Muskie reports remain favorable with large sucker minnows at Island Lake and the St. Louis River. Island also is giving up crappies, most of which are being found suspended at 12 to 14 feet over deep water. Look for walleyes in 10 to 12 feet at Island, Fish Lake, and Boulder Lake to hit minnows. About 15 moose have been registered, archery hunters continue to shoot quite a few deer, and grouse hunting has really improved now that the wind has knocked the leaves down.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Wind, cold, rain, and snow have limited fishing activity this week. The only bite worth noting is taking place at Lake One where minnows are turning walleyes in 24 feet. Hunting reports also have been off due to the weather, but look for grouse hunting to be good now that the leaves are gone.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Minnows are turning walleyes on Gunflint Lake in 20 to 25 feet, Hungry Jack Lake in 15 to 22 feet, Lake Saganaga on the 15-foot rocks or 40 to 45 feet, at Kemo Lake in 18 to 22 feet, and Devil Track Lake in 15 feet. Lake trout are being found suspended over 60 feet at Greenwood Lake, over 40 feet at Duncan Lake, and at Moss Lake over 35 to 40 feet – most are hitting spoons or jigs. Rainbow trout are being taken at Trout Lake with crawlers or minnows in 18 feet and at Esther Lake in 15 feet. Approximately 20 moose have been registered and grouse hunting continues to be very good.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the 30-foot reef edges or on top of the reefs adjacent to deep water. Run a minnow or crankbait along any shoreline or weedline and you’ll hook northern pike. Crappie reports remain limited with the ever changing weather patterns. Grouse hunting is improving as the cover falls and archery hunters are seeing good numbers of deer.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121