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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – November 1st, 2013

LAKE MILLE LACS

The number of people fishing for walleyes has been so minimal that it’s been just about impossible to get a fishing report. Now that water temperatures have dropped, tullibees are moving onto the rock reefs and muskies seem to have followed them, which has brought out a few more muskie anglers. They are throwing bucktails and crankbaits onto the reefs and experiencing some success.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Water temperatures have dipped to the low 40-degree range, kicking off a second shiner run. On the Rainy River, eating-sized and trophy-caliber walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow by Wabanica Church, Baudette Airport, Hattie’s Hole, Clementson Bay, and Frontier Access. You’ll also find plenty of sturgeon and smallmouth bass in deeper pockets. On the main lake, walleyes are being found in 17 to 23 feet of water or 25 to 28 feet at the Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay, Zippel Bay, Long Point, and Knight Island. The bigger walleyes have been suspended. At the Northwest Angle, hunters are shooting good numbers of divers and fishermen are catching walleyes south of Oak Island and near Falcon Island on minnow and jig combinations.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

The few anglers braving the wind and cold are catching walleyes with a jig and minnow in four to 10 feet of water on the Goose Island Flats, Pine Point, and Otter Tail Point. Perch action remains slow with the majority of fish being caught still on the small side, but a few muskies can be had on the shallow rocks. There hasn’t been a big push of northern ducks into the area and grouse hunters are shooting from one to three birds per outing, if they put in their time.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

The Rainy River continues to produce a lot more walleyes than does the main lake. A jig and minnow combination has worked best during the midday hours in between 12 and 14 feet of water. Duck hunting has improved with a few more divers in the area, but a week of steady winds has limited grouse hunting opportunities for hunters.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

There hasn’t been many people fishing because of the cold and windy weather. The few anglers that have ventured out are catching walleyes and perch with a jig and minnow combination. Work the points on the west side of the lake in six to nine feet of water during the day. If you put your time in, you’ll find grouse and duck hunting has been slightly better with a few divers now on the bigger bodies of water in the area.
Lake Winnie Resort Association

BLACKDUCK AREA

With temperatures dipping into the teens this week, skim ice has formed on most small lakes and fishing has been put on hold. Grouse hunters are finding birds, but the thin layer of ice has pushed a lot of ducks out of the area.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

The north and south ends of Gull Lake are giving up walleyes via minnows as shallow as six feet in the evenings or as deep as 40 feet during the day. North Long Lake and Pelican Lake are worth noting for walleyes in 24 to 32 feet during the day. Crappies are now suspended over deep water, and the usual late fall/early winter spots, on Gull and Cullen Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes on the bars and off Star Island on Cass Lake in 18 to 20 feet of water. Look for suspended crappies over 30 feet or more on Wolf Lake, in Allen’s Bay on Cass, or the north arm of Kitchi Lake. Duck hunters are shooting some northern birds and skim ice has started to form in the channels and bays overnight.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Snow, cold, and wind have limited fishing pressure, but the few anglers going are catching walleyes on minnows and jigs in 30 feet or more. Some people fishing from shore are catching walleyes during low-light periods as well. Deer activity is increasing with some rutting signs reported and grouse hunters are doing slightly better with minimal foliage to deal with.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

RED LAKE

Cold and windy weather has limited fishing activity and some skim ice formed along the shorelines overnight earlier this week. Grouse hunters are finding birds along the forest roads and walking trails and duck hunters have seen a few more northern birds come through.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

A jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes in 30 to 35 feet on Lake Koronis. Sunfish continue to be caught in two to four feet on Koronis, Rice Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Becker Lake, and Schnieder Lake. Duck and pheasant reports have been poor, but deer are on the move with several nice bucks shot in the area this week.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

A jig and shinner minnow is turning walleyes during the day in 12 to 17 feet at Sauk Lake, 17 to 24 feet on Lake Osakis, or in 40 to 50 feet on Big Birch Lake. At night, crankbaits will produce walleyes on these lakes in shallower water.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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