Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 14, 2018
LAKE MILLE LACS
Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours is producing walleyes and smallmouth bass in 6 to 12 feet. During the day, walleyes are biting best in 20 feet or more on the mud and gravel – live-bait rigs or leadcore and crankbaits are working best in deep water. Muskie reports have been best via trolling on the north end sand.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of walleyes with big fish mixed in are being caught with crankbaits or spinners and crawlers in 32 to 34 feet in Big Traverse Bay. On the Rainy River, sturgeon fishing “keep season” continues until Sept 30. Some walleyes are entering the river after shiners, which are starting to come in. At the Northwest Angle, strong numbers of walleyes are coming off the mud flats with a bottom bouncer and crawler or crankbaits on both sides of the border in 22 to 27 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The deep weedlines on Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and Lake Independence are producing northern pike, largemouth bass, and a few walleyes. You have to cover water and take what the weedlines will give you. Look for sunfish in the 12- to 17-foot weed pockets and some crappies in the channels during the evening hours on Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleye action has been “up and down” with most action taking place in 25 to 30 feet with nightcrawlers. Look to Daisy Bay or the mud flats by Taylor Island, Potato Lake, and Stonich Island for better numbers. Muskies remain active on the mid-depth rock points and shorelines. There has been some nice perch caught on the rock shorelines in 16 to 20 feet, and smallmouth bass continue to hit plastics on the rock piles.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleyes are hitting crankbaits on the flats in 14 to 17 feet or crawlers on the 12- to 16-foot weedbeds during low-light periods. During the day, Lindy Rigs and crawlers are working best in 25 to 30 feet. Perch are hitting a jig and minnow in 12 to 16 feet off Sugar Point and the Stoney Point area. Spoons are producing northern pike in the weeds on the east and west side shoreline breaks.
A spinner and nightcrawler is producing walleyes in the cabbage off Mound’s Point and the breaks off Otter Tail Point. The humps in Walker Bay are giving up a few big walleyes and trolling crankbaits at night in 9 feet has been productive on the Goose Island Flats and Sand Point. Muskie action was a bit slower this week, but the rocks continue to give up some fish early and late each day.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Minnows are now producing the majority of walleyes on the reefs or other structure in 25 to 32 feet. The points and rock shorelines remain the best options for smallmouth bass. Look for suspended crappies off the points and sunken structure over 20 to 32 feet.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Catching numbers of walleyes continues to be difficult as water temperatures have dipped only a bit. Cover water with crankbaits or minnows in 4 to 10 feet or 10 to 12 feet along most shorelines for a few walleyes.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Throw bucktails on the points and weedlines of White Bear Lake and Jarvis Lake for muskies. The structure in the Prescott area of the St. Croix River and weedlines on Bald Eagle Lake are giving up walleyes on jigs and minnows. Look to Powers Lake and Demontreville Lake for bass and northern pike in 8 to 12 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Work the weedlines with sucker minnows on Steiger Lake for northern pike and bass. Lake Riley started giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet, while Lake Auburn and Parley Lake are producing sunfish in 12 feet. Goose numbers continue to be pretty light in the immediate area.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Muskies remain active, chasing bucktails on North Reef, north side of Coney Island, and the swimming beach area. Look for crappies on the northeast side in 9 to 12 feet or on Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef in 12 to 15 feet. Walleye action is slow, but sunfish and bass are hitting on the 11- to 14-foot weedlines.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Minnows or crawlers continue to produce some walleyes on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona in 30 to 35 feet or Lake Mary in 12 to 16 feet. Muskie reports have improved a bit on the deep weedlines of Miltona, while bass action has been best on the flats during midday hours or around docks during low-light periods. Crappies are being found suspended in 15 to 18 feet on Lake Darling, Lake Carlos, Reno Lake, and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Goose numbers continue to be limited.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
A jig and fathead minnow or spinner and crawler is producing a few walleyes during the evening hours in 12 to 18 feet on Clearwater Lake or 16 to 20 feet on Sugar Lake. Bass and pike action remains strong on the deep weedlines of Cedar Lake, Lake John, Lake Sylvia, Buffalo Lake, and Clearwater. Crappies and sunfish are hitting on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of French Lake, Twin Lake, Sugar, Clearwater, and Sylvia.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
You’ll find walleyes in 25 to 30 feet during the day or 8 to 10 feet at night on Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Rush Lake. Work the 10- to 20- foot weeds for panfish at Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake, Bass Lake, and West Battle. A few muskies continue to hit bucktails on West Battle in the 20- to 25-foot weeds, and northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows in the 15- to 20-foot weeds of Fiske Lake, Donald Lake, and West Battle. Goose numbers remain low, and hunter participation is down.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
A jig and minnow or live-bait rigs and redtails are turning some walleyes on Lake Bemidji, Grace Lake, Turtle River Lake, and Gull Lake. Green cabbage close to deep water and the deep edges of mid-lake humps and bars have been best in 12 to 18 feet. Northern pike fishing also is good in those same areas. Bass fishing remains excellent with plastics along the deep weed edges. Bluegills and crappies can still be found off the cabbage, but on a few lakes the crappies have been migrating towards those deep water basins. There been some decent muskie action fishing bucktails over the tops of shallow rocks and cabbage.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Walleyes are being taken in 12 to 25 feet with minnows or crawlers on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards. The 8- to 20-foot weed edges are producing bass and northern pike at Gull, North Long, and Cullen Lake. You’ll find crappies in the 5- to 15-foot weeds on Round Lake, Upper Gull Lake, and North Long, while sunfish are hitting on Lake Margaret, Nisswa Lake, Edwards, and Gull in 6 to 14 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Muskie action is strong with bucktails on Deadman’s Bar and North Cedar Bar of Cass Lake or LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay Lake. Trolling crankbaits at night on the bars and weed edges in less than 10 feet on Cass has produced walleyes. Panfish reports have been limited, but Allen’s Bay on Cass remains a safe bet for bluegills in 8 to 10 feet. Goose hunting reports have been lighter, but there are some birds to be had.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Look to Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake for sunfish over 18 to 22 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 20 feet on Serpent, Bay Lake, and Clearwater Lake. The lily pads throughout Black Lake are giving up largemouth bass, while the backwaters of the Mississippi River are kicking out pike and smallmouth bass. A few more geese have moved into the area as more crops are harvested.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Walleyes are hitting minnows and crawlers at Island Lake in 18 to 20 feet and Fish Lake in 15 feet. You’ll find bluegills in 10 feet and suspended crappies over 20 feet on Fish as well. On Lake Superior, spoons are producing lake trout at 50 to 100 feet down and salmon in the top 70 feet of the water column out from the Lester River. The bear harvest has slowed since the first week.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Look to the shallow weeds on Blue Lake and Green Lake for crappies and sunfish. Hit the Rum River with minnows for walleyes or the Mississippi River with plastics for smallmouth bass. Goose numbers continue to be minimal and hunting pressure is light.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Shagawa Lake is producing walleyes and smallmouth bass on crawlers and northern pike on sucker minnows in 4 to 18 feet. Look to Garden Lake, west side of Birch Lake, and Twin Lakes off Burntside for crappies in 15 feet. Low Lake is kicking out bluegills in 8 to 12 feet and minnows are turning walleyes on Snowbank Lake in 30 feet.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Crappies and sunfish are hitting on Cedar Lake in 8 to 12 feet and Lake Mazaska in 12 to 18 feet, while French Lake is giving up crappies over 18 to 20 feet. Look to the bars and humps in 8 to 12 feet on Shields Lake for sunfish and northern pike. On Circle Lake, sunfish and perch are being caught in less than 10 feet and anglers fishing from shore on Cannon Lake are catching sheepshead and perch.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Topwater baits are providing good muskie action on the weedlines of Pelican Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet or more on Long Lake and Middle Lake. Work the 10-foot weedlines with crankbaits during low-light periods for walleyes at Ten Mile Lake and Fish Lake. Goose hunting reports dropped off.
Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Minnows are producing walleyes on Caribou Lake in 12 to 15 feet, McFarland Lake in 17 feet, Crescent Lake in 8 to 12 feet, and Sea Gull Lake in 18 to 23 feet. Pike are hitting sucker minnows on Devil Track Lake in 8 to 15 feet and Elbow Lake in 5 feet. On Lake Superior, lake trout are hitting stickbaits about 150 to 180 feet down. Rainbows are taking crawlers at Kimball Lake and Leo Lake in 15 feet. Bear hunting has been tough.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Water conditions have cleared up and trout fishing has been good on most streams. There’s been a Trico hatch in the mornings and Caddis during the evening hours. Large grasshopper flies are working, as are nymphs below the surface. Rapalas or in-line spinners are producing fish as well.
Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101
Nightcrawlers are producing walleyes on the 12- to 16-foot shoreline points of Woman Lake and Little Boy Lake. Crappies are being found suspended during the evening hours over 18 to 22 feet on Lake Inguadona, Girl Lake, and Child Lake or 30 feet on Lake Wabedo. Work the weedlines with bucktails for muskies at Big Boy Lake, Little Boy, and Woman. Bear hunting remains tough, but goose hunting has improved as more birds moved into the area.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
Crappies and sunfish are being caught at Knife Lake in 4 to 6 feet and Ann Lake in 9 to 11 feet. Sunfish also are going on Lake Eleven in 10 feet, while Knife and Ann are producing northern pike on sucker minnows in less than 10 feet. Bear and goose hunting reports continue to be poor.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
The Hartford Beach area of Big Stone Lake is kicking out numbers of perch and some nice bluegills in 11 feet. The Manhattan Island area also is producing bluegills in 12 feet, and a few walleyes are being picked up with crankbaits on the north end of Big Stone in 12 feet. Hunters report that goose numbers continue to be minimal.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
The 20- to 22- foot cabbage edges on Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake are giving up walleyes and northern pike. Look to Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes for panfish in 12 to 16 feet and bucktails are turning muskies on the cabbage edges of Big Mantrap Lake. Hit Boulder Lake for largemouth bass and the reefs or sand areas of Potato Lake for smallmouth bass. A few more geese have moved into the area, and several bears were shot this week.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Look to Big Pine Lake with minnows or Jiggin’ Raps for walleyes and suspended crappies in 28 to 32 feet. The 10- to 14-foot weeds on Star Lake and Dead Lake are giving up sunfish, while bass and northern pike continue to be caught on the weedlines of most lakes. There are geese being shot, but numbers are down compared to last year.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Walleyes and a few sauger are being taken on the Mississippi River from Red Wing to the dam. Minnows, crawlers, crankbaits, and Dubuque Rigs are all turning fish. The submerged timber areas on the river and Lake Pepin are holding panfish, while sturgeon and channel catfish remain active below the dam.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Sunfish are being caught on the flats and shoreline breaks in less than 12 feet at Horseshoe Lake, Long Lake, Schneider Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Bolfing Lake, and Rice Lake. Look to Lake Koronis for walleyes on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines and shoreline breaks. Grand Lake and Pearl Lake are giving up numbers of largemouth bass and northern pike, while channel catfish remain an easy catch on the Sauk River Chain.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look for suspended crappies over 45 feet on the north end of Lake Osakis. Osakis also is giving up sunfish in 12 to 20 feet from Two Mile Bar up to Miller’s Bay. A few walleyes are coming out of Sauk Lake and Osakis with a jig and minnow or spinner and crawler during low-light periods. You’ll find crappies in 12 to 18 feet on Long Bridge Lake or 12 feet on Maple Lake.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Smallmouth bass action has been strong with minnows above the Little Falls Dam on the Mississippi River. Walleye reports also have improved on the river just south of Little Falls. Trolling crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet on Lake Alexander has produced a few walleyes as well. Bear and goose hunting reports have been limited.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
A jig and minnow or Jiggin’ Raps started producing walleyes during the day in 16 to 18 feet or 22 to 24 feet on Lake Minnewaska. Sunfish continue to be caught on Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet and you’ll find bass on the docks early in the morning or on the deep weedlines during midday hours. Goose hunting continues to be poor.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
A few walleyes are being caught with nightcrawlers on Green Lake in 25 to 35 feet. The smallmouth and largemouth bass bite has been decent on Green as well. Look for panfish on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Willmar/Foot Lake, and Nest Lake. Goose hunting continues to be poor.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Nightcrawlers or crankbaits are producing walleyes on Lake Shetek in 8 feet, while walleye action has been best in 6 to 10 feet on School Grove Lake, Rock Lake, and Dead Coon Lake. On Lake Lac qui Parle, minnows are turning walleyes and crappies in 4 to 12 feet. Dove hunters continue to have success and goose hunting picked up a bit since last week.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880
The deep snags on the Mississippi River are producing sunfish, crappies, and bass. Water levels have risen on the river, making a bit more difficult to fish, but nightcrawlers and willow cats are turning walleyes in the backwater areas. Goose hunters continue to report a lack of birds.
Hogline Bait and Tackle (507) 474-9999