Jigs tipped with chubs are producing walleyes on the eight- to 12-foot rock piles of Boulder Lake or in 12 to 15 feet at Island Lake. Large sucker minnows remain the best option for muskies at Island and the St. Louis River. Fish Lake continues to give up a mixed bag of panfish in eight to 15 feet and Rice Lake is worth noting for pike in less than six feet. The leaves have dropped quite a bit since last week, but grouse hunting has not shown much improvement. There hasn’t been much for new ducks moving in.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Trolling Rapalas in eight to 12 feet has produced walleyes at Lake Dinigami. Minnows are working best for walleyes at Hungry Jack Lake in 15 to 25 feet, Seagull Lake in 30 feet, and Devil Fish Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Anglers fly-fishing over deep water are catching brook trout at Shoe Lake and Carrot Lake. Crawlers have been the ticket for rainbow trout at Leo Lake in 24 feet and Trout Lake in 15 feet. Grouse hunting has been good for guys willing to work and get off the main paths.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
A jig and shiner is the ticket for walleyes at Little Pine Lake in less than 10 feet. On Big Pine Lake, a jig and fathead is turning walleyes and crappies in 18 to 25 feet. You’ll find crappies and bluegills on the deeper weedlines of Lake Marion and Dead Lake. Muskies are taking large sucker minnows on the deep and shallow weedlines of area lakes. Duck hunters are finding good numbers of birds, but no divers are being seen.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleye action has improved with a jig and minnow on Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 21 feet and Big Sand Lake in 22 to 28 feet. Big Mantrap Lake is kicking out pike in 10 to 12 feet and muskies in six to eight feet. Hit the Crow Wing Chain for bluegills in six feet and bass fishing is to be good on most lakes. Duck hunters continue to do well shooting mallards and teal.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281