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A hint of fall weather triggers minnow bite for walleyes

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – During the evening or in cloudy conditions, crankbaits or
a slip bobber and leech is producing walleyes on the six- to
12-rocks. The mud flats are giving up bigger fish, primarily on
leeches and live bait rigs. The best muskie reports are coming off
the north end with bucktails.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Slip bobbers and leeches remain the best bet for walleyes
at night, on the mud, in 34 feet of water. During the day,
deep-running crankbaits are turning fish off the flats. A spinner
and minnow also works on top of the flats during the day. Tube
baits are providing steady smallmouth bass action on the rocks,
while the weedlines of most bays are holding muskies and northern
pike.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The best action on the south shore has been on the mud flats
near the Morris Point Gap in 26 to 31 feet. Crankbaits also are
producing walleyes north of Pine Island in 30 feet of water. Limits
of walleyes and sauger can be had at Big Traverse Bay in 24 to 27
feet. Hammered gold spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes in
30 feet near Crowduck Island at the Northwest Angle. At the Rainy
River, northern pike, smallmouth bass, and sturgeon action remains
strong.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

Topwater baits are triggering muskies on the rocks of Agency
Bay. Work the rice beds with spinnerbaits during the day and
topwater baits during the evenings for largemouth bass. Crawlers
continue to produce walleyes in 32 feet, but there is some
crankbait activity on the points during the evening hours. Most
small lakes in the area are kicking out panfish.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA

The deep side of the weedlines are kicking out sunfish and
largemouth bass. An occasional crappie is pulled from these areas
as well. Muskie, northern pike, and walleye action remains
slow.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Fox Island, Olson’s Reef, and the east end of Blueberry Island
are providing walleye activity in 26 to 30 feet. Rock piles in
Saginaw Bay are holding walleyes and there’s been a switch to
minnows over the past week. Work deep pockets of Black Bay with
minnows for crappies.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes have been pulled from five- to eight-foot weed patches.
Lindy Rigs and leeches or jigs and minnows work best at Little
Stoney Point, Raven’s Point, the Bird Houses, and Duck Pass. You’ll
find some walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot flats and rock piles as
well. Northern pike and jumbo perch are mixed with the
walleyes.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Sunfish and largemouth bass continue to be pulled from the
shallow weed edges of White Bear Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, Lake Jane,
and Demonterville Lake. Sucker minnows have been the best bet for
pike in 12 to 15 feet of water on lakes such as Forest, Big
Carnelian, and Big Marine. Hit the weed tops of Forest Lake with a
bucktail for muskies. The best walleye option remains the St. Croix
River during lowlight periods of the day.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

LAKE WACONIA

North Reef and Kegg’s Reef are kicking out sunfish in 13 to 18
feet. Plastics and topwater baits are fooling bass in the weeds of
Reinkie’s Reef. Northern pike are an easy catch with sucker minnows
on the weed edges, while muskie anglers have reported a lot of
follows. Small sucker minnows have turned a few walleyes on
Cemetery Reef.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

BATTLE LAKE

A jig tipped with white plastic or a minnow has produced
walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in four feet of water. There’s a decent
Rapala bite taking place during the evening hours on West Battle
Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. Leeches continue to turn walleyes
on East Battle Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water. Sunfish are hitting
small leeches in 15 to 20 feet of water on lakes such as West
Battle, Clitherall, and South Turtle. The local bass bite remains
strong and sucker minnows are turning northern pike in the weeds of
Otter Tail. Casting or trolling crankbaits on West Battle Lake has
produced muskies.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Nightcrawlers or redtails are turning walleyes on the 16- to
30-foot weedlines of Gull Lake. Northern pike can be had on sucker
minnows in 14 to 24 feet on Gull, North Long Lake, and Lake Edward.
Bass continue to hit spinnerbaits on the 12- to 20-foot weed edges
of most lakes. Look for crappies and sunfish in 12 to 26 feet on
most lakes.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Perch action remains strong on the bars and weed edges in six to
10 feet of water. A jig and minnow or crankbait is producing
walleyes on the bars during the evening hours as well. A few
walleyes continue to be caught on leeches on the 16- to 24-foot
breaks. Muskie anglers are trigging fish on the reed edges and
along the weedlines, while Allen’s Bay and Dick’s Bay remain safe
bets for bass, pike, and sunfish.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSS LAKE AREA

Whitefish, Rush, and Pelican lakes are producing walleyes in 22
to 34 feet on redtails or leeches. Most anglers are finding success
on the outside weed edges and deeper. Bass and northern pike also
can be had along the weedlines. Plastic worms or spinnerbaits
worked in or on top of the weeds are providing bass action, while
sucker minnows have been the ticket for pike. Look to Crosslake for
bass and Hay Lake or Bertha Lake for northern pike. Crappies and
sunfish are being found suspended in 14 to 20 feet throughout the
area.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Lake trout, cohos, and chinooks are being found scattered along
the shoreline of Lake Superior. Smallmouth bass action remains
strong on the rock-covered shorelines of most lakes. Crankbaits or
leeches have turned bigger fish. Leeches and crawlers are producing
walleyes in 15 to 18 feet on Lake Saganaga, Elbow Lake, and Devil’s
Track Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

HACKENSACK AREA

Look to Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake for sunfish in 12 to 15
feet. Walleyes can be had as shallow as three feet of water at
Woman Lake, during the evening hours, on a slip bobber and leech.
Baby Lake is giving up a few muskies and northern pike remain
active throughout the area. Look for consistent largemouth bass
action in the weeds of Ten Mile Lake and Birch Lake.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Casting or trolling crankbaits has produced walleyes in 15 to 28
feet of water. Key in on the reef edges and the sharp, shoreline
breaks. There’s also has been some live bait action taking place in
the Martin Islands area of Kabetogama and the Blind Indian Narrows
of Namakan. Smallmouth bass are along the rocky shorelines, while
the deep weed edges continue to provide steady northern pike
activity.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE VERMILION

Nightcrawlers remain the bait of choice for walleyes on the east
end of the lake in 25 to 40 feet of water. The west end of the lake
has produced more fish in 18 to 26 feet of water, primarily on
crawlers. Some anglers have caught walleyes by trolling
bright-colored crankbaits around the rock piles. Muskies are
chasing baits but are not real aggressive. Fishing at night with
topwater baits has produced a handful of fish. Sunnies and crappies
are located along the shallow weedlines.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company (218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

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