Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – September 11th, 2015


Smallmouth bass continue to hit along the mid-depth rocks, weedlines, and shallow rock reefs. Crankbaits, tubes, live bait, and topwater presentations are all producing fish at various times of the day. A few more muskies are being raised on the rock reefs and shallow weedlines, but most aren’t committing to baits. Look for pike along the weedlines in most bays.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Jigs or spinner rigs tipped with frozen minnows or crawlers are producing walleyes in 26 to 30 feet around Lighthouse Gap, Pine Island, in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point, and 12 Mile. Trolling crankbaits around Knight and Garden Islands or in the middle of Big Traverse Bay has produced in 28 to 32 feet. On the Rainy River, sturgeon remain active from Birchdale to Clementson. Minnows are taking walleyes in 18 to 20 feet during evenings. At Northwest Angle, jigging has worked for walleyes on the 16- to 24- foot rocks, reefs, and island points. Look shallow for muskies. 

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


The inside and outside weedlines are producing bass and pike on Lake Minnetonka. You’ll find sunfish in 6 to 12 feet on Minnetonka. Throw bucktails for muskies on the 12- to 15- foot weedlines of Lake Independence and Minnetonka. 

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Minnows and Lindy rigs are producing walleyes on the rock reefs in 18 to 25 feet. Look for smallies on the 10- to 14- foot rock piles and largemouth in the shallow weeds of most river inlets. Muskie action continues to be excellent  with bucktails on the deep rocks.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Spinners and crawlers or jigs and large minnows are turning walleyes in 7 to 10 feet on the east side from the Rock to Tamarack Point. Perch reports have been best in 6 to 12 feet on the west side near Rich’s Townsite and the mouth of Sugar Bay. Northern pike are hitting spoons or crankbaits on the north end weeds in 7 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


A jig and minnow is starting to produce walleyes during morning and evening hours around Goose Island, GrandVu Flats, the Meadows, and Pine Point in 8 to 14 feet. Minnows also are taking walleyes and some big pike on the deep humps in Walker Bay. Troll crankbaits at night off Sand Point for walleyes in 9 to 12 feet. Muskie, perch, and sunfish reports have been poor, but bass have hit along rice bed edges. 

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250


Minnows are producing walleyes in Sand Bay over 25 to 30 feet, the Shoal Islands area in 20 feet, and the Ranier area in 15 to 18 feet. Crappie action has been slow to develop, but smallies remain active on most rocky structures. Bear-hunting reports have been mixed, but success sounds better than last year.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The walleye bite has been “so-so” lately with a jig and minnow or spinner and minnow producing the most. Work the rock piles on the southwest shore or Center Bar. Anglers are reporting the stray crappie and pike here, too.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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