Report from the Dock
Strong winds, cold weather, and snow really limited fishing options over the past week. There just wasn’t enough people venturing out in those elements to offer much in the way of new fishing reports. This weekend’s weather is expected to be more stable and warmer, so go back to those walleye, muskie, and panfish spots that were producing fish before the poor weather arrived late last week. The water has cooled down a lot over the past week, so expect the fall feedbags to be on big-time moving forward.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Fishing activity has dropped way off with strong winds and cold tempertures preventing people from getting on the lake over the past week. With improved weather, crankbaits and minnows should produce walleyes on the shoreline breaks and rocks in 10 to 15 feet. Smallmouth remain rock-related in 8 to 15 feet as well. With water temperatures dropping rapidly, look for muskies to start following tullibees onto the shallow rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are showing up in various locations along the south shore of Big Traverse Bay, including Long Point, Zippel Bay, Morris Point, and the Lighthouse Gap. Anglers report a mixed bag of walleyes, sauger, pike, jumbo perch, and an occasional crappie or sturgeon – work the mud and reefs in 20 to 25 feet with a jig and minnow. It’s been a great week of fishing on the Rainy River, despite some weather systems moving through. Larger walleyes are being caught between Wheeler’s Point and the International Bridge in Baudette. Walleyes are constantly moving and the entire river is holding fish. At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the points, rock islands, sunken islands, and neck down area. Crappies, perch, pike, and smallmouth bass are also active and muskies are cooperating nicely along the shorelines.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Area lakes have been quiet since last week, mainly due to the cold and wind. With improved weather expected this weekend, look for walleyes in the channels throughout Lake Minnetonka and crappies to be suspended over deep water on most lakes.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Weather conditions have limited fishing opportunities since last week, but minnows are producing walleyes around the main lake reefs in 15 to 30 feet. Look for muskies around the rock points and island breaks, while smallmouth bass are set up on the 10- to 15-foot rocks. Grouse hunting has been good and has improved even more with the cover now gone in the woods.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Vermilion Dam Lodge (218) 666-5418
Walleye action had been strong prior to last weekend’s wind, snow, and cold. There wasn’t much activity on the lake, but with nice weather expected this weekend, look for consistent walleye activity to continue on the points or shoreline breaks in 5 to 12 feet with a jig and minnow.
Cold and windy conditions prevented most people from getting on the lake over the past week. A few reports are coming out of Agency Bay for perch in 4 to 8 feet and walleyes in 8 to 15 feet. The Goose Island area, Hardwoods, and Duck Point area are worth looking at for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet as well. Duck hunters have reported a push of new birds into the area since last week with some bluebills and redheads now in the mix. With the cover now gone, grouse hunting has also improved.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company
Walleyes are being caught on large minnows, glide baits and crankbaits in 25 to 35 feet. Smallmouth bass have also moved deeper onto the 20- to 30-foot rock piles. Crappies continue to hit tubes on the mud over 20 to 30 feet. The lake is cooling fast and most anglers and guides have put their boats in storage for the season.
RainyDaze Guide Service
Fishing opportunities have been limited over the past week with strong winds preventing anglers from getting on the lake. With better weather conditions, you’ll still find walleyes along the shorelines in less than 6 feet of water.
West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998
Twin Cities Metro
Muskie anglers have continued to venture out in the colder weather and hook fish in 10 to 15 feet with sucker minnows on Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake. Walleye, pike, and panfish reports have been light over the past week, but look to those areas that were producing fish prior to the change in weather patterns.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
Fishing pressure has dropped even more since last week with the cold weather moving in. With some warmer, more stable weather, look to the reefs on Lake Waconia to produce walleyes on minnows. Waconia is worth hitting for muskies with sucker minnows on top of the reefs and shoreline breaks in 12 to 15 feet as well.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Fishing reports have been limited over the past week, mainly due to poor weather. Pitch a jig and minnow on Lake Miltona in 10 to 15 feet or pull crankbaits on Reno Lake in 9 to 15 feet for walleyes. Panfish reports have been nonexistent, while sucker minnows are the ticket for muskies on Lobster Lake and Miltona in 10 to 15 feet. Standing corn is limiting pheasant hunting success, but duck hunters have done well and there has been some new birds filtering into the area.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
BATTLE LAKE AREA
The few people venturing out through the cold and wind are hooking muskies with sucker minnows on West Battle Lake around the 15- to 20-foot weeds. Walleye and panfish reports have been nonexistent, while waterfowl hunters still aren’t seeing or shooting many ducks.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
With cold air, wind, and even snow over the past week, there has been very few folks on area lakes. The few going out are catching walleyes with a jig and minnow in 10 to 14 feet on Lake Bemidji, Lake Plantagenet, Grace Lake, and the Turtle River Chain. Grouse hunters are doing well with most of the leaves down and there has been an increase of ducks into the area.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service
Snow, cold, and wind over the past week has really limited the number of people fishing. Reports have been nonexistent due to a lack of anglers venturing out. Duck hunting continues to be very good with a mixture of puddle ducks, ringnecks, and bluebills being shot. Grouse hunters are also doing well, even better this week, with the cover starting to thin out.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
There was a few walleye anglers out in the cold and wind over the past week catching fish with a jig and minnow on Gull Lake in 20 to 25 feet and Whitefish Lake in 25 to 35 feet. Panfish reports have been light, likely weather-related, but look for suspended crappies over 20 feet or more and sunfish in 8 to 10 feet on local lakes.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/
Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Boat traffic was pretty much nonexistent last weekend and early this week. As the weather improves, hit Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake with a jig and minnow for walleyes 10 to 15 feet. The rocks throughout Cass should be holding muskies and look for perch in less than 8 feet on Lake Andrusia and Cass. Duck hunters continue to do well with mallards, ringnecks, and some bluebills and redheads being shot.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Most boats have been put away for the season, but those hitting the Mississippi River are catching walleyes and smallmouth bass on a jig and minnow. Duck hunters continue to do well shooting a mixed bag of birds including ringnecks, redheads, and mallards along with some teal and wood ducks. The leaves and cover is gone and grouse hunting continues to go well with most people reporting much better success and more birds than a year ago.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle
Fishing pressure has been minimal over the past week, but with some improved weather, you should be able to stick walleyes on Island Lake or Boulder Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Grouse hunting reports remain good with the cover now gone in the woods, especially a bit north of the immediate area. Archery hunters continue to fill management tags and have commented that bucks are starting to get more active.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
It’s been a quiet week on area lakes with snow and the arrival of unseasonably cold weather ending the open water fishing season for most anglers. Hunters have been busy with good grouse numbers and some woodcock keeping them busy. Duck hunters are also doing well as new birds, including some divers, filter into the area.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Strong winds and much cooler temperatures have limited fishing pressure a lot since last week. There really hasn’t been enough people out to gain any reports. Duck and grouse hunting continues to go well. The woods have thinned out, so grouse reports have been mostly favorable. Duck hunters have started seeing more divers such as ringnecks, redheads, and a few bluebills showing up.
Redding Sports and Spirits
There hasn’t been many people fishing, but yellow bass continue to be caught in 4 to 12 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton. The pheasant opener provided mixed results and many groups reported seeing more hens than roosters. There’s been some geese moving into the area, but most of the teal have moved out, so duck numbers are light.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Northern pike are being caught on sucker minnows under a bobber at Lake Mazaska and Shields Lake in 4 to 12 feet. There’s some local ducks and geese being shot, while pheasant hunting reports have been light, but there’s lot of standing corn in the area.
Lake Country Convenience & Bait
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes in 10 feet on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake and 10 to 14 feet on Island Lake. Large sucker minnows have been the ticket for muskies on Moose Lake and North Star Lake in 10 to 18 feet. Overall, fishing pressure has been very light over the past week. There was a push of new ducks into the area late last week, including more divers. The leaves are just about all gone, which has improved grouse hunting success. Reports have been mostly positive from grouse hunters.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
GREY EAGLE AREA
Fishing activity has been minimal since last weekend when the cold and wind moved in, but look for walleyes to hit shiner minnows or chubs on Big Birch Lake in 15 to 20 feet – look deeper during midday hours. You’ll find crappies suspended over the deep basin areas on Two Rivers Lake and Long Lake.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Fishing pressure has been minimal due to the cold and wind over the past week. There’s been a few anglers on Woman Lake catching walleyes in 15 to 18 feet with minnows or Jiggin’ Raps. Smallmouth bass are hitting swim baits or hair jigs in 15 to 20 feet on Ten Mile Lake, Stony Lake, and Baby Lake. Duck and goose numbers have improved and most reports have been good with more divers being shot this past week as well. The leaves and brush have thinned out, so grouse hunting has been good. Birds have started to spread out, but overall numbers sound solid.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle
Walleyes are being caught at Collinwood Lake, Big Swan Lake, Ripley Lake, Lake Minnie Belle, and Lake Washington. Most fish are being caught in less than 6 feet with bigger minnows or crankbaits and there are some shore fishing opportunities on these lakes. Pheasant reports have been good with many groups stating that they’re seeing more birds than last year at the front end of the season.
The Outpost Inc. (320) 587-8177
MADISON LAKE AREA
Madison Lake is giving up a few walleyes on minnows during the day in 16 to 20 feet, as are the rock piles on Lake Elysian. Look for suspended crappies around Second and Third points on Lake Washington and on Jefferson Lake in 15 to 18 feet.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
With improved weather, look for perch in 10 to 12 feet in the Rocky Ledge area and bluegills on the 7- to 10-foot rocks throughout Big Stone Lake. There’s still a lot of standing corn in the area, but pheasants are being shot. Many hunters have stated that pheasant numbers look good and success will improve as crops are removed. Duck hunting has also been going well and some divers have moved into the area.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
There hasn’t been many people fishing, but with some warmer weather expected to move back in, look for walleyes to keep hitting minnows in 22 to 30 feet on Fish Hook Lake, Long Lake, and Big Sand Lake. You’ll find crappies suspended over 15 feet or more on the Crow Wing Chain, Lake Belle Taine, and Toad Lake. Waterfowl hunters saw some new ducks move into the area late last week, including more ringnecks and other divers. Grouse hunting reports have also been better now that most of the foliage is gone.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors
There’s been a few diehard anglers catching walleyes on jigs and minnows at Big Pine Lake and Rush Lake in 15 to 30 feet. There hasn’t been much to report on the panfish, pike, and bass fronts. Duck hunters are doing well and reports indicate that a few more divers and mallards have moved into the area.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Water levels are low, but most walleyes and sauger continue to be caught along current seams or rocks in 10 to 14 feet. The best stretch this week has been from Head of the Lakes to the high bridge area with a jig and minnow, blade baits, crankbaits, and jigs with plastics. There hasn’t been a big push of ducks into the area, although local wood ducks and green-winged teal continue to provide good shooting.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Fishing reports have been minimal since the cold weather moved in late last week. There’s also been fewer people hunting ducks, but those going are shooting a mixed bag of birds, including a few more ringnecks and green-winged teal, along with some remaining wood ducks and mallards.
Channel Marine and Sports
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sauk Lake is kicking out walleyes in 4 to 12 feet or 18 to 21 feet on a jig and shiner minnow. Crappies are being found suspended over 45 feet on the north end of Sauk and the Battle Point area on Lake Osakis. It sounded as if most groups got a few pheasants on opening weekend, but overall bird numbers didn’t appear as strong as past years. There’s still a lot of standing crops as well. Duck and goose hunting reports have been limited.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
The majority of fishing continues to take place on the Mississippi River for walleyes and smallmouth bass. Both bites have been strong with minnows above and below the dams in this area. Hunting reports remain light, but there seems to be more ducks moving though.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
There’s been a handful of anglers on Lake Minnewaska catching walleyes with minnows around Priest Point and the High School Bar in 8 to 14 feet. Pheasant hunting reports have been mixed and those hunting are seeing a lot of young birds and dealing with a lot of standing corn.
Last Cast Bait and Tackle
Despite a fair amount of corn, the pheasant season started on a strong note for most groups with limits being shot and hunter participation looked good. Fishing reports have been nonexistent, but there seems to more ducks showing up on bigger bodies of water.
Borch’s Sporting Goods