Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – October 16th, 2015


A few walleyes are hitting minnows in 12 to 30 feet at Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Look for crappies over 15 feet on Sylvia and Cedar, while pike and bass are hitting minnows or crankbaits on most lakes in 8 to 15 feet. Pheasant and duck hunting reports have been poor.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes can be had with a jig and minnow during the day in 20 to 30 feet or in 3 to 8 feet during the evening with crankbaits at Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake. Look for sunfish in the 8- to 15-foot weeds and crappies over 10 to 15 feet on West Battle, Clitherall Lake, East Battle Lake, and Donald Lake. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Bass/Elbow Lake, Donald, and West Battle, while pike are hitting spoons or suckers in 12 to 16 feet at Donald, Otter Tail, and West Battle. Large sucker minnows or Bucher Tails are raising muskies on West Battle in 15 to 20 feet and waterfowl hunters are shooting more geese than ducks at this point.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 8 to 14 feet at Blackduck Lake, Gull Lake, and Island Lake. Crappies are suspended over 20 to 30 feet on Turtle River Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Gilstead Lake. Hunters continue to find teal and wood ducks, but some new ducks including a few divers have moved into the area. Grouse hunters are reporting good success as well.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Look for scattered walleyes between 16 and 40 feet on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, Round Lake, and Whitefish Lake; minnows on jigs or Lindy rigs are working best. You’ll find suspended crappies over 20 to 30 feet on Round, Gull, and North Long, while bass fishing is strong with sucker minnows along the shallow weed edges of most lakes. Northern pike are active and usually mixed in with the walleyes.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League      

(218) 829-7010


Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows in 12 to 15 feet throughout Allen’s Bay and the Norway Beach area of Cass Lake. Look for perch in 8 feet along the east shorelines of Cass or Pike Bay Lake and muskie reports have been limited. Crappies are hitting in 16 feet during low-light periods on Kitchi Lake and in Allen’s Bay on Cass. Grouse hunting is improving and duck hunters are shooting good numbers of teal, mallards, and some divers.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831      


Look for crappies in the 6- to 10-foot weeds of North Center and South Center lakes. Sucker minnows are producing pike on the inside weedlines of Chisago Lake, while walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow or Shad Raps in 8 to 12 feet on Chisago and Green Lake. Bass and sunfish remain active on the inside weed edges of Chisago, North Lindstrom and South Lindstrom lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 25 to 30 feet at Rabbit Lake, Serpent Lake, and Upper South Long Lake. Look for crappies over 30 feet on Rabbit, 20 feet on Little Rabbit Lake, and in 14 to 18 feet on the Mississippi River. Rainbow trout are being caught over 25 to 40 feet on Portsmouth Pit and Huntington Pit, and by anglers fishing from shore on the east end of Manuel Pit. There seemed to be more wood ducks and mallards moving into the area this week and grouse hunters are finding a few birds.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet at Lake Melissa, Big Detroit Lake, Pelican Lake, and Lake Sallie. A few sunfish and crappies are hitting in 10 to 12 feet at Severson Lake, Sour Lake, and Floyd Lake. Look for muskies to hit large sucker minnows in 10 to 15 feet on Pelican and Big Detroit. A few new ducks have moved into the area, but no big numbers of divers have shown up yet.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248


Crappies have started hitting minnows at Lake Washburn in 12 to 14 feet and trolling crankbaits over 12 feet at Ruth Lake has produced pike. Look to Mitchell Lake for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Duck hunters are reporting a few more divers in the area, a few turkeys have been shot, and the woods have opened up, providing better grouse hunting opportunities.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191


During the day, panfish are hitting in 8 to 12 feet on Amber Lake, Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sissiton. At night, crankbaits or slip bobbers and minnows are producing walleyes in the channels between these lakes. Most reports from pheasant hunters indicated a bird per hunter, but the corn is coming out fast so that should improve.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Anglers fishing from shore at Cannon Lake are catching perch and walleyes, while French Lake is giving up crappies and a few walleyes in 12 feet. Look to Fox Lake for walleyes off the fishing pier and Lake Mazaska is giving up crappies in 10 to 12 feet. Pheasant hunters had a rough start to the season with hot conditions and duck hunter participation seems to have dropped off quite a bit.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


You’ll find crappies along the shorelines and weedlines of Lake Wabana, Lake Pokegama, and Big Splithand Lake or suspended over deep water at Bowstring Lake, Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, and Sand Lake. Walleye action has been best with minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Sugar Lake, Big Splithand, and Big Cutfoot Sioux. Grouse-hunting reports remain favorable, but there seems to be fewer ducks in the area with no big push of new birds noticed.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleyes have bunched up on Little Birch Lake with most being taken on a jig and minnow on the weedlines, deep breaks, and deep basin areas. Look for crappies in 12 feet on Big Swan Lake and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet at Kings Lake and Pillsbury Lake.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the 12- to 16-foot weedlines of Woman Lake. Look for walleyes and suspended crappies in 16 to 20 feet on Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake is giving up a few crappies in 15 feet, and Baby Lake is the area’s best option for muskies. Hunters are shooting a few grouse, while wood ducks and ringnecks continue to make up the bulk of the ducks being shot.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176


A jig and minnow is producing sauger, pike, and a few walleyes in 16 to 20 feet or 28 to 35 feet. Crappie action is slowly improving with most fish hitting minnows on the east end of the lake as it filters into Namakan Lake. Grouse hunters are reporting numbers of young birds and improved success.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Look to Lake Hanska for perch, walleyes, and crappies in 4 to 6 feet. On Lake Washington, walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow or crankbaits  in 4 to 8 feet. Work the deep holes of the Minnesota and Blue Earth rivers for walleyes and catfish. Very few pheasants were shot on opening weekend.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Walleyes and panfish are hitting on the lower part of the dam and mouth of the Prairie River on Big Sandy Lake. The weedlines on Big Sandy are producing pike and crappies are biting in 12 to 15 feet on Round Lake, Lake Minnewawa, and Big Sandy. The local duck population is limited with no new ducks moving through, but grouse hunting has improved now that the leaves are coming down.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits

(218) 426-3382


Walleye action has been slow, but Big Stone Lake continues to produce good numbers of perch in 10 to 12 feet from Rocky Ledge to Mallard Point. Most groups seemed to have a rooster or two on the pheasant opener, but with the warm conditions, many of them also cut their hunts short. Duck hunters are finding a few divers showing up, but local birds continue to be found in most bags.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 14 to 18 feet at Fish Hook Lake, Lower Bottle Lake, Lake Itasca, and Lake George. Fish Hook and Big Mantrap Lake continue to produce pike on sucker minnows in 10 to 12 feet. Goose numbers are higher than ducks and grouse reports continue to be favorable.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099


Walleyes have started to hit minnows on the Snake River in 3 to 5 feet during low-light periods. Casting crankbaits along the shorelines of Cross Lake and Lake Pokegama has produced walleyes during the evening hours. Look for suspended crappies over 25 feet or more on Cross and Pokegama as well.

Tall Tales Bait & Tackle 

(320) 629-8995


Jigs and crawlers and plastics or three-way rigs and crankbaits are turning walleyes from Red Wing to the dam on the Mississippi River in 16 to 20 feet; water temperature was still 63 degrees early this week. You’ll find crappies and sunfish in the backwaters and sturgeon below the dam. Most anglers are hooking a handful of sturgeon each evening on crawlers. Opening weekend pheasant reports were poor.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


The fishing pier on Chesterwoods Pond is producing bluegills in 5 to 8 feet and Willow Creek Reservoir is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 5 to 10 feet. On Lake Zumbro, you’ll find crappies and bluegills on the 4- to 8-foot brush piles and some crappies suspended over 20 feet.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982



Rice Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in less than 4 feet, while Lake Koronis and Rice are giving up walleyes on minnows along the 4- to 12-foot weeds. Look to Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island Lake for sunfish in 3 to 6 feet and crappies over 6 to 12 feet. A few roosters were shot on opening weekend and duck hunting has been best on bigger bodies of water.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Crappies are hitting on the north end of Lake Osakis 18 to 45 feet, Sauk Lake in 6 to 10 feet, and Long Bridge Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow at Sauk in 6 to 9 feet and Big Birch Lake in 23 to 45 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Crappies are hitting along the weedlines of Beauty Lake and walleyes are hitting minnows on Lake Alexander in 12 to 17 feet. On the Mississippi River, smallmouth bass are active and walleyes are hitting below the Blanchard Dam. A few nice bucks have been shot this week and waterfowl hunters are shooting mainly geese and mallards.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Fishing pressure is light with the exception of some good walleye fishing on the Tower end of Lake Vermilion. Grouse hunting has been best north of the immediate area and duck hunters continue to shoot local birds.

Lucky Seven General Store

(218) 741-3617


Minnows are producing walleyes in 28 to 32 feet on Green Lake, Lake Florida in 15 to 20 feet, and on Lake Kandi in shallow water. Hit Diamond Lake for a few walleyes and sunfish in 15 to 18 feet. The pheasant opener was a bust with few hunters participating and local duck numbers appear to have dwindled.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 

(320) 235-4097


Despite warm and windy conditions on the pheasant opener, hunters shot a few birds. Most reports were positive from hunters, with many stating they were satisfied with the number of pheasants they flushed given the poor weather conditions. There’s still a lot of standing corn as well, but the harvest appears to be ahead of schedule compared to last year. On the fishing front, crankbaits are producing walleyes in less than 6 feet on Lake Benton.

Borch’s Sporting Goods 

(507) 532-4880


Crappies are biting in the boat harbors off the Mississippi River and smallmouth bass action is strong along the shorelines and rip/rap areas. Minnows are producing walleyes below the dams and saugers are being taken on the wing dams. Catch-and-release trout action is good and most streams are clear with good water levels for fishing. A few pheasants were shot on opening weekend.

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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