Jigs and minnows are producing walleyes on Cutfoot Sioux Lake
along the shallower shorelines. Look for some crappies on Cutfoot
in 18 to 30 feet. On the Mississippi River, look for walleyes on
the flats and deeper holes. Lake Pokegama is a safe bet for
walleyes with crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet of water. The duck season
started well here, but quickly slowed. Saturday was definitely
better than Sunday.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleye action has picked on Ten Mile Lake in 15 feet of water,
where crankbaits have produced better numbers of fish. Woman Lake
also is worth looking at for a few walleyes during the evening
hours. Look to Birch Lake for crappies in 30 feet of water and
numbers of bass up shallower. Duck hunters have done well here with
a good supply of local birds providing consistent shooting
throughout the weekend.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176


Jigs tipped with minnows are producing walleyes in 20 to 30 feet
of water. There also have been a few bigger walleyes taken on live
bait rigs or slip bobber rigs on the outside weed edges during the
late afternoon hours. Expect some sauger, jumbo perch, and crappies
mixed in with the walleyes. Crankbaits and sucker minnows are
turning numbers of northern pike and grouse hunters have found a
few more birds this week.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


The crappie bite has really picked up in 22 feet of water. The
area just south of Holiday Resort has been one of the better areas.
Look to the A-Frame near Fairhaven Resort in 15 to 18 feet of water
for consistent sunfish action. Walleye action has picked up on the
north side of Four Mile Bar in 22 to 25 feet of water. Redtail
minnows are the bait of choice, although a fathead and jig also
will work. The smaller sloughs produced more ducks than the bigger
lakes did opening weekend.

Osakis Bait (877) 450-4647


Miller’s Point on Madison Lake is kicking out walleyes in 18 to
24 feet of water on jigs tipped with minnows. The bigger crappies
have started hitting in the narrows of Madison Lake in 12 to 14
feet of water. Look to Bell Bar on Lake Jefferson for crappies as
well. Northern pike also have been active on Jefferson. The docks
of Duck Lake remain a safe bet for good-sized sunfish. The west end
of Lake Francis is also worth looking at for sunfish and crappies.
The duck opener went well with many limits taken in a short amount
of time. Mallards, wood ducks, and teal were all plentiful in this

Lake Sports (507) 243-3838


There are a few walleyes hitting crankbaits during the evening
hours on Big Stone Lake. The islands area have been most
productive. Look to Lake Traverse for a few walleyes as well. The
duck opener went well, as most hunting parties were satisfied with
the number of mallards and teal they harvested.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Big Sand Lake is kicking out walleyes on jigs and minnows in 18
feet of water. Northern pike are hitting at a good pace in 12 feet
of water on Big Mantrap Lake. Look to Sixth Crow Wing Lake for
crappies and sunfish in 8 to 12 feet of water. Duck hunters found
enough birds to stay satisfied. Mallards, teal, and geese provided
most of the shooting opportunities here.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake are kicking out walleyes
early and late in the day in 5 to 12 feet of water. On Lake Marion,
redtails, shiner minnows, and crankbaits are turning numbers of
walleyes in 8 to 15 feet of water. Northern pike and panfish
continue to hit on most area lakes as well. Duck reports have been
poor. There just doesn’t seem to be many local birds in the

Northside Bait & Convenience (218) 346-3153


Becker Lake is a safe bet for numbers of good-sized sunfish in 8
to 15 feet of water. Look to Schnieder Lake for crappies and a few
sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. Walleye anglers are finding a
few fish on Horseshoe Lake, Lake Koronis, and Rice Lake in 12 to 18
feet of water during low-light periods of the day. Minnows are
taking the majority of walleyes now. Lakes such as Pearl and Grand
are safe bets for bass and northern pike along the weed edges. The
duck opener went well here. Most hunters report a good supply of
mallards, wood ducks, and a few teal in their bags.

Mark’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567


The north end of Sauk Lake is kicking out numbers of sunfish and
crappies in 7 to 14 feet of water. Look for the crappies to be
suspended in the 12- to 14-foot range. Northern pike continue to
hit minnows and crankbaits on most area lakes. Lake Amelia is
producing walleyes in 15 to 22 feet of water during the evening
hours. Lake Ann is giving up limits of eating size walleyes in 6 to
8 feet of water. On Big Birch Lake, walleyes are hitting chubs
during the evening hours along the 15- to 18-foot weed edges and in
20 to 30 feet during the day. The duck opener was a bit slow in the
area, although the right pond did provide consistent shooting.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


The walleye bite has picked up on Lake Minnewaska. During the
day, work the hard-bottomed points in 12 to 15 feet with jigs or
spinners and minnows. At night, shallow-running crankbaits are
taking fish along the 5- to 6-foot bulrushes. Lake Reno also is
producing walleyes at similar depths. The bigger perch have started
hitting on Minnewaska in 12 to 15 feet of water. Mallards, wood
ducks, and teal have kept waterfowl hunters busy in this area.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Lake Florida is kicking out walleyes, northern pike, and
crappies in 8 to 10 feet of water. Willmar Lake and Foot Lake also
are safe bets for walleyes and crappies right off shore. Hit Green
Lake for big smallmouth on the shallower rocks. Look for a few
walleyes here as well, but in slightly deeper water. Numbers of
teal, wood ducks, and mallards provided good shooting on opening
weekend for most hunters.

Hwy. 71 Baits and Sports (320) 235-4097

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