North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – September 13th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
During the day, leadcore and crankbaits are turning walleyes in the deep basin areas in 30 to 35 feet. The evening walleye bite with small crankbaits has improved on the reefs in six to 12 feet. Muskie reports have been limited, but they should start hitting in the bays and along weed edges as the water cools. Smallmouths remain an easy target.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Lindy rigs and leeches are turning walleyes on the Seven Mile and Eight Mile flats during the day. Crawlers are picking off scattered walleyes along the mid-depth weedlines, as are crankbaits and leadcore in the deep basin areas during the day. At night, slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes off the mud flats in 30 feet ore more. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the rock points and weed edges.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Trolling crankbaits over the mud north of Zippel Bay to Pine Island is producing walleyes in 24 to 26 feet or 32 to 34 feet. Jigs and minnows also are producing walleyes in front of Pine Island, Morris Point, and Graceton Beach in 26 to 29 feet. Sturgeon are very active on the Rainy River and walleyes are set up in the deeper holes. At the Northwest Angle, walleye action has been hot near Little Oak, the U.S. side of Falcon Island, and near Crow Duck in 20 to 30 feet. Muskies are hitting bucktails at a torrid pace.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Spinners and crawlers continue to work best for walleyes on the 18- to 22-foot shoreline breaks in Walker Bay or in 12 to 14 feet between First and Second Duck points. At night, trolling crankbaits in nine to 13 feet has produced better walleye action off Cedar, Sand, and Pine points. Muskie action is slow and the fish seem to be scattered between the rock and weeds, but Sucker Bay started giving up good-sized perch in nine to 12 feet. Goose and bear hunting action in the immediate area has been poor.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
There’s some evening walleye action with minnows on the reefs in Sand Bay over 20 to 30 feet. Crappie and pike reports have been limited. Bear hunters are having some success, baits have started to be hit more consistently, but the average size of most bears taken has been smaller than last year.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Walleyes have been more sluggish this week, although a jig and minnow is turning some fish in the weeds and off the points in six to 10 feet. The wind-driven areas seem to be most productive in these shallower locations. On the main-lake bars, spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes in 16 to 28 feet, but most continue to run too big to keep.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes on the 16- to 20-foot breaks of Lake Bemidji during the day. The evening crankbait bite has picked up in six to 10 feet on Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Bucktails are the ticket for muskies on the weedlines of Plantagenet, Bemidji, and Little Wolf Lake. Goose hunting has continued to be pretty good for most groups and bear hunters are reporting better activity in recent days.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Look for rainbow trout in the shallows and lake trout on the deep breaks of Grindstone Lake. Lake Pokegama in Pine City is giving up crappies and sunfish along the deep weeds during the morning. Fish Lake in Kanabec County is worth hitting for northern pike and bass.
65 Bait and Tackle (320) 396-9904
Minnows remain the best option for walleyes on the 15- to 30-foot weedlines of North Long Lake, Gull Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Look for the biggest pike to be hiding along the deep weeds of Pelican Lake, Lake Edwards, Gull, and Whitefish. Bass and sunfish are following the shallow weedlines on most lakes, with bigger fish coming out of Gull, Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, and Round Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the 12-foot breaks around Star and Cedar islands on Cass Lake. Cass also is kicking out pike in 18 to 20 feet on minnows and perch in 14 feet around Deadman’s Bar. The best muskie reports are coming off the rocks with bucktails and topwater baits on Cass. Look for bluegills and crappies in the 12-foot cabbage of Kitchi Lake, Lake Andrusia, and in Allen’s Bay on Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
The Mississippi River has been a hotbed for walleyes, smallmouth bass, and catfish. The only panfish bite worth noting is coming off the weedlines of Rabbit Lake for sunfish, while topwater baits and plastics are triggering bass on Serpent Lake and Island Lake. Slow troll a spinnerbait along the milfoil edges of Bay Lake for northern pike.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Trolling Daredevils on the eight- to 10-foot rock piles of Ruth Lake has produced pike. Pitching tube jigs near the dam on Lake Emily is turning crappies and the north end of Fox Lake is giving up sunfish in nine to 12 feet. Work the south end of Lake Roosevelt with plastics for smallmouth bass. Bear hunters have done better over the past week, with most being average-sized bears in the 120- to 150-pound class.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappie action remains strong on the weedlines in eight to 20 feet on lakes Pokegama, Big Splithand, Little Splithand, and Bowstring. Crawlers are producing walleyes in 11 to 14 feet on Bowstring and Sand Lake. Work the 16- to 30-foot structure on Pokegama, Lake Wabana, and Trout Lake with crawlers and leeches for walleyes. Sunfish are hitting in 12 to 14 feet at Bass Lake and Pokegama, while bear and goose hunting reports continue to be poor.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Crawlers continue to produce walleyes in 16 to 22 feet at Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake. BullDawgs or sucker minnows are turning muskies on the weedlines of Baby Lake and Little Boy Lake. Bear hunters are seeing much better activity at their baits and goose numbers have increased.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle
If the wind cooperates and allows anglers to get out, you’ll find walleyes in five to 10 feet on most shorelines. The best action has been along mid-lake humps and rock piles on the south shore. Bear hunters report good success with mostly smaller bears taken.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Sunfish continue to hit at a good pace in four to 10 feet on Rice Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Becker Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and East Lake. Walleyes have bit best during low-light periods on Lake Koronis, with some fish starting to be taken on crankbaits along the shorelines. Goose hunting has been good and continues to improve as more birds move into the area and more fields are harvested.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleyes are hitting redtails, shiners, and crawlers during low-light periods on the flats of Lake Osakis or four to 10 feet on Sauk Lake. Long Bridge Lake and Sauk continue to produce crappies as well. There seems to be more geese in the area, but they are concentrated on the few fields that have been harvested.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155