Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

LAKE MINNETONKA

Muskie action has been incredible in 14 feet with sucker minnows under a float producing the biggest fish. Walleye reports also have improved during the evening hours. Minnows fished in and around the channels or on the deep side of the green, standing weeds in 18 to 24 feet are producing. Look for crappies in the channels or the mouth of the channels during the evening hours.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

NORTHEAST METRO

Muskies are being caught on 12-inch sucker minnows along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines on White Bear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes in 15 to 25 feet on the St. Croix River. Duck hunting has been best in any of the backwater areas of the Mississippi River, and there are some divers in the mix.   
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Lake Waconia continues to give up a few walleyes on minnows in 18 to 22 feet. Northern pike also remain active, hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Steiger Lake and Lake Zumbra. Pheasant and duck hunting reports have been light, but archery hunters are reporting that bucks have become more active.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

CHISAGO AREA

On Green Lake, walleye action has been best in the channel at night or off Lindberg’s Point in 10 to 20 feet with minnows. Crappies are being caught in 14 to 16 feet at South Lindstrom Lake and North Lindstrom Lake. Work the weed edges with sucker minnows for northern pike on North Center and South Center lakes. Hunting reports have been poor with corn limiting pheasant success and little movement with ducks.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Crappies and walleyes are being found on rock structure in 22 to 28 feet on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake or on the deeper breaks of the Mississippi River. The weeds on Nokay Lake are giving up sunfish and bucktails are producing northern pike on the Sagamore Pit and Huntington Pit. Grouse reports continue to improve with the leaves coming down, while the area rivers are holding wood ducks, mallards, and teal.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912

EAST CENTRAL MN

Crappies are scattered between 8 and 20 feet on Blue Lake and Green Lake. Look to Little Elk Lake with sucker minnows or crankbaits for northern pike in 7 to 12 feet. Smallmouth bass and walleye reports are favorable off the Mississippi River and Rum River. Waterfowl hunters are seeing more geese than ducks.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
(763) 856-3985

MONTICELLO AREA

Look to Lake Ida for crappies over 30 feet, sunfish in 20 feet, and northern pike or bass along the shorelines. On the Mississippi River, smallmouth bass and walleyes are being caught on medium-sized sucker minnows – boat- and shore-fishing options both exist here. Waterfowl hunters are reporting very few ducks, while the majority of geese in the area are using spots to feed in town that aren’t huntable.
Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187

 

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North West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida in 50 to 60 feet of water during the day or in the evenings in 18 to 20 feet.  Walleyes also can be had on Chippewa Lake, Lake Darling, Lake Geneva, and Lake Le Homme Dieu during the evenings in 10 to 15 feet. Bass continue to hit crankbaits in the shallow weeds of most lakes and big sucker minnows are producing muskies on Miltona and Lobster Lake. Waterfowl hunters are shooting geese and a few divers, but pheasant reports are poor.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       (320) 763-3255

BATTLE LAKE

Walleyes are hitting minnows and jigs at Otter Tail Lake in 8 to 10 feet or 60 feet and West Battle Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Look for sunfish in 15 feet at Blanche Lake, Fiske Lake, West Battle, and Bass Lake by Underwood. Bass are being found in 10 to 15 feet with spinnerbaits on South Turtle Lake and West Battle, while northern pike are hitting minnows along the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Fiske, Donald Lake, South Turtle, and Silver Lake. Suckers also are producing muskies over 20 to 22 feet on West Battle. Duck hunters report there hasn’t been much for new birds moving in.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BLACKDUCK AREA

Look to Island Lake in 8 to 10 feet or 20 to 22 feet and Blackduck Lake in 6 to 10 feet with jigs and minnows for walleyes. Gilstead Lake and Turtle River Lake are giving up crappies over 20 to 40 feet and Blackduck is worth noting for bluegills in 18 to 20 feet. With the recent stretch of nice weather, grouse hunting has been more productive than duck hunting.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636

DETROIT LAKES

Large sucker minnows are producing muskies on top of the 12-foot weeds on Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake. Minnows also are the ticket for walleyes in 15 to 25 feet on Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Big Cormorant Lake. Crappie and sunfish action has slowed, as have most hunting reports.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes continue to hit minnows during low-light periods on Fish Hook Lake in 20 to 22 feet and Long Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Muskie anglers are drifting sucker minnows in shallow water on Big Mantrap Lake and doing well. Waterfowl hunters continue to find more geese than ducks and grouse hunting has been good.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Trolling crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet continues to produce walleyes at night on Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake, while panfish, bass, and northern pike action has been nonexistent. Archery hunters have noticed that bucks are starting to chase does and duck hunters are finding a mixed bag of puddle and diving ducks in the area, but no huge numbers of either.  
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

 

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North East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

DULUTH AREA

Grouse hunting has been good with most hunters finding nice pockets of birds and plenty of young birds in the mix just north of the Duluth area. Walleyes are hitting chubs in 15 feet during the day and 6 feet in the evenings at Island Lake. On Boulder Lake, chubs also are turning walleyes in 10 feet. Look to the St. Louis River and Island with large sucker minnows for muskies.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

A jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes above and below the dams on the Mississippi River or along the weedlines of Lake Pokegama and Lake Wabana. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 25 feet of water on lakes Sand, Rice, Big Splithand, Little Splithand, Big Cutfoot, and Little Cutfoot. The sucker minnow bite has kicked in for muskie anglers at North Star Lake, Deer Lake, and Moose Lake. Ruffed grouse reports have been good north and east of the area, and there hasn’t been much movement in terms of new ducks.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

LAKE KABETOGAMA

A jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes, perch, and sauger on the 28- to 32-foot reefs and shoreline-structure areas. Crappie and northern pike anglers are finding a few active fish, but no big numbers at this point. The leaves are down, so ruffed grouse hunters are finding more success.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
www.gatewaygeneral.com

MORA AREA

Crappies are hitting minnows or tube jigs in the narrows on Ann Lake or in 6 feet of water at Fish Lake and Knife Lake. A few mallards remain in the area, but duck numbers have dwindled over the past week to 10 days.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop
(320) 679-2151

VIRGINIA AREA

Fishing reports have been pretty limited, but grouse hunting has improved with the foliage coming down from the trees. Hunters aren’t seeing big bunches of birds, but they are shooting more grouse than earlier in the year. Waterfowl hunters continue to shoot mainly local puddle ducks and Canada geese.
Lucky Seven General Store                 (218) 741-3617

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North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

North Central Minnesota Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

LAKE MILLE LACS

East - Walleyes are being caught during the day with live bait on the 16- to 20-foot rocks and in the early evening hours with crankbaits on the reefs in 6 to 8 feet. Perch reports have been better with fish being found in the bays in 12 to 18 feet or on the reefs in 8 to 12 feet. Tullibees should start moving onto the reefs as soon as water temperatures drop a few more degrees and that’s where you’ll find muskies as well. Fan-cast the reefs with crankbaits for smallmouth bass and troll suckers on the weed edges in any bay for northern pike.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
    www.johnsonsportside.com

West - The majority of walleyes are being caught at night with crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet or on the mud flats with slip bobbers and rainbow minnows in 28 to 30 feet. Muskie, northern pike, and smallmouth bass anglers have been scarce.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
    www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Anchor and pitch a jig and frozen shiner for walleyes and sauger just outside the Lighthouse Gap and Morris Point Gap, in front of Zippel Bay and Long Point in 18 to 24 feet. Pike are active in most bays. On the Rainy River, walleyes are hitting from the mouth of the river all the way up to Birchdale in 14 to 20 feet. At the Northwest Angle, jigging with frozen shiners has produced walleyes in 18 to 24 feet. On the Ontario side, walleyes and crappies are hitting around Falcon Island and muskies are being caught on the rock points and reefs.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH
www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes continue to be found on sharp breaks adjacent to deep water in 29 to 32 feet – jigs or Lindy rigs with large minnows are working best. Look for suspended crappies over 40 feet and muskies seem to be transitioning from their summer to fall spots with spoons and crankbaits producing a few fish.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

There hasn’t been much fishing pressure this week, but look for walleyes off the points in less than 10 feet. Northern pike continue to hit crankbaits in 13 to 16 feet and perch are being found in the 7- to 9-foot weeds.  
Lake Winnie Resort Association                        

LEECH LAKE

Walleyes are being caught on minnows and jigs during the day in 4 to 8 feet off Second Duck Point and in Sucker Bay. At night, trolling crankbaits off the points and shoreline breaks in 6 to 10 feet has produced walleyes. Perch action has been slow, at least for bigger fish. Duck hunters are finding a mixed bag of birds with ringnecks, redheads, canvasbacks, and a few mallards being shot. Grouse hunting has been better north of the area.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

The morning hours have been productive on the Rainy River for walleyes with a jig and minnow. The main-lake reefs and points also are producing walleyes via minnows in 15 feet during the day. Crappies remain active at the mouth of the Rat Root River in 13 to 15 feet. Duck hunters are shooting a few more divers, but there hasn’t been a push of new birds moving in and grouse hunters are finding pockets of birds, so some groups are doing well and others have struggled.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

The walleye bite remains solid when the wind allows people to get on the lake. A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes along most shorelines in 5 to 9 feet. Duck hunters are having “average” success and grouse are being found off the walking trails and forest roads.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Lindy rigs and rainbow minnows are turning walleyes in 16 to 18 feet or 35 to 45 feet on Gull Lake and on North Long Lake in 38 to 43 feet. Look for crappies over 20 to 28 feet on North Long and Round Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow at the river mouths of Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake, Lake Andrusia, and Wolf Lake. Crappie and bluegill action is strong on 6- to 8-foot weedlines in Allen’s Bay. Grouse hunting reports have been limited and duck hunters are shooting a few divers.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831                  sunsetcove-resort.com

EMILY AREA

Crappies are hitting minnows in 15 to 18 feet at Lawrence Lake and Ruth Lake is giving up largemouth bass on spinnerbaits in 10 feet. Grouse hunting reports continue to be favorable, while geese, mallards, and wood ducks are keeping waterfowl hunters busy.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GREY EAGLE AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes on Cedar Lake in 25 feet, and on Mound Lake, and Two Rivers Lake in less than 10 feet. Look to Swan Lake in 15 to 18 feet and Two Rivers in 6 to 8 feet for panfish. Small-game hunters have been shooting squirrels, pheasants are nonexistent, and there hasn’t been much for new ducks moving through the area.  
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA

Look for suspended crappies over 14 to 22 feet of water on Birch Lake, Webb Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow combination in 16 to 24 feet of water on Woman Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Pine Mountain Lake. Sucker minnows or big rubber baits are turning muskies in 10 to 15 feet on Baby Lake. There’s been a lot of grouse hunters out of late and most are finding birds, but duck hunting has become stagnant with few new birds moving in.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Fatheads continue to produce a few walleyes on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis in 16 to 20 feet and on Horseshoe Lake in 6 to 12 feet. Crappies continue to be fund suspended over 16 to 22 feet on Rice, Long Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Look to Grand Lake and Pearl Lake for bass and northern pike in 10 to 14 feet. Duck and pheasant hunting has been poor.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Crappies continue to be found suspended about 25 feet down over 40 feet of water on the north end of  Lake Osakis and over 20 to 30 feet on the north end of Sauk Lake. Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows on Big Birch Lake in 30 to 42 feet and Osakis in 25 to 30 feet. Duck and pheasant reports are light and hunter participation is minimal.  
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Smallmouth bass and walleyes continue to hit minnows on the Mississippi River. You’ll find crappies above and below the Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi and Lake Alexander is giving up a few walleyes as well. Muskies have started hitting large sucker minnows at Lake Shamineau and Lake Alexander. Hunting action has been pretty limited.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WARROAD AREA

There hasn’t been as many people fishing this week, but those that are going are catching walleyes in the Blinker area at the mouth of the Warroad River in 18 to 21 feet. Waterfowl hunters are finding good numbers of mallards and Canada geese, while most grouse-hunting reports remain consistently good.
Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200

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South East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southeast Minnesota Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

FARIBAULT AREA

Perch and walleyes continue to bite on Cannon Lake along the shorelines in 3 to 5 feet. Look to Cedar Lake for suspended crappies and sunfish in 20 to 30 feet. With no new ducks moving in, hunting has been slow.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

RED WING AREA

Pitching jigs tipped with minnows or plastics along the shorelines out to 10 feet has produced walleyes and sauger below the dam on the Mississippi River. Crappie action also has picked up over 15 feet in the backwater areas. Waterfowl hunters continue to shoot geese and wood ducks with no new ducks moving in. The youth deer hunt went well last weekend in Permit Area 341 – a lot of first-time hunters shot deer.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

Crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 18 feet on Lake Zumbro and the West Newton area of the Mississippi River is giving up panfish, bass, pike, and walleyes. On Foster Arend Pond, minnows and Power Bait are turning rainbow trout in 10 to 12 feet, while Chesterwoods Pond is producing sunfish and crappies in 5 to 10 feet. Hunting reports have been slow.
Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982

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South West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - October 24th, 2014

FAIRMONT AREA

Panfish remain active in 4 to 6 feet of water on Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton. Walleyes are hitting minnows or crankbaits during the evening hours in 6 to 8 feet on Hall Lake, Budd, and Sissiton and the Blue Earth River continues to produce walleyes on jigs tipped with plastics or minnows. Duck hunting action has really dropped off with no new birds being pushed into the area.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Walleyes have started hitting minnows in 12 feet at German Lake and off Second Point on Lake Washington. The Grassy Island area of Washington is giving up sunfish as well. The deeper holes on the Minnesota, Blue Earth, and Le Sueur rivers also are worth hitting for walleyes. Pheasant and duck hunting reports continue to be poor.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch are hitting minnows from the Grapevine to Hartford Beach on Big Stone Lake in 11 to 13 feet. On the Mustinka River, walleyes and crappies are being caught on minnows. Anglers fishing from shore on Botker’s Slough are catching walleyes and crappies and nice crappies at Artichoke Lake. A few more pheasants are being shot, but a lot of corn remains and waterfowl hunters are finding more divers and geese in the mix.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows in 14 to 16 feet on the points and beach areas of Lake Minnewaska or in 16 feet on Lake Reno. The nice weather has prevented any new ducks from moving in so waterfowl hunting has been slow. A few more pheasants were shot this week, but no big numbers are being flushed.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 6 to 10 feet on Lake Tetonka and Lake Sakatah. Fathead minnows continue to produce a few walleyes on Tetonka in 13 to 15 feet. Hunting action has been slow as most local ducks have been shot up or moved out.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
www.axelstacklebox.blogspot.com

WILLMAR AREA

On Green Lake, walleyes are hitting minnows in 27 to 35 feet and crappies are being found suspended over deep water on the southwest corner of the lake. The Farm Bar on the west side and the flat on the south end of Eagle Lake also are giving up a few walleyes. Look to the shorelines of Ringo Lake, Norway Lake, and Willmar/Foot Lake for panfish. Duck hunting has been poor, but some hunters are finding pockets of pheasants.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports
(320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Walleyes are being caught on minnows or crankbaits in 5 to 8 feet on Lake Shetak. Look to East Twin Lake with minnows for perch and walleyes in 9 to 11 feet. Pheasant hunting has improved with most groups reporting that they’re seeing more birds now that the corn has started to be harvested. Archery hunters have noticed more rutting activity with bucks this week.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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