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Minnesota Great Eight Fishing Reports

Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report - October 2nd, 2015


Angler numbers remain low so it’s been difficult to gauge fishing success. The few who are venturing out continue to find smallmouth bass on the rock reefs and rock points. Live bait, crankbaits, and plastics are all producing fish. Muskie and pike anglers continue to be scarce.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleye action remains strong with spinners or jigs tipped with crawlers and minnows around Knight and Bridges islands in 26 to 32 feet. Other anglers are staying close to the south shore around Pine Island or two to three miles north of the island, Lighthouse Gap, Graceton Beach, Long Point, and 12 Mile in 22 to 24 feet or 28 to 31 feet. On the Rainy River, walleyes are following shiners as water temperatures drop. Evening fishing has been best in 17 to 19 feet and sturgeon are hitting in most deep holes from Vidas to Frontier landings or Timbermill Park towards Birchdale. At the Northwest Angle, 29 to 32 feet has been best for walleyes around Big and Little Oak islands and Deepwater Bay – work gaps and points with moving water. On the Ontario side, crappies are being caught over structure in 32 to 36 feet.

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


Crappies and walleyes are being taken on minnows at Lake Independence along the 15- to 18-foot rock piles. On Lake Minnetonka, a few walleyes continue to be caught on rigs and minnows in 24 to 26 feet and pike are hitting minnows on the 14- to 18-foot weedlines. Spinnerbaits are producing bass in 6 to 10 feet and muskie reports have been limited on Minnetonka. 

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes have spread out a bit so you have to stay on the move. Long-lining crankbaits or rigs and minnows are producing fish in 12 to 20 feet on the rocks, points, and reefs. Muskie fishing remains strong with bucktails or rubber baits on the shallow rocks and near buoys on most rock reefs. Smallmouth bass remain an easy catch on the 4- to 10- foot rocks. Grouse numbers appear strong as hunters are reporting a lot of flushes.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Jigs or spinners with minnows are turning walleyes along the north-shore breaks in 8 to 14 feet. The points along the west side are giving up walleyes in 9 to 15 feet and some fish continue to be caught on the main-lake bars during midday hours. The Williams Narrows area is giving up crappies, perch are being found in 3 to 10 feet, and pike are hitting spoons or minnows on the 6- to 8-foot weedlines.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Muskie action continues to be best with bucktails or large spinnerbaits on the rocks. The jig and minnow bite continues to improve for walleyes on most wind-driven points, shorelines, and flats; the best reports are coming from 8 to 12 feet. Some walleyes also are being caught at night on crankbaits from Sand Point to Cedar Pont in less than 14 feet. Look for perch in 6 to 10 feet in the Narrows, west of Goose Island, off Sand Point, and GrandVu Flats. Opening weekend duck reports sounded good based on all the shooting in the area.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Minnows continue to produce walleyes by the Brule and Reinier areas in 15 to 25 feet. Crappie and pike reports have been limited, grouse hunting has improved as the cover comes down and the rice in Black Bay provided good duck shooting opening weekend.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Angler participation has been limited but walleyes are being caught on jigs or spinners with minnows in 5 to 10 feet. Grouse hunters are finding a lot of cover, but birds are being shot along the wooded trails and goose hunters are doing well on harvested farm fields.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - October 2nd, 2015


Sunfish are hitting in 8 to 10 feet on Powers Lake and Turtle Lake, while the weedlines on Lake Jane and Demontreville Lake are safe bets for pike and bass. On the St. Croix River, plastics are turning smallmouth in less than 10 feet and walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in 25 feet. Large suckers are producing muskies on the weedlines of Jarvis Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and White Bear Lake. Duck hunting has been best on the small ponds and backwater areas of most rivers.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Drift suckers along the 10- foot weedlines for pike at Piersons Lake and Lake Sarah is producing sunfish in 4 to 6 feet. Wacky rigs are turning bass on the weedlines of Lake Auburn, Lake Bavaria, and Whaletail Lake. Duck opener provided mixed results – rivers and small ponds producing best.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Look for suspended crappies along the 12- to 20-foot weeds on Anderson’s Reef, Kegg’s Reef, and North Reef. Plastics are turning bass during the day on Center Reef and Pilsbury Reef and anglers are seeing muskies on Kegg’s and Center reefs and around the island. An occasional walleye is taken on a jig and minnow on the west side of the island in 13 to 16 feet and east end of the island in 20 to 25 feet. The marina will close Oct. 7 until walkable ice forms.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Reports

Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report - October 2nd, 2015


A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes in 10 to 17 feet on Chippewa Lake or in 30 to 60 feet on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Look for suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on Ida, Lake Darling, and Lake Le Homme Dieu, while bucktails are turning muskies on the weedy points of Miltona. Duck hunting was OK with better reports just west of the area. Goose numbers are high.

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


Look for walleyes and bass on Clearwater Lake in 16 to 24 feet and Cedar Lake is giving up walleyes in 16 to 22 feet. The weedlines on Lake Sylvia, Maple Lake, and Sugar Lake are holding sunfish and pike and muskie action has improved on Sugar with bucktails thrown on the weedlines. Duck hunters had a good start to the season with wood ducks, mallards, and geese in most bags.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet and crappies in 15 to 20 feet on Clitherall Lake, West Battle Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and Stalker Lake. Crankbaits are producing walleyes during low-light periods in 5 to 10 feet as are minnows during the day in 20 to 30 feet at Otter Tail, West Battle, and Rush Lake. . Duck hunting has been good, highlighted by a high number of wood ducks in the area.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


You have to weed through small fish, but minnows are producing walleyes in 15 to 22 feet on Lake Plantagenet and Lake Bemidji. Muskie action has slowed, but Wolf Lake is giving up crappies over 22 feet and sunfish in the shallow weeds. Duck hunting has been good with puddle ducks and a few ringnecks in bags and grouse reports have been mixed with all the foliage.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


Hit Blackduck Lake with minnows in 8 to 12 feet for crappies and walleyes. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes at Island Lake in 8 to 12 feet or 20 to 25 feet. You’ll find crappies over 20 to 30 feet on Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Turtle River Lake. Duck and grouse hunting has been very good. 

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Look for walleyes on North Long Lake and Whitefish Lake in 18 to 32 feet; jigs and rainbow minnows are best. A few crappies have been found on Lake Margaret, Round Lake, and North Long over 18 to 20 feet. Sunfish and bass continue to hit on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Gull Lake, Nisswa Lake, Roy Lake, and North Long.

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


Crappies and bluegills are hitting in 8 to 10 feet on Kitchi Lake or in Dick’s Bay and Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake. During the day, a jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 40 to 45 feet on Cass and at night, work the tops of the bars in 5 to 8 feet with crankbaits. Perch are being caught in the 5- to 8-foot sand/weed areas. Duck hunters are shooting good numbers of mallards in the rice.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Crappie action is strong in 10 to 14 feet on lakes such as Chisago, Green, South Center, North Lindstrom, and South Lindstrom. Bass and pike can be had on crankbaits along the weedlines of most lakes and a few walleyes  are being taken on crankbaits at night on Chisago and Green in 8 to 14 feet. The duck opener went well.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Look to Rabbit Lake with a jig and minnow for walleyes in 25 to 30 feet. On the Mississippi River, you’ll find smallmouth on the shorelines and walleyes in most deep holes. Crappies are being suspended over 30 feet on Rabbit, Serpent Lake, and Clearwater Lake, while spoons are turning pike in 3 to 6 feet on lakes Nokay, Upper Mission, and Black Hoof. Duck hunters found more mallards than normal with wood ducks and redheads in bags as well.

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


Minnows or crankbaits have been turning a few walleyes at Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Big Cormorant Lake from 4 feet at night out to 18 feet during the day. Large sucker minnows are producing muskies on Big Detroit in 5 to 15 feet. Duck hunters found a good supply of local mallards, teal, and wood ducks on opening weekend.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleyes are hitting chubs on Island Lake and Whiteface Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Look to Comstock Lake and Wolf Lake for crappies in 12 feet and muskies remain active, hitting sucker minnows on the St. Louis River and Island in 12 to 15 feet. Grouse hunters are finding better success.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Green Lake started producing walleyes on minnows in 14 to 17 feet and Fremont Lake is giving up pike in less than 8 feet. Hunters are finding a strong mix of puddle ducks in the area, highlighted by big numbers of wood ducks.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Walleyes are hitting minnows on Moose Lake and Sucker Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Birch Lake is kicking out walleyes, crappies, and bluegills in 15 to 18 feet and Basswood Lake is producing smallmouth bass in 35 feet. Minnows also are turning walleyes in 20 feet on Lake Shagawa, 16 feet on the White Iron Chain, and the 17- foot reefs on Basswood Lake. Grouse hunting is improving.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


The bridge area on Roosevelt Lake is producing pike in 12 to 15 feet and Ruth Lake is giving up largemouth bass via spinnerbaits in 8 to 12 feet. Grouse hunters are flushing birds although thick cover is making for difficult shots and wood ducks and geese are keeping waterfowl hunters busy.

Redding Sports and Spirits  (218) 763-2191


Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton are producing crappies and sunfish in 6 to 13 feet. Look to Amber Lake for perch and crappies in 6 to 8 feet and walleye action should pick up with the cooler weather. Opening day of the duck season was good with wood ducks and teal in most bags, but it’s been slow since.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Crappies and sunfish continue to hit on Lake Mazaska in 12 feet and Cedar Lake is giving up crappies in 8 to 12 feet. On Cannon Lake, you’ll find walleyes and perch on the rock piles and French Lake is worth hitting for walleyes and crappies in 12 to 18 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 15 feet on Poplar Lake, 6 to 12 feet on Pike Lake, and 15 feet on Crescent Lake. Crawlers are turning rainbow trout in 12 to 18 feet on Trout Lake and 10 to 15 feet on Leo Lake. Grouse hunting has been good for those willing to get off the main trails.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Crappie action is strong on Big Splithand Lake in 13 feet, Bowstring Lake in 15 feet, Lake Pokegama and Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 20 feet, and Round Lake in 20 to 22 feet. Little Cutfoot is producing crappies and sunfish in 20 feet. Spinners and minnows are turning walleyes on the weedlines of Bowstring and Sand Lake. Duck hunters are finding a mixed bag of birds including redheads and ringnecks and grouse reports remain favorable.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


A jig and minnow will produce walleyes at Ten Mile Lake in 18 to 22 feet and Woman Lake in 19 to 25 feet. Opening weekend duck results were mixed, but most groups seem to have some wood ducks, teal, ringnecks, and gadwall in their bags.

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


Crappies are hitting minnows at Side Lake in 12 feet and Big Sturgeon Lake started giving up walleyes on minnows in 12 to 18 feet. Duck hunting reports have been light.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


A jig and minnow is producing sauger, pike, and perch at a variety of depths throughout the day. A few anglers have found crappies suspended over deep water.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Look for sunfish in 5 to 6 feet and crappies in 7 feet on Fish Lake, Ann Lake, and Knife Lake. Duck hunters had a good opener with a lot of wood ducks and a few mallards shot.

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


Perch and bluegills remain active from Rocky Ledge to Gray Barn on Big Stone Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Trolling crankbaits in the Yankee Town area over 12 feet on Big Stone has produced walleyes. Waterfowl hunters found good numbers of teal, wood ducks, mallards, and geese along with some divers in the mix on opening weekend.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes at Big Sand Lake, Lake Itasca, Lake George, and Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 25 feet. Sunfish reports have been favorable in 6 to 12 feet throughout the Crow Wing Chain and you’ll find suspended crappies over deep water on Big Mantrap Lake. The duck opener went well with good numbers of mallards, teal, and wood ducks in the area.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Crappies are suspended over 20 to 25 feet on Cross Lake and Lake Pokegama. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the Snake River and catfish can be had here at night. Work the weedlines of Cross with sucker minnows for pike. Hunters are finding plenty of puddle ducks, and a few bears continue to be shot, most of which have been big. 

Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995


Minnows or plastics are producing crappies in 3 to 5 feet at the Head of the Lakes and most back channel areas. The Head of the Lakes area also is giving up walleyes on rigs and minnows in 10 to 15 feet. Crawlers are working for catfish and sturgeon below the dam in 25 to 40 feet. Duck hunters found plenty of wood ducks and teal on opening weekend.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


A jig and fathead is turning walleyes from the 12-foot weedlines out to 20 feet on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Look to Long Lake, Becker Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Rice for sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. Sucker minnows are producing pike in 10 to 14 feet at Koronis, Pearl Lake, and Grand Lake. Duck hunting has been OK for some groups and poor for others.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Crappies are hitting on the north channel of Lake Osakis over 40 to 50 feet; look for schools of suspended fish. Sunfish also can be had here in 12 to 15 feet and the north end of Sauk Lake is producing crappies over 30 to 50 feet. A few walleyes are hitting minnows at Sauk in 6 to 15 feet. Waterfowl hunters had a “so-so” opener with wood ducks, teal, and geese in most bags.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


The Mississippi River continues to produce plenty of smallmouth bass, as well as muskies and catfish, above the Blanchard Dam. Look for sunfish in 15 to 20 feet on Beauty Lake. A few deer have been registered and waterfowl hunters are shooting geese and decent numbers of puddle ducks.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleyes are hitting crankbaits during low-light periods on Lake Minnewaska in 6 to 8 feet. Anglers fishing from shore on Lake Emily continue to catch walleyes on minnows. The duck opener was “average” based on most accounts, with wood ducks providing the most success.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


The Salsbury Beach area on Green Lake is producing crappies and a few walleyes. Work the weedlines of Willmar/Foot Lake for panfish or the 10- to 15-foot weedline on Diamond Lake for sunfish and an occasional walleye. Duck hunters found good success with wood ducks, teal, mallards, gadwalls, and wigeon in most bags.

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


The snags, sloughs, and boat harbors on the river are holding sunfish and crappies. A few keeping-sized walleyes and sauger are being taken on minnows or crankbaits on the shorelines and current breaks, while pike are hitting spoons or minnows in the shallow backwaters. Duck hunting has been good with wood ducks and mallards being shot.

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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