Report from the Dock
Fishing pressure was a bit lighter this week than last in most locations, but those venturing out are catching fish. Crappie activity seems to be improving with fish still mixed together with bluegills in and around green weeds on many lakes. But there were a handful of reports that indicated a deeper crappie bite and fish that are starting to suspended over deep water. Look for this trend to continue as water temperatures drop and crappies look for deep, basin areas as the fall fishing season progresses. Walleye action has been OK with crawlers and minnows, along with some crankbaits producing most of the fish. Minnows have really jumped to the forefront for walleye anglers and it seems bigger minnows are turning better numbers of fish. Northern pike and bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, are providing plenty of fishing action as well, but muskie reports continue to be light. The majority of fish being hooked are hitting small bucktails or topwater baits, while larger presentations are raising fish, but not producing hits.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Fishing pressure has been very limited over the past week for walleyes. It is worth noting that you can now keep one walleye and fish until midnight so that nighttime trolling bite with crankbaits should pick up along the points and shorelines. You’ll also find active walleyes early and late each day on the deep rocks and points in 16 to 22 feet. Look for smallmouth bass on the rock reefs and rock points in 8 to 18 feet – plastics, minnows, and crawlers are all turning fish.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are active and scattered from 13 to 34 feet along the south shore.Most anglers are still drifting with spinners or trolling crankbaits, but the jig bite is picking up. Reef fishing is starting to pick up with a frozen shiner and jig. Emerald shiners are continuing to run in the Rainy River and walleyes are showing up. Most anglers on the river will anchor up along an edge or in a hole with a jig and minnow from Wheeler’s Point to Baudette to Birchdale. At the Northwest Angle, excellent fishing continues on both sides of the border. In U.S. waters, deep mud in Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 to 31 feet. Areas with structure continue to hold walleyes in 18 to 27 feet with a jig and a minnow working best. Northern pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using double-blade spinners and topwater baits.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
A jig and minnow is producing a few walleyes during the day in 24 to 28 feet and some walleyes are being caught in the channels at night with minnows on Lake Minnetonka. Muskie anglers are moving a few more fish on Minnetonka and Lake Independence, but it’s been tough getting them to commit. Bass remain active in the deep and shallow weeds on most lakes, while sunfish are being found in the 8- to 10-foot weeds on Lake Sarah, Medicine Lake, and Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The weed edges in less than 10 feet are producing muskies early and late each day on bucktails. Walleyes are scattered but active, with fish being found along the weedlines on the west basin out to deep structure in 25 to 30 feet on the east end – minnows and crankbaits have become most productive. Look for smallmouth bass on the 8- to 15-foot rock points or reefs and northern pike on the weedlines and shallow bays throughout the lake.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418
Walleye action remains strong with a jig and minnow or shallow-runninng crankbait on the points and shoreline breaks in less than 10 feet. Look for perch at the mouth of the river or mixed with walleyes on the points. Northern pike seem to be active throughout the lake, but there hasn’t been a lot of bigger fish caught.
With some wind or cloudy conditions, a jig and minnow has started producing more walleyes on the points and shorelines in 5 to 10 feet. The main lake bars and rocks are holding walleyes in 10 to 14 feet and some anglers are catching fish on the mid-depth humps in Walker Bay. Muskie reports continue to be best off the rocks and crappie action is picking up in the cabbage beds throughout Boy Bay.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company
Walleyes are being caught over deep mud flats and rock piles with larger minnows. Smallmouth bass are moving to deeper rock piles and some bigger pike are now being caught over cabbage. Crappies continue to be found suspended and caught over deep mud structure.
RainyDaze Guide Service
A jig and minnow or long-lined crankbaits are producing walleyes along the shorelines in 7 to 12 feet or on deeper areas in 10 to 12 feet. Anglers are starting to bump into bigger pods of active fish with water temperatures cooling.
West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998
Twin Cities Metro
Walleyes are hitting minnows or crawlers along the weedlines on Forest Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. Largemouth bass action has been best on Demontreville Lake and White Bear Lake. A mixed bag of panfish can be had off the fishing piers on Silver Lake, Tanner’s Lake, and Carver Lake, while sucker minnows are turning off the piers on Lake Jane and Powers Lake. Throw bucktails early and late each day for muskies on Bald Eagle and White Bear.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
Bass action has picked up on the weedlines of Prior Lake and Fish Lake with plastics or crankbaits. The dam area on Byllesby Lake started producing crappies and a few walleyes with minnows. The fishing pier on Cedar Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish, while Spring Lake started giving up walleyes in 16 to 20 feet on minnows. The deep holes off Twin Island on Prior are worth hitting with a jig and minnow for walleyes as well.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle
The 10- to 12-foot weedbeds on Red’s Reef and Anderson’s Reef are producing crappies, while sunfish are being caught on the back side of the island in 10 to 15 feet. Burning small bucktails has been best for muskies near the swimming beach and Reinkie’s Reef. Look for bigger bass and pike on the deep weeds of most reefs and a few walleyes are being caught with minnows during the evening hours on the reefs in 12 to 16 feet.
Muskie action has improved a bit with anglers casting on the weed edges of Lobster Lake or trolling over the weed tops on Lake Miltona. The few walleyes being caught are coming deep, 24 to 30 feet, on Reno Lake and Lake Ida with minnows or crawlers. Bass fishing remains strong on the flats and weedlines of most lakes, while a mixed bag of panfish is coming off Lake Geneva and Ida in 16 to 18 feet. Goose hunting reports have been limited since opening weekend.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
Look for sunfish in the 8- to 10-foot weeds and suspended crappies off the deep weedlines at Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Maple Lake, and Sugar Lake. Walleye action has picked up a bit with minnows on Clearwater in 12 to 18 feet and Buffalo Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch along the remaining weed edges on most lakes. Goose hunting reports have been much lighter since opening weekend.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Minnows are turning a few walleyes on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake in 15 to 20 feet early and late each day. Trolling crankbaits at night continues to turn walleyes on these lakes in less than 10 feet as well. The 10- to 15-foot weed flats are giving up crappies and bluegills on West Battle, Stalker Lake, and Rush Lake. West Battle continues to provide muskie action in 15 to 20 feet, while bass and pike are weed-related and active on most lakes.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Jigs and minnows or live-bait rigs and minnows are turning some walleyes on Lake Bemidji, Lake Andrusia, and Gull Lake in 10 to 17 feet. The fall bite is slowly getting better. Bass fishing remains good with plastics off the deeper weed edges on most lakes, and crappies are starting to move to some of those deep, fall areas, but cabbage edges continue to hold fish on many lakes.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service
Blackduck Lake is giving up walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on minnows or crawlers. Crappies and bluegills have moved deeper, 18 to 22 feet, on Rabideau Lake and Gilstead Lake. There’s still a few bear hunters around and goose hunting success has been mixed.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Walleyes are being caught in 16 to 33 feet on slip bobbers and crawlers, a jig and minnow or live-bait rigs and minnows at Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Sunfish remain active in 6 to 10 feet on Nisswa Lake, the Merrifeld end of North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards. Sucker minnows are turning pike in 10 to 23 feet on Edwards, Cullen Lake, and Gull. Crappies and largemouth bass are being found together along the weedlines on Gull and Round Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/
Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Better numbers of big perch are being caught with minnows in the 10- to 12-foot weeds throughout Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake. Walleyes are being caught with minnows in less than 10 feet on Cass, Pike Bay, Wolf Lake, and Lake Andrusia. Muskies are scattered and active throughout the shorelines and flats on Cass, while Kitchi Lake, Grace Lake, and the weeds in Allen’s Bay on Cass are giving up bluegills.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
The 8- to 12-foot weeds on Chisago Lake, North Lindstrom Lake, and Green Lake are giving up sunfish and a few crappies. Crawlers or minnows are turning walleyes early and late each day in 10 to 14 feet on Green, Chisago, and South Center Lake. Northern pike and bass can be found on the 8- to 14-foot weedlines on Chisago, North Center Lake, South Center, and North Lindstrom.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
A few more walleyes are being caught on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake in 23 to 28 feet with a jig and minnow. Look for crappies around the rice beds in 5 to 10 feet on the Mississippi River from Little Rabbit to Rice Lake or in 24 to 30 feet on Nokay Lake. Hit the weedlines on Bay Lake and Mission Lake for largemouth bass. Goose and bear hunting reports have been limited sinnce opening week.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Muskie action continues to improve with bucktails in 10 to 15 feet on Big Detroit Lake and Pelcian Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows or Jiggin’ Raps in 18 to 25 feet on Big Detroit, Lake Sallie, Lake Melissa, and Big Cormorant Lake. The 10- to 15-foot weeds on Tamarack Lake, Melissa, Sallie, Floyd Lake, and Cotton Lake continue to provide a mixed bag of panfish, while bass and pike are active on the weedlines of most lakes.
Quality Bait and Tackle
Lake trout are hitting spoons about 75 feet down in the McQuade’s Landing and Pumphouse areas on Lake Superior.Minnows are turning walleyes in 10 to 14 feet on Island lake, Boulder Lake, and Fish Lake. Hit the Cloquet River or mid-depth rocks on Island for smallmouth bass. A handful of bear have been brought in since last week and it sounds as if most hunters have filled their tag if they wanted to.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Look for crappies and sunfish in 12 to 14 feet on Eagle Lake and Mitchell Lake. There’s been a few more smallmouth bass reports off the Mississippi River and largemouth bass remain active in the weeds on Blue Lake, Elk Lake, and Little Ann Lake. Hit Fremont Lake with sucker minnows for pike in 8 to 12 feet.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
Yellow bass and bluegills continue to be caught in 4 to 8 feet, close to shore, on Hall Lake, Lake Sisseton, and Budd Lake. Crawlers and crankbaits are turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Hall and Budd, while the shorelines on Sisseton and George Lake are producing catfish after dark.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Cedar Lake started producing walleyes in 10 to 13 feet on spinners and crawlers and crappies in 10 feet with Power Bait. Hit French Lake with waxworms in 10 to 12 feet for sunfish and Shileds Lake with topwater baits for largemouth bass.
John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787
Lake Country Convenience & Bait
FERGUS FALLS AREA
Minnows are producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Clitherall Lake, Walker Lake, and Fish Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics or spinnerbaits along the weed edges of Ten Mile Lake, Swan Lake, and North Turtle Lake. The 10- to 16-foot weeds are producing a mixed bag of panfish at Norway Lake, Bass Lake, Heidelberger Lake, and Norway Lake.
Little Chief Outpost
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on Lake Pokegama in 12 to 15 feet and the Gap on Big Cutfoot Siouix Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Bluegills are going on Bass Lake, Graves Lake, and Little Ball Club Lake in 8 to 12 feet, while crappies remain active on Big Splithand Lake and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake in less than 12 feet. Topwater baits or large plastics are raising muskies on the weedlines of Deer Lake and Spider Lake.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Walleyes are hitting creek chubs on Big Birch Lake in 20 to 22 feet. You have to stay on the move in in 18 to 20 feet for sunfish on Kings Lake and Swan Lake. Mound Lake continues to produce bass and a few crappies in 15 to 20 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Crappies are being found in the 10- to 12-foot cabbage on Ten Mile Lake, Stoney Lake, Moccasin Lake, and Girl Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows on Ten Mile and Woman Lake in 18 to 22 feet and Birch Lake continues to produce sunfish in 15 to 20 feet. Largemouth bass remain active on most lakes and smallmouth are going in less than 10 feet on Stoney and Ten Mile.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle
Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits or streamer patterns if you fly fish on the North and Lower Root River. Terrestrials such as grasshopper patterns are working best for trout, especially on those bright, warm days. Look for blue-winged olive and evening caddis hatches to start soon.
Root River Rod Company
MADISON LAKE AREA
Squirrel’s Nest Point on Lake Washington is producing walleyes on crankbaits in 8 to 10 feet. Work Second Point on Washington for crappies in 14 to 18 feet and sunfish in 12 feet. Miller’s Point on Madison Lake is giving up crappies in 12 to 14 feet, while the narrows continue to produce a few walleyes during low-light periods. You’ll find crappies and a few walleyes on the rock piles of German Lake during the evening hours.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Walleye activity is slowly picking up on the north end of Big Stone Lake with minnows or crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet. Big Stone continues to kick out perch and bluegills in 10 to 14 feet in the Rocky Ledge and Mallard Point areas.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Minnows have started producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Potato Lake and Fish Hook Lake or 18 to 24 feet on Long Lake. Bluegills and crappies remain active in the 10- to 12-foot weeds on the Crow Wing Chain, Boulder Lake, and Lake Belle Taine – start looking for crappies to move deeper and suspend. Largemouth bass and pike are an easy catch on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of most lakes, while the rocks on Potato are giving up smallmouth bass.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors
Minnows, crankbaits, and Jiggin’ Raps are turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, Star Lake, and Rush Lake. Look for sunfish during the day in 10 to 12 feet and crappies slightly deeper each evening on Star, Rush, Big Pine, and Dead Lake.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Sunfish continue to provide steady action in 6 to 12 feet on Horseshoe Lake, Pearl Lake, Grand Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, and Becker Lake. Rice Lake is producing a mixed bag of panfish and a few walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. Minnows and crawlers are turning walleyes on Lake Koronis in 10 to 15 feet and there’s been some big bass coming off the deep weeds on Grand and Koronis.
Channel Marine and Sports
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Larger minnows are producing walleyes on Big Sauk Lake in less than 10 feet, 25 to 30 feet on Lake Osakis, and 15 to 18 feet on Lake Amelia. Look for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet on the north end of Osakis or the deep weeds on Little Birch Lake. Bass continue to hit on most lakes, but crappie reports have been light.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
Perch and a few walleyes are being caught with minnows on the weed edges of Big Kandi Lake. Walleyes are hitting minnows and crankbaits in 15 to 25 feet on Green Lake, Diamond Lake is producing a few panfish in 10 to 12 feet, and Nest Lake is giving up panfish in 8 to 12 feet.
J&J Hwy. 71 Bait and Tackle
Walleyes are being taken with crankbaits or minnows late in the day in 5 to 8 feet on Lake Sarah, Lake Shetek, and Benton Lake. Perch are being found in less than 8 feet on Benton and East Twin Lake, while Shetek, Sarah, and Lake Lac qui Parle are giving up a few crappies in 6 to 8 feet.
Borch’s Sporting Goods