Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 29, 2017
LAKE MILLE LACS
Trolling along the 10- to 18-foot weed edge on the north end continues to produce quite a few muskies. Smallmouth bass continue to be active on the 3- to 18-foot rocks, and northern pike are hitting on the weedlines in most bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anchor and pitch a jig and minnow for walleyes at the Lighthouse Gap and Morris Point Gap in 20 to 30 feet. The main basin of Big Traverse Bay also is giving up numbers of walleyes in 28 to 30 feet. The shiner run has started in the Rainy River and walleyes are chasing them – the bite has been best early and late each day. Sturgeon, crappies, and smallies also are biting in the river. At the Northwest Angle, current areas between islands are giving up walleyes in 10 to 24 feet. On the Canadian side, crappies are hitting in the deep holes off the points and wind-blown rocks are holding active muskies.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Nightcrawlers are turning walleyes during the day on the deep weedlines in Brown’s Bay on Lake Minnetonka. Work the channels after dark on Minnetonka with crankbaits or minnows for walleyes as well. A jig and minnow started producing walleyes on Lake Independence in 18 feet. Suckers are triggering muskies on both lakes in 14 to 20 feet. Crappies were found suspended off the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Medicine Lake, Independence, and Minnetonka. Waterfowl reports have been poor.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Nightcrawlers or minnows are turning walleyes on the 25- to 30-foot breaks, reefs, and flats. Smallmouth bass remain active on top of the rock piles and reefs in 6 to 15 feet or on the shorelines in less than 5 feet. Muskies are being caught, but big fish have been chasing baits more than eating off the rock points and shallow reefs. Sucker minnows under bobbers are turning northern pike in Rice Bay and Stuntz Bay. Duck and goose numbers appear better than most years, but hunting pressure has been light. Grouse reports have been light, although birds are being seen on the back roads and trails.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Perch reports remain good from 12 to 14 feet off Big Stony Point, the west side points, and Rich’s Townsite area. Pike are being caught from the 9- to 12-foot weedbeds. A few walleyes were taken during the evening hours with crankbaits on the 9- to 12-foot breaks and flats.
Perch and walleye action picked up a bit since last week with good reports coming from 9 to 14 feet on Mounds Point, Sand Point, Pine Point, the rocks south of Bear Island, and off Goose Island. Minnows are producing walleyes on the main lake rocks or east shore of Walker Bay in 8 to 12 feet. Trolling crankbaits at night has produced walleyes from Sand Point to Cedar Point as well. Muskies are being taken with bucktails or topwater baits on the main lake rocks. Most groups shot ducks opening weekend with wood ducks, teal, ringbills, and a few mallards in bags.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Fishing pressure has been light, but a jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on the main lake rock reefs in 20 to 32 feet. Minnows or jigs and plastics are turning smallies on the rock reefs and rock points. Crappie reports have slowed, but the warm and cool weather and water temperatures are forcing them to stay on the move.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Fishing reports have been limited due to a lack of participation. Warm, windy, and wet conditions have kept most people off the lake over the past week. There’s some grouse being shot, but hunter’s aren’t reporting a lot of numbers – that should improve as the leaves drop. A good supply of local wood ducks, teal, mallards, and geese have provided good shoots for waterfowl hunters.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Minnows or spoons continue to produce northern pike on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Lake Zumbra, Pierson Lake, and Wasserman Lake. Hit the bridges on the Crow River with a jig and minnow for walleyes and crappies remain active in 14 to 16 feet on Lake Minnewashta. Duck hunters are mainly shooting wood ducks and a few teal.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Prior Lake and Spring Lake continue to produce panfish and a few walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. Large sucker minnows are producing muskies in less than 15 feet at Crystal Lake.Orchard Lake is giving up northern pike in similar depths. Look to the docks on Prior and Lake O’Dowd for bass. Duck hunting reports have consisted mainly of wood ducks and a few teal or mallards being shot.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
A few walleyes are coming off Lake Reno in 10 feet or 20 to 25 feet with a jig and minnow. Walleyes also can be had with minnows or crawlers on Chippewa Lake in 18 to 20 feet, Lake Miltona in 20 to 25 feet, and Lake Ida in 35 to 50 feet. Bass fishing remains strong in shallow water on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, and Lake Darling. Look to Lake Agnes for panfish and bucktails are raising muskies on Miltona. Waterfowl hunters are finding plenty of geese and wood ducks in the area.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleyes are being taken with minnows in 12 to 18 feet at Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake. Look for suspended crappies and sunfish close to the bottom on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Sylvia, French Lake, and Clearwater. Bass and northern pike continue to be caught on the weedlines of most lakes. The duck opener provided mixed results with some teal, wood ducks, and mallards being shot. Hunters also are shooting quite a few geese.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Minnows are turning walleyes in 6 to 10 feet on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Rush Lake. Look to Clitherall Lake and West Battle for panfish in 10 to 15 feet, while bass fishing reports have been limited. Muskies continue to hit sucker minnows or dark-colored Jakes at West Battle on the 10- to 15-foot humps or weeds. The duck season started on a good note with high numbers of wood ducks and teal being shot.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow in 10 to 15 feet on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. Crappies and bluegills are being found suspended over 15 to 20 feet at Turtle River Lake, Pimushe Lake, Gilstead Lake, Rabideau Lake, and Gull Lake. Grouse hunting remains tough with the thick cover, but duck hunting reports have been good from most groups with mallards and wood ducks being shot.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Gull Lake continues to produce walleyes on minnows in 16 to 38 feet of water. Look to North Long Lake and Whitefish Lake in 18 to 38 feet of water for walleyes as well. Crappie action has picked up on North Long and Gull over 18 to 28 feet of water and sunfish are being found in the weeds at Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long. Northern pike and bass remain active on the deep weedlines of most lakes. Most duck hunting reports have been favorable with good numbers of wood ducks and teal in the area.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 25 to 30 feet on Cass Lake, 18 to 30 feet on Pike Bay Lake, and 18 to 20 feet on Wolf Lake. Hit the Cedar Island area in 10 to 12 feet for perch and Dick’s Bay in 8 feet for bluegills on Cass. Muskie reports have slowed, but the weather hasn’t allowed many opportunities to get after them. Hunters are shooting good numbers of mallards, teal, wood ducks, and ringbills, while field hunters are shooting a lot of geese.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Crappies and sunfish are hitting on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake. Minnows are producing walleyes in 12 to 14 feet at Green Lake and North Center Lake. Bass, and northern pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes, while hunters are mainly shooting wood ducks and a few teal.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
The edges of the trees are holding northern pike on Portsmouth Pit, and trout are being found about 40 to 45 feet down on Huntington Pit. Walleye and panfish action remains slow. Waterfowl hunters are mainly shooting wood ducks and geese with a few teal and ringbills mixed in to the bags.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows on Big Cormorant Lake in 18 to 25 feet, while northern pike and largemouth bass have been coming off the weedlines of Lake Sallie. Crappies and bluegills continue to be caught on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Sour Lake, Lake Melissa, Big Detroit Lake, and Sallie. Muskies were hitting large sucker minnows or bucktails on the deep weedlines of Big Detroit. Duck hunting reports have been light, but there are some geese being shot in the area.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Island Lake is giving up muskies on sucker minnows in 8 to 10 feet and walleyes in 15 feet with chubs or rainbows. On Fish Lake, minnows are turning walleyes in 10 to 12 feet and crappies in the narrows. A few archery-killed deer have been brought in since last week, and grouse hunting remains slow due to thick foliage.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Crappies continue to be caught in 7 to 9 feet at Fremont Lake or 12 to 14 feet on Blue Lake. Work the slack water areas and shorelines of the Rum and Mississippi rivers for smallmouth bass. Opening morning of the duck season went well, but has been slow since.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Snowbank Lake is kicking out walleyes and smallmouth bass in 30 to 40 feet – small sucker minnows are working best. Smallmouth, northern pike and walleyes also can be had with minnows in 25 to 30 feet on Burntside Lake. Look for walleyes in 20 to 25 feet and smallmouth in shallower water on Shagawa Lake. Grouse hunting success continues to be limited due to thick cover.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Anglers fishing from shore on Hall Lake, Lake Sissiton, and Budd Lake are catching crappies and bluegills in 4 to 8 feet. Big Twin Lake is giving up perch in 6 to 8 feet and a few walleyes are being caught on the Blue Earth and Watonwan rivers with jigs and minnows. Opening morning went well for duck hunters, but has slowed throughout the week – mallards, geese, and wood ducks were being shot.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Work around the docks on Cedar Lake for northern pike and panfish. Crappies remain active in 12 to 15 feet at Lake Mazaska, while crappies and perch are biting in 4 to 6 feet around the bridge on Cannon Lake. Trolling crankbaits on the 8-foot weedline of Shields Lake is producing northern pike and the occasional walleye. Duck hunting reports have been poor.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Minnows are producing walleyes at Seagull Lake and Saganaga Lake in 20 to 30 feet or Devil Track Lake in 15 feet. Lake trout were reported to be hitting at about 50 to 55 feet down on Greenwood Lake, Loon Lake down 45 to 55 feet, and Trout Lake down 40 to 45 feet. Nightcrawlers or Mepp’s spinners have continued to produce rainbow trout on Mink Lake in 15 feet and Leo Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Grouse hunting reports have been pretty good for those willing to get off the main paths, but the leaves even in this far north spot still have some falling to do.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GREY EAGLE AREA
You’ll find sunfish and a few crappies in 8 to 12 feet on Swan Lake. Minnows are producing walleyes in 18 to 30 feet at Big Birch Lake and hit the weedlines on Cedar Lake for northern pike or for largemouth bass at Mound Lake. Duck hunting has gone well with wood ducks providing the best shooting opportunities.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Nightcrawlers or redtails are producing walleyes on the 20- to 24-foot breaks of Pine Mountain Lake and Woman Lake. The 6- to 10-foot cabbage on Portage Lake, Moccasin Lake, and Pleasant Lake are giving up crappies. Crankbaits are triggering smallmouth bass on the rocks and shallow breaks at Stony Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Baby Lake, and Woman. The duck opener went well with ringbills, wood ducks, and teal being shot.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Crappies are being caught with minnows and small jigs on Echo Lake in 6 feet and Crane Lake in 12 feet. Walleye and northern pike reports have been limited, and hunting pressure in the area also continues to be light.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Jiggin’ Raps are turning walleyes in the Pike Point area of Woman Lake in 4 to 40 feet. Walleyes also can be had with a jig and minnow in 12 to 14 feet on Big Boy Lake. Topwater baits are producing muskies on the bulrush edges of Little Boy Lake and Lake Wabedo, while crappies are hitting best on Lake Inguadona in 12 feet. Duck hunters are shooting decent numbers of wood ducks, ringbills, and mallards.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
The shallow weeds on Little Jefferson Lake are kicking out panfish, northern pike, and bass. German Lake continues to produce crappies in 7 to 10 feet, and trolling crankbaits during low-light periods has turned walleyes on Madison Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Hit Lake Washington for walleyes in 6 to 8 feet, Second Point for sunfish in 10 feet, and Third Point for crappies in 10 to 12 feet. Duck hunting reports have been good with numbers of teal, wood ducks, and mallards in the area.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Minnows are turning a few walleyes on Knife Lake in less than 7 feet. Look for sunfish in 5 to 7 feet and crappies in 7 to 9 feet at Knife and Ann Lake. Work the weeds and shorelines for bass at Knife, Ann, and Quamba Lake. The waterfowl season started on a good note with wood ducks, teal, and geese in most bags.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Perch action continues to improve on Big Stone Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Work the Bonanza, Mallard Point, and Rocky Ledge areas. Trolling crankbaits on the north end of Big Stone has produced a few walleyes as well. Duck hunting reports have been mixed with wood ducks and teal being shot.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
RED WING AREA
Walleyes seem to be transitioning from Lake Pepin back into the Mississippi River with crankbaits and leadcore or nightcrawlers producing some fish at the Head of the Lakes area. Panfish continue to be caught in the fallen trees throughout the main river channel, while sturgeon and catfish are hitting below the dam. Duck hunting has been decent with fair numbers of wood ducks and teal being shot.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleye action remains strong on Sauk Lake with a jig and minnow in 6 to 25 feet from the narrows to Diamond Point. The north end of Lake Osakis, from Battle Point to Head of the Lakes Resort, is producing crappies from the weedlines out to 30 feet. Duck hunting reports have been poor, but there are geese being shot in the area.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Smallies continue to be caught on minnows or plastics above the Little Falls Dam on the Mississippi River. A few walleyes are being caught with minnows above the Blanchard Dam on the river, and crappies have started hitting on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Fish Trap Lake. Waterfowl hunters are doing well with wood ducks, teal, and geese in most bags.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Sunfish continue to be caught throughout Lake Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet. Minnewaska also is giving up a few walleyes at night on crankbaits in 6 to 10 feet and during the day in 20 to 24 feet on minnows. Anglers fishing from shore on the west side of Lake Emily are catching walleyes at night. Duck hunters are struggling to find birds early in the season.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Fishing pressure has been light and those going out have struggled to find walleyes and panfish. The duck opener was average, meaning some groups did well and others struggled – teal, wood ducks, and geese are being shot.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Anglers fishing from shore are catching walleyes with a jig and minnow on Rock Lake and Wood Lake. The current breaks on the Redwood River are a safe bet for walleyes, catfish, and northern pike. Duck and goose hunting reports have been good with mallards, teal, wood ducks, and gadwalls being shot in good numbers.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880