North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – September 27th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
The crankbait bite at night is slowly improving on the shoreline breaks, rock reefs, and points in six to 12 feet. Daytime walleye action is best on the mud flats such as the Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and Seguchie’s in 22 to 28 feet with live-bait rigs. Smallmouth bass have put on the fall feedbags and can be caught with live bait or artificial presentations on the rocks. Muskie reports have been limited, but they should start hitting in shallow water as it cools.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in the early morning and early afternoon hours in front of Zippel Bay and Morris Point in 24 to 27 feet. The evening hours have been best in six to 15 feet. There’s also been plenty of walleye action with leadcore and crankbaits outside Lighthouse Gap in 30 to 34 feet or from Long Point and in front of Pine Island in 25 to 29 feet. Emerald shiners have started to move and walleyes are following them into the Rainy River, where walleyes can be had in 18 to 21 feet. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes and crappies are active in 32 to 35 feet west of Falcon Island and Johnston Passage. Pike and smallmouth are sticking to the rock shorelines and muskies continue to come from deep water.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
There’s been a definite switch to jigs and minnows for walleyes, with most fish being caught on the wind-driven points and shoreline breaks in six to 10 feet. Some of the shallow humps in Walker Bay are producing walleyes as well. Perch action remains consistent, but there hasn’t been much for size caught, while muskie action has been best on the rocks such as North Bar, Pelican Reef, and Submarine Island. Opening day was good for duck hunters, but the ducks have spread out since.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
The reefs and islands in Sand Bay have been the only spots producing walleyes, most of which are being caught on minnows and jigs in 30 to 35 feet. Most people have turned to hunting with a few grouse being shot despite thick foliage. The duck opener didn’t provide mush action in the area.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Strong winds over the past week have made it difficult for people to fish. When it’s calm, walleyes are biting in a variety of areas in four to eight feet including the Duck Pass, Little Stoney Point, the Bird Houses, and points on the west side. Perch continue to bite in the weeds over four to six feet, but you have to do some sorting of small fish.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappies are being found suspended over 12 to 30 feet of water on Big and Little Cutfoot, the deep weeds of Bowstring Lake, Big and Little Splithand in 20 to 24 feet, Lake Pokegama in 16 to 30 feet, and Spider Lake over 20 feet. A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes in 16 feet of water or on the deep humps of lakes Wabana, Trout, Pokegama, and Big Cutfoot. Duck hunting was good on the opener but has since tailed off, grouse hunters are being limited by cover, and bear hunters continue to have baits hit.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Perch and walleyes can be had with minnows or crawlers at Woman Lake from the weedlines out to 20 feet of water. You’ll find panfish and walleyes on the weedlines of Birch Lake, while slip bobber rigs are producing walleyes at night on the 10- to 12-foot humps of Ten Mile Lake. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but having a tought time getting them to eat at Little Boy Lake and Baby Lake. The duck opener went well, and was better than last year by most accounts. Grouse hunting, however, has been limited.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Sunfish are an easy catch in six to 10 feet on lakes Koronis, Rice, Horseshoe, Becker, Cedar Island, Long, and Pearl. A few walleyes can be had with Rapalas during the evening hours in three to six feet at Koronis and Rice. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weedlines of Koronis, Rice, Pearl, Horseshoe, and Grand Lake. The small ponds have been providing hunters with numbers of wood ducks and teal.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
CASS LAKE AREA
Ripping a jig and minnow in 10 to 12 feet of water around Potato Island and in Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake has produced walleyes. A Lindy rig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes at Pike Bay Lake over 30 feet. Look for crappies and bluegills on the 12-foot weedlines of Kitchi Lake, Lake Andrusia, and in Allen’s Bay on Cass. Muskies have become more active on all lakes and northern pike are hitting crankbaits on the weedlines of Wolf Lake. Most duck hunters found success opening weekend with limits consisting of mallards, teal, and wood ducks.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831