Report from the Dock
The weather has been unusually nice throughout the past week, but the number of people fishing continues to drop. The diehard walleye and muskie anglers are going out and they are experiencing decent success with few other anglers around them. Walleyes are mainly being taken with minnows or horizontal baits such as Jiggin’ Raps on deep structure or shallower, shoreline areas – just depends on the lake. The state’s muskie bite continues to be a bit off, but water temperatures remain relatively warm across the state, so that likely is limiting muskie activity. Panfish and bass fishing reports were almost nonexistent this week.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Fishing pressure has been almost nonexistent over the past week. There has been a few anglers trolling crankbaits on the rock points during low-light periods with limited success. Water temperatures remain relatively warm for this time of year, so muskie activity has not been as strong as it often is by now.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes and sauger continue to be caught along the south shore in 18 to 25 feet. Minnows or frozen shiners on a jig are turning fish from Long Point to Zippel Bay, Morris Point, and Lighthouse Gap among other traditional late fall/early ice locations. A jig and frozen shiner also are producing plenty of walleyes on the Rainy River – work deep holes, shoreline breaks, and current seams.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Minnows are producing walleyes during the day on the 16- to 18-foot weedlines, as are crankbaits in shallower water at night in and around the channels on Lake Minnetonka. Large sucker minnows continue to produce muskies in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Independence and Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes continue to be taken with minnows off the reef edges and rock points in 25 to 35 feet. The number of people fishing has dipped, but the bite remains solid for those venturing out. Grouse hunting success remains high throughout the area and most people continue to report that bird numbers appear up.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
The nice weather has allowed walleye anglers to continue fishing. There hasn’t been huge numbers of people out, but those going are catching walleyes with a jig and minnow on the points and shoreline breaks in 6 to 12 feet.
Fishing activity has been limited, but a few walleyes are being taken with minnows in Agency Bay, Walker Bay, and on main lake structure in 14 to 18 feet. There has been a few muskie anglers out, but the bite has been slow. Most anglers are working a mixture of weed and rock with large sucker minnows in less than 12 feet. Duck hunters aren’t seeing much for new birds, grouse hunting remains decent, and most people have continued to prepare for the deer season.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company
There isn’t much to report on the fishing front due to a lack of people going out. Boat traffic has been minimal on the lake despite favorable weather and with the various hunting seasons underway and the firearms deer season approaching.
RainyDaze Guide Service
There’s been a few boats on the lake over the past week and it’s certainly been nice enough to fish, but reports have been limited. It’s likely that you’ll now find walleyes along most shorelines in less than 8 feet. Look to those spots that will produce fish at first ice.
West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998
Twin Cities Metro
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the St. Croix River in 12 to 25 feet and in Pool No. 2 on the Mississippi River in less than 15 feet. Large sucker minnows continue to turn muskies in 10 to 14 feet on Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle
There’s been a few walleyes caught with jigs and Twister Tails in the deep holes between Mayer and New Germany on the Crow River. Muskies are being caught on Lake Waconia, but most have been 30- to 40-inch fish. The bite really hasn’t kicked in for muskies with large sucker minnows on any area lake at this point.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes on Lake Le Homme Dieu in 18 to 25 feet and Lake Miltona or Lake Ida in 35 to 50 feet. The nice weather has limited duck hunting activity, but archery hunters have reported that bucks have become much more active.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Trolling crankbaits during low-light periods continues to produce walleyes in less than 8 feet on Otter Tail Lake. Floating large sucker minnows remains the best option for muskies at West Battle Lake in 8 to 20 feet and there’s been a few people finding suspended crappies over 20 feet on Rush Lake and West Battle. There appears to be a few more geese moving in, but duck numbers have not improved.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Activity on area lakes remains light, but a few people continue to venture out and catch walleyes with minnows on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet in 12 to 15 feet. Grouse hunting reports remain strong and most folks have been busy preparing for the upcoming deer season.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service
Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow on the shoreline breaks throughout Island Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Panfish reports have been minimal due to a lack of people fishing them. Grouse hunting reports remain good, but waterfowl hunters are reporting minimal duck movement over the past week.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Look for walleyes to hit minnows on Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish Lake in 20 to 35 feet. Anglers still fishing for bass are doing well on any remaining deep weeds throughout Gull and North Long Lake. You’ll find suspended crappies over 30 feet or more on North Long, Gull, and Nisswa Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/
Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Trolling the deep water on Cass Lake has been best for big muskies. Find pods of tullibees and you’ll find suspended muskies with them. The bigger perch have started hitting minnows in 6 to 8 feet throughout Cass and Pike Bay Lake. A few walleyes are being taken with minnows on Cass in 10 to 15 feet.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
You’ll find suspended crappies over the deep holes on Clearwater Lake, and a few walleyes are being taken with minnows on Serpent Lake in 30 to 35 feet. The deeper holes and current seams throughout the Mississippi River are producing walleyes as well. There hasn’t been much for new ducks moving into the area, but some mallards and ringnecks are being shot.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle
Walleyes are being caught with minnows on Boulder Lake and Island Lake in 10 to 12 feet. There’s been a few muskie anglers out, soaking large sucker minnows on the St. Louis River and Island in 10 to 12 feet with some success. Deer activity has picked up and bucks have started showing amped up rutting activity. Most grouse hunting reports have been very good again this week.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Fishing activity has pretty much been nonexistent, but there has been quite a few decent hunting reports being heard. Pheasant numbers are good locally and hunter success has improved with the corn coming out. waterfowl hunters are shooting more geese than ducks, primarily in harvested fields.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at the river mouths and along points at White Iron Lake, Birch Lake, and Basswood Lake. Hit Johnson Lake, One Pine Lake, and Low Lake for suspended crappies over 20 feet or more. Whitefish netting has been decent on the lakes where it’s allowed. Grouse reports remain excellent, but there hasn’t been much for new ducks moving into the area.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Anglers fishing from shore and from boats are catching yellow bass in 4 to 12 feet on Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sisseton. With the corn coming out, pheasant hunters are seeing more birds. Duck numbers have not improved at all since last week.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
There’s been a handful of people catching muskies and big pike with large minnows at North Star Lake and Moose Lake over 15 feet or more. A few walleyes are coming off Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 8 to 12 feet, mainly on a jig and minnow. Duck hunting activity has been light, but grouse hunters continue to see and shoot plenty of birds.
Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710
Woman Lake continues to give up a few walleyes on minnows in 18 to 22 feet. Panfish, muskie, and bass reports have been nonexistent. There has been some decent duck reports with some divers being shot on bigger water and mallards or geese on fields or smaller sloughs. The weather has been excellent for grouse hunting, and most reports continue to be favorable, although overall hunting pressure has dropped off.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle
The number of people fishing has been limited, but perch and bluegills continue to be caught on Big Stone Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Pheasant hunters have been doing well now that the majority of corn has been harvested. Duck and goose numbers have not improved since last week, but with a change in weather expected this weekend, expect a push of new birds into the area.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Fishing pressure has been light, but those going out have been catching walleyes with minnows on Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake in 20 to 32 feet of water. There’s also been a few anglers working the deep structure on Big Mantrap Lake with sucker minnows for muskies. Duck hunting pressure has dropped off over the past week, while ruffed grouse reports remain favorablem for hunters with leaves now down mostly.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors
Minnows or Jiggin’ Raps are turning walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake. There’s been a few anglers finding suspended crappies over 30 feet or more on Star Lake, Big Pine, and Dead Lake. There’s been a lot of preparation for this weekend’s deer opener, but not much else to report on the hunting front.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Walleyes and sauger are being caught from the High Bridge up to the dam on the Mississippi River. Work points and current seams from 10 to 20 feet with a jig and minnow, Jiggin’ Rap, and blade baits. Sturgeon remain active below the dam on the river hitting crawlers on a 6/0 circle hook. Duck reports remain light, but archery hunters are reporting better buck activity.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
A jig and minnow is producing a few walleyes on Horseshoe Lake in 12 to 18 feet and Lake Koronis in 18 to 24 feet. Waterfowl hunters had a slow week with a lack of new ducks or geese moving in with the nice weather. Deer activity has increased.
Channel Marine and Sports
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sauk Lake continues to produce walleyes on a jig and minnow in 2 to 12 feet of water. Lake Amelia started giving up walleyes in 30 to 40 feet on shiner minnows, as is the Linwood Flat area on Lake Osakis in 16 to 18 feet, especially early and late each day. Hunting reports have been light over the past week.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
Fishing activity has been almost nonexistent, but hunting reports have been favorable. Pheasant hunters are flushing good numbers of birds and with the corn mostly out, success has improved even more. Deer numbers look strong heading into this weekend’s gun opener.
Last Cast Bait and Tackle
There just hasn’t been many people fishing, although a few anglers continue to catch walleyes on Lake Shetek in 6 feet and the Milan Bridge area on Lake Lac qui Parle. Pheasant hunters are doing well and most report shooting solid numbers, with the corn now harvested.
Borch’s Sporting Goods