LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Several big muskies have been caught over the past week via trolling along the breaks on the north end sand. Muskies also are showing up on the rock reefs as water temperatures continue to drop. Smallmouth bass anglers have been out in good numbers and they continue to catch fish on the rocks in less than 10 feet.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes, sauger, and jumbo perch are being caught along the south shore in 15 to 25 feet. Pine Island, Long Point, Zippel Bay and north near Garden Island, Knight/Bridges islands, Northwest Point, both Gaps, Morris Point, and Lighthouse are all kicking out good numbers of fish on minnows and jigs. On the Rainy River, walleyes are being caught anywhere from Four Mile Bay to Birchdale in 15 to 25 feet, and the sturgeon bite remains strong as well. At the Northwest Angle, jigs and minnows are turning walleyes in 12 to 30 feet in the gap between Oak and Flag islands, Soldier Point, and south sides of Oak and Hay islands. On the Ontario side, crappies are being caught off the islands in 30 feet, walleyes are an easy catch in 15 to 30 feet, and numbers of big muskies are being caught via trolling crankbaits.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Walleye action has really improved along the 18- to 24-foot weedlines throughout Lake Minnetonka during the day with minnows and in the channels at night with crankbaits. Muskies are eating sucker minnows in 10 to 15 feet on Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Look for suspended crappies on the deep weedlines of Minnetonka and in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Sarah and Medicine Lake.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
You’ll catch walleyes on a jig and minnow in 30 to 35 feet in Big Bay and most gravel areas throughout the lake. Muskie anglers are catching a few fish, but this bite will improve in shallow water as soon as the whitefish move onto the reefs to spawn. Crappie reports have improved with fish being found suspended over 20 feet, and smallmouth bass reports have been limited.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Fishing pressure has been light with most outdoor enthusiasts now focused on the hunting season. A jig and minnow will be your best option for walleyes, perch, and northern pike on the points and shoreline breaks in 8 to 12 feet.
A jig and minnow started producing walleyes over 50 to 70 feet in Walker Bay during the day. You’ll also catch a few walleyes with jigs on the wind-driven points on certain days. After dark, trolling crankbaits in shallow water off the points and shoreline breaks has produced walleyes. Muskies are scattered with the best reports coming off the rocks on North Bar, Otter Tail Point, and Pelican. Perch remain shallow, but haven’t bit as consistently. Grouse hunting has improved, and although some new ducks moved in, hunters are seeing big numbers at this point.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Anglers are catching walleyes, smallmouth bass, and crappies on minnows along most pieces of structure in 15 to 25 feet. Most grouse hunting reports have been good and participation seems high with most groups flushing and shooting a fair number of birds.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
The majority of people are hunting now and looking towards the upcoming firearms deer season – grouse success has improved over the past week to 10 days. The few boats going out are offering mixed results with walleyes cooperating best after several days of consistent weather.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
The Prescott area of the St. Croix River is producing walleyes in 20 feet and crappies over 12 to 15 feet. Large sucker minnows are turning muskies along the vegetation at White Bear Lake and Lake Phalen or Bald Eagle Lake are kicking out northern pike in 8 to 12 feet and panfish reports have been light.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the Minnesota River, and crappies are hitting over 16 to 18 feet on Lake Waconia. Drifting large sucker minnows on Waconia has produced muskies in 8 to 10 feet as well. Archery hunters are reporting that some rutting activity has started and there has been a few divers moving into the area for duck hunters.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Minnows are working best for walleyes on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida in 40 feet or more and on the Le Homme Dieu Chain in 20 to 25 feet. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits or crankbaits on the 8- to 12-foot weeds and flats of most lakes, but crappie action has slowed. Drift sucker minnows on the breaks and weedlines of Lobster Lake and Miltona for muskies. Some geese are being shot in fields, but duck numbers are poor and pheasant hunting is better to the west of this area.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 12 to 16 feet on Cedar Lake, Sugar Lake, and Clearwater Lake. Northern pike, bass, and panfish are set up on the deeper weedlines of Clearwater, Lake John, Pleasant Lake, Granite Lake, Maple Lake, and Sugar – some crappies are being found suspended over deep water on these lakes as well. Archery hunters are commenting that bucks have become more active, there hasn’t been much for new ducks moving in, and a few roosters are being found.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Muskies are hitting large sucker minnows in 10 to 15 feet on West Battle Lake. Walleyes are being caught with minnows on West Battle in 20 to 25 and Otter Tail Lake in 11 to 15 feet during the day or with crankbaits in shallow water at night. Look for crappies and bluegills in 10 to 15 feet at Rush Lake and Stalker Lake, while bass are hitting plastics on Donald Lake and Fiske Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Work the 10- to 15-foot weedlines at Donald, West Battle, and Fiske for northern pike. A few pheasants are being shot, but duck numbers remain low.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are being caught with a jig and minnow in 10 to 16 feet at Island Lake, Blackduck Lake, and Gull Lake. Crappie reports are favorable at Pimushe Lake and Gilstead Lake over 15 to 22 feet. The leaves are now gone, so grouse hunters are finding more success and waterfowl hunters are shooting more geese than ducks.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Walleyes continue to be caught with minnows in 23 to 40 feet on Whitefish Lake, Gull Lake, and North Long Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on Gull, North Long, and Nisswa Lake, while bigger northern pike are being found mixed with the walleyes and smaller fish are active in shallower water.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Muskies continue to hit large sucker minnows in 6 to 12 feet at Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake. Walleyes are being caught with minnows in 25 to 30 feet at Big Detroit and Upper Cormorant Lake. Panfish are being found in the shallow weeds on most lakes, while bass and northern pike remain an easy catch on area lakes in less than 12 feet. Hunting reports continue to be limited.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Chubs are producing walleyes on Boulder Lake in 10 feet and large sucker minnows continue to turn muskies at Island Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Kamloops are moving closer to the North Shore of Lake Superior, and trolling spoons or stickbaits has produced fish in the top 25 feet of the water column. With the leaves now gone, grouse hunters are finding birds if they’re willing to get off the main trails.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
The Rum River started producing walleyes, as is Green Lake in 14 to 17 feet – jigs and minnows are the way to go. Look for crappies on Blue Lake and Green over 14 feet, while the Mississippi River continues to produce good-sized smallmouth bass. Hunters are shooting more geese than ducks, and pheasant reports have been fair but should continue to improve as the corn comes out.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Crappies and perch are biting early and late each day in 4 to 6 feet at Amber Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Anglers fishing from shore at Tuttle Lake, Amber, Hall, and Budd are catching walleyes during the evening hours. Pheasant reports have been mixed with most groups shooting one to three birds per outing and although there are ducks being shot, not many new birds have moved in.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
A few walleyes continue to be caught with minnows by shore fishermen at Cannon Lake. Roberds Lake is kicking out sunfish and walleyes in 12 to 15 feet, while Fox Lake is giving up northern pike on minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Most of the corn has been harvested so pheasant hunting and field hunting for geese has improved.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Trout Lake and Leo Lake are kicking out rainbow trout on crawlers or minnows in 12 to 16 feet, while Kimball Lake and Mink Lake are giving up rainbows in 8 to 12 feet on copper-colored spoons or crawlers. Grouse hunting has been pretty good now that the leaves are down, but archery kills have been limited.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleye action remains strong with minnows from Winnie to the Jacobson area of the Mississippi River. Minnows also are turning walleyes at Island Lake and Jessie Lake in 12 to 15 feet, while Bowstring Lake is giving up walleyes in 7 feet and crappies over 13 to 20 feet. Crappies also can be had on Sand Lake in 50 to 60 feet, Big Splithand Lake in 20 feet, and Hill Lake in 13 to 25 feet. Muskies have started hitting sucker minnows on Deer Lake, Moose Lake, North Star Lake, and the Blandan Reservoir. Duck hunting has been poor, but most grouse reports have been favorable.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Big Birch Lake continues to produce walleyes in 30 to 40 feet during the day or in 12 to 18 at night. Cedar Lake is kicking out walleyes on minnows at night in 12 to 18 feet, and Swan Lake is worth noting for walleyes, just through the narrows, in 12 to 16 feet. Look for crappies on Swan and Moose Lake in 15 to 20 feet, while Pillsbury Lake and Long Lake by the Hub Supper Club are giving up sunfish in 8 to 12 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Minnows are turning walleyes and smallmouth bass on Woman Lake in 12 to 30 feet. Muskie and panfish reports have been limited, but there hasn’t been many people fishing them. Duck reports have been light and grouse hunters are finding pockets of birds in some areas.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Crappie reports have picked up on Side Lake in 15 feet and Dewey Lake in 12 to 15 feet with minnows and small jigs. Grouse hunting has improved quite a bit now that the leaves are down, but archery hunters aren’t seeing many deer.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Knife Lake continues to produce walleyes on minnows in 6 to 8 feet, while bass and northern pike reports are consistently good off most lakes. Crappies and sunfish are being caught in 4 to 7 feet on Knife, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake. Hunting reports continue to be poor.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Perch action remains strong on Big Stone Lake in 11 to 13 feet with minnows or spikes. Better areas again this week include Mallard Point, Rocky Ledge, and Schmidt’s Landing. Walleye reports off Big Stone have been best on the north end and off the docks and shorelines during low-light periods. Pheasant hunters continue to find roosters in good numbers and waterfowl hunters have seen some new ducks moving into the area.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleye action remains strong on Long Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Potato Lake in 12 to 14 feet with a jig and minnow. Canada goose numbers seem to be building in the area and some new ducks have moved in as well. Grouse hunters are finding birds, but you have to get off the main trails and paths to find more numbers.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RED WING AREA
A variety of live bait and artificial presentations are producing fish on the Mississippi River. Look for walleyes in 6 to 10 feet and saugers in 10 to 15 feet from the Head of the Lakes to the dam – 40 to 50 keepable fish per boat each day has been common. Duck hunters have shot some divers this week and mallard numbers remain decent as well.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Look for walleyes on Horseshoe Lake, Schneider Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Long Lake in 3 to 25 feet – crankbaits and minnows are both working. Crappies are suspended over 12 to 14 feet and sunfish are being caught in 10 to 15 feet on these lakes as well. Rice Lake started producing walleyes on minnows in 14 to 18 feet and Lake Koronis continues to kick out walleyes over 20 to 40 feet. Bass fishing remains strong in shallow water on most lakes, and there seems to be a few new ducks in the area, including a few divers. Standing corn continues to limit pheasant hunters.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Hit the Mississippi River with a jig and minnow for walleyes and smallmouth bass. On Lake Alexander, minnows are turning walleyes in 25 to 28 feet and some crappies in 15 to 18 feet. Hit Alexander and Lake Shamineau with large sucker minnows for muskies. Hunting reports have been limited, although archery hunters are seeing bucks become more active during daylight hours.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Crankbaits continue to produce walleyes after dark on Lake Minnewaska in 6 to 8 feet. During the day, minnows are turning walleyes on the points in 14 feet or in 20 to 24 feet. Anglers fishing from shore and from boats are catching walleyes on Lake Emily with minnows or crankbaits. Waterfowl hunting remains poor, but pheasant hunters are seeing more roosters with the corn coming out.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
This end of Lake Vermilion continues to produce walleyes as shallow as 4 feet and as deep as 20 to 30 feet. Panfish action has been slow, and grouse hunters are finding a lot of birds and those they do encounter are jumpy and flushing early.
Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-1629
Most of the good fishing in this area is now taking place from shore. Minnows are turning walleyes on Dead Coon Lake, and Lake Sarah is giving up perch and walleyes. On Lake Shaokotan, northern pike are biting during the day, as are walleyes at night. Pheasant hunting has been OK in the immediate area, but better towards Marshall where more corn has been harvested.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880