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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – October 10th, 2014

LAKE MILLE LACS 

East – The wind has limited fishing activity and only a few walleye anglers headed out last weekend and early this week. Look to the sand in 16 to 20 feet during the day or the rock points and shorelines at night with crankbaits. Muskie, smallmouth and northern pike reports also have been limited, mainly due to a lack of fishermen.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – When the wind calms down, slip bobbers and leeches have produced more walleyes on the mud flats than trolling crankbaits at night closer to shore, which has also produced some results. Muskie action has been limited, but smallmouth bass are being caught on the 10- to 15-foot rocks. Also, northern pike have been hitting minnows or crankbaits along the weedlines in most bays.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Drifting hammered-gold spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches is producing walleyes and sauger at Garden Island in 15 to 25 feet. Jigs and minnows are turning walleyes in 20 to 30 feet in front of Lighthouse Gap, Pine Island, Zippel Bay and Long Point. The walleye bite has picked up on the Rainy River in 18 feet with a jig and minnow. At the Northwest Angle, gold jigs and minnows are producing walleyes in 18 to 25 feet near Little Oak Island. Trolling large baits has triggered muskies on the rock points, reefs and weedbeds. 

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LAKE VERMILION

Consistently strong winds made for a slow week of fishing. The walleyes are biting, it’s just been tough to get out. Look for smallmouth bass and walleyes on the rock structure in 18 to 25 feet. The rock points and shoreline breaks have been holding muskies, while crappies are set up in 16 to 18 feet.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Drift a jig and minnow in 6 to 12 feet along the shoreline points and breaks for walleyes. Perch and northern pike are hitting minnows in the 8- to 12-foot weed patches. Duck hunters are seeing more ringnecks and other divers in the area this week.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

During the day, a jig and minnow is triggering walleyes on the wind-driven points and shorelines in 5 to 9 feet. At night, trolling crankbaits in 7 to 12 feet has produced walleyes off Cedar Point, Sand Point and Goose Island areas. Look for perch in less than 8 feet off Sand Point and in the Narrows. Mallards and ringnecks continue to provide good shooting for duck hunters, and grouse reports have been favorable with less cover to deal with.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

It’s been a slow week for anglers, mainly due to the lack of opportunity to hit the lake because of extremely strong winds. Once it settles down, jigs and minnows will again produce walleyes in the Reinier area and main lake points. Hunting action also has been poor, again due to the weather.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

Windy conditions have pretty much shut down fishing over the past week. Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 4 to 7 feet of water along most shorelines once it calms down. Grouse hunters have less cover to deal with, but bird numbers appear to be average. Duck hunters continue to shoot local birds with not much for migrants moving in.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

BLACKDUCK AREA

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes at Blackduck Lake in less than 10 feet and Island Lake in 10 to 22 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet on Gilstead Lake and Turtle River Lake. Hunters are shooting wood ducks, ringnecks and redheads, while grouse hunting reports have been better since the leaves started coming down.  

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Windy conditions have slowed fishing reports, but walleyes can be had with minnows on the 16-foot weed edges or 35- to 40-foot of Whitefish Lake, Gull Lake and Round Lake. Look for sunfish to continue hitting in the shallow weeds of Cullen Lake and North Long Lake when the wind settles down. 

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Fishing pressure has been limited with the wind, but walleyes are hitting redtails on the south side of Allen’s Bay, south side of Cedar Bar, and Turtle River Bar in 25 to 30 feet on Cass Lake. Perch, crappies and sunfish are hanging in the 8-foot weeds on Cass and muskie action has slowed. Ducks are being shot, but most hunters aren’t finding much for migrant ducks despite the north winds and cooler weather.  

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 22 to 30 feet on Serpent Lake. Work the 10- to 20-foot holes on the Mississippi River for walleyes, smallmouth bass and catfish. Farm Island Lake is giving up crappies in 12 to 14 feet and large crankbaits are triggering northern pike in the deep, flooded timber of Sagamore Pit, Portsmouth Pit and Huntington Pit. Grouse hunting has been better than duck hunting over the past week.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912

EAST CENTRAL MN

Smallmouth bass continue to hit jigs tipped with minnows or plastics on the Mississippi River and the Rum River is giving up a few walleyes. Look to Blue Lake in 5 to 7 feet for panfish and the weedlines of Elk Lake are holding northern pike. Hunting reports have been limited.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

EMILY AREA

Spinnerbaits are producing northern pike  in 8 to 12 feet on Smokey Hollow Lake and the north end of Eagle Lake is giving up crappies in 15 feet. Largemouth bass are an easy catch with topwater baits in shallow water at Ruth Lake. Hunters are shooting wood ducks and a few mallards and grouse hunters are seeing more birds now that the cover is thinning.

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Crappies are being found suspended over 30 to 40 feet at Sand Lake, Lake Pokegama, Bowstring Lake, and Big Splithand Lake. Minnows are producing walleyes on Bowstring in the evenings in 6 to 9 feet and in 22 to 35 feet at Pokegama and Lake Wabana. Strong winds have helped thin out the leaves, but it’s also made for difficult grouse hunting. Waterfowl reports have been very good and hunters are finding a mixed bag of birds including some divers.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 30 to 40 feet on Big Birch Lake or Cedar Lake in 25 to 27 feet, while Big Swan Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Hunting reports are limited with the duck season closed in the this zone this week.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA

Woman Lake continues to kick out walleyes via minnows from the weed edges down to 25 feet. Trolling crankbaits along the shorelines of Ten Mile Lake at night also has produced walleyes. Crappies are hitting in 12 to 16 feet on Webb Lake and Birch Lake, while northern pike and bass continue to hit on the weedlines of most lakes. There doesn’t seem to be a big push of new ducks into the area, but some ringnecks are being seen on the bigger bodies of water. Windy conditions have limited grouse hunting activity. 

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Windy conditions have meant limited fishing opportunities this week. Once it calms down, look for walleyes at Rice Lake and Lake Koronis in 12 to 19 feet. Crappies have started to suspend over deep water on most lakes, but you’ll find sunfish in 6 to 12 feet on lakes throughout the Horseshoe Chain. Hunting reports also have been light with the central duck zone closed this week.  

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Smallmouth bass are hitting minnows up and down the Mississippi River and walleye action has improved below the Blanchard Dam. Lake Alexander also is giving up walleyes during the afternoon and evening hours on minnows. Hunting reports have been limited, but hunters should expect to see more ducks and geese moving into the area.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Crappies are suspended on the north end of Lake Osakis in 18 to 30 feet and the north end of Sauk Lake from 8 to 30 feet. Minnows are producing walleyes on Sauk in 6 to 8 feet and Osakis in 12 to 40 feet. Wood ducks, mallards, and geese are around in good numbers.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

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