LAKE MILLE LACS
Walleye fishermen have been pretty scarce, but muskie anglers continue to be active. There’s been several reports of big fish taken this week with bucktails and crankbaits on the shallow rock reefs. The afternoon and evening hours seem to be providing the best action.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow in 18 to 24 feet at the Lighthouse Gap, Long Point, and Four Mile Bay. On the Rainy River, walleyes are hitting from the Gap to Birchdale with prime spots located near the airport and Frontier Landing in 12 to 16 feet or 19 to 21 feet. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are grouped in 25 to 30 feet and there has been consistent crappie, sauger, perch, and muskie action as well.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Fishing pressure has been minimal with the wind and cooler weather. The few guys going are working the points and shoreline breaks with a jig and minnow for walleyes in less than 12 feet. Perch and muskie action also has been limited. A few more divers have moved onto the big lake and deer seem to have become more active this week.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Most boats are put away, but muskie anglers continue to work large sucker minnows on the 12- to 15-foot weed edges of Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence with some success. Field hunting for geese and mallards has improved with the corn coming out.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Main-lake fishing reports have been nonexistent, but a fair number of anglers continue to catch walleyes on the Rainy River in 14 to 18 feet of water with a jig and minnow. With the small ponds freezing, duck hunting reports have been limited, deer hunters are seeing more bucks on the move, and grouse hunting has been OK by most accounts.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Fishing pressure has been so light it’s been difficult to get a good report. The best option for walleyes and perch is still on the shoreline breaks and points on the west and east sides of the lake in nine to 12 feet of water.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on the south end of Gull Lake in 10 to 35 feet, depending on the time of day. Pelican Lake and North Long Lake remain secondary walleye options in 24 to 32 feet during midday hours.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes can be had during the late afternoon and evening hours with a jig and minnow at Fish Hook Lake in 18 feet. Duck hunting has been very good with a noticeable push of divers and northern mallards into the area. Grouse hunters also are seeing more birds than they had earlier in the season.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Grouse hunters are kicking up a few birds along the forest roads and walking trails. Hunters scouting for the deer opener are reporting minimal rutting activity and overall deer numbers appear down from last year. Fishing action has been nonexistent over the past week.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleyes can be had with a jig and minnow during the day on Lake Koronis in 30 to 40 feet and at Rice Lake in 20 to 25 feet. At night, crankbaits or minnows will produce walleyes on both lakes along the shallow shorelines. Waterfowl hunters are shooting more geese than ducks and there hasn’t been much for divers moving through.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
There’s a good daytime walleye bite with a jig and minnow on Sauk Lake in eight to 18 feet and the north end of Lake Osakis in 12 to 28 feet. You’ll also find crappies suspended over 15 to 40 feet throughout the north end of Osakis.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155