Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Reports - September 19th, 2014


Lindy rigs and minnows are turning walleyes in the lake’s big bays such as Wayzata, Brown’s and Smith over 18 to 25 feet of water. Crappies are hitting in the channels during low-light periods and northern pike are taking sucker minnows and spinners in 15 to 18 feet. Muskie action has picked up with bucktails in 14 to 18 feet.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Shore anglers are using fatheads for walleyes on Lake Vadnais. Sucker minnows are producing channel and flathead catfish in the Hastings and St. Paul Park areas of the Mississippi River. Big Carnelian Lake is producing crappies in 12 to 15 feet and Lake Phalen is giving up walleyes on fatheads in 15 to 20 feet. Look to the weedlines of Forest Lake and Bald Eagle Lake with bucktails for muskies. 

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421


Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 16 to 20 feet at Lake Auburn, Lake Minnewashta and Pierson Lake. Walleye and panfish reports have been limited, but bass have started hitting crankbaits on the weedlines of most lakes. Dove numbers seem to have thinned, archery hunters are seeing deer, and goose hunting remains favorable in the right field.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


The bigger northern pike and muskies have started hitting on the deep weedlines off Cemetery Reef and Anderson’s Reef. Look for walleyes to hit fatheads on the 12- to 16-foot weedlines off Red’s Reef and North Reef during the day. Panfish reports have been best off the reefs, Waconia Bay, and off the north side of the island. The weeds off Pillsbury Reef are providing a mixed bag of fish.  

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096


Rigs and minnows are producing walleyes in 12 to 18 feet of water on Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Crappies are starting to suspend over 20 feet of water or more on Clearwater, Granite Lake and Sugar Lake, while sunfish are biting in 12 feet on Lake John and Clearwater. Goose hunters are reporting that birds are starting to spread out, and bowhunters have registered a handful of deer.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Sunfish and crappies are being caught in front of the A-Frame on Chisago Lake in 5 to 9 feet, the channel between Chisago and South Lindstrom Lake in 9 feet, and in the weedy bays of North Center and South Center lakes in 6 feet. Minnows are producing walleyes in front of the hospital on South Lindstrom in 20 to 22 feet and off Lidberg’s Point on Green Lake in 9 to 14 feet. Bass fishing has been excellent with spinnerbaits on all lakes and you’ll find walleyes and pike off Nelson Island on North Center. Youth Waterfowl Day went well (good numbers of ducks reported), goose hunting remains strong, and several big bucks have been registered by archery hunters.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Sucker minnows are producing northern pike at Long Lake in shallow water, while Eagle Lake is kicking out sunfish in 10 to 15 feet. Look to Lake Ida for crappies and northern pike in 6 to 10 feet and the Mississippi River is giving up catfish on crawlers or sucker minnows. 

Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187



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North West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northwest Minnesota Fishing Reports - September 19th, 2014


Minnows are turning walleyes on the 14- to 16-foot weedlines of Lake Darling and Lake Le Homme Dieu and in 25 to 35 feet at Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Crappies are being found on the weedlines of Lake Carlos, Lake Victoria and Darling, while sunfish can be had on most lakes in 6 to 12 feet. Bass fishing remains strong with the deep weeds holding bigger fish on most lakes. Muskie action was slower this week. Youth waterfowl hunters shot a mixed bag of puddle ducks and there’s still plenty of geese to be had.

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


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 20 to 30 feet during the day or crankbaits in 5 to 7 feet in the evenings at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake and Clitherall Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in 15 to 18 feet at South Turtle Lake and Clitherall. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits in 8 to 10 feet at West Battle, Clitherall and Eagle Lake. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows on the 15- to 18-foot weedlines of Donald Lake, Clitherall and West Battle, while muskies are biting in 15 to 18 feet at West Battle. Goose-hunting reports have been mostly poor.


Muskies are being taken with big blade baits on Big Detroit Lake and via trolling on Pelican Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. Walleyes are hitting minnows in 18 feet on Big Detroit, Big Cormorant Lake, Upper Cormorant Lake, Lake Sallie and Lake Melissa. You’ll find panfish along the 16- to 18-foot weedlines of lakes Sour, Severson, Floyd, Deadshot Bay and Big Detroit. There aren’t big numbers of geese being shot but everyone seems to be getting a few.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Crappies are being found from the weedlines out to 25 feet on lakes Wabana, Big Splithand, Pokegama, Big Cutfoot, Little Cutfoot and Sand. Chubs are producing walleyes on the deep weedlines and structure of Trout Lake, Pokegama and Wabana. Look for muskies on Deer Lake, Moose Lake and North Star Lake, while large sucker minnows are producing pike over 20 feet on Pokegama and Trout. Grouse hunters are seeing a lot of birds, but it’s been tough to connect as a result of all the foliage.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Minnows continue to produce walleyes in 18 to 20 feet of water on Fish Hook Lake and Potato Lake. Look to the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes in 12 feet for bluegills and to the 12-foot weedlines on Island Lake for crappies. Big Mantrap Lake is producing northern pike via sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet of water. Grouse hunting reports have been mixed, but most groups are flushing birds.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


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North East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northeast Minnesota Fishing Reports - September 19th, 2014


Minnows are producing walleyes and crappies at Island Lake in 15 to 20 feet. On Whiteface Reservoir, chubs are turning walleyes in 12 feet and a few crappies are being caught in the Fish Lake narrows over 15 feet. About 20 deer have been registered and most hunters are seeing plenty of animals. A few more bears have been registered and cover is limiting grouse hunting success, but hunters are seeing birds.  

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Walleye action is slow, but smallmouth bass are hitting slow-presented minnows in 6 to 8 feet on Burntside Lake, Snowbank Lake and Shagawa Lake. Hunting reports have been limited, and grouse hunters aren’t seeing many birds. 

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


A jig and minnow is turning walleyes at Lichen Lake in 14 to 20 feet, Crescent Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and Homer Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Lake trout are hitting spoons at Greenwood Lake and large bucktails at Seagull Lake over 40 feet. Grouse numbers are good as most people are flushing birds and shooting three or four each time out.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Walleyes are hitting jigs and rainbow minnows at Echo Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Echo also is giving up crappies on minnows over 12 feet. Bear and archery reports have been limited. Grouse hunters are seeing a few birds but success has been limited.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in 25 to 35 feet and an occasional pod of crappies is found suspended over deep water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or crankbaits on the shorelines and weed edges in 12 to 18 feet. Grouse hunting reports have been limited, but the cover is so thick many people are opting to wait a week or two.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Crappies are hitting minnows in 7 to 9 feet at Mud Lake, Knife Lake, Ann Lake and Fish Lake. A few walleyes are being caught with minnows at Knife and Ann in 5 to 9 feet during the evening hours. Archery and grouse reports are limited, but bear hunters continue to register a few animals. 

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


Minnows are producing walleyes on Lake Vermilion from 5 to 40 feet of water – they are scattered. Look for crappies on Pelican Lake and Murphy Lake in less than 10 feet. Hunters are hearing grouse and those with dogs are doing best due to all the cover. 

Lucky Seven General Store                 (218) 741-3617


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North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports - September 19th, 2014


East - Walleyes are hitting crankbaits at night on the rock reefs in 6 to 12 feet. During the day, these reefs will produce smallmouth bass on a variety of presentations. Muskie reports have been limited, but northern pike continue to hit spinnerbaits or sucker minnows in the bays and north-end weedlines. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West - During the day, jig and minnow combinations are producing walleyes on the shoreline breaks and weed edges. At night, slip bobbers and leeches continue to pick up walleyes off the edges or on top of the mud flats. A few walleyes are being caught with crankbaits at night in shallower water. Smallmouth bass are hitting well on the 19- to 23-foot rocks, and northern pike are hitting crankbaits on the weedlines in most bays.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes along West Bar on the west side of Garden Island in 14 to 18 feet of water. Jigs and frozen shiners are taking walleyes in front of Pine Island in 24 to 27 feet and in front of the fields by Zippel Bay in 25 to 30 feet. Walleyes also are showing up in Four Mile Bay and Zippel Bay as the shiners start to run. On the Rainy River, scattered walleyes are being found from Frontier to Wheeler’s Point in 10 to 15 feet – the bite isn’t hot, but there definitely are fish to be had. At the Northwest Angle, Little Oak and Crow Duck are holding walleyes and muskies remain active.

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


Walleyes remain scattered but active on the 12- to 30- foot structure. They are hitting minnows. The deeper rocks are holding smallmouth bass, and muskies are being found on the weedlines and reefs. Look for suspended crappies over the mud flats in 20 feet. Grouse hunters are seeing some birds and hunting should improve as the cover drops.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleyes have moved to the shorelines and rock piles in 5 to 12 feet of water and crankbaits or jig and minnow combinations are working best. These same areas will produce northern pike. Perch action has been best in the weeds in less than 12 feet of water.

Lake Winnie Resort Association



A jig and minnow combination is turning walleyes in 7 to 10 feet on the Hardwoods, Duck Points and Goose Island Flats during the day. At night, trolling crankbaits in 9 to 12 feet around Cedar Point has produced fish. A few walleyes and perch have started being caught outside the narrows, while muskies continue to hit on the rocks, weeds and bulrush areas. Grouse hunters are reporting some birds but a lot of cover.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Minnows are producing walleyes past the Brule and the Reinier area in 15 to 20 feet of water. Crappies continue to hit in front of the Visitor’s Center in Black Bay in less than 12 feet. Grouse hunters are reporting a lot of cover but they are seeing some birds. 

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


If the wind doesn’t blow and people can get out, walleyes are being caught along most shorelines in 5 to 9 feet with minnows or crankbaits. Grouse hunters are finding a few birds even with the thick cover, and bear hunters are experiencing “reasonable” success.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Lake Bemidji is giving up walleyes on minnows in 14 to 23 feet and Lake Plantagenet is producing walleyes in 11 to 22 feet. Look for suspended crappies on Campbell Lake over 15 to 25 feet and the weedlines on Balm Lake are producing bass. Look to the weedlines of Grace Lake for sunfish, crappies and bass. Grouse hunters are hearing birds before they see them, and a couple more bears were shot this week. 

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


Minnows and crawlers are turning walleyes at Blackduck Lake in 7 to 10 feet and Island Lake in 7 to 10 or 20 feet. Panfish action remains strong on Gilstead Lake, Turtle River Lake and Pimushe Lake – look for crappies to be suspended over deep water. Archery hunters seem to be happy with the deer they’re seeing, a couple more bears have been registered, and grouse hunters are hearing more birds than they’re shooting.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


The late afternoon and evening hours have been best for walleyes with minnows at Round Lake in 18 to 23 feet and Gull Lake in 24 to 30 feet. Crappies have started hitting on Round and Gull over 18 feet, and northern pike have bit best on the Whitefish Chain in 16 to 28 feet. Look for sunfish in 6 to 13 feet on Cullen Lake, Nisswa Lake and Round.

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


Walleyes are hitting during the afternoon hours on the west side of Star Island, Deadman’s Bar and North Cedar Bar in 18 to 20 feet  on Cass Lake. The east side of Star Island on Cass is producing perch and the south end of Pike Bay Lake is kicking out walleyes in 18 to 22 feet. Look to Allen’s Bay or Dick’s Bay on Cass for bluegills and crappies and to Big Rice Lake and Little Rice Lake for crappies.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              sunsetcove-resort.com


Jigs and minnows are producing walleyes on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake in 24 to 35 feet. Work the holes of the Mississippi River from Riverton to Trommald for panfish, while upstream near the Highway 6 Bridge smallmouth bass and catfish are being caught. Throw bucktails in the trees or troll big crankbaits over deep water on Sagamore Pit for northern pike.

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


Work the north end of Lake Washburn in 12 to 14 feet for crappies. The weedlines on the west side of Mitchell Lake are producing largemouth bass on plastics. The east side of Ruth Lake is a safe bet for northern pike with crankbaits in 15 feet. Bear-hunting success has slowed. Grouse hunters are flushing birds but it’s tough to shoot with the foliage. 

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


Minnows are producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on Big Birch Lake and along the weedlines of Cedar Lake. Hit Two Rivers Lake for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet, while Swan Lake is giving up crappies, sunfish and northern pike in 12 to 15 feet. Goose hunting has been good for some groups and slow for others.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Lake Koronis is giving up walleyes on minnows and crankbaits along the shallow weedlines. Look to Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake and Becker Lake for sunfish in 6 to 9 feet. A few crappies are coming off Rice Lake, Horseshoe and Koronis in 12 feet. Goose hunters are offering mixed reports, and archery kills have been limited. 

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


On Lake Osakis, crappies, sunfish, and walleyes are hitting in 12 to 15 feet near the A-Frame, Battle Point and Coon Point. Look for crappies on the north shore of Long Bridge Lake in 5 to 10 feet or on Sauk Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Minnows are producing walleyes on Sauk and Guerney Lake in 5 to 12 feet, as are crawlers in 15 to 18 feet on Little Birch Lake. There are geese in the area with plenty of shooting heard each morning.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Smallmouth bass are biting up and down the Mississippi River and there has been some walleyes caught below the Blanchard Dam. Look to the 8- to 10-foot weedlines of Beauty Lake for crappies and sunfish. Bowhunters have registered a few deer since opening weekend, grouse hunting has been light, but goose numbers have improved since last week.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Jigs tipped with minnows are producing walleyes on the DNR Reef out of Springsteel, Five Mile Reef and Buffalo Bay in 14 to 18 feet of water. You’ll still find walleyes on the deep mud as well. Hunters are reporting that grouse numbers look OK and that they definitely are better than last year.  

Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200



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South East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southeast Minnesota Fishing Reports - September 19th, 2014


Sunfish and crappies are being caught in less than 6 feet at Chesterwoods Pond, while KR-7 Pond is giving up crappies in 5 to 8 feet. The Zumbro River is worth hitting for suckers or redhorse and Zumbro Lake is kicking out crappies in 7 to 10 feet. Sunfish and bass continue to hit on Willow Creek Reservoir in 5 to 8 feet. Hunting reports are limited again this week.

Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982


Water levels are high and the rivers are running fast, making it very difficult to fish. A few people have ventured out and caught crappies along the snags on the Mississippi River, but until the water recedes, fishing pressure will remain light. 

West End Bait (507) 452-6241


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South West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southwest Minnesota Fishing Reports - September 19th, 2014


The shallow weedlines on Diamond Lake are producing sunfish, and minnows are turning a few walleyes on the deeper weeds here. The fishing pier on Lake Ripley is giving up panfish throughout the day.  

Litchfield Outpost (320) 593-0025


Lake Washington is producing sunfish in the 10-foot weeds and walleyes on crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet. Look to the Minnesota, Blue Earth and Le Sueur rivers with minnows and jigs for walleyes. With the exception of a few geese being shot, hunting reports have been limited. 

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Walleyes are hitting minnows and crankbaits on the north end of Big Stone Lake in 10 to 12 feet. You’ll find perch on Big Stone from Schmidt’s Landing to Hartford Beach in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Artichoke Lake for crappies in 6 to 8 feet, while Lake Oliver is producing walleyes and perch in 15 to 18 feet. There aren’t many people hunting geese and those that are haven’t shot as many birds this week as last.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 


Walleyes have started hitting crankbaits on Lake Minnewaska in 4 to 7 feet of water during low-light periods. You can also pitch a jig and minnow on the points of Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet of water for walleyes during the day. Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet on Maple Lake and Pocket Lake. Goose hunting continues to be poor for most groups of hunters.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239


Look to the fishing pier on Willmar/Foot Lake for panfish and walleyes, while crawlers and fatheads are producing walleyes in 27 to 35 feet on Green Lake. On Big Kandi Lake, sunfish and perch are being caught in 4 to 8 feet. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Eagle Lake and Diamond Lake are giving up panfish and a few walleyes. Youth Waterfowl Day went well for some groups and not others, and archery hunters are seeing good numbers of deer. 

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


Archery hunters seem pleasantly surprised with the number of deer they’re seeing and a few nice bucks have been registered already. Doves seem to be thinning out and goose hunting has slowed since last weekend.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880


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