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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – September 7th, 2012

LAKE MILLE LACS

Spinners and rainbow minnows are turning walleyes during the day on the tops and edges of most mud flats. Leadcore and crankbaits also have worked during the day in 30 feet or more. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are working off the flats in 30 to 34 feet or on the mid-depth rock piles and reefs when the wind blows. Smallmouth bass are hitting during low-light periods and muskie action has slowed in recent days.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Crankbaits, crawlers, or a jig and frozen shiner minnow are producing walleyes on the 28- to 32-foot mud and rock reefs. Better spots this week have been from Lighthouse Gap to Morris Point Gap, Zippel Bay and Long Point, up to Garden Island. Walleyes are in transition mode at the Northwest Angle, which means they are everywhere from the sunken islands, steep drops, and wind-driven shorelines in 25 to 45 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits at night on the rocks around the Annex and Submarine Island – daytime walleye action is slow. Muskies also have been most active on the rocks with Pipe Island, Pelican Island, and West Bar producing fish. Perch are being found in 10 to 12 feet near Pine Point and Grand Vu Flats and these areas are worth hitting at night with crankbaits for walleyes. Bear and goose hunting reports have been limited.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

RAINY LAKE

Minnows are working best for walleyes in the Brule area or east-end mud flats in 30 to 35 feet. Northern pike action is limited, but smallmouth bass are being pulled off the shorelines in Sand Bay. Bear baits are being hit, but there hasn’t been a lot of them shot.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The points and shoreline breaks on the west side are producing perch in 12 to 15 feet. Walleye action continues to be best with crawlers in seven to nine feet from the Duck Pass to Highbanks area. Spoons are producing northern pike in the 10-foot weeds throughout the lake.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

BEMIDJI AREA

Rigs and rainbow minnows are turning walleyes on the nine-foot weed edges of Lake Plantagenet. On Lake Bemidji, crawlers are best for ‘eyes in 15 to 18 feet. Bucktails or big plastics have raised muskies on Bemidji and panfish reports are strong from the deep weeds of lakes Balsam, Midge, and Grant. Limits of geese were shot opening day, but shooting has slowed since. Bear hunters have taken a few animals although an untimely drop of acorns has slowed bait activity.
Bluewater Outdoors
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Lindy rigs tipped with redtails or crawlers are producing walleyes in 14 to 18 feet on Gull Lake and North Long Lake or in 14 to 28 feet at Pelican Lake. Look for sunfish on the shallow weedbeds and crappies over 12 to 20 feet on Gull and North Long. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the shallow weedlines of Gull, Pelican, North Long, and Lake Edwards.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CROSBY AREA

Snap-jigging plastics in the deep holes or trolling crankbaits near the Highway 6 bridge on the Mississippi River has produced walleyes and smallmouth bass. Crappies are being caught over deep water during the day or in 12 to 15 feet of water during low-light periods on most lakes and the deep brush on East Rabbit Lake is a safe bet for sunfish. Northern pike are hitting suckers and spinnerbaits on the weedlines of Serpent and Bay lakes and bass continue to be plucked from bulrushes at Crooked Lake, Lower Mission Lake, and Bay. Trout action has picked up again with crawlers at Pennington Pit and Manuel Pit.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912

HACKENSACK AREA

Walleyes and smallmouth bass are hitting crawlers on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines of Woman Lake. Anglers trolling crankbaits at night over deep water on Ten Mile Lake are finding suspended walleyes. Lakes such as Birch, Pleasant, and Ten Mile are safe bets for panfish in 10 to 14 feet. Look to Baby Lake for muskies during the morning hours and bear hunters report a much better start to the season this year compared to last.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Sunfish action is strong in six to 10 feet at lakes Koronis, Rice, Horseshoe, Cedar Island, Long, and Browns. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 24 to 30 feet near First Island and the Stonegate area on Koronis. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet at Rice, while suckers are producing pike in 16 to 18 feet on Koronis and Rice. Goose hunting has been spotty.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

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