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MADISON LAKE

The Grassy Island area on Madison Lake is giving up crappies in
12 feet of water. Walleye action also has picked up with crankbaits
on Madison in 12 to 14 feet of water at the south side of the
narrows. Jigs and minnows also are producing walleyes on the rock
pile on Madison Lake. The rocks on German Lake are a safe bet for
walleyes, and northern pike action is going strong on Lake
Washington, Madison, and German lakes.

Lake Sports (507) 243-3838

ORTONVILLE AREA

There’s a two-mile stretch from Shady Beach to Rocky Ledge on
Big Stone Lake that’s worth looking at for jumbo perch and a few
walleyes in 14 feet of water. Jigs tipped with minnows are
producing the best results. The Christmas Trees area on Big Stone
also is giving up quite a few nice sunfish in 10 feet of water.
Look to the Minnesota River and Lake Lac qui Parle for walleyes as
well. Mallard numbers were down a bit, but the duck opener was
still pretty decent. Teal and gadwall also made up many bags this
weekend.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

The fall walleye bite continues to improve on Big Sand Lake in
18 to 25 feet of water. Potato Lake and Fish Hook Lake also are
worth noting for walleyes, although the bite on these lakes will
only get better as the water cools. Jigs or live bait rigs tipped
with minnows are working best. Big Mantrap Lake has started giving
up a few bigger northern pike in recent days. The bigger fish are
hanging around the deeper weed edges and hitting spinnerbaits or
minnows.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

PERHAM AREA

Walleye activity really has picked up during the past several
days on Star Lake, Lake Marion, Big Pine Lake, and Little Pine
Lake. Minnows and crankbaits have been key in six to 20 feet of
water. Look to Big Pine Lake for numbers of good-sized northern
pike as well. Panfish reports also have improved on many of the
area’s lakes in recent days.

Northside Bait & Convenience (218) 346-3153

ST. CLOUD AREA

Sunfish and crappies are still the main stories in this area.
Lakes such as Schnieder, Becker, Horseshoe, Pearl, and Cedar Island
are all worth fishing in eight to 12 feet of water. Grand Lake and
Pearl Lake continue to provide consistent northern pike and bass
action along the thicker weed edges. Look to Lake Koronis for a few
walleyes near the islands in 10 to 18 feet of water during lowlight
periods of the day. The Sauk River also is kicking out a few
walleyes. Opening weekend duck reports varied. There were quite a
few geese shot in the area, while teal, mallards, and wood ducks
provided limited shooting opportunities just west of the immediate
area.

Mark’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The north end of Sauk Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies
in eight to 16 feet of water. Look for the crappies to be suspended
and moving deeper as the water continues to cool. The south shore
of Long Bridge Lake is giving up numbers of big sunfish in 12 to 14
feet of water. Keep in mind that the limit here is five fish. The
narrows on Big Swan Lake are producing keeping-size sunfish as
well. Big Sauk and Long Bridge lakes both are providing numbers of
two to seven pound northern pike. Walleye activity has been very
limited on area lakes, but look for it to pick up very soon. Mixed
reports were heard from the waterfowl opener. Teal, wood ducks,
mallards, and a few ringnecks were shot in the area.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

The evening walleye bite has picked up on Lake Minnewaska with
crankbaits. Work tight to the bulrushes for better numbers of fish.
There’s also been a daytime bite in 12 feet of water here with
minnows and live bait rigs. Panfish reports continue to be very
limited in the area.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

STILLWATER AREA

Crankbaits are producing walleyes on the St. Croix River, from
Bayport to Preston, in 15 to 25 feet of water. Topwater baits also
are producing numbers of smallmouth bass on the river. Big
Carnelian Lake is producing enough good-sized bass and northern
pike to keep anglers interested as well. Crankbaits or spinnerbaits
seem to be working best.

Brothers Bait and Tackle (651) 430-2554

WILLMAR AREA

Green Lake is kicking out numbers of walleyes in 24 to 28 feet
of water. Look to Eagle Lake in 10 to 15 feet, Big Kandi Lake, and
Diamond Lake for walleyes in shallower water as well. Anglers
fishing from shore on Foot Lake are catching quite a few big
walleyes during lowlight periods of the day. Lakes Andrew and
Florida are the area’s best bets for panfish in 10 to 12 feet of
water. The duck opener was tough here. There just didn’t seem to be
many birds in the area.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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