Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 6, 2017

Great Eight


Fishing pressure continues to be limited, but muskies are being caught via trolling on the north end sand and weed edges – these fish should become more active on the rocks as tullibees start to move in and spawn. Northern pike are hitting in most bays, and smallmouth bass are being caught on the mid-depth to deep rocks.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


A jig and minnow is turning numbers of walleyes in 18 to 30 feet along the south shore, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay and most reefs. On the Rainy River, walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow, big sturgeon remain active, as are smallmouth bass. At the Northwest Angle, current areas between the islands are holding walleyes in 10 to 24 feet, and crappies are biting on the Canadian side – look for suspended fish off points and over deep holes.

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


Muskies are chasing baits on top of the 10- to 15-foot weeds on Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Spinnerbaits are working for pike and bass on the weedlines of Minnetonka, while crappies remain suspended off the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Minnetonka, Independence, and Medicine Lake. Walleyes tucked back into the deep weeds of Minnetonka and can be caught with crawlers during the day. Trolling crankbaits in the channels after dark has turned fish, too.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Trolling crankbaits in 6 to 8 feet throughout Pike Bay or in 10 to 12 feet around Indian Point and Raspberry Island has produced walleyes. The 10- to 14-foot reefs in Pike Bay are holding muskies, and crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 25 feet on the north side of Pine Island and Indian Point. The shorelines and tops of rock piles are safe bets for smallmouth bass.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Look for perch in 12 to 14 feet off Sugar Point, Mallard Point, Big Stony Point, and out from Rich’s Townsite. Spoons and minnows will produce northern pike on the 9- to 12-foot weedbed edges. Walleye action has been best with crankbaits or a jig and minnow early and late each day in 9 to 12 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and perch in 9 to 14 feet north of Shingobee Island, the Annex, Submarine Island, and North Bar. Similar depths from Sand Point to Cedar Point in Walker Bay have been productive as well. Topwater baits have been best for muskies off Otter Tail Point and the north end of Portage Bay. There hasn’t been a push of new ducks into the area, but ringnecks, teal, and wood ducks are being shot.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Fishing pressure has dropped, but those going are finding walleyes on the 25- to 30-foot structure or on the shallower weed edges. Some large northern pike and crappies are being caught in Black Bay. Grouse hunters have struggled with wet conditions, and those with dogs are flushing more birds than those without.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Fishing pressure remains light with a few walleyes being caught on the rock humps and reed edges with minnows. It’s thick in the woods, but grouse are being shot along the trails, while local ducks and numbers of geese are keeping waterfowl hunters busy.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Northern pike are hitting crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet on Hydes Lake and Pierson Lake. A few walleyes continue to be caught on the Crow River, and Whaletail Lake is giving up some crappies in 8 to 14 feet. Muskie action has picked up on Lake Waconia in 8 to 10 feet and hit Steiger Lake or Ann Lake for largemouth bass.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 15 feet on Spring Lake, Lake O’Dowd, and Prior Lake. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines on Prior are giving up sunfish and crappies, while spoon plugs are turning northern pike on the south end of Prior in 10 feet. The rock points and humps on Spring are worth hitting for crappies.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096



On Reno Lake, walleyes are hitting crawlers in 15 to 18 feet and panfish are being caught in the bays. Crawlers also are turning walleyes in 12 to 16 feet on Chippewa Lake, as are a jig and minnow on lakes Miltona and Ida in 45 to 65 feet. Spinnerbaits are producing largemouth bass on most lakes in less than 12 feet, and a few muskies are being raised with bucktails on Miltona. Work the cabbage edges on lakes Darling, Carlos, and Le Homme Dieu for crappies.

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


Crappies and sunfish remain active in 12 to 15 feet on French Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Minnows are producing walleyes in 9 to 18 feet on Clearwater and Cedar Lake. Bass and northern pike are being caught on most lakes with spinnerbaits along the 12- to 15-foot weedlines.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are hitting Jiggin’ Raps or minnows in 10 to 12 feet and crankbaits in shallow water after dark on Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle Lake. Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet and suspended crappies over 20 feet on Clitherall Lake, Fish Lake, Rush, and West Battle. Bass are being taken in 12 to 15 feet with spinnerbaits at East Battle Lake, Fiske Lake, Silver Lake, and Donald Lake. The 15- to 20-foot weedlines on Fiske, Donald, West Battle, and Otter Tail are producing northern pike, while muskies have started hitting large sucker minnows on West Battle in 15 to 20 feet. Hunting reports have been limited.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and northern pike on the weedlines and sharp breaks in 12 to 23 feet on Lake Bemidji, Lake Plantagenet, Big Lake, and Big Turtle Lake. Plastics continue to produce bass on the deep weedlines of Grace Lake, Grant Lake, Deer Lake, and Little Wolf Lake. Work the 8- to 12-foot cabbage for crappies on area lakes, and muskie action has improved with swim baits or large sucker minnows on the cabbage and rocks of Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Big.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Gull Lake. Look for suspended crappies or bluegills closer to the bottom over 15 to 20 feet on Gull, Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake, Rabideau Lake, and Turtle River Lake. Wood ducks, mallards, and a few ringnecks are being shot, and grouse reports have been slowly improving as the cover comes down.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Gull Lake is kicking out walleyes on jigs and redtails in 16 to 38 feet, while Whitefish Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 18 to 42 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 30 feet on Gull and North Long Lake, and northern pike or bass can be had on the weedlines of most lakes. Sunfish continue to be caught in the 10- to 14-weeds on North Long, Cullen Lake, and Nisswa Lake.

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


A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 12 to 14 feet on North Center Lake and Chisago Lake. The weedlines on Chisago, North Center, South Center, and North Lindstrom Lake are producing bass and northern pike. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Chisago, North Lindstrom, and South Center Lake continue to produce crappies and sunfish.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Look for crappies on the rice bed edges of the Mississippi River in 8 to 10 feet or suspended fish over 20 to 30 feet on Nokay Lake and Clearwater Lake. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 25 to 35 feet on Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake. Northern pike remain active in the flooded trees of Sagamore and Portsmouth pits. Hunters are flushing more birds north and west of the area, while wood ducks, ringnecks, and teal continue to be shot.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912


Muskies have started hitting sucker minnows in 15 to 20 feet on Lake Sallie and Big Detroit Lake. Walleyes are being caught with minnows on Big Cormorant Lake in 20 to 25 feet, and crappies are being found on Sallie in 10 to 15 feet. Sunfish remain active in the 10- to 15-foot weeds of Little Detroit Lake and Sallie, while hunting reports have been limited.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 15 feet at Island Lake and in 10 to 12 feet at Fish Lake. Large sucker minnows are the ticket for muskies on the St. Louis River and Island. Look for crappies in the narrows of Fish or over 15 to 17 feet on Boulder Lake. It’s still thick, but grouse hunting reports have picked up; hunters are flushing groups of birds, including a lot of juveniles so once the leaves drop it should be pretty good.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Look for suspended crappies over 16 to 20 feet on Bald Eagle Lake and Gabbro Lake. A few walleyes are being taken with minnows at Shagawa Lake in 20 to 25 feet and Snowbank Lake in 30 to 40 feet. Hunting action has been limited.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Crappies and sunfish continue to be caught in 4 to 8 feet at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Water levels have gone up, but walleyes are still being caught with minnows on the Blue Earth River and Watonwan River. Look to Big Twin Lake with minnows for perch in 6 to 8 feet.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


You’ll find perch and catfish in 4 to 6 feet on Cannon Lake, while crankbaits are producing northern pike on the weedlines of Shields Lake. Cedar Lake is producing crappies and sunfish in 6 feet, and the 10- to 12-foot rocks on Lake Mazaska are giving up crappies and pike.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Minnows are producing walleyes at Sea Gull Lake in 15 to 20 feet, Devil Track Lake in 12 to 18 feet, and Cascade Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Rainbow trout are being taken with crawlers at Leo Lake in 18 feet, Mink Lake in 15 to 20 feet, and Trout Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Cover is still pretty thick, but hunters are flushing good numbers of grouse.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Walleyes are hitting crawlers in 18 to 22 feet and minnows in 25 to 30 feet on Big Birch Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in 12 feet on Big Swan Lake or suspended crappies on the weed edges of Pine Lake and Mound Lake. Sunfish also can be had across from the supper club on Long Lake in 18 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Minnows are turning walleyes in 18 to 24 feet on Woman Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Little Boy Lake. Look for crappies on the 8- to 12-foot weedbeds of Birch Lake and Portage Lake, while BullDawgs or sucker minnows are raising muskies on the bulrush edges of Baby Lake and Lake Wabedo. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits on the 5- to 8- foot rocks of Woman, Ten Mile, and Stony Lake. Ringnecks, wood ducks, and geese continue to be shot in good numbers and the leaves have started to drop, and that’s improved grouse hunter success.

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


Work the weedlines on Shoepack Lake for largemouth bass, and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on Dewey Lake in 6 to 10 feet. Crappie reports have slowed, but look to Echo Lake for a few in 6 feet. Hunting action is slow, and grouse numbers appear to be minimal.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and sauger in 18 to 37 feet. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the reefs, and although tough to find, crappies are suspended over deep water and biting. Grouse hunters aren’t seeing many birds, likely due to thick cover remaining. Local ducks such as teal and woodies are still being shot.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Walleye action has picked up in 4 to 7 feet with minnows on Ann Lake and Knife Lake. Knife also is producing largemouth bass in less than 7 feet. Hunting reports have been light, but good numbers of wood ducks are still in the area.

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


Minnows are producing good numbers of perch in the Mallard Point, Bonanza, and Rocky Ledge areas of Big Stone Lake – you’ll find some nice bluegills in these areas as well. A few walleyes can be had on the north end of Big Stone with crankbaits or off the docks on the south end with minnows during low-light periods.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Minnows are turning walleyes in 20 to 30 feet on Long Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Big Sand Lake. Northern pike remain active on the cabbage edges of Big Mantrap Lake, Two Inlet Lake, and Big Sand. You’ll find panfish on the weed edges of Portage Lake, Pickeral Lake, and Fish Hook. Duck and goose numbers remain pretty good, and there are grouse and woodcock being shot.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Nightcrawlers are producing walleyes and sauger at the Head of the Lakes area in less than 10 feet. Look to the bays off the Mississippi River for sunfish and to the back channels for crappies. Catfish and sturgeon continue to be caught below the dam on the river.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Sunfish action has picked up in 8 to 10 feet on lakes such as Horseshoe, Cedar Island, Bolfing, Schneider, Eden, and Becker. On Rice Lake, crappies and sunfish are biting in 12 to 15 feet. Trolling crankbaits in the river channels between Cedar Island and Horseshoe has produced walleyes. Minnows are turning walleyes on Lake Koronis in 18 to 25 feet.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


A jig and minnow continues to provide consistent walleye action on Big Sauk Lake. Fish are being caught in 6 to 25 feet from the narrows to Diamond Point again this week. On Lake Osakis, crappie action remains strong on the north end from Battle Point to Head of the Lakes Resort in 12 to 30 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Walleyes are hitting minnows below the Blanchard Dam, and smallmouth are hitting above the Little Falls Dam on the Mississippi River. Reports from most lakes have been slow, although Fish Trap Lake is giving up a few crappies in 10 to 15 feet.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Minnows and nightcrawlers have started producing walleyes in less than 10 feet on lakes Elizabeth, Lillian, Big Kandi, Solomon, Ringo, and South Long. Minnows are working best for walleyes on Green Lake in 30 to 40 feet. Anglers fishing from shore are catching walleyes on Willmar/Foot Lake as well.

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


A jig and minnow or crankbaits are turning walleyes on Lake Sarah in 5 to 8 feet. Look to Rock Lake and Yankton Lake for walleyes in 4 to 7 feet and to Lake Shetek for walleyes and crappies in 5 to 8 feet. Walleyes also are hitting in the Milan Bridge area of Lake Lac qui Parle and in the Justice Park area on the Redwood River. Bloody Lake started giving up crappies in 8 to 10 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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