The Le Homme Dieu Chain, Lake Miltona, Lake Ida, and Lake Reno
are all kicking out walleyes on jigs or live bait rigs tipped with
minnows. Key depths during the day have been 25 to 35 feet, but
crankbaits are producing fish at night in shallower water. Northern
pike are very active along the weed edges of most area lakes, and
spinnerbaits or crankbaits continue to take bass on most area lakes
as well. Muskie anglers are doing very well on Lake Miltona again
this week. Waterfowl hunters continue to harvest geese and
mallards. There have been a few ringbill also showing up the past
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Northern pike remain active on Pleasant Lake and Cedar Lake in
10 to 12 feet of water. Bigger sucker minnows have turned bigger
pike. The best walleye reports continue to come off Clearwater Lake
in 10 to 18 feet of water. Minnows also are working best here.
Panfish and bass reports have been limited. Mallards and a few wood
ducks are still being taken in this area with consistency. No
divers to speak of yet.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Otter Tail Lake is putting out walleyes in about 18 to 22 feet
of water. Use jig-and-minnow combos tight to the bottom. Silver
Lake also is kicking out walleyes. Slowly trolled live bait rigs
and minnows have worked best here. West Battle Lake is producing
some muskies and northerns in the shallows.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes have been very active on Lake Bemidji in 22 to 25 feet
of water. Jigs tipped with minnows have taken better numbers of
fish. There have been a few walleyes caught up shallower on
crankbaits as well. This bite has been best at night. Lake Andrusia
is worth checking for walleyes in 22 to 30 feet of water. Muskie
reports have been limited, but northern pike are hitting on Turtle
Lake and Lake Bemidji with consistency.
Bluewater Sports (218) 444-2248
Anglers continue to find a strong walleye bite on Gull Lake in
25 to 40 feet of water during the day, and in 6 to 20 feet at
night. Jigs or live bait rigs tipped with rainbow minnows or
nightcrawlers have worked best. The south end of Gull, Highway 371
Bay on North Long, Lake Edwards, Upper Gull Lake, and Pelican Lake
all have produced numbers of bass this week. Gull Lake is a safe
bet for northern pike as well. Other lakes offering northern pike
action are Margaret, Round, Edwards, Pelican, and Whitefish.
Crappie and sunfish activity has improved on Round Lake, North
Long, the west end of the sunken island on Margaret, and in Wilson
Bay on Gull. Fisherman’s Bridge, the Gull Lake Dam, and the fishing
pier at Bar Harbor Bridge are all worth checking out. Lake Wabedo
started giving up a few more big muskies.
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Limits of walleyes have been taken on rainbow minnows and jigs
off Wishbone Flat on Cass Lake. Work the sharpest break you can
find right now. Muskie action has slowed a bit in recent days
throughout the area. Duck hunters have enjoyed good success as
large flocks of mallards are using the Allen’s Bay area.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
The channel area of Green Lake started putting out walleyes in 4
to 8 feet of water. Crankbaits seem to be turning fish most
consistently. Look to Chisago Lake and Little Lake for consistent
crappie action in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
CROSS LAKE AREA
Walleye action continues to be good on most area lakes in 20 to
35 feet of water. Trolling crankbaits in shallower water at dusk
also has produced fish on most lakes. Spinnerbaits or jigs tipped
with minnows are producing numbers of northern pike and bass
throughout the area, while panfish continue to be found in good
numbers along the 12- to 16-foot weed edges.
Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708
Big Detroit Lake is a safe bet for walleyes during the evening
hours in 10 to 15 feet of water. Crankbaits or minnows are turning
the bigger fish here. Strawberry Lake and Big Floyd Lake also have
produced plenty of walleyes along the shallower shoreline areas.
Reports of ducks have been pretty limited with the exception of a
few local mallards and geese being taken.
Early Bird Bait & Tackle (218) 847-9038
Fish Lake is giving up a few crappies in 15 feet of water,
although bigger fish have been tough to find in recent days. Look
to Island Lake and Boulder Lake for a few walleyes in 15 to 25 feet
of water. The St. Louis River should start kicking out walleyes
soon as well. The main salmon run also is slow to start on most
rivers along the north shore. A good rain would help bring in more
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Crappie action has been very good in Back Bay on Basswood Lake
in 5 to 10 feet of water. Look to lakes such as Basswood and
Snowbank for consistent walleye action in 25 to 30 feet of water.
Northern pike seem to be an easy catch on most area lakes. Minnows
or crankbaits are turning the majority of fish in this area.
Skubie’s Bait Shop (218) 365-5358
Cedar Lake and Cannon Lake continue to give up walleyes on
minnows in 6 to 12 feet of water. The evening hours have been best,
but the daytime bite is improving as well. Panfish action continues
to go strong on most area lakes. Fox Lake has been especially kind
to crappie anglers this week.
Faribault Bait and Tackle (507) 334-2768
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The deeper holes and flats of the Mississippi River are kicking
out walleyes on jigs and minnows. Look to Moose Lake for a few
muskies along the remaining cabbage beds. Grouse hunters are seeing
a few more birds in recent days, and duck hunters aren’t finding
much for northern birds yet.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281