Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - October 31st, 2014

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Walleyes are being caught with minnows on the rocks along the west side and off the weed edges on the east side of Lake Minnetonka. Lake Independence also is giving up walleyes in 14 to 16 feet. Drifting sucker minnows on the 14-foot weed flats of Minnetonka continues to trigger muskies. Look for suspended crappies over 30 feet and sunfish scattered along the weedlines of Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

NORTHEAST METRO

Fatheads are producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on Green Lake, as is leadcore and crankbaits in the Bayport area of the St. Croix River. Large sucker minnows are turning northern pike and muskies along the 12- to 16-foot weed edges of Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on Big Marine Lake and hunting reports have been limited. 

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Fatheads are the ticket for walleyes in the deeper holes of the Minnesota River and on the reefs of Lake Waconia in 7 to 9 feet. Large sucker minnows or crankbaits are producing muskies on Waconia in 12 to 14 feet. Hunting reports are limited, although archery hunters are seeing bucks becoming more active.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

ANNANDALE AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows in 16 to 25 feet on Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake. Look for suspended crappies over deep water on Clearwater. Duck hunters are finding a few divers on the bigger bodies of water.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

CHISAGO AREA

Crappies and sunfish are in shallow water in the channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake. Jigs and minnows are producing walleyes above the Taylor’s Falls Dam on the St. Croix River and on the 8-foot humps at South Lindstrom. Archery hunters are seeing more rubs and scrapes this week and duck hunters continue to shoot redheads, ringnecks, and mallards that have remained in the area. Pheasant reports are limited.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

EAST CENTRAL MN

Walleyes are in the deeper holes of the Rum River and smallmouth bass remain active on the Mississippi River. Panfish action has been limited to a few crappies off Blue Lake and Green Lake in 10 to 20 feet. Hunters are finding more geese than ducks in the area.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

MONTICELLO AREA

Northern pike and largemouth bass are being taken with minnows on Lake Ida in 10 feet. Hit Limestone Lake with fathead minnows for walleyes in 25 to 34 feet. Minnows also are turning walleyes and smallmouth bass on the Mississippi River. Hunting reports have been limited, although field hunting for geese has improved.

Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187

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North West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - October 31st, 2014

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes in deep water, 50 to 60 feet, on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. There’s also some evening walleye action with minnows in 16 to 18 feet at Oscar Lake, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, and Lake Geneva. Bass are hitting crankbaits on the weedlines of most lakes, crappies can be found suspended over 18 to 20 feet throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain, and muskies continue to hit sucker minnows on Lobster Lake and Miltona. Duck hunters are shooting some divers, and hunting should improve with the cool weather moving in. Pheasant reports remain poor. 

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

BATTLE LAKE

Crappies are suspended over 18 to 20 feet on Rush Lake, Fiske Lake, and Dead Lake. Minnows are producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet or 35 to 40 feet on Otter Tail Lake, while spinnerbaits are turning bass in 8 to 12 feet on South Turtle Lake and Fiske. Muskie action is best with large sucker minnows over 18 to 22 feet on West Battle Lake and lakes such as North Turtle, Donald, and Otter Tail are producing northern pike in 12 to 16 feet. Hunting reports have been limited as hunters wait for new ducks to move through.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596 

DETROIT LAKES

Crappies are suspended over deep water at Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, Big Detroit Lake, and Toad Lake. Minnows are turning trophy-caliber walleyes in 15 to 25 feet on Big Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit, and Melissa. Muskies are hitting large sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Big Detroit and Pelican Lake. The change in weather this week should push new ducks into the area.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows on Long Lake and at the mouth of the rivers on Fish Hook Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 10 to 12 feet and muskies in 6 feet on Big Mantrap Lake. Grouse hunting continues to be favorable, better numbers of ducks are coming through, and goose numbers remain high.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

During the day, jigs and minnows are triggering walleyes in 30 to 40 feet on Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake or in 40 to 80 feet on Rush Lake. At night, crankbaits are producing walleyes on all three lakes in 6 to 10 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over deep water on Marion Lake. A few divers remain in the area and the change in weather this week should push more birds around. Bowhunters are reporting bucks to be more active this week.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

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North East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - October 31st, 2014

DULUTH AREA

Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 5 to 7 feet at Island Lake, Rice Lake, and Boulder Lake. A few crappies are being caught at Fish Lake and Island in 12 feet, while muskie anglers are catching fish on large sucker minnows at Island and the St. Louis River. The leaves are down, grouse have spread out, and hunting continues to be very good for them. Archery kills are down from last year. 

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

GRAND MARAIS AREA

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on Devil Track Lake in 14 to 18 feet and Lake Saganaga in 20 to 25 feet. Grouse hunting has slowed with most hunters seeing fewer birds despite the leaves being down. 

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

Grouse reports have been spotty with some groups finding pockets of birds and others struggling to flush any. There has been a noticeable improvement with deer movement this week, especially with bucks.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

LAKE KABETOGAMA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes, sauger, and jumbo perch in 25 to 35 feet. Bird hunters are seeing grouse and some woodcock and with the foliage now mostly down, hunting should only get better. 

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MORA AREA

Crappies and a few walleyes are being taken with minnows in 8 to 10 feet on Ann Lake, Fish Lake, and Knife Lake. A few more ducks, including some divers, have shown up and goose numbers remain decent.

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

VIRGINIA AREA

There hasn’t been anything to report on the fishing front, but grouse hunting has been good by most accounts. The birds seem to be breaking up and providing better shooting opportunities in more areas, rather than just in pockets.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617

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North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

North Central Minnesota Fishing Report - October 31st, 2014

LAKE MILLE LACS 

East - Look for perch and pike in the bays to hit minnows in less than 12 feet. Trolling crankbaits during the evening has produced a few walleyes on the shallow rocks. Muskie anglers should look to the reefs as the water cools and tullibees start to move onto them. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West - Rainbow minnows continue to produce walleyes during the day on the mud flats in 25 to 30 feet or on the shoreline breaks in 12 to 18 feet. The evening crankbait bite has been limited and muskie anglers have been limited in numbers. Look for smallmouth bass on the middepth rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleye reports have been good at the Lighthouse Gap and Morris Gap, the rock by Zippel Bay, Garden Island, and Hay Island in 18 to 22 feet. Pike are active in Zippel Bay, Bostic Creek, and in front of Rocky Point. Limits of walleyes and sauger are being caught on the Rainy River from International Bridge toward Lighthouse Gap, in front of the airport, and Wabanica Creek in 16 to 18 feet. At the Northwest Angle, muskie anglers are having success casting and trolling.

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

LAKE VERMILION

Jigs and minnows are turning walleyes on the 29- to 32-foot breaks with some fish being found shallower during the evening hours. Muskies are feeding in their traditional fall spots and crappies are being found suspended over deep holes.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Northern pike are being caught on minnows or crankbaits in 13 to 16 feet and perch continue to be found in 7 to 10 feet. Walleyes have bit best off the points and shoreline breaks in 8 to 10 feet, but overall fishing pressure has been light.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Look for perch in 7 to 10 feet to hit minnows in the Narrows and Sand Point area. Walleyes also can be had with minnows and jigs in 3 to 8 feet along the wind-driven shorelines and points. Muskie action has picked up on main-lake rocks and points. Duck hunters are shooting ringnecks, redheads, canvasbacks, and a few bluebills, but there hasn’t been much duck movement the past week.  

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Minnows are producing walleyes on the main-lake reefs and shoreline breaks in 15 to 20 feet. Walleye action is strong on the Rainy River with jigs and minnows in 16 to 22 feet. Hit the mouth of the Rat Root River for crappies in less than 15 feet. Hunting reports have been limited as most people have begun preparing for the firearms deer season.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

If the wind isn’t blowing, walleyes are still hitting a jig and minnow in 5 to 8 feet along most shorelines. Hunters are finding pockets of grouse along the trails deeper in the woods and duck hunters are reporting just fair numbers of birds in the area. 

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

BLACKDUCK AREA

Grouse hunting reports have been very good over the past week and it sounds as if most groups of young birds have started to break up. Duck hunters are seeing a few bufflehead moving through, but no big numbers of other divers. Jigs and minnows are triggering walleyes in 6 to 10 feet on Blackduck Lake or 10 to 18 feet on Island Lake. Look for crappies over 20 to 30 feet on Gilstead Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Hit the north end of Gull Lake for walleyes in 30 to 45 feet and Wilson Bay on Gull for suspended crappies over 24 to 28 feet. Merrifield Bay on North Long Lake is giving up walleyes via minnows in 24 to 30 feet and northern pike seem to be mixed with walleyes on both lakes. Anglers also are finding suspended crappies over 20 to 25 feet on Round Lake. 

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows and jigs during the evening hours at the river mouths throughout the Cass Chain of Lakes. Look for suspended crappies over 30 feet on Kitchi Lake and Wolf Lake or on the 9- to 12-foot weedlines in Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake. Duck numbers haven’t improved much, but could with the colder weather this week. Grouse hunting has been best in the Pennington area.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes at Rabbit Lake in 22 to 30 feet and in the deeper holes of the Mississippi River. Anglers fishing from shore at Manuel Pit are catching trout on Power Bait. Grouse hunting has been good for most groups and duck hunters are shooting mallards and a few wood ducks.

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

EMILY AREA

Walleyes have started hitting jigs and minnows on Roosevelt Lake in 17 to 19 feet, while Kego Lake is producing crappies over 20 feet during the morning. On Lake Emily, trolling crankbaits has produced pike in 15 feet. Waterfowl hunters are shooting wood ducks, a few divers, and geese, while grouse hunting reports have indicated that birds are easily spooked now that the cover is down. 

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Crappies continue to be found suspended over 22 to 30 feet on Sand Lake, Rice Lake, Big Splithand Lake, and Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake. Work the remaining weedlines of Lake Pokegama and Lake Wabana with a jig and minnow for walleyes. Muskies continue to hit sucker minnows on Deer Lake and Moose Lake. Duck hunters are finding a few divers, but there hasn’t been many ducks moving through. Grouse reports have been favorable.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Shiner minnows are turning walleyes at Big Birch Lake in 30 to 45 feet, Cedar Lake in 25 feet, and Mound Lake in shallower water. Look to Swan Lake for panfish in 12 to 15 feet, while hunting reports have been limited.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA

Minnows are best for walleyes at Woman Lake in 18 to 24 feet and Pine Mountain Lake in 17 to 22 feet. Crappies are suspended over 16 to 20 feet on Birch Lake and Webb Lake. Duck hunters are shooting ringnecks and mallards, while grouse seem to be getting pressured off the main trails. The rut seems to have started with several hunters now seeing scrapes, rubs, and bucks chasing does.

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

McGREGOR AREA

A few walleyes and northern pike are hitting minnows in the 6- to 10-foot weeds and flowage areas of Big Sandy Lake, Lake Minnewawa, and Aitkin Lake. Grouse hunting continues to improve and archery hunters are seeing more scrapes in the woods.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

A few walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 14 feet on Horseshoe Lake or 16 to 20 feet on Lake Koronis. Look for suspended crappies over 16 to 22 feet on Horseshoe, Cedar Island Lake, and Long Lake. Hunting reports have been light, but the corn is coming out so pheasant opportunities and field hunting for ducks and geese should improve. 

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Pike started hitting suckers at Little Sauk Lake in 8 to 10 feet and Smith Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Crappies are suspended over 40 feet on the north end of Lake Osakis and 30 feet on Big Sauk Lake. Archery hunters are seeing better deer movement.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

On the Mississippi River, walleyes and catfish are being caught below the Little Falls Dam, while crappies can be had above Blanchard Dam. Fish Trap Lake is giving up walleyes on minnows and muskies are taking large sucker minnows on Lake Alexander. A few ducks and geese continue to be shot and deer seem to be getting more active with some rutting activity reported.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

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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 31st, 2014

FAIRMONT AREA

Crankbaits or minnows are turning walleyes during the evening in 6 to 8 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Look for crappies and sunfish in 4 to 6 feet on Budd and Sissiton, while jigs and plastics are producing a few walleyes on the Blue Earth River. A blast of cool air is needed to push new ducks into the area. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Look to Madison Lake for crappies in 12 to 14 feet and to the Grassy Island area of Lake Washington for sunfish. Minnows are producing walleyes at German Lake in 12 feet and off Second Point at Washington. You’ll catch walleyes on minnows in area rivers. A few more pheasants are being seen as the corn comes out.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

On Big Stone Lake, minnows are producing walleyes along the shorelines during the evening and perch on the south end in 5 feet. Anglers fishing from shore at Botker’s Slough continue to catch walleyes and crappies. The corn is almost completely harvested and pheasant hunting has improved as a result.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

STARBUCK AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the points of Lake Minnewaska in 14 to 16 feet. Pheasant hunters are seeing more birds now that the corn is coming out, but waterfowl hunting success has been poor.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

Fishing pressure has been light, but walleyes can be had on Green Lake with minnows in 25 to 35 feet. There’s also shore fishing opportunities for crappies, sunfish, bass, and a few walleyes at Willmar/Foot Lake and Norway Lake. Look for pheasant hunting to improve as the corn comes out. Duck numbers have not changed, but the cold weather could start pushing new birds in.

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Anglers fishing from shore on the north end of Rock Lake are catching walleyes. You can also catch walleyes and pike from shore below the dam on Lake Lac qui Parle. Pheasant hunters are shooting birds and optimism sounds better for a good pheasant year. 

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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