Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 13, 2017

Great Eight


Water temperatures are about 55- degrees so muskies should start showing up on the reefs chasing spawning tullibees soon. At this point, the weedlines on the north end have been best for muskies. Smallmouth bass remain active, hitting crankbaits, on the 6- to 12-foot rocks and some northern pike are being caught in the bays.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Anchor and pitch a jig and minnow in 18 to 30 feet and you’ll have no problem catching walleyes. Better areas have been along the south shore, Long Point, Zippel Bay, Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay, and the Rainy River. Smallmouth bass, northern pike, and sturgeon also remain active in the river. At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow continues to turn walleyes in current areas between islands over 13 to 26 feet. On the Canadian side, walleyes are hitting in 18 to 26 feet, muskies are hitting on top of the reefs, and crappies are being found suspended over deep holes.

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


Minnows are producing walleyes on the 16- to 25-foot weedlines during the day or in the channels after dark on Lake Minnetonka. Walleyes also are hitting a jig and minnow on Lake Independence in 20 to 25 feet. Bass are being pulled from the thick weeds on most lakes, muskie reports have been limited, but northern pike remain active on the weedlines of Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, Medicine Lake, and Independence. A few crappies are being caught in the channels of Minnetonka, and sunfish can be had in 6 to 8 feet at Medicine or Sarah.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes are being caught with minnows or crankbaits in 12 to 30 feet – work the tops and edges of structure. Crappies have started hitting over 20 to 25 feet in Big Bay, Indian Point, Raspberry Island, and the back side of Pine Island. Muskie reports have been mixed with more fish being seen in shallow water than deep structure, northern pike action has been slow, and smallmouth bass are hitting on the 6- to 12-foot rock piles and reefs.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Perch are being taken with minnows along the 8- to 12-foot weedlines and points. Trolling spoons, crankbaits, and minnows in 12 to 14 feet has produced northern pike. A few walleyes are being taken with minnows during the day on top of the bars in 14 to 16 feet, but trolling crankbaits at night has been more productive in shallower water.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


The 14- to 20-foot main lake breaks are producing walleyes on a jig and minnow. During low-light periods, work the 4- to 7-foot rocks or the 9- to 12-foot break from Sand Point to Cedar Point with crankbaits for walleyes. Muskie reports have slowed, but Trader’s Bay is producing perch in 8 to 12 feet. Grouse hunting reports have improved with the leaves dropping. With the exception of a few ringnecks moving in, local ducks are still being shot.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


The best walleye activity has been on the Rainy River with most anglers putting in at Kuttes Landing at Pelland Junction and finding success at the confluence of the Rainy and Little Fork rivers with a jig and minnow. There hasn’t been as much activity on the main lake, but crappies are biting in Black Bay and up the Rat Root River. The weed edges in Black Bay are producing northern pike as well. Fall colors have peaked, the leaves are dropping, and grouse hunting reports have improved.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Walleye action remains sporadic with some fish being taken on the reed edges and rock humps with a jig and minnow or crankbaits. Grouse hunters with dogs are having some success, but bird numbers don’t look strong based on most accounts. Waterfowl hunters continue to shoot local ducks and geese.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Northern pike and bass are being caught with spinnerbaits in 7 to 9 feet at White Bear Lake, Lake Jane, and Demontreville Lake. Bucktails are producing a few muskies on the weed edges of Forest Lake and White Bear. A few panfish are being caught on the shallow weed edges of Silver Lake, Beaver Lake, and Big Marine Lake. Fishing on the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers has been difficult due to high water.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Muskies are hitting large sucker minnows on Lake Waconia in 12 to 14 feet and Pierson Lake is giving up northern pike on crankbaits in 12 to 18 feet. The weed edges on Waconia are worth hitting for largemouth bass and panfish reports have been slow. Waterfowl hunters are shooting more mallards and geese this week.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


A jig and minnow continues to produce a few walleyes in 10 to 15 at Prior Lake, Lake O’Dowd, and Spring Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies on the 10- to 15-foot weedline on Prior and the deeper humps on Spring are holding suspended crappies.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096



Minnows are producing walleyes in 30 to 40 feet during the day and along the weedlines during evening hours on Lake Miltona. The weedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes are giving up walleyes as well. Spinnerbaits are turning bass and northern pike on the flats of Lake Carlos, Lake Geneva, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Miltona, while sucker minnows are turning a few muskies on Miltona. Waterfowl hunters are shooting geese, but duck numbers are limited.

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


Clearwater Lake and Lake Sylvia are giving up walleyes on minnows in 10 to 18 feet. Work the weedlines on Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, Cedar Lake,  and Sugar Lake for bass and northern pike, while panfish reports have been limited. Duck hunters are finding more birds now that many low spots in farm fields have water sitting in them.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are being caught in 4 to 6 feet with crankbaits in the evenings or on a jig and minnow in 8 to 10 feet during the day at Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle Lake. Look for sunfish and crappies in the 10- to 15-foot weeds of Clitherall Lake, Fish Lake, and West Battle. Northern pike are being taken with minnows on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Fiske Lake, Otter Tail, and West Battle, while muskies are hitting large sucker minnows in 12 to 15 feet on West Battle. Hunting reports continue to be light, but there seems to be more geese in the area.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleyes are hitting Jiggin’ Raps or a jig and minnow in 12 to 14 feet on Lake Bemidji, Lake Julia, Big Turtle Lake, and Lake Plantagenet. Northern pike and bass are being taken with spinnerbaits on the deep weedlines of Big Turtle, Deer Lake, and Lake Beltrami. Crappies are being found off the weed edges or suspended over deep basin areas on most lakes. Muskie reports have been best on Bemidji, Plantagenet, and Big Lake. There’s been a push of mallards into the area and grouse reports have improved now that the leaves are dropping.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Round Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over 25 to 30 feet at Gilstead Lake and Turtle River Lake. A few new ducks have moved into the area, but numbers remain low. The leaves have really come down since last week so grouse and woodcock hunting reports have improved.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Walleyes are scattered between 16 to 40 feet and hitting minnows on Gull Lake and Whitefish Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 40 feet on Gull, Whitefish, and North Long Lake. The 10- to 14-foot weedlines on Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long remain safe options for sunfish.

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


Walleyes are hitting chubs or redtails on Cass Lake in 30 to 50 feet and bigger perch are being found on the 4- to 8-foot gravel around Cedar Island on Cass and the east shore of Pike Bay Lake. The north end of Kitchi Lake started giving up crappies over 30 feet, while a few muskies are being caught with bucktails on the shallow cabbage of Cass. The majority of local ducks have moved out and there hasn’t been much for new ducks moving into the area.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


The 12- to 14-foot weedlines on North Center Lake, Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Center Lake are giving up bass and northern pike. Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow in 12 to 14 feet on North Center Lake and Chisago. Crappies and sunfish are hitting on most lakes in and along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines. Hunting reports have been limited to a few local ducks still being shot and increased deer activity.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Crappies are being found suspended over 30 to 40 feet on Clearwater Lake, Nokay Lake over 25 to 35 feet, and at Serpent Lake over 20 to 25 feet. Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in 20 to 25 feet on Serpent, Nokay, East Rabbit Lake, and West Rabbit Lake. Some ringnecks have started showing up, but wood ducks, teal, mallards, and geese are more numerous.

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


Walleyes are hitting minnows during the day in 15 feet and crankbaits in shallow water at night on Lake Sallie, Big Detroit Lake, and Big Cormorant Lake. Muskies are being taken with large  sucker minnows on Big Detroit and Sallie in less than 10 feet, while panfish are being caught at Melissa and Floyd Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Waterfowl hunters are shooting more geese than ducks.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Minnows are turning walleyes in 10 to 12 feet at Boulder Lake, Island Lake, and Fish Lake. The narrows on Fish are producing crappies and large sucker minnows are the ticket for muskies in less than 10 feet on Island and the St. Louis River. Grouse hunters report seeing good numbers of birds and not as much cover in the woods.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Fishing pressure continues to be light, but hunting activity is picking up. Archery hunters have commented that deer have become more active with the cooler weather. Some grouse are being shot and hunters with dogs are having more success. A few ringnecks have moved into the area, but wood ducks are being shot in better numbers.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton are still producing sunfish and crappies in 4 to 8 feet. Pitch a jig and minnow on the current breaks for walleyes on the Blue Earth and Watonwan rivers. Perch are hitting minnows in 6 to 8 feet at Big Twin Lake.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Walleyes are hitting minnows on Elbow Lake in 4 feet during the evening hours. Look to Caribou Lake for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet and Hungry Jack Lake in 10 to 15 feet – minnows are working best on these lakes as well. Trout Lake and Leo Lake are producing rainbow trout in 10 to 15 feet on crawlers. Get off the main trails and you’ll find good numbers of grouse. Hunters willing to walk are shooting birds.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


You’ll find suspended crappies over the deeper holes on lakes such as Sand, Jessie, Big Cutfoot, Little Cutfoot, Big Splithand, Little Splithand, Spider, Pokegama, and Bowstring. Walleyes are being caught on a jig and minnow in 14 to 22 feet on Big Splithand, Sugar Lake, Trout Lake, Lake Wabana, and Deer Lake or on the current breaks of the Mississippi River. A few sunfish are being taken in 14 to 16 feet at Big Splithand, Pokegama, and Sand. Hunters are flushing grouse, but it’s still thick in the woods.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Big Birch Lake is giving up walleyes on minnows in 18 to 25 feet, as is Big Swan Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Hit Long Lake in 18 to 20 feet and Big Swan in 12 to 15 feet for sunfish. Big Swan also is giving up pike in 12 to 14 feet, while the weedlines on Mound Lake are producing crappies. Wood ducks and geese are providing decent shooting for waterfowl hunters.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Walleyes are hitting minnows on Woman Lake and Pine Mountain Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Work the 10-foot cabbage edges for crappies on Moccasin Lake, Webb Lake, and Pleasant Lake, while Woman is producing bluegills in 14 to 16 feet. Jerkbaits or sucker minnows on the reed edges of Lake Wabedo and Little Boy Lake has produced muskies. Waterfowl hunters continue to shoot wood ducks and a few ringnecks have moved into the area.

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


Crappies remain active on Shoepack Lake and Dewey Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows on the 6-foot weedlines of Shannon Lake. Walleye action and hunting reports have been light.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


Crappies and sunfish have started hitting at Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake in 5 to 7 feet. Minnows are producing walleyes in 4 to 7 feet on these lakes as well. A few ducks, mostly local birds, are being shot. Deer seem to be getting more active with the cooler weather.

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


Perch, bluegills, and crappies are being caught in 12 to 14 feet from Rocky Ledge to just past Mallard Point on Big Stone Lake. Anglers fishing off docks or from shore are catching a few walleyes at night on Big Stone with a jig and minnow. Duck hunting has been OK.  A few divers and mallards moving into the area.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Walleyes are hitting minnows on Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake in 20 to 30 feet. Pike are being taken with sucker minnows along the remaining cabbage edges of Big Mantrap Lake and Pickeral Lake. Work Eighth and Ninth Crow Wing lakes for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet, while anglers on Big Mantrap and Many Point Lake are seeing muskies on the 14- to 18-foot weedlines. Deer activity has increased, grouse and woodcock reports have been good, and local ducks and geese continue to provide decent action.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Walleyes are being caught with minnows on Horseshoe Lake and Schneider Lake in 10 to 24 feet. Trolling crankbaits at night along the shallow weedlines on Lake Koronis has produced walleyes. Look for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet and suspended crappies over 12 to 18 feet on Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, and Horseshoe. Hunting has been poor.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Big Sauk Lake continues to produce numbers of walleyes on a jig and minnow in 6 to 10 feet – work the bridge to Diamond Point. The north end of Lake Osakis is giving up crappie over 20 to 40 feet – look for suspended fish. The 12-foot weed edge on this end of Osakis will produce sunfish as well. Hunters are shooting more ducks with many flooded fields now holding birds.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Smallmouth bass and walleye action remains strong with minnows on the Mississippi River, while fishing pressure continues to be light on area lakes. Waterfowl hunters are shooting quite a few geese, but duck numbers remain low.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleyes are being caught with a jig and minnow in 16 to 18 feet during the day and on crankbaits at night in 8 to 10 feet on Lake Minnewaska. On Lake Emily, walleyes have been caught with a jig and minnow in the weed pockets during the day and from shore at night on the west side of the lake. Spinner rigs and minnows have been turning walleyes at Long Lake in 14 feet, and sunfish remain active throughout Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting in 16 feet on Minnewaska. Duck hunting reports have been better, but hunters have  reported mostly local ducks and geese being shot.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


A jig and minnow has been producing walleyes in 6 to 10 feet on Lake Lillian and Big Kandi Lake. Anglers fishing from shore or near current areas have been catching walleyes with minnows at Willmar/Foot Lake, Ringo Lake, and Diamond Lake. The 25- to 40-foot structure on Green Lake has been giving up walleyes as well. On Eagle Lake, minnows are turning walleyes and smallmouth bass in 10 to 15 feet. Hunting reports, thus far, have been limited.

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


Rock Lake and Lake Benton are producing walleyes and perch from the shorelines out to 8 feet. Crankbaits or a jig and minnow are providing consistent walleye action on Wood Lake, Lake Shetek, Yankton Lake, Lake Sarah, and the Redwood River in less than 8 feet. Walleyes also can be had in the Milan Bridge area of Lake Lac qui Parle, and Bloody Lake continues to produce crappies in 6 to 8 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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