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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – September 6, 2022

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Walleyes still haven’t shifted into fall feeding mode, but water temperatures haven’t dropped much over the past week. Once that starts to happen, the state’s walleye bite will quickly improve. Currently, anglers continue to do best during low-light periods in shallow water mostly with crankbaits or with crawlers and minnows during the day – minnows are just starting to produce more walleyes. Panfish are still weed-related where green weeds remain, but more crappies are being found suspended over deep water. Muskie action is slowly improving, but again, cooler water and shorter days will flip that switch.

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Walleye reports have been best off the mud and gravel in 18 to 24 feet of water. The key is to utilize your electronics and locate fish in areas that are void of baitfish. There’s also been decent numbers of nice perch caught off the deep side of the mud flats. Muskie reports have been limited, but smallmouth bass remain active on the 6- to 12-foot rocks.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Smallmouth bass remain active, hitting plastics or live bait on the rocks in 15 to 20 feet. Walleye anglers are seeing plenty of fish on the mud flats from 22 to 30 feet, but it’s been tough getting most of them to bite – crawlers and leeches on spinner rigs are turning a few fish. Muskie and pike reports have been limited, but there’s been quite a few reports of bigger perch being caught on the mud. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleyes are being caught consistently with a spinner and a crawler – hammered gold, glow red, and glow white have been productive blades. Crankbaits also are turning fish, as are jigs and minnows. Anglers are finding pods of fish at varying depths on the south shore, but 15 to 20 feet seems to be a good starting point. Walleyes also are being caught on the Rainy River. There’s already plenty of bait in the river, with anticipation of shiners starting to enter from the lake soon. Some big sturgeon were caught this week and colder water temps normally help the bite, so it should only get better. At the Northwest Angle, jigging and pulling spinners with crawlers are both producing walleyes. Work north and northeast of Little Oak on the deep mud throughout Little Traverse Bay.    

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

There’s a few more walleyes being caught with a jig and minnow in the channels or just outside them on Lake Minnetonka and in the weed pockets on Lake Independence over 18 feet. Bass are scattered and active, hitting plastics from 5 to 20 feet throughout Minnetonka. Sunfish are being caught in 8 to 10 feet on Medicine Lake and Minnetonka, while muskies are chasing white spinner baits in 12 to 15 feet on Minnetonka and Independence, but getting them to commit has been tough. 

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

On the east end, walleyes are being taken with lead core and crankbaits or Lindy Rigs and crawlers in 25 to 30 feet. Some fish are being taken with a jig and minnow early and late on the 15- foot rocks. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the 15- to 20-foot rocks and muskie activity has picked up with rubber baits picking off suspended fish over 20 feet or so. Crappies have started being caught in the 15- to 20-foot holes. On the west end, walleyes are being taken with lead core and crankbaits in 20 to 25 feet and along weedlines with shallow-running crankbaits. Muskie action is strong with fish being found in the weeds or suspended over deep water. There’s plenty of largemouth bass in the slop and smallmouths on the rock piles and reefs.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow or spinner and crawler in 6 to 11 feet or slightly deeper along shoreline breaks and bars. Consistently catching numbers of good-size perch remains difficult, they are spread out over a wide range of depths, and anglers seem to bumping into the occasional bigger perch. Northern pike continue to be taken with spoons or crankbaits in less than 10 feet.  

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   

LEECH LAKE

Trolling crankbaits in 9 to 14 feet in Sucker Bay or the Snake Pit area has produced walleyes. A spinner and crawler is turning walleyes on the 12- to 14-foot breaks in Walker Bay. There’s been more people fishing for perch and sorting through a lot of small fish around Second Duck Point and the Narrows. Muskies continue to be seen more regularly on the rocks rather than weeds. Hunting pressure seems lighter than expected, but those going out are finding enough teal and geese.  

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company

(218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Walleyes are starting to show up on deeper, mid-lake structure in 30 to 36 feet and being caught by rigging large minnows, running crankbaits or ripping glide baits. Look for bigger pike to be suspended off mid-lake structure. Crappies are schooling up over 20 to 30 feet in areas with mud bottoms. Smallmouth bass have moved out onto the 15- to 25-foot rocks. 

RainyDaze Guide Service

(218) 290-6102

RED LAKE

Walleye fishing remains strong with fish still being found in 4 to 6 feet along the east shore. Crankbaits or a spinner and crawler continues to work, but a jig and minnow combinations started turning fish this week as well. 

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Minnows are producing pike along the 15-foot weeds on White Bear Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and Forest Lake. The weed pockets on Lake Jane, Beaver Lake, and Tanner’s Lake continue to produce sunfish. The fishing pier on Powers Lake is giving up bass and pike on minnows, while some crappies have started showing up suspended over 15 feet or more on the St. Croix River.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

 Bass action remains strong off the fishing piers on Steiger Lake and Ann Lake or along the deep weeds at Lake Wasserman and Lake Bavaria. Hit Lake Parley in 15 feet for sunfish or the deep holes on the Minnesota River for catfish. Goose and teal hunters have done well and there seems to be more people hunting these early seasons this year than last.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Walleye action has picked up on Prior Lake with a spinner and minnow along the weeds early and late or 20 to 25 feet during the day. Catfish are being caught in the log jams throughout the Minnesota River and bass and sunfish activity has picked up along the remaining weeds on most lakes. Look for suspended crappies off the weed edges on Prior and Spring Lake. Goose and teal hunting reports have mostly been favorable. 

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle

(952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Bigger sunfish are being found off the reefs in 18 to 20 feet. Minnows are turning walleyes during low-light periods on Cemetery Reef in 15 to 20 feet. Bucktails continue to raise muskies around the swimming beach, while bass and pike remain weed-related and active throughout the lake. 

Mases In Towne Marina

(952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Anglers continue to catch a mixed bag of panfish, most of which are suspended over deep weeds or basin areas on Lake Geneva, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Carlos. Cover water with crankbaits during low-light periods for walleyes on Lake Mary in 15 to 18 feet or Reno Lake in slightly shallower water. The flats on Lake Miltona are providing some muskie action and the deep weeds on most lakes have been better for bigger bass. The early teal and goose seasons started strong by most accounts.  

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Walleyes are being taken in 5 to 7 feet at night on crankbaits and with crawlers and minnows in 15 to 20 feet during th day on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake. Crappies and bluegills are suspended and active on the deep weedlines throughout West Battle, Stalker Lake, Clitherall Lake, and Fish Lake. Troll spoons or minnows in 15 to 20 feet for pike on South Turtle Lake, Donald Lake, and West Battle. Muskie anglers are finding fish on the points and breaks on West Battle in 15 to 20 feet. Teal reports were consistently better than  goose reports, although a few groups did shoot limits of geese.  

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

 The walleye bite has picked up just a bit on Lake Bemidji and the Turtle River Chain of Lakes. Jigs and minnows, snap jigging with plastics, and Jiggin’ Raps are producing some fish in 12 to 28 feet. Bass fishing remains good off the deep weed edges with plastics and you’ll still find some crappies and bluegills off the deep cabbage and others suspended over deep basin areas. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service

(218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Crawlers and minnows are producing walleyes in and along the 10- to 15-foot weeds on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. Crappies are being found suspended off the 15-foot weeds on Gilstead Lake, while bluegills are being caught in 9 to 12 feet on Pimushe Lake, Gull Lake, and Gilstead Lake. Waterfowl hunters are offering mixed reports, some groups did well for teal and geese, while others struggled to find birds. 

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Live-bait rigs with minnows or crawlers are turning walleyes in  16 to 26 feet on Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and Lake Edwards. You’ll find bass in the weeds from 6 to 16 feet on North Long Lake, Hubert Lake, and Gull. Bigger pike are being caught with sucker minnows in 16 to 30 feet on Gull and Whitefish Lake. You’ll find sunfish in 6 to 10 feet on most lakes and crappies in the 8- to 16-foot weeds on North Long, Middle Cullen Lake, and Nisswa Lake.  

S & W Bait & Guide Service/

Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Perch action has picked up in the 6- to 8-foot reeds throughout Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Walleye activity has been best at night with crankbaits on the bars, although some fish are being taken with live bait during the day in 15 to 30 feet on Cass, Pike Bay, and Lake Andrusia. Bucktails are producing quite a few muskies on the main lake rocks throughout Cass and bluegills remain active in the 5- to 10-foot weeds on most lakes. 

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

A few walleyes can be had during the evening hours on Green Lake in 12 to 16 feet. You’ll find crappies and sunfish mixed together around the 8- to 12-foot weeds on Chisago Lake, South Center Lake, North and South Lindstrom lakes, and North Center Lake. Look for bigger pike off the deep weedlines on Green and bass fishing remains consistently good throughout the area. Teal and goose hunting reports have been limited.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

The Mississippi River is producing a mixed bag of fish – work the rice beds or backwaters for panfish and largemouth bass, around deep holes for walleyes and catfish, and shorelines or current breaks for smallmouths. Hit the mid-lake rocks on Clearwater Lake for smallmouths and the deep weed edges on Bay Lake for largemouth bass. There’s some evening crappie action on Bay in 16 feet and Big Mahnomen Lake is kicking out bluegills in 8 to 12 feet. Down rigging or lead core with crankbaits is turning trout about 40 feet down over deep water on Huntington Pit. Goose hunting reports have been mixed, some groups did better than others, but most had a few birds. There’s been a handful of bear registered and acorns have started to drop, which has slowed activity at baits.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle

(218) 546-6912

DULUTH AREA   

Minnows are turning walleyes on Island Lake in 20 feet or Fish Lake and Boulder Lake in 12 feet. Crappie action has picked up Boulder and Fish in 15 feet, while Island continues to produce smallmouth bass. The south shore of Lake Superior is giving up walleyes on stickbaits over 20 feet, but salmon and lake trout reports have been light. Bear hunting success has been light, many hunters are reporting limited activity at baits, and there’s a lot of natural forest foods available.  

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Blue Lake and Green Lake are producing sunfish in 7 to 14 feet, while bass continue to hit topwater baits on Little Elk Lake and Fremont Lake. The 10- to 12-foot remaining weedlines on Ann Lake and Little Elk are giving up pike. Goose hunting reports have been light, but bear hunting success has been good in this no-quota area.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Crankbaits or a spinner and crawler are producing walleyes in 6 to 12 feet on Basswood Lake, White Iron Lake, and Birch Lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting around current areas or the humps on Shagawa Lake, Snowbank Lake, and Lake One. You’ll find crappies suspended over 15 to 20 feet at Bass Lake, Twin Lake, and Low Lake. Tofte Lake and Miner’s Lake are giving up rainbow trout about 15 to 20 feet down on small crankbaits. Sucker minnows or spoons are turning pike along weedlines or bay mouths on Horse Lake, Moose Lake, and Disappointment Lake. Jig bucktails 40 to 90 feet down on Knife Lake, Basswood, and Kekekabic Lake for lake trout. Bear hunter success was pretty strong last weekend and most people are seeing quite a few bears.   

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358

EMILY AREA 

Toss plastics along the weedlines on Ruth Lake for largemouth bass and Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt Lake is producing crappies in 6 to 8 feet. Crankbaits are turning pike on Eagle Lake in 12 to 15 feet, while crappies are being caught on the north end of Lawrence Lake in 10 feet. Bear hunting success has been pretty solid, with many hunters seeing more activity at baits than expected. Goose and teal numbers also appear strong with plenty of good reports for both from opening weekend.

Redding Sports and Spirits      

(218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Yellow bass are hitting on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton in 6 to 15 feet. Bluegills are going on Sisseton in 6 to 8 feet and a few walleyes are being taken with jigs and plastics or minnows on the Blue Earth River. Hunters are shooting a few teal, but goose numbers are light.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT/SHIELDSVILLE AREA

The 10- foot weeds on Shields Lake and Lake Mazaska are kicking out sunfish and crappies. Cedar Lake is producing largemouth bass on spinnerbaits in 5 to 10 feet and walleyes on crawlers in 10 to 15 feet. Goose and teal hunters are reporting mixed results, some groups did well and others saw very few birds.    

Lake Country Convenience & Bait

(507) 334-9711

GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA 

Crappies are being caught on Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake and McCavity Bay on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 12 feet, and in Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama over 15 feet. Bluegills are going in the 8- to 12-foot weeds on these lakes as well. There’s some evening walleye action on Big Cutfoot and Six Mile Lake with a jig and minnow in 15 feet. Moose Lake is a safe bet for smallmouth bass and pike  in 10 to 12 feet. Bear hunting started slow, but success picked up after the first couple days of the season, while teal and goose reports have been limited. 

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710

GREY EAGLE AREA

Minnows and crawlers are turning a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Long Lake (by Hub Supper Club) or Big Birch Lake. Sunfish are being caught in 12 to 15 feet on Big Swan Lake, Moose Lake, Mound Lake, and Long. Hit the deep weeds on Big Swan for crappies and bass fishing remains consistent on most lakes. There hasn’t been a lot of people hunting geese, but most groups are finding a few birds.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Baby Lake is giving up a few walleyes on a leech or minnow under a float in 14 to 20 feet. Crappie action remains strong during the evening hours on Moccasin Lake, Webb Lake, Little Webb Lake, and Mule Lake over 5 to 15 feet. The shallow weeds or lily pads on Birch Lake and Ten Mile Lake are producing bluegills. Smallmouth bass are hitting swim baits early and late each day on the larger rocks/rock piles on Ten Mile, Baby, Mule, and Portage Lake. Topwater or rubber baits have produced bigger muskies on the cabbage beds throughout Baby. Teal numbers sound light, but there are geese being shot west of the immediate area. Bear hunting success has been mixed, but most people are reporting that there are plenty of bear in the area.    

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle

(218) 675-6176

HUTCHINSON AREA 

Pitch plastics in the weed pockets on Lake Jennie for largemouth bass. Collinwood Lake continues to give up walleyes on crankbaits or plastics in 5 to 8 feet. Anglers fishing from shore with minnows are catching pike on Ripley Lake. Look to Big Swan Lake in 15 to 20 feet and the shoreline on Lake Richardson for crappies. Teal reports have been limited, but there are plenty of geese being shot.

The Outpost Inc. (320) 587-8177

LANESBORO AREA 

The water has started to cool down on area streams and rivers and the trout bite continues to be exceptional. Trout are being caught on grasshopper patterns, while streamer and nymph presentations are turning plenty of trout as well. The catch and keep trout season closes on September 14 and the catch and release season starts the next day.

Root River Rod Company

(507) 467-2101

LONGVILLE AREA

A few walleyes are being caught with crawlers, but they remain scattered on Woman Lake from 15 to 30 feet. Look for crappies and bluegills on the deeper weeds throughout Woman, Boy Lake, and Lake Inguadona. Muskie anglers are seeing fish on Lake Wabedo, but very few are being caught. Bear hunters report decent success and waterfowl hunters seem to be shooting more teal than geese. 

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MORA AREA

There hasn’t been much to report on the fishing front this week. There’s been enough people venturing out, but it has been extremely slow for everything. Local hunters have had better success with a solid weekend of goose hunting reported by most groups and goose numbers sound strong. 

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop 

(320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch and bluegills remain active on Big Stone Lake. Vertical jigging with chain jigs or tungsten tipped with spikes, minnows, and small crankbaits are all turning fish from 5 to 12 feet. Numbers of big bass are being caught throughout Big Stone, but walleyes are still tough to locate. There were good numbers of teal shot opening weekend and goose hunting reports have been mixed, but most groups shot some birds.  

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Minnows or crawlers are turning walleyes along the 18- to 24-foot humps and weedlines on Potato Lake, Long Lake, and Island Lake (west). The 10- to 18- foot weeds on Boulder Lake, Lake Belle Taine, and the Crow Wing Chain are producing crappies and bluegills. Muskie activity remains good with topwater baits at Big Mantrap Lake. Bear, goose, and teal hunters all seem to be doing well with teal hunting success being especially strong.  

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors 

(218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Shallow-running crankbaits are producing walleyes on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake in 3 to 8 feet. Crappies are biting well on Star Lake, Lake Marion, and Rush in 5 to 9 feet and bluegills seem to be hitting on just about any lake with weeds in 5 to 10 feet. Waterfowl hunters shot more geese than teal on opening day of the early season.  

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Walleye action remains relatively slow, with a few fish being caught on crankbaits in 15 feet or more in the middle of Lake Pepin. Look for panfish in the bays and shoreline rocks on Pepin, while sturgeon and channel catfish are being caught along deep current seams below the  dam on the Mississippi River. Goose and teal hunting success was good during the first few days of the season.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Sunfish and crappies are being caught from 5 to 15 feet on Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, Becker Lake, Schneider Lake, Rice Lake, and Big Lake. Minnows or crankbaits are turning a few walleyes in 10 to 20 feet on Lake Koronis, Rice, and Horseshoe. Bass and northern pike activity remains strong along the remaining weed edges of most lakes. Goose and teal reports have been light and hunter numbers appeared to be down a bit.  

Channel Marine and Sports

(320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish continue to be caught on the west shore and north end of Lake Osakis in 12 to 16 feet, Maple Lake in 8 to 12 feet, and Little Birch Lake in 16 feet. Walleye activity has slowed, but crappies are being caught on Little Sauk Lake in 14 to 17 feet and in the weeds on the north end of Big Sauk Lake. Teal reports have been light, but  opening weekend of the early goose season went well for many groups. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Minnows or crawlers are producing smallmouth bass above the Little Falls dam on the Mississippi River. Look for suspended crappies on Moose Lake over 20 to 25 feet and a mixed bag of panfish off Lake Pepin in 18 to 20 feet. Teal and goose hunting pressure was pretty limited during opening weekend. 

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Sunfish action has picked up in the 15-foot weeds on the Starbuck end of Lake Minnewaska. Bass fishing remains strong on most lakes and a few walleyes are being taken with crankbaits at night on Minnewaska in 7 to 10 feet. Goose and teal hunting reports have been limited.  

Last Cast Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

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