Crankbaits and minnows the way to go for walleyes

Big Six


The evening crankbait bite is picking up for walleyes off the
shallow rock reefs and points. Crankbaits are working best, but
there is some minnow action reported as well. During the day, the
deep-rock and occasional mud-flat bite takes place in 22 to 30 feet
with live bait. Some perch are being found in the bays over 10 to
15 feet, but there is a lot of sorting taking place. Smallmouth
bass remain active on the rocks and muskie anglers continue to see
fish on the north end during the evening hours.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


A jig and shiner minnow is producing limits of walleyes outside
the Lighthouse Gap. The shiner run is in full swing on the Rainy
River, which means the walleyes are following and providing
consistent action. Look to the Clementson, Frontier Landing, and
Birchdale areas for the biggest concentration of shiners and
walleyes. At the Northwest Angle, crappies, walleyes, and jumbo
perch are being caught around the flats and rocks.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


The east and west sides of Walker Narrows are producing numbers
of good-sized perch in five to seven feet. Walleyes are hitting a
jig and minnow during the day and crankbaits at night in eight to
12 feet of water off Pine Point, Stoney Point, and Sand Point. Work
the shallow rocks around Pelican Island and Walker Bay for muskies.
Big bass continue to be taken in the slop and rice areas around
Minnesota Island and in Boy Bay. Grouse hunters report a lot of
flushes in this area and most indicated a strong grouse

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Sunfish and bass remain easy targets on the inside weedlines
throughout the lake in about six feet of water. Trolling a
spinnerbait and sucker minnow on top of the weedbeds or along the
mid-depth weedlines continues to produce pike. There’s some evening
walleye reports coming from Browns Bay with a jig and minnow in 16
to 18 feet. Muskie activity has tapered off with more follows than
hooked fish reported on the weedlines.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes in 30 to 40 feet around
Grindstone Island and American Narrows. The east end reefs also
have produced walleyes in 40 feet of water. On the Rainy River,
walleyes and some good-sized pike are being caught at the mouth of
the Little Fork River. Crappie and grouse-hunting reports have been

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The shoreline breaks and points are holding walleyes in five to
12 feet of water. A jig and minnow combination is working best with
areas such as Raven’s Point, Little Stoney Point, and the Highbanks
providing some action. Perch action has been limited with a few
fish being found on the shallow rocks. Northern pike can be had
with minnows on the weed edges, but most have been small.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


There’s an ‘excellent’ sturgeon bite on the St. Croix River.
Most of these fish are being caught off the deep points with
crawlers. On the Mississippi River, panfish and bass are an easy
catch in six to 12 feet. Pike, panfish, and muskie reports have
been limited on area lakes. Archery hunters have done well during
the first week, bringing in a lot of antlerless deer.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Trolling spoons on the weedlines of Pierson Lake and Lake
Minnewashta is a safe bet for northern pike. Panfish are starting
to hit with crappies being found in 14 to 16 feet of water on area
lakes and some sunfish in slightly shallower water. Largemouth bass
continue to be caught on spinnerbaits with lakes such as Steiger
and Auburn standing out. About 20 deer have been registered with an
even split on bucks and does.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


The muskie bite continues to be very good with bucktails.
Numbers of fish have been caught and raised on the weedline in
Waconia Bay, off Anderson’s Reef, and the southeast side of the
island. Minnows are triggering walleyes during the evening hours on
the sides of North Reef and Keggs Reef. Panfish action has been
limited, but bass continue to be found on the weed edges of most

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Walleye action has picked up on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona at
varied depths. Redtails are working best from the weedlines out to
40 feet during the day. Crankbaits are producing walleyes after
dark on these lakes. You’ll also find active walleyes on the 15- to
22-foot weedlines of lakes Carlos, Geneva, and Le Homme Dieu.
Redtails have worked best on these lakes as well. Bass and pike are
hitting Rattle Traps on top of the flats on most lakes, but panfish
action is limited.

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


Minnows are turning walleyes early and late in the day on Cedar
Lake in 18 to 20 feet and on Clearwater Lake from the weedlines out
to 20 feet. Hit the weedlines of Pleasant Lake with spinnerbaits
for northern pike and bass. Sunfish action remains strong in 10 to
12 feet at Clearwater, Cedar, and Lake Sylvia. The mid-depth
weedlines of Pleasant and Sylvia are holding crappies. Several nice
bucks have been registered and goose hunting has been average at

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are hitting minnows on or near the flats of Otter Tail
Lake in 10 to 20 feet, in 17 to 24 feet or 30 to 33 feet on West
Battle Lake, and in 18 to 24 feet at Stalker Lake. Bass are hitting
on most lakes with West Battle, Clitherall, and Johnson Lake
producing the area’s biggest fish. Troll the weedlines of Otter
Tail, Clitherall, and Johnson for pike. Sunfish remain active in
six to 12 feet at Clitherall, West Battle, Deer Lake, and Lake
Anna. Youth Waterfowl Day and goose hunting reports have been

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Lake Bemidji is producing walleyes on redtails in 10 to 15 feet
during the morning hours. On Lake Plantagenet, a jig and minnow is
triggering walleyes in 25 to 30 feet. Panfish, pike, and muskie
action has been slow. The grouse season started very strong, a few
bears continue to be registered, and archery hunters seem to be
having no problem filling management tags.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000


Work the weedlines and shoreline breaks of Blackduck Lake and
Island Lake with a minnow for walleyes. Sunfish and crappies are
biting well in 10 to 14 feet at Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, and
Rabideau Lake. Pike and bass remain active on the weedlines of most
lakes. Grouse hunters are finding a lot of success in this region
and archery hunters have taken quite a few deer during the first

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


There’s a ‘fantastic’ walleye bite with jigs and redtails on
Gull Lake in 18 to 28 feet. The south and north ends have been most
productive. Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake also have produced
walleyes in deep water. Panfish reports have been limited, but bass
remain active on the bars and weedlines of most lakes.

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


Walleyes are being caught in 10 to 12 feet or in 25 to 35 feet
on Cass Lake. Look to Deadman’s Bar, East Cedar Bar, and West Cedar
Bar with redtail minnows. Perch have moved to the bulrushes of Pike
Bay Lake and Cass and can be had with a jig and minnow. Northern
pike are hitting redtails in 20 feet throughout Cass. Big Wolf Lake
is producing crappies over 25 to 30 feet and bluegills are being
found in 10 feet on lakes such as Grace and Kitchi. Muskies are
chasing bucktails on the rocks.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Minnows or crankbaits are the ticket for walleyes at Chisago
Lake and Green Lake in 15 to 18 feet during the evening hours.
Sunrise Lake continues to produce numbers of largemouth bass and
northern pike. There’s a steady crappie bite over 20 feet of water
at South Lindstrom Lake and North Center Lake. Goose hunting hasn’t
picked up and youth duck hunters found marginal success last

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Pelican Lake, Rabbit Lake, and Clearwater Lake are giving up
walleyes in six to 12 feet at night and in 18 to 27 feet during the
day. A jig and redtail minnow is working best. Spinners and minnows
are turning northern pike on the weed tops and edges of most lakes.
The Mississippi River remains the best option for big bluegills.
Deep-diving Rapalas or plastics are producing trout early and late
in the day at Manual Pit and Huntington Pit. Grouse reports are
decent despite heavy cover, there’s a lot of geese in the area, and
archery hunters are taking quite a few antlerless deer.

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


Walleyes are hitting minnows on Big Detroit Lake in 21 to 30
feet. On Lake Melissa and Island Lake, you’ll find walleyes on the
weedlines out to 30 feet. Island Lake also is producing sunfish in
16 feet, but crappie reports have been limited. Lakes Melissa and
Detroit are producing pike along the remaining weedlines. Detroit
continues to produce numbers of muskies on topwater baits.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Minnows are producing walleyes during the evening hours at Fish
Lake in eight to 10 feet. Smallmouth bass remain active, with the
shorelines of Island Lake giving up strong numbers. Fish Lake also
is a safe bet for panfish with bluegills being caught in eight feet
and crappies coming from 12 to 15 feet. Reports off Lake Superior
have been limited this week. More than 80 deer have been registered
by archery hunters with a good portion of them being taken within
the city limits special hunting areas. Bear registrations are about
the same as last year with approximately 40 animals brought in and
grouse hunting has started strong.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes and crappies on Blue
Lake in 22 feet. The weedlines of Fremont Lake and Elk Lake are
holding numbers of bass and pike. Look to Elk for sunfish in six to
10 feet as well. Smallmouth bass and catfish action remains
consistent on the Rum and Mississippi rivers. Archery hunters are
filling plenty of management tags, but goose hunting remains

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Spinners and minnows or Rapalas are producing walleyes in 15 to
25 feet. Basswood Lake, Birch Lake, and Shagawa Lake are worth
noting. Basswood continues to produce good-sized pike, primarily on
large minnows. Panfish remain shallow on most lakes and the grouse
season started on a good note, although heavy cover remains an

Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930


Cannon Lake, Lake Mazaska, and Shields Lake are producing
walleyes during the evening. The majority of fish are being caught
with plastics. Sunfish continue to be caught near the docks at
Circle Lake, Fox Lake, and Kelley Dudley Lake. Trolling spoons or
minnows on the weedlines of Kelley Dudley is a safe bet for pike.
Youth Waterfowl Day produced good reports, goose hunters are doing
well, and archery hunters registered quite a few deer.

Lakeside OneStop (507) 332-4050


Slip bobbers and nightcrawlers are producing trout along the
shorelines of Esther Lake, Kimball Lake, Mink Lake, and Chester
Lake. The rock piles of Devil’s Fish Lake are worth noting for
walleyes during the evening hours in 12 to 20 feet. The grouse
season started strong, bear registrations have dropped since
opening weekend, and a handful of deer has been registered.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


The wind-swept bays have produced walleyes in six to 15 feet and
as deep as 35 feet. Some fish continue to be taken with leeches and
crawlers, but minnows have been most productive. Troll the deep
weed edges of these bays with sucker minnows and you should find
pike. Crappies are being caught, but establishing a consistent
pattern has been difficult. It was a quiet archery opener, bear
hunters didn’t do much this past week, and grouse hunting was
hindered by cold and leaves.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Walleye action has picked on the Four Mile Bar, the Jawbone, and
on the flats in 21 to 30 feet. The mornings and evenings have been
best with minnows. Sunfish are scattered on the main-lake bars in
14 feet and there are crappies being found suspended over 30 feet
in front of the Holiday Resort. Bass and pike remain active on the
deep weedlines. Goose hunting has improved in recent days and
archery hunters have registered quite a few deer.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181


Work the sharp, 17- to 22-foot breaks with crawlers for
walleyes. Muskies are hitting during the evening hours. Many of the
area’s small lakes are producing crappies and sunfish in 14 to 18
feet. Grouse hunters heard and saw more birds than they shot due to
the cover, but grouse numbers appear strong.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052


Madison Lake continues to produce crappies in 10 to 14 feet,
while Lake Washington is the area’s best sunfish option in 10 to 12
feet. Look to Lake Hanska, Minnesota River, and Lake Washington for
walleyes with Shad Raps or minnows. The weedlines of Big Jefferson
Lake continue to provide numbers of bass and pike. Youth Waterfowl
Day went well with numbers of ducks and geese in the area, but
archery hunters are reporting few deer.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Sunfish and crappies are being found in four to eight feet at
Ramsey Lake, Lake Constance, and Lake Ida. The deep holes and bends
of the Mississippi River continue to hold smallmouth bass and
catfish. Hit the weedlines of Big Lake and Mitchell Lake for bass
and pike. A few deer have been registered, but goose hunters have
not done well.

River’s Edge Outfitters (763) 295-3222


A jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes in the
Grapevine area of Big Stone Lake during the evening hours. Look for
perch in the Rocky Ledge area of Big Stone in 13 to 15 feet. The
south end of Artichoke Lake is producing crappies in five feet.
Small jigs and minnows have worked best. Hunting reports have been
limited this week.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Fish Hook Lake is producing walleyes in 21 feet, mainly on
redtails. Northern pike action is picking up with minnows and
crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet at Fifth Crow Wing Lake. Bass action
remains very good in the shallows of most lakes with spinnerbaits.
The grouse opener went well despite a lot of leaves and archery
hunters are taking quite a few deer.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the Tamarack River in
six to eight feet, while main-lake walleye and crappie action is
slow. Work the weed edges on the main lake for pike and look for
the big fish to start biting soon. The grouse opener went well and
archery hunters report a lot of deer in the area.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


The dam area of the Mississippi River is producing walleyes and
saugers. Hair jigs and minnows have worked best in 10 to 15 feet.
Panfish are being found under the docks in Baypoint Park. Large
sucker minnows or spoons are producing pike at the mouths of the
Rush and Pine rivers. The Maple Springs area of Lake Pepin is a
safe bet for smallmouth bass. Goose hunting has been much better
this week and archery hunters have registered a lot of antlerless

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111


Look for walleyes on the six- to 12-foot weedlines of Rice Lake
and Lake Koronis. Minnows started turing walleyes on Grand Lake in
12 feet. Sunfish are being found in six to 10 feet at Ripley Lake
and Becker Lake. Work the weedlines of Koronis, Browns Lake, and
Eden Lake for pike. Goose hunting has been slow, but archery
hunters have done well during the first week.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Limits of eating-sized walleyes are being taken on a jig and
minnow on McCormick Lake in eight to 10 feet. There’s an evening
walleye bite at the narrows bridge on Sauk Lake with floating jigs
and a minnow. Look for sunfish in six to eight feet at Sauk and on
the 10- to 12-foot weed edge of Maple Lake. Red Barn Bay on Sauk
started producing crappies in 15 feet and you’ll find suspended
crappies over 18 to 28 feet at Big Swan Lake. There seem to be more
geese in the area and archery hunters have brought in quite a few
deer – highlighted by three large bucks.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


The Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska is producing sunfish in
eight to 10 feet. A few walleyes can be had during the day on
Minnewaska in 12 to 15 feet with minnows and during the evening
with crankbaits along the shorelines. Lake Andrew started giving up
walleyes via shiner minnows in 15 to 18 feet and there is an
evening crankbait bite on Lake Reno for walleyes in shallow water.
Hunting action has been limited with few geese in the area.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 15 feet during the evening
hours and minnows are working best in 20 feet or more during the
day on Green Lake and Eagle Lake. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines of
Diamond Lake, Andrew Lake, and Games Lake are holding panfish. Bass
and pike action has been limited.

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

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