Look for walleyes and crappies to hit minnows in 20 feet at Island Lake. Muskie action has picked up with large sucker minnows at Island and the St. Louis River in 6 to 8 feet. The best bite for lake trout on Lake Superior is taking place near Silver Bay, and some salmon have started moving into the mouths of the rivers. Bear hunting reports have been limited, and registrations are down from last year.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Jigs and minnows are producing a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Shagawa Lake and 34 to 36 feet on Snowbank Lake. Minnows also are turning northern pike in 18 to 20 feet on Snowbank and Burntside Lake. Lake trout are suspended at 55 to 60 feet over 100 feet of water and hitting jigs at Snowbank, and you’ll find smallmouth bass on the reefs of most lakes in 5 to 10 feet.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Look for suspended lake trout to hit spoons over 60 to 80 feet on Greenwood Lake or over 50 to 60 feet on Saganaga Lake and Loon Lake. Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow at Homer Lake and Crescent Lake in 12 to 15 feet or in 18 to 22 feet on Seagull Lake. Crawlers are producing rainbow trout in 10 to 14 feet on Leo Lake and in 14 to 20 feet on Trout Lake. Carrot Lake is giving up brook trout in 10 to 12 feet. There continues to be a fair number of bears shot with more than 25 now registered.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Crawlers are turning walleyes during the day in 25 feet or more and in 10 to 18 feet in the mornings. A few crappies also have been caught in these areas. Sucker minnows and crankbaits are producing northern pike in 12 to 20 feet or 28 to 30 feet. Minnows are becoming more prominent for walleyes and pike as the water cools.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Walleyes have started hitting jigs and minnows at Knife Lake in 9 feet, but high water made it tough to get boats in most other lakes early this week. With the water receding, lakes such as Ann, Fish and Knife are worth looking at for panfish. There have been 6 bear registered from the area, and reports have been mostly favorable. There are plenty of geese to be had as well, but there aren’t many harvested fields to hunt.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
The Tower end of Lake Vermilion is producing walleyes, which are scattered from 5 to 40 feet, on jigs or slip bobbers and minnows. Bear and goose hunting reports have been limited, although there are some geese to be had.
Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617