Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 5, 2018

Great Eight


The mid-depth rocks continue to provide steady walleye and smallmouth bass action. The evening crankbait bite for walleyes continues to improve on the shallow rocks and shorelines as well. You’ll also find walleyes on the main lake mud flats and reefs in 22 to 30 feet. The north end is giving up a few muskies, but fishing pressure has been limited for them.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Jigs and frozen shiners are producing walleyes in 20 to 29 feet during the day or 10 to 15 feet early and late. Good numbers of walleyes are stacking up in front of Pine Island, both Lighthouse Gaps, Morris Point Gap, Zippel Bay, and Long Point areas. Shiners continue to run up the Rainy River and walleye activity picked up greatly this week with frozen shiners. Increased sturgeon activity also is reported with some 60-inch, plus fish boated. At the Northwest Angle, limits of walleyes are being caught in rocky bays and adjacent reefs in 15 to 22 feet. Crappie activity also remains strong here.

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


Northern pike action has picked up with spinners and minnows in 6 to 10 feet at Lake Minnetonka and Medicine Lake. Walleyes are just starting to show up in the channels of Minnetonka with some action reported during the evening hours with minnows. Look to Lake Sarah for crappies and sunfish in 6 to 10 feet and a few muskies are being caught with sucker minnows on Minnetonka in 15 to 18 feet. 

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleye action remains strong with a jig and minnow off the rocks and reefs in 30 feet or more. Muskie anglers continue to raise fish with bucktails or jerk baits on the shallower reefs. Crappies have moved to deeper water, 25 to 35 feet, and suspend throughout Big Bay.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


A jig and minnow is now the best option for walleyes on the points and shoreline breaks in 14 to 17 feet or the main lake bars and flats in 24 to 30 feet. The points and shoreline breaks also are kicking out perch in 10 to 15 feet and northern pike are hitting spoons, crankbaits, or minnows in 12 to 16 feet. 

Lake Winnie Resort Association                    


Hit the wind-blown shorelines with a jig and minnow in 6 to 9 feet for walleyes. The deep humps or 18- to 24-foot breaks in Walker Bay are kicking out walleyes as well. Perch reports remain decent, although there is some sorting of small fish involved in 6 to 9 feet off Sand Point, Mounds Point, and GrandVu Flats. Muskie anglers are finding fish on the rocks or via trolling in Walker Bay. There’s some mallards and geese to be had and there has been reports of a few more divers showing up early this week.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Work the mid-lake humps, shoreline breaks, and mud flats with minnows for walleyes. Jigs and plastics or minnows will produce smallmouth bass on the rock points and deep rock humps. Northern pike continue to be caught on  crankbaits on the mid-depth weed patches or deep, rock structure. Look for crappies to now be suspended over deep water, so utilize your electronics to find these roaming schools of fish.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Walleye action has been so-so depending on weather and wind. There are some fish in the shallows and deep water humps. Trolling those areas with live bait or crankbaits will put some fish in the boat. Grouse hunters continue to report better than expected bird numbers along forest trails despite heavy cover. There hasn’t been much for new ducks or geese moving into the area.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Panfish reports continue to be favorable in 10 to 12 feet on Carver Lake, Lake Jane, and Big Marine Lake. Minnows or plastics are producing walleyes and smallmouth bass on the St. Croix River in 10 to 16 feet, although some bigger fish are being found deeper. Sucker minnows or bucktails are triggering muskies on the 12- to 16-foot weedlines of White Bear Lake and Lake Elmo.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Walleyes, crappies, and sunfish are hitting on Prior Lake in 5 to 15 feet. Spring Lake is giving up walleyes, sunfish, and northern pike in 10 to 15 feet. Look to the weedlines on Lake O’Dowd for panfish and pike, while Carls Lake is producing panfish in less than 12 feet. Waterfowl hunters are doing well shooting wood ducks, teal, a few mallards, and numbers of geese.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096



Walleyes are hitting minnows during the day on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida in 18 to 20 feet, Reno Lake in 14 to 17 feet, Lake Andrew in 19 to 22 feet, and the weedlines throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes. Crankbaits also work during the evening hours on these lakes in shallower water. Bass action remains strong on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines and flats of most lakes, while floating sucker minnows on the weed edges of Miltona has been the ticket for muskies. Hunting reports have been limited.

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


Minnows are producing walleyes in 18 to 30 feet on Clearwater Lake and 20 to 25 feet on Sugar Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Northern pike reports have improved with sucker minnows in 14 to 20 feet at Clearwater, Sylvia, Lake John, and Pleasant Lake. Largemouth bass remain active on the 14- to 16-foot weedlines of most lakes and a few crappies are being found suspended over 20 feet or more on Cedar, Clearwater, Maple Lake, and Granite Lake. There still seems to be quite a few puddle ducks and geese in the area.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are being taken with minnows in 12 to 20 feet during the day or with crankbaits at night in 9 feet on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake. Jigs and plastics are producing bass in the 10- to 15-foot weeds of Fiske Lake, Stalker Lake, and Donald Lake. You’ll find sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Elbow Lake, Bass Lake, and Clitherall Lake, while crappie action is slow. Muskies remain active along the 16- to 20-foot weedlines of West Battle. Northern pike are hitting in 15 to 20 feet at Fiske, West Battle, Donald, and Silver Lake. Duck and goose hunters continue to offer favorable reports.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Water temperatures are now in the low 50 degree range and continuing to fall. The walleye bite has picked up with a jig and minnow or Jiggin’ Raps on the outside edge of any green weeds/cabbage. Look also to the sharp breaks as well with Lake Bemidji, Gull Lake, Wolf Lake, Lake Andrusia, and Lake Plantagenet all producing fish. The crappie bite is good and fish are now suspended over the deep basins. You’ll find pike in the same areas as the walleye and with the leaves dropping fast, grouse hunting has improved. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, Gull Lake, and Round Lake are kicking out walleyes on minnows in 10 to 15 feet. Anglers are finding suspended crappies over 20 feet or more on Pimushe Lake and Turtle River Lake. There hasn’t been much for new ducks moving through and grouse reports have slightly improved as the leaves start to drop.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Work the weedlines with sucker minnows for northern pike on Cullen Lake, south end of Gull Lake, and Lake Edwards. Walleyes are hitting minnows on Gull in 20 to 40 feet, Pelican Lake in 30 to 38 feet, and the Merrifield end of North Long Lake in 18 to 40 feet. The deep weedlines on North Long have been best for largemouth bass and crappies have started showing up suspended over 20 feet or more on the north end of Gull and North Long.

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


A jig and minnow or Jiggin’ Rap is producing walleyes in 12 to 15 feet or 20 to 24 feet on Green Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Look for panfish, bass, and northern pike on the 10- to 14-foot weedlines of Chisago, Green, South Center, and North Lindstrom Lake. There hasn’t been much for new ducks moving through, but the area did pick up more geese over the past week.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


The deeper holes on the Mississippi River are giving up walleyes, smallmouth bass, and crappies on jigs and minnows. Look to Clearwater Lake for suspended crappies and a few walleyes in 25 to 32 feet. A few walleyes continue to come off Serpent Lake with minnows  in 25 to 30 feet. There seems to be a few new ducks and geese moving into the area, including some divers.

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


Muskie action has picked up with large sucker minnows at Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Shiner minnows are producing walleyes on Lake Sallie and Big Cormorant Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet on Island Lake, Little Detroit Lake, and Lake Melissa.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Island Lake is producing walleyes on chubs in 15 feet and muskies on large sucker minnows in 10 feet. Suckers also are turning muskies on the St. Louis River over 10 to 12 feet. Look for crappies in the Highbanks area of Fish Lake in 15 feet. Deer activity has been increasing and the leaves have started to drop so grouse hunting success should improve – hunters are flushing birds, including plenty of juveniles.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 17 feet on Green Lake and Blue Lake, while the Mississippi River continues to provide excellent smallmouth bass action. You’ll find crappies and sunfish in 14 feet at Blue, Green, and Little Elk Lake. Waterfowl hunters are reporting good numbers of local ducks and geese still in the area.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 8 to 10 feet on Lake Emily and Lawrence Lake is kicking out sunfish in 15 feet. Look to Ruth Lake for crappies along the 12- to 14-foot weedlines. Waterfowl hunters continue to shoot mostly local ducks and grouse reports have been poor.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Smallmouth bass are hitting swim baits in 5 to 10 feet on Ten Mile Lake, Portage Lake, and Stoney Lake. Jiggin’ Raps or a jig and minnow are turning walleyes on Woman Lake and Baby Lake in 18 to 24 feet. You’ll find muskies on the rocks or reed edges of Little Boy Lake and Lake Wabedo. Wood ducks and local mallards continue to be shot in the area, but there hasn’t been much for new ducks moving in. 

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


Brown trout are still in pre-spawn mode and biting well. The smaller streams and creeks have been best with a good Blue-Winged Olive (BWO) hatch continuing. Streamers, Rapalas, and spinners are turning trout as well.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101


Walleyes are being caught with minnows on Big Boy Lake in 8 to 12 feet if it’s windy or 16 to 18 feet when it’s calm. Lake Inguadona is kicking out a few walleyes on minnows in 12 to 20 feet during the morning hours. You’ll find crappies in the 6- to 8-foot weeds of Little Woman Lake and 6 to 12 feet on Inguadona. Sucker minnows are now producing muskies on the deep breaks off most bulrush edges on area lakes. Most local ducks have moved out and hunters are waiting for a new batch of northern birds to move in. Grouse are providing better action with most groups flushing more birds than expected.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Anglers fishing from shore on the north end of Lake Elysian are catching walleyes with a jig and minnow. Crankbaits and minnows are turning walleyes on Eagle Lake and Madison Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Madison also is producing crappies in 8 to 10 feet. Archery hunters have registered a few deer this week, while duck and goose numbers remain strong.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Walleyes have started hitting a jig and minnow on Knife Lake and Fish Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Look to Mud Lake and Ann Lake in 6 to 8 feet for a mixed bag of panfish. Hunting reports have been limited since opening weekend of the waterfowl season.

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


Perch action continues to be very good throughout Big Stone Lake in 11 to 13 feet. Better areas again this week have been the shoreline around Schmidt’s Landing. Anglers are finding some nice bluegills mixed in and walleyes seem to be most active during the evening hours on the shoreline breaks of Big Stone. Local puddle ducks and geese remain in the area, but look for some new ducks to start moving in soon.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Minnows are producing walleyes at Long Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Big Sand Lake in 24 to 30 feet. Look for crappies off the deep weedlines on the Crow Wing Chain, Boulder Lake, and Long Lake. Sucker minnows are turning bigger pike on Long and Big Sand in 30 feet or more and in the shallow weeds. Muskie action remains steady on Big Mantrap Lake with large sucker minnows. Duck reports continue to be good as the cooler weather pushes new birds into the area.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 30 feet on Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, Lake Marion, and Star Lake. Walleyes are crushing Jiggin’ Raps or a jig and minnow on Big Pine and Rush in 20 to 35 feet. Most local ducks seem to have moved out and there hasn’t been anything moving in to replace them.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


A few walleyes are being caught at the Head of the Lakes area on Lake Pepin with crankbaits in less than 10 feet. The bays off the Mississippi River are producing panfish, while sturgeon and caatfish continue to hit consistently below the dam on the river. Duck numbers seem to have dropped a bit and there hasn’t been much for new ducks moving in.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Look for walleyes in 6 to 18 feet on Lake Koronis, Rice Lake, Long Lake, and Horseshoe Lake – minnows are working best. You’ll find crappies over 10 to 15 feet on Rice, Horseshoe, Schneider Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. Bass and northern pike reports have been best off Grand Lake and Pearl Lake in 10 to 16 feet. Hunting reports have been light, duck numbers seem to have dropped, but there’s plenty of geese around.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Sauk Lake is kicking out walleyes on minnows at the Highway 71 Bridge and flats west of Diamond Point in 6 to 18 feet. On Lake Osakis, golden shiners are producing walleyes in 18 to 24 feet during the evening hours or 40 to 50 feet during the day. Look to the north end of Osakis in 24 to 28 feet for crappies and sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. The weeds on Maple Lake are producing numbers of sunfish as well.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Sunfish continue to be caught throughout Lake Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet. Minnewaska also is producing walleyes on a jig and minnow during the day on the points in 14 to 16 feet and with crankbaits at night along the 6- to 8-foot bulrush edges. There hasn’t been any reports from hunters worth noting.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


The Milan Bridge area on Lake Lac qui Parle is giving up walleyes and northern pike. Minnows or crankbaits are turning a few walleyes in 5 to 7 feet on Wood Lake, Cottonwood Lake, and Dead Coon Lake. Waterfowl hunters are reporting good duck numbers and nice mixed bags including mallards, teal, geese, gadwalls, and a few redheads.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880


Crappies are being caught, but they are spread out in the backwaters of the Mississippi River. The backwaters also are your best bet for walleyes in 8 to 10 feet due to a strong current on the river. Work the snags and wing dams for bluegills. Teal, wood ducks, and a few mallards continue to be shot.

Hogline Bait and Tackle (507) 474-9999

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