Walleyes, ducks, and roosters keep outdoor enthusiasts busy
LAKE MILLE LACS
The night crankbait bite has been good at St. Alban's Bay, Garrison Reef, most rock-covered points, and shallow rock reefs. You'll also catch fish at night with slip bobbers and leeches on the mud flats in 25 to 32 feet. A few muskies have been caught and the pike bite has been consistent on crankbaits in the bays. Look for perch in six to eight feet in bays.
Johnson's Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry's Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Water temperatures have dropped to 46 degrees and the shiner minnows have started to move into the Rainy River. The majority of minnows and walleyes remain just outside the Lighthouse Gap in 20 to 24 feet. Walleyes, sauger, and jumbo perch can be had in this area. The morning and evening bite has been best on the river in 10 to 12 feet with a jig and minnow. Grouse and duck reports are favorable with good numbers of birds in the area.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
A jig and minnow will produce walleyes on the wind-driven shorelines and points in four to eight feet during the day. Big walleyes continue to be caught on the deep humps in Walker Bay and at night via crankbaits in six to 10 feet. Perch action has slowed, but a few muskie anglers have found success on the shallow rocks. There continues to be good numbers of ducks on the main lake and grouse hunting remains consistent.
Reed's Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Look for walleyes on 15- to 17-foot weedlines or 30- to 45-foot humps and rock piles. Browns Bay, Excelsior Bay, and Wayzata Bay have been most productive with shiner minnows. A few crappies can be had on top of the 15-foot milfoil, bass are active in the weeds and muskies are going at night in 12 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleye action on the main lake has been slow. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the moving water areas of the Rainy River such as the mouth of the Little Fork River, Manitou Rapids, and Sioux Rapids. Hunting action has been slow, but the wind has limited participation.
Loon's Nest (218) 286-5850
There hasn't been much to report this week. The few anglers fishing continue to work the shoreline breaks and points for walleyes with a jig and minnow. Fish the wind-driven side of the lake in six to 12 feet.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
The Prescott area of the St. Croix River is producing walleyes and sauger, mainly with a jig and minnow, in 15 to 20 feet. Pool #2 on the Mississippi River is kicking out walleyes as well. Look to Lake Peltier in six to 10 feet and the eight- to 15-foot weed edge of White Bear Lake for crappies. Muskies are hitting large minnows and BullDawgs on the weed edges of White Bear and Bald Eagle Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Lake Waconia is kicking out walleyes on Kegg's Reef and Nelson's Flats via crankbaits or minnows in nine to 11 feet. Topwater baits are triggering muskies near the swimming beach on Waconia. Look to the creek mouths of the Minnesota River for walleyes, while minnows are producing pike at Pierson Lake and Steiger Lake. Lake Parley is kicking out sunfish and crappies in eight feet. Pheasant hunting reports have been encouraging and duck hunting is better than expected.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Walleyes continue to be caught with minnows throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes from the weedlines out to 20 feet. You'll also hook walleyes on Lake Miltona with a jig and minnow in 40 to 50 feet. Muskie anglers are finding success on Miltona and Lobster Lake by trolling large minnows, Jakes, and Grandmas. Duck hunting reports have been minimal, but pheasant hunters seem to be shooting birds.
Christopherson's Bait and Tackle
Walleyes are hitting minnows on Clearwater Lake from 10 to 24 feet. Look to Cedar Lake for walleyes in 24 to 28 feet, while bass and northern pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes. Crappies have started hitting on Lake Augusta, Lake John, and Clearwater in 14 to 20 feet. Pheasant hunting is improving as the corn comes out and duck hunters are finding wood ducks, ringnecks, and a few mallards.
Little Jim's Bait (320) 274-5297 www.littlejimssports.com
Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow in 12 to 18 feet during the day and crankbaits shallower at night on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake. Pike are hitting minnows and spoons on the weedlines of Otter Tail and South Turtle Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish to be suspended near the 16- to 20-foot weedlines of Fiske Lake, Stalker Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Duck hunting continues to be poor and the best pheasant reports are coming just south of the area.
Ben's Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes continue to be caught with a jig and minnow in 10 to 20 feet at Lake Bemidji, Cass Lake, and Lake Plantagenet. Muskie anglers are using big sucker minnows and finding active fish on the weedlines of Bemidji, Little Wolf Lake, and Big Lake. Duck hunters are seeing a few more divers in the area and grouse hunting remains very good by most accounts.
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow at Island Lake and Gull Lake in 10 to 16 feet. Look for panfish on Gull and Rabideau Lake in 12 to 18 feet. A few more divers have moved into the area for waterfowl hunters and grouse hunting reports are impressive.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Redtails and chubs are turning walleyes and pike at Gull Lake in 14 to 18 feet, in 35 feet at Pelican Lake, and in 24 feet at North Long Lake. Crappie action has improved as they start to suspend over 30 feet at Gull, North Long, and Lake Margaret. Bass are active on the mid-depth weedlines.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
Walleyes can be had in shallow water with minnows at North Center Lake, Chisago Lake, and the channel between Big and Little Green Lake. Most lakes are providing numbers of good-sized bass via crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Work the eight- to 12-foot weedlines of Sunrise Lake and South Center Lake with sucker minnows for pike. Pheasant hunting has slightly improved.
Frankie's Bait (651) 257-6334
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in 24 to 40 feet at Pelican Lake, Farm Island Lake, Serpent Lake, and Rabbit Lake. The steep breaks and pools on the Mississippi River also have produced walleyes. Crappies are suspended over deep water at Bay Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Nokay Lake. Big bucktails are producing pike on the mine pits and brook trout are showing up on the shorelines. Rainbow trout are hitting small crankbaits trolled behind cowbells at Mahnomen Pit 2 and Portsmouth Pit. Grouse hunters are reporting good success.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Minnows are producing walleyes in 15 to 30 feet at lakes Melissa, Island, Big Detroit, Big Cormorant, and Pelican. Large sucker minnows worked in eight to 15 feet on Big Detroit and Pelican are triggering muskies. Crappie and bluegill action has improved over 15 feet on Big Detroit and Floyd Lake. There is a few ducks in the area, but there hasn't been a lot of hunters chasing them.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Anglers are catching walleyes with chubs at Island Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Large sucker minnows are producing muskies on Island and the St. Louis River in 12 to 15 feet. Deer registrations continue to climb, with good success during the antlerless hunt last weekend. Grouse hunting has been very good.
Chalstrom's Bait (218) 726-0094
Anglers are catching crappies at Ruth Lake in 15 to 18 feet with a jig and fathead minnow. Pike can be had with bobbers and sucker minnows in six feet on Lake Emily. A few walleyes have been taken off West Fox Lake with jigs and minnows in 12 to 15 feet. Grouse hunting has improved over the past week, but duck hunters haven't seen much for new birds in the area.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Walleyes and perch are hitting minnows at Tuttle Lake in four to six feet. Anglers are finding walleyes, bluegills, crappies, and perch in less than six feet in the channel areas between Sissiton, Hall, and Budd lakes. Crappies also are being found in shallow water at Fox Lake during the afternoon. Pheasant hunting has improved "slightly" and while duck numbers remain low, Canada geese have started to pile into the area.
Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle (507) 235-5225
The shoreline of Cannon Lake, along County Road 12, has produced walleyes, on Rapalas during the morning. A few muskies have been raised with crankbaits in shallow water at French Lake. Look to Cedar Lake for crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Turkey, waterfowl, and pheasant reports have been limited.
Nagel's Live Bait (507) 334-8341
Lindy Rigs and jigs tipped with minnows have triggered walleyes from the weedlines out to 20 feet at Birch Lake, Woman Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Pine Mountain Lake. Panfish and bass also are being caught along the weedliness of Pleasant Lake, Woman, and Ten Mile. Grouse hunting reports remain favorable and a few more ducks seem to have moved into the area.
Swanson's Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Pitch a jig and fathead minnow at the creek mouths of the Minnesota River for walleyes. Crappies have moved into five to 12 feet at Lake Washington and Madison Lake and they can be had with slip bobbers and minnows.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
The Pumphouse area on the south end of Big Stone Lake is producing perch in five feet. Anglers fishing from shore with minnows near the access on Long Tom Lake are catching crappies. Pitch jigs near the islands on Lake Traverse for walleyes in three to five feet. Duck hunting has been OK by most accounts and more divers have moved in this week. Pheasant hunting also has been good now that much of the crops are removed.
Bud's Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 21 feet. Crankbaits or spoons are turning northern pike in nine to 12 feet at Long Lake. Panfish and bass reports have been limited. Duck hunting opportunities have been good, but there doesn't seem to be many people after them. Goose and grouse numbers continue to impress hunters.
Delaney's (218) 732-4281
When the wind isn't blowing and anglers can get on the lake, walleyes are hitting on the east and south shorelines. A jig and minnow or spinner and minnow is working best in five to 10 feet. Grouse hunters are having success on forest roads and off walking trails.
Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657
Mort's Dock (218) 647-8128
RED WING AREA
Walleyes and sauger have moved back into the Mississippi River and piled up below the dam in six to 18 feet. Heavy jigs and fathead minnows are best in swift current. This area also is producing a few big catfish and sturgeon. Panfish anglers are finding plenty of fish around the docks at Baypoint Park and Covill Park in shallow water.
Ike's Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
A few walleyes have been caught with minnows in 20 to 24 feet at Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Look to Cedar Island Lake and Long Lake for suspended crappies over 16 to 20 feet. Pheasant hunters report good success, but duck numbers have dwindled.
Mike's Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look to Big Birch Lake with spot-tailed shiner minnows for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet during low-light periods and down to 35 feet during the day. A few walleyes have come off Sauk Lake in six to 13 feet. Duck numbers have improved with a mixture of puddle ducks and divers in the area.
Fletcher's Bait (320) 352-2155