastics. Work the current breaks on the Mississippi River from the dam down to Lake Pepin. Several nice bucks were registered early this week, and most archery hunters are reporting increased rutting activity. Duck hunting also has been good in the backwater areas with mallards, canvasbacks, and other divers being shot.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

A few anglers have been on Lake Koronis and Horseshoe Lake when the weather has allowed them to get out. Reports back have been minimal, but both would be good options for walleyes with a jig and minnow. There was a quick push of ringnecks and bufflehead into the area last week, but most have moved out. The corn is coming out and deer numbers are strong, so a good firearms opener is expected.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

The only fishing worth noting is coming from the Mississippi River where some walleyes and smallmouth bass are being caught. There hasn’t been anyone on area lakes. Waterfowl hunting reports have been limited even though there seems to be a few more ducks and geese around, and deer activity, especially bucks, has increased.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WILLMAR AREA

With the exception of a few walleye anglers braving the elements on Green Lake, there hasn’t been anything to report. Duck hunters fared well over the past week as some new birds have moved in, but there’s still a lot of corn standing and that’s likely limiting pheasant hunting success.

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Strong winds and cold temperatures have prevented anglers from getting out. With more corn being harvested pheasant hunting has improved. Hunters aren’t seeing big numbers of birds, but there are roosters being shot. Waterfowl hunting has been good with more divers and northern mallards pushing through the area. Deer have become really active – the rut is on.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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