Walleyes are being taken with minnows and jigs at Island Lake in 10 to 15 feet and Boulder Lake in less than 10 feet. Muskie anglers continue to hit Island and the St. Louis River with large sucker minnows, finding fish on shallow rock structure. Grouse hunting reports have really improved now that the leaves are down; most are saying it’s slightly better than a year ago as far as bird numbers. Archery hunters are shooting mainly antlerless deer, but bucks have started to be seen more regularly.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Crawlers continue to produce rainbow trout at Leo Lake in 12 feet and Trout Lake in eight to 13 feet, or splake at Mink Lake in 15 feet. Walleyes are hitting minnows at Lake Saganaga in 15 to 20 feet, Seagull Lake in 20 feet, and Two Island Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Grouse hunters continue to do well, and most are finding more birds than expected.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
PINE CITY AREA
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on the Upper Snake and Lower Snake rivers. Work the bridges, rock piles, and old timbers or at the mouth of the river as it flows into Cross Lake on the Upper Snake and where the Lower Snake meets the St. Croix River. The Lower Snake is kicking out catfish and muskies via large sucker minnows as well. Crappies have started schooling up over 18 to 22 feet on Cross and Lake Pokegama, while the shorelines of both lakes are giving up walleyes via Shad Raps. The best bet for ducks is the backwaters of most rivers and there has been a few decent pheasant, grouse, and woodcock reports.
Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995