MN: Water not cooling down as fast as walleye anglers would like Issue: 40

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – The shallow-water crankbait bite has improved for walleyes
during the evening in four to 12 feet – look to the shoreline
breaks and rock reefs. There’s been consistent perch action in 15
feet in the bays with minnows. Muskie anglers continue to raise
fish on the weedlines and bays in four to 10 feet.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Trolling crankbaits at night along the shorelines and
shallow rocks for walleyes is getting more productive but has by no
means peaked, yet. Slip bobbers and leeches continue to produce a
lot of walleyes at night on the mud in 28 to 30 feet. A jig and
minnow is turning good numbers of perch and a few walleyes on the
24- to 27-foot rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

A few shiner minnows have started showing up in the Rainy River,
which means the best walleye fishing of the fall is just around the
corner. A jig and minnow or downrigging with crankbaits have been
the most productive options for walleyes on the main lake. The best
reports have come from just outside the Lighthouse Gap, Bridges
Island, and Knight Island in 21 to 26 feet.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Walleye action continues to be somewhat slow given the time of
year. A jig and minnow is producing a few fish in 10 feet in the
Meadows and Little Hardwood areas. The crankbait bite at night has
been on and off depending on the day and it’s been difficult to put
back-to-back nights of consistent fishing together. Muskie action
has been slow, but you’ll find perch in six to 12 feet in the
Narrows and off Sand Point. The warm weather has not been good for
grouse hunters or their dogs and teal and wood ducks have kept
waterfowl hunters busy.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Walleye action has picked up with minnows in 20 to 26 feet in
Brown’s Bay and Wayzata Bay of Lake Minnetonka. On Lake
Independence, minnows are turning walleyes in 14 to 18 feet. Look
for northern pike on the outside weedlines of Minnetonka in 18 feet
and sunfish action has improved on Lake Sarah in 13 feet. You’ll
catch a few muskies on the inside weed edges of Minnetonka with
sucker minnows. Hunting reports have been limited with just a few
geese being taken.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Walleyes are hitting minnows in the American Narrows and near
Blueberry Island in 30 to 34 feet. The Reinier Bridge area is
kicking out walleyes in 20 to 24 feet. Look for northern pike on
the weedlines and reefs in and around Lost Bay. Duck hunting has
been poor, but grouse hunting has improved with less cover to deal
with.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleye action is spotty, especially in shallow water, but water
temperatures have not dropped much. Once it does cool down look for
the points and shoreline breaks to provide steady walleye action
six to 10 feet. There is some perch activity to note in 10 to 12
feet on or near the rocks at Raven’s Point. Northern pike also are
hitting along the shorelines and weed patches throughout the
lake.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Walleyes are hitting Lindy Rigs and minnows in the Prescott area of
the St. Croix River. White Bear Lake and Forest Lake continue to
provide consistent muskie action on topwater baits in shallow
water. You’ll find crappies and sunfish in the deep holes of the
St. Croix, northern pike are hitting minnows on Silver Lake, and
bass are an easy catch at Big Marine Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sunfish continue to hit on Lake Sarah in 10 feet and at Lake Mary
in 12 feet. Muskie action has picked up on Lake Waconia with
topwater baits or sucker minnows in shallow water. Northern pike
and bass reports have been limited and duck-hunting action has been
slower with the warm weather.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 17 to 25 feet at lakes
Carlos, Le Homme Dieu, and Geneva. On Lake Miltona and Lake Ida,
you’ll hit walleyes with a jig and minnow in 40 to 60 feet. You’ll
still catch bass in the shallows of most lakes with spinnerbaits
and muskie action has slowed. There seems to be more geese than
ducks in the area and archery hunters are reporting limited deer
movement with the warm weather.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Sunfish are being found in eight to 12 feet and crappies are
suspended over 14 to 20 feet at Clearwater Lake, Lake John, Lake
Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Walleye action has picked up with minnows
in 16 to 24 feet at Clearwater and Cedar Lake. Northern pike can be
had with crankbaits or sucker minnows on the 12- to 14-foot weed
edges of Clearwater, John, and Pleasant Lake. Duck hunting reports
have dropped a bit since opening weekend, but there seems to be a
fair number of teal and wood ducks in the area.

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

BATTLE LAKE

Lindy Rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes in 12 to 20 feet or
30 to 35 feet during the day at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake,
Silver Lake, and Eagle Lake. At night, crankbaits are working best
on these lakes in seven to 12 feet. Spoons or sucker minnows
continue to turn northern pike on the weedlines of Otter Tail, West
Battle, and Fiske Lake. You’ll find bass on the weedlines of Fiske,
Stalker Lake, and Bass Lake and suspended crappies over deep water
at West Battle, Clitherall Lake, and Deer Lake. Look for sunfish at
Deer, Stalker, Blanche Lake, and East Lost Lake in seven to 12
feet. Sucker minnows are producing muskies in seven to 12 feet or
20 to 25 feet at West Battle. Duck hunting reports have been good
with wood ducks still the most dominant bird in bags.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Jigs tipped with rainbow minnows are producing walleyes on the
south side of Lake Bemidji in 15 feet and at Lake Plantagenet in 12
to 15 feet. The north side of Bemidji and Pike Bay Lake are
producing perch in 20 feet. Muskie action has picked up at Big
Lake, Plantagenet, and Bemidji in shallow water. Grace Lake, Wolf
Lake, and Turtle River Lake are safe bets for panfish in 12 to 15
feet. Duck hunters are shooting birds, but there hasn’t been much
for new ducks moving into the area. Grouse hunting reports have
been better with the foliage thinning out.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Walleyes continue to be taken on a variety of minnows at Gull Lake,
North Long Lake, and Pelican Lake in 18 to 30 feet. Look to most
small lakes in the area for panfish, while Gull and North Long are
safe bets for northern pike in 12 to 18 feet. Bass fishing
continues to be excellent in the deep and shallow cover of most
lakes.

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

CHISAGO AREA

A few walleyes can be had with minnows during low-light periods in
18 feet off Lidberg’s Point at Green Lake, in 12 feet along
Nelson’s Bar at North Center Lake, and in front of the swimming
beach on Chisago Lake. Crankbaits are producing plenty of bass on
area lakes in shallow and deep water. Look for panfish in eight to
10 feet on Chisago and South Center Lake. Waterfowl hunters are
shooting more geese than ducks.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Walleye reports have been consistent with minnows in 20 to 28 feet
at Pelican Lake and Rabbit Lake or along the six- to eight-foot
rocks on the Mississippi River. Serpent Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and
Clearwater Lake are safe bets for bass and the Huntington Pit has
been best for trout with weighted cowbells and small crankbaits.
The area pits also are giving up big northern pike by trolling
muskie lures during the morning hours. Panfish continue to be found
suspended over deep water on most lakes.

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

DETROIT LAKES

Shiner minnows are triggering walleyes in 15 to 30 feet of water at
lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, Pelican, Big Cormorant, and Upper
Cormorant. Look for suspended crappies over 18 to 20 feet of water
and sunfish in the 10- to 12-foot cabbage of lakes Melissa, Big
Floyd, Little Floyd, Severson, and Little Detroit. Muskies are
hitting large minnows or bucktails at Big Detroit, Pelican, Lake
Sallie, and Beers Lake. A few ducks can be had, but numbers have
dropped since opening weekend.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Look to Island Lake with minnows for walleyes and crappies in 10 to
16 feet. Whiteface Lake continues to produce walleyes via minnows
on the 10- to 12-foot structure and the mouths of the rivers off
Lake Superior are producing king salmon and a few Kamloops. Muskies
are hitting large sucker minnows on the shallow structure of the
St. Louis River, while Fish Lake and Boulder Lake are giving up
crappies. Archery hunters continue to do well and grouse hunting
has improved with the woods thinning out.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EMILY AREA

Crappies continue to hit minnows on Lake Emily in 14 to 16 feet.
Look to Eagle Lake with Rapalas for northern pike on the eight- to
10-foot weedlines. Sunfish are being caught in 12 feet at Ruth Lake
during midday hours. Wood ducks, mallards, and teal continue to be
found in good numbers, but grouse hunting has been slow.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FARIBAULT AREA

Anglers fishing from shore at Cannon Lake are catching perch and
northern pike. Cedar Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish in 10
to 12 feet, as is Lake Mazaska in 10 to 18 feet. A few northern
pike are being taken at Shields Lake by trolling crankbaits. Duck
and goose hunting reports have been favorable throughout the
area.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Lindy Rigs and minnows are producing walleyes in 20 to 30 feet at
Trout Lake and 15 to 20 feet at Deer Lake. Jigs tipped with minnows
have turned walleyes in seven to 10 feet at Bowstring Lake and
above and below the reservoir on the Mississippi River. Northern
pike are hitting minnows at Trout and Lake Pokegama and you’ll find
suspended crappies over deep water at Bowstring Lake, Little
Cutfoot Sioux Lake, and Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake. Bluegills can be
had in 20 feet at Big and Little Cutfoot as well as Big Splithand
Lake. There hasn’t been much for new ducks into the area, but
grouse hunting reports have been decent.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes on the 10- to 25-foot breaks and
humps of Woman Lake and Birch Lake. Bass continue to be caught with
jigs and plastics on most lakes, panfish action has slowed, and
northern pike can be had with minnows or crankbaits on the weed
edges of Woman and Birch. Grouse hunting reports have been
encouraging, but duck numbers have dropped since opening
weekend.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes on the 22- to 30-foot rock
pile edges and points. Sauger and perch can be had with minnows in
30 feet or more. Work the wind-blown bays or weedy shorelines with
sucker minnows for northern pike.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

MANKATO AREA

Work Third Point on Lake Washington with a jig and minnow for
walleyes in 15 to 18 feet and crappies in 12 to 16 feet. The
narrows area on Madison Lake is a safe bet for walleyes, as is the
shoreline on the southeast end of Lake Hanska – minnows and jigs
also are working best on these lakes. Hunters are shooting numbers
of wood ducks along with a few teal and mallards.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch continue to hit minnows in the Sodak, Bonanza, and Cameron’s
Cove areas of Big Stone Lake in 12 to 14 feet. The Highway 75 dam
area of the Minnesota River is giving up walleyes, crappies, and
northern pike. Crappies also have started hitting along the
shorelines of Artichoke Lake. Duck hunting remains decent with
teal, wood ducks, and geese in most bags.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes in 18 to 32 feet at Fish Hook Lake
and Portage Lake. You’ll also find crappies on these lakes in 14 to
16 feet. Sucker minnows are triggering northern pike in nine feet
at Fish Hook and Big Mantrap Lake, while Lake Itasca continues to
produce good-sized bluegills. Waterfowl hunters are shooting more
geese than ducks and grouse hunting continues to improve.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

PERHAM AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes during the day in 12 to 23
feet at Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake. At night, crankbaits
also will turn walleyes in shallower water on these lakes. A jig
and redtail is the ticket for walleyes in 20 to 30 feet at Dead
Lake and Star Lake, but panfish action is slow. Duck numbers also
are limited and hunter numbers have dropped since opening
day.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED LAKE

Walleye action has slowed from a week ago, but fish continue to be
caught with minnows and crankbaits in five to eight feet. Grouse
hunting success has improved with the leaves dropping and a few
local ducks continue to be shot.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

RED WING AREA

Crankbaits are turning a few walleyes and sauger at the Head of the
Lakes near Lake Pepin in nine to 11 feet as are hair jigs and
minnows along the shorelines at the Young’s Cabin area on the
Mississippi River. The Lake City area of Pepin is giving up
crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Duck numbers have dropped since opening
weekend, but wood ducks and teal continue to be shot.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows during the day in 20 to 30 feet and
crankbaits at night in shallow water at Rice Lake and Lake Koronis.
Sunfish are biting in six to eight feet on Cedar Island Lake,
Brown’s Lake, Long Lake, Rice Lake, and Horseshoe Lake and you’ll
find crappies in 12 to 14 feet at Rice. Northern pike are hitting
minnows in 12 to 25 feet at Rice, Koronis, and Horseshoe. Duck and
goose hunting reports remain strong.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The north end of Lake Osakis is kicking out sunfish in 12 to 16
feet, while the south-end structure is kicking out walleyes in 16
to 22 feet. You’ll also hit sunfish in 12 feet at Long Bridge Lake,
in 10 feet at Lilly Lake, and in 16 feet at Big Birch Lake. Big
Birch, Little Birch Lake, and Sauk Lake continue to give up
walleyes mainly on spot-tailed shiner minnows. Crappie action is
strong over 14 to 18 feet at Sauk and Long Bridge throughout the
day. Duck hunters are still seeing plenty of birds, mainly teal and
wood ducks, but there hasn’t been much for new birds moving
in.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

WILLMAR AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows, leeches, and nightcrawlers during the
day in 10 to 25 feet at Eagle Lake or 30 to 40 feet at Green Lake.
A few walleyes also can be had in 10 to 20 feet of water at lakes
Andrew, Florida, Nest, and Norway. At Solomon Lake, perch,
crappies, and walleyes are being caught on minnows in less than
eight feet, while Willmar/Foot Lake is giving up panfish during the
day and walleyes at night in shallow water. Duck hunting is still
decent, but not as good as it was on the opener.

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

 

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