Look for a good walleye bite in 16 to 18 feet of water on
several area lakes. Lake Miltona, Lake Ida, Lake Carlos, Lake
Darling, and Lake Geneva are all safe bets for numbers of walleyes.
Redtail minnows and jigs have been the hot bait. Waterfowl hunters
have struggled in this area. There just aren’t many birds to be
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Northern pike and walleyes are hitting minnows and crankbaits on
Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Look in 10 to 12 feet
during the evening hours, and in 10 to 20 feet during the day. The
area’s best crappie report is also coming from Clearwater Lake,
where anglers are finding good schools of fish suspended over 30 to
60 feet of water. Duck hunters are taking some birds here.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Small jigs and minnows are producing walleyes and some real nice
perch on Ottertail Lake in 8 to 10 feet of water. Duck hunting
improved over the past few days, although there still aren’t many
northern birds in the area.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Lake Bemidji is kicking out a lot of walleyes in 7 to 10 feet of
water or 25 to 30 feet, depending on the time of day. Look shallow
during low-light periods. Duck hunters report limited success with
just a few divers in the area.
Bluewater Sports (218) 759-2718
Look to the south or north ends of Gull Lake for consistent
walleye activity in 23 to 26 feet of water. Jigs tipped with
rainbow minnows have worked best. Lakes such as North Long, Round,
Pelican, and Edwards have produced walleyes as well. Crappie
anglers have found fish on Lake Margaret and North Long.
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
South Lindstrom Lake and Chisago Lake are producing crappies in
20 to 25 feet of water. Chisago and Green Lake are both safe bets
for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bass remain an easy catch on
most lakes throughout the area.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
CROSS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are being caught in 10 to 16 feet of water on Upper
Whitefish Lake and Cross Lake. Northern pike are hitting minnows
and spinnerbaits on these lakes as well. Look for consistent
crappie action on several area lakes over 25 to 30 feet of water.
Most of these fish have been suspended at 16 to 20 feet.
Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708
The night walleye bite on Island Lake continues to be impressive
in 12 to 15 feet of water. Look to Strawberry Lake in 24 feet and
Big Detroit Lake in 20 feet of water for walleyes as well. Duck
hunters have found enough birds to keep things interesting,
although there aren’t a lot of divers in the area yet.
Early Bird Bait & Tackle (218) 847-9038
Look to Island Lake for walleyes in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Anglers are finding crappies in the narrows on Fish Lake in 10 feet
of water. North shore angling on Lake Superior has been pretty slow
over the past week. Grouse hunters are finding pockets of birds
that have provided good shooting opportunities and archery hunters
have been registering a lot of deer from the area.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
George Lake, Hall Lake, and Fox Lake have all produced walleyes
at a good pace this week. Jigs tipped with minnows seem to be key
in 15 to 20 feet of water. Sunfish and crappies are being caught on
Lake Sissiton in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Boat House Sport & Tackle (507) 235-6931
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The White Oak area of the Mississippi River continues to produce
fair numbers of walleyes. Crappies are on the bite at Spider Lake
in 20 feet of water. Portage Lake started giving up walleyes and
northern pike in recent days. Grouse hunters are finding pockets of
birds in this area, but duck hunters have really struggled so far
Rapids Tackle (218) 326-5822
Limits of walleyes are being caught on gold or chartreuse jigs
tipped with rainbow minnows. The majority of fish are coming from
30 to 40 feet of water.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
The north end of the lake continues to produce sunfish, although
you now need to sort through more numbers of small fish. The best
walleye reports are coming from the Three and Four Mile areas in 25
to 30 feet of water. Duck hunters continue to find birds here and
there have been a few divers showing up over the past week.
Osakis Bait (877) 450-4647
The narrows on Madison Lake are producing crappies and walleyes
in 12 to 24 feet of water. There are still quite a few teal in the
area, but the northern birds haven’t shown up yet.
Lake Sports (507) 243-3838
The evening walleye bite on Big Stone Lake has been excellent.
The Hartford Beach area, around the islands, and off docks are all
safe bets for walleyes. Crankbaits or jigs tipped with minnows are
working best. Lake Lac qui Parle is producing a few walleyes as
well. The Mustinka River area on Lake Traverse started kicking out
nice perch and crappies for shore anglers. Duck hunters are still
finding a few mallards but there haven’t been many northern birds
showing up yet.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Lakes such as Fish Hook, Island, Long, Potato, and Eagle have
all produced fair numbers of walleyes in 14 to 20 feet of water.
Jigs tipped with minnows are the way to go on these lakes. Duck
hunters have started seeing more northern birds in the area and
there are plenty of local mallards left as well.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
ST. CLOUD AREA
Crappies are very active in 10 to 12 feet of water on Schnieder
Lake, Becker Lake, and Horseshoe Lake. Look for a few good-sized
sunfish mixed in with the crappies. Rice Lake and Pearl Lake are
giving up a few walleyes, with peak activity taking place during
the evening hours on crankbaits or jig and minnow combinations.
Waterfowl hunters are finding enough mallards, ringbills, geese,
and an occasional flock of divers to keep things interesting.
Mark’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567
The daytime walleye bite on Lake Minnewaska continues to be
good. Work jigs tipped with minnows on the points and sharp breaks
throughout the lake. After dark, look to the edges of the bulrushes
on the north end of the lake with crankbaits for walleyes as well.
Lake Emily and Lake Reno have continued to produce numbers of
walleyes as well. Duck hunters are doing well as a few more divers
move into the area, and there have been quite a few geese harvested
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
The Farm Bar on Eagle Lake is producing walleyes on redtail
minnows. Foot Lake and Green Lake continue to give up walleyes in
12 to 16 feet of water. Minnows have also worked well on these
lakes. Duck hunters continue to find quite a few birds in this
Hwy. 71 Baits and Sports (320) 235-4097