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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – October 4th, 2013

LAKE MILLE LACS

A few anglers started pulling crankbaits at night on the rock points and shoreline breaks for walleyes, but success has been limited. This should improve once the water cools a bit. Smallmouth bass have provided the most consistent action on the rocks and weed edges in 13 to 15 feet and muskie anglers are seeing a few fish on the weedlines.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

During the day, pulling crankbaits over the mud flats in 25 to 30 feet has produced walleyes near Long Point to Zippel Bay or off Pine Island. Jigs or spinners with frozen shiners are working in 26 to 29 feet on the Canadian line north of Lighthouse Gap and in Four Mile Bay. In the morning and evening, anchor and pitch a jig and shiner in eight to 12 feet off Morris Point or the Lighthouse Gap. On the Rainy River, eating-sized walleyes are being caught in the afternoons in front of Timber Mill Park in Baudette, east to Clementson, up to Franz Jevne State Park. Muskies are biting best on the rocks and good numbers of smallmouth can be had along rocky shorelines.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the wind-driven points and shorelines in six to 12 feet during the day. Depending on wind direction look to West Goose Flats, Star, Pine Point, First Duck, Second Duck, or the Meadows. Crankbaits are turning walleyes at night on the shoreline breaks in six to nine feet. Perch continue to bite, but it’s been tough to find good-sized fish and muskie reports have been limited. It seems everyone is shooting a few ducks, mainly woodies and teal, but not great numbers. Grouse hunting has been tough by most accounts.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Look for walleyes to take minnows on the reefs in Sand Bay over 30 to 35 feet. Smallmouth bass are active on the shorelines of Sand Bay and a few crappies are being caught in the Rat Root River area of Black Bay. The cover has started to drop so hunters are finding a few more grouse.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Northern pike continue to be caught with minnows in the eight- to 11-foot weedbeds. Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on the breaks of most bars in 15 to 19 feet. The shallow, shoreline bite has been slower this week and you’ll catch perch in the six- to nine-foot weeds. Grouse hunting has been tough and waterfowl hunters are shooting mainly wood ducks.
Lake Winnie Resort Association

BEMIDJI AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes in eight to 12 feet during low-light periods and as deep as 22 to 32 feet during the day at Lake Andrusia, Big Lake, and Lake Bemidji. Grace Lake is kicking out bluegills in four to six feet and crappies over 20 to 22 feet. Grouse hunting has been slow, while teal and wood duck numbers remain strong.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781

BLACKDUCK AREA

Crankbaits or a jig and minnow are producing walleyes on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Gilstead Lake and Pimushe Lake are producing crappies during the evening in the weeds and in 20 feet or more during the day. Lakes with rice are holding ducks and most grouse hunters with dogs have been “pleasantly surprised” by the birds they’re seeing.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAHAM AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes on the mid-depth breaks of Rush Lake. Rush also is giving up good-sized pike and a few muskies via large sucker minnows. Rice Creek Reservoir has been the spot for waterfowl hunters.
65 Bait and Tackle (320) 396-9904

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Walleyes can be had with minnows in 16 to 28 feet on Gull Lake or in 28 to 34 feet on Whitefish Lake and Pelican Lake. Bass are active on the weedlines of Gull, Pelican, and Round Lake. Look for pike to hit suckers and spinners on the weedlines of Cullen Lake, Gull, and North Long Lake. Sunfish remain active on the shallow weeds of most lakes and crappies are suspended over 14 to 18 feet on the south end of Gull, Round, and Cullen.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

EMILY AREA

The north end of East Fox Lake is producing pike in 15 feet via sucker minnows. Look for crappies just outside of Woods Bay on Roosevelt Lake in 18 to 20 feet and the rock island area of Ruth Lake is producing bass. A few turkeys have been registered, grouse hunting is improving as the leaves drop, while geese and wood ducks are keeping waterfowl hunters busy.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes can be had with a jig and minnow in 12 to 18 feet at Lake Pokegama, Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, and Lake Wabana. Crappies continue to be found suspended over 14 to 30 feet on lakes Pokegama, Big Splithand, Little Splithand, Spider, Big Cutfoot, and Little Cutfoot. Bluegills and bass are active on the shallow weeds of most lakes and there has been some big pike caught via trolling minnows in 24 feet or more on Pokegama. Grouse hunting reports have been limited and there hasn’t been much for new ducks moving into the area.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Walleyes continue to be caught with minnows or crankbaits during the evening at Ten Mile Lake in 10 to 12 feet. You’ll find walleyes and some good-sized perch hitting minnows at Woman Lake in 14 to 20 feet. Crappie and bluegill success been limited to a few fish coming off the weedlines of Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake. Look for the best muskie activity at Little Boy Lake during low-light periods. Hunters continue to shoot mainly teal, wood ducks, and a few mallards. Grouse hunting reports are limited.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Lake Koronis and Rice Lake are producing walleyes and pike in four to 10 feet during the day with minnows. These fish will hit crankbaits even shallower at night. Look for sunfish in four to 10 feet and crappies in 12 to 14 feet on Koronis, Rice, Becker Lake, and Horseshoe Lake. Ducks and geese are available in decent numbers and bow hunters are seeing better deer movement.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Look for sunfish on the north end of Lake Osakis in eight to 12 feet and suspended crappies over 12 to 24 feet. You’ll catch plenty of walleyes on the north end by pitching a jig and shiner minnow on the eight- to 10-foot cabbage edge. Crappies seem to be suspended everywhere on the north end of Sauk Lake over eight to 40 feet and shiners will produce walleyes here in six feet. There’s still plenty of wood ducks and geese to be had.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

EAST CENTRAL MN

Crappies and sunfish are in seven to 14 feet at Blue Lake and Green Lake. Pitching minnows and jigs in the deeper holes of the Mississippi River has produced catfish and walleyes. The same pattern is going at the Rum River for smallmouths and walleyes. Waterfowl hunting has been OK with mostly teal, geese, and wood ducks being shot.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
(763) 856-3985

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