Walleyes make a quick switch to fall patterns

Big Six


During the day, the deep rocks and mud are producing walleyes in
22 to 30 feet. The 10- to 12-foot rocks have been best at night
with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches working best all the
time. The north-end sand breaks or weedlines in most bays have
produced muskies at night, with topwater or chatter baits working
best. Some perch have started showing up in the bays over 14 to 17

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811


Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Shiner minnows are running in the Rainy River triggering the
fall walleye bite. There seems to be a large pod of fish staging
outside the Gap and south shore of the lake. The best reports are
coming from 23 to 30 feet from the Lighthouse Gap to Morris Point
Gap. On the Rainy, 12 to 16 feet has been best for walleyes and
sauger. At the Northwest Angle, look for walleyes on the 28- to
31-foot rocks and reefs.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


The most consistent walleye action is taking place in shallow
water with crankbaits or minnows. Better areas this week have been
Pine Point, Otter Tail Point, Goose Island, and Sand Point in nine
to 12 feet. Perch continue to be caught on minnows off the points
and Walker Narrows in 12 feet and muskie action has been limited
this week. Work the bays and Bear Island area for panfish and the
rice beds in Boy Bay are worth noting for largemouth bass.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Muskie action has slowed, although CowGirls continue to raise a
few fish in Carmons and Browns bays. A jig and minnow is triggering
walleyes during low-light periods on the 16- to 18-foot weedlines
of Browns Bay. Work the weed tops with a spinnerbait and sucker
minnow for pike and the majority of bass and sunfish remain in
shallow water.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Crappie and walleye activity has improved in 26 to 30 feet in
Sand Bay and around Three Sisters Island. Black Bay also has
produced crappies in eight feet. Blueberry and Fox islands continue
to give up walleyes in 30 to 40 feet, mainly on a jig and minnow
combination. Cranberry Bay has been a safe bet for pike in eight to
10 feet and goose and bear hunting action has dropped since opening

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Steady winds and some rain have moved most of the walleye action
back to the main-lake bars such as Bena, Horseshoe, and Big Muskie.
Crawlers and leeches are working best in 16 to 18 feet. There is
some shallow activity with jigs and minnows in six to 12 feet off
the points and shoreline breaks. The nine- to 11-foot breaks are
best for pike and perch have started schooling in five to seven
feet off the points and shorelines.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


On the St. Croix River, Mepps spinners are turning white bass in
five feet and a spinner/crawler combination is working for sauger
in deeper water. Topwater baits continue to work best for bass at
lakes such as Demonterville and Jane. Muskie and pike action has
slowed, but Lake Peltier is giving up sunfish in 12 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Christmas Lake is producing sunfish in 16 feet, while Hydes Lake
remains a consistent crappie producer in eight feet. Spoons and
crankbaits are triggering bass and pike along the weedlines of
Pierson Lake. Plastics are the way to go for bass on Mitchell Lake.
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the sand bars of the
Minnesota River. Dove hunting has been very good, but goose reports
are minimal.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Walleye activity is improving during low-light periods off the
Claybanks, Anderson’s Reef, North Reef, and the south side of
Cemetery Reef in 12 to 18 feet. Sunfish are being found on the 10-
to 12-foot milfoil edges and bass remain active along the north
shore bulrushes. There’s been a noticeable drop in muskie action
over the past 10 days.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Shad Raps or a jig and minnow are producing walleyes in 12 to 16
feet at Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake. Bass, panfish,
and northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes with
Clearwater, Sugar, Pleasant, and Sylvia leading the way. Muskie
anglers at Sugar Lake report more activity this week with surface
baits and goose hunters had a better second week than first.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Sunfish action remains strong in six to 20 feet at Clitherall
Lake, Deer Lake, Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Norway Lake. Walleyes
can be had on crankbaits during the evening hours in 10 to 12 feet
at West Battle, Otter Tail, and East Battle. During the day, a jig
and minnow is working best in deeper water. Work the weedlines with
sucker minnows on South Turtle Lake, Clitherall, and West Battle
for pike. Muskie and crappie reports are limited, but bass remain
an easy catch at Eagle Lake and South Turtle. Goose numbers remain

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Crappie and sunfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet at lakes such
as Pimushe, Rabideau, and Gilstead. A jig and minnow is the way to
go for walleyes on the weedlines and wind-driven shorelines of
Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. This bite has been strong through
the entire day, often peaking during the evening hours. Bear and
goose hunters continue to have good success in this region.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Redtails or rainbow minnows are producing walleyes at Gull Lake
in 18 to 28 feet, with some fish being pulled as deep as 42 feet.
Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake are other walleye options in
similar depths. Pike are hitting large minnows in 15 to 25 feet on
most lakes and bass continue to be pulled from the deep weedbeds.
Look for panfish off the weeds in eight to 15 feet throughout the

S & W Bait/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010


Redtails are the ticket for walleyes and pike in 25 to 35 feet.
Windigo Bar, Deadman’s Bar, North Rock Hump, and the south end of
Turtle River Bar have been best. Perch are being found in seven to
10 feet off O’Neil’s Point and between Cedar and Star islands. The
shallow rocks are holding a few active muskies, which tend to
prefer bucktails. Look to Dick’s Bay in six to eight feet for

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Rapalas are turning good numbers of walleyes on the
sand-bottomed areas of Green Lake and Chisago Lake. Chisago also is
giving up numbers of bass via plastic worms. Sunfish are an easy
find on the docks and shallow weedlines of most lakes and look for
suspended crappies over 20 feet at South Lindstrom lake, North
Center Lake, and Chisago. Sunrise Lake is always a safe bet for
bass and pike. Goose reports have become noticeably fewer since
opening weekend.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


A jig and minnow is providing steady walleye action on the
Mississippi River, Rabbit Lake, and Serpent Lake. Work the rice
beds and log jam areas of the river for panfish, and smallmouth are
hitting topwater baits on the river as well. Muskie and pike action
has been slow, but should pick up as water temperatures continue to
drop. Goose reports indicate some pretty decent bird numbers in the

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


Work the weedlines and humps of Big Detroit Lake with CowGirls
for muskies. Minnows and crankbaits are triggering walleyes on the
weedlines of Pelican Lake, Island Lake, and Big Detroit. Island
also is producing smallmouth bass and sunfish, while crappies are
being found suspended over deep water at lakes Melissa and Big
Detroit. Goose hunting continues to be poor in the area.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


On Lake Superior, anglers are finding suspended lake trout and
salmon over 200 feet of water. The best reports are coming from six
miles out of Duluth. The reefs and shoreline of Island Lake are a
safe bet for smallmouth and Fish Lake is providing an evening
walleye bite with minnows in eight to 10 feet of water. You’ll also
find crappies at Fish Lake in 15 feet and some bluegills in eight
feet. Bear registrations continue to climb, highlighted by a
555-pound animal.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 22 feet at Blue Lake. Elk
Lake is kicking out sunfish in six to 10 feet during the morning
and afternoon hours. Lakes such as Elk, Blue, and Fremont are
giving up numbers of pike and bass. On the Mississippi and Rum
rivers, smallmouth bass and catfish remain active.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Drifting or slow trolling minnows has produced limits of
walleyes at Little Long Lake and Shagawa Lake. At Birch Lake,
walleyes have been inhaling deep-diving crankbaits. Basswood Lake
is kicking out walleyes, but the main story here is the number of
big pike being caught on minnows. Many small lakes in this region
continue to produce crappies and bluegills in fairly shallow

Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930


There’s some decent muskie action reported from the shallows of
Fox Lake, especially during low-light periods of the day.
Crankbaits continue to produce walleyes along the shoreline drops
of Hall Lake. Crappie action has slowed, but sunfish continue to be
caught behind the filtration plant on Budd Lake.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225


Work the docks out to the first weedline for sunfish at Shields
Lake and Fox Lake. Minnows are producing walleyes in the shallow
weeds of lakes Mazaska, Shields, and French. Northern pike and bass
are hitting on the weedlines of Circle Lake and Shields during the
day. Goose hunters are reporting good numbers of birds in the

Lakeside OneStop (507) 332-4050


Minnows are now turning the majority of walleyes in 18 to 20
feet of water at Lake Saganaga, Seagull Lake, and Gunflint Lake.
Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits thrown on the rock and sand
shorelines of most lakes. On Lake Superior, most salmon and lake
trout are now coming from 180 to 200 feet of water. The laker trout
are usually suspended, while the majority of salmon remain close to
bottom. Bear hunting continues to be impressive with the cooler
weather bringing a lot of activity to local baits.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Look for walleyes with a jig and minnow in 12 to 14 feet at Lake
Wabana, in 14 to 20 feet with crawlers at Big Trout Lake, and with
minnows on the Mississippi River. Sunfish are hitting well in 14 to
20 feet at Lake Pokegama, in eight to 12 feet at Big Cutfoot Sioux
Lake and in nine to 12 feet at Jay Gould Lake. There’s some evening
crappie action in 12 to 14 feet at Jay Gould, Wabana, and Little
Ball Club Lake. Bass and pike continue to be pulled from deep water
on Pokegama. Bear hunting success has improved with the cool
weather and goose reports are limited.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Work the 16- to 25-foot weedlines of Woman Lake and Birch Lake
for walleyes and pike. A jig and minnow is turning fish. Some
good-sized perch have been pulled from Woman in 16 feet as well.
Weed edges of Pleasant Lake and Birch are holding schools of
crappies and bass are an easy catch in 12- to 14-foot weeds of most
lakes. Goose hunters are having some success, but bear
registrations are down.

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


The bluegill bite is tapering off with just a few fish being
found on the main-lake bars in 14 feet. Crappie action remains
strong in front of Holiday Resort where limits of fish are being
taken on rosy red minnows over 30 feet of water. Walleye activity
is on the increase with redtails and fatheads producing fish on the
Four Mile Bar in 23 feet and in front of the Town Access in 24 to
26 feet. Look to Battle Point for pike and goose hunting has been

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181


Minnows, crawlers, and crankbaits are triggering a few walleyes
along the remaining weedlines of Vermilion. Muskies are cruising
soft-bottomed bays and hitting hair baits during low-light periods.
Pelican Lake has been giving up crappies, bluegills, and pike in 16
to 22 feet. Bear hunters have had excellent success again this

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052



Shad Raps are producing walleyes on Lake Washington in 12 to 14
feet. Pitch a jig and minnow on the Minnesota River or shoreline
breaks of Lake Hanska for walleyes as well. Madison Lake remains a
safe bet for crappies in 10 to 14 feet, while northern pike and
bass are hitting on Big Jefferson Lake. Goose hunting has improved
greatly since opening weekend.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows in 18 to 22 feet at Big
Sandy Lake. There’s a decent sunfish and crappie bite at lakes
Minnewawa and Big Sandy in 12 feet throughout the day. Work the
deep weedlines of Minnewawa with sucker minnows for pike. Bear
hunters have registered less than 10 animals and goose numbers are
poor in the area.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382


Work the deep holes and channels of the Mississippi River for
smallmouth and catfish. Crankbaits are turning walleyes in 10 to 16
feet at Big Eagle Lake. Plastics pitched in the weeds of Lake
Pulaski and Big Lake are turning largemouth bass. For panfish, hit
Lake Ida and Buffalo Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Goose hunting has been
very poor in the area.

River’s Edge Outfitters (763) 295-3222



Look to Big Stone Lake for bluegills and perch in 10 to 13 feet.
Better areas have been Rocky Ledge, Goose Island, and the Christmas
Trees. A few walleyes are hitting during the evening hours in
shallow water. Goose hunting reports dropped dramatically after
opening weekend.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


During the day, crawlers or minnows are triggering walleyes in
20 feet at Potato Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Big Sand Lake.
Crankbaits have worked best up shallow during the evening hours.
Sucker minnows continue to produce pike on the Crow Wing Chain in
12 to 14 feet and the Chain remains the area’s best panfish option.
Muskies continue to be caught at a good pace on Big Mantrap Lake.
Goose hunting is going well, but the bear harvest has dropped after
a strong first week.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Main-lake walleye reports are limited, but the Tamarack River
and Blackduck River continue to produce big walleyes in six feet,
primarily via jigs and minnows. Trolling crankbaits and spoons is a
safe bet for pike in six to eight feet on the lake and crappie
action is slow.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


Most walleyes and sauger are hitting hair jigs and minnows along
the rip/rap areas leading to the dam in 12 to 15 feet on the
Mississippi River. The docks within Baypoint Park continue to
produce panfish and the mouth of the Rush River is a safe bet for
pike. Topwater baits are providing steady smallmouth bass action on
the rocks in Lake Pepin. The second week of goose hunting has been
much better than the first.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111


Minnows are triggering walleyes on the weedlines of Rice Lake
and Lake Koronis. Look to Koronis and Horseshoe Lake for pike in 12
to 14 feet, while sunfish are being taken in four to 12 feet at
Rice, Koronis, and Horseshoe. Bass action remains strong and Grand
Lake is producing good-sized crappies in 14 to 16 feet. Goose
hunters are reporting a lot more birds in the area now than last

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Fatheads and leeches are both producing limits of walleyes at
McCormick Lake. Lake Amelia and Little Birch Lake are starting to
provide steady walleye action as well. Northern pike reports are
limited, but lakes such as Sauk and Maple are kicking out numbers
of panfish.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


During the day, work the points and breaks of Lake Minnewaska in
12 to 15 feet with a jig and minnow for walleyes. At night,
crankbaits are turning some fish along the bulrushes. There’s also
an evening walleye bite in shallow water on Lake Reno. Sunfish
action has slowed, although Minnewaska is giving up a few
good-sized fish in eight to 10 feet. The shallow weedlines of
Minnewaska remain the area’s best northern pike option with

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Sunfish and perch action has been very good on Lake Tetonka in
five to 15 feet. Walleyes are just starting to hit on the weedlines
of Tetonka and Lake Sakatah, so look for that to improve as water
temperatures drop. Smallmouth and largemouth bass remain an easy
catch on Tetonka as well. Goose hunting reports have been poor.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Two presentations are turning walleyes at Green Lake: Minnows
during the day in 30 feet and crankbaits at night in shallow water.
Crankbaits also are turning walleyes at night on Diamond Lake and
Eagle Lake. Minnows have started producing walleyes during the day
at Eagle in 15 to 20 feet as well. Sunfish continue to be found in
the 10- to 12-foot weeds of lakes Andrew, Games, and Diamond. Goose
hunting reports have varied, although some groups have done
consistently well.

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

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