North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – September 6th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
Slip bobbers and leeches continue to turn walleyes at night off the flats in 30 feet or more. The crankbait bite at night is slowly improving on the shallow to mid-depth rocks, but that will get better as the water cools. During the day, a few walleyes can be had by pitching jigs on the deep weed edges or running leadcore and crankbaits in the deep basin areas. Look for northern pike and muskies along the weed edges in most bays and smallmouth bass remain active in the weeds and rock areas.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Trolling crankbaits over the deep mud, 34 feet or more, continues to produce walleyes. Crawler rigs or jigs and minnows are turning walleyes in 26 feet in front of Zippel Bay and Morris Point, 30 feet at the Lighthouse Gap, and on the reefs near Long Point. At the Northwest Angle, hit the deep reefs and deep mud north of Garden Island for walleyes on the Minnesota side or Skeet Island on the Canadian side. Muskie action has improved on the rock points, saddles, and red cabbage areas with jerkbaits or big spinnerbaits.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Muskie reports have improved with fish being taken on bucktails in the weeds on GrandVu Flats. Walleye reports have varied with some fish coming from the Snake Pits in 11 to 20 feet and the weeds in Sucker Bay at 11 to 13 feet on spinners and crawlers. Slip bobbers and leeches are producing a few walleyes in the weeds at the mouth of the narrows. The crankbait bite has been “so-so” at night between Sand Point and Cedar Point in 10 to 13 feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
The reefs in Sand Bay are producing walleyes via minnows over 20 to 30 feet. This area is holding suspended crappies as well. Leeches and crawlers are working best for walleyes in the Reinier area in 25 to 32 feet and on Community Reef in 22 to 32 feet. Hunters are having a tough time getting bears to hit their baits.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Jigs and minnows or crawlers and spinners are producing walleyes and perch in the five- to six-foot or eight- to 10-foot weeds. The Duck Pass, Little Stoney Point, the Rock, Raven’s Point, and the bird houses are all holding fish. Work the shoreline breaks and weedlines with minnows or spoons for northern pike.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Crankbaits and Beetle Spins are producing walleyes in less than 10 feet of water during low-light periods on Lake Bemidji and Cass Lake. During the day, work the 18- to 22-foot structure with live bait on these lakes for walleyes. Crappies and sunfish are being plucked from the weedlines of lakes Campbell, Walker Brook, and Rabideau, while Widow Makers are triggering muskies in the weeds of lakes Bemidji, Cass, Little Wolf, and Plantagenet. Bear hunting has started slow. Although some groups of goose hunters did OK, most reported fewer birds than expected.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Redtails or creek chubs are producing walleyes on the 16- to 28-foot weedlines of Whitefish Lake, Gull Lake, and North Long Lake. Sunfish continue to pulled off docks or shallow weeds at Gull, Cullen Lake, Round Lake, and Nisswa Lake. Minnows are working best for scattered pike between 12 and 28 feet on Gull, North Long, Whitefish, Pelican Lake, and Lake Edwards. Bass remain an easy catch on most lakes with spinnerbaits.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
Trolling leadcore and crankbaits has produced plenty of trout on the pits such as Pennington and Portsmouth. Look for crappies and sunfish around the brush piles on East Rabbit Lake and the Mississippi River is producing a mixed bag including walleyes, smallmouth bass, and catfish. The 14- to 16-foot weedlines on Bay Lake and Serpent Lake are giving up northern pike and largemouth bass, while long Lindy rigs and leeches are turning walleyes at Farm Island Lake.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes continue to hit leeches and crawlers from the 12-foot weedlines out to main-lake structure in 20 to 30 feet of water on lakes such as Wabana, Trout, Deer, Pokegama, and Sugar. Crappies can be had during the evening hours along the weedlines of Bowstring Lake, Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Rice Lake, and Pokegama. Bluegill action has picked up in 12 to 16 feet of water at Bass Lake and Pokegama, while opening weekend goose and bear reports were poor.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Sunfish action has picked up in three to 10 feet on lakes Koronis, Rice, Horseshoe, Grand, Pearl, and Cedar Island. Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish being taken with crawlers on Koronis in 12 to 20 feet. A few geese were shot in the area, but the lack of open fields limited hunter numbers.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Lake Osakis is producing sunfish in the six- to 18-foot weeds, crappies in the 10- to 20-foot weeds, and walleyes on the bars and mid-lake humps. Plastics are producing crappies on Big Sauk Lake in four to 30 feet and walleyes are hitting minnows here in eight to 12 feet. On Big Birch Lake, walleyes can be had with a jig and minnow in 18 to 21 feet during low-light periods or 25 to 40 feet during the day. Hit the weed pockets of Lake Villard for sunfish and the north shore of Long Bridge Lake for crappies in seven to 11 feet.