Statewide

HUTCHINSON

Walleyes continue to be caught on Lake Jennie. Most of these
fish are being caught right off shore with crankbaits. On Big Swan
Lake and Belle Lake, you’ll also find plenty of walleyes close to
shore. Panfish and bass action have slowed, although there aren’t
many people chasing them. Pheasant hunters are finding more birds
in recent days, while duck numbers remain low.

The Outpost (320) 587-8177

LAKE KABETOGAMA

The east ends of Kabetogama and Namakan Lake are producing
walleyes in 35 to 53 feet of water. Shiner minnows are working much
better than anything else. Crappie action is spotty, but they’re
worth finding. Look for northern pike in the remaining weedbeds and
current areas. Sucker minnows remain the best bait choice.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE OSAKIS

The open-water fishing season has pretty much ended. There just
aren’t many anglers still going out. The pheasant season has been
decent with private land producing more birds than the public
hunting areas. There also have been more birds shot early and late
than during midday hours. Duck numbers remain low with just a few
mallards being taken on the smaller ponds.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

Angling activity has slowed this week as most people gear up for
the deer season. Those who do venture out are finding walleyes in
12 to 20 feet or 35 to 40 feet of water with jig and minnow
combinations. Whitefish netting should start soon as lake temps
continue to fall.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Walleye action is still good on the Blue Earth River, Minnesota
River, and Watonwan River. Lake Crystal started giving up walleyes,
close to shore, on jigs and minnows. The narrows on Madison Lake
are holding crappies in 8 to 14 feet of water. Look for sunfish in
8 to 12 feet of water on Madison Lake during the morning hours. On
Lake Jefferson, you’ll find panfish in the weedy bays. Duck hunting
remains spotty, although Swan Lake is holding quite a few mallards.
Pheasant hunting hasn’t been as good as last year.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Horseshoe Lake started producing walleyes in 12 to 14 feet of
water on jigs and minnows. Crappies continue to hit on Big Sandy
Lake and Lake Minnewawa in 12 to 16 feet of water. Small jigs under
floats are working best. Duck and grouse hunting have been poor by
most accounts.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382

MONTICELLO AREA

Smallmouth bass and walleyes continue to hit in the deep holes
of the Mississippi River. The best area has been just west of the
Monticello area. Crankbaits or a jig and minnow are providing the
best action. Hunting reports have been poor, except from archery
hunters who continue to fill management tags at a good pace.

Shuman’s Outdoor Sports (763) 295-3222

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Fish Hook Lake is kicking out walleyes on shiner minnows in 18
feet of water. The evening hours have provided better action. On
Big Mantrap Lake, the muskie bite remains fair with bucktails
fooling the majority of larger fish. Grouse hunting has been better
in recent days now that most of the leaves have fallen. Archery
hunters continue to fill bonus tags at a good pace.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED WING AREA

The dam area of the Mississippi River is producing walleyes in
10 to 12 feet of water. Jigs, crankbaits, and three-way rigs with
live bait all are producing some fish. Casting hair jigs in the
back channels also is providing steady walleye action along the
current breaks. The fall turkey season has been good, and archery
hunters continue to harvest quite a few deer.

Four Seasons Bait Shop (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD AREA

Look to Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island Lake for walleyes with
fathead minnows in 10 to 12 feet of water. Lake Koronis is
providing a steady walleye bite at night. Casting crankbaits along
the shoreline has been best here. Crappies now are suspended and
active over deep water on Grand Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Cedar
Island Lake.

Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567

STARBUCK AREA

The points on Lake Minnewaska are turning out walleyes during
the day on jigs and minnows. After dark, troll the bulrushes on the
north end of the lake with shallow-running crankbaits for walleyes.
Anglers fishing from shore on Lake Emily are catching walleyes
throughout the day with minnows. There still is a lot of corn
standing, which has made it tough for pheasant hunters. The good
news is that despite a lot of corn, there are pheasants being
seen.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

STILLWATER AREA

Walleyes and crappies are hitting jigs and minnows on the St.
Croix River. Better areas this week have been just south of Hudson
on the Wisconsin side. Work the points below the bridge on the
Minnesota side for walleyes and crappies, as well. Smallmouth bass
are biting well on the river, north of Stillwater. Crankbaits
pitched in shallow water have worked best.

Brothers Bait and Tackle (651) 430-2554

WILLMAR AREA

Green Lake is producing smallmouth bass and walleyes for the few
anglers who continue to fish. Minnows and crankbaits are producing
the smallmouths, while shiner minnows remain the ticket for
walleyes. Lakes such as Norway, Willmar, North Long, and Foot are
kicking out a few crappies over deep water. Duck reports remain
poor, and most hunters expect the pheasant hunting to improve once
the corn is removed.

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

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