The walleye bite really picked up on Woman Lake in 15 to 18 feet
of water during the day with jigs and minnows being most
productive. At night, crankbaits are taking more walleyes in 3 to 5
feet of water. Birch Lake also has started giving up good numbers
of on live bait rigs and minnows in 20 feet of water. As the
foliage continues to drop, grouse hunters seemed to find a few more
birds this week.

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


Namakan Lake and Lake Kabetogama are kicking out walleyes most
consistently in 30 to 35 feet of water. Look for some good-sized
crappies and perch mixed in with the walleyes. There has been some
limited walleye action in 8 to 15 feet of water during low-light
periods of the day. Northern pike continue to slam crankbaits and
sucker minnows along the 10- to 12-foot weed edges.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Look for suspended crappies over 40 feet of water on the north
end of the lake. Walleyes are hitting redtail minnows along the 15-
to 18-foot breaks, adjacent to most main lake bars. There’s been a
few sunfish still being caught near Fairhaven Resort in 18 feet of

Osakis Bait (877) 450-4647


Madison Lake is kicking out walleyes in 10 to 15 feet of water
on jigs and minnows. Look to Lake Washington for the area’s best
panfish action in less than 10 feet of water. Waterfowl hunters
have continued to do well in this area. Geese, including a few
flocks of snows, have provided good shooting. Mallards, wood ducks,
and ringbills are also available in decent numbers here.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Big Stone Lake is producing a few perch in the Rocky Ledge area
in 10 to 12 feet of water. The Minnesota River is producing
walleyes in the Odessa area on jigs tipped with minnows. Duck and
goose hunters are finding more than enough birds throughout the

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Island Lake is kicking out walleyes in 10 feet of water, and
Long Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 18 feet. Big Sand Lake also
has started giving up quite a few walleyes in 14 to 18 feet of
water. Jigs tipped with minnows have worked best on these lakes. On
Big Mantrap Lake, anglers are hitting numbers of northern pike and
muskies in 8 to 10 feet of water.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Walleye action is very good on Big Pine, Little Pine Lake, Lake
Marion, and Ottertail Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water during the
day, and in 5 to 10 feet at night. Minnows or crankbaits have
worked best. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the
weedlines of most area lakes. Ducks are scarce in the area, but
archery hunters have taken quite a few deer during the past 10

Northside Bait & Convenience (218) 346-3153


The crappie bite has been relatively slow. There just aren’t
many crappies coming in, although the weather has kept a lot of
anglers off the lake. Grouse hunters are finding a decent number of
birds in this area.

Rogers Campground (218) 647-8262


The walleyes have started to move up the Mississippi River, so
look to the Head of the Lakes area as a likely spot to start
fishing. Three-way rigs and crankbaits are your best option here.
The key is to cover a lot of water and pick off the active feeders.
The dam area also has started holding better numbers of fish,
although jigs tipped with minnows have worked best here.

Four Seasons Bait Shop (651) 388-4334


The walleye bite has been relatively slow on most lakes. Look to
Rice Lake and Lake Koronis with minnows for a few fish in 10 to 15
feet of water. Panfish have bit more consistently, although bigger
fish have been tough to locate. Schnieder Lake or Becker Lake are
your best bets for a few decent sunfish and crappies in 8 to 12
feet of water. Waterfowl numbers remain decent on the Horseshoe
Chain of Lakes with geese, mallards, and wood ducks providing the
majority of shooting opportunities.

Mark’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567


Look for suspended crappies on the north end of Sauk Lake in 20
feet of water. Numbers of fish have been relatively easy to catch.
Sunfish also are being caught here in 5 to 15 feet of water. Lake
Ann continues to produce walleyes in 6 to 8 feet of water on
minnows. Look to Lake Amelia during the evening hours in 12 to 20
feet of water for walleyes as well. On Birch Lake, the 15- to
18-foot weed edges continue to hold enough walleyes to keep anglers
happy. Redtail minnows have been the hot bait here.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Walleyes remain active on Lake Minnewaska and Lake Reno in 12 to
15 feet of water. Jigs or live bait rigs tipped with minnows. have
worked best during the day. At night, work the bulrushes with
crankbaits for walleyes on Minnewaska. Lake Emily started giving up
walleyes again this week for anglers fishing right off shore with
crankbaits or slip bobbers and minnows. Lake Pomme De Terre and the
Chippewa River also are worth fishing for walleyes. Waterfowl
hunters had another good weekend in this area, with mallards and
geese being most abundant.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


The St. Croix River is giving up big crappies in the Stillwater
area. Work the docks with small jigs and minnows or small plastic
jigs. Walleyes also are hitting on the river. Better areas have
been in 15 to 30 feet of water, with crankbaits or minnows turning
the majority of bigger fish. Cover a lot of water and you’ll pick
up better numbers of fish. Big Carnelian Lake and Big Marine Lake
are giving up a few walleyes, but look for these lakes to turn on
in the next few weeks over 20 to 25 feet of water.

Brothers Bait and Tackle (651) 430-2554


Green Lake is producing numbers of big smallmouth bass in 10 to
15 feet of water. White spinnerbaits or crankbaits have produced
bigger fish. Look for walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water here as
well. Norway Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 10 feet of water
during the evening hours. Crankbaits or minnows are working best
here. Anglers fishing from shore on Ringo Lake are finding
consistent walleye action again this week. Willmar Lake is giving
up crappies for anglers fishing from shore as well. Waterfowl
numbers really have decreased. Geese are plentiful, but the
majority of teal and wood ducks seem to have left the area.

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

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