Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 21, 2018

Great Eight


Leadcore and crankbaits or live-bait rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes during the day off the deep, main lake structure in 25 to 32 feet. The evening crankbait in less than 12 feet is still worth noting and should only get better for walleyes as water temperatures cool. Muskie reports have been limited, but smallmouth bass continue to be caught off the shallow to mid-depth rocks and points with crankbaits or plastics.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


A very strong walleye bite continues on the main basin. Crankbaits, spinners and crawlers or jigs with frozen shiners are working best in 15 to 31 feet across the south shore with very good numbers in front of the Gap. With shiner minnows entering the river, eating-size walleyes are showing up too and anglers report success both jigging and pulling crankbaits. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being caught on mud flats and around Garden Island in 15 to 25 feet.  

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


With water temperatures not changing much since last week, the weedlines on most lakes continue to produce a mixed bag of fish. Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, Medicine Lake, and Lake Sarah are all producing bass, northern pike, and panfish along the 12- to 18-foot weed edges. Anglers working the deep weeds on Minnetonka with bucktails are raising a few muskies, but they seem to be doing more chasing than committing to baits.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Numbers of smallmouth bass are being taken with crankbaits or jigs and plastics on the rock-covered shorelines and rock reefs over 10 to 15 feet. Walleye reports continue to be best on the 20- to 25-foot breaks with Lindy Rigs and crawlers or jigs and minnows. Work the rock points and reefs with bucktails for muskies, although most anglers are seeing more fish than they’re catching.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Walleyes are being caught on crawlers in 25 to 30 feet during the day, typically on the deep sides of the bars. If it’s windy or under low-light conditions, crankbaits and minnows are working well on the weedbeds and flats in less than 16 feet. Spoons or crankbaits continue to produce northern pike on most weedlines or weed flats and perch are being taken with a jig and minnow off the points in 12 to 18 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


A jig and minnow has started producing a few walleyes during the day on the wind-driven shorelines and points in 9 to 12 feet. Trolling crankbaits in these areas at night has produced some walleyes as well. Bucktails continue to provide consistent muskie action during the evening hours on the rock piles and points. Perch action has picked up in Trader’s Bay and Sand Point – look for the sand/grass areas in 9 feet.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the main lake reefs in 20 to 36 feet. Trolling crankbaits over 15 to 40 feet has produced northern pike – look for bigger fish to be suspended. Smallmouth bass are hitting plastics or crankbaits on the points and rock shorelines, while crappies are being found suspended on the main basin areas in over 20 to 30 feet.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Walleye action has been dependent on wind and weather of late. If conditions are stable there are fish going in the shallows and the deep water humps. Covering water while trolling live bait or crankbaits is the best tactic. Bear hunters have had a good first couple weeks and some grouse hunters found better than expected numbers of birds despite heavy cover along forest trails.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on the St. Croix River and Bald Eagle Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Muskies are chasing bucktails on the weed edges and shoreline breaks at Jarvis Lake and White Bear Lake during the evening hours. Hit the 10- to 12-foot weedlines with sucker minnows for northern pike on Powers Lake, Silver Lake, and Demontreville Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the 14- to 18-foot weedlines of Wasserman Lake, Steiger Lake, and Whaletail Lake. Sunfish continue to be caught in 8 to 12 feet on Lake Auburn and Parley Lake or the 11- to 14-foot weedlines of Lake Waconia. North Reef and the Swimming Beach area on Waconia have been best for muskies with bucktails.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022



Topwater baits are raising muskies during the evening hours on the deep weedlines of Lake Miltona and Lobster Lake. Look for walleyes to hit minnows on Lake Ida in 25 to 32 feet, Miltona in 30 to 35 feet, Mary Lake in 12 to 16 feet, and Reno Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Good-size sunfish have been tough to find, bass action remains strong on most lakes, and crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 25 feet throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes.

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


Largemouth bass, crappies, and sunfish are all being found on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake Sylvia, Twin Lake, and French Lake. Some walleyes are being taken on minnows and crawlers on Clearwater in 10 to 18 feet, Sugar in 16 to 20 feet, and Sylvia in 18 to 22 feet. 

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Crappies and sunfish remain active on the 12 to 18-foot weedlines of Clitherall Lake, Rush Lake, West Battle Lake, and Elbow Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows or Jiggin’ Raps during the day in 20 to 30 feet or crankbaits at night in 8 to 12 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle. West Battle and Fiske Lake are producing northern pike along the 18- to 22-foot weedlines and muskies remain active on West Battle in 20 to 25 feet.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


The walleye bite slowly continues to get better, but the good fall action is slow to come. Jigs and minnows are producing, but you have to move from spot to spot to pick up fish. Most walleyes are coming out of 10 to 16 feet on Lake Bemidji, Grace Lake, Lake Andrusia, and Wolf Lake. Northern pike are biting well on the weedlines of Bemidji, Turtle River Lake, and Andrusia. Crappies are still being caught fairly shallow in and around the cabbage with some fish being found suspended in the deeper basins. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Walleye action is strong with a jig and minnow in 10 to 14 feet at Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, Gull Lake, and Round Lake. Northern pike and largemouth bass are mixed in. Bluegill reports have been limited, but crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 30 feet on Pimushe Lake and Turtle River Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Nightcrawlers or redtail minnows are working best for walleyes on Gull Lake and Whitefish Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Work the deep weed edges with minnows for larger northern pike on Gull, Whitefish, and Cullen Lake. Crappies remain suspended on the deep weedlines of North Long Lake, and sunfish are hitting in 6 to 12 feet at Nisswa Lake, North Long, Lake Edwards, and Lake Margaret.

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


Lindy Rigs and redtails are working best for walleyes in 20 to 35 feet off Buck’s Bar, North Cedar Bar, and Deadman’s Bar on Cass Lake. Look for perch in 6 to 8 feet on the east shoreline or Allen’s Bay on Cass. Muskie reports have been limited, but bluegills are hitting in the cabbage beds of Dick’s Bay, Allen’s Bay, and Buck Lake.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


Look for sunfish and crappies along the 12- to 18-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, Green Lake, South Center Lake, and North Lindstrom Lake. Minnows or crankbaits are turning some walleyes early and late each day on Green, South Center, and North Center Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Bass and northern pike remain active on the deep weedlines of most lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


You’ll find crappies on the 14- to 18-foot weed edges on Bay Lake or suspended over the flooded timber on the south end of Portsmouth Pit or west end of the Pennington Pit Chain. A jig and minnow is turning a few walleyes on Serpent Lake in 18 to 25 feet or in 30 feet and deeper on Clearwater Lake and Rabbit Lake. Anglers are raising muskies on the Mississippi River and Cedar Lake with topwater baits.

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


Sucker minnows have started producing some muskies on Big Detroit Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Hit Pelican Lake, Lake Melissa, and Big Cormorant Lake with minnows for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. Panfish action is slow, largemouth bass and northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes, while plastics are producing smallmouth bass on Big Cormorant in 20 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Hit Shagawa Lake for muskies and smallmouth bass in 15 feet or with minnows for walleyes during the evening hours in 4 to 6 feet. Walleyes also can be had with minnows in 30 feet on Snowbank Lake and 50 feet on Burntside Lake. Crawlers and minnows are producing walleyes during the day in Pipestone Bay on Basswood Lake over 14 feet and during the evening hours in 4 to 6 feet. Work the west side of Birch Lake in 15 feet or Farm, Garden, and White Iron lakes in 16 to 18 feet for crappies. Grouse hunters report seeing a few birds, but thick cover limited shooting opportunities.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Walleyes are being caught with shiner minnows on Washburn Lake in 10 to 15 feet. West Fox Lake started producing northern pike on crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet during the evening hours. Hit Lawrence Lake in 12 to 15 feet for crappies and Ruth Lake with topwater baits for largemouth bass.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Look for crappies in 12 to 15 feet on Budd Lake and Lake Sisseton or bluegills in the channels between Hall Lake, Budd, Sisseton, and George Lake in 5 to 7 feet. Chubs are producing channel catfish in the evenings on Hall and Amber Lake. Crankbaits are turning some walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Hall and Budd or 4 to 6 feet on Tuttle Lake.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 10 to 12 feet on Cedar Lake, French Lake, and Roberds Lake. Crankbaits are producing a few walleyes around the bridge on Cannon Lake during the evening hours in 5 feet. Hit Circle Lake for bass and perch in 8 to 12 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Muskies are chasing bucktails during the day and topwater baits each evening on Hooten Wright Lake and Pelican Lake. Jiggin’ Raps are producing walleyes on Pickerel Lake in 13 to 20 feet. Look for sunfish in 5 feet throughout the bays on Norway Lake and crappies on the weedlines of North Turtle Lake.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050


Walleyes are being taken with minnows or nightcrawlers on McFarland Lake in 8 to 12 feet, Cascade Lake in 6 to 12 feet, and Hungry Jack Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Lake trout have started hitting smelt or spoons on Daniels Lake and Duncan Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Hit Mink Lake and Leo Lake in 12 to 15 feet with crawlers for rainbow trout. There has been quite a few grouse hunters in the area and birds are being seen and heard, but thick cover is limiting success.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits in 5 to 17 feet on Stoney Lake, Portage Lake, and Ten Mile Lake, while largemouth are taking spinnerbaits on the weedlines of Mule Lake and the bays of Woman Lake. Minnows are producing walleyes in 18 to 22 feet on Woman and Ten Mile, while muskies are hitting topwater baits on Wabedo Lake, Little Boy Lake, and Baby Lake. Crappies continue to hit tube jigs on top of the cabbage beds of most lakes. The grouse season started slow with thick cover and warm temperatures limiting success.

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


Walleye has been a challenge this past week. Fish are still being caught, but not with the consistency as a couple weeks ago. Anglers using leeches or crawlers and bottom bouncers with spinners, were catching fish consistently around Ash River, Lost Bay, and then west around Picnic, Echo and Ram islands. Smallmouth bass have started showing up on the reefs as water temperatures begin to cool. Trolling crankbaits on the remaining, deep weedlines has been productive for northern pike.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Water conditions remained clear and very fishable early this week. There’s a Caddis dry fly hatch during the evenings and soft hackles are the ticket during the day. Trico’s in the mornings are almost done. The south branch and south fork of the Root River have been especially good for brown trout.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101


Hit the Grassy Island area in 10 to 12 feet for panfish or troll crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet for walleyes on Lake Washington. The Miller’s Point area on Madison Lake is kicking out walleyes on crankbaits or minnows in 10 to 12 feet as well. Look to the west side of Duck Lake for sunfish and crappies in 5 to 8 feet or the shallow weedlines for largemouth bass and northern pike.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Perch and bluegills continue to be caught in 10 to 12 feet near Hartford Beach on Big Stone Lake. The northern half of Big Stone is producing a few walleyes on crankbaits in less than 12 feet and the Manhattan Island area continues to give up large bluegills in 11 feet.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Minnows or Jiggin’ Raps are producing walleyes on Long Lake in 20 to 23 feet and Fish Hook Lake in 22 to 25 feet. The cabbage edges on Fish Hook and Big Mantrap Lake are producing northern pike, while the weedlines on Third and Fourth Crow Wing lakes are kicking out crappies. Bucktails or topwater baits are moving muskies at Big Mantrap and Many Point Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Minnows or Jiggin’ Raps are producing walleyes in 25 to 32 feet on Big Pine Lake and Rush Lake during the day, while crankbaits are working best in shallower water each evening. Crappies are being found suspended over 25 feet or more on Big Pine Lake, Rush, and Star Lake. Look for sunfish on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Star Lake and Dead Lake, while bass and northern pike remain active and weedline-related on most lakes.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Look for sunfish and a few crappies in the 6- to 12-foot weeds of Horseshoe Lake, Schneider Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Grand Lake, Long Lake, and Rice Lake. Some crappies have started to move off the weeds and suspend over deep water on these lakes as well. Hit Lake Koronis with a jig and minnow or spinner and crawler for walleyes in 12 to 17 feet or Horseshoe Lake in 8 to 14 feet. Largemouth bass remain active on most lakes, while channel catfish are biting throughout the Sauk River Chain.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


You’ll find suspended crappies east of Coon Point on Lake Osakis over 45 feet and Long Bridge Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Sunfish are hitting on the north end of Osakis in 6 feet and the weed edges of Long Bridge. Look for walleyes to hit minnows on the north end of Sauk Lake in 6 to 12 feet, Osakis in 18 to 40 feet, and Big Birch Lake in 24 to 30 feet. The weedlines on Little Birch Lake and Westport Lake are producing northern pike on minnows.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


A few more walleyes are being taken with crankbaits on Lake Minnewaska in 6 to 8 feet during the evening hours or with a jig and minnow in 18 to 20 feet during the day. Sunfish and crappie action remains strong throughout Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet. Pelican Lake is worth hitting for northern pike in 8 feet and suspended crappies over 16 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Minnows, crankbaits, and crawlers are producing walleyes on East Twin Lake in 10 to 13 feet. The shorelines and weed edges on East Twin are producing perch and bass as well. Lake Lac qui Parle continues to give up walleyes and crappies. Crankbaits and minnows are turning walleyes on Lake Sarah in 8 to 11 feet and Rock Lake during the evening hours in 6 to 8 feet. Jigs and plastics are producing a few walleyes and spoons are turning northern pike in less than 8 feet on Dead Coon Lake. Dove hunters continue to find good numbers of birds.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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