Minnows are turning walleyes in 12 to 18 feet of water at
Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake. Look for crappies on Lake John in
12 to 18 feet of water and in the 30-foot holes of Clearwater.
Sunfish continue to be pulled from 10 to 12 feet of water at
Clearwater, Lake Augusta, and Lake Marie. Northern pike and bass
are being found on the weedlines of most lakes with spinnerbaits or
minnows working best. Pheasant hunters are doing well with many
limits shot on opening weekend. There are more ducks in the area
and goose numbers remain strong.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Shiner minnows and redtails are turning walleyes in 18 to 22
feet of water during the daytime hours at Cass Lake, Lake Andrusia,
Lake Bemidji, and Lake Plantagenet. During the evening hours, Shad
Raps are working best in shallower water. Panfish reports have been
limited, but a few muskies continue to be pulled from Plantagenet
and Bemidji during the evening hours. Steady rains have meant tough
grouse hunting, but there are more ducks in the area this week.
Bluewater Bait and Sports
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000
Minnows are producing a few walleyes and perch on Blackduck Lake
in 10 to 12 feet of water. Lakes such as Gilstead and Rabideau are
kicking out panfish over 10 to 14 feet. The early antlerless season
was very good last weekend, grouse hunters are finding pockets of
birds, and waterfowl hunters are shooting more geese than ducks
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Jigs tipped with redtails or rainbow minnows are triggering
walleyes at Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, Whitefish Lake, and North Long
Lake between 24 and 36 feet of water. Some walleyes have been
caught close to shore after dark on these lakes. Bass anglers are
doing well with spinnerbaits or crankbaits on the mid-depth weed
edges of most lakes. Look for crappies to be hitting rosy red
minnows on a small jig along the weedlines as well.
S & W Bait/Nisswa Guide Service (218) 829-7010
Look to Chisago Lake for crappies in 12 to 18 feet of water.
Chisago and Green Lake are kicking out walleyes over 10 to 16 feet
during the afternoon and evening hours. Sunfish are still an easy
catch in less than 10 feet at South Lindstrom Lake, North Center
Lake, and Chisago. Bass are hitting crankbaits and spinnerbaits on
the weedlines of most lakes. Pheasant reports have been mixed, but
should improve as the corn comes out. Duck numbers are limited with
the bigger water holding more birds.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Walleye action is strong with Pelican Lake leading the way in
deep water with redtails. Trout are smacking Rapalas or jigging
spoons tipped with waxies or plastics near the surface of most
pits. Grouse hunters are doing “O.K.” and duck hunters had
a slower week than the previous two. Goose numbers remain high in
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 12 to 14 feet at Big Cormorant
Lake and along the sharp breaks of Rock Lake. Panfish action has
been limited, although few people have been chasing them. The flats
of Big Detroit Lake are still providing steady muskie action even
through the unstable weather patterns. Duck and goose numbers are
quite strong with the Mahnomen area holding the most birds.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Crappies and walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 14 feet at
Boulder Lake and Fish Lake. A few big walleyes and an occasional
muskie are caught on the St. Louis River. With the cover
eliminated, grouse hunters are doing much better. Duck hunters are
finding more birds than a week ago, but no real numbers of divers,
yet. Archery hunters continue to harvest a lot of antlerless
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Redtails are providing steady walleye action in 19 feet at Pine
Mountain Lake, Stoney Lake, and Woman Lake. There’s some night
crankbait action for walleyes at Ten Mile Lake in six feet. Ten
Mile also has produced some huge smallmouth bass. Look to Birch
Lake and Ten Mile for crappies in six to eight feet. Grouse and
duck hunting has been “excellent” in recent days.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Many anglers are saying the bite this week has been the best
fall action in five years. Walleyes are consistently hitting a jig
and minnow in 35 to 40 feet during the day. Northern pike are
hitting minnows and crankbaits on the weed edges of most bays.
Grouse hunting remains slow, although the weather has limited
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Walleye action is very good in 18 to 23 feet. Redtails have been
hot on the flats, Four Mile Bar, and Two Mile Bar. Some fish are
being found as shallow as 10 feet during the evening hours. The
crappie and sunfish bite has tapered off this week. Work the
weedlines with minnows for northern pike. Pheasant hunters are
doing well despite a lot of standing crops. Limits have been common
since opening day.
Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181
Walleyes are hitting in shallow and deep water. The shallow bite
is best with crankbaits or minnows in the soft-bottomed areas. The
deep fish are hitting minnows over 26 to 38 feet. Trolling in 15 to
22 feet has produced several muskies and large pike this week. Once
turnover is complete concentrate your muskie efforts on the rocky
shorelines in 15 to 22 feet. The leaves are now down so grouse
hunters are finding more success.
Lake Vermilion Trading Company
The inlets of the Minnesota River and shorelines of Lake Hanska
are producing walleyes via jigs and minnows. Lake Washington is
producing walleyes on minnows, from the shorelines out to 18 feet.
Jigging spoons are the ticket for crappies at Madison Lake in 12 to
14 feet. The pheasant opener was “awesome” with most
groups shooting multiple birds. Duck numbers have dropped
considerably this week.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleyes continue to be a tough find, but lakes Koronis and Rice
are worth hitting with minnows in 10 to 14 feet. Horseshoe Lake is
producing walleyes in 14 to 17 feet during the evening hours. Look
for sunfish on Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, Pearl Lake, and
Horseshoe Lake in six to eight feet. You’ll find suspended crappies
along the weedlines and deep holes of Grand Lake. The pheasant
opener went well, despite a lot of standing crops. Duck hunters
also have done well this week.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleye action has picked up on Sauk Lake with minnows in six to
eight feet of water. Big Birch Lake and Little Birch Lake are
producing walleyes in 18 to 40 feet of water, depending on the time
of day. Shore anglers on Lake McCormick continue to catch walleye
limits. The north end of Sauk Lake and Maple Lake are producing
sunfish in eight feet. Pheasant hunters have done very well,
especially on private land. Duck numbers are better now than they
have been all season.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155