Msg 1 Posted: 01:03 PM 09/11/07 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA |
Crankbaits started turning walleyes at night on Lake Miltona in seven to 12 feet. Live bait is the best walleye option on Lake Ida in 16 to 40 and the weedlines of Lake Le Homme Dieu started producing a few walleyes. Muskie and pike action is slow, but bluegills and sunfish are active on lakes Darling, Geneva and Le Homme Dieu. Look for the crappies suspended over deep water.
Work seven- to 12-foot weedlines of lakes Sylvia, Clearwater and Pleasant for bass, pike and panfish. The 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Clearwater are giving up walleyes during the evening on minnows or Rapalas. Anglers at Sugar Lake are catching bass and getting some muskie follows.
Minnows are producing walleyes during the day on Otter Tail Lake in eight to 15 feet and on the flats at night via Rapalas. Look to Battle Lake with shiner minnows during low-light periods in 15 to 25 feet for walleyes. Sunfish are being found in 15 to 20 feet and crappies in 15 feet on lakes such as Clitherall, West Battle, East Battle and Stalker. Bass continue to hit on most lakes and northern pike are hitting minnows at Silver Lake and Otter Tail.
Crankbaits are turning walleyes at night in the shallows of Lake Bemidji. On Lake Plantagenet, a jig and minnow has worked best for eyes in 25 to 30 feet. The local muskie and panfish bite has slowed.
Work the wind-driven weed edges of Blackduck Lake and Island Lake with a jig and minnow for walleyes. Panfish continue to bite at a good pace in 10 to 12 feet at Pimushe Lake and Rabideau Lake.
CASS LAKE AREA
On Cass Lake, crawlers and spinners are producing walleyes in 12 to 20 feet as are minnows on the main-lake bars in 25 to 45 feet. Perch action has picked up with fathead minnows in eight feet off ONeils Point and Cedar Island on Cass and in Pike Bay Lake. Muskie activity has been limited.
Muskies continue to inhale CowGirls and BullDogs on Big and Little Detroit lakes. Walleyes seem to prefer small sucker minnows in 18 to 20 feet at Island Lake, Pelican Lake and Big Detroit. Panfish are found from the docks out to 12 feet at lakes such as Floyd, Melissa, Trow Bridge, Sour and Detroit. Work the weedlines of Melissa with sucker minnows for pike.
Walleyes and big crappies are being pulled from Boulder Lake on minnows. Look to Island Lake for smallmouth bass and walleyes in 10 to 12 feet. On Fish Lake, anglers are finding walleyes, northern pike and crappies in the weeds. Lake trout continue to be caught close to the bottom, while cohos and kings remain suspended on Lake Superior.
Look to Blue Lake for crappies and Elk Lake for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Catfish and smallmouth bass remain active on the Mississippi and Rum rivers. Spinnerbaits thrown on the weedlines of Green Lake and Blue Lake are turning pike.
Theres a good crappie and sunfish bite behind the filtration plant on Budd Lake in eight feet. Crankbaits are producing small walleyes during the evening hours on Hall Lake in shallow water. Muskie anglers are doing well on Fox Lake with bucktails.
Rapalas or minnows are triggering walleyes on the shallow weedlines of Shields Lake and Lake Mazaska. Trolling spoons on the weedlines of Shields has produced pike as well. Work the weedlines of Mazaska for crappies and sunfish.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Lakes such as Saganaga, Seagull and Gunflint are kicking out walleyes in 20 feet via crawlers or minnows. This area of Lake Superior is giving up lake trout near the bottom and salmon close to the surface over 180 feet of water.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught with leeches in 20 to 30 feet at Trout Lake, in 14 to 16 feet at Lake Wabana with shiner minnows and with a jig and minnow on the Mississippi River. Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes are producing bluegills in eight to 16 feet. Crappies and gills are hitting on Trout Lake in eight to 20 feet. Lake Pokegama is producing numbers of smallmouth and largemouth bass and youll find pike here in 20 to 30 feet.
Theres a consistent walleye and panfish bite off the weedlines of Five Point Lake. A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and jumbo perch at Woman Lake in 16 to 19 feet. Work the 12-foot weedlines of Birch Lake for crappies during the evening hours and there is some daytime panfish action along the weedlines of Child Lake.
The best walleye reports are coming from 28 to 35 feet of water on Kabetogama and in 30 to 40 feet of water on Namakan Lake. There is some walleye activity in six to 15 feet of water on both lakes if the wind blows. Trolling big, artificial baits or sucker minnows on the weedlines has produced northern pike and smallmouth bass continue to hit crayfish-colored baits.
LAKE MILLE LACS
During the day, walleyes continue to be found in 25 feet or deeper on the mud and gravel. During low-light periods, the 10- to 16-foot rocks tend to produce more fish. Work the weedlines in most bays or north-end sand breaks for muskies especially at night. The docks and rock reefs are safe bets for smallmouth, most of which are taken on plastics.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Walleyes have started being taken with a jig and minnow in the channel areas during low-light periods on Lake Minnnetonka. Spinnerbaits tipped with sucker minnows are producing pike in 12 feet on Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Work the deep weedlines of area lakes with plastics for bass. The weedlines of Independence and Minnetonka continue to produce muskies.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Theres a steady walleye bite on minnows in 22 to 30 feet outside the Lighthouse Gap and Morris Point Gap area. Some anglers continue to use downriggers in deeper water on the main lake with success as well. Shiner minnows have started showing up in the Rainy River in good numbers so look for the bite to really pick up here. At the Northwest Angle, minnows are triggering walleyes around Oak Island and Flag Island in 20 feet. Muskie reports have dropped at the Angle since last week.
Bluegill action remains consistent in 16 feet of water off the Four Mile Bar, Three Mile Bar and Battle Point. Lindy Rigs and fatheads are producing walleyes in 23 feet off Four Mile Bar and Half Mile Bar. Bass remain very active on the shallow and deep weedlines with spinnerbaits or plastics working best.
The east end of the lake is producing walleyes most consistently. Work the Daisy Bay and Big Bay areas in 16 to 24 feet with crawlers and minnows near the weeds. Topwater baits and bucktails are providing the best muskie action, mainly after dark, on top of the weeds.
Work the deep weedline off the main-lake reefs and youll find a mixed bag of fish including walleyes, panfish and bass. Muskie anglers are seeing most of their action during low-light periods on top of the reefs with bucktails triggering most fish. Crappies and sunfish are being found on the 10- to 16-foot weed edges around the lake and in Reinkies Bay.
Walleyes are biting best in shallow water. A jig and minnow is the way to go in six to eight feet from the Highbanks area and further south. The Sugar Point area is giving up walleyes in six to eight feet, as are the main-lake bars in 16 to 20 feet. Perch action is slow and northern pike remain active in the six- to eight-foot weeds.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Jigs and minnows or Rapalas are providing excellent walleye action in 10 to 12 feet. The key is to fish the wind-driven locations with spots such as Pine Point, West Goose Flats, Sand Point and the area between Goose Island and Otter Tail Point being most consistent. Muskies are hitting topwater baits on the rocks near Pelican Island and North Bar. Youll find more perch in the same spots as walleyes, the south side of Bear Island is giving up crappies and the bulrushes near Sand Point are worth noting for bluegills.
Madison Lake is producing crappies via minnows in 10 to 15 feet of water. Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours has produced walleyes at Madison and Lake Washington. Look for sunfish in eight to 12 feet of water at Washington and Duck Lake.
Crappie action has picked up in Sand Bay over 30 feet and in Black Bay over eight feet of water. Troll the weedlines of Black Bay and Lost Bay with crankbaits for pike. The best walleye action is taking place in 30 to 60 feet on the east-end reefs and in 40 feet near Blueberry and Fox islands.
Crankbaits are producing numbers of good-sized pike on the main lake in six to eight feet. The best walleye action is taking place in the Tamarack River with slip bobbers and minnows. Crappie reports are nonexistent.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Minnows and crawlers are producing walleyes off the weed flats of Rice Lake and at Lake Koronis in seven to 12 feet. Sunfish continue to be caught on Rice Lake in eight to 10 feet of water and in six to 12 feet at lakes Pearl, Grand and Horseshoe. Horseshoe also is giving up crappies in 12 to 14 feet. The weedlines of Koronis, Rice and Horseshoe are giving up pike and the area bass bite remains strong.
Sunfish and bass remain active in 10 feet throughout Lake Minnewaska. Minnewaska is giving up a few walleyes during the day in 15 to 18 feet via fathead minnows and there is some evening crankbait action in shallower water. Hit Lake Reno during the evening hours with Rapalas for walleyes as well.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO Spinners and crawlers are triggering walleyes in 20 feet south of the Afton area on the St. Croix River. The big flathead catfish action has really picked up on the Mississippi River. Muskies are hitting bucktails and topwater baits on White Bear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. Lake Peltier is worth noting for panfish in eight feet and White Bear is producing crappies over 20 feet. Sucker minnows are a safe bet for pike on most lakes and goose reports have been limited.
WEST METRO Anglers are finding plenty of panfish off the dock at Steiger Lake. Christmas Lake is producing crappies and sunfish in 20 feet early and late in the day. Pierson Lake remains the areas best bass option, while a jig and minnow is triggering walleyes on the Minnesota River. Catfish action also has improved on the river.
Theres a steady sunfish and crappie bite on Lake Tetonka in 12 to 15 feet. A few walleyes can be had with live bait during the evening hours on Lake Sekatah. Muskie action remains strong on Tetonka and youll find some good-sized perch in the beach area of Tetonka.