Msg 1 Posted: 01:27 PM 10/13/06 (CST)
Look to lakes Ida and Miltona for walleyes in 40 to 50 feet. The 18- to 20- foot breaks and weedlines of Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Geneva, Darling Lake, and Lake Mary also have kicked out walleyes this week. Work redtails on a jig or Lindy Rig for the best results. Panfish, bass, and northern pike action has slowed.|
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Clearwater Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Some good-sized crappies are being pulled from 12 to 15 feet behind the island on Clearwater. Look to the shorelines of Lake Sylvia with Rapalas at night for walleyes. Walleyes also can be had on Cedar Lake with minnows in 16 to 22 feet. Bass fishing has been up and down on most fisheries, although lakes such as Clearwater, Cedar, Sylvia, and Twin continue to give up fish via crankbaits. Sunfish action has dropped off, although fewer anglers are pursuing them.
Walker Lake started kicking out walleyes in eight to 12 feet or 30 to 35 feet. On Otter Tail Lake, look in eight to 12 feet or 45 to 55 feet for walleyes. Minnows and jigs have worked best on both lakes. Northern pike are inhaling sucker minnows at West Battle Lake and Clitherall Lake. Trolling jointed crankbaits in shallow water on West Battle has triggered muskies as well.
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on Blackduck Lake in seven to 10 feet of water. Look for crappies on the deep weed edges of Rabideau Lake and Gilstead Lake. Most of these fish are being taken with minnows and slip bobbers. Upper Red Lake continues to produce walleyes in 10 to 12 feet minnows also have worked best here.
Walleye fishing remains strong in 14 to 44 feet with Lindy Rigs and redtail minnows. Gull Lake has produced the most fish, but North Long Lake and Whitefish Lake are worth noting as well. Large redtails or sucker minnows are turning pike in 14 to 20 feet on most lakes and you will find crappies suspended in 12 to 20 feet on several of the areas smaller lakes.
Walleye fishing has been very good with redtails on Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Look to Pelican Lake in 25 to 30 feet for walleyes as well. Northern pike are hitting minnows along the weedlines of most lakes. Bass fishing has slowed, but Little Rabbit Lake is a safe bet for panfish in 12 to 14 feet.
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the sharp, shoreline breaks at lakes such as Pelican, Detroit, Pickerel, Elbow, Lida, Melissa, and Lizzie. Big Cormorant Lake has a night bite going with Rapalas on the flats. Look for bigger crappies and bluegills on the deepest green cabbage you can find on area lakes. Bass fishing remains excellent on most lakes in shallow and deep water.
Perch, crappies, and a few walleyes can be had with minnows on Cannon Lake in seven to 10 feet of water. Lake Mazaska continues to produce crappies along the 12- foot weed edges. Look to French Lake for northern pike and an occasional muskie, most of which are hitting crankbaits.
Walleyes have moved deep and started hitting minnows on Devils Track Lake and Gunflint Lake. Water levels are low on area rivers, but a few pink salmon have started showing up. Spawn sacs and yarn-tied hooks have worked best.
A jig and shiner minnow is the ticket for walleyes on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake and Lake Pokegama in 20 feet. Bowstring Lake is producing walleyes during the evening hours in shallower water. The weedlines and weedy bays of Cutfoot and Bowstring are holding crappies in 15 feet of water. Look for good-sized bluegills at the power plant area of the Mississippi River and on Graves Lake in 12 feet of water.
Woman Lake is kicking out walleyes in 18 feet of water. Redtails and Lindy Rigs are working best here. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Pleasant Lake in 25 to 27 feet of water. Look to Ten Mile Lake with Rapalas in six to eight feet of water after dark for walleyes. Birch Lake is the areas best option for crappies in less than 10 feet of water.
Scattered walleyes are being caught on minnows in shallow depths, but remain elusive on the deep reefs. Crankbaits also have turned fish in 10 to 18 feet of water. The smallmouth bass bite has not let up and northern pike are very aggressive on the edges of most weedlines. Minnows, spoons, and crankbaits have produced pike.
The bigger bays such as Browns, Excelsior, and Wayzata are producing walleyes on minnows. During the day you'll find them as deep as 25 to 30 feet, but the afternoon and evening hours are best spent in 12 to 16 feet of water. Northern pike activity has picked up on the weed flats. The bigger fish are hitting sucker minnows on spinners or under floats. You'll still hook bass on crankbaits and spinnerbaits on the weed edges and look for crappies to be suspended over deep water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A jig and shiner minnow is producing walleyes in 16 to 18 feet at the Lighthouse Gap, Washout, and weedbeds off Wheelers Point. Walleye action has improved from Baudette to Clementson on the Rainy River in 12 to 18 feet. Fishing activity at the Northwest Angle is winding down.
Walleyes can be had in 22 to 34 feet on the rock breaks and sharp edges. A half-ounce jig and large minnow is working best. Muskie anglers are finding some success trolling big crankbaits around the islands and rocky shorelines in 14 to 25 feet.
North Reef, Cemetery Reef, and Keggs Reef continue to give up walleyes via minnows in 14 to 17 feet. The main lake reefs and remaining weed edges are your best bet for pike with spoons or minnows. Bucktails or large crankbaits are raising a few muskies on the reefs, but they tend to follow rather than bite. Waconia Bay remains the best option for panfish and bass in 10 feet of water. The marina will be closing soon for the season. They will return as soon as there's ice to fish through.
A jig and minnow will produce walleyes in 10 to 14 feet off Pine Point and Sand Point. There has been some evening crankbait action off the points as well. Minnows also have provided steady perch action in four to eight feet in the Walker Narrows and weedbeds of Millers Bay. The number of muskie anglers has dropped, but those who are fishing are working bucktails on the rocks and raising fish.
Anglers fishing from shore at Crystal Lake are catching walleyes with a jig and minnow. The Rapidan Dam area of the Blue Earth River is producing walleyes via minnows and crankbaits continue to turn walleyes during the evening hours in the narrows of Madison Lake. Look to Lake Washington and Madison Lake for crappies in 12 feet of water.
EAST - Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow around the points of Lake Minnewaska in 10 to 18 feet of water during the day. During the evening hours, work the edges of the bulrushes in four to five feet of water with floating Rapalas. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska is producing sunfish on the 12- to 14- foot weed edges.
WEST - Fishing during the day has tapered off, but walleyes continue to be caught at a good pace from sunset and beyond. You'll still turn fish with leeches and slip bobbers off the mud flats. The best reports now are coming from crankbait fishermen off the reefs, rocky points, and shoreline breaks in eight to 12 feet. Minnows are producing good-sized perch on the points and in most bays over six to eight feet.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
There's a consistent walleye bite on Big Sand Lake with sucker minnows and redtails in 30 feet of water. Look to Potato Lake and Fish Hook Lake for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet of water as well. The weed edges of Big Mantrap Lake and Fish Hook are providing steady northern pike action in 12 to 14 feet of water. The Crow Wing Chain is kicking out walleyes and pike in 15 feet of water. Look to Big Mantrap for muskies, where the majority of fish are hitting crankbaits.
Jackfish Bay is kicking out walleyes in eight to 10 feet, as is the Dry Weed Island area in 35 to 40 feet. A jig and shiner minnow combination has worked best throughout the day. Grouse hunting continues to be excellent and the majority of leaves are down.
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow around the points of Lake Minnewaska in 10 to 18 feet of water during the day. During the evening hours, work the edges of the bulrushes in four to five feet of water with floating Rapalas. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska is producing sunfish on the 12- to 14- foot weed edges.
NORTHEAST METRO - Sucker minnows are triggering northern pike along the remaining weed edges of Big Carnelian Lake, Forest Lake, Clear Lake, and Big Marine Lake. Minnows also have produced a few walleyes on the St. Croix River, Bald Eagle Lake, and Clear Lake during the afternoon hours in 15 to 18 feet of water. Little Lake and Lake Peltier might be worth checking for sunfish in less than 10 feet of water.
WEST METRO - Walleye reports have been limited with just a few fish coming off Lake Parley with minnows in 12 to 14 feet. Sunfish continue to be caught in less than 12 feet of water at Lake Minnewashta, Lake Bavaria, and Lake Auburn. Bass can be had on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along the remaining weed edges of most lakes. Look to Hydes Lake for crappies in nine to 15 feet of water.