Msg 1 Posted: 10:30 AM 11/08/06 (CST)
Fishing is limited, but bird hunting continues to improve|
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.
Johnsons Portside (320) 676-3811
Terrys Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
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. Duck hunting has been very good along the south shore and Northwest Angle. Limits of mallards, redheads, bluebills and Canada geese have been common. Grouse hunters also have found hunting to be excellent.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
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. A few northern ducks have moved onto the lake, but ringbills remain most abundant. Grouse hunters continue to do well, especially those who venture off the beaten paths.
Reeds Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
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. Hunting reports also have been minimal as ducks and pheasants are scarce in the immediate area.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
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. Grouse hunting is going well, but duck numbers are down with just a few northern birds in the area.
Loons Nest (218) 286-5850
Until theres 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 youll catch fish. Duck hunters are seeing a few northern birds and grouse hunting remains a bright spot.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
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. Goose hunters are seeing birds, but duck numbers have dropped off.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
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. Pheasant hunting has improved as more corn is removed. The best reports are still west of the immediate area. Duck hunters are finding a few birds on the river bottoms and some divers on the bigger ponds and lakes.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
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. With the corn being removed, pheasant hunters are shooting more birds. Waterfowl hunters are seeing some divers on area lakes and geese are still easy targets in most harvested fields.
Little Jims Bait (320) 274-5297
Crankbaits or minnows are producing walleyes during the evening on Otter Tail Lake in five to 10 feet. Youll find some deep walleyes on West Battle Lake and East Battle Lake in 24 to 30 feet. A vertically presented minnow has been best. Clitherall Lake, Otter Tail, and West Battle are giving up northern pike via sucker minnows in 12 feet. Look to larger ponds and lakes for divers and mallards. Geese are being taken by field hunters.
Bens Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
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.
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
There hasnt 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. Limits of grouse have been common and there are some northern ducks in the area. Goose numbers remain strong providing waterfowl hunters with a consistent mixed bag of birds.
Oars n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
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. Corn is being removed and pheasant hunting is improved. Duck hunting has been average with very few new birds moving into the area.
Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225
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. Duck numbers have dropped over the past week, although there are some divers showing up on the bigger lakes. Most grouse hunters continue to comment that theyre seeing and shooting a lot of birds.
Bens Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838
The die-hard anglers are catching some walleyes on redtails at Woman Lake in 18 to 23 feet of water. Duck hunting has been better as more northern birds move through the area. Grouse hunters also did well with the nice weather last weekend.
Swansons Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
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.
Lake Vermilion Trading Company
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. Pheasant hunting has improved as more corn is removed and waterfowl hunters are shooting a lot more geese than ducks.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
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. Corn harvest is in high gear, providing pheasant hunters with more opportunity. Most report seeing quite a few birds in this area. Goose hunters are doing well and the river is holding more ducks this week.
Shumans Outdoor Sports (763) 295-3222
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. The corn is coming out, which has improved pheasant hunting. Waterfowl hunters are shooting a mixed bag of ducks and goose numbers are impressive.
Buds Bait (320) 839-2480
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. Waterfowl hunters are offering mixed reports, although geese are much more noticeable than ducks. Look for pheasant hunting to improve as the corn continues to come out.
Ikes Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
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. Pheasant hunting has been good, especially since the corn now is being harvested. Waterfowl hunters continue to shoot a mixed bag of ducks and quite a few Canada geese.
Mikes Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
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. Goose numbers remain strong and there are ducks to be had. A few more northern birds have shown up this week. The corn is coming out, which has provided pheasant hunters increased opportunities.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle
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. Pheasant hunting has been good as most hunters report seeing more birds with the corn coming out. Duck reports are mixed, although mallard numbers appear strong.
Axels Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
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