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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – November 7th, 2014

LAKE MILLE LACS 

Water temperatures are approaching 42 degrees so tullibees should start moving onto the reefs. That’s where the majority of muskies and walleyes will be caught at this point. Look for walleyes in 12 to 20 feet of water during the day and shallower during the evening hours. A minnow and jig will produce perch in the bays over 12 to 18 feet. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

A slow-presented gold jig and shiner minnow is producing limits of walleyes and sauger in 25 feet of water in front of Pine Island from Lighthouse Gap to Morris Point Gap. Fish also are going on Zippel Bay Reef, Long Point, and in front of Rocky Point. Anchoring and jigging in 10 to 15 feet has been best on the Rainy River in front of Wabanica Bay or just off the docks of Clementson and west of Frontier Landing. Fishing at the Northwest Angle remains productive for walleyes, crappies, and northern pike in neck-down areas and island points. 

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

LAKE VERMILION

Water temperatures are in the mid- to low-40s and it won’t be all that long before there’s nice on the lake. Walleyes are still being caught in deeper water – 25 to 35 feet – and they seem to be gorging themselves on perch fry and baitfish. Jigs and minnows are working well, as are Lindy rigs and Rapalas. Anglers continue to catch crappies, and muskie fishermen have been out in force.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

It’s been tough to gauge how the bite has been with the wind and cold really limiting fishing pressure on the lake. Most outdoor activities in this area have revolved around the upcoming deer season. Duck and grouse reports also have been limited. 

Lake Winnie Resort Association                

LEECH LAKE

When the wind and weather has allowed anglers to get out, walleyes are being caught with minnows on the shoreline breaks in Walker Bay or on the main-lake flats, points, and shorelines in shallow water. However, fishing pressure has been very limited over the course of the past week. Deer have become noticeably more active and even with the cold weather, there hasn’t been a big push of new ducks into the area.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Fishing action has been limited to a few people catching walleyes on the Rainy River or the reefs in Black Bay, but there hasn’t been many people out on the water. Grouse hunters aren’t finding a lot of birds, but there are more mallards in the area this week.  

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

Cooler temperatures and wind have limited angling activity, but look for walleyes in 5 to 8 feet of water. Ruffed grouse continue to be shot along forest roads and deer numbers seem to be average at best.  

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

BLACKDUCK AREA

The wind and cool weather have kept most fishermen off the lakes over the past week. Most people also have put their boats away and that’s added to the limited fishing pressure. Grouse reports continue to be favorable, and although duck numbers were minimal last weekend, most hunters think there should be one more push of northern ducks into the area, possibly this weekend, with snow and wind expected.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

The weather has limited fishing pressure, but the few people going are catching walleyes on the north end of Gull Lake in 30 to 45 feet and the Merrifield end of North Long Lake in 24 to 30 feet of water. Crappie and pike also remain options in the area, but few people have been fishing them.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

There really hasn’t been anyone on area lakes since last week to provide a fishing report. With the firearms deer season approaching, most boats have been put in storage and anglers are waiting for ice to form. Some of the small ponds in the area do have skim ice some mornings, so duck hunting has been best on bigger bodies of water. 

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

EMILY AREA

Fishing pressure has been minimal this week with most boats put away for the season. Hunters are seeing bucks really starting to move – the movement is happening even during the day. There seems to be a few more mallards and divers in the area and Canada goose numbers remain strong. Grouse continue to be shot, but they are getting spooky so a dog will increase your odds of success.  

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

HACKENSACK AREA

Walleyes continue to hit minnows in 18 to 22 feet of water at Woman Lake. Crappies also remain an option on lakes such as Birch and Webb, but there isn’t much fishing pressure for them. A few ringnecks and mallards continue to be shot, while deer hunters are seeing more activity and general “buck sign” in the woods. 

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

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

A few walleyes continue to be caught on minnows in 20 to 30 feet on Lake Koronis during the day or less than 10 feet in the evenings. Duck hunters are seeing more divers – mainly ringnecks – but pheasant hunting continues to be slow. Archery hunters have commented that bucks have started chasing does and tearing up the woods this week. 

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Crappies are suspended over 40 to 50 feet on the north end of Lake Osakis and in 25 to 30 feet in Red Barn Bay on Sauk Lake. Osakis also is giving up walleyes on jigs and shiner minnows in 25 to 32 feet, while Smith Lake is worth hitting for northern pike. Duck hunters are finding good numbers of divers this week and deer have definitely become more active.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Anglers are catching smallmouth bass throughout the Mississippi River and a few walleyes below Blanchard Dam. Duck and upland hunting has been poor, but the rut seems to have kicked into high gear this week.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

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