Msg 1 Posted: 01:40 PM 10/01/07 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA |
Muskie action has finally picked up on Lake Miltona with BullDawgs and CowGirls triggering the most action. Crankbaits are the ticket for bass in 16 to 18 feet on most lakes. Sunfish are on the bite, but most have been small and northern pike action remains limited. Walleyes are hitting minnows in 16 to 19 feet on lakes Darling, Le Homme Dieu and Carlos. Walleyes also have been taken on Lake Ida and Miltona, but they are scattered between 19 and 50 feet.
Sunfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet on most lakes, with Clearwater, Cedar and Sylvia producing better numbers of good-sized fish. Look for walleyes to be hitting minnows in 18 to 20 feet at Cedar, in 12 to 16 feet at Clearwater, and in 20 feet at Sugar Lake. The deep weedlines of Pleasant Lake, Lake Sylvia and Clearwater are holding crappies and bass.
If it's windy, you'll find walleyes in seven to 11 feet on Otter Tail Lake, but look deeper during calm conditions. On West Battle Lake, crankbaits are triggering walleyes in eight to 12 feet as are minnows in 30 feet. There s also a consistent bite on minnows at Silver Lake in 17 to 23 feet. Bass remain active on most lakes with Eagle, East Battle and Clitherall producing the biggest fish. Sunfish are being found in six to 12 feet at West Battle, Clitherall, Deer Lake and Lake Anna. Crappies are being found suspended over 14 to 18 feet at Stalker Lake.
Walleye action has picked up on Lake Bemidji with redtails in 15 to 30 feet. On Lake Plantagenet, a jig and shiner is turning walleyes in 15 to 25 feet. Panfish and muskie action is slow.
Look to Blackduck Lake with minnows for walleyes and perch in 10 to 12 feet. The shoreline break on Island Lake has given up a few walleyes as well. Rabideau Lake and Gilstead Lake are producing crappies over 20 feet of water.
Walleye action has been very good with rainbows, redtails, and shiner minnows. Gull Lake is producing the most fish in 13 to 40 feet often right off the weedlines. Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake also have produced walleyes during the afternoon hours on the remaining weed edges.
CASS LAKE AREA
Look for steady walleye action in 14 to 20 feet on Cass Lake. Allen s Bay, Deadman s Bar and North Cedar Bar have been most productive with minnows. Muskie reports have been slow, but the jumbo perch have started hitting along the bulrushes of Cass and Pike Bay Lake. The 10- to 12-foot weed edges of Kitchi Lake and Allen s Bay on Cass are producing bluegills. Look for suspended crappies over 30 feet throughout the north arm of Kitchi.
Look for suspended crappies to be hitting minnows over 20 feet of water at South Lindstrom Lake and North Center Lake. There s an evening crankbait and minnow bite for walleyes at Green Lake and Chisago Lake in 15 to 18 feet. The docks of Chisago are producing sunfish, and bass continue to be caught on spinnerbaits throughout the area.
Redtails are producing walleyes in 22 to 40 feet on lakes such as Rabbit, Clearwater, Nokay, Serpent and Pelican. Bass are hitting topwater baits on the shorelines of most lakes, while spinnerbaits tipped with sucker minnows are turning pike on the weedlines of area lakes. Crappies and sunfish are hitting on lakes Greer, Little Rabbit and Serpent. Rainbow trout are being caught with regularity from most pits and some nice brook trout have been pulled from Snowshoe Pit, Mallen Pit and Huntington Pit. The Mississippi River is giving up smallmouth bass.
Minnows continue to trigger walleyes in 20 to 30 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Island Lake, Lake Melissa and Pelican Lake. Muskies and northern pike are very active on Big Detroit and Melissa is kicking out pike in 12 to 14 feet. Lakes such as Floyd, Melissa and Big Detroit continue to provide steady panfish action in less than 10 feet of water.
Crappie action has picked up on Fish Lake at the Highbanks area over 18 feet of water. The rivers along the North Shore are producing some king salmon and pink salmon on drifted spawn bags or yarn-tied flies. Look to Island Lake with small chubs for walleyes on the eight- to 10-foot structure.
Northern pike and bass are very active on the weedlines of Fremont Lake and Elk Lake. Redtails are producing walleyes on the Rum River and in 22 feet of water at Blue Lake. Blue Lake is the area s best option for crappies and Elk Lake is the spot for sunfish in six to 10 feet. Work the Mississippi and Rum rivers for smallmouth bass.
Drifting minnows in 20 to 22 feet of water has produced walleyes on Birch Lake, Shagawa Lake, Basswood Lake and Little Long Lake. Basswood continues to produce good-sized pike as well, with crankbaits or large chubs working best.
Walleye action has picked up on Hall Lake in six feet of water. Crawlers and jigs continue to work best during the day with a few fish being caught on minnows. The shorelines of Budd Lake, Sissiton Lake and Hall are producing sunfish and crappies. The bigger fish are being found in less than six feet of water.
Small sucker minnows are producing walleyes along the nine- to 12-foot weed edges of Lake Mazaska and Shields Lake. The channel and bridge areas of Cannon Lake are holding walleyes as well. Minnows or spoons are triggering northern pike on the weedlines of Kelley Dudley Lake. Sunfish action remains strong in the shallows of Circle Lake, Fox Lake and Kelley Dudley.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Anglers on Lake Superior are finding a consistent lake trout bite over 40 to 100 feet and the rivers are holding quite a few pink salmon. Minnows are producing a few walleyes in 25 to 30 feet on Lake Saganaga and Gunflint Lake. On Greenwood Lake, large jigs are producing lake trout over 55 to 60 feet. Lakes such as Kimball and Mink are producing rainbow trout close to shore.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Bluegills are being found in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Pokegama and in 10 to 12 feet at Big Cutfoot, Little Cutfoot and Jay Gould Lake. Crappie action has picked up in 14 to 16 feet at Lake Wabana, Little Ball Club Lake and Jay Gould. Walleye reports have been limited, but look to Wabana, Big Trout Lake, Pokegama and the Mississippi River for a few fish during the evening hours. There s a minnow bite for pike on Pokegama over 20 feet of water. Bass action remains strong.
A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes and jumbo perch in 14 to 19 feet on Woman Lake. The 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Birch Lake are worth noting for northern pike and bass. Minnows or crankbaits seem to be working best. The deep weedlines of Pleasant Lake continue to give up a few crappies during the afternoon hours.
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 35 feet during the day and up shallower during low-light periods. Better areas on Kabetogama have been Martin Islands, Blind Ash, Larkin Island and Green Island. On Namakan Lake, Tar Point, Namakan Island, Twin Alligators Island and Gold Island have been most productive. Northern pike are hitting crankbaits or minnows in most wind-swept bays and smallmouth bass can be had on the rock piles and gravel-bottomed areas of Namakan.
LAKE MILLE LACS
The east-side bays are producing limits of perch in seven to nine feet. On the west side, perch action has been limited, but check the bays as water temperatures drop. Walleye action has been best in 19 to 22 feet during the day and in eight to 10 feet at night. Work the rocks and reefs with crankbaits or slip bobbers and live bait. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but not catching many. They have taken some nice pike on the weedlines this week.
Walleye action has picked up on the weedlines or in 28 feet of water. Crawlers and minnows are working best in Brown's Bay, Wayzata Bay and Crystal Bay. Northern pike are moving to the channels that offer some current. Crappies are showing up in Maxwell Bay and the west arm in 14 to 16 feet. Work the eight-foot flats with spinnerbaits and you should find some bass.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A jig and shiner minnow combination is turning limits of walleyes around the Gap in 18 to 20 feet. Look to the Rainy River for walleyes now that the shiner minnows have moved in, and there are plenty of sturgeon to be caught in the river as well. Trolling large baits has started to produce muskies at the Northwest Angle. Walleye action is improving around the islands and reefs at the Angle.
Minnows are producing walleyes on the main-lake bars and flats. Work 21 to 30 feet during the day and up shallower during low-light periods. Crappies continue to be found suspended over 30 feet of water in front of Holiday Resort. The north end is producing sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Work the weedlines with spinnerbaits or minnows for bass and pike.
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 40 feet or more, while a Lindy Rig and crawler has worked best on the 12- to 16-foot breaks and weedlines. The best bet for a muskie continues to be after dark.
There's some evening walleye action with minnows or Shad Raps in 12 to 14 feet off North Reef and Keggs Reef. The main-lake reefs are holding plenty of bass, but panfish reports have been limited. Bucktails and topwater baits are turning numbers of muskies on the weedlines of Waconia Bay, Anderson's Reef, the swimming beach and island area.
Walleyes have been hammering a jig and minnow on the wind-driven points. The best action is taking place in five to 10 feet off Raven's Point, Sugar Point, Little Stoney Point and the Highbanks area. The key is to fish the windy side of the lake. A consistent perch bite has been slow to develop with some fish being found on the rocks off Raven's Point. Smaller northern pike are being found mixed with the walleyes.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Walleye action remains consistent during midday hours, often peaking during lowlight periods. A jig and shiner minnow combination or a shallow-running crankbait has worked best in eight to 12 feet off Pine Point, Sugar Point and Battle Point. Good-sized perch continue to be found in seven feet of water around Walker Narrows. Muskie anglers report a few follows, but very few hooked fish. Panfish action has been limited as well.
The south end of Lake Hanska has produced a lot of walleyes via a jig and minnow. Shad Raps or minnows are turning walleyes on Lake Washington during the evening hours. Look to Madison Lake for crappies in 12 to 14 feet, and Lake Washington for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Minnows or spinnerbaits are providing steady bass and northern pike action on the weedlines of Big Jefferson Lake.
Shiner minnows are producing walleyes on Big Sandy Lake and Round Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Big Sandy, Round and Lake Minnewawa are safe bets for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 14 feet. The remaining weed edges of Minnewawa are producing northern pike. The bigger fish are being taken on crankbaits or large minnows.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Big Sand Lake and Fish Hook Lake are the best walleye options. Redtails have been working best in 18 to 22 feet. Crankbaits and minnows continue to trigger good-sized pike on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Fifth Crow Wing Lake. The local bass bite is strong, but panfish have been tough to locate.
Walleyes and crappies are hitting a jig and minnow in 40 feet in the American Narrows area. Walleye action also has picked up in six feet at Gold Portage and in the Reinier Rapids area with crankbaits. Look to Black Bay for steady crappie action in eight to 10 feet.
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes in the Tamarack River in less than eight feet. A few more walleyes have been caught on minnows in the main lake, but the rivers have been most consistent. The bigger pike are getting cranked up on the weedlines of the main lake. Spoons or crankbaits are the way to go in four to six feet.
RED WING AREA
The mouths of the Rush and Pine rivers are safe bets for northern pike. Big sucker minnows or spoons are triggering some good-sized fish. The best walleye and sauger action is taking place at the dam on the Mississippi River where hair jigs and minnows are turning fish in 12 to 15 feet. The rocks in the Maple Springs area of Lake Pepin continue to produce smallmouth bass and the Baypoint Park docks are worth noting for panfish.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
The Horseshoe Chain and Pearl Lake are producing sunfish in six to 12 feet. Look to Rice Lake and Lake Koronis for walleyes from the weedlines out to 25 feet. Minnows are now working best. Northern pike are hitting minnows on the weedlines of Browns Lake, Pearl and Rice. A few crappies are being found in 20 feet or more at Horseshoe Lake and Rice Lake.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleyes continue to hit fathead minnows in eight to 10 feet at McCormick Lake. Big Birch Lake started kicking out walleyes in 22 to 40 feet, as is the narrows bridge on Sauk Lake all on minnows. Look for suspended crappies in Red Barn Bay on Sauk in 15 feet. The area's best sunfish reports are coming off Maple Lake in 10 to 12 feet.
Sucker minnows or spoons are producing northern pike on Lake Minnewaska in nine feet near the creeks. Look for walleyes on Minnewaska during the day to be hitting minnows, off the points in 12 to 14 feet. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska continues to produce sunfish in 10 feet. Maple Lake and Lake Reno are giving up walleyes during the evening hours on redtails or crankbaits.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO Largemouth bass and panfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet on lakes such as Jane and Demonterville. Smallmouth bass action has picked up on the Mississippi River. Redtails and crawlers continue to produce numbers of sturgeon on the deep points of the St. Croix River. Walleye activity has been limited.
WEST METRO Spinnerbaits are turning good-sized bass on lakes Steiger, Auburn and Zumbra. Trolling crankbaits on the weedlines of Lake Minnewashta and Lake Parley has produced northern pike. Panfish action is slow, but a few more walleyes have been taken on the Minnesota River.
Sunfish continue to be found in 10 to 12 feet on lakes Andrew, Diamond, Games and North Long. Green Lake is kicking out numbers of smallmouth bass via crankbaits and you will find walleyes scattered between 20 and 40 feet here. Minnows are producing walleyes in 20 feet at Eagle Lake and there's an evening crankbait bite for eyes at Andrew in 15 feet.