Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 1, 2017

Great Eight


East – Walleyes continue to consistently hit crankbaits or nightcrawlers on the mud flats and deep, main basin areas. Smallie reports have improved on the deep rocks, there’s been some big pike taken on the weedlines and flats, while trolling continues to produce muskies on the north end.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Plastics and crankbaits are producing better numbers of smallies on the 14- to 18-foot rocks. Leadcore and crankbaits worked over the deep basin areas or live-bait rigs and crawlers on most mud flats will turn walleyes. Work the weedlines in Wigwam Bay and Garrison Bay with crankbaits for northern pike and the sand or deep rock for muskies.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Spinners with crawlers or shiner minnows and crankbaits on the 28- to 34-foot mud continues to produce numbers of walleyes. Walleyes also are being found roaming the “no man’s land” of Big Traverse Bay, areas around Garden Island and Little Oak as well. Northern pike are scattered all over the lake, perch are mixed with walleyes, and a few sturgeon are being seen breaching on the big lake. Anglers on the Rainy River are catching some walleyes on crankbaits, smallmouth along shoreline rock, bridge embankments and feeder streams, and many sturgeon over 50- and 60-inches are being boated. At the Northwest Angle and in Ontario, points and shorelines are producing walleyes and crappies, while the rocks and points have been best for muskies with topwater baits.

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


Spinnerbaits are producing bass and northern pike on the weedlines of Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. Look for crappies and walleyes to hit minnows early and late each day on Minnetonka and Lake Independence over 14 to 24 feet. The cabbage areas of Minnetonka have started to give up a few more muskies on bucktails or topwater baits. Look to Sarah and Medicine for sunfish in 6 to 8 feet.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Leadcore and crankbaits or live-bait rigs and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on the 20- to 30-foot breaks and rocks. The deep rock piles have been best for muskies, and smallmouth bass remain active on the shorelines and shallow rocks.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Perch action is strong in 7 to 9 feet on Little Stoney Point and Rich’s Townsite area – look deeper during midday hours. Walleyes are hitting best during the evening hours on the east and west sides of the lake in less than 12 feet or during the day off the bars in 20 to 25 feet – spinners and crawlers are working best. Troll the weedbed edges with spoons on the west and north ends of the lake for northern pike.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


A spinner and crawler or jig and minnow is producing a few walleyes on West Goose Flats, Hardwoods, and Snake Pit area in 10 to 14 feet. Trolling crankbaits at night in 9 to 12 feet has turned walleyes near Pine Point and GrandVu Flats. Boy Bay or Portage Bay are safe bets for largemouth bass and muskie reports have been solid with rubber baits on the rocks and bulrush edges.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Smallmouth bass are being pulled from the deep rocks, rocky shorelines, and weedlines in the bays on the south shore of the lake. Walleyes and northern pike are hitting a jig and minnow on most large reefs. Walleyes and smallmouth bass also are being taken with shiner minnows below the International Falls dam on the Rainy River.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Walleyes are being taken on the 4- to 9-foot breaks with minnows or crankbaits. Look to the 9- to 14-foot rock humps for walleyes with a jig and minnow as well. The northern pike being caught have been on the small side and mixed in with walleyes.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


The defined weedlines on Beaver Lake, Silver Lake, and Big Marine Lake continue to produce panfish. A jig and fathead minnow is turning walleyes on the St. Croix River and largemouth bass are being taken with plastics or spinnerbaits in the weeds of Demontreville Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 8 to 14 feet at Tanners Lake, White Bear Lake, and Powers Lake. Muskie action has been best early and late each day with topwater baits and bucktails.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 18 feet on the southeast side of Whaletail Lake and Hydes Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics or spinnerbaits on the shorelines and weeded areas of Whaletail, Lake Zumbra, and Lake Bavaria. The weedlines on Pierson Lake and Zumbra are giving up northern pike.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Work the deep weedlines with crankbaits or minnows on Lake O’Dowd for largemouth bass and pike. Minnows also will turn a few walleyes on the deep rocks of Spring Lake and Prior Lake. Crappies and sunfish continue to hit best in 12 to 18 feet on Prior.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


Bass and northern pike are being caught on the 14- to 16-foot weedlines on the north end of Coney Island, North Reef, Cemetery Reef, Center Reef, and the Claybanks area. A few walleyes are being caught with fatheads during low-light periods in 15 to 18 feet on Kegg’s and North reefs. Bucktails are raising muskies on North, Anderson’s, and Kegg’s reefs. Look for panfish on the back side of the island, west of Kegg’s Reef, and Center Reef in 14 to 18 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Chippewa Lake continues to produce walleyes on crawlers in 18 to 22 feet, while Reno Lake is giving up walleyes in less than 10 feet on jigs and minnows. On Lake Miltona, walleyes are being taken in 18 to 24 feet on crawlers. Look to Lake Ida, Lake Miltona, and Lake Le Homme Dieu for bass – plastics are producing bigger fish in 15 to 20 feet. Sunfish reports are favorable on Ida, Lake Irene, and Lake Darling in 15 to 20 feet, while Lake Carlos is producing crappies in the shallow cabbage. Bucktails are turning muskies on the weed points and sharp breaks of Miltona.

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


Sunfish remain active in 12 to 14 feet on Clearwater Lake, Lake John, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Bass and northern pike are being pulled from the weedlines of Pleasant Lake, Cedar Lake, Sugar, and Sylvia. Clearwater is giving up a few walleyes on minnows along the 12-foot weedlines or 15- to 20-foot breaks.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are being taken on the 20- to 30-foot humps with crawlers during the day or in 3 to 5 feet during the evenings with crankbaits at Otter Tail Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle. Sunfish and crappies are being caught in the 10- to 15-foot weeds of West Battle, Fish Lake, and Donald Lake. Look for bass in 10 to 15 feet at East Battle Lake, Donald, and West Battle. Northern pike are hitting spoons in 15 to 20 feet at Fiske Lake, Donald, and West Battle. West Battle is producing muskies on Jakes or Double CowGirls in 15 to 20 feet.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Crawlers or crankbaits are producing walleyes on Lake Bemidji in 12 to 22 feet and Lake Plantagenet in 14 to 18 feet. Muskie action has picked up on Plantagenet in less than 12 feet, while crappies are hitting in 14 feet. Sunfish are going in 8 feet at Campbell Lake.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Crappies and bluegills are biting in the cabbage or over 18 to 20 feet at Pimushe Lake, Turtle River Lake, North and South Twin lakes, and Gull Lake. A jig and minnow or crankbaits are turning a few walleyes on the weedlines of Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Round Lake. Bass and pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


North Long Lake and Gull Lake are producing walleyes in 16 to 28 feet on a variety of live bait presentations. Minnows are turning northern pike in 18 to 22 feet on Gull, North Long, and Lake Edwards. Bass fishing has improved on the deep weeds of most lakes, sunfish remain shallow, and crappies are suspended in 12 to 28 feet at North Long and Cullen Lake.

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


Walleye action has been best early and late each day with a jig and minnow or crawler rigs on the 15- to 35-foot humps, breaks, and bars on Cass Lake. Lake Andrusia also is giving up walleyes in 15 feet, and muskies are being taken with bucktails on the cabbage beds throughout Cass. Perch action is going strong in 6 to 8 feet around Cedar Island on Cass or Center Bar on Pike Bay Lake.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Northern pike can be had with minnows or crankbaits on the weedlines of Chisago Lake and Green Lake. Green, Chisago, North Center Lake, South Center Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake are safe bets for bass. The south end of Chisago continues to give up sunfish and crappies in 10 to 15 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Chubs or nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 25 feet at Island Lake or 15 feet on Fish Lake. Work the rocks on Island, Fish, and Alden Lake for smallmouth bass, and muskies are hitting bucktails on the St. Louis River and Island. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing a few lake trout about 75 feet down.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Green Lake is giving up sunfish in 14 feet, and northern pike can be had on the weedlines of Blue Lake or Little Elk Lake. Crawlers or minnows are turning smallmouth bass and walleyes on the Rum River and Mississippi River.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Walleyes and smallmouth bass are hitting live bait on Shagawa Lake and Lake Lac La Croix is giving up walleyes and crappies in 6 to 25 feet. On the White Iron Chain, crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 25 feet and walleyes are hitting in less than 12 feet during the evening hours. Look to Birch Lake for crappies, bluegills, and walleyes in 7 to 10 feet, while a few lake trout are coming off Burntside Lake over 45 to 75 feet. Crawlers are turning rainbow trout at Miner’s Lake.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Trolling crankbaits after dark over deep water is producing walleyes on Roosevelt Lake. Eagle Lake started giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet and Upper Dean Lake is producing northern pike on spoons in 10 to 12 feet. Look to West Fox Lake in the 5- to 10-foot cabbage for largemouth bass.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Crappies and a few bluegills are being caught at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton in 6 to 12 feet. Anglers fishing from shore at Budd and Fox Lake are catching catfish on bullheads or chubs. Walleye action is slow, but bass fishing remains strong with chatter baits on most lakes.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


You’ll find sunfish and crappies in 12 to 15 feet on Lake Mazaska and Cedar Lake or Roberds Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Cannon Lake started giving up a few walleyes on spinners and crawlers in 8 feet, and northern pike continue to hit spoons on Shields Lake in 6 to 10 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 8 to 12 feet at Hungry Jack Lake, Poplar Lake, and Devil Track Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows in 20 to 25 feet on Seagull Lake and Saganaga Lake or in 14 to 18 feet at Crescent Lake. Nightcrawlers are triggering rainbow trout in 15 to 19 feet at Leo Lake, 12 to 18 feet at Trout Lake, and 15 feet on Mink Lake. On Lake Superior, lake trout and a few salmon are being found suspended over 150 to 200 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Crappies have been hitting on the weedlines of Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes, Big Splithand Lake, Lake Pokegama, Lake Wabana, and Bowstring Lake. A spinner and crawler continues to turn walleyes on the 12- to 24-foot weedlines of Pokegama, Big Splithand, Bowstring, Jessie Lake, and Sand Lake. Look for sunfish on the weedlines out to 20 feet at Big Splithand, Grave Lake, and Bass Lake. Crawlers are producing rainbow and brown trout at Kramer Lake and Taylor Lake, while smallmouth bass action is strong on the Mississippi River, Trout Lake, and Pokegama. The deep weedlines on Deer Lake, Moose Lake, and North Star Lake are giving up a few muskies.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleye reports have improved on Ten Mile Lake in 18 to 24 feet of water or Baby Lake in 18 to 22 feet of water with crawlers. Largemouth bass fishing remains strong on the weedlines of most lakes and smallmouth are being caught on the rock flats in 4 to 7 feet of water at Portage Lake, Stoney Lake, and Ten Mile. Crappies are hitting on the 10-foot cabbage beds at Little Webb Lake, Webb Lake, and Portage. Bucktails or jerkbaits are triggering muskies on the cabbage beds of Little Boy Lake and Baby.

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


The 12- to 16-foot weedlines on Big Boy Lake, Woman Lake, and Wabedo Lake are kicking out numbers of crappies. Walleyes also can be had on the weedlines of Big Boy with Jiggin’ Raps or with a jig and minnow on Woman in 16 to 20 feet of water. Throw topwater baits on the bulrush edges of Wabedo and Lake Inguadona for muskies.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Big and Little Jefferson lakes are producing crappies and sunfish in 4 to 8 feet. Look to Lake Francis for largemouth bass in shallow water, and Lake Washington is producing walleyes on crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet. The west side of German Lake is kicking out sunfish in 4 to 10 feet.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Northern pike and a few walleyes are being taken with crankbaits at Knife Lake and Fish Lake in 5 feet. Look to Knife, Fish, and Ann Lake for sunfish in 5 to 7 feet, while plastics or topwater baits are turning largemouth bass in the shallow weeds of Ann, Knife, and Quamba Lake.

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


Perch action has been best in 12 to 14 feet from Rocky Ledge to the Bonanza on Big Stone Lake. You’ll find panfish in this same stretch over 8 to 10 feet. Northern pike and a few walleyes are being caught on the weedlines of Big Stone with crankbaits.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleyes are hitting redtails at Big Sand Lake in 30 to 40 feet or Potato Lake and Long Lake along the 20- to 22-foot weedlines. The 10- to 12-foot cabbage on Fish Hook Lake and the Crow Wing Chain are producing crappies and sunfish. Muskie reports have improved with bucktails or topwater baits on the deep cabbage of Big Mantrap Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


The bays and marinas on Lake Pepin are producing panfish and northern pike. Catfish and sturgeon remain active below the dam on the Mississippi River. Crankbaits are turning some walleyes in 12 to 16 feet on Pepin.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Big Sauk Lake started giving up crappies over 18 to 20 feet and the north end of Lake Osakis is producing crappies over 18 to 30 feet. A few walleyes are being taken with minnows on Sauk in 12 feet, Osakis in 8 feet at night (look deeper during the day), and in 22 to 28 feet on Big Birch Lake. Little Birch Lake is kicking out northern pike on minnows along the 8- to 12-foot weed edges, as is Sauk in 8 to 10 feet. Osakis continues to give up sunfish on the Half Mile Bar and Two Mile Bar in 12 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Smallmouth bass continue to be caught above the Little Falls dam and current breaks below it on the Mississippi River. You’ll find catfish and a few walleyes below the Blanchard Dam on the river as well. Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet at Beauty Lake and Green Prairie Lake.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleyes are being caught by shore fishermen after dark with slip bobbers and minnows on the west side of Lake Emily. On Lake Minnewaska, crawlers continue to produce walleyes during the day in 22 to 24 feet of water or troll crankbaits after dark in 8 to 10 feet of water. Sunfish are being caught throughout Minnewaska in 8 to 12 feet, while bass and pike remain active here as well.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Northern pike continue to hit spoons or sucker minnows in 4 feet on Lake Sakatah. Look for crappies, bluegills, and perch on Lake Tetonka in 16 to 20 feet.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873


Work the 6- to 10-foot weedbeds for sunfish on Diamond Lake, Eagle Lake, Nest Lake, Green Lake, and Florida Lake. A few walleyes can be had on Green in 30 to 40 feet with nightcrawlers. Bass and northern pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes.

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


A few walleyes and perch are hitting on Lake Sarah in 10 to 12 feet. Look to Lake Shetek for walleyes in 9 feet, most of which are being taken with crankbaits. Pike and walleyes are hitting on Lake Lac qui Parle in the Milan Bridge area. Bullheads are being caught on most lakes, while catfish action is strong on the Redwood and Minnesota rivers. Smallmouth bass remain active at East and West Twin lakes.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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