Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - September 21st, 2012
Live-bait rigs and crawlers or minnows are turning walleyes on the St. Louis River. Muskies are hitting large sucker minnows as well. Suckers are producing muskies in shallow water at Island Lake, walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 feet, and the smallmouth bass action is strong on Island. Fish Lake is kicking out bluegills in six to eight feet and Boulder Lake is a safe bet for crappies in 12 to 16 feet. A few more bears have trickled in, grouse hunters had a good start to the season, and archery hunters are taking quite a few deer.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Look for walleyes and pike to hit minnows at Snowbank Lake and Burntside Lake in 25 to 40 feet. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in Pipestone Bay and Jackfish Bay on Basswood Lake on or near the reefs in eight to 10 feet or 16 to 20 feet. Look for smallmouth bass on the reefs of area lakes as well.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows at Hungry Jack Lake in 20 to 25 feet as are smallmouth bass in 12 to 18 feet. Poplar Lake is producing walleyes in 18 to 25 feet on minnows and jigs, while Devil Fish Lake is kicking out walleyes in 15 to 22 feet. Look for lake trout over 60 to 65 feet on Greenwood Lake and on Lake Saganaga over 45 to 60 feet. Hit Leo Lake with crawlers for rainbow trout in 15 to 18 feet and minnows for walleyes in 22 to 25 feet. Salmon and lake trout are over 150 to 280 feet on Lake Superior and hitting spoons. A couple more bears were registered this week and hunters are seeing quite a few grouse.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Walleyes are hitting crankbaits on the 12- to 14-foot weed edges or minnows and jigs off the reef edges in 30 to 35 feet. Smallmouth bass and pike are mixed with the weedline walleyes and can be taken in good numbers with buzzbaits or crankbaits. Grouse hunting started strong and a few more bears were taken in the area this week.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
PINE CITY AREA
Work the northeast and west sides of Cross Lake with #5 or #7 Shad Raps for walleyes in 15 to 17 feet. The river outlet on Cross is giving up a few muskies. You’ll find crappies suspended over 20 feet on Lake Pokegama and Knife Lake is giving up walleyes and crappies via minnows in 11 feet. The 15-foot rocks on East Rush Lake are producing sunfish and you’ll hit a few walleyes with Rapalas along the weedlines here.
Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995