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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 7, 2021

Report from the Dock

It was a nice weather weekend for fishing and activity was strong in most areas. It sounds as though walleye anglers are starting to transition back to minnows, although crawlers and crankbaits are still producing fish. Water temperatures are cooling down and that seems to keep the fish active for longer periods throughout the day. Panfish are still weed-related and active, but several reports this week indicated crappies have started to move off the weeds into deeper water and suspend in some areas so look for that trend to continue as water temperatures cool down. The bear season has gone well with the first week of the season, even the first weekend, providing plenty of opportunities for people to fill their tags. There seems to be no problem drawing bears into baits this season. The early goose started as it always does with some groups doing well and others struggling to get birds. Participation wasn’t overly strong for the early teal season, but those that ventured out seemed to see and shoot enough birds.

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Walleye action remains best early and late in the day over the rocks in 12 to 18 feet with crawlers or Jiggin’ Raps. There’s been some long-line trolling starting on the rocks and deep basin area trolling for walleyes with lead core and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass remain active on the rocks, usually in the same areas and depth that’s holding walleyes.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Fishing pressure has been light and walleye action has been best on the deep rocks or mud flats during the evening hours. Smallmouth bass remain active on the 8- to 18-foot rock points and reefs – find rock and you’ll catch bass with small sucker minnows or nightcrawlers. Pike and muskie activity has been limited.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Spinners and crawlers or crankbaits are producing walleyes in 20 to 34 feet of water. As the water continues to cool, the jig bite will pick up. There already seems to be good numbers of walleyes across the south shore and with shiners starting to run, this trend will continue. Reef fishing will get better as the water cools as well. Depending on the day, walleyes might be staged on top, on the sides or adjacent to the reef in the mud. On the Rainy River, shiners are showing up and anglers are catching more walleyes as a result. Most anglers will anchor up along an edge or a hole with a jig and minnow. At the Northwest Angle, Little Traverse Bay continues to produce walleyes in 24 to 31 feet. Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler or a minnow is effective. Pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using jerkbaits and topwater presentations.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Crappie activity has picked up with suspended fish being found over 18 to 20 feet on Long Lake, Lake Sarah, and Lake Minnetonka. Work the deep weedlines with plastics for largemouth bass on Minnetonka and an occasional walleyes is taken with a jig and minnow in 24 to 28 feet on Minnetonka. You’ll find sunfish in the 8- to 10-foot weeds on Minnetonka, Sarah, Medicine Lake, and Lake Independence. The right field has produced good numbers of geese, while other groups struggled.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

The east basin is producing numbers of walleyes on Lindy Rigs and minnows in 20 to 25 feet or lead core and crankbaits over the 30- to 40-foot transition areas. The offshore rock piles, 8 to 15 feet, are giving up smallmouth bass on small sucker minnows. Muskie reports have been light, but northern pike are hitting well in 12 to 15 feet or the shallow bays throughout this end. On the west basin, walleyes are hitting minnows, crawlers, and crankbaits along the 10-foot weed edges. Muskies are weed-related as well and hitting small bucktails, while pike are active in the 6- to 10-foot weeds.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes are being caught with a jig and minnow or a spinner and crawler along the 5- to 10-foot shoreline breaks and points. Perch reports have been light, but some bigger fish are being found mixed with the walleyes. Northern pike are weed and shoreline-related in less than 10 feet as well.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

LEECH LAKE

Jiggin’ Raps are producing walleyes on the main lake rock piles and mid-depth humps in Walker Bay. A jig and minnow is producing more walleyes on the wind-swept weeds and points as well. Muskies seem to be most active on the rocks and there’s been quite a few reports of anglers having success by trolling. Perch action is slow, at least for big fish, so plan doing a lot of sorting. The cabbage in Boy Bay continues to produce bluegills and crappies. The teal and goose seasons have started well and most bear hunting reports have been favorable as well.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Walleyes are being taken with Jiggin’ Raps or similar type baits along with some minnows on the deep mud and reef or transition areas – work 20 feet or more. Plastics are turning smallmouth bass both shallow and deep, but look for bigger fish on deep rocks. Look for suspended crappies to continue bunching up over the mud in 10 to 20 feet.

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102

RED LAKE

Walleye action has picked up a bit with more fish being taken on a jig and minnow in 7 to 12 feet closer to shore. Other anglers continue to cover water with crankbaits and catch walleyes farther out in the lake over 10 to 12 feet.

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Cedar Lake, across the Wisconsin border, is producing crappies in 20 feet. Work the Bayport area on the St. Croix River with minnows or crawlers for walleyes in 5 to 8 feet. Demontreville Lake continues to provide good bass fishing and bucktails are raising muskies on Bald Eagle Lake. The fishing piers on Silver Lake and Carver Lake are giving up a mixed bag of panfish.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows at Lake Auburn and Pierson Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Look for sunfish in 10 to 14 feet on Steiger Lake and bass fishing seems to be picking up along the deep weedlines of most lakes. The goose season has started slow, with most people not seeing as many birds as expected and shooting two or three birds per group.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Sunfish continue to be caught off the back side of the island and Keg’s Reef in 10 to 15 feet. You’ll find a few crappies over deep water on Red’s Reef and Keg’s Reef as well. Work the weed edge on Center Reef or North Reef with plastics for bass muskie, while Reinkie’s Bay and the swimming beach area have been best for muskies.

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Bass fishing remains strong on the weedlines of Lake Ida, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Carlos. A few walleyes are being caught with crankbaits during the evening hours on Lake Miltona and Ida in 6 to 10 feet. Look for crappies along the 10- to 14-foot weedlines on Le Homme Dieu and sunfish on Ida in 16 to 18 feet. Muskie reports are still limited and goose numbers are high, but success has varied.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Walleyes are being taken with minnows or crawlers on Clearwater Lake 15 to 24 feet. Bass and pike remain active along the 15- to 20-foot weedlines on most lakes, while Lake Sylvia, Pleasant Lake, Sugar Lake, and Clearwater are giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 10 to 15 feet. Goose hunting reports have been light and bird numbers appear to be down from last year.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Crappies and sunfish are being found in the 10- to 15-foot weeds on Rush Lake, Stalker Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle Lake. Walleyes are hitting crankbaits and minnows in 15 to 20 feet on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle. Bass and pike are weed-related and active on most lakes, while a few muskies are being seen on West Battle in 15 feet or deeper. Goose hunting reports have been mixed, but the right fields have produced some limits.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Water temps continue to cool down and with that the fall walleye bite is starting to pick up. Jigs and minnows or live-bait rigs and minnows are turning some fish on Lake Bemidji and Gull Lake in 10 to 16 feet. Bass fishing remains excellent with plastics off the deeper weed edges and you’ll find crappies and bluegills in those same areas on most lakes. Accesses are still a problem on some area lakes, especially if you have a bunk trailer. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Bluegills and a few crappies are being caught on Gull Lake and Pimushe Lake in 15 to 20 feet or Blackduck Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Minnows are producing walleyes on the 16- to 18-foot humps at Blackduck, and northern pike fishing has been very consistent along the weedlines of most lakes. Bear hunting success has been strong.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Walleyes are being caught with crawlers or minnows in 15 to 28 feet on Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Northern pike remain active, hitting sucker minnows over 18 to 22 feet on Gull, Pelican, and Whitefish as well. Sunfish are being caught on Nisswa Lake, Upper Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Lake Edwards in 6 to 15 feet. Look for a few crappies over 15 to 20 feet on the south end of Gull, Round, and Roy Lake, while bass remain active in and around the weeds of most lakes.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League  (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Bigger minnows and Jiggin’ Raps are producing walleyes in 6 to 8 feet during the day on Cass Lake, Lake Andrusia, Pike Bay Lake, and Wolf Lake. Pike Bay and Cass are producing perch along the 10- to 12-foot weeds and bluegills remain active on the weed edges in Allen’s Bay on Cass and Kitchi Lake. Muskie anglers are raising quite a few fish with small bucktails along the shoreline breaks and shallow rocks throughout Cass. 

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

A few walleyes are being caught during the evening hours with crawlers or leeches on the flats of Green Lake and South Center Lake. Bass are being caught from the shallow weeds on most lakes, while sunfish and some crappies are being pulled from the 8 to 14-foot weeds on Green and Chisago Lake. Goose hunters have had limited success, but there were decent numbers of teal shot last weekend.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Look for crappies off the deep weedlines in 17 to 20 feet on the south end of Bay Lake or in 20 to 25 feet on the Crooked Lake Chain. The Riverton portion of the Mississippi River is giving up crappies and sunfish. Bass fishing remains strong in the rice beds or shallow weeds of most lakes with Nokay Lake, Bay, and Greer Lake producing a few bigger fish. Hit Ross Lake and Lower Mission Lake for numbers of northern pike. Goose hunting reports have mostly been poor, but bear hunters are finding plenty of success.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes on Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, and Big Cormorant Lake in 20 to 25 feet and shallower on Tamarack Lake. The bigger muskies have started to move, hitting bucktails on Big Detroit and Pelican Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines on Tamarack, Cotton Lake, Floyd Lake, Lake Melissa, and Height of Land Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Minnows are producing walleyes on Island Lake in 20 feet, Fish Lake in 10 feet, and Boulder Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Island and the Cloquet River continue to kick out numbers of smallmouth bass. On Lake Superior, lake trout are being caught at 75 to 100 feet down from Two Harbors up the north shore and anglers fishing the top 50 feet of the water column are bumping into a few salmon. Bear activity has been good with a lot of reports indicating multiple bears showing up at baits and 18 bears have been brought in as of Tuesday morning.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Eagle Lake and Mitchell Lake are giving up crappies and sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Topwater baits are the ticket for bass on Blue Lake, Elk Lake, and Little Ann Lake early and late each day, while northern pike continue to be caught at Fremont Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Goose hunters seemed to have mixed success on opening weekend and bird numbers appear down from last year.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits or minnows on Basswood Lake, Ensign Lake, and Birch Lake in 25 to 35 feet. Work big minnows on the sunken humps for smallmouth bass at Snowbank Lake, Burntside Lake, and Basswood. Sucker minnows are producing pike in less than 10 feet, mainly around points on White Iron Lake, South Farm Lake, and Snowbank. Look for suspended crappies over 10 feet at Johnson Lake, One Pine Lake, and Birch. Hit Knife Lake with bucktails about 40 to 90 feet down or Burntside and Snowbank 35 to 60 feet down with spoons or crankbaits for lake trout. Bear hunting reports have been good and success has been mixed for geese and teal up to this point.

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358

EMILY AREA 

Lawrence Lake started giving up crappies over 10 feet and northern pike are hitting spoons on Lake Emily in 12 to 14 feet. Hit West Fox Lake with topwater baits for largemouth bass during the morning hours, while the bridge area on Roosevelt Lake is giving up sunfish in 8 feet. Most goose and bear hunting reports have been favorable with good numbers of both being shot.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Anglers fishing from shore on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton are catching bluegills and yellow bass in 4 to 8 feet. A few walleyes are coming off Hall and Budd with crankbaits or crawlers in 8 to 12 feet. Hit the shorelines of George Lake and Lake Sisseton for catfish. The goose season has started on a slow note, but teal hunters are doing well.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT/SHIELDSVILLE AREA

Cedar Lake is giving up sunfish and some walleyes on spinners and crawlers in 10 to 12 feet. Topwater baits are turning numbers of largemouth bass on Shields Lake, while goose hunting reports have been limited.

John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787

Lake Country Convenience & Bait

(507) 334-9711

GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA 

Crappies are being caught at Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 12 to 15 feet and Big Splithand Lake in 15 feet. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in the Gap on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake over 8 to 12 feet. Muskie action has been strong with rubber baits on Deer Lake and Spider Lake, while Bass Lake, Graves Lake, and Little Ball Club Lake are kicking out bluegills in 8 to 12 feet. Bear hunters are filling tags at a consistent pace and most report seeing plenty of activity at baits.

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710

GREY EAGLE AREA

Look for sunfish in 18 to 20 feet on Swan Lake and Kings Lake, while bigger bass and pike are being found in 15 feet or more on most lakes as well. Hit Mound Lake for crappies in 15 to 20 feet and for bass on its deep weedlines. There’s been quite a bit of shooting, so it sounded like goose hunting is going well.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Walleyes are hitting minnows on Ten Mile Lake and Baby Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Crappies continue to be caught along the 10- to 12-foot cabbage on Stoney Lake, Moccasin Lake, and Ten Mile. Look for smallmouth bass on Ten Mile and Stoney in 4 to 8 feet, while muskie reports have been light. Birch Lake is kicking out bigger sunfish in 15 to 20 feet. Bear hunters have done well with numerous reports of multiple bears at baits and goose hunting reports have been mixed with some groups doing well if they had the right field.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

LANESBORO AREA 

Water levels and fishing conditions are excellent on all streams and grasshopper or streamer patterns remain the best options for trout. Crankbaits or in-line spinners are producing smallmouth bass in the deeper runs on the North Branch of the Root River and Zumbro River.

Root River Rod Company

(507) 467-2101

LONGVILLE AREA

Look for bluegills on the deep rocks or deep weedlines of Little Boy Lake and crappies are going in 12 to 15 feet on Lake Inguadona. Hit Woman Lake with bigger minnows or crawlers for walleyes in 18 to 24 feet, while the shallow reeds or sand is holding muskies on Little Boy. Opening day of the goose season went well, but has been slow since the weekend and bear hunting reports have mostly been good.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

There’s some evening walleye, crappie, and bluegill action in the narrows of Madison Lake in 6 to 8 feet. During the day, the backside of Miller’s Point on Madison is producing crappies over 14 feet. Work the weedlines of Madison and German Lake for pike. The rock pile on German is giving up crappies, bluegills, and an occasional walleye. On Lake Washington,the Squirrel’s Nest Point area is giving up walleyes on crankbaits or crawlers in 8 to 10 feet, while Second Point is kicking out bluegills in 12 feet and crappies over 14 to 16 feet. There’s been a lot of shooting in the area and most goose hunters are having success.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Anglers are catching a mixed bag of panfish and bass on the weedlines of Ann Lake, Knife Lake, and Fish Lake. Bear hunters have had quite a bit of success, but goose hunting reports have varied from very to poor to very good – it just depended on the field.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch and bluegills continue to be caught from Rocky Ledge to Mallard Point on Big Stone Lake in 10 to 14 feet. A few walleyes are being taken with crankbaits or spinners and crawlers on the north end of Big Stone as well. The right field has produced numbers of geese, while others have struggled to get birds in.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Sunfish and crappies are being plucked from the 10- to 12-foot cabbage on Spider Lake, Lake Belle Taine, Boulder Lake, and the Crow Wing Chain. Long Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Potato Lake are producing walleyes on minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Muskies are hitting bucktails on the mid-lake structure or shallow flats on Big Mantrap Lake. Bear and goose hunting reports have both been strong from the early part of the season.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Walleye reports remain favorable with minnows or crankbaits in 10 to 14 feet at Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Work the 10- to 12-foot weeds for panfish on Star Lake, Dead Lake, Big Pine, and Rush – crappies are more active early and late each day. Bass and northern pike continue to be caught along the remaining weed edges on most lakes. Goose hunting reports have been mixed, but there seems to be enough birds in the area. 

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

The shallow rocks throughout Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River are giving up a mixed bag of panfish. Walleye reports have been limited, but smallmouth and largemouth bass are being caught on Pepin. Catfish and sturgeon continue to be caught from Everts Resort to the dam on the river. Goose and teal hunting reports have been good to start the season.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Walleyes and northern pike are hitting a jig and minnow on Lake Koronis in 10 to 15 or 20 to 25 feet. Rice Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet as well. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are going on Koronis and the 10- to 15-foot weed edge on Rice Lake continues to produce sunfish and crappies. You’ll also find sunfish in less than 10 feet on Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Grand Lake, and Long Lake. Goose hunting reports have been limited.

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish are being caught outside the 17-foot weedline on Little Birch Lake, while Lake Osakis is producing sunfish on the Two Mile Bar in 12 feet. Walleyes are hitting creek chubs on Big Sauk Lake in 4 to 9 feet, 24 to 32 feet on Osakis, Big Birch Lake in 24 to 38 feet, and the 15- to 18-foot structure on Lake Amelia. Big Sauk, Big Birch, and Little Birch are giving up smallmouth bass as well.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Muskie action has picked up with bucktails in the shallow weeds of Lake Shamineau and Lake Alexander. The deep holes and current edges on the Mississippi River are holding smallmouth bass, channel catfish, and a few walleyes – minnows and crawlers are both working. Hunting reports have been limited to a few geese being shot in the area.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Look for walleyes to hit minnows on the deep weed edges of Lake Minnewaska early and late each day. You’ll also find plenty of sunfish in the deep and shallow weeds throughout Minnewaska. Some goose hunters did well, but most report seeing fewer birds than last year.

Last Cast Bait & Tackle

(320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

The Old Mill Inn area on Green Lake is giving up a few walleyes on crankbaits or crawlers in 15 to 30 feet. Lake Mongolia started giving up sunfish in shallow water and the shallow weeds on Big Kandi Lake are producing perch. Lake Florida is a safe bet for pike in 10 to 12 feet with minnows or spinnerbaits. Goose hunting reports have been light, but there seems to be enough birds around.

J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle 

(320) 235-4097

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