Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 11th, 2016
LAKE MILLE LACS
With the nice weather, a few anglers continue to venture out, but fishing pressure has been pretty light. Work the rocks and points for muskies and smallmouth bass if you go. Start looking for the bass to move deeper.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Numbers of walleyes, sauger, and perch are hitting in 15 to 20 feet of water in front of the Gap and Pine Island. Other spots along the south shore that have been spitting out fish include Two Islands to Long point, Zippel to Morris, and Lighthouse Gap. Walleyes also are in the Rainy River with the shiner run still happening – 10 to 25 feet of water has been best. At the Northwest Angle, 10 to 30 feet of water has been productive for walleyes between Oak, Flag Island, Hay Island, and Little Oak Island. On the Ontario side, slab crappies have been pulled from the 30-foot holes near sunken trees and near deep points. Walleye fishing has been incredible in 15 to 30 feet of water. Muskie anglers have continued to find success, getting hits on large crankbaits.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Fishing pressure has been even lighter since the firearms deer season started last weekend. With that stated, you’ll still find walleyes on Lake Minnetonka in 18 to 24 feet of water. A few anglers continue to fish for muskies on Lake Minnetonka with some success in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes remain active in 30 to 35 feet and most are being caught with minnows – water temperatures have not dropped much since last week so the fish have not moved. Muskie anglers are waiting for the tullibees to move up and spawn, which should happen once the water cools, and that should spark some pretty good late season muskie action.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
There hasn’t been enough anglers on the lake to garner a fishing report. Despite the nice weather, most anglers have taken to their deer stands.
Most of the effort shifted from the lake to the woods, with many sitting in deer stands this week. Reports indicated that there are a few more deer in the area than last year. Some hunters did well and others passed on deer in fear they’d spoil in the heat. Although angling pressure has been light, those going are catching big walleyes in shallow water on minnows during the day and with crankbaits at night.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
The start of the firearms deer season shifted most of the angling effort from the lake to the deer stand. Reports will be thin until the winter fishing season starts.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
A handful of anglers took advantage of the nice weather over the opening weekend of deer hunting, but most outdoor enthusiasts were in the woods. Walleye action has been sporadic at best for the few going, and deer success was mixed with reports of a few big bucks being shot.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Walleyes continue to be caught on the St. Croix River in 18 to 20 feet of water. Large sucker minnows have produced some muskies in shallow water on both Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake. Deer hunters that stayed local seemed to do well, while those traveling north reported not seeing many deer.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
A jig and minnow has been producing walleyes on the Minnesota River and Lake Waconia – mainly look to those traditional winter spots on Waconia. The old 10- to 14-foot deep weed edge on Waconia is giving up muskies as well. Although several big bucks were registered over the weekend, many hunters believed that it was too warm to keep deer moving at a time they should have been in the pre-rut.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Deer hunting success has been spotty. Most hunters are seeing better deer activity early and late each day. Look for walleyes to hit a jig and minnow on Lake Ida, Lake Miltona, Lake Carlos, and Lake Le Homm Dieu in 20 to 40 feet, with some deeper fish being taken during the day on Miltona and Ida.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Despite the warm weather, most hunters seem satisfied with the number of deer they’re seeing. Angling pressure has been limited to a few anglers on Clearwater Lake or Cedar Lake in search of walleyes. Some fish hit on minnows in 12 to 22 feet.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught on Otter Tail Lake in 10 to 15 feet or 40 to 50 feet. Trolling sucker minnows on West Battle Lake has produced muskies in 15 to 20 feet. Deer hunting results have been mixed, although most hunters have commented that they aren’t seeing the number of deer they expected and most blame it on the warm weather.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes continue to be caught with minnows on Island Lake in less than 10 feet and Gull Lake in 10 to 16 feet. Although hunter participation seemed high, deer movement has been limited during the early portion of the firearms season. Most hunters blame the lack of activity on the unusually warm weather.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Walleyes are being caught with minnows at Gull Lake in 23 to 45 feet, Whitefish Lake in 50 feet, and North Long Lake in 20 to 30 feet. Northern pike seem to be mixed with the walleyes and crappies are being found suspended over 40 feet on Gull. Deer hunters are offering mixed reports, but despite the warm weather there seems to be decent buck movement – several big bucks were noted as shot in the immediate area.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
Sunfish are hitting in shallow water on Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake, while a few walleyes are coming of North Center Lake, South Center Lake, Chisago and South Lindstrom in 3 to 10 feet. Spinnerbaits and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on Green Lake, and crappies are being found suspended over 10 to 13 feet on area lakes. Several nice bucks were registered and most parties are seeing decent numbers of deer.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
The Mississippi River is giving up numbers of walleyes and crappies, while Rabbit Lake is kicking out walleyes in 30 feet or more. The deer harvest seems to be up compared to last year, but there was more opportunity to shoot antlerless deer this season. Most of the deer registered in the shop were bucks with a couple of big animals in the mix. Waterfowl numbers continue to be minimal.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleyes continue to hit minnows on Island Lake and Upper Cormorant Lake in 25 to 35 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish over deep water on Big Detroit Lake and Lake Melissa, and a few muskies continue to be caught with sucker minnows on Big Detroit in 12 feet. With some exceptions, deer hunting reports have been pretty good, but the number of big bucks seen and shot appears to be limited.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Hunters have had good success and most groups are seeing and shooting deer with numbers of young bucks most harvested. Despite the warm weather, deer have stayed active based on most hunter accounts. Look for crappies on Fish Lake and Boulder Lake over 15 feet and some walleyes from Island Lake in 10 feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Walleyes and smallmouth bass continue to hit on the Mississippi River, while Green Lake and Blue Lake are giving up crappies over 20 feet. Deer hunting reports have mostly been good. The rut is on according to many hunters, and several big bucks have been shot in the area.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Deer hunting reports have been mostly poor, but there’s still a lot of corn standing and that combined with the warm weather made deer sightings pretty scarce. Crappie and perch action remains strong at Amber Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton in 4 to 6 feet. Anglers fishing from shore are still catching walleyes on jigs tipped with minnows or plastics at Tuttle Lake, Hall Lake, Amber, and Budd.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
The nice weather has allowed anglers to keep fishing for crappies and sunfish at French Lake in 20 to 24 feet. Roberds Lake also is giving up panfish in 12 to 14 feet and Cannon Lake is giving up walleyes and perch in 6 feet. Deer hunters are offering consistently good reports. Overall harvest should be strong.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
The firearms deer season has started on a good note, with most hunters seeing more deer than a year ago. The bucks being shot have been big-bodied with a handful brought in over 200 pounds – the biggest weighed 240 pounds. A few anglers are taking advantage of the nice weather and catching walleyes with minnows in 16 feet at Poplar Lake and 12 feet at Crescent Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
There hasn’t been much to report on the fishing front, especially since the firearms deer season started. Hunters offered a wide range of stories from opening weekend, with some seeing few deer and others finding success. Most thought the hunting would have been better if it wasn’t so warm.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Hunters reported seeing a decent number of deer during the first few days of the season. Some small and big bucks were shot, as well as antlerless deer by those with a permit. The nice weather allowed anglers to catch crappies on Dewey Lake and Shoepack Lake in 10 feet.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Deer registrations are up from last year. The majority of hunters are seeing more deer than a year ago. Although some people thought the deer were less active due to the heat, others commented that they saw plenty of deer, especially early and late. Woman Lake is kicking out walleyes and some nice perch in 12 to 24 feet on minnows.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
Deer hunting reports have varied, but most parties shot a deer or two and. Crappies and sunfish are being taken in 4 to 7 feet at Knife Lake and Ann Lake.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
The few anglers taking advantage of the warm weather continue to catch perch in 11 to 13 feet around Rocky Ledge, Mallard Point, and Schmidt’s Landing. The deer season opened on a high note with many reports of successful groups. Pheasant hunters are seeing more birds than expected; likely due to the corn being mostly harvested.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
The firearms deer season went better in agricultural areas than it did in the bigger, wooded areas. In farm country, deer seemed to be more active and there were several big bucks taken. A few waterfowl hunters have commented that there has been some new ducks moving through the area. Fishing pressure has been light, although anglers fishing from shore or off docks are catching a mixed bag of fish at Potato Lake and Long Lake.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RED WING AREA
The number of deer shot in this area appeared to be higher than last year. Most groups fared well and there was a noticeable increase in the number of big bucks shot on opening weekend compared to last year. Walleye and sauger action remains very good on the Mississippi River. You’ll catch fish in 6 to 15 feet throughout the river on just about any type of presentation.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
The deer season started on a high note, with many groups seeing and shooting good numbers of deer – more than most expected. Duck numbers continue to be light, but there is a few more geese around. Walleyes, crappies, and sunfish remain active in 20 to 25 feet on Horseshoe Lake, Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, Two Rivers Lake, and Eden Lake.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
The Mississippi River is giving up walleyes and smallmouth bass around most eddies or deeper pools. Overall, hunters are seeing enough deer to keep matters interesting with some big bodied deer, not necessarily big racks, being taken, as well as plenty of antlerless deer.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
The few anglers that continue to fish are catching numbers of walleyes on Lake Minnewaska, Lake Emily, and Reno Lake from the shorelines out to deeper water – look shallow during low-light periods and deeper during the day. The deer opener went well with more good reports than bad and a lot of people participating. Most groups saw a fair number of deer, and the harvest sounded as if it was better than a year ago.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
The nice weather brought out a lot of deer hunters on opening weekend, but the harvest was down a bit, ironically, it was blamed on the warm conditions. Fishing reports haven’t changed much with some walleyes being caught by anglers fishing from shore on Ringo Lake, Willmar/Foot Lake, Lake Wagonda, Big Kandi Lake, and Lake Elizabeth.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
By most accounts, last weekend’s warm weather made for a slow start to the deer season, and pheasant hunting pressure has been limited. Anglers in boats and those fishing from shore continue to catch quite a few walleyes with minnows or crankbaits on Cottonwood Lake, Lake Sarah, Dead Coon Lake, Lady Slipper Lake, and Wood Lake.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880