Msg 1 Posted: 02:01 PM 10/20/06 (CST)
Wind, rain, and even snow limits fall fishing activity|
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - Isle Bay is producing perch and crappies in six to eight feet of water. You'll also find crappies near the docks in Izaty's Harbor. A few walleyes can be off Hawkbill Point and Big Point during the evening hours. Trolling crankbaits has worked best in less than 12 feet of water.
Johnson's Portside (320) 676-3811
West - You still can catch walleyes at night with slip bobbers and leeches off the flats in 32 to 34 feet. Trolling crankbaits after dark has produced walleyes in less than 10 feet of water in Garrison Bay, St. Alban's Bay, and from Seguchie's Point to Brown's Point. Numbers of good-sized perch are coming off the rock points in four to eight feet.
Terry's Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt's Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The shiner minnows are in the Rainy River and the big walleyes have followed them there. Current water temperature in the river is 41 degrees. Most anglers are fishing the Lighthouse Gap, Four Mile Bay, or Frontier Landing areas with a jig and minnow combination. Smallmouth bass can be had along the shorelines of Four Mile Bay and schools of crappies are being found at various points along the river. Tug Channel and Deep Water Bay have been producing numbers of walleyes and jumbo perch at the Northwest Angle in 10 to 26 feet of water. Grouse hunting has been exceptional and there are some bluebills and snow geese in the area.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow combination is producing some walleyes in 10 to 12 feet off Sand Point and Pine Point. Look for perch in less than eight feet of water in the bays and Walker Narrows. An occasional muskie is picked off the rocks with bucktails. Duck numbers remain strong on the bigger bodies of water with some divers being reported. Grouse hunting also continues to be good when the weather allows hunters to get out.
Reed's Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
The lake recently turned over, which slowed the walleye bite. Look to the small bays such as LaFayette and Crystal for a few fish. A slow-presented minnow rig is your best bet in 20 feet. Panfish and bass have moved to deep water and remain sluggish.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes near Dry Weed Island and Erickson Reef in 35 to 40 feet. The Reinier Rapids area in Sand Bay also is worth noting in 26 to 28 feet. Mallards, ringbills, and geese are quite noticeable in the area, but recent winds and rain has limited grouse hunting opportunities.
Loon's Nest (218) 286-5850
You'll still find walleyes and perch on the points or shallow, shoreline breaks with a jig and minnow in six to eight feet of water. The best reports now are coming from the Cutfoot area in 18 to 22 feet with minnows. Grouse hunting has improved now that the leaves are gone and there seems to be more ducks in the area this week.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
The narrows of the St. Croix River are producing walleyes via minnows in eight to 15 feet. Look to the Prescott area of the Mississippi River for walleyes as well. Northern pike and muskies are hitting smaller presentations such as spinnerbaits worked slowly on Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake. Hunting reports have been limited.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Small jigs tipped with plastics or minnows are producing crappies on Hydes Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. You'll also find sunfish on the south end of Hydes in six to eight feet. Northern pike can be had on spoons and bass are hitting spinnerbaits at Lake Auburn in four to eight feet. Walleyes are hitting spinner rigs and minnows in 14 feet of water on Lake Waconia. The deep holes of the Minnesota River and Crow River have provided steady walleye action as well. Pheasant hunters did well with thick cover and corn fields producing quite a few limits. The recent cold front also pushed more ducks into the area.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes at Clearwater Lake in 12 to 22 feet and on Cedar Lake in 18 to 24 feet. Deep-diving crankbaits have been the ticket for largemouth bass in deeper water on Pleasant Lake. Duck hunters reported more birds in the area this week than last and pheasant hunters shot some birds although most expect the hunting to improve once the corn is removed.
Little Jim's Bait (320) 274-5297
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Blackduck Lake in six to 10 feet of water. Lakes such as Rabideau, Gilstead, and South Twin are producing panfish in 20 to 25 feet. Reports from hunters indicate a strong grouse population and quite a few ringbills in the area.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Walleye anglers are pulling fish with redtail minnows at Serpent Lake in 14 to 20 feet of water. Redtails also are working on Pelican Lake in 20 to 30 feet of water. Panfish and northern pike reports have been limited. Grouse hunters are finding plenty of birds, while the larger bodies of water remain the best options for ducks and geese.
Oars n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
A jig and redtail minnow is turning walleyes at Pleasant Lake in 40 feet of water. The same presentation will provide steady walleye action on Woman Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Grouse hunters are doing well and duck hunters are finding more birds further north toward the Walker area.
Swanson's Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Minnows have been producing walleyes for the few anglers fishing in 30 to 35 feet of water. Northern pike and crappie action has slowed with a few fish coming from deep water. With the leaves now down around the area, grouse hunting has been very good.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
A large jig and minnow combination will turn walleyes on the sharp, 24- to 40- foot breaks. Muskie anglers have begun trolling with 10-inch Jakes and Grandmas for the majority of their fish. Grouse hunting continues to be very good and with the recent cold snap, thousands of ducks are reported on Nett Lake and Pelican Lake.
Lake Vermilion Trading Company
Anglers fishing from shore at the public dock and off Highway 60 on Lake Washington are catching walleyes on minnows. Casting crankbaits in 10 feet of water around the Grassy Island area of Lake Washington has produced walleyes. A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes in the deep holes of the Blue Earth River. Pheasant hunting has been good south of the area and the Swan Lake area is holding quite a few ducks.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
RED WING AREA
The best walleye reports are from the dam area of the Mississippi River. Sonars or a jig and minnow have been the best presentations in 18 feet. Crappie anglers have done well with minnows in shallow water at the Baypoint Park area. Pheasant hunters took some birds opening weekend, but there's a lot of standing corn in this area.
Ike's Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
Floating Rapalas are producing walleyes along the bulrushes of Lake Minnewaska during the evening hours. Work the points of Minnewaska for walleyes during the day in 10 to 18 feet of water with minnows. Pheasant hunters did well opening weekend, despite the fact that there's still a lot of corn standing throughout the area. Duck hunters continue to shoot birds and geese , along with mallards and wigeon, are most noticeable.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
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