Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – November 18th, 2016
LAKE MILLE LACS
Some big smallies were caught with swim baits on the mid-depth rocks out to 15 to 20 feet. There’s been some muskie anglers on the lake as well and reports indicate big fish caught, but there hasn’t been a lot of reports coming back from them.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes, sauger, and jumbo perch continue to be caught on the south shore in 15 to 20 feet from the Gap to Morris Point to Rocky Point. Shiners continue to run in the Rainy River so walleye action remains strong in 10 to 25 feet. At the Northwest Angle, areas between Oak and Flag islands, Little Oak Island, and Hay Island are giving up walleyes in 10 to 30 feet. On the Ontario side, crappies are sitting in the 30-foot holes, walleyes are biting in 15 to 30 feet, and muskies are hitting in the bays and over rocks.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The number of people fishing has dropped way off, but the nice weather has allowed a few hardcore anglers to continue fishing. Look for walleyes on Lake Minnetonka in 18 to 24 feet and a few muskies in 15 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
A handful of anglers continue to venture out. They’re catching walleyes. Daisy Bay, the mouth of Canfield Bay, east end of Pine Island, back side of Ely Island, and mouth of Stuntz Bay are all producing walleyes in 25 to 30 feet. Muskie reports have been slow with just a few catches noted. The buoys that mark the shallow rocks and reefs have been pulled so use caution navigating the lake. Deer hunting reports have mostly been favorable. Most groups report seeing good numbers of deer.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
There isn’t anything to report on the fishing front due to a lack of anglers. Look for reports to continue as soon as ice starts to take hold on the lake.
Fishing pressure has been extremely limited since the deer season began, but those that still have their boats out are catching walleyes, mainly in shallow water or on the deep breaks and humps in Walker Bay. Look for a push of ducks to move in with cooler weather expected this weekend. Hunters are seeing deer and filling tags with deer they might have passed on during the first week of the season.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Most deer hunting reports indicate better success during the second weekend than the first. Most hunters believe the cooler weather has made deer more active. A jig and minnow is producing large walleyes and smallmouth bass for the few anglers still venturing out.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
There isn’t much to report on the walleye bite due to a lack of anglers. Deer hunting has been pretty good by most accounts and several bigger bucks have been shot in the area since opening weekend – generally, hunters are seeing a fair number of deer.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Angling pressure has been limited to a few people fishing muskies with some success on Bald Eagle Lake and some good walleye action on the St. Croix River in 18 to 20 feet of water. The number of people still fishing has continued to drop in the last week.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
The Minnesota River and Crow River are giving up walleyes in shallow water, while Lake Waconia continues to kick out muskies and a few walleyes. Panfish and northern pike reports have been limited. Duck hunters have started shooting a few divers, and deer hunting success has slowed.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
A “handful” of people are still fishing with some walleyes being caught in 30 feet of water or more on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona. An occasional muskie has also been reported from Miltona and Lobster Lake. Deer hunting success varied during the second weekend with fewer people participating. Duck numbers have slightly improved.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Minnows are turning walleyes in 14 to 20 feet of water on Clearwater Lake, but pressure has been light here and on most lakes. Deer hunters continued to shoot and see a fair number of deer during the second weekend. Duck hunters have reported a few divers have started to show up on the bigger bodies of water.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Look for walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 11 feet or from shore at night in shallower water. Muskie reports remain strong with large sucker minnows in 15 feet at West Battle Lake. Waterfowl hunters are reporting that there has been some new ducks, mallards and divers, moving into the area.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Perch and walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 12 feet on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. Deer hunting improved during the second week of the season with a better number of big bucks being seen and shot, but waterfowl hunters continue to wait for a push of new ducks into the area.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
The nice weather has allowed anglers to continue catching walleyes on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Whitefish Lake in 20 to 45 feet. Panfish and bass reports have dwindled with fewer anglers chasing them.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
Minnows are turning walleyes in 5 to 10 feet on North Center Lake, Chisago Lake, and South Center Lake. Although the number of people fishing has declined, crappies and sunfish remain active on most lakes. Duck hunters are finding a few new mallards and divers in the area. Most expect this weekend to be pretty good with some cooler weather moving in.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Large sucker minnows are producing muskies in 12 feet on Big Detroit Lake. Panfish reports have been limited, but you’ll still pull a few walleyes from 20 to 35 feet on Upper Cormorant Lake with minnows. Hunting reports have been light.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Minnows are producing walleyes at Island Lake in 10 to 12 feet and crappies on Fish Lake in 15 feet. Deer hunters continue to bring in good numbers of deer with a few more big bucks taken during the second weekend compared to the first.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Look to Budd Lake, Amber Lake, and Lake Sissiton for perch and crappies in 4 to 6 feet. Walleyes continue to be taken with minnows or plastics in shallow water at Tuttle Lake, Hall Lake, and Budd. Most fishing is now taking place from shore rather than in boats. Hunters shot a few more deer during the second weekend than the first, likely due to the fact that more corn was harvested.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Deer hunting reports continue to be pretty good. Hunter numbers seemed to be down a bit over the second weekend, but the people going are seeing deer and several big bucks were registered again this week. Deer hunters also are seeing quite a few grouse so late season hunting for them should be decent. Fishing reports have been non-existent over the past week.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Fishing reports continue to be very limited and it appears as though most anglers are content waiting on ice to form. There seems to be a few more mallards and geese in the area, and deer hunting success is about the same as last week with some groups shooting a few deer and others stating that they haven’t seen much.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
The few anglers still fishing are catching crappies in 8 to 10 feet on Dewey Lake and Shoepack Lake. Deer hunting reports through the second weekend indicate that people are seeing a few more deer than a year ago, but the harvest is about the same.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Fishing pressure has dropped and those going out haven’t been catching much. Lake Inguadona is giving up a few panfish in the weeds. Woman Lake is producing some walleyes in 12 to 22 feet. Deer hunting continues to be better than last year based on anecdotal reports from hunters – most are seeing more deer than a year ago.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
Although fishing pressure is light, those going are catching a few walleyes off their docks during the evening hours on Big Stone Lake. Big Stone is worth noting for perch as well, mainly in 11 to 13 feet around Mallard Point and Rocky Ledge. Deer hunters continued to do well, pheasant hunting is “OK”, and there’s been some new ducks moving into the area this week.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Fishing pressure has been light, but a few anglers are catching walleyes during low-light periods on Fish Hook Lake and Island Lake in 14 to 18 feet. The second weekend of deer hunting was about the same as opening weekend with more deer being shot in agricultural areas than in the large, wooded areas.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RED WING AREA
Walleye and sauger action continues to be strong. Look for better numbers of sauger in the Mississippi River over 12 to 18 feet and more walleyes towards Lake Pepin in 6 to 10 feet – a jig and minnow is working best. The second weekend of deer hunting again produced quite a few big bucks. Overall, the firearms season went well in this area.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Walleyes continue to hit minnows in 3 to 25 feet at Horseshoe Lake, Koronis Lake, Rice Lake, and Two Rivers Lake. Look to Eden Lake, Browns Lake, and Cedar Island Lake for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet. The second weekend of deer season went better than the opener based on the number of reports from hunters who shot deer, while duck numbers remain light.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
The number of people fishing has dropped way off and those going out haven’t been catching much. Overall, the deer take appears to be down compared to last year based on hunter reports.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Minnows are turning walleyes and smallmouth bass in most pockets and slack water areas on the Mississippi River. Deer hunters had a “decent” second weekend of hunting with a few more bigger bucks taken than the first weekend.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Angler numbers are limited, but walleyes continue to be caught by those venturing out on Lake Minnewaska, Reno Lake, and Lake Emily. The firearms deer season wrapped up with hunters finding decent success. By most accounts, this season is very comparable to last year as far as harvest totals.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Deer hunting reports continue to be mixed with some good and some bad reports. For the most part, hunters are seeing more deer than a year ago, definitely more antlerless deer, but with a limited number of permits to shoot them, the overal harvest is still about the same as it was last year. This end of Lake Vermilion continues to give up walleyes for the few people still heading out.
Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-1629
Anglers fishing from shore are catching a few walleyes on Lake Minnetoga, Lake Wagonda, and Big Kandi Lake. Deer hunting success during the second weekend of the season was minimal and there was a noticeable drop in hunters compared to opening the opening weekend. Hunters remained hopeful that temperatures would drop this weekend.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Walleyes continue to be caught on minnows by anglers fishing from shore at Lake Shetek, Lake Sarah, Lake Benton, Curtis Lake, and Lake Shaokotan. Deer hunter success was better during the second weekend than the first, and pheasant hunters are seeing more birds with the corn gone, and hunter participation has been increasing in the past week as well.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880