Unstable weather patterns blamed for inconsistent walleye bite

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Muskies and smallmouth bass continue to be pulled
off shallow to mid-depth rock piles. The best evening walleye bite
is taking place with shallow-running crankbaits off Big Point,
Hunter’s Point, and Three Mile Reef. The shallow reefs also produce
fish during the day if it’s windy or cloud-covered. If conditions
are calm during midday hours work the mud flats with spinners and
crawlers in 22 to 26 feet of water.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – A rainbow minnow and spinner continues to turn
numbers of walleyes during the day. Work the tops of most flats in
22 to 24 feet of water. Leeches under a float remain the best bet
after dark on the mud. A few reports of good-sized perch are being
heard off Sherman’s Flat and Eight Mile Flat. Muskie anglers are
seeing fish, but they haven’t been as apt to bite this
week.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Twin Pines Resort (320) 692-4682

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The best walleye reports from the south shore are from
anglers fishing Big Traverse Bay with downriggers in 30 to 35 feet
of water. Near Zippel Bay, spinner rigs and crawlers have been
working for walleyes in 20 feet of water. The Zippel Bay area also
has produced some big pike on minnows. Gold jigs and minnows have
been the ticket for walleyes at the Northwest Angle in 25 to 30
feet of water. Sturgeon, walleye, sauger, and smallmouth bass are
biting well in the Rainy River.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

A jig and minnow is fooling walleyes in 15 feet of water
off Cedar Point, Breezy Point, and at Agency Narrows. Minnows also
have provided steady perch activity in six to 15 feet of water off
Sand Point and the narrows. Bucktails and Bulldogs are raising
muskies on most shallow rock reefs. Although the sunfish action has
cooled, crappies continue to bite in 12 to 15 feet of water
throughout Shingobee Bay.

Walker Bait Company (218) 547-2248

LAKE MINNETONKA

Walleye activity has improved during lowlight periods of
the day in Brown’s Bay and Wayzata Bay. Live bait rigs and chubs or
a three-way rig and Rapala has worked best in 18 to 22 feet of
water. Northern pike are hitting spinners and sucker minnows in 15
to 18 feet of water. Look for bigger bass to hit plastics along
deep weeds and bucktails thrown over the top of the milfoil has
been the ticket for muskies.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

The humps in Sand Bay continue to kick out walleyes in 28
to 30 feet of water. On the east end of the lake, look for walleyes
on the reefs off Blueberry Island, Brule River, and Cranberry
Island in 40 feet of water. Work the shoreline breaks of Black Bay
and Sand Bay with small minnows for crappies. Walleyes and northern
pike are hitting from the Golf Course to the Falls on the Rainy
River.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

There are a few more walleyes being pulled from the weeds
with a jig and minnow. Shad Raps have been the ticket for walleyes
on Little Stoney Point in 10 to 12 feet of water. There’s still
fish coming off the bars with Lindy Rigs and crawlers in 20 feet of
water. Perch are biting well, often in the same areas you’ll find
walleyes. Northern pike continue to be aggressive off the shoreline
breaks and main lake weed edges.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

TWIN CITIES METRO

NORTHEAST METRO

Rainbow minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes on the
10- to 20-foot bars in the Afton area of the St. Croix River. Shore
anglers are pulling catfish in the Bayport area of the river as
well. Leeches are producing walleyes in eight feet of water on the
north end rock bar of Bald Eagle Lake during the evening hours.
Work the weed edges and weed tops of Battle Creek Lake, Lake
Jarvis,and White Bear Lake for northern pike. Lake Peltier and
Little Lake are the area’s best options for sunfish in 10 to 12
feet of water. Lake Jane and Demonterville Lake continue to provide
consistent largemouth bass activity. Spinnerbaits have produced
bigger fish this week.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

SOUTHWEST METRO

Sunfish are biting to the right of the access in nine feet
of water on Lake Parley. The south end of Waverly Lake is a safe
bet for numbers of sunfish in the three-to-a-pound class. Work the
east side of Lake Bavaria for bass, while Stieger Lake is the best
northern pike option. Walleye activity is improving on the Crow
River where crawlers started producing fish.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Muskie anglers continue to raise fish with black, topwater
baits in 11 feet of water. The key has been to find the greenest
weeds available. Weedlines also are the best bets for northern
pike, sunfish, and largemouth bass. The bigger fish seem to get
active during lowlight periods of the day in 12 to 14 feet of
water. Look for crappies near the Rock Dock again this week,
although a few fish have been found suspended off deep
weedlines.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

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ALEXANDRIA AREA

You’ll find walleyes hugging the bottom over 30 to
40 feet of water on lakes Miltona and Ida. Vertically presented
jigs and minnows have produced the most fish. Bass are biting on
most lakes, but there has been some real “pigs” taken in 20 to 30
feet from the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Northern pike are hitting
minnows along the weed edges of Lake Carlos, Darling Lake, and Le
Homme Dieu. Muskies have been more aggressive on Lake Miltona and
Lobster Lake, while panfish are being found in eight to 12 feet of
water on lakes such as Victoria, Geneva, and
Maple.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320)
763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Crawlers and fathead minnows are producing
walleyes on Clearwater Lake in 14 to 26 feet, Cedar Lake in 18 to
26 feet, Pleasant Lake in 24 feet, and on Lake Sylvia in 25 to 35
feet of water. There are crappies hanging under the swimming rafts
on Lake John and Cedar Lake. Largemouth bass are biting on most
lakes, although Clearwater, Cedar, Sylvia, and Lake Francis are
producing bigger fish.

Little Jim’s Bait (320)
274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Sunfish are still providing the bulk of the
angling action in 10 to 12 feet of water. Lakes such as Stalker,
Clitherall, Battle, Star, and Dead all have been producing fish.
Look for in-line spinners or large plastics to fool muskies along
the weed edges of West Battle Lake. Shad Raps have plucked an
occasional walleye from the 10-foot depths of Otter Tail Lake late
at night.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Gull Lake has been kicking out a lot of walleyes
in 15 to 32 feet of water. Chubs, redtails, and nightcrawlers have
worked best. Look for North Long Lake and Pelican Lake for walleyes
at similar depths. Large sucker minnows are turning northern pike
in 12 to 23 feet of water on area lakes.

S & W Bait & Tackle (218)
829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

The jumbo perch bite has been very good in six to
12 feet of water on Cass Lake. Look to the bars and points to be
most productive with a jig and minnow. Walleyes have been caught in
30 to 45 feet of water with live bait during the day on Cass and in
10 to 12 feet during lowlight periods with Shad Raps. Muskie
anglers are raising fish on the bars and weed flats with topwater
baits. Look to Grace Lake and Midge Lake for panfish in 12 to 14
feet of water.

Sunset Cove Resort (800)
279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Rattle Traps and other shallow-running crankbaits
started turning walleyes on Green Lake in six to eight feet of
water. Bass are active in the weeds of Chisago Lake, North Center
Lake, and South Center Lake. The 10- to 12-foot weed edges of
Sunrise Lake are holding numbers of largemouth bass and northern
pike. Look to Kroon Lake for crappies in 12 to 16 feet of
water.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Crappie action continues to be good in 10 to 15
feet of water on Perry Lake, Lake Adney, and Clearwater Lake.
Minnows are taking walleyes in Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake in 15
to 18 feet of water. Northern pike are cruising weed edges and
inhaling minnows on lakes such as Mission, Horseshoe, and Rabbit.
Look for suspended rainbow trout about 30 to 50 feet down on the
Pennington Pit and Portsmouth Pit. If the water continues to cool,
look for brown trout to start getting active as
well.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218)
546-6912

DETROIT LAKES

A few walleyes have been caught after dark on Big
Cormorant Lake. Lakes such as Pelican, Cotton, Detroit, White
Earth, Strawberry, and Elbow also are producing a few fish on a jig
and minnow. Bass fishing with plastics is going strong on all lakes
and there is panfish being caught around the greenest weeds you can
find. The muskie bite is holding its own on Detroit Lake, Pelican
Lake, and Beers Lake.

Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service
www.fishingscene.com

DULUTH AREA

Fish Lake just started giving up a few crappies in
less than 12 feet of water. Look to Island Lake with chubs or
shiner minnows in 12 to 14 feet of water for walleyes. The best
reports off Lake Superior continue to come from about one mile off
shore with most fish being caught close to the surface on
stickbaits.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218)
726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Work the weedlines of Blue Lake for largemouth
bass and northern pike. You’ll find crappies in 17 feet of water on
Green Lake and Elk Lake is worth hitting for crappies in shallower
water.The Rum River continues to produce smallmouth bass and there
are plenty of catfish to be caught on the Mississippi
River.

Tails and Trails Sport Shop (763)
856-3985

FAIRMONT AREA

There are some big crappies coming from the
channels of Budd Lake in two feet of water. Crappies also remain
active under the bridge of Lake Sissiton. Fathead minnows have
turned walleyes on Hall Lake in eight feet of water. On George
Lake, anglers are finding crappies, sunfish, and catfish in eight
feet of water.

Master Sport and Bait (507)
235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Shields Lake is kicking out sunfish in less than
six feet of water. Rapalas continue to produce walleyes during the
evening hours in the channels of Cannon Lake. Bass anglers are
finding their biggest fish in the shallow slop, trees, and docks of
Cedar Lake and Hunt Lake. Goose hunters have had little problem
shooting limits of birds this week.

Lake’s Bait and Tackle (507)
334-2768

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

During the day, look for walleyes on Trout Lake
and Lake Wabana. A jig and minnow combination has worked best in 16
to 25 feet of water. Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake also is providing
steady daytime walleye action in nine to 14 feet of water. After
dark, leeches and slip bobbers are producing walleyes in 14 to 25
feet of water on Deer Lake and Sugar Lake. Look for numbers of
suspended crappies over 20 to 25 feet of water on Lake Pokegama,
Bowstring Lake, Sand Lake, and Big Cutfoot. Muskie action is slow,
but the pike bite remains solid on Prairie Lake in seven to 12 feet
of water.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218)
326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838

HACKENSACK AREA

Minnows and jigs are providing steady walleye
action on the 16- to 22-foot rock piles of Birch Lake, Pleasant
Lake, and Woman Lake. Bass and northern pike are biting on most
lakes, while waxworms and minnows started producing panfish on
Pleasant Lake and Birch Lake in 20 feet of
water.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Lindy Rigs or jigs tipped with minnows have been
the best bets for walleyes in 30 feet of water. Reports of walleyes
in the weeds come in regularly, but most of those fish are usually
over the slot. Trolling or pitching stickbaits along the deep weed
edges has produced numbers of northern pike. Crappie action has
slowed, but smallmouth bass continue to be caught off the
rocks.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE OSAKIS

A walleye or northern pike is occasionally taken
off a weed edge or bar. Sunfish have been the best option with the
majority of good-sized fish still coming off the bars. The north
end also has kicked out sunfish this week with the best reports
coming from 14 to 20 feet of water. Work the weed edges and weed
tops with spinnerbaits for largemouth bass.

Fisherman’s Corner (320)
859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

A Lindy Rig tipped with inflated crawlers or a
minnow is the best bet for walleyes in 14 to 20 feet of water. Work
the sharp breaks, sand flats, and rock pile edges. Muskie action
remains limited with a few fish taken on the rocks and weeds with
bucktails and topwater baits. Bass action has remained very
consistent throughout the lake.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Not much has changed from a week ago, which means
Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is a safe bet for sunfish and
crappies in 12 feet of water. Crappies are suspended, but very
active on German Lake over 30 feet of water. Crankbaits are turning
an occasional walleye during the evening hours on Lake Washington
in 12 feet of water. Look to the weed edges and shoreline breaks of
Big Jefferson Lake for northern pike.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

MONTICELLO AREA

There’s consistent crappie and sunfish action
reported off Lake Constance in six to 16 feet of water. Look to
lakes such as Ida, Locke, and Big for a mixture of largemouth bass,
northern pike, and sunfish. The Mississippi River continues to kick
out smallmouth bass and catfish.

Shuman’s Outdoor Sports (763)
295-3222

ST. CLOUD AREA

There’s a hint of fall walleye action taking place
as crankbaits and minnows started producing a few walleyes. Lakes
such as Rice, Horseshoe, and Koronis are your best bets in 10 to 14
feet of water. Sunfish continue to be caught on Becker Lake,
Horseshoe Lake, Grand Lake, and Pearl Lake in six to 12 feet of
water. These fish are numerous, but plan on sorting through quite a
few small sunfish. Largemouth bass and northern pike continue to be
caught along the weed edges of most lakes and there are a few
crappies hiding under the swimming rafts on Horseshoe Lake and
Grand Lake.

Corky’s Gas & Bait (320)
251-1567

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish action is going strong on Little Birch
Lake in 16 to 18 feet of water, at Lilly Lake in 20 to 22 feet of
water, and on Fairy Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. You’ll find a
sunfish and crappie mix on Sauk Lake in seven to 11 feet of water.
Sauk is a safe bet for northern pike as well. Look to Maple Lake
for crappies in nine to 12 feet of water.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Look for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water on Lake
Minnewaska. Perch started showing up on Minnewaska, off the points
in 16 to 18 feet of water. You can expect a walleye or two mixed
in. The best walleye reports off Minnewaska are along the shallow
bulrushes on the north side of the lake. These fish are hitting
shallow-running Rapalas after dark. Anglers fishing off shore on
Lake Emily started catching walleyes on fathead
minnows.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320)
239-2239

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