Msg 1 Posted: 10:47 AM 09/17/07 (CST)
ANNANDALE AREA |
Shad Raps or a jig and minnow are producing walleyes in 12 to 16 feet at Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake. Bass, panfish, and northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes with Clearwater, Sugar, Pleasant, and Sylvia leading the way. Muskie anglers at Sugar Lake report more activity this week with surface baits and goose hunters had a better second week than first.
Sunfish action remains strong in six to 20 feet at Clitherall Lake, Deer Lake, Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Norway Lake. Walleyes can be had on crankbaits during the evening hours in 10 to 12 feet at West Battle, Otter Tail, and East Battle. During the day, a jig and minnow is working best in deeper water. Work the weedlines with sucker minnows on South Turtle Lake, Clitherall, and West Battle for pike. Muskie and crappie reports are limited, but bass remain an easy catch at Eagle Lake and South Turtle. Goose numbers remain limited.
Crappie and sunfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet at lakes such as Pimushe, Rabideau, and Gilstead. A jig and minnow is the way to go for walleyes on the weedlines and wind-driven shorelines of Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. This bite has been strong through the entire day, often peaking during the evening hours. Bear and goose hunters continue to have good success in this region.
Redtails or rainbow minnows are producing walleyes at Gull Lake in 18 to 28 feet, with some fish being pulled as deep as 42 feet. Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake are other walleye options in similar depths. Pike are hitting large minnows in 15 to 25 feet on most lakes and bass continue to be pulled from the deep weedbeds. Look for panfish off the weeds in eight to 15 feet throughout the area.
Redtails are the ticket for walleyes and pike in 25 to 35 feet. Windigo Bar, Deadmans Bar, North Rock Hump, and the south end of Turtle River Bar have been best. Perch are being found in seven to 10 feet off ONeils Point and between Cedar and Star islands. The shallow rocks are holding a few active muskies, which tend to prefer bucktails. Look to Dicks Bay in six to eight feet for bluegills.
Rapalas are turning good numbers of walleyes on the sand-bottomed areas of Green Lake and Chisago Lake. Chisago also is giving up numbers of bass via plastic worms. Sunfish are an easy find on the docks and shallow weedlines of most lakes and look for suspended crappies over 20 feet at South Lindstrom lake, North Center Lake, and Chisago. Sunrise Lake is always a safe bet for bass and pike. Goose reports have become noticeably fewer since opening weekend.
A jig and minnow is providing steady walleye action on the Mississippi River, Rabbit Lake, and Serpent Lake. Work the rice beds and log jam areas of the river for panfish, and smallmouth are hitting topwater baits on the river as well. Muskie and pike action has been slow, but should pick up as water temperatures continue to drop. Goose reports indicate some pretty decent bird numbers in the area.
Work the weedlines and humps of Big Detroit Lake with CowGirls for muskies. Minnows and crankbaits are triggering walleyes on the weedlines of Pelican Lake, Island Lake, and Big Detroit. Island also is producing smallmouth bass and sunfish, while crappies are being found suspended over deep water at lakes Melissa and Big Detroit. Goose hunting continues to be poor in the area.
On Lake Superior, anglers are finding suspended lake trout and salmon over 200 feet of water. The best reports are coming from six miles out of Duluth. The reefs and shoreline of Island Lake are a safe bet for smallmouth and Fish Lake is providing an evening walleye bite with minnows in eight to 10 feet of water. Youll also find crappies at Fish Lake in 15 feet and some bluegills in eight feet. Bear registrations continue to climb, highlighted by a 555-pound animal.
Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 22 feet at Blue Lake. Elk Lake is kicking out sunfish in six to 10 feet during the morning and afternoon hours. Lakes such as Elk, Blue, and Fremont are giving up numbers of pike and bass. On the Mississippi and Rum rivers, smallmouth bass and catfish remain active.
Drifting or slow trolling minnows has produced limits of walleyes at Little Long Lake and Shagawa Lake. At Birch Lake, walleyes have been inhaling deep-diving crankbaits. Basswood Lake is kicking out walleyes, but the main story here is the number of big pike being caught on minnows. Many small lakes in this region continue to produce crappies and bluegills in fairly shallow water.
Theres some decent muskie action reported from the shallows of Fox Lake, especially during low-light periods of the day. Crankbaits continue to produce walleyes along the shoreline drops of Hall Lake. Crappie action has slowed, but sunfish continue to be caught behind the filtration plant on Budd Lake.
Work the docks out to the first weedline for sunfish at Shields Lake and Fox Lake. Minnows are producing walleyes in the shallow weeds of lakes Mazaska, Shields, and French. Northern pike and bass are hitting on the weedlines of Circle Lake and Shields during the day. Goose hunters are reporting good numbers of birds in the area.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Minnows are now turning the majority of walleyes in 18 to 20 feet of water at Lake Saganaga, Seagull Lake, and Gunflint Lake. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits thrown on the rock and sand shorelines of most lakes. On Lake Superior, most salmon and lake trout are now coming from 180 to 200 feet of water. The laker trout are usually suspended, while the majority of salmon remain close to bottom. Bear hunting continues to be impressive with the cooler weather bringing a lot of activity to local baits.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Look for walleyes with a jig and minnow in 12 to 14 feet at Lake Wabana, in 14 to 20 feet with crawlers at Big Trout Lake, and with minnows on the Mississippi River. Sunfish are hitting well in 14 to 20 feet at Lake Pokegama, in eight to 12 feet at Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake and in nine to 12 feet at Jay Gould Lake. Theres some evening crappie action in 12 to 14 feet at Jay Gould, Wabana, and Little Ball Club Lake. Bass and pike continue to be pulled from deep water on Pokegama. Bear hunting success has improved with the cool weather and goose reports are limited.
Work the 16- to 25-foot weedlines of Woman Lake and Birch Lake for walleyes and pike. A jig and minnow is turning fish. Some good-sized perch have been pulled from Woman in 16 feet as well. Weed edges of Pleasant Lake and Birch are holding schools of crappies and bass are an easy catch in 12- to 14-foot weeds of most lakes. Goose hunters are having some success, but bear registrations are down.
LAKE MILLE LACS
During the day, the deep rocks and mud are producing walleyes in 22 to 30 feet. The 10- to 12-foot rocks have been best at night with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches working best all the time. The north-end sand breaks or weedlines in most bays have produced muskies at night, with topwater or chatter baits working best. Some perch have started showing up in the bays over 14 to 17 feet.
Muskie action has slowed, although CowGirls continue to raise a few fish in Carmons and Browns bays. A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes during low-light periods on the 16- to 18-foot weedlines of Browns Bay. Work the weed tops with a spinnerbait and sucker minnow for pike and the majority of bass and sunfish remain in shallow water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Shiner minnows are running in the Rainy River triggering the fall walleye bite. There seems to be a large pod of fish staging outside the Gap and south shore of the lake. The best reports are coming from 23 to 30 feet from the Lighthouse Gap to Morris Point Gap. On the Rainy, 12 to 16 feet has been best for walleyes and sauger. At the Northwest Angle, look for walleyes on the 28- to 31-foot rocks and reefs.
The bluegill bite is tapering off with just a few fish being found on the main-lake bars in 14 feet. Crappie action remains strong in front of Holiday Resort where limits of fish are being taken on rosy red minnows over 30 feet of water. Walleye activity is on the increase with redtails and fatheads producing fish on the Four Mile Bar in 23 feet and in front of the Town Access in 24 to 26 feet. Look to Battle Point for pike and goose hunting has been slow.
Minnows, crawlers, and crankbaits are triggering a few walleyes along the remaining weedlines of Vermilion. Muskies are cruising soft-bottomed bays and hitting hair baits during low-light periods. Pelican Lake has been giving up crappies, bluegills, and pike in 16 to 22 feet. Bear hunters have had excellent success again this week.
Walleye activity is improving during low-light periods off the Claybanks, Andersons Reef, North Reef, and the south side of Cemetery Reef in 12 to 18 feet. Sunfish are being found on the 10- to 12-foot milfoil edges and bass remain active along the north shore bulrushes. Theres been a noticeable drop in muskie action over the past 10 days.
Steady winds and some rain have moved most of the walleye action back to the main-lake bars such as Bena, Horseshoe, and Big Muskie. Crawlers and leeches are working best in 16 to 18 feet. There is some shallow activity with jigs and minnows in six to 12 feet off the points and shoreline breaks. The nine- to 11-foot breaks are best for pike and perch have started schooling in five to seven feet off the points and shorelines.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The most consistent walleye action is taking place in shallow water with crankbaits or minnows. Better areas this week have been Pine Point, Otter Tail Point, Goose Island, and Sand Point in nine to 12 feet. Perch continue to be caught on minnows off the points and Walker Narrows in 12 feet and muskie action has been limited this week. Work the bays and Bear Island area for panfish and the rice beds in Boy Bay are worth noting for largemouth bass.
Shad Raps are producing walleyes on Lake Washington in 12 to 14 feet. Pitch a jig and minnow on the Minnesota River or shoreline breaks of Lake Hanska for walleyes as well. Madison Lake remains a safe bet for crappies in 10 to 14 feet, while northern pike and bass are hitting on Big Jefferson Lake. Goose hunting has improved greatly since opening weekend.
Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows in 18 to 22 feet at Big Sandy Lake. Theres a decent sunfish and crappie bite at lakes Minnewawa and Big Sandy in 12 feet throughout the day. Work the deep weedlines of Minnewawa with sucker minnows for pike. Bear hunters have registered less than 10 animals and goose numbers are poor in the area.
Work the deep holes and channels of the Mississippi River for smallmouth and catfish. Crankbaits are turning walleyes in 10 to 16 feet at Big Eagle Lake. Plastics pitched in the weeds of Lake Pulaski and Big Lake are turning largemouth bass. For panfish, hit Lake Ida and Buffalo Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Goose hunting has been very poor in the area.
On the St. Croix River, Mepps spinners are turning white bass in five feet and a spinner/crawler combination is working for sauger in deeper water. Topwater baits continue to work best for bass at lakes such as Demonterville and Jane. Muskie and pike action has slowed, but Lake Peltier is giving up sunfish in 12 feet.
Look to Big Stone Lake for bluegills and perch in 10 to 13 feet. Better areas have been Rocky Ledge, Goose Island, and the Christmas Trees. A few walleyes are hitting during the evening hours in shallow water. Goose hunting reports dropped dramatically after opening weekend.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
During the day, crawlers or minnows are triggering walleyes in 20 feet at Potato Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Big Sand Lake. Crankbaits have worked best up shallow during the evening hours. Sucker minnows continue to produce pike on the Crow Wing Chain in 12 to 14 feet and the Chain remains the areas best panfish option. Muskies continue to be caught at a good pace on Big Mantrap Lake. Goose hunting is going well, but the bear harvest has dropped after a strong first week.
Crappie and walleye activity has improved in 26 to 30 feet in Sand Bay and around Three Sisters Island. Black Bay also has produced crappies in eight feet. Blueberry and Fox islands continue to give up walleyes in 30 to 40 feet, mainly on a jig and minnow combination. Cranberry Bay has been a safe bet for pike in eight to 10 feet and goose and bear hunting action has dropped since opening weekend.
Main-lake walleye reports are limited, but the Tamarack River and Blackduck River continue to produce big walleyes in six feet, primarily via jigs and minnows. Trolling crankbaits and spoons is a safe bet for pike in six to eight feet on the lake and crappie action is slow.
RED WING AREA
Most walleyes and sauger are hitting hair jigs and minnows along the rip/rap areas leading to the dam in 12 to 15 feet on the Mississippi River. The docks within Baypoint Park continue to produce panfish and the mouth of the Rush River is a safe bet for pike. Topwater baits are providing steady smallmouth bass action on the rocks in Lake Pepin. The second week of goose hunting has been much better than the first.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Minnows are triggering walleyes on the weedlines of Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Look to Koronis and Horseshoe Lake for pike in 12 to 14 feet, while sunfish are being taken in four to 12 feet at Rice, Koronis, and Horseshoe. Bass action remains strong and Grand Lake is producing good-sized crappies in 14 to 16 feet. Goose hunters are reporting a lot more birds in the area now than last week.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Fatheads and leeches are both producing limits of walleyes at McCormick Lake. Lake Amelia and Little Birch Lake are starting to provide steady walleye action as well. Northern pike reports are limited, but lakes such as Sauk and Maple are kicking out numbers of panfish.
During the day, work the points and breaks of Lake Minnewaska in 12 to 15 feet with a jig and minnow for walleyes. At night, crankbaits are turning some fish along the bulrushes. Theres also an evening walleye bite in shallow water on Lake Reno. Sunfish action has slowed, although Minnewaska is giving up a few good-sized fish in eight to 10 feet. The shallow weedlines of Minnewaska remain the areas best northern pike option with spinnerbaits.
Sunfish and perch action has been very good on Lake Tetonka in five to 15 feet. Walleyes are just starting to hit on the weedlines of Tetonka and Lake Sakatah, so look for that to improve as water temperatures drop. Smallmouth and largemouth bass remain an easy catch on Tetonka as well. Goose hunting reports have been poor.
Christmas Lake is producing sunfish in 16 feet, while Hydes Lake remains a consistent crappie producer in eight feet. Spoons and crankbaits are triggering bass and pike along the weedlines of Pierson Lake. Plastics are the way to go for bass on Mitchell Lake. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on the sand bars of the Minnesota River. Dove hunting has been very good, but goose reports are minimal.
Two presentations are turning walleyes at Green Lake: Minnows during the day in 30 feet and crankbaits at night in shallow water. Crankbaits also are turning walleyes at night on Diamond Lake and Eagle Lake. Minnows have started producing walleyes during the day at Eagle in 15 to 20 feet as well. Sunfish continue to be found in the 10- to 12-foot weeds of lakes Andrew, Games, and Diamond. Goose hunting reports have varied, although some groups have done consistently well.