Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 16th, 2016

Great Eight


Smallmouth bass continue to be caught on the deep and shallow rock reefs and points, but the bigger fish tend to be found deep though numbers are in shallow. Crankbaits and plastics are working during the day and topwater baits are the way to go during low-light periods. Muskie action has been OK, there just isn’t a lot of people fishing them and northern pike continue to be caught on the weedlines in most bays.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleyes are on the move with better numbers showing up on the south shore in 32 to 34 feet. A jig and shiner minnow, crankbaits, and spinners with crawlers are all working. The Rainy River and Four Mile Bay should only keep getting better as water temperatures drop and walleyes start moving in from the main lake. At the Northwest Angle, the south side of Oak Island, Oak Point, down to Rabbit Ears and the east bar of Little Oak are giving up walleyes in 15 to 25 feet. On the Ontario side, work Twin Island, Bishop Bay or east and west sides of Falcon Island for walleyes in 14 to 26 feet. Crappies are showing up over 30 feet next to rocks and muskies remain active as well.

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


Northern pike are now biting in less than 10 feet on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Look for bass to hit plastics during the day in 16 feet or more and topwater during low-light periods in shallow water. A few walleyes are being caught with Lindy Rigs and minnows on the rock piles and in channels on Minnetonka just before dark. Dark bucktails are triggering muskies in 14 feet, and Lake Sarah is producing panfish in 9 to 15 feet.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Leadcore and crankbaits or minnows are producing walleyes over 20 to 25 feet around Ely Island, Daisy Bay, mouth of Armstrong Bay, and Cable’s Bay. Smallmouth bass can be had with artificial and live bait on the rock piles and reefs. A few more crappies are being found suspended over deep water behind Pine Island and in Wake ‘Em Up Bay or Head-O-Lake Bay. Muskie action has slowed over the past week.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


A jig and minnow started turning nice perch over 6 to 8 feet off Raven’s Point and West Winnie Campground area. Walleye action was slower on the bars this week so start looking for the jig and minnow bite to begin on the shoreline breaks and points in shallow water. The north end weedbeds are kicking out northern pike in 7 to 10 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


The jig and minnow bite is picking up along shallow weeds, shoreline breaks, and points as water temperatures continue to drop. Crankbaits also will produce walleyes on the flats, points, and wind-driven shorelines during the day and at night. Perch action has picked up on the shallow weeds during the afternoon hours and with some sorting, you can put together a nice bunch of fish. Most muskies are being found on rocks and windy points in less than 12 feet.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleyes and crappies have started showing up and are being caught in the same locations on minnows – mainly submerged humps and islands with rocky shorelines. The weedy shorelines in most bays are producing northern pike and smallmouth bass via crankbaits or topwater baits.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Between wind and rain events, walleyes can be had, the key is to get a couple of consistent weather days in a row. Work the shoreline breaks and south shore rocks with a crankbait or spinners and live bait. Most bear hunting reports indicate good success.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Work the sand bars and points in 15 to 25 feet on the St. Croix River for walleyes, sauger, and white bass. Smallmouth bass also can be had on the river with topwater baits in shallower water. Anglers on White Bear Lake are seeing muskies, but are having a tough time getting them to commit. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike and bass on the shorelines and shallow weeds of Demontreville Lake and Lake Jane.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


The Minnesota River and Crow River started giving up a few walleyes on crankbaits or jigs and minnows. Bass are being caught on the weedlines at Lake Auburn, Lake Zumbra, and Lake Minnewashta with plastics and spinnerbaits. Northern pike have been picked up trolling the weed edges with spinnerbaits at Pierson Lake and Lake Parley.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


The muskie bite improved this week on Center Reef, the swimming beach area, and Carp Trap area with bucktails and topwater baits. Most weedlines in 8 to 12 feet are holding numbers of largemouth bass, look to the weeds in Waconia Bay for sunfish, and crappies remain active and suspended off the 15- to 20-foot weeds.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Walleyes are chasing crankbaits at night on Lake Miltona in 6 to 10 feet and hitting jigs and minnows during the day on Lake Ida in 30 feet or more. Crappies are being found in and around the weeds on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, and Lake Carlos. Miltona remains the best muskie option with bucktails in 10 to 14 feet and goose hunters and Youth Waterfowl Day participants have provided good reports.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255


Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Clearwater Lake and bucktails seem to be the best option for muskies on the weedlines of Sugar Lake. Shiner minnows are turning a few walleyes in 16 to 24 feet on Cedar Lake, Clearwater, and Sugar, while panfish reports are limited and goose numbers continue to appear down.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Look for walleyes on the 14- to 20-foot weedlines at Gull Lake and on Whitefish Lake in 14 to 32 feet – redtails are working best and northern pike are mixed in. Bass fishing has picked up on the deep weedlines of North Long Lake, Pelican Lake, Whitefish, and Gull with plastics or live bait. Sunfish continue to be pulled from the weeds and docks, while a few crappies are coming out of 14 to 20 feet on the aforementioned lakes as well.

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


Muskies are hitting bucktails on the cabbage and mid-lake breaks or bars on Cass Lake. Look for walleyes to hit redtails in 30 feet or more during the day on Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake – you will catch perch and walleyes on both lakes in 8 feet with a jig and minnow as well. The 12-foot cabbage is producing bluegills and crappies on Wolf Lake, Lake Andrusia, and in Allen’s Bay on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Minnows are producing walleyes on Comfort Lake in 4 to 6 feet and northern pike on South Center Lake and Green Lake in 12 to 14 feet. The A-Frame and Eagle’s Nest areas on Chisago Lake are giving up nice bass.  Kroon Lake is kicking out crappies in 6 to 15 feet. Work the north end of North Center Lake for bluegills in 6 feet and crappies over 9 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


A jig and minnow is producing smallmouth bass and walleyes on the Mississippi River, while vertically-presented spoons are turning rainbow trout at Section Six Pit. Hit 10 to 20 feet for bluegills on Little Rabbit Lake or 12 to 15 feet for crappies on Black Hoof Lake. Bucktails are triggering good-sized northern pike in the flooded trees of the Pennington Chain. Although goose numbers appear lower, hunters during Youth Waterfowl Day shot and saw good numbers of wood ducks and teal.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912


Walleye action has slowed a bit, especially during the day, but crankbaits are producing some fish at night in less than 8 feet on Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake. Crappies are hitting along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Big Detroit and Floyd Lake, while bass and northern pike are an easy catch along the weedlines of most lakes. Muskie reports have been limited, but Big Detroit should turn on with the cooler weather.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleyes are being caught with minnows in 15 feet at Island Lake and 12 feet at Fish Lake. A few muskies are being hooked on the St. Louis River or on the 6- to 8-foot structure at Island Lake and Lake Superior reports have been limited. Baits continue to get hit and success has been very good for bear hunters this past week.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Crappies and sunfish are biting in 14 feet at Green Lake and Blue Lake, while sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of both lakes. A few walleyes can be had on Green Lake in 17 to 20 feet. High water continues to limit fishing opportunities on local rivers.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Minnows are producing walleyes on Basswood Lake in 15 to 20 feet and Snowbank Lake in 10 to 30 feet. The shoreline breaks and reefs on Shagawa Lake are worth noting for smallmouth bass and a few walleyes. Look for lake trout over 50 to 65 feet on Snowbank and crappie reports have improved throughout the area. Hunters are finding plenty of bear activity, and the harvest seems to be up compared to last year.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Crappies and bluegills have moved into 4 to 6 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Hit the Blue Earth River and Tuttle Lake with jigs and plastics for walleyes in less than 6 feet. Fox Lake started giving up a few muskies, while Amber Lake, Hall, and Budd are producing numbers of catfish during the evening hours. Youth Waterfowl Day went well with teal, wood ducks, and geese in most bags.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Crappies continue to be caught on the weedlines of lakes Pokegama, Big Sand, Bowstring, Wabana, Big and Little Splithand, or Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux. Walleye action is still very slow, but bluegills are hitting on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines of Bass Lake, Little Cutfoot, and Little Splithand Lake. Stream trout action is going strong on Taylor Lake and Kraemer Lake, while bear hunting reports have been very good.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleyes continue to be scattered, and they can be had on a variety of presentations in many areas including Lost Bay, Cuculus over to Green and Larkin islands. On the west side,

either side of Sugarbush Channel, Harris and Ram islands, and Center Reef, deep weeds are producing walleyes. Look for perch in 35 to 50 feet and suspended crappies over similar depths.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Sunfish are being caught in 4 to 8 feet on Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake, as are crappies in 4 to 6 feet at Ann and Fish. An occasional walleye is caught on these lakes as well. Bear hunting reports and harvest have been much better than last season and there has been some big bears taken. Goose numbers are high, which has provided good shooting during the early season.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151


Perch continue to be found around docks or in 10 to 12 feet from Schmidt’s Landing to Mallard Point. Work the rock piles and weed edges for bluegills and crappies, while walleyes remain tough to locate. Youth Waterfowl Day was productive, and most hunters reported seeing a lot of ducks.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleye action is slowly improving as water temperatures dip, but the bite still isn’t very consistent at any point in the day – look to Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake with minnows in 18 to 30 feet. Potato Lake continues to produce smallmouth bass on artificial baits and minnows in 10 to 18 feet and the 10- to 12-foot weedlines throughout the Crow Wing Chain are producing panfish. Goose numbers remain high and there hasn’t been many complaints from bear hunters, so both seasons are going strong.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


On Big and Little Pine lakes, Jigging Raps are producing walleyes during the day in 23 feet, as are shallow-running crankbaits at night in less than 8 feet. Work the weedlines on Dead Lake and Star Lake for consistent panfish action. Bear hunting continues to be better than most thought it would be, goose numbers remain strong, and hunters during Youth Waterfowl Day saw plenty of ducks.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Sunfish action has picked up on the flats and weed edges in 6 to 10 feet at Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, Long Lake, Schneider Lake, and Rice Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 18 to 22 feet on these lakes as well. Walleye action has been slow, but bass and northern pike remain active on most lakes.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Shiner minnows are turning walleyes on the 18- to 28- foot structure at Lake Osakis early and late each day. Hit the 12-foot hole on the southeast corner of McCormick Lake with a slip bobber and shiner minnow for walleyes as well. Crappies are being caught on the north end in 12 to 18 feet and Half Mile Bar on the south end at Osakis, while the north end of Sauk Lake is producing crappies in 8 to 12 feet. Long Bridge Lake is giving up crappies and a few sunfish in 7 feet and northern pike off the north point on slip bobbers and minnows.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Minnows are producing crappies, walleyes, and smallmouth bass above dams and around bridges on the Mississippi River. Northern pike and panfish are hitting on the mid-depth weedlines at Green Prairie Lake, Beauty Lake, and Fish Trap Lake. Goose numbers continue to be impressive and there were a lot of wood ducks shot on Youth Waterfowl Day.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Crankbaits or minnows are turning walleyes and smallmouth bass along the deep humps on this side of Lake Vermilion. Although stream fishing reports have been limited, the local pits are giving up rainbow trout. A slip bobber and minnow is producing crappies in the deep holes of Pelican Lake, and the Whiteface Reservoir is worth noting for walleyes and crappies. Bear hunting has gone better than expected based on registrations and hunter accounts.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-1629


Although northern pike and bass are being caught on the weedlines of many lakes, walleye action has been extremely slow. Hit the 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Diamond Lake and Eagle Lake for bluegills and a few crappies. Some puddle ducks were shot on Youth Waterfowl Day, but there doesn’t seem to be many geese around.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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