Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – September 4th, 2015


Spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes in 17 feet on Lake Miltona or 12 to 15 feet on Chippewa Lake and Lake Ida. Bass fishing has been good on the deep weedlines and flats of most lakes with jigs and plastics. Look for crappies on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Darling, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Carlos. Sunfish action has been best in 15 to 18 feet on Ida and Lake Victoria, while muskie reports have been limited.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255


Clearwater Lake started giving up a few more walleyes on minnows or crawlers in 14 to 21 feet. You’ll find bass and pike along the 14- to 16-foot weedlines of Cedar Lake, Lake Sylvia, Pleasant Lake, Sugar Lake, and Clearwater. These lakes also will produce sunfish in slightly shallower water, but the problem has been finding good-sized fish.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


You’ll catch walleyes with crawlers in 20 to 30 feet during the day or on crankbaits at night in 3 to 5 feet on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Rush Lake. Sucker minnows or spoons are producing pike in 15 to 20 feet at Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, Otter Tail, and West Battle, while muskies continue to be taken on Jakes during low-light periods along the 20-foot weeds of West Battle. Look for sunfish in the 10- to 15-foot weeds of Clitherall Lake, Stalker Lake, and West Battle or suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on Blanche Lake, Stalker, Otter Tail, and West Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing walleyes on Lake Bemidji during the day in 12 to 14 feet or in 6 feet during low-light periods. Muskies are chasing bucktails in 6 to 12 feet on Lake Plantagenet and Bemidji, while Turtle River Lake has been best for panfish in 10 to 15 feet.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


Crawlers, crankbaits, and minnows are triggering walleyes in 12 to 15 feet on Blackduck Lake and 10 to 25 feet at Island Lake. Hit Gull Lake for walleyes, crappies, and bluegills in 18 to 22 feet and Pimushe Lake for a mixed bag of panfish in 20 feet. Bear baits are getting hit, but the activity hasn’t been “super consistent” the past week.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Work the 15- to 18-foot weedlines with minnows on Gull Lake, 15 to 25 feet on North Long Lake, and 18 to 30 feet at Pelican Lake for walleyes. Bass and pike are being pulled from the weedlines on North Long, Cullen Lake, and Nisswa Lake. Roy Lake, Round Lake, and Nisswa are safe bets for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet.

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


A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 15 feet when the wind blows or in 30 to 32 feet if it’s calm; work the west side of Star Island, Buck’s Bar, or Deadman’s Bar on Cass Lake. The 8- to 10-foot weeds on the southeast corner of Cass are holding perch and muskie action has been best early and late each day in Allen’s Bay or near Stoney Point. You’ll find bluegills in 12 feet on Kitchi Lake, in Allen’s Bay on Cass and in the river channel between Wolf Lake and Lake Andrusia.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Anglers are finding pods of suspended crappies over 20 to 35 feet on Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Center Lake, South Center Lake, and North Lindstrom Lake. Bass fishing remains strong with jigs and plastics on the deep weed edges of most lakes. A few walleyes are being taken with crankbaits in 15 to 20 feet on Green.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Sucker minnows are producing bass and pike along the deep weedlines of Horseshoe Lake, while crappies are suspended over 15 to 20 feet on Bay Lake and Black Hoof Lake. On Serpent Lake, topwaters are turning smallmouth bass on the rocks and plastics are producing largemouths on the 20- to 30-foot breaks. Hit Upper Mission Lake in 20 to 24 feet or East Rabbit Lake in 17 to 20 feet for bluegills. The Highway 6 Bridge area on the Mississippi River is worth hitting for catfish and smallmouth bass. Most bear hunters have reported good activity.

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


Muskies are hitting topwaters in 4 to 12 feet at Big Detroit Lake, while minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes in 12 to 18 feet during the evening at Pelican Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, and Big Detroit. Look for sunfish, bass, and pike on the weedlines of Big Cormorant, Upper Cormorant Lake, Little Detroit Lake, and Severson Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


At Island Lake, smallmouths are hitting along the shallow rocks and minnows are producing walleyes in 22 to 25 feet. Walleyes, bluegills, and crappies are biting in 20 to 22 feet on Fish Lake. Green stickbaits and spoons are best for coho salmon on Lake Superior from the Knife River to Silver Bay about 25 to 40 feet down. Bear baits continued to get “wiped out” early this week.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


A few sunfish are being pulled out of the 7- to 11-foot lily pads on Blue Lake. Spinnerbaits are producing largemouth bass and pike on the weedlines of Little Elk Lake, Green Lake, and Blue. The Mississippi River continues to produce smallmouth bass.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Long-lining crankbaits over deep water has produced walleyes at night on Roosevelt Lake. Look to Rogers Lake with suckers for pike in 12 to 14 feet and the north end of Lawrence Lake is giving up crappies in 15 feet. Bear baiting has been good. Most hunters report multiple bears at each bait.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes at Seagull Lake in 14 to 16 feet, Two Island Lake in 10 to 14 feet, and Cascade Lake in 9 to 12 feet. Rainbow trout are hitting crawlers in 15 to 20 feet at Leo Lake and 12 to 18 feet on Trout Lake. Sucker minnows are turning pike in 8 to 12 feet on Devil Track Lake and 4 to 6 feet on Northern Lights Lake. Bear reports have been strong: “Everyone’s baits are getting hit, even during the day.”

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake is giving up crappies in 13 to 20 feet, as is Little Splithand Lake in 8 to 15 feet. Minnows are producing walleyes and crappies along the weedlines of Bowstring Lake or in 8 to 15 feet at Big Splithand Lake. Walleyes can be had with spinners and crawlers at Lake Pokegama in 14 to 18 feet. Look for bluegills on the weedlines of lakes Wabana, Graves, Bass, and Pokegama. Bear baits are getting hit. Most hunters believe there are more bears in the area this year than last.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


There’s an evening walleye bite on Big Birch Lake with jigs and minnows in 8 to 10 feet. Pike are hitting suckers on the weedlines of Big Birch, Mound Lake, and Buck Lake. Hit Moose Lake, Kings Lake, and Big Swan Lake for crappies and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Lindy rigs and minnows are producing walleyes from the weedlines out to 25 feet on Woman Lake. Bass, pike, and sunfish continue to bite on the 8- to 14-foot weedlines of Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Stony Lake. 

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


A jig and minnow or crawler harness is producing walleyes in 18 to 22 feet on Lake Washington, which is giving up sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Suckers are turning catfish on the Minnesota River and walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows on the Blue Earth River.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Spikes are producing perch in 12 feet on Big Stone Lake around Mallard Point and the Ben Hines access. You’ll find a few crappies and sunfish mixed in, but walleye fishing has been slow.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleye action is slow, but sucker minnows are turning pike in 8 to 14 feet on Big Mantrap Lake, Potato Lake, and Fish Hook Lake. Bass fishing is strong with plastics on the weedlines of most lakes and sunfish remain active in 12 feet on the Crow Wing Chain.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Look for crappies in 10 to 20 feet on Rush Lake or Big Pine Lake and sunfish in 20 to 25 feet on Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Rush. Redtail minnows are producing walleyes in 15 to 25 feet on Little Pine Lake and Big Pine. Muskies are hitting topwater baits at night on Pelican Lake and Beers Lake.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Lake Zumbro is giving up bluegills around the brush piles and you’ll find suspended crappies over 20 to 25 feet over those same brush pile areas. Work the flats on the Mississippi River with crankbaits for walleyes or 5 to 8 feet on Willow Creek Reservoir for crappies.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982


Minnows are producing pike and walleyes on Lake Koronis, tight to the weeds in 10 to 12 feet. Hit the east end of Rice Lake for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet or Horseshoe Lake and Schneider Lake for sunfish in 6 to 8 feet.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Walleyes are hitting minnows on Sauk Lake in 6 to 12 feet or on Lake Osakis in 40 feet during the day and 12 to 18 feet during low-light periods. You’ll find crappies on the north end of  Osakis in 6 to 25 feet and Sauk or Long Bridge Lake in 12 feet. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Jigs and twisters are producing crappies along the weedlines of Fish Trap Lake and a few sunfish continue to be pulled off the weedlines of Beauty Lake and Green Prairie Lake. Muskie action has picked up on Lake Alexander and above the Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi River. The river continues to produce catfish, smallmouth bass, and a few walleyes as well.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleye action is slow, but bass and pike are hitting on the weedlines of Green Lake, Nest Lake, Eagle Lake, and Diamond Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish off the fishing pier on Willmar/Foot Lake.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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