The fall minnow bite is on at Snowbank Lake, Burntside Lake, and
Shagawa Lake in 15 to 22 feet of water. Northern pike and
smallmouth bass are weed-related and hitting minnows on Fall Lake,
White Iron Lake, and Basswood Lake. Lake trout action has picked up
just a bit on Snowbank Lake.
Skubie’s Bait Shop (218) 365-5358
Hall Lake is providing a mixed bag of fish in four to eight feet
of water. Walleyes, channel catfish, and crappies are scattered
throughout these shallow, shoreline breaks. Minnows and crawlers
have both turned fish. The goose season started on an upbeat note
here. Most hunters harvested a few birds and it appears as though
there are plenty of geese in the area.
Boat House Sport & Tackle (507) 235-6931
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows along the shoreline breaks on
Splithand Lake. Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake is kicking out sunfish
and crappies in less than eight feet of water, and the deeper weeds
of Lake Pokegama are a safe bet for smallmouth bass. Hit North Star
Lake and Spider Lake for a few muskies.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake are providing consistent crappie
action in the shallow weeds. Birch Lake also is producing a few
walleyes in 14 to 18 feet of water. Bass and northern pike are
hitting along the weeds of most area lakes. The bear season has
been slow and most hunters are reporting a lot of acorns in the
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle
The rock bar on Lake Erie is still giving up a few walleyes
during low-light periods of the day. Look to Lake Manuella and
Stella Lake for a few walleyes in 15 to 22 feet of water. Jigs,
spinners, and crankbaits all have produced a few fish. The goose
season started out strong in this area. Many groups reported good
shooting opportunities in this area with a few limits as well.
The Outpost (320) 587-8177
The best walleye and sauger reports are coming from anglers
using a jig-and-minnow combination in 30 to 38 feet of water.
There’s also an established crankbait bite worth noting late in the
day and when the wind blows in 15 to 18 feet of water. Spoons or
sucker minnows are producing northern pike in eight to 15 feet of
water and the smallmouth bass remain active along the eight to
15-foot rock piles. Small jigs or plain hooks tipped with minnows
are producing a few crappies on the east of the lake.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
The Three Mile Bar is producing sunfish and an occasional
walleye. Look to Crow Point for a mixture of sunfish and crappies
in eight to 12 feet of water. The Fairhaven Resort area also is
giving up a few nice sunfish. Northern pike in the six- to
eight-pound class are biting with consistency along the weed edges.
There were a few good reports from the opening weekend of goose
season. Most importantly, there seems to be quite a few birds in
Osakis Bait (877) 450-4647
Limits of walleyes have been common from 18 to 25 feet of water.
Minnows on live bait rigs are turning better numbers of fish.
Topwater baits are fooling muskies on the rock piles and deep
cabbage areas. Spoons or sucker minnows also will produce a nice
pike in the weeds. Bass remain active, hitting crankbaits along the
Everett Bay Lodge (800) 249-3178
Lake Vermilion Trading Company
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Big Sand Lake is producing quite a few walleyes in 30 feet of
water on leeches and crawlers. Northern pike and bass continue to
hit spinnerbaits or minnows on Fish Hook Lake in 14 feet of water.
Straight Lake is the best bet in this area for bluegills in 16 feet
of water. Bear hunters have struggled so far this season. There
just hasn’t been much activity at their baits.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Big Pine and Little Pine Lake are producing walleyes in 12 to 20
feet of water. Shiners or fathead minnows seem to be working best
on jigs. Lake Marion and Little McDonald Lake also are worth noting
for walleyes at these depths. Northern pike and panfish seem to be
biting along the thick weeds of most area lakes.
Northside Bait & Convenience
ST. CLOUD AREA
Sunfish and crappies remain active in eight to 12 feet of water
on Horseshoe Lake, Becker Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Bass and
northern pike are hitting among the weeded areas of Big Lake, Pearl
Lake, and Grand Lake. Look for established patches of weeds in 10
to 15 feet of water to be holding better numbers of fish. Walleye
action has been slow throughout the entire area again this week.
The opening weekend of goose season was relatively slow, although
there seems to be quite a few geese in the area. The problem here
is the abundance of crops still standing.
Mark’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567
The sunfish bite picked up again in 10 feet of water on the
Starbuck end of Lake Minnewaska. There’s an occasional walleye
coming off the weed edges of Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet of water
during low-light periods of the day. Bass and northern pike
continue to hit on most area lakes in less than 15 feet of water.
Opening weekend goose reports varied. There are a lot of birds in
the area so if you can hit the right field, there are birds to be
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle