Rising water levels create better shore-fishing opportunities
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Trolling with leadcore and #5 or #7 Shad Raps or rigging
with minnows have produced walleyes during the day in 24 to 28
feet. At night, trolling with crankbaits has produced walleyes on
the six- to 10-foot shoreline breaks and rocks. Perch have started
to move back towards shore with pods of bigger fish now being found
on the six- to eight-foot rocks with a jig and minnow.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – The night bite continues to be strong for walleyes with slip
bobbers and leeches on the mud flats in 26 to 28 feet. Crankbaits
and leadcore are producing walleyes during the day on the north-end
sand in 26 to 28 feet. The deep rocks off Pike Point, Brown’s
Point, and Seguchie Point are producing jumbo perch. Look to the
weedlines in Garrison Bay for pike.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes continue to be caught on a jig and minnow in 29 to 32 feet
at Long Point, Zippel Bay, and straight out from the Lighthouse Gap
on the south shore. Many anglers continue to comment that this
recent stretch has been the best walleye fishing they’ve ever
experienced. At the Northwest Angle, the slab crappies have started
to show up and walleyes are being caught in 26 to 28 feet. Massacre
Island, Tug Channel, and Soldier’s Point have been most productive.
The weedbeds around Falcon and Oak islands are producing quite a
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the east shore in three
to five feet. The Goose Island area and Big Hardwoods area also has
kicked out walleyes in six to 12 feet. At this point, you can’t go
wrong pitching a jig and minnow on the wind-blown shorelines and
points. Perch action is going strong off Sand Point, GrandVu Flats,
and in Trader’s Bay in nine to 12 feet. Muskie reports have been
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Crappies and walleyes can be found on top of the 15- to 18-foot
weeds of Lake Minnetonka. Walleye action also is improving with
minnows in the bigger bays of Minnetonka in 16 to 22 feet. Medicine
Lake and Lake Independence are kicking out walleyes in 12 to 15
feet. Muskie action has improved on Minnetonka although many of
these fish have been caught by accident. Look for the biggest bass
to be hung up in the shallow weeds.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes are hitting minnows over 10 to 12 feet in the Brule area,
in 12 to 14 feet in Marion Bay, and in 34 to 36 feet throughout
Steamboat Bay. The odd crappie is caught throughout Black Bay in
shallow water and crankbaits are turning northern pike on the
main-lake reefs or in Lost Bay. Grouse hunting success continues to
improve daily as more leaves and cover is eliminated.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Walleyes are being taken on a jig and minnow combination in six to
10 feet on the wind-driven points and shoreline breaks. Little
Stoney Point, Raven’s Point, Mallard Point, and the Highbanks are
all producing fish if the wind is hitting them. Perch also are
being found in these areas, but in slightly shallower water.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
Anglers fishing from shore on Lake Peltier are catching crappies.
Big Marine Lake is kicking out bass and northern pike on a variety
of artificial and live-bait presentations. Look for bucktails to
work best on muskies at White Bear Lake in less than five feet. On
the St. Croix River, you’ll find plenty of crappies near Bayport
and walleyes in the Prescott area in 20 to 30 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651)
Fishing pressure has been limited this week. Bass and northern pike
have bit most consistently and provided the best reports with lakes
such as Whaletail, Auburn, and Steiger producing fish. Walleyes
have been tough to locate and high water has made river fishing
difficult. Look to Hydes Lake for panfish in 10 to 12 feet.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Muskies are being raised along the shorelines out to the first main
break in Wagener’s Bay and Waconia Bay. Minnows are turning the
majority of walleyes on the 16- to 18-foot weed edges throughout
the lake. The inlet areas seem to be holding a mixed bag of fish
and the best sunfish action is taking place at the Claybanks on the
northeast end of the lake. The marina will be closing on Oct. 8 and
will remain closed until ice forms.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes along the weedlines out to
50 feet on Lake Miltona. The same presentation will produce
walleyes on the weedlines of Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Darling.
Bass are active in the shallows of most lakes and you’ll find
crappies in eight to 10 feet on Darling, Le Homme Dieu, and Geneva.
Large sucker minnows or bucktails have provided excellent muskie
action on the weedlines of Miltona and Lobster Lake.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleye action has been noticeably better with minnows in 14 to 20
feet at Clearwater Lake, French Lake, Cedar Lake, and Granite Lake.
Bass and northern pike also can be had on the weedlines of most
lakes, but panfish action has been limited. A few archery deer have
been registered this week, but no big bucks.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Walleyes are hitting minnows in eight to 20 feet at Otter Tail
Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle Lake and in 15 feet at
Mollie Stark Lake. Work the 15- to 17-foot weedlines with sucker
minnows for pike at Otter Tail, West Battle, and South Turtle Lake.
Suckers and bucktails continue to trigger muskies in 15 feet at
West Battle. Bass action is strong on the shorelines of Mollie
Stark, South Turtle, Fiske Lake, and Stalker Lake. Look for
suspended sunfish and crappies over 12 to 20 feet at Clitherall,
Fiske, West Battle, and Stalker lakes.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes are being caught with minnows at Lake Andrusia and the 12-
to 14-foot rock piles of Big Turtle Lake. Look to Lake Marquette
for crappies and muskie action has faded this week. Bear
registrations have dropped off, but grouse hunting reports are
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Walleyes are hitting minnows on the weedlines or in 10 to 20 feet
at Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Gull Lake. Panfish are being
found suspended over deep water at Pimushe Lake and Turtle River
Lake. Grouse hunting continues to be impressive despite thick
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Rainbow minnows and shiner minnows are producing walleyes at Gull
Lake along the 14- to 17-foot weedlines or in 28 to 32 feet.
Minnows also are turning walleyes in 16 to 30 feet on Whitefish
Lake, in 14 to 29 feet at North Long Lake, and in 28 to 38 feet at
Pelican Lake. Bass reports remain favorable in shallow water on
most lakes and look for northern pike on the south end of Gull in
10 to 16 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218)
CASS LAKE AREA
Rainbow minnows have been the key to walleye success in 18 to 20
feet or 28 to 30 feet on Cass Lake. Allen’s Bay and Buck’s Bar have
been real productive. During the evening hours, most river inlets
and outlets are producing walleyes as well. Look for perch in the
reeds out to 12 feet or on the main-lake bars in 10 to 12 feet on
Cass. Muskie fishing has been slow, but Kitchi Lake and Wolf Lake
are producing crappies over 30 to 32 feet.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Work the green weeds or points of Chisago Lake with minnows for
walleyes. The channel on Green Lake and Needle Point on South
Center Lake also have produced walleyes on minnows. A bobber and
minnow is turning crappies on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of
Chisago. Hit Sunrise Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in
six to eight feet, while bass remain active in the shallows of most
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Redtail minnows have provided an improved walleye bite in 24 to 28
feet of water at Rabbit Lake and on Pelican Lake in 40 feet.
Minister’s Point on Serpent Lake is kicking out walleyes, mainly on
redtails, in 20 to 28 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over
deep water at Bay Lake, Cedar Lake, and Black Bear Lake. The
weedlines of Mahnomen Lake are holding crappies as well. Look for
good-sized bluegills in 16 to 20 feet at Mahnomen and Little Rabbit
Lake. Mission Lake and West Rabbit Lake are safe bets for
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218)
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 28 to 32 feet at Big Cormorant
Lake, in 20 feet at Big Detroit Lake, and in 30 feet at Pelican
Lake and Lake Melissa. Muskies continue to hit large minnows or
topwater baits in 10 to 15 feet at Big Detroit and Pelican. Work
the 12-foot weedlines of Big Detroit, Floyd Lake, Sour Lake, and
Severson Lake for panfish.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Water levels have gone up, but the Rum River and Mississippi River
remained fishable as of earlier this week. Minnows or crankbaits
will produce a few walleyes and smallmouth bass in the slack water
areas of the rivers. Most other fishing reports have been limited,
although a few panfish are being caught in 14 feet of water at Blue
Lake and Green Lake. Archery hunters have registered quite a few
antlerless deer this week.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763)
Walleyes and northern pike can be had on minnows at Shagawa Lake in
six to 10 feet and at Garden Lake in 20 feet. A few walleyes have
been taken at Snowbank Lake over 50 feet and at Basswood Lake in 17
feet. You’ll find suspended crappies over 25 feet at Farm Lake.
Leaves continue to limit grouse shooting opportunities, but hunters
are seeing and hearing more birds than expected.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Plastics are turning largemouth bass near the dam on Lake Emily.
Look to Eagle Lake for crappies and sunfish in 20 feet of water.
Upper Dean Lake is providing steady northern pike action via sucker
minnows in eight to 12 feet. There hasn’t been a lot of deer
registered, but grouse numbers sound encouraging based on hunter
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Perch action remains very consistent in four to eight feet on lakes
Amber, Hall, Budd, George, and Sissiton. The channels between these
lakes continue to provide steady crappie and bluegill action as
well. Look to Fox Lake for muskies and chubs are turning northern
pike on Lake Charlotte in shallow water. Crankbaits or fathead
minnows are turning a few walleyes on Tuttle Lake and South Silver
Lake in six to 15 feet.
Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle (507)
You’ll find panfish and bass in 10 to 12 feet at Cedar Lake,
Shields Lake, and Lake Mazaska. Muskie and walleye action is slow,
but look for Cannon Lake to start producing a few walleyes very
soon. The channel on Cannon is currently kicking out perch in four
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleye action has really slowed, although there isn’t many people
fishing them. The main fishing story in this area has been that the
salmon have now moved to the mouths of the rivers or into them. The
Brule, Cascade, Poplar, and Kadunce rivers are all holding fish.
Most hunter reports indicate very good grouse shooting
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows on Trout Lake in 20 to 35 feet of
water, on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 20 to 28 feet, and at Big Sand
Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Panfish continue to be caught at Little
Cutfoot in 18 to 25 feet and you’ll find suspended crappies over 22
feet of water at Lake Wabana. Big northern pike have been taken
with minnows at Lake Pokegama in 16 to 22 feet. Grouse hunting
reports have not changed – there’s birds around, it’s just tough to
get a shot due to the cover.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
A jig and minnow combination is producing crappies in eight feet of
water throughout Kenfield Bay on Ten Mile Lake. The shallow weeds
on Ten Mile are safe bets for largemouth bass. Hit 18 feet with a
jig and minnow on Webb Lake for walleyes. Minnows and crawlers have
produced walleyes in 23 to 25 feet at Birch Lake. Hunting reports
continue to be minimal.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleyes and sauger are being caught on minnows during the day in
28 to 35 feet of water. There are some walleyes being caught on
crankbaits during low-light periods in shallower water. Minnows and
crankbaits will produce northern pike on the weed tops or weed
edges in most of the bays.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Large minnows and jigs are providing steady walleye action in 28 to
40 feet of water throughout the day. Muskies seem to be in
transition – it’s too early for trolling big crankbaits and too
late to toss baits in the weeds and rocks. Some good-size crappies
have been found in the “deep hole” and grouse numbers appear
excellent in the area.
Lake Vermilion Trading Company
This area received nearly 10 inches of rain so river fishing
opportunities have come to an end. Anglers have found walleye
success on the shoreline of Lake Hanska with a jig and minnow. On
Lake Washington, walleyes and crappies are being taken with minnows
in seven to 10 feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Crappie action has picked up in front of Big Sandy Lodge on Big
Sandy Lake in eight feet. Big Sandy also has produced sunfish in
eight to 10 feet. Walleye and pike action remains limited, but bass
seem to be active on most lakes. A few deer have been registered
and there aren’t a lot of grouse reports coming in.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Jumbo perch are being caught on minnows at Big Stone Lake in 12 to
14 feet in the Grapevine, Bayview, and Hartford Beach areas.
Anglers fishing from shore with a jig and minnow are catching
walleyes at the Marsh Lake dam. The dam on the Minnesota River is
kicking out northern pike via spoons. There’s also some shore
fishing opportunities for crappies at the landing on Long Tom
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Expect walleyes to hit minnows at Fish Hook Lake in 20 to 22 feet.
Crankbaits are working best for northern pike at Long Lake in 14
feet. Spinnerbaits are turning numbers of bass in shallow water at
Big Mantrap Lake and Portage Lake is a safe option for bluegills in
eight to 10 feet. There seems to be grouse in the area, but thick
cover has limited hunter success.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
RED WING AREA
Due to extremely heavy rain, water levels on the Mississippi River
were too high for any fishing opportunities earlier this week. The
best option is to call ahead over the next few days to find out
current conditions and if the river is accessible.
Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows along the shorelines and weedlines out
to 20 feet at Lake Koronis and Rice Lake. Look for sunfish in six
to 11 feet at Cedar Island Lake, Schneider Lake, and Becker Lake.
Northern pike and bass remain active on most lakes in eight to 12
feet. Work the weeds on Rice and the docks on Horseshoe Lake for
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
The north end of Lake Osakis is kicking out sunfish in 17 feet and
crappies over 24 to 28 feet. Maple Lake is a safe bet for sunfish
in six feet and you’ll find crappies at Sauk Lake in 17 to 20 feet
or at Long Bridge Lake in eight feet. Minnows are producing
walleyes during the day on Osakis in 16 to 24 feet as are
crankbaits at night in eight feet. Minnows are producing scattered
walleyes on Big Birch Lake in 18 to 50 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
Trolling Rapalas in five to seven feet of water or pitching a jig
and minnow on the points in 12 to 16 feet has produced walleyes and
small northern pike on Lake Minnewaska. Anglers fishing from shore
with fatheads or trolling shallow-running crankbaits in boats
on Lake Emily also have caught walleyes. On Lake Pomme de Terre, a
jig and minnow is the best bet for walleyes in shallow water. Look
to the Glenwood end of Minnewaska for sunfish in eight feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Despite nine inches of rain and lake levels as high as they’ve been
in years, the docks around Lake Tetonka are producing sunfish. The
bite for anglers fishing from shore along Highway 60 on Lake
Elysian has been excellent for walleyes. The majority of these fish
have been taken on jigs and fathead minnows.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
Minnows are producing smallmouth bass in shallow water and walleyes
in 20 to 35 feet at Green Lake. Anglers fishing from shore near
moving water areas are catching walleyes on minnows at Ringo Lake,
Diamond Lake, and Willmar/Foot Lake. On Eagle Lake, you’ll catch
walleyes in 15 to 20 feet and a few walleyes can be had with
minnows at lakes Andrew, Florida, Nest, and Long as well. Look to
Lake Solomon for a mixed bag of fish including crappies, perch, and
sunfish in shallow water.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097