Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – September 11th, 2015

ALEXANDRIA AREA

You’ll find sunfish and a few walleyes along the 15- to 18- foot weedlines of lakes Ida, Darling, Geneva, Carlos, and Le Homme Dieu. On Lake Miltona, a jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 17 feet, and muskies are hitting bucktails on the 10- to 12- foot weedlines. Jigs and plastics are turning bass in 10 to 15 feet on most lakes and there’s some evening crappie action in 10 to 17 feet on Le Homme Dieu and Darling. Goose hunting has gone well, with plenty of birds around.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Sunfish and crappies are along the weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Lake John, Indian Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Walleye reports have been best in 16 to 24 feet with large minnows on Cedar Lake, Sugar Lake, and Clearwater, while the weedlines on lakes Sylvia, Clearwater, John, and Maple are holding bass and pike. There’s been a few geese shot in the area, but reports have not been as good as expected.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows and crankbaits in 12 to 16 feet on Lake Bemidji and 4 to 10 feet at Lake Plantagenet. Trolling deep-diving crankbaits in 15 to 20 feet has triggered muskies on Bemidji. Turtle River Lake is producing panfish in 10 to 15 feet. Goose-hunting reports have been limited. Bear hunting so far was good early.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows or crankbaits 12 to 25 feet on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake or 20 to 22 feet at Gull Lake. Hit Pimushe Lake, Rabideau Lake, and Gull for bluegills and crappies in 16 to 18 feet. A quick acorn drop might have slowed bear activity, but success has been OK and there’s been some decent bears taken.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Minnows continue to work best for walleyes at Pelican Lake in 18 to 30 feet, 15 to 18 feet on Gull Lake, and 15 to 25 feet at North Long Lake. Hit Roy Lake, Round Lake, and Nisswa Lake for panfish in 6 to 10 feet, while bass and pike continue to be caught off the deep weedlines of most lakes.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Redtails or leeches are producing walleyes in 30 to 32 feet or 18 to 20 feet in wind. Work Tom’s Bar, Deadman’s Bar, and Turtle River Bar on Cass Lake or Boat House Bar on Pike Bay Lake. You’ll find perch in the 10- foot weeds and muskies on the reed and weed edges of Cass. Bluegills continue to hit in 10 to 12 feet on Kitchi Lake or in Allen’s Bay and Dick’s Bay on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet and crappies suspended over 20 to 35 feet on Green Lake, Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and North Center Lake. These lakes, along with South Center Lake are giving up bass and pike along the 15- foot weedlines. A few walleyes are taking crankbaits in 12 to 18 feet at Green in evenings. The goose opener was a bust for most groups, but the harvest was better late last weekend and early this week.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Large minnows are producing walleyes in 12 to 18 feet on Big Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Pelican Lake; some fish are being taken even shallower during low-light periods on minnows or crankbaits. Muskie reports have been OK with topwater baits turning fish in 6 to 12 feet on Big Detroit. Panfish, bass, and pike are sitting on the weedlines of Sour Lake, Lake Melissa, Upper Cormorant Lake, and Little Detroit Lake. There hasn’t been much for goose hunting action so far.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Walleyes are hitting fatheads in 15 feet at Island Lake, while the Highbanks and Narrows areas on Fish Lake are producing crappies. You’ll find consistent crappie action in 10 to 12 feet at Whiteface Lake and Wolf Lake. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing coho salmon in the top 50 feet of the water column and lake trout at 100 feet. Bear hunting has been “crazy good” with a noticeable increased harvest compared to last year and plenty of big males in the mix.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Spinnerbaits are producing pike and bass in 6 feet at Fremont Lake and in slightly deeper water on Elk Lake, Green Lake, and Blue Lake. The Mississippi River is giving up smallies, while sunfish are found in 7 to 10 feet on Blue. Goose season started slow.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows or crawlers in 15 to 17 feet at Snowbank Lake, Shagawa Lake, and the west side of Basswood Lake. Suckers drifted along the shoreline breaks of Shagawa and the Moose Lake Chain has produced numbers of smallies. The bear hunt has been off to a decent start.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

FARIBAULT AREA

Panfish and pike are being taken in 12 to 14 feet on Lake Mazaska, while crappies and sunfish are hitting along the 10- to 12- foot weedlines on Cedar Lake. Shore anglers at Cannon Lake are catching a few walleyes with minnows during the evenings. Goose hunters have offered mixed reports.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes during the evening hours in 6 feet at Two Island Lake, East Twin Lake, and Crescent Lake. Float crawlers for rainbow trout at Leo Lake in 10 feet and Trout Lake in 12 to 15 feet and for splake in 15 to 18 feet at Birch Lake. Bear hunting has been pretty good.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

There’s been a good crappie bite in the 15- to 20- foot weeds of Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes, Bowstring Lake in 8 to 12 feet, and Sand Lake over 20 to 25 feet. A few walleyes continue to take spinners and minnows on the weed edges of Trout Lake, Lake Pokegama, Lake Wabana, and Bowstring or with a jig and minnow on the Mississippi River. Bear hunters have had a lot of success.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Weed edges at Cedar Lake are producing bass and sunfish, but walleye action is slow. Pike are hitting minnows on the 10- to 12- foot weedlines of Cedar, Mound Lake, and Big Birch Lake. Goose reports have been light.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

A few walleyes have bit jigs and large minnows in 30 to 35 feet on Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Look for panfish in the 7- to 10- foot weeds of Stoney Lake, Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, and Woman. Bucktails are raising muskies on the mid-depth weedlines of Baby Lake, Mann Lake, and Lake Wabedo. Bear reports have been slow. Goose hunting has been best over water.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Most live-bait presentations are producing walleyes  in current areas such as Sugarbush Island split. Outflows are producing pike and walleyes.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MANKATO AREA

You’ll find walleyes in 18 to 20 feet and sunfish in 12 to 14 feet on Lake Washington. Minnows are producing a few walleyes on the Blue Earth River and cut suckers have triggered catfish on the Minnesota River. Heavy rains  made it a tough goose opener.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch have been caught in 12 feet around Mallard Point and Ben Hines access area of Big Stone Lake. Crankbaits are producing a few more walleyes on the north end in 10 to 12 feet during evenings. Some goose hunters have done better than others. Dove hunting has been more consistent.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleye reports remain limited, but sucker minnows are turning pike in 12 to 14 feet on Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake. Look for bluegills in 12 to 14 feet on Fish Hook and the Crow Wing Chain, while jigs and plastics are turning bass in the thick weeds of Island Lake and Eagle Lake. Bear hunting has gone well early in the season.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Big minnows are taking walleyes during the day in 15 to 25 feet, as are at crankbaits up shallow at night on Otter Tail Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Muskies hit best at night on topwaters or bucktails on Pelican Lake and Beers Lake. Look for bluegills in 20 feet at Star Lake and Dead Lake or for suspended crappies over 10 to 18 feet on Rush Lake. Goose reports were limited.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

A jig and minnow is taking walleyes on the 6- to 10- foot weedlines or over 20 to 25 feet on Lake Koronis and Rice Lake. Rice is giving up crappies in 12 to 14 feet. There’s sunfish in 4 to 10 feet on Becker Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Schneider Lake. Find bass and pike on the weedlines.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

STARBUCK AREA

Walleyes are biting during the day on spinners and crawlers in 22 feet or at night with crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet on Lake Minnewaska. You’ll sort sunfish to find keepers on Minnewaska along Schoolhouse Bar in 12 to 14 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

VIRGINIA AREA

Walleyes and smallies have bit in 6 to 15 feet at Whitewater Lake and Whiteface Lake on minnows or crawlers. There have been few bear registered, but there are few permits.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617

WINONA AREA

Look for crappies on the snags and sunfish in the secondary sloughs off the main river. Catfish are in the deep holes, while walleyes are being taken on cranks or willow cats on the current breaks, wing dams, and below dams. Trout streams remain favorable for fishing, with fly fishing most productive. 

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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