Msg 1 Posted: 08:22 AM 11/06/06 (CST)
Clearwater Lake continues to produce walleyes in nine to 14 feet. A jig and minnow works best, but casting crankbaits has produced some big fish. Crankbaits also remain the best option for bass on Clearwater, Pleasant Lake and Lake Sylvia. These fish will continue to bite until water temperatures drop a few more degrees.|
Crankbaits or minnows are producing walleyes during the evening on Otter Tail Lake in five to 10 feet. You'll find some deep walleyes on West Battle Lake and East Battle Lake in 24 to 30 feet. A vertically presented minnow has been best. With sucker minnows in 12 feet of water, Clitherall Lake, Otter Tail and West Battle are giving up northern pike.
Gull Lake is best for walleyes. The best reports are coming from 14 to 44 feet with 20 to 28 feet being most productive. Redtails and Lindy Rigs have been best. Hole in the Day Bay is giving up walleyes after dark for shore anglers. Look to North Long Lake in 20 feet for a few walleyes as well.
There hasn't been many anglers out, but the 20- to 24-foot breaks and weed edges of Pelican Lake and Serpent Lake would be worth noting for walleyes.
The deep holes of the Blue Earth River are producing walleyes. A few anglers continue to fish in the afternoon at Hall Lake and Cedar Lake, where minnows will turn walleyes in shallow water.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Look to Bowstring Lake for walleyes in six to nine feet. On Trout Lake, walleyes can be had on minnows in eight feet during the afternoon.
The die-hard anglers are catching some walleyes on redtails at Woman Lake in 18 to 23 feet of water.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Trolling crankbaits is the best bet for walleyes. Work the rock reefs, points and shoreline breaks in six to 12 feet of water. Vineland Bay and Isle Bay continue to produce some good-sized perch in four to eight feet of water. Look to the boat harbors and bays for crappies and sunfish.
Fishing from shore in the channels during the afternoon will produce an occasional walleye or northern pike. Minnows will turn some walleyes on the shallow weedlines during the evening hours as well.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A jig and minnow continues to trigger walleyes from the Lighthouse Gap up to Birchdale on the Rainy River in 14 to 23 feet.
Walleye action is in full swing. Saddles, points and sharp breaks are holding aggressive walleyes in 26 to 40 feet. Jigs tipped with large minnows are best. A 54-inch muskie was caught and released last week on a large crankbait. Whitefish netting has been fair, but they are shallow, which typically puts the muskies on a feeding binge.
Until there's ice, fishing reports on the main lake will be nonexistent. The only decent option walleye and crappie anglers have can be found at Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 14 to 20 feet of water. The bite has slowed, but with some persistence you'll catch fish.
LEECH LAKE AREA
A handful of walleye anglers continues to catch fish on crankbaits during the evening hours. Work the points and shoreline breaks in 10 to 12 feet of water. An occasional muskie is raised from the shoreline breaks as well.
Most walleye anglers are fishing from shore just before sunset. Shallow-running crankbaits or a jig and minnow will produce walleyes at the public landing on Lake Crystal or the dock on Lake Washington.
Minnows or crankbaits are turning smallmouth bass and walleyes in the deep holes of the Mississippi River. There has been a noticeable number of big walleyes caught this week.
When the weather allows shore anglers to fish, there are walleyes caught on Big Stone Lake. Best reports are from close to town on a jig and minnow.
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on the main lake reefs and humps. Fish slow and vertically in 30 to 38 feet of water. The humps in Sand Bay are giving up good-sized crappies, but not a lot of them.
RED WING AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught on Sonars, hair jigs and minnows, or jigs tipped with plastics near the dam on the Mississippi River in less than 18 feet of water.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Pitching crankbaits or a jig and minnow has produced some walleyes on Lake Koronis. Most of these fish have been caught by anglers fishing from shore at sunset and after dark.
The traditional fall crankbait bite continues to take place on Lake Minnewaska. Shallow-running Rapalas have worked best during the evening hours on the edges of most bulrush patches.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST - Minnows are triggering northern pike on lakes such as White Bear, Bald Eagle and Hydes. Slow-rolled crankbaits will produce bass on Forest Lake and Lake Jane until the water drops a few degrees. Look to the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers with minnows for walleyes in 15 feet.
WEST - A jig and minnow will produce walleyes in the deep holes of the Minnesota River. Lake Waconia is worth checking for walleyes during the evening in 12 to 14 feet of water.
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the points of Lake Tetonka during the afternoon hours. On Lake Elysian, anglers fishing from shore with shiner minnows also have pulled walleyes late in the day.