Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 2, 2018

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

Walleyes are still being caught on the 12- to 18-foot rock edges during the day, while trolling crankbaits in the evening hours has worked best on top of the rocks. Water temperatures are now in the low 40-degree range, so muskies are eating on the shallow rocks with the tullibees moving in.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleyes continue to be caught in 14 to 28 feet of water along the south shore via anchoring and jigging with frozen shiners. On the Rainy River, big numbers of walleyes moved to the river this week. Anglers are having success in key spots from the mouth of the river and from Wheeler’s Point to Birchdale. Jigs and shiners continue to work best in 8 to 15 feet of water. At the Northwest Angle, limits of walleyes are being caught on jigs in 12 to 25 feet of water. Look for areas of current in neck-down areas and outside of bays.  

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Minnows and crankbaits are producing walleyes in the channels of Lake Minnetonka at night and a few crappies during the day. Some muskies continue to be taken on large sucker minnows on Minnetonka and Lake Independence in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

The few anglers still venturing out are pitching minnows and jigs for walleyes with some success on the 25- to 35-foot reefs. A few die-hard muskie anglers remain on the lake, and the rocks seem to be the best option for them as well. 

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Fishing pressure continues to be limited, but look to the points and shoreline breaks for walleyes in 9 to 15 feet. A jig and minnow combo is working best during midday hours.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

LEECH LAKE

The majority of anglers sticking it out have been hanging in Walker Bay for walleyes. The deep humps, points, and shoreline breaks have been giving up some walleyes on minnows and crankbaits. Muskie reports have been fewer lately, but the 10- to 15-foot rocks are have still been producing a few fish for those putting in the effort. Deer activity has definitely increased, and duck reports remain favorable despite less participation.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

The bends and current areas on the Rainy River continue to provide steady walleye action on a jig and minnow. With the exception of some limited crappie action, fishing reports are scarce.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

Few have been fishing. Most outdoor activity has revolved around grouse hunting, which has been OK. Deer activity has increased during the past week. 

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

A jig and minnow combo is producing walleyes on the points and current breaks of the St. Croix River in 15 to 20 feet. Muskie anglers continue to hook fish on sucker minnows in less than 10 feet on Forest Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. 

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

SOUTH METRO

Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Lake O’Dowd in 5 to 10 feet. Hit Prior Lake for panfish and walleyes in 5 to 15 feet. Walleyes also are coming off the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

A jig and minnow combo is producing some walleyes in 40 feet or more on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona. Panfish action has slowed, but large sucker minnows are turning a few muskies on Miltona and Lobster Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Pheasant action has improved a bit, but there’s still quite a bit of standing corn in the area.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake are giving up a few walleyes on minnows in 12 to 18 feet. Look for crappies to be suspended over 20 feet or more on Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, Sugar Lake, and Maple Lake. Archery hunters are reporting much better deer activity this week, and there are enough ringnecks and geese in the area to keep waterfowl hunters interested. 

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Jakes or large sucker minnows are turning muskies on West Battle Lake in 15 feet. Walleye and panfish reports have been limited. There have been a few more northern ducks and geese moving into the area, and standing corn continues to limit pheasant hunting success.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

The few people getting out are finding good walleye fishing with jigs and shiners. What’s left of green cabbage is still holding fish in 10 to 16 feet, as are the sharp breaks in 18 to 28 feet. Look to Lake Bemidji, Big Lake, Wolf Lake, and Grace Lake. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good with jigs and minnows over the 12- to 17-foot rocks. Crappies are suspended over deep basin areas on most lakes. The deer opener should be excellent, as the bucks are in rut and chasing does.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 12 feet, but fishing pressure has been light. Hunters are reporting that deer have really started moving this week. Duck hunting has been slow, but good numbers of grouse are being seen and shot.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Walleyes are being taken with minnows on Gull Lake and Round Lake in 24 to 40 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over 22 to 24 feet on Upper Gull Lake, and the Mississippi River is producing muskies on large sucker minnows.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Redtail minnows are turning walleyes in 25 to 45 feet on Cass Lake. Muskies remain active on the shallow weed edges, and perch are hitting in 4 to 6 feet on Cass. Look for suspended crappies on the deep cabbage edges of most lakes.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CROSBY AREA

Look for crappies suspended over deep water on Nokay Lake and Clearwater Lake – think winter locations. Grouse hunting pressure has picked up, and a few more birds are being shot. There are some geese in the area, but duck numbers are light. 

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Walleyes continue to be taken with a jig and minnow in 15 to 25 feet on Big Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Lake Melissa. Muskie anglers are doing well with sucker minnows on Lake Sallie and Big Detroit along the 10- to 15-foot breaks. 

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Hit the Highbanks area for crappies in 15 feet or work 10 to 12 feet of water for walleyes on Fish Lake. Muskies continue to hit large sucker minnows on the St. Louis River and Island Lake in less than 10 feet. The deer opener is expected to be good based on the current level of rutting activity being reported.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EMILY AREA 

Trolling crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet on the east side of Roosevelt Lake has produced northern pike. Waterfowl hunters are shooting good numbers of geese and some diving ducks have moved in this week. Archery hunters are reporting better buck activity in the woods.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Hit Tuttle Lake with minnows for walleyes in less than 6 feet. Walleyes also can be had in the channels between lakes Hall, Budd, Sisseton, and George early and late each day. Deer activity has picked up with some reports from bow hunters that bucks are starting to chase does.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

GRAND MARAIS AREA

A few northern pike are being caught with sucker minnows on Northern Light Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Whitefish netting is just getting started, but should improve as water temperatures drop. Look to Musquash Lake and Esther Lake with salted minnows for splake in 8 to 12 feet. There’s been fewer grouse hunters out, but deer have really started moving this week.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GREY EAGLE AREA

Fishing pressure has been limited, but those going are catching walleyes with minnows on the 15- to 20-foot weed edges of Big Birch Lake. Look to the north end of Big Swan Lake for suspended crappies, and a few walleyes are coming off the deep weed edges of Cedar Lake.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Fishing pressure has dwindled, but Woman Lake continues to give up walleyes on jigs and minnows in 20 to 25 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over deep basin areas on Mule Lake, Portage Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Duck hunters are shooting a mixed bag of mallards, ringnecks, and bufflehead.

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

MADISON LAKE AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes off Second Point and Third Point on Lake Washington in 15 to 18 feet. There’s some evening walleye action in less than 8 feet in the narrows on Madison Lake. German Lake or Miller’s Point on Madison are safe bets for crappies, most of which are suspended over deeper water. Deer activity has increased based on archery hunter reports.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Fishing pressure has been extremely light and a few people are reporting limited success. There are some ducks and geese in the area including some northern birds. Standing corn is limiting pheasant hunting success and could have a negative impact on this weekend’s firearm deer opener as well.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch action has slowed a bit on Big Stone Lake, but look for bigger pods of fish in shallow water moving forward. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the 6- to 8-foot rocks during the day or along the shorelines of Big Stone at night. There’s still quite a bit of standing corn, but hunters are finding good numbers of pheasants. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Floating large sucker minnows on the weed edges of Big Mantrap Lake continues to work for muskies. Walleyes are being taken with minnows on Fish Hook Lake in 28 to 34 feet and Potato Lake in 24 to 28 feet. Archery hunters are seeing more rutting activity and bigger bucks are starting to move. There’s still some mallards, geese, and ringnecks in the area, but hunting pressure has been light.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

RED WING AREA

Walleye and smaller sauger are being caught at below the dam on the Mississippi River. Work the inside of the wing dams with a jig and minnow, plastics, crankbaits, and Dubuque Rigs in less than 10 feet. The Hay Creek area also is producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. Work the bays or docks for panfish. Duck hunting continues to be good, and deer are starting the rut 

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

A jig and minnow is turning a few walleyes in 14 to 22 feet on Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Crappies are set up over 18 to 25 feet at Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island Lake or in 12 to 16 feet on Rice and Long Lake. There’s been a push of ringnecks and buffleheads into the area and the rut has started according to archers.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Jigs or live-bait rigs tipped with minnows continue to produce walleyes in 14 to 18 feet on the northwest end of Lake Osakis and Sauk Lake in 5 feet. Crappies remain active and suspended over 25 to 45 feet from the Battle Point access to Holiday Resort on Osakis. Waterfowl hunting remains strong with good numbers of ducks and geese in the area.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Trolling crankbaits at night on the bulrush edges or pitching jigs and minnows during the day in 18 to 20 feet has produced walleyes on Lake Minnewaska. Anglers fishing from shore are catching walleyes on the west side of Lake Emily and crappies in the northeast Bay of Reno Lake. There seems to be more mallards in the area this week than last, and hunters are seeing a fair number pheasants.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

The few people fishing are doing so from shore at Lake Lillian, Big Kandi Lake, and Lake Minnetoga for walleyes. The culverts on Willmar/Foot Lake are giving up a few walleyes and crappies – minnows are working best in these shore location options.

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Anglers from boats and those fishing from shore are catching walleyes with minnows at Lake Shetek, Goose Lake, Rock Lake, Wood Lake, Lake Sarah, and Current Lake among others. Pheasant hunting has improved, but there’s still a fair amount of corn that needs to come out. Duck and goose hunting remains favorable, and the outlook is favorable for this weekend’s deer opener.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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