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Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report - October 9th, 2015


Fishing reports have been limited, mainly due to a lack of anglers. Muskies and pike should be hitting on the weedlines in most bays or on the shallow rock reefs. Look for smallmouth bass scattered between the reefs and areas with large boulders.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811


Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430



Jigs or spinners and minnows are producing walleyes near Pine Island, Graceton Beach, Zippel Bay, Lemm’s Reef, and Archie’s Reef in 20 to 26 feet. Fish are hitting at Knight, Garden, and Bridges islands in 25 to 31 feet and there is evening action in shallower water in the gaps, at Zippel Rock, and Long Point. On the Rainy River, walleyes are chasing shiners in 16 to 18 feet around Wheeler’s Point, Wabanica Bay, and Baudette Airport. Sturgeon continue to hit in the deep holes. At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 15 to 26 feet near Little Oak, Soldier’s Point, and Northwest Point. On the Ontario side, Johnson’s Passage has been best for walleyes, jerkbaits are turning muskies in 12 to 16 feet, and crappies are hitting near Falcon Island.

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


A few walleyes are being caught on minnows during the evening on the weedlines of Lake Independence and Lake Minnetonka. Minnetonka also is giving up pike on spinners and suckers in 12 to 15 feet, crappies over 15 to 18 feet, and bass in the 8- foot weeds.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Jigs and minnow combinations are turning walleyes during the day in 20 to 25 feet, while slip bobbers and minnows are working best in the evenings on the 12- to 15-foot rocks. Muskie action remains consistent on the rock points, rock reefs, and rock piles in 8 to 12 feet. The mouths of the bays on the west end are holding crappies in 12 to 18 feet and smallmouth fishing has been excellent on the shoreline rocks. Grouse hunting has improved with the leaves dropping. A lot of young birds are being seen.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Most main-lake points are holding walleyes in 10 to 12 feet. Work the wind-driven points with a jig and minnow throughout the day. Pike are being taken on spoons or crankbaits in 10 to 14 feet and perch can be had on the points and shallow rock piles. Duck hunters have found less success than the first week and grouse are being flushed although foliage remains thick.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                    www.lakewinnie.net


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 4 to 8 feet or 10 to 12 feet on the south end of Goose Island, Star Island, the Hardwoods, and GrandVu Flats. Trolling crankbaits at night off Pine Point and Sand Point also has produced walleyes in 9 to 11 feet. Perch anglers are finding numbers and sorting through small fish in the Narrows and Sand Point area, while muskies are most active along the bulrushes and rock piles. Ringnecks, teal, and mallards are being shot by duck hunters in good numbers.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250


Fishing pressure has been pretty limited with a few anglers catching walleyes in the Reinier area and on the Rainy River with jigs and minnows. Find wild rice and you’ll find pockets of mallards and ringnecks and grouse hunting is improving with less cover providing better shots.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Minnows and jigs continue to work best for walleyes in 5 to 10 feet of water, but fishing pressure remains light. Grouse hunters are finding more success as the cover thins and local duck numbers remain strong, but there hasn’t been much for new ducks moving through.

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 9th, 2015


Minnows are turning walleyes at Lake Miltona in 30 to 50 feet during the day or on the flats in 20 to 30 feet during the evening. A jig and minnow also will produce walleyes at Lake Andrew in 20 feet, Chippewa Lake in 10 to 17 feet, and along the weedlines of lakes Darling, Geneva, and Le Homme Dieu. Muskie anglers are reporting plenty of follows and a few hookups on Miltona in 15 feet. There seems to be more geese than ducks in the area this week.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255


Walleyes continue to be caught on minnows in 15 to 22 feet at Cedar Lake and Clearwater Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet or along the 14-foot weedlines of Sugar Lake, Lake Sylvia, Granite Lake, and Clearwater. Sunfish and pike are on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Maple Lake, Cedar, and Sylvia. With the duck season closed this week in this zone, hunting reports have been limited.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Minnows and crankbaits are producing walleyes in 5 to 10 feet or 20 to 30 feet on Rush Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and West Battle Lake. Look shallow during low-light periods. Sunfish and crappies are hanging in 15 to 20 feet on West Battle, Stalker Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Bass and pike continue to hit on the weedlines of most lakes and large sucker minnows are producing muskies in 15 to 20 feet on West Battle. Hunters found a mix of puddle ducks and a few divers in this area last weekend.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Limits of walleyes are being taken with minnows on Lake Bemidji in 15 to 23 feet. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines on Big Turtle Lake are producing sunfish and pike, while Three Island Lake is giving up crappies in 8 to 11 feet. Muskies continue to chase surface baits on Lake Plantagenet and Little Wolf Lake. Grouse and duck hunters both seem satisfied with the birds they’re seeing.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 8 to 10 feet or 15 to 22 feet on Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Gull Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 25 feet on Gilstead Lake, Medicine Lake, and Turtle River Lake. Hunters are shooting a fine mixed bag of ducks and grouse are quite abundant as well.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Lindy rigs and minnows are producing walleyes in 15 to 18 feet or 32 to 38 feet on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Round Lake. Sunfish action has picked up in the 5- to 12-foot weeds at North Long, Round, Lake Margaret, and Cullen Lake. Remaining weeds on most lakes are holding bass and pike.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League

(218) 829-7010


If it’s windy, work the 9- to 14-foot weedlines in Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake and if it’s calm, get off the weeds in 20 to 30 feet. You’ll find pike on the weed edges and perch in the 6-foot sand/weed areas of Cass. Hit the 8-foot weeds in Dick’s Bay and Allen’s Bay for bluegills. Waterfowl hunters are shooting puddle ducks and some divers. Grouse numbers have been better than expected.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              



Muskies are hitting large sucker minnows in 10 to 15 feet at Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake. Walleye action has been best in the evenings with minnows in 15 to 19 feet at lakes Sallie, Melissa, Big Detroit, and Pelican.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 12 feet at Island Lake, Whiteface Lake, and Fish Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 15 feet on Wolf Lake, Comstock Lake, St. Louis River, and Fish. Muskies are taking large sucker minnows in 8 to 10 feet on Island and the St. Louis River. Cover remains abundant, but good numbers of grouse are being shot and a couple more bears were brought in this week.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


A few walleyes are being caught with minnows in the deep holes of the Rum River and in 14 to 17 feet on Green Lake. Hit Blue Lake and Green for sunfish in 7 to 10 feet and crappies in 10 to 14 feet, while Fremont Lake continues to produce pike in 5 to 8 feet. Duck and goose numbers continue to look good.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985


Hit Amber Lake for perch and crappies in 4 to 8 feet or the docks of Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton with plastics for bass. Crankbaits or minnows will turn walleyes in 6 to 13 feet at Hall Lake, Budd, and Sissiton. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Walleyes and perch are being caught on minnows at Cannon Lake in 5 to 7 feet. Hit Lake Mazaska in 6 to 8 feet for pike and crappies or French Lake with minnows for walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot rocks. The 10- to 12-foot weedline on Cedar Lake is giving up crappies and a few walleyes on minnows. 

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleyes are taking minnows in 15 feet at Poplar Lake and in 12 to 15 feet on Pike Lake and East Twin Lake. Crawlers will produce splake in 12 to 18 feet on Mink Lake, rainbow trout in 12 to 15 feet on Leo Lake, and brook trout in 10 feet at Carrot Lake. Grouse hunters are still finding a lot of foliage, but flushing birds.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Lakes Pokegama, Little Cutfoot, and Big Splithand are producing crappies and sunfish in 20 to 30 feet. You’ll find suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on Sand Lake and Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake or in 13 to 15 feet on Bowstring Lake. Walleyes can be had with a jig and minnow from the shorelines out to 14 feet on Lake Wabana, Sugar Lake, Pokegama, and Big Splithand. The area seems to have lost some local ducks, but birds are being shot and grouse hunting is improving as the cover comes down.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Hit Woman Lake in 18 to 25 feet or Ten Mile Lake in 18 to 20 feet with minnows for walleyes during the day. Some fish are being taken on crankbaits in less than 12 feet of water at night. Muskie reports have been limited, but the weedlines of Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, and Webb Lake are giving up crappies. Duck and grouse hunters continue to have success finding birds and there have been a few divers in the mix as well.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176


A jig and minnow or crankbaits are producing walleyes in 4 to 8 feet on Lake Washington, while Lake Hanska is giving up perch, crappies, and a few walleyes in 6 feet. Hit the deep holes on the Blue Earth and Minnesota rivers for walleyes and catfish. Duck-hunting success has been down since opening weekend.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 15 to 17 feet on Big Sandy Lake and Aitkin Lake. Look for crappies in 12 to 15 feet on Round Lake, Lake Minnewawa, Big Sandy, and Aitkin. Pike reports have been best at the mouth of the Prairie River on Big Sandy. Grouse and duck reports remain mostly favorable.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits

(218) 426-3382


You’ll find sunfish in 6 feet and crappies in 7 feet on Ann Lake, Mud Lake, and Fish Lake. Grouse hunters are seeing plenty of birds and local duck numbers remain abundant compared to last year.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151


Crankbaits continue to produce walleyes in 11 to 13 feet in the Yankee Town area of Big Stone Lake. Perch are being caught on minnows or spikes in 10 to 12 feet in the Rocky Ledge area of Big Stone as well. Hunting reports were limited over the past week.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 25 to 30 feet on Big Sand Lake and 18 to 21 feet on Fish Hook Lake. Minnows also are turning pike in 8 to 12 feet on Big Mantrap Lake and Fish Hook, while waxworms are producing sunfish on the Crow Wing Chain in 5 to 10 feet. Duck and goose hunting continues to be good and it’s still pretty green in the woods for grouse hunters.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099


Walleye action has been best in 10 to 15 feet with a jig and minnow at the Head of the Lakes. Crappies are being found in the back channels in 1 to 4 feet, look to the docks and bays for bluegills, while catfish and sturgeon remain active below the dam.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334



A few sunfish are biting in 4 to 8 feet on Schneider Lake, Becker Lake, and Rice Lake. Minnows are producing pike in 6 to 10 feet on Grand Lake, Lake Koronis, and Horseshoe Lake. Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish off Koronis and Rice in 18 to 20 feet.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Crappies continue to hit on the north end of Lake Osakis in 18 to 45 feet, at Sauk Lake in the Highway 71 Bridge area over 6 to 10 feet, and Long Bridge Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Look for walleyes on the flats west of Diamond Point on Sauk, at Osakis in 18 to 28 feet, and Big Birch Lake in 30 to 45 feet; rainbow minnows have worked best on all three lakes. Sucker minnows are producing pike on Westport Lake and hunting reports have been limited.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Look for suspended crappies on the deep weedlines of Beauty Lake and Fish Trap Lake and smallmouth bass continue to be caught on the Mississippi River. Hunters continue to see plenty of ducks and archery hunters are starting to see more deer movement.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleyes can be had with a jig and minnow during the day on the 8- to 14-foot points and breaks on Lake Minnewaska. Crankbaits also are working here in the evenings over 6 to 8 feet. Anglers fishing from shore on the west side of Lake Emily or out in 12 feet on Long Lake also are catching walleyes on minnows. Waterfowl hunters are reporting more geese than ducks in the area.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239


Minnows are producing walleyes on the Tower end of Lake Vermilion along the 5- to 35-foot structure; generally, look shallower during low-light periods. Hunters with dogs are finding grouse, but there’s still a lot of cover in the woods.

Lucky Seven General Store

(218) 741-3617


Hit Green Lake for a few walleyes in 25 to 30 feet or for panfish in 12 to 15 feet. Look to the Farm Bar in 15 to 20 feet on Eagle Lake for walleyes and to Diamond Lake for walleyes and some sunfish in 10 to 15 feet. Bowhunters are noticing more deer movement and the best duck numbers seem to be piled up in the southern end of Kandiyohi County.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 

(320) 235-4097


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