Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - October 19th, 2012
Walleyes are hitting minnows at Island Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Look for crappies on Island in 14 feet and at Fish Lake over 15 feet. Large sucker minnows are turning muskies on the St. Louis River and Island in shallow water. A few salmon are being caught in the rivers, but the run is winding down. The guys who put in their time are finding grouse and deer hunters are seeing more rutting activity in the woods.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Look to Poplar Lake with minnows for walleyes in 25 feet or on Gunflint Lake in 18 to 30 feet. On Two Island Lake, minnows are producing walleyes in 14 to 16 feet and the six-foot weed edge of Elbow Lake is kicking out walleyes and perch. Hit Trout Lake with crawlers or minnows for rainbow trout in 20 feet and Carrot Lake is giving up brook trout in 12 to 15 feet. Hunting reports have been limited although grouse hunters that take the time to get off the main paths are finding birds.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Jigs and minnows are producing walleyes in 24 to 36 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows or crankbaits in the bays, perch are mixed with the walleyes, and crappies remain scattered at a variety of depths. Grouse hunters continue to be happy with the birds they’re seeing.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
PINE CITY AREA
Minnows are turning walleyes on Cross Lake in 15 to 19 feet and you’ll find crappies suspended on Cross over deep water, most of which are hitting small jigs and minnows. Minnows also are producing walleyes at Knife Lake in 11 feet. Look to East Rush and West Rush lakes for northern pike in less than 12 feet. The best duck hunting reports are coming off the backwater areas of the Snake River, where wood ducks and mallards continue to be shot. Deer activity appears to be on the increase.
Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995