Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - October 5th, 2012
Chubs or small suckers are producing walleyes at Island Lake in 10 to 12 feet. The channel edges of the St. Louis River also are kicking out walleyes via minnows in 10 to 12 feet. Large suckers have been the ticket for muskies at Island and the St. Louis River. On Lake Superior, coho salmon are near the surface down to 40 feet and king salmon are staging outside the river mouths over 30 feet. Grouse hunting has improved, archers are shooting a lot of deer, and 10 moose had been brought in as of Tuesday morning.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Walleyes continue to hit minnows in 26 to 30 feet on Basswood Lake. Trolling Rapalas in five feet also has produced walleyes at Shagawa Lake. Grouse hunting reports have improved dramatically over the past week.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Hunters are reporting grouse action is better than expected. Nine moose have been registered and some parties are stating that activity has been a little slow. Angler numbers have dropped, although walleyes continue to hit minnows in 15 to 25 feet on Lake Saganaga and in 15 to 18 feet at Two Island Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Gold jigs and minnows are turning walleyes along the reef edges, submerged rocks, and steep shoreline breaks. Sauger, perch, and crappie action has been slow this past week. Pike have been scattered, but active throughout the lake, although it’s been difficult to establish any pattern for them. Grouse hunters continue to be happy with the number of birds they’re seeing.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
PINE CITY AREA
The mouth of the river on Cross Lake is a safe bet for walleyes and crappies with minnows. Shad Raps also are turning walleyes on Cross in 17 feet. Work the north and northwest ends of Lake Pokegama for walleyes in 15 to 17 feet or the main-lake humps in 17 to 20 feet for ‘eyes and crappies. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in the bays of East Rush Lake, while Knife Lake is kicking out crappies in 11 feet. There seems to be more geese than ducks in the area.
Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995