Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – September 25th, 2015


Fishing pressure continues to be light  with a few pike, muskie, and smallmouth bass anglers on the lake. Work the middepth rocks and rock points for smallmouth bass or the weedlines in most bays for pike and muskies – the morning and evening hours have been best.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811


Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430



Trolling crankbaits has produced walleyes in 30 to 34 feet of water west of the Nine Footer, in front of Pine Island, eight miles north of Graceton Beach, and around Lem’s Reef. Spinner rigs are working better in 22 to 32 feet around Knight and Garden islands and more walleyes and sauger have started showing up along the south shore. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 18 feet on the Rainy River during the evening hours and sturgeon continue to be caught from Baudette Bay towards Clementson. At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes on the points, islands, and gaps in 22 to 32 feet. On the Ontario side, crappies remain active in 30 to 34 feet of water.

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


Fishing pressure continues to be extremely light with a few muskies and sunfish reports coming off the 6- to 12-foot weedlines. You’ll also catch northern pike on sucker minnows and spinnerbaits in 15 feet. 

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Leadcore and crankbaits are turning walleyes in 20 to 24 feet throughout Daisy Bay, while Lindy rigs and sucker minnows are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass on the 18- to 20-foot rock piles on the east end. Muskies are chasing black and silver bucktails along the rock-covered shorelines and rock points. Crappie fishing has picked up in Black Bay and Muskego Bay. Grouse numbers look good, but there were not many hunters out on opening weekend.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the wind-driven points in 8 to 10 feet during the evening hours. Hit the main-lake bars such as Big Muskie, Little Muskie, Snaghole, and Sugar during the day for walleyes in 25 to 34 feet. Perch seem to be biting throughout the lake, but Sugar Bay is giving up bigger fish in 3 to 10 feet of water. Work the 6-foot weed edge on the northwest corner of the lake for pike.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleye fishing has improved, but still isn’t as consistent as most would expect. Pitch a jig and minnow combination in 9 to 12 feet off Sand Point, GrandVu Flats, and Hardwoods during the evening hours for better numbers of fish. Catching perch is not a problem, but there continues to be a lot of small fish in the mix off Sand Point and the Narrows in 6 to 9 feet. Muskies continue to be scattered between the rocks and weeds, with the evening hours proving to be most productive.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250


Minnows are turning walleyes in 15 to 18 feet in the Reinier area and on the reefs and sunken islands past the Brule in 20 to 30 feet. At this point, the Rainy River seems to be giving up more walleyes than the main lake. There hasn’t been many hunters chasing grouse and those who have gone are finding limited shots due to thick foliage.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Fishing pressure has been limited and the anglers going out are covering water with crankbaits or minnows for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet. The rock humps, Center Bar, and other structure areas that exist seem to be holding more fish. 

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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