Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – October 2nd, 2015
LAKE MILLE LACS
Angler numbers remain low so it’s been difficult to gauge fishing success. The few who are venturing out continue to find smallmouth bass on the rock reefs and rock points. Live bait, crankbaits, and plastics are all producing fish. Muskie and pike anglers continue to be scarce.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleye action remains strong with spinners or jigs tipped with crawlers and minnows around Knight and Bridges islands in 26 to 32 feet. Other anglers are staying close to the south shore around Pine Island or two to three miles north of the island, Lighthouse Gap, Graceton Beach, Long Point, and 12 Mile in 22 to 24 feet or 28 to 31 feet. On the Rainy River, walleyes are following shiners as water temperatures drop. Evening fishing has been best in 17 to 19 feet and sturgeon are hitting in most deep holes from Vidas to Frontier landings or Timbermill Park towards Birchdale. At the Northwest Angle, 29 to 32 feet has been best for walleyes around Big and Little Oak islands and Deepwater Bay – work gaps and points with moving water. On the Ontario side, crappies are being caught over structure in 32 to 36 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Crappies and walleyes are being taken on minnows at Lake Independence along the 15- to 18-foot rock piles. On Lake Minnetonka, a few walleyes continue to be caught on rigs and minnows in 24 to 26 feet and pike are hitting minnows on the 14- to 18-foot weedlines. Spinnerbaits are producing bass in 6 to 10 feet and muskie reports have been limited on Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes have spread out a bit so you have to stay on the move. Long-lining crankbaits or rigs and minnows are producing fish in 12 to 20 feet on the rocks, points, and reefs. Muskie fishing remains strong with bucktails or rubber baits on the shallow rocks and near buoys on most rock reefs. Smallmouth bass remain an easy catch on the 4- to 10- foot rocks. Grouse numbers appear strong as hunters are reporting a lot of flushes.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Jigs or spinners with minnows are turning walleyes along the north-shore breaks in 8 to 14 feet. The points along the west side are giving up walleyes in 9 to 15 feet and some fish continue to be caught on the main-lake bars during midday hours. The Williams Narrows area is giving up crappies, perch are being found in 3 to 10 feet, and pike are hitting spoons or minnows on the 6- to 8-foot weedlines.
Muskie action continues to be best with bucktails or large spinnerbaits on the rocks. The jig and minnow bite continues to improve for walleyes on most wind-driven points, shorelines, and flats; the best reports are coming from 8 to 12 feet. Some walleyes also are being caught at night on crankbaits from Sand Point to Cedar Pont in less than 14 feet. Look for perch in 6 to 10 feet in the Narrows, west of Goose Island, off Sand Point, and GrandVu Flats. Opening weekend duck reports sounded good based on all the shooting in the area.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Minnows continue to produce walleyes by the Brule and Reinier areas in 15 to 25 feet. Crappie and pike reports have been limited, grouse hunting has improved as the cover comes down and the rice in Black Bay provided good duck shooting opening weekend.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Angler participation has been limited but walleyes are being caught on jigs or spinners with minnows in 5 to 10 feet. Grouse hunters are finding a lot of cover, but birds are being shot along the wooded trails and goose hunters are doing well on harvested farm fields.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128