Big Six LAKE MILLE LACS A handful of anglers have kept their boats out and continue to troll crankbaits during the evening hours on the shallow rocks and shoreline breaks. Walleye success has been tough to gauge because there hasn’t been a lot of

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

A handful of anglers have kept their boats  out and continue to
troll crankbaits during the evening hours on the shallow rocks and
shoreline breaks. Walleye success has been tough to gauge because
there hasn’t been a lot of people fishing.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

    www.johnsonsportside.com

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

    www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Water temperatures have dropped to 38 degrees and the walleye bite
has improved on the Rainy River. The current is swift so big jigs
are a must with Wheeler’s Point to Frontier to Clementson producing
limits and big walleyes. There’s also been good walleye reports
from the Lighthouse Gap area.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

A few diehard walleye and muskie anglers are still fishing the main
lake, but participation has dropped a lot since last week. Look to
the humps in Walker Bay or shoreline breaks for walleyes and to the
points for muskies. The second week of deer season didn’t produce
as many deer as the first, and duck and grouse hunting reports have
been minimal.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Open-water fishing has come to an end. There hasn’t been anyone on
area lakes this week as most anglers seem to have decided to wait
on the ice. Hunting reports have been limited to a few geese being
shot in the harvested corn fields prior to last weekend’s
snow.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Fishing on the main lake has been nonexistent, but anglers continue
to catch walleyes on the Rainy River. Deer hunting reports continue
to sound encouraging and deer hunters are seeing plenty of grouse
as well. The small ponds are now covered with skim ice so duck
hunting has been poor.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The small ponds have started to skim with ice and when the wind is
calm there is some shoreline ice that forms each night. Anglers in
this area are patiently waiting to move onto the hardwater season
or they continue to wrap up their hunting seasons until ice takes
hold.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

A few anglers continue to catch walleyes and sauger in the Prescott
area of the St. Croix River on jigs and minnows in 15 to 25 feet.
There seems to be quite a few geese in the area now and deer
registrations have been slow, although hunters are saying they’re
seeing deer.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651)
777-2421

WEST METRO

Last weekend’s snow put an end to the open-water season for most
anglers. Duck hunting reports have been encouraging and hunters are
shooting a mixed bag of divers and puddle ducks. There hasn’t been
a lot of pheasant reports, but with the corn out and the deer
season winding down that should change.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Most anglers have put their open-water gear away for the season and
are content to wait for ice. Deer hunters offered mixed reports
during the second weekend and participation seemed to be down from
opening weekend. Duck and pheasant reports have been minimal.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle      

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

“One or two guys” have been on Clearwater Lake and catching a few
walleyes in 15 to 25 feet with minnows, but it appears as though
most anglers have wrapped up their open-water season. The second
weekend of deer hunting wasn’t as eventful as the first and duck
hunters are shooting some divers off the lakes.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297            
www.littlejimssports.com

BATTLE LAKE

Muskie anglers continue to catch fish on West Battle Lake with
large sucker minnows in 18 to 22 feet. Look to Otter Tail Lake for
walleyes in 20 to 24 feet. Deer hunters report the second weekend
was OK, although not as many deer were seen as the first week and
waterfowl hunters are taking more geese than ducks.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Large sucker minnows are producing muskies on the shoreline breaks
of Lake Bemidji, Cass Lake, and Lake Plantagenet. There hasn’t been
a lot of “walleye guys” out, but those that are going continue to
catch fish. Deer hunting reports were more spotty during the second
weekend and there hasn’t been a push of new ducks into the
area.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BLACKDUCK AREA

The small ponds, shorelines, and bulrush areas are starting to form
skim ice, so open-water fishing has ended. The second weekend of
deer season produced several big bucks, but overall numbers were
down compared to the first weekend. Duck hunters aren’t seeing much
and grouse hunters have hit the woods again and found success with
the deer season winding down.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

There isn’t a lot of people fishing, but those that are going are
catching walleyes on redtails. North Long Lake, Gull Lake, Pelican
Lake, and Whitefish Lake are worth hitting in 15 to 30 feet.
Anecdotal reports from deer hunters from the second weekend
indicate fewer hunters and fewer deer than the first weekend.

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

CHISAGO AREA

The channel between Big Green and Little Green Lake is producing
walleyes for the few guys that continue to fish. Hunters seem
content with the number of deer they saw and shot during the second
weekend and there seems to be geese, but not many ducks in the
area.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

There isn’t anything to report on the fishing scene as skim ice has
started to form on the ponds and shoreline areas. Deer hunters had
another good weekend with an increase in the number of big bucks
seen, but duck numbers are limited.

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

DETROIT LAKES

There have been a lot of deer shot in this area and most reports
indicate plenty of happy hunters. Muskie anglers haven’t put the
boats away and they continue to catch fish on sucker minnows along
the shoreline of Big Detroit Lake. A few walleye anglers also are
doing well with minnows at Island Lake and Big Cormorant Lake in 15
to 25 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

The deer season continued to produce a lot of activity for hunters
during the second weekend. Most reports indicate that the harvest
should be up from last year. Fishing reports have been nonexistent
as anglers wait for ice to form. This has started on the shorelines
of some small lakes and on most ponds.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EMILY AREA

The second weekend of deer season was a little slower than the
first weekend, but the bigger bucks have been more active. Skim ice
has started to form on the ponds and on the shorelines of several
small lakes. There hasn’t been any fishing to report this
week.

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

There’s still some shore fishing taking place, but most anglers
have put their open-water gear away. Deer hunting reports have been
“average” although hunters seem to be seeing a lot of antlerless
deer. There’s some geese to be had, but pheasant hunting reports
continue to be poor.

Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle                            (507)
235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Open-water anglers have ended their season and seem content waiting
for ice to form. Deer hunting reports have been spotty and many
hunters have commented they feel the harvest will be down from last
year in this area. Pheasant reports have been limited.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

The deer season continues to be strong. The overall harvest appears
up, there have been several big bucks taken, and most hunters have
reported seeing plenty of deer. Fishing reports have been
nonexistent and there is some skim ice forming on the ponds and
shorelines. 

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

HACKENSACK AREA

The second weekend of deer season wasn’t nearly as productive as
the first. There didn’t seem to be as many hunters out, either.
Skim ice has taken hold on most ponds, but area lakes remain wide
open.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

LAKE VERMILION

The second week of deer season involved two distinct details – some
groups scored big bucks and others saw next to nothing. But at the
very least it seemed as though everyone had a deer or two in camp
this year. There hasn’t been any reports from the water. If you
want to try your luck at walleyes a big minnow and big jig would be
a safe bet in 35 feet.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Jigs tipped with fathead minnows or Twister Tails are producing
walleyes on the rivers such as the Blue Earth and Minnesota.
There’s also been some walleyes caught by shore anglers at Lake
Elysian. Deer hunting reports have been favorable, but duck and
pheasant action is slow.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Most deer hunting reports have been favorable. It seems as though
the large bucks were very active during the second weekend of the
season. Fishing pressure has dropped way off and it appears as
though anglers are waiting for ice before they go out again.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits            

(218) 426-3382

ORTONVILLE AREA

Crappies continue to be caught off shore by the culvert on Long Tom
Lake. Anglers fishing from shore near the dams on Lake Traverse are
catching walleyes on minnows. The deer season went well and
pheasant hunters are finding plenty of birds. There are some
northern ducks in the area, but waterfowl hunters are shooting more
geese than ducks.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

There hasn’t been anyone fishing and ice has started to form on the
ponds. The second weekend of deer season went about the same as the
first, which means more deer were shot in the farm areas than in
the big wooded areas. The one theme that stood out was that bucks
were extremely active.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

There hasn’t been anyone on the lake, deer hunters are taking quite
a few bucks, while the antlerless harvest seems to be down. Grouse
hunters continue to see plenty of birds in the backwoods
areas.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

Mort’s Dock        (218) 647-8128

RED WING AREA

The Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River is producing walleyes
and sauger in six to 12 feet. Bright-colored hair jigs tipped with
a minnow, or ringworms and blade baits are all producing fish.
There were several nice bucks registered last weekend and overall,
the deer season has gone well. Duck hunting is poor, but pheasant
reports have been much better this week.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

There has only been a few anglers out this week and they haven’t
reported much of a bite. Deer hunting reports were strong from the
second weekend and there seems to be more mallards and divers in
the area. Pheasant hunting has been “fair” and is expected to
improve now that deer hunters have wrapped up their season.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

There hasn’t been anyone fishing and most ponds have started to
form a thin layer of ice. Deer hunting reports were strong during
the second weekend and the overall harvest appears up from last
year. Duck and pheasant reports have been minimal.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

The open-water fishing season is done with skim ice starting to
form on the ponds and shoreline areas. Reports from deer hunters
were encouraging during the second weekend. Despite fewer walk-in
registrations hunters seem to be shooting deer. Pheasant hunting
remains a bright spot and should continue to be good, while duck
and goose numbers are limited.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle              

(320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Only a few people have been on the lakes this week so it’s tough to
tell if there’s been much action – most anglers are waiting for ice
to form. Hunting reports, including deer, have been very poor. It
appears as though the deer take will be down this year compared to
last.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

www.axelstacklebox.blogspot.com

WILLMAR AREA

The only fishing that’s taking place is being done by anglers
fishing from shore on a few area lakes. Walleyes and crappies can
be had near culverts and along the shorelines with minnows. The
second weekend of deer hunting went well, but there didn’t seem to
be as many people participating.

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

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