Grouse hunting has been good with most hunters finding nice pockets of birds and plenty of young birds in the mix just north of the Duluth area. Walleyes are hitting chubs in 15 feet during the day and 6 feet in the evenings at Island Lake. On Boulder Lake, chubs also are turning walleyes in 10 feet. Look to the St. Louis River and Island with large sucker minnows for muskies.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes above and below the dams on the Mississippi River or along the weedlines of Lake Pokegama and Lake Wabana. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 25 feet of water on lakes Sand, Rice, Big Splithand, Little Splithand, Big Cutfoot, and Little Cutfoot. The sucker minnow bite has kicked in for muskie anglers at North Star Lake, Deer Lake, and Moose Lake. Ruffed grouse reports have been good north and east of the area, and there hasn’t been much movement in terms of new ducks.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
A jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes, perch, and sauger on the 28- to 32-foot reefs and shoreline-structure areas. Crappie and northern pike anglers are finding a few active fish, but no big numbers at this point. The leaves are down, so ruffed grouse hunters are finding more success.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Crappies are hitting minnows or tube jigs in the narrows on Ann Lake or in 6 feet of water at Fish Lake and Knife Lake. A few mallards remain in the area, but duck numbers have dwindled over the past week to 10 days.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop
Fishing reports have been pretty limited, but grouse hunting has improved with the foliage coming down from the trees. Hunters aren’t seeing big bunches of birds, but they are shooting more grouse than earlier in the year. Waterfowl hunters continue to shoot mainly local puddle ducks and Canada geese.
Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617