Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 26, 2018

Great Eight


The water temperature is in the mid 40-degree range so look for muskies to start moving onto the rocks and chasing tullibees. Smallmouth bass action has slowed, but trolling crankbaits on the rocks or shoreline breaks during the evening hours has produced walleyes.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Schools of walleyes are being found in 14 to 28 feet of water along the south shore from Lighthouse Gap to Rocky Point. Most people are anchored up and jigging with frozen shiners. On the Rainy River, a jig and frozen shiner continues to turn walleyes in 8 to 14 feet of water. At the Northwest Angle, limits of walleyes are being caught in 14 to 25 feet of water. Look for areas of current in neck-down areas and outside of most bays. The fall crappie bite has turned on and muskie trollers are still boating and releasing good numbers of fish. 

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


Walleyes are being caught with minnows in 18 feet during the day or in the channels at night with crankbaits on Lake Minnetonka. Large sucker minnows are producing muskies on top of the 15- to 18- foot weeds of Minnetonka and Lake Independence. The channels on Minnetonka are giving up crappies early and late each day.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the rock reefs in 25 to 32 feet. Trolling crankbaits in less than 10 feet also has produced walleyes in the shallower bays. The shallow to mid-depth rocks and points have been best for muskies. Grouse hunters are now seeing more birds since the cover has been eliminated. 

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Fishing pressure has been light, but those going are catching walleyes on the points and shoreline breaks in 10 to 15 feet with a jig and minnow. You’ll have to do some sorting, but there are plenty of perch mixed in as well.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


The deep humps in Walker Bay are still producing walleyes, as are the south end rocks. A few walleyes and perch are being taken with minnows in the Narrows, Oak Point, and Hardwoods areas. Anglers trolling large baits over deep water in Walker Bay are picking off suspended muskies. Duck hunting has been decent as a few more ringbills and mallards have moved in.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


It’s been cold, but that hasn’t stopped the diehard anglers from getting out. The Rainy River has been the hot spot, with a strong walleye and smallmouth bite. For walleyes, troll with a minnow and spinner rig in the wider bends or below an area with current. Bass have been more prevalent along the rocky shorelines and islands. Some anglers are getting out on Rainy Lake and their focus has been on the crappie in Black Bay. Bird hunters are seeing more grouse as the cover has been coming down. There are still some traces of fall colors, but the peak has most certainly passed.  

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


The windy weather has prevented most anglers from hitting the lake and most people are getting ready for deer hunting. Grouse hunters are finding a few birds along walking trails, while duck and goose hunters are chasing locals with some birds now working there way down from the north.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


Sucker minnows remain the best option for muskies in 6 to 10 feet on Forest Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and White Bear Lake. The points on the St. Croix River are producing walleyes in 10 to 20 feet. Northern pike continue to be caught with sucker minnows on Powers Lake and Tanners Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


A jig and fathead minnow is turning walleyes on the reefs of Lake Waconia in 16 to 20 feet. Hit Steiger Lake and Wasserman Lake for northern pike in 14 to 16 feet. Muskie action remains best on the reefs and Carp Trap areas of Waconia.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022



Walleyes are being caught with minnows in 40 to 60 feet on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona during the day or along the weedlines each evening. Lake Andrew is kicking out walleyes in 16 to 24 feet and crankbaits are turning walleyes at night in shallow water on Lake Reno. Muskies are hitting large sucker minnows or jakes over 30 to 40 feet on Miltona. Look to Lake Victoria, Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, and Lake Geneva for walleyes during the evening hours in 15 to 22 feet. Duck hunting continues to be pretty good and with the crops coming out, pheasant hunting should improve.

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


A jig and minnow is producing a few walleyes at Clearwater Lake in 10 to 22 feet, while panfish, pike, and bass action has been slow. Waterfowl hunters are shooting geese, mallards, and a few ringbills. Standing corn continues to limit pheasant hunting success, but the harvest was in full swing this week.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 15 to 20 feet and West Battle Lake in 25 to 30 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 15 to 20 feet on Otter Tail, West Battle, and Fiske Lake. Look for largemouth bass in 10 to 12 feet at South Turtle and Donald Lake. You’ll find suspended crappies over 18 to 20 feet on Mollie Stark Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle, while sunfish are hitting in 12 to 15 feet at West Battle, Stalker Lake, and Fish Lake. Muskies continue to hit sucker minnows on West Battle in 15 to 20 feet. Duck numbers seem to have declined a bit since last week.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Not a whole lot has changed since last week. Cold, some snow and wind has really kept anglers off the water and with deer hunting right around the corner, that’s also contributed to the lack of anglers. Water temperatures continue to fall and are now into the upper 30- low 40-degree range. Walleye fishing has been good with jigs and minnows, live bait rigs and chubs, or Jiggin’ Raps. Look to lakes Bemidji, Turtle, Plantagenet, and Wolf in 12 to 28 feet. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Blackduck Lake and Island Lake continue to produce walleyes on a jig and minnow in 10 to 12 feet. Grouse hunters are shooting more birds now that the cover is gone. Duck hunters are shooting good numbers of ringbills, mallards, and a few scaup.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Look for walleyes to hit minnows in 16 to 44 feet on the south end of Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Round Lake. Crappies are being found suspended over 25 to 40 feet on the north end of Gull, North Long, and Lake Margaret. The deep weedlines on most lakes are still holding bass, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 to 22 feet on Gull and Lake Edwards.

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


Crappies and sunfish are being caught in the channel and A-Frame area on Chisago Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Crankbaits are producing some walleyes at night on the bars and rock reefs of Chisago, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Geese, local ducks, and a few divers are keeping waterfowl hunters busy.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Walleyes are hitting minnows in 30 to 40 feet on Rabbit Lake and Clearwater Lake. Crappies and walleyes can be had on Serpent Lake over 30 feet or more. Look to the Mississippi River or Cedar Lake with large sucker minnows for muskies. Grouse hunting has improved, while geese, mallards, and some divers are filtering into the area.

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


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Big Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Lake Sallie in 25 feet or more. Sucker minnows continue to produce muskies on Sallie, Big Detroit, and Pelican Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 25 feet on Lake Melissa and Floyd Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Sucker minnows continue to produce muskies on the St. Louis River and Island Lake in 6 to 8 feet. On Fish Lake, minnows are producing walleyes in 12 feet and crappies in over 15 feet in the Highbanks area. The leaves and brush are now down so grouse hunting reports have improved over the past week.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Crappies are being caught in 14 to 20 feet on Green Lake, while the Rum River started producing walleyes on minnows and jigs. Duck hunters are shooting a few divers, but most local birds have moved out.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Minnows continue to produce walleyes in the channels between Hall Lake, Budd Lake, Lake Sisseton, and Lake George. Tuttle Lake also is producing walleyes on minnows in 4 to 6 feet. Panfish anglers continue to do well fishing from shore at Budd, Sisseton, and George. Like last week, there are ducks around, but there’s so much water they remain spread out.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Jigs tipped with minnows or plastics are turning walleyes at Eagle Lake in 12 to 20 feet or on the 12-foot weed edges of Fish Lake. Walleye action also has improved on local rivers. Crappies are being found in the remaining weeds of Middle Lake, Turtle Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Fish. Waterfowl hunters are doing well, shooting mallards, geese, and more divers this week.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050


A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Crescent Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Caribou Lake in 10 to 15 feet, and Cascade Lake in 6 to 10 feet. Splake action has picked up with salted minnows on Musquash Lake in 6 to 10 feet and Esther Lake in 10 to 15 feet. The leaves are down so grouse hunting has improved and most hunters report seeing fair numbers of birds.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Walleyes are being taken with minnows on Baby Lake, Pine Mountain Lake, and Birch Lake in 18 to 25 feet. Crappies are now suspending over deep water on Pleasant Lake and Birch, while sucker minnows are turning muskies at Lake Wabedo and Little Boy Lake. Grouse hunting has improved with the leaves down, and waterfowl hunters are reporting more ringbills and other divers moving through.

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


Fishing pressure has been extremely light due to consistently strong winds most days. Grouse hunters have started to shoot a few more birds now that the leaves and brush have decreased.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


A jig and minnow is the go-to right now, but Jiggin’ Raps and crankbaits over 30 feet or more are all producing walleyes. Whitefish netting has begun on the reefs in less than 6 feet of water.  Grouse hunting has been a bright spot. Most are seeing a lot of grouse now that the trees have lost their leaves. Waterfowl hunting has been hit or miss, with no big push of migrating birds moving in.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Government Point on Woman Lake is producing walleyes in 6 to 8 feet each evening or in 16 to 22 feet during the day. Lake Inguadona is producing walleyes along the 14- to 16-foot weed edges. Small Jiggin’ Raps are turning crappies on Girl Lake, Lake Wabedo, and Big Boy Lake over 20 feet or more. Duck hunters are reporting better numbers of mallards and divers this week.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


You’ll find suspended crappies over 20 feet off Miller’s Point on Madison Lake. The narrows on Madison are producing walleyes during the evening hours in 6 to 8 feet. Look to German Lake in 10 to 15 feet for crappies, while Second and Third points on Lake Washington are giving up walleyes in 15 to 18 feet.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


A few walleyes are being taken with minnows on Fish Hook Lake in 28 to 34 feet and Potato Lake in 24 to 28 feet. The weed edges on Many Point Lake and Big Mantrap Lake are kicking out muskies on large sucker minnows. Grouse hunting continues to be slow, but there has been some ringbills and other divers being shot by waterfowl hunters.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


A jig and minnow or blade baits are producing walleyes on the Mississippi River. Work the points and current seams a mile or two in either direction of Everts Resort. The back channel areas continue to give up crappies, while waterfowl hunters report a good push of mallards and divers into the area.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Crappies are being found suspended over 12 to 16 feet at Rice Lake, Becker Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Lake Koronis, Rice, Horseshoe Lake, and Long Lake in 18 to 22 feet. A few northern ducks have moved in with more ringbills and bufflehead being shot. Pheasant hunting reports haven’t been bad now that the crops are being harvested.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Lindy Rigs and rainbow minnows are producing walleyes on Sauk Lake in 5 feet. Hit the 14- to 18-foot weedline on the northwest corner (Battle Point area) of Lake Osakis with golden shiners for walleyes. You’ll find suspended crappies on the north end channel of Osakis over 25 to 45 feet. The pencil edges on the east shore of Little Birch Lake also are giving up walleyes. Duck and goose numbers continue to be very good throughout the area.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Walleyes are being taken with minnows during the day in 18 to 20 feet or each evening with crankbaits along the bulrush edges of Lake Minnewaska. Anglers fishing from shore at night with minnows are catching walleyes on the west side of Lake Emily. Hunters are seeing a fair number of pheasants now that the corn is coming out.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Anglers fishing from shore are catching walleyes on Lake Minnetoga or walleyes and perch at Big Kandi Lake and Lake Lillian. A few walleyes are being caught with minnows over 25 to 35 feet on Green Lake as well. Shore fishing also has been the best option for walleyes at night on Ringo Lake and Willmar/Foot Lake. Pheasant and duck reports have been minimal.

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


Jigs tipped with minnows or plastics continue to produce walleyes on the shorelines of Stay Lake, Lake Sarah, Lake Shetek, Rock Lake, Current Lake, Goose Lake, and Wood Lake. Duck hunters are finding plenty of birds including more mallards and redheads this week. The corn has started to be harvested, so pheasant hunting should get better.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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