Msg 1 Posted: 02:51 PM 09/24/07 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA |
Walleye action has picked up on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona at varied depths. Redtails are working best from the weedlines out to 40 feet during the day. Crankbaits are producing walleyes after dark on these lakes.
Minnows are turning walleyes early and late in the day on Cedar Lake in 18 to 20 feet and on Clearwater Lake from the weedlines out to 20 feet. Hit the weedlines of Pleasant Lake with spinnerbaits for northern pike and bass. Sunfish action remains strong in 10 to 12 feet at Clearwater, Cedar and Lake Sylvia. The mid-depth weedlines of Pleasant and Sylvia are holding crappies.
Walleyes are hitting minnows on or near the flats of Otter Tail Lake in 10 to 20 feet, in 17 to 24 feet or 30 to 33 feet on West Battle Lake, and in 18 to 24 feet at Stalker Lake.
Lake Bemidji is producing walleyes on redtails in 10 to 15 feet during the morning hours. On Lake Plantagenet a jig and minnow is triggering walleyes in 25 to 30 feet. Panfish pike and muskie action has been slow.
Work the weedlines and shoreline breaks of Blackduck Lake and Island Lake with a minnow for walleyes. Sunfish and crappies are biting well in 10 to 14 feet at Gilstead Lake, Pimushe Lake and Rabideau Lake. Pike and bass remain active on the weedlines of most lakes.
Minnows or crankbaits are the ticket for walleyes at Chisago Lake and Green Lake in 15 to 18 feet during the evening hours. Sunrise Lake continues to produce numbers of largemouth bass and northern pike.
Pelican Lake, Rabbit Lake and Clearwater Lake are giving up walleyes in six to 12 feet at night and in 18 to 27 feet during the day. A jig and redtail minnow is working best. Spinners and minnows are turning northern pike on the weed tops and edges of most lakes. The Mississippi River remains the best option for big bluegills. Deep-diving Rapalas or plastics are producing trout early and late in the day at Manual Pit and Huntington Pit.
Minnows are producing walleyes during the evening hours at Fish Lake in eight to 10 feet. Smallmouth bass remain active with the shorelines of Island Lake giving up strong numbers. Fish Lake also is a safe bet for panfish with bluegills being caught in eight feet and crappies coming from 12 to 15 feet. Reports off Lake Superior have been limited this week.
A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes and crappies on Blue Lake in 22 feet. The weedlines of Fremont Lake and Elk Lake are holding numbers of bass and pike. Look to Elk for sunfish in six to 10 feet as well. Smallmouth bass and catfish action remains consistent on the Rum and Mississippi rivers.
Spinners and minnows or Rapalas are producing walleyes in 15 to 25 feet. Basswood Lake, Birch Lake and Shagawa Lake are worth noting. Basswood continues to produce good-sized pike primarily on large minnows. Panfish remain shallow on most lakes and the grouse season started on a good note although heavy cover remains an issue.
Cannon Lake, Lake Mazaska and Shields Lake are producing walleyes during the evening. The majority of fish are being caught with plastics. Sunfish continue to be caught near the docks at Circle Lake, Fox Lake and Kelley Dudley Lake. Trolling spoons or minnows on the weedlines of Kelley Dudley is a safe bet for pike.
The wind-swept bays have produced walleyes in six to 15 feet and as deep as 35 feet. Some fish continue to be taken with leeches and crawlers but minnows have been most productive. Troll the deep weed edges of these bays with sucker minnows and you should find pike. Crappies are being caught but establishing a consistent pattern has been difficult.
LAKE MILLE LACS
The evening crankbait bite is picking up for walleyes off the shallow rock reefs and points. Crankbaits are working best but there is some minnow action reported as well. During the day the deep-rock and occasional mud-flat bite takes place in 22 to 30 feet with live bait. Some perch are being found in the bays over 10 to 15 feet but there is a lot of sorting taking place. Smallmouth bass remain active on the rocks and muskie anglers continue to see fish on the north end during the evening hours.
Sunfish and bass remain easy targets on the inside weedlines throughout the lake in about six feet of water. Trolling a spinnerbait and sucker minnow on top of the weedbeds or along the mid-depth weedlines continues to produce pike. Theres some evening walleye reports coming from Browns Bay with a jig and minnow in 16 to 18 feet. Muskie activity has tapered off with more follows than hooked fish reported on the weedlines.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A jig and shiner minnow is producing limits of walleyes outside the Lighthouse Gap. The shiner run is in full swing on the Rainy River which means the walleyes are following and providing consistent action. Look to the Clementson, Frontier Landing and Birchdale areas for the biggest concentration of shiners and walleyes. At the Northwest Angle crappies, walleyes and jumbo perch are being caught around the flats and rocks.
Walleye action has picked on the Four Mile Bar, the Jawbone and on the flats in 21 to 30 feet. The mornings and evenings have been best with minnows. Sunfish are scattered on the main-lake bars in 14 feet and there are crappies being found suspended over 30 feet in front of the Holiday Resort. Bass and pike remain active on the deep weedlines.
The muskie bite continues to be very good with bucktails. Numbers of fish have been caught and raised on the weedline in Waconia Bay off Andersons Reef and the southeast side of the island. Minnows are triggering walleyes during the evening hours on the sides of North Reef and Keggs Reef. Panfish action has been limited but bass continue to be found on the weed edges of most reefs.
The shoreline breaks and points are holding walleyes in five to 12 feet of water. A jig and minnow combination is working best with areas such as Ravens Point, Little Stoney Point and the Highbanks providing some action. Perch action has been limited with a few fish being found on the shallow rocks. Northern pike can be had with minnows on the weed edges but most have been small.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The east and west sides of Walker Narrows are producing numbers of good-sized perch in five to seven feet. Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow during the day and crankbaits at night in eight to 12 feet of water off Pine Point Stoney Point and Sand Point. Work the shallow rocks around Pelican Island and Walker Bay for muskies. Big bass continue to be taken in the slop and rice areas around Minnesota Island and in Boy Bay.
Madison Lake continues to produce crappies in 10 to 14 feet, while Lake Washington is the area's best sunfish option in 10 to 12 feet. Look to Lake Hanska, Minnesota River, and Lake Washington for walleyes with Shad Raps or minnows. The weedlines of Big Jefferson Lake continue to provide numbers of bass and pike. Youth Waterfowl Day went well with numbers of ducks and geese in the area, but archery hunters are reporting few deer.
Sunfish and crappies are being found in four to eight feet at Ramsey Lake, Lake Constance and Lake Ida. The deep holes and bends of the Mississippi River continue to hold smallmouth bass and catfish. Hit the weedlines of Big Lake and Mitchell Lake for bass and pike.
A jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes in the Grapevine area of Big Stone Lake during the evening hours. Look for perch in the Rocky Ledge area of Big Stone in 13 to 15 feet. The south end of Artichoke Lake is producing crappies in five feet. Small jigs and minnows have worked best.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Fish Hook Lake is producing walleyes in 21 feet mainly on redtails. Northern pike action is picking up with minnows and crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet at Fifth Crow Wing Lake. Bass action remains very good in the shallows of most lakes with spinnerbaits.
A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes in 30 to 40 feet around Grindstone Island and American Narrows. The east end reefs also have produced walleyes in 40 feet of water. On the Rainy River walleyes and some good-sized pike are being caught at the mouth of the Little Fork River. Crappie reports have been limited.
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the Tamarack River in six to eight feet while main-lake walleye and crappie action is slow. Work the weed edges on the main lake for pike and look for the big fish to start biting soon.
RED WING AREA
The dam area of the Mississippi River is producing walleyes and saugers. Hair jigs and minnows have worked best in 10 to 15 feet. Panfish are being found under the docks in Baypoint Park. Large sucker minnows or spoons are producing pike at the mouths of the Rush and Pine rivers. The Maple Springs area of Lake Pepin is a safe bet for smallmouth bass.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Look for walleyes on the six- to 12-foot weedlines of Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Minnows started turing walleyes on Grand Lake in 12 feet. Sunfish are being found in six to 10 feet at Ripley Lake and Becker Lake. Work the weedlines of Koronis Browns Lake and Eden Lake for pike.
The Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska is producing sunfish in eight to 10 feet. A few walleyes can be had during the day on Minnewaska in 12 to 15 feet with minnows and during the evening with crankbaits along the shorelines. Lake Andrew started giving up walleyes via shiner minnows in 15 to 18 feet and there is an evening crankbait bite on Lake Reno for walleyes in shallow water.
TWIN CITIES METRO
Theres an excellent sturgeon bite on the St. Croix River. Most of these fish are being caught off the deep points with crawlers. On the Mississippi River panfish and bass are an easy catch in six to 12 feet. Pike panfish and muskie reports have been limited on area lakes. Trolling spoons on the weedlines of Pierson Lake and Lake Minnewashta is a safe bet for northern pike. Panfish are starting to hit with crappies being found in 14 to 16 feet of water on area lakes and some sunfish in slightly shallower water. Largemouth bass continue to be caught on spinnerbaits with lakes such as Steiger and Auburn standing out.
Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 15 feet during the evening hours and minnows are working best in 20 feet or more during the day on Green Lake and Eagle Lake. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Diamond Lake, Andrew Lake and Games Lake are holding panfish. Bass and pike action has been limited.