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Minnesota Fishing Report – September 15, 2020

Report from the Dock

Some cool weather, followed by a string of warm days has water temperatures jumping up and down this week. On the walleye front, fish are being found shallow and deep. Minnows or crankbaits are working fine on shallow-water points, shoreline breaks, or generally depths less than 15 feet. If you get into that 20-foot depth or deeper, Jiggin’ Raps or a jig and minnow seem to be producing more fish. Crappies also are being found in two spots. You’ll still find fish along remaining weed edges, especially during the evening hours, but some pods of crappies have started to move deep and suspend. Bluegills continue to be found in shallow water, 10 feet or less, in most areas. But there were a few reports of some big bluegills coming out of 15 to 20 feet in some areas as well. The muskie bite this week was strange and there seems to be some type of transition taking place with their location. Some fish are being found on shallow rock, weed, and bulrush edges, while others are being found suspended over deep water. 

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

Nightcrawlers continue to produce walleyes on the tops and edges of the mud flats in 22 to 28 feet. Crankbaits and leadcore also are turning walleyes in the basin areas over 30 feet or more, and some fish can be had off the rock points as well. A jig and minnow is the ticket for consistent smallmouth bass action on the reefs and rock points in 12 to 20 feet. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

 

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleyes are being caught using three presentations along the south shore – drifting or slow trolling crawler harnesses, trolling crankbaits and vertical jigging. Work the deep mud, shallow water adjacent to shorelines, and deep water reefs. As a rule, larger walleyes have been over deep mud and deep structure. But as fall progresses, they will start schooling up in key areas along the south shore and relate to shiner runs. On the Rainy River, larger schools of shiners are showing up under dock lights at night and on the sonars of anglers in Four Mile Bay and mouth of the river. There’s been some nice walleyes caught in the river this past week, but not big numbers, yet. Most anglers are jigging with frozen shiners or trolling crankbaits and crawlers covering water while covering water. Sturgeon activity increased this past week as well, with various feeding windows throughout the day. Find a deep hole, use a sturgeon rig (2- 4-ounce no roll sinker with an 18-inch, 60 pound snell and a circle hook) loaded with crawlers or shiners.

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

 

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Look for walleyes to hit swim baits or spinners and minnows on the outside weed edges throughout Lake Minnetonka. Muskies are chasing bucktails a bit better in 14 to 18 feet on Minnetonka, but hook ups have been limited. A bobber and sucker minnnow is producing pike in 14 to 18 feet as well, while sunfish and bass are being found from the docks out to 20 feet on Minnetonka. 

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

 

LAKE VERMILION

Minnows or crankbaits are turning walleyes on the reefs and mud flats in most bays over 10 to 30 feet. Bucktails continue to raise muskies on the reefs and rock points in 10 to 15 feet. A jig tipped with minnows or plastics is producing smallmouth bass on the shallower rock piles and Rice Bay, Stuntz bay, or Everett Bay remain safe bets for pike.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

 

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

A jig and minnow continues to provide excellent walleye action along the shorelines and points in 6 to 10 feet. Minnows also are producing perch along the shorelines in 6 to 8 feet, while trolling spoons in 10 to 15 feet has triggered pike throughout the lake.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

 

LEECH LAKE

Minnows or crawlers are turning walleyes on the main lake bars and wind-driven points in 7 to 12 feet. Better areas this week include Otter Tail Point, Goose Island Flats, Star/Oak Point, and Pine Point – just depends on the wind. Topwater or rubber baits are triggering some muskies and rocks seem to be holding more fish than weeds. Perch action has been up and down with the Sand Point area in 7 to 9 feet producing a lot of fish that need to be sorted through.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250

 

RAINY LAKE     

Walleyes are migrating throughout the lake and being found over deep mud. Live-bait rigs with bigger minnows or rip jigging baits are producing the majority of fish. Crappies are being caught over deep mud and in shallow water witht jigs and minnows. Smallmouth bass are set up over deep rock reefs and can be caught with bigger minnows or tubes. Some bigger pike are starting to show up in shallower water. 

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102

 

RED LAKE

Walleye action still hasn’t cranked up and fishing pressure remains light. Look to the shoreline breaks in 5 to 7 feet or Center Bar and the rock pile in 8 to 14 feet for some fish. A jig and minnow or shallow-running crankbaits are the best options.

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Look for crappies and sunfish on the shallow weed edges of Tanners Lake, Powers Lake, and Silver Lake. Big Marine Lake, Demontreville Lake, and White Bear Lake are producing bass and some northern pike in 8 to 10 feet. Work the 18- to 25-foot points and holes with a jig and minnow on the St. Croix River for walleyes. Bucktails and topwater baits are triggering muskies on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Bald Eagle Lake. 

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421

 

WEST METRO

Sucker minnows are producing northern pike off the fishing piers at Ann Lake and Steiger Lake. The deep holes and current breaks on the Crow River are still worth hitting for catfish and a few walleyes. The deep weedlines on Lake Minnewashta are givving up panfish and bass, while Hydes Lake and Lake Parley are producing panfish in 8 to 12 feet. 

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

 

SOUTH METRO

Work the shallow weed edges on Prior Lake for a mixed bag of panfish or on Spring Lake for crappies and bass. Minnows are producing a few walleyes in 14 to 16 feet on Upper Prior Lake, while Lower Prior has been best for northern pike.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle

(952) 447-6096

 

LAKE WACONIA

Sunfish are going along the 10- to 14-foot weedlines on the north side of the island and Pillsbury Reef, while crappies are being found suspended over 18 to 24 feet off Anderson’s Reef and Keg’s Reef. The most consistent bass bite is in shallow water with plastics, although the deep weedlines off the reefs are worth noting as well. Walleye fishing has stayed inconsistent, with a jig and minnow turning a few fish off the edges of Keg’s and Anderson’s reefs. Sucker minnows have been turning northern pike on the weedlines by the swimming beach and in Wagner’s Bay, while muskie action has really improved with bucktails, topwaters, and BullDawgs in 5 to 15 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Live-bait rigs and minnows are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet on Lake Mary and Lake Miltona or in slightly deeper water on Lake Ida. There is some action at night with crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet on Reno Lake and Miltona. Most crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 20 feet on area lakes, while sunfish remain weed-related in 10 to 12 feet at Mary, Lake Geneva, and Darling Lake. Lobster Lake is the best option for muskies with bucktails in less than 15 feet. There are geese in the area, but hunting pressure has dipped since opening weekend.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

 

ANNANDALE AREA

Walleye reports have improved with minnows on Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake in 16 to 20 feet. Look for sunfish tight to the weeds and crappies suspended just off them in 15 to 22 feet at Clearwater, Sylvia, Pleasant Lake, Maple Lake, and Lake John. Goose hunters report good bird numbers and more fields are starting to be harvested.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

 

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes in 15 to 25 feet during the day, as are crankbaits at night in 5 to 10 feet on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake. Look for a mixed bag of panfish in 15 to 20 feet at Lake Marion, Stalker Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Muskies continue to be raised over 20 to 25 feet on West Battle, while sucker minnows are producing pike in 15 to 18 feet on Otter Tail, West Battle, and Donald Lake. Goose hunting reports continue to be mixed, but most groups are seeing enough birds.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

 

BEMIDJI AREA

On those windy days walleyes can be had on jigs and minnows in 8 to 10 feet, but if it’s calm 20 to 25 feet has produced better. Jiggin’ Raps and live-bait rigs with larger minnows are both working on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. You’ll find pike in those same areas and bass fishing remains very good with tubes and Texas-rigged plastic worms on the deep weed edges of most lakes. You’ll still find some crappies and bluegills in and around the cabbage, but some fish have started moving out to deeper water. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172

 

BLACKDUCK AREA

Look for bluegills and crappies in 20 to 24 feet on Pimushe Lake, Turtle River Lake, Rabideau Lake, and Gilstead Lake. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Blackduck Lake, Island lake, and Round Lake. A few more bears have been shot, but most hunters have filled their tags.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

 

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Crappies and sunfish are spread out with some fish along shallow weed edges, while others are being found suspended over deep water on North Long Lake, Nisswa Lake, and Cullen Lake. Minnows, crawlers or Jiggin’ Raps are turning walleyes in 18 to 26 feet on Gull Lake, North Long, and Pelican Lake. Large minnows are the ticket for northern pike in 16 to 18 feet at Gull, Lake Edward, and Cullen and bass are deep and shallow, but weed-related on most lakes. 

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010

 

CASS LAKE AREA

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 30 to 45 feet On Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake during the day. Allen’s Bay on Cass and Lake Andrusia are producing walleyes in 25 to 30 feet. Perch are going in 8 feet on the south sides of Cedar and Star islands on Cass, along with the east shorelines on Cass and Pike Bay. Hit Wolf Lake for perch and bluegills in 8 to 10 feet, while bucktails remain the best muskie option in 8 to 12 feet on Cass and Andrusia.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

 

CROSBY AREA

Crappies are being found on the weedlines or suspended over deep water at Ross Lake, Little Rabbit Lake, and Black Hoof Lake. The Mississippi River is kicking out smallmouth, while the deep weedlines on Bay Lake, Serpent Lake, and Mission Lake are best for largemouth bass. Goose hunting reports have been best just east and south of the area and a couple more bear have been reegistered.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

 

DETROIT LAKES AREA

A jig or live-bait rig and minnows are producing walleyes in 14 to 20 feet on Pelican Lake, Big Floyd Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Pelican Lake. Lake Sallie and Big Detroit remain good options for muskies in 10 to 15 feet with bucktails or sucker minnows. Look for a mixed bag of panfish on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Big Toad Lake, Cotton Lake, and Lake Melissa.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248

 

DULUTH AREA   

Hit Island Lake with minnows for walleyes and crappies in 20 feet, Fish Lake for walleyes and bluegills in 15 feet, and Boulder Lake for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. Muskies and northern pike have started hitting sucker minnows on the St. Louis River and Island in 10 to 14 feet. Stickbaits or spoons are turning lake trout, coho salmon, and a few king salmon in the top 50 feet of the water column in the McQuade Harbor area of Lake Superior. A few more bears have been shot, but most hunters have filled their tags.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

 

EAST CENTRAL MN

You’ll find crappies in 14 feet and sunfish in 7 feet on Blue Lake, Green Lake, and Eagle Lake. Northern pike and bass are being taken with topwater baits at Fremont Lake and Elk Lake. Hit the Rum River for smallmouth bass or the Mississippi River for channel catfish.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

 

FAIRMONT AREA

Jigs and plastics are turning walleyes in the deepest holes of the Blue Earth River. Yellow bass and bluegills remain active over 4 to 8 feet at Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sisseton. It seems as though more geese moved into the area, but hunting pressure has been lighter.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

 

FERGUS FALLS AREA

Blade baits or rubber baits continue to trigger muskies on Pelican Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Walleyes are hitting minnows during the day in 18 to 20 feet and crankbaits at night in shallow water on Ten Mile Lake. Look for suspended crappies during the day over 18 to 22 feet and close to shore each evening at Orwell Reservoir. Bluegill action remains strong on the shallow weedlines of most lakes. Goose hunters continue to find a lot of success if they’re on the right field.

Little Chief Outpost

(218) 998-5050

 

GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA 

Walleyes and smallmouth bass are being taken with a jig and minnow on Island Lake in 12 feet. Round Lake is kicking out walleyes on minnows in 9 feet, but muskie action has been light this week. You will catch crappies and bluegills over 12 feet on Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake. Goose hunters continue to pick off birds and most bear tags have been filled.

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710

 

HACKENSACK AREA 

Jiggin’ Raps or minnows are the tickets for walleyes on Ten Mile Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Pine Mountain Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Look for suspended crappies along the deep weed edges on Birch Lake, Moccasin Lake, and Webb Lake. Swim baits or hair jigs are producing smallmouth bass at Stoney Lake and Ten Mile, while rubber baits are raising muskies on area lakes. Most bear hunters are tagged out and there hasn’t been many people hunting geese.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

 

LONGVILLE AREA

You’ll hit walleyes in 8 to 14 feet with a jig and minnow or in 20 to 24 feet with a Jiggin’ Rap or live-bait rig and minnow on Little Boy Lake, Woman Lake, and Big Boy Lake. Find the remaining green weeds on area lakes and you’ll find crappies and bluegills. A few muskies have been raised along the bulrushes of Lake Inguadona and Wabedo Lake, while smallmouth bass action is strong throughout the area. Goose hunting has been light, but bear hunters have done well.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

 

MORA AREA

Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake continue to be best for sunfish and crappies in 5 to 8 feet. A few northern pike are being taken with minnows on Knife in 4 to 6 feet. Hunting reports have been limited, although many bear hunters have filled their tags.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

 

ORTONVILLE AREA

Look for perch and bluegills in the Hartford Beach, Rocky Ledge, and south end island areas of Big Stone Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Some walleyes are being caught with crankbaits throughout Big Stone in 10 to 12 feet. There are geese to be had in the area if you get on the harvested field they’re feeding on.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

 

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Minnows continue to turn some walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Fish Hook Lake, Long Lake, and Potato Lake. Work the 10- to 15-foot weeds on Boulder Lake, the Crow Wing Chain, and Fish Hook for a mixed bag of panfish. Big Mantrap Lake and Many Point Lake remain the area’s best muskie options, while largemouth and smallmouth bass remain active on most lakes. Goose hunting reports continue to be favorable, but bear hunter numbers have dropped off.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

 

PERHAM AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows in 12 to 15 feet or Jiggin’ Raps in 16 to 22 feet at Rush Lake, Big Pine Lake, Star Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Bluegills and crappies are being found in 8 to 12 feet, but some crappies are moving deeper and suspending on lakes such as Rush, Star, Little Pine, Toad, and Marion. There’s geese to be had, but hunting pressure has dropped off since opening weekend.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

 

RED WING AREA

Crawlers are producing channel catfish and sturgeon in the deep holes below the dam on the Mississippi River. Work the sunken trees and snags in the bays and back channels for panfish. Crankbaits are turning walleyes in 10 to 15 feet in the Head of the Lakes area on Lake Pepin. Goose hunters report that there aren’t as many birds as expected in the area.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

 

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Horseshoe Lake in 10 to 12 feet, Lake Koronis in 15 to 20 feet, and Rice Lake in 20 to 22 feet. Look for sunfish in 6 to 8 feet and crappies in 14 to 18 feet on Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, Becker Lake, Schneider Lake, Horseshoe, and Rice. Youth Waterfowl Day went well with plenty of teal and wood ducks shot, but goose hunting pressure has dipped.

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975

 

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Work the 10- to 12-foot weedlines on Lily Lake, Fairy Lake, Grove Lake, and Little Birch Lake for sunfish. Lake Osakis continues to produce sunfish as well in 8 to 16 feet. Sauk Lake and Osakis are producing a few walleyes on minnows in 8 to 15 feet. Goose numbers remain strong, but there hasn’t been as many people hunting them.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

 

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Walleye action has picked up with minnows on Lake Alexander and Shamineau Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Walleyes and smallmouth bass are being caught in the deeper holes on the Mississippi River and channel catfish continue to hit below Blanchard Dam on the river. Muskie and panfish reports have been limited, but the deeper weedlines on Alexander are worth looking at for both.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

 

STARBUCK AREA

Minnows are producing a few walleyes during the day in 20 to 22 feet, as are crankbaits at night along the 8- to 12-foot bulrush edges on Lake Minnewaska. Sunfish continue to be caught out from the high school on Minnewaska in 8 to 12 feet, but you’ll have to sort through some small fish. Goose hunter numbers continue to be minimal.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

 

WILLMAR AREA

Crankbaits are producing walleyes during the evening hours at Norway Lake in 10 to 12 feet. You’ll also catch walleyes with minnows along the shoreline breaks of Ringo Lake or 25 feet on Green Lake. The island area on Big Kandi Lake is kicking out perch and walleyes, while Diamond Lake is producing panfish in 10 to 12 feet and some walleyes in 15 feet. The weedlines and bridge area on Foot Lake are worth hitting for sunfish and crappies. There hasn’t been much to report on the hunting side.

J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle 

(320) 235-4097

 

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Crankbaits or minnows are producing walleyes in less than 10 feet on Lake Shetek, Lake Sarah, Dead Coon Lake, Current Lake, East Twin Lake, and Benton Lake. Goose and dove hunting has been pretty good, but there hasn’t been many people out after geese this week as last.

Borch’s Sporting Goods 

(507) 532-4880

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