Minnows continue to produce walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on Lake Le
Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, and Lake Darling. A few walleyes also can
be had in deep water, 40 to 70 feet, on lakes Ida and Miltona. Bass
are still an option via crankbaits on the remaining weed edges and
flats of area lakes. There hasn’t been much for ducks moving into
the area, but pheasant hunters are finding birds.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake are the area’s two best walleye
options with minnows in 12 to 20 feet. Look to Pleasant Lake, Lake
Sylvia, and Clearwater for bass and pike, most of which are hitting
minnows or crankbaits. A few crappies have started showing up in
the deep holes of Clearwater as well. Pheasant hunting has improved
over the past week, but there isn’t much for ducks to be had.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Minnows remain the ticket for walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 40
to 50 feet during the day and in 10 to 12 feet at night. Clitherall
Lake is producing walleyes in 16 to 30 feet. Crappie and pike
action has slowed, but West Battle Lake continues to produce
muskies for those trolling the weedlines. Field hunting has
produced some geese and a few mallards.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
There aren’t many people fishing. Scattered walleye reports are
coming off Cass Lake, Lake Bemidji, and Lake Plantagenet but with
few anglers it’s hard to get a consistent report. Deer numbers
appear strong and grouse reports continue to be “less than
expected.” Waterfowl hunters are shooting more ringbills and geese
this week than last.
Bluewater Bait and Sports
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000
Minnows continue to produce walleyes for the few anglers who
continue to fish. Work 10 to 12 feet on lakes such as Gull, Island,
and Blackduck. Grouse hunting remains a disappointment, but there
are ducks and geese to be had on most bigger ponds.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Gull Lake and North Long Lake continue to produce walleyes via
redtails and jigs in 16 to 30 feet. Crankbaits are triggering bass
along the deeper weedlines of North Long Lake and Round Lake while
many of the area’s smaller lakes are producing panfish. Look for
crappies to be suspended over deep water and the sunfish in
S & W Bait/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
Walleyes have bit very well during the evening hours in the
channel between Big Green Lake and Little Green Lake on minnows.
Trolling with crankbaits in the channel between Chisago Lake and
South Lindstrom Lake also has produced walleyes. Bass continue to
hit spinnerbaits and crankbaits on most lakes.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Jigs and redtail minnows are producing numbers of walleyes on
lakes such as Pelican and Rabbit. Fishing reports for other species
have been limited. There are more ducks and geese in the area this
week with a few more ringbills and scaup showing up. Grouse hunters
who have strayed off the main paths are shooting birds, with some
excellent reports coming from just north of the area.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Walleyes are being taken on minnows at two depths: six to 14
feet early and late in the day and in 20 to 25 feet during mid-day
hours. Lakes worth noting are Pelican, Big Cormorant, Big Detroit,
Island, and Melissa. Muskies continue to be caught on Big Detroit
with CowGirls, but panfish action is limited. Waterfowl hunters
aren’t seeing much other than geese.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Chubs are producing walleyes in 10 feet of water at Fish Lake
and Island Lake. Fish Lake also is a safe bet for crappies in 12 to
14 feet. Large sucker minnows have started triggering muskies on
the St. Louis River. Duck hunting has been poor, but grouse hunting
has improved since the leaves came down. Over 220 archery-killed
deer have already been registered.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Briggs Lake continues to produce walleyes and a few good-sized
crappies in eight to 12 feet. Blue Lake is a safe bet for crappies
over 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass continue to hit crankbaits
on the Rum and Mississippi rivers. Pheasant hunting has improved
with more corn being harvested and geese remain numerous.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Walleyes are very active on the deep drops of most lakes. Some
bigger perch and good-sized crappies also have been found in deep
water, primarily with minnows. Lakes such as Shagawa, Fall, and
Burntside are worth noting. Grouse hunting has been better now that
the leaves are down and there seem to be plenty of deer to be
Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930
Crappies continue to be pulled from Sissiton Lake and behind the
filtration plant on Budd Lake. A jig and minnow is producing
walleyes near the bridge on George Lake. The corn is out, which has
helped pheasant hunters flush more birds this week, but duck
numbers remain poor.
Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225
A jig and fathead minnow combination is turning numbers of
walleyes on the bars and humps of Shields Lake during the evening
hours. Anglers fishing from the shoreline in the channels of Cannon
Lake are catching smaller walleyes. The fall turkey season has been
strong, there are some diving ducks and mallards in the area, and
pheasant hunting has been “very good” now that the corn is
Lakeside OneStop (507) 332-4050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Fishing activity has dropped considerably. A few anglers
continue to use chubs in 20 to 25 feet for walleyes at Gunflint
Lake, Lake Saganaga, and Seagull Lake with marginal success. Grouse
hunters are offering mixed reports, but those who stray off the
main trails are flushing more birds.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Minnows are triggering walleyes throughout the Mississippi
River, Trout Lake, Sugar Lake, and Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake. The best
action has taken place in 12 to 24 feet during the day, with some
crankbait activity during low-light periods. Look for suspended
crappies in the deep holes of Lake Wabana and Lake Pokegama.
Hunters continue to experience poor grouse hunting, but a few more
ducks have shown up in the area.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Woman Lake continues to provide the area’s best walleye action
in 18 to 20 feet. Some perch also have been caught along with the
walleyes on minnows. Panfish, bass, and pike reports are limited. A
few grouse are being shot, but duck hunters aren’t seeing many
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Minnows are providing a mixed bag of fish in deep water.
Walleyes, sauger, and pike all are hitting in 32 to 45 feet from
the middle of Lake Kabetogama to the east end of the lake. The
bigger pike tend to prefer large suckers, while the walleyes and
sauger are hitting smaller versions on a jig. Grouse hunting
remains poor, but deer numbers are strong.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
The walleye bite has been very good with a Lindy Rig and redtail
minnow working best. Work the sunken island on the north end in 29
feet, the flats in 22 to 24 feet, and Three Mile Bar in 42 feet.
Crappies are being found suspended over 32 feet of water off the
north-end point. Waterfowl hunters are finding quite a few mallards
and geese in the area and pheasant hunting also has been good.
Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181
A blue or chartreuse jig tipped with a minnow is producing
walleyes in 28 feet of water. Find a saddle, point, or sharp break
and you should find walleyes at this depth. Water temperatures are
still around 50 degrees, which means the whitefish and tulibees
have yet to move shallow and this has made for a slow muskie bite.
Grouse hunters aren’t flushing many birds, but deer numbers appear
Lake Vermilion Trading Company
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow combination along the
shorelines of Lake Hanska and Crystal Lake. The Minnesota River,
Madison Lake, and Lake Washington have produced walleyes as well.
Look for suspended crappies over 12 to 16 feet on Washington and
Madison. There seem to be more geese in the area, but not a lot of
new ducks. Pheasant hunting continues to improve as the crops get
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows on Big Sandy Lake in 25
feet. Look for crappies and northern pike under the bridge on Big
Sandy as well. Grouse hunting has been slow, but there are more
ducks in the area this week. A few divers have been taken on the
bigger ponds and lakes.
Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382
Anglers fishing from shore during the evening hours are catching
walleyes on the Ortonville end of Big Stone Lake. A jig and minnow
is working best and there are some nice perch to be had as well.
There’s noticeably more geese and ducks in the area this week. Not
a lot of divers, but definitely more mallards, wigeon, and
gadwalls. The corn is coming out, which has helped pheasant hunters
in recent days.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes and northern pike are hitting minnows in 20 feet of
water at Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake. Hunters are finding some
“decent pockets of grouse” but duck numbers are down.
Archery hunters are doing well and deer numbers appear to be
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Minnows are producing walleyes at the mouth of the Tamarack
River in six to eight feet. This same area has given up some large
northern pike via crankbaits. Grouse hunting continues to be poor,
but the areas with rice are holding ducks and a few divers have
shown up this week.
Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657
RED WING AREA
There’s a very good sauger bite and a few walleyes being taken
below the dam on the Mississippi River. A jig and minnow is working
best in 10 to 15 feet. Hit the backwaters and docks in Baypoint
Park for panfish. Duck numbers are limited, but there are plenty of
geese to be had. Pheasant reports have been limited.
Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Look for walleyes on Horseshoe Lake, Rice Lake, and Lake Koronis
with minnows in eight to 17 feet. Sunfish action also remains
decent with lakes such as Becker, Pearl, Grand, and Cedar Island
producing the most fish in six to 10 feet. With the corn coming
out, pheasant hunters are finding birds. Waterfowl hunters are
shooting more geese than ducks.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
McCormick Lake and Sauk Lake are producing walleyes in six to
nine feet of water. On Big Birch Lake, walleyes continue to hit
minnows in 20 feet of water. Red Barn Bay on Sauk remains a safe
bet for panfish in four to six feet of water. Pheasant hunting
remains strong and there are ducks to be had. Field hunting has
been the most productive for ducks.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
The fall crankbait bite is in full swing along the bulrushes of
Lake Minnewaska. The best action is taking place from sunset late
into the night. During the day, minnows are producing some walleyes
along the deeper points of Minnewaska. Duck numbers continue to be
poor, but pheasant hunters are having more success now that the
crops are coming out of the fields.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Walleyes continue to be caught on minnows at Green Lake in 20 to
55 feet of water with 25 to 30 feet being most productive. Walleyes
also have been active on Eagle Lake in 10 to 20 feet and on Diamond
Lake, you’ll find ‘eyes and panfish in 10 feet. Anglers fishing
from shore on Big Kandi Lake are catching walleyes during the
evening hours. Pheasant hunters report good success, but duck
hunters have struggled since opening weekend.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097