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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:37 AM 10/08/07 (CST)
ANOKA - Rainy weekend. Poor fishing as a result. Not too many customers Sunday, although it was still better on the water than in front of the TV watching the Vikings. The water temp is dropping, with lake turnover almost finished. I'm predicting a good week, especially for walleyes. Hopefully the rain didn't wash away our redtail supply.

BATTLE LAKE - The walleye bite continues to be the best on Ottertail, fishing with suckers or cranks in shallow. About 7 to 13 feet of water has been the best range. The perch bite is picking up out there too, they are biting on fatheads. The bite on Battle Lake has picked up a bit on cranks and crawlers in 7 to 12 feet of water and some out a little deeper, like 16 to 20 feet of water. There have been some crappies caught in about 12 feet of water too. A few muskie reports have been coming in; guys have been trolling with smaller crank baits.

BEMIDJI - The panfish and muskie bite has been quiet. The walleyes are biting out on Bemidji on a jig and a shiner or a redtail on a lindy rig. The fish are scattered, they have been caught down to 40 feet deep. The dusk opener was ok, there are lots of geese around. About 1/3 of the leaves are off the trees, the grouse hunting is getting a little easier.

BLACKDUCK - The bow hunters have been doing well; we’ve had some nice bucks come in. Starting to see a few more grouse as the leaves are coming off. The perch are biting out on Blackduck, they are in the 10 to 12 inch range. They are getting quite a few walleyes too and also getting them out on Gull Lake.

CHISAGO CITY - The panfish are still biting well out on Chisago and North Center. The bass have been biting great too. A few walleyes are getting picked up out on the bars in 8 to 12 feet of water off Nelson Island.

CROSSLAKE - Held’s Guide Service (218-820-0989) Walleye action on the Whitefish Chain has slowed down a bit. Still finding a few nice walleyes in 15-22 feet of water need weed lines using Lindy rigs tipped with red-tail minnows. Northern and bass action using tandem spinner baits producing nice northerns and bass in the shallow weeds. Crappies starting to bite near their winter spots suspended 20-30 feet of water.

DULUTH - The crappie action on Fish and Boulder Lakes continues to be hot, hot, hot. The walleyes are biting on Island and Fish lakes in about 13 to 14 feet of water on a jig and a minnow, or lindy rigging. The muskie action on the St. Louis River, Island and Vermillion Lake has been great. And the walleye action on Vermillion has been great too. There have been a few salmon in the rivers, but the most action has been up the north shore.

DULUTH - Lake trout season is now closed on Lake Superior. But a lot of salmon are still being caught. Chinook and coho have been biting up north by the Knife River. And the walleyes are biting well in the river too, but they are deep. The crappie fishing has been ok in the river; they have been bigger then average. They are concentrated in pockets and hard to find, but once you are on them, you’ll be on a nice bite.

ELY - If you are planning a trip to Ely or the Boundary Waters to fish, NOW is the time. The fishing has been smoking hot for the past week, and it may only get better. The change in the weather seems to have triggered the walleye bite to it's best since Spring. Most anglers are connecting using standard tactics, such as trolling crankbaits, jig and minnow combinations and trolling spinner rigs tipped with minnows. Fish are staging in the 20-30 foot range. Smallies are still cooperating but must be released. They are pounding cranks and jig and tube combos in 5-12 feet. Northern pike are hitting spoons and slip bobbered suckers near the weed edges. Be prepared for the changeable weather patterns. At this time of year it's prudent to pack your rain gear. From fins to feathers, the grouse have been steadily increasing their numbers, and many hunters are filling their tags while walking the logging roads.

GREY EAGLE - We’ve had a good walleye bite on Cedar Lake up here by Upsala; nice sized walleyes are being caught by slip bobber fishing with a fathead or a jig and a minnow from about 5p.m. until dark. A few walleyes are also being caught on Big and Little Birch with shiners and redtails. Kings Lake by Freeport has been a nice spot for catching some walleyes too. The fall bite is definitely coming into full swing around here. Mound Lake has been putting out some crappies and Moose Lake too. The sunnies are biting on Big Swan. The Mississippi has been good for walleyes and bass. We have redtails and are now fully stocked for the black powder season.

HACKENSACK - Fall is here. The leaves are changing color very quickly, and if the wind continues they will be dropping very quickly as well. With the exception of the past weekend temps have been cool. Sunday's high was 84 degrees. The last few days have stayed below 60 with low around 35-40 overnight. The water temps have dropped to 59 degrees on most lakes. The cool weather has turned the walleye fishing on. Woman Lake has been doing very well. The best spots to try are the breaks on the windy side fo the lake. That has been a different side almost everyday this past week. There are reports of fish anywhere from 14-22 feet of water. A jig and minnow has been the most productive. Fatheads, golden shiners, and redtails have all produced fish. Leech Lake has had some excellent walleye fishing the last week as well. Similar to Woman Lake, fish the windy side with a jig and minnow. There have been a bunch of fish over 26" caught on the main lake, most in 10-14 feet of water. Redtails are the best bet there for the large fish. If you like perch be sure to take fatheads with as well. The perch are in the same areas as the walleyes and are pretty decent in size. Looks like it is going to be a good winter for perch fishing on Leech! Most of the other area lakes are giving up a few walleyes, all about the same story...jig and minnow on the wind-blown breaks. I have not heard too many panfish reports lately, everyone is walleye fishing. Bass are still running on the breaks in most spots, plastic worms or a jig and real minnow should do the trick. Muskie action had picked up on Leech Lake and Baby Lake last week. The main lake structure on Leech Lake produced a few on Sunday for a group. Size ranged from 36" to 48". Hopefully the muskies will stay active for a few weeks.

Well another week of very different barometer changes kept anglers and walleyes moving in all directions. Overall the catching of all species was pretty strong. Strange as it may be, some days an abundance of small walleyes were the norm, and the very next day the lakes put out fish on the top end of the slot and over. Northern pike action very strong, live bait, sucker minnows, was the best ticket. Best average depth for walleyes is between 26-35’ for both Kabetogama and Namakan. Reef edges or near the openings of windswept bays had the best potential. Northern pike in the deep weeds they can be caught on the edges or weed tops, slip bobber live bait, or try Husky Jerks and X-Raps. Crappies have been found near the Ash River, Kabetogama entrance and on into Namakan. Live bait, plain hook or small jigs are the ticket. The east half of Kabetogama, on into Namakan is where the majority of the action is for walleyes. Ball jigs of the three color variety work nicely for walleyes, glow in the dark good for the deeper water presentations. Grouse hunters still report to much heavy cover, but prospects look great for the following weeks. Duck opener slow, no bears registered this week and bow and arrow action picking up for the whitetails.

The shiners are on the move, and the walleye are beginning to follow.
Fishing on Lake of the Woods has been very well the last week. Fish are being found outside Wheeler's Point Gap, around Oak Island, and north of Garden Island. Gold Rapalas, walleye divers, and anything with red on it seem to be doing well in 18-20 feet of water. The rocks around Zipple Bay have been giving up some nice fish in 10 -14 feet of water. The water temperature right now is at 56.3 degrees. Our executive director spent an afternoon fishing near Wheeler's Point were she caught some crappie and lots of small walleye. She also had her first run in with a sturgeon, even though it hit the side of the boat and got away, she's still bragging about it. Fishing on the Rainy River has been excellent, one angler reports non stop action around the rocks at Birchdale. A variety of species have been active in the river lately as the shiners continue to run. Sturgeon season is now closed and is catch and release only. The Northwest Angle and Islands area has been producing some great fishing. Anglers have been limiting out with
several 23-27 inch walleyes. The crappie bite has also been strong with a 3/8 jig and minnow. Fall is the perfect time to discover everything that Lake of the Woods has to offer. Duck and goose season is upon us and plenty of birds have been spotted lately. Archery season is in full swing, now is the time to bag that trophy deer or bear.

METRO AREA EAST - With the recent rain, the rivers are
up a bit and running fast and muddy. Lake Elmo has been producing some nice fish and the bass are biting on the smaller area lakes.

MILLE LACS LAKE - We’ve been hitting the jumbo perch lately along the shore in Browns. Some guys are out trolling rapalas out on Garrison reef and are getting a few slot fish.
hot perch bite continues. Thats the word on the lake this week, anglers
coming from all over just to catch a limit of perch. Hanging out in the bay areas you'll want to try some crappies or fats in 9-14 feet of water.
Walleyes are also moving in with water temps falling in the mid to lower 50's, try a day time bite in 19 plus feet on gravel and rocks, or even pulling some raps, in shallow water in the eve, just before dusk is perfect, 6-12 feet rocks

LAKE MINNETONKA - The walleye been is starting to get good on
Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Out on Tonka, try in about the 30 to 40 foot range with a jig and a minnow off the bottom. It seems like there are more geese then ducks around as this waterfowl season kicks off.

NISSWA - We have had some great days on Gull, Pelican and North Long Lake. We have spent most of the time Lindy rigging with a redtail chub or jigs and minnows.

LAKE OSAKIS - The walleyes are biting on redtails, and the northerns are on the weed edges.

PELICAN RAPIDS - If you can get out between the wind and the rain, the fishing has been great. The walleyes on Lida have been biting in 20 to 22 feet of water on leeches and crawlers on a lindy rig with a small gold spinner. The water temp is about 61 degrees. The Pelican walleye bite has been good too with lots of 12 to 15 inchers being caught. Shore fishing on Lida has been good for walleyes too, and has been a great option on those windy days. Muskie fishing on Pelican and Detroit Lakes has been good. The rainbow trout bite in Maplewood State Park has been good, it goes until the end of October. There are lots of good inexpensive shore fishing opportunities in the area right now.

RAINY LAKE - Walleyes hitting in 30-40 feet of water around Sand Bay, in the area of American Narrows and Grindstone Island and on the east end reefs. In the river, best walleye fishing is still near the mouth of the Littlefork River. Crappie action is best in Sand Bay and Black Bay and big northern pike are being caught in Black Bay.

RED WING - The fish continue to move up towards the dam, guys have had some luck catching some walleyes and sauger casting a hair jig tipped with a minnow into the rip rap. The northerns are still hanging around the mouth of the Rush River. The crappies are in Bay Point Park around the dock area. The crappies and sunnies are around Maple Springs, and the bass too. The duck numbers look good for the area.

Local anglers have been catching sunfish on Clearwater and Horseshoe Lakes in 8 to 12 feet of water. Waxworms have been the preferred bait. Bass have been biting on Koronis, Clearwater and Big Birch Lakes. Northern pike have also been active on Clearwater and Pearl Lakes. Anglers have been catching some walleyes on Koronis, Big Birch and Lake Alexander. The Mississippi River small mouth are providing a lot of catch and release action for anglers. The walleyes, crappies and catfish are also biting on the river.

SAINT PETER - The walleye bite continues on Lake Washington. Some nice sunnies are biting on Tetonka in 10 to 12 feet of water. There have also been a few walleyes caught out on the river. Lots of woodies and teal around in the area.

SOUTH CENTRAL MINNESOTA - Lake Tetonka amazes me at the fish it produces, this past weekend the crappies and sunnies moved into the lagoon area, and lots and lots of nice fish were caught. I had a couple of real nice tasting meals of fresh crappie. Seems that crappie minnow teamed with a shrimpo and ice bobber was the ticket. Waxies were used in the same fashion for sunnies. Numerous reports of many walleye limits were reported, and also sampled by me and my daughter last night. Fall time could very well be the best time to fish down here for pannies, so grab your gear and head to Waterville for a sure catch.

WINNIBIGOSHISH - Despite the weather, the fishing has been great out on Winnie. Up along the north shore, Highbanks in 6 to 9 feet of water with a jig and a minnow. The water temps are still holding in the mid 50’s. The bite in Big Cutfoot has been good.The walleyes are biting consistently in 12 to 16 feet of water around the points and in
the gap area. The crappie fishing has been real consistent in McAvity Bay and in Little Cutfoot. Little Cutfoot has been putting out some bonus bull gills mixed in with the crappies. The Three Sister’s area of Tamarack Bay has a good perch bite mixed with walleyes.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:30 PM 10/08/07 (CST)
Thanks for the report, BigBite!

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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 04:00 PM 10/08/07 (CST)
Anyone that can report on the Big Lake, Buffalo area?


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:25 AM 10/09/07 (CST)
There is a Big Lake in Big Lake, MN up Highway 25 by Monticello. Is that the one you are talking about? Lakes around Buffalo would be Pulaski, Deer, Mary, Dean and Buffalo. The problem is that there are many Big Lakes in MN. You need to be fairly specific as to which one. Buffalo is in Wright County, I believe, and the DNR does not list any Big Lake in Wright County... or they have no information on it.

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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:07 PM 10/09/07 (CST)
How about The Big "V"... Do you think the water has turned yet??
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