Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – October 6th, 2016

Great Eight


Smallies continue to take a variety of presentations on shallow and deep structure. Look for better numbers of big bass on the deep rocks and points. You’ll find pike along the weedlines in most bays, and a few muskies are chasing baits on the north end.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleyes are being caught along the south shore including Long Point, Zippel Bay, Pine Island, and the Lighthouse Gap. Depths have varied based on water clarity, but 20 to 24 feet is a good starting point with minnows. The Rainy River bite is improving as shiners and walleyes continue to move into it. At Northwest Angle, walleyes are taking shiners between Flag Island and Oak Island, Little Oak Island, and Crowduck in 8 to 15 feet. In Ontario waters, crappies are being caught in the 30-foot holes, walleyes are holding in 15 to 25 feet, and trolling swim baits in 8 to 15 feet has triggered muskies.

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


Minnows are producing walleyes during the day in 24 to 30 feet or in shallow water in most channels at night on Lake Minnetonka. Look for crappies and sunfish in 9 to 12 feet on Medicine Lake and Lake Sarah, while bigger bass are being found on the deep weed edges of most lakes.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes are hitting minnows on the 14- to 22-foot rocks and reefs or in 30 feet or more during the day. These same rock areas remain the best options for muskies and northern pike, or at the mouths of weedy bays. Grouse hunters continue to find some birds, and will improve after cover diminishes.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


West side points such as Mallard and Raven’s are producing walleyes on a jig and minnow in 8 to 12 feet. This is especially good when the wind blows into these areas. On calm days, don’t be afraid to work the main lake bars with minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Anglers are sorting through perch in 8 to 10 feet, and pike seem to be active throughout the lake. Duck hunters are shooting mainly local birds, and some ringbills have moved in.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleye reports have been up and down, but a jig and minnow is your best option on the south side of Pelican Island, Otter Tail Point, and the Hardwoods – work wind-driven shorelines. Perch are going strong in 6 to 8 feet off Sand Point and throughout the Narrows. Muskie reports continue to be good on the rocks. Grouse hunters are seeing birds. A few more ringbills have moved into the area for duck hunters.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Minnows are turning walleyes on the deep humps and rock-covered shoreline areas along most islands. A few more crappies have started showing up in these locations as well. Crankbaits or minnows are turning pike and smallies on the shallow rocks and weedlines in most bays. Grouse hunters are flushing birds and many birds have been young.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


The shoreline breaks and south shore rocks have been best for walleyes – not everyone has been catching fish, but limits are showing up daily. Grouse and waterfowl hunters are finding good numbers of birds, though new ducks haven’t pushed into the area.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Walleyes, crappies, sauger, and bass continue to be caught with minnows on the St. Croix River in 15 to 30 feet. Pike are biting on suckers at Powers Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and Lake Phalen. Bald Eagle is producing muskies. Look for crappies and sunfish on the 8- to 10-foot weedlines of Lake Jane and Kroon Lake. Bass fishing remains strong on the weedlines of Demontreville Lake, Big Marine Lake, and Kroon.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421



Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida in 40 to 50 feet or during the evenings in less than 10 feet. The weedlines and sharp breaks on Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Darling are kicking out walleyes during low-light periods as well. Muskie anglers are reporting good action on the weedlines with large sucker minnows on Miltona and Lobster Lake. Duck hunters have shot fewer birds since opening weekend.

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


Walleye action has picked up with minnows on Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Cedar Lake in 12 to 16 feet. Pike and bass reports have improved on the weedlines of Granite Lake, Lake John, Clearwater, and Cedar. A few crappies and sunfish are biting on Clearwater and Lake Sylvia in 15 feet. Field hunting has produced more ducks and geese than ponds.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


You’ll find walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 11 to 60 feet depending on the area you work and minnows are working best. Crappies and sunfish are being caught over the 15- to 20-foot weeds on Rush Lake, Clitherall Lake, and Stalker Lake. Bass fishing is strong with spinnerbaits on Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and East Battle Lake, while northern pike are hitting minnows on the 17-foot weedlines of Dead Lake, Donald, and Fiske. Trolling Jakes or drifting large sucker minnows has produced muskies on West Battle in 20 feet. Duck hunting reports continue to be poor.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Minnows are producing walleyes on Island Lake and Gull Lake in 14 to 20 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 40 feet at Turtle River Lake, Kitchi Lake, and Pimushe Lake. Duck reports have been decent in spots with wood ducks and a few ringbills in most bags. Grouse hunters are still struggling with thick cover.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 28 to 42 feet at Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Crappies are being caught over 20 to 22 feet on Whitefish and North Long. Look to the weedlines with spinnerbaits for bass on Gull and North Long, while sucker minnows are turning pike in 14 to 24 feet on Whitefish and North Long.

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


A jig and minnow continues to provide walleye action on the bars in less than 10 feet early and late each day or over 30 feet during midday hours on Cass Lake. Grace Lake, Midge Lake, and Allen’s Bay on Cass are producing a mixed bag of panfish in 10 to 15 feet, a few muskies have been raised on Cass, and perch are being found on the bars and reed areas of Cass in 6 to 10 feet. Waterfowl hunters continue to hunt local ducks. Grouse reports are limited.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Chisago Lake is producing sunfish in 5 to 8 feet and pike in 8 feet. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the 6- to 15-foot bars of Comfort Lake and in 8 to 10 feet at Green Lake. Hit the north end of North Center Lake for crappies and the islands area on South Center Lake for sunfish. Crappies also are hitting on South Lindstrom Lake in 6 to 8 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Lake Melissa, Big Detroit Lake, Pelican Lake, and Lake Sallie are producing muskies on large suckers in 12 to 15 feet. Crappies are in 15 feet on Big Detroit, Island Lake, and Franklin Lake, while sunfish are going on the weedlines of most lakes. Walleye action has been sporadic. Waterfowl hunters continue to find a few local puddle ducks.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Island Lake is giving up crappies in 15 feet and walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on minnows. The Highbanks area on Fish Lake is producing crappies over 15 to 17 feet. A few salmon are being caught near the river mouths over 25 feet on Lake Superior. Grouse hunting remains tough with cover persisting, but hunters are flushing birds.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Look for crappies in 10 to 15 feet and bluegills around the docks on Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sissiton. There’s some evening walleye action with minnows in 4 to 8 feet at Hall, Amber Lake, and Tuttle Lake. Shore anglers continue to take catfish during low-light periods on Budd and Amber.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Walleyes and perch are hitting on the 10-foot rocks of Cannon Lake or off the bridge on County Road 12. Lake Mazaska is giving up crappies in 6 to 12 feet. Circle Lake started giving up perch in 10 feet. A few walleyes are coming off French Lake in 14 to 20 with minnows. Hunting reports have been light.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleyes are hitting minnows on Crescent Lake in 10 to 14 feet, on the 12- to 15-foot rock piles in Two Island Lake, and in 10 to 14 feet at East Twin Lake. Look for rainbow trout to hit crawlers on Leo Lake in 15 to 18 feet and Trout Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Grouse hunters are shooting some birds.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Lakes such as Sand, Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux, Bowstring, and Wabana are producing crappies, most of which are suspended over 20 feet or more. Minnows are turning walleyes in 10 feet on Bowstring or on the 20- to 25-foot structure at Lake Pokegama, Sugar Lake, and Trout Lake. Little Cutfoot is giving up bluegills in 18 to 20 feet. The walleye bite on the Mississippi River remains consistent. Ringbills, wood ducks, and the occasional mallard are showing up in most waterfowl bags. Grouse hunters are starting to venture out as the foliage comes down.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Look to Pine Mountain Lake with minnows for walleyes on the 12- to 14-foot weed edges. Ten Mile Lake is producing largemouth bass and panfish remain active on Stoney Lake and Birch Lake. Hunters are shooting a few grouse and very few ducks.

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


Plastics or minnows are triggering crappies in 12 to 15 feet at Stingy Lake, Dewey Lake, and Shoepack Lake. Walleye action has improved with minnows at Side Lake in 16 to 18 feet.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes in 25 to 35 feet. Pike are being caught in shallow water, but there hasn’t been many big pike in the mix. Crappie action is slow and many anglers believe it’ll improve as when water temps drop 5 to 10 degrees.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Look to Woman Lake for walleyes and smallies in 14 to 17 feet along shoreline structure – minnows are best. Walleyes also can be had on the weedlines of Little Boy Lake with minnows, while Lake Inguadona is producing crappies in 8 feet. Muskie action has picked up on the rock points of Baby Lake. Grouse reports are improving. Few ducks have moved in recently.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Walleyes are being caught with minnows on Knife Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Sunfish action is strong on Knife, Ann Lake, and Mud Lake in 5 feet. The rocks on Knife are producing nice bass. Hunting reports have been limited.

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


Perch action has picked up in the middle of Big Stone Lake in 13 feet with spikes or minnows. Some anglers fishing off their docks are catching numbers of perch. Walleyes are hitting best on the north half of Big Stone early and late each day. Duck hunters are finding success even though there hasn’t been any new birds moving into the area.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleyes are taking jigs and minnows on Fish Hook Lake and Potato Lake in 16 to 18 feet. Hit Big Mantrap Lake with suckers for pike in 8 to 12 feet. Duck hunters continue to shoot local birds. Grouse reports are limited.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Water levels dropping on the Mississippi. Anglers are finding walleyes and sauger on the 5- to 8-foot current seams. A jig and minnow or three-way rig with plastics are working best. Hit the back channel and snags for panfish, while catfish and sturgeon are biting below the dam in 25 to 30 feet.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Walleyes have started hitting crankbaits in shallow water or minnows in 20 to 23 feet throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. Look for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet and crappies near docks and submerged trees on Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Long Lake. The 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Goodner Lake and Eden Lake are producing sunfish. Hunting reports have been limited.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


The north end of Lake Osakis continues to produce crappies in 12 to 18 feet near Battle Point, Lindberg Point, and the narrows. Little Sauk Lake is kicking out crappies in 7 to 12 feet. The narrows bridge area on Big Sauk Lake is producing a few walleyes on minnows. Look to Long Bridge Lake and Guernsey Lake with minnows for walleyes in shallow water. McCormick Lake is giving up walleyes in 8 to 14 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Smallmouth bass and walleyes continue to be caught in good numbers on the Mississippi River. Look for crappies on the weed edges in Nokasippi Lake, while Fish Trap Lake and Lake Alexander are giving up a few walleyes on minnows. Hunting reports have been light.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Lake Minnewaska is producing walleyes on a jig and minnow around the points and beaches in 16 to 22 feet during the day. There’s a crankbait bite on Minnewaska in 7 feet during the late evening. Shore anglers are catching walleyes on the west side of Lake Emily with minnows. Look to Lake Ann with spinners and crawlers for walleyes in 10 feet, while bass and panfish remain active on the weedlines of Minnewaska. Hunting reports are limited.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


This end of Lake Vermilion is producing walleyes on minnows along the deep humps in 30 to 40 feet or shallower, shoreline structure. Grouse hunting success has improved, but cover remained and there seems to be a lot of small birds in the area.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-1629


Perch and walleyes are hitting in 6 to 8 feet on Big Kandi Lake, while anglers fishing off the pier at Willmar/Foot Lake are catching panfish. You’ll catch walleyes in 10 to 15 feet with crankbaits or over 30 to 40 feet with live bait on Green Lake. Work the weeds with plastics on South Long Lake for bass.

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


Perch have started hitting minnows along the shorelines at Lake Sarah. Trolling crankbaits has produced walleyes in deeper water. Hit Lake Lac qui Parle with minnows in 6 to 8 feet or the weed pockets on Lake Shaokotan for walleyes. On Dead Coon Lake, walleyes are being taken in 6 feet with shallow-running crankbaits. Waterfowl reports are poor in the immediate area.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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