Msg 1 Posted: 12:48 PM 10/18/07 (CST)
Minnows are turning walleyes in 12 to 18 feet of water at Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake. Look for crappies on Lake John in 12 to 18 feet of water and in the 30-foot holes of Clearwater. Sunfish continue to be pulled from 10 to 12 feet of water at Clearwater, Lake Augusta, and Lake Marie. Northern pike and bass are being found on the weedlines of most lakes with spinnerbaits or minnows working best.
Shiner minnows and redtails are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet of water during the daytime hours at Cass Lake, Lake Andrusia, Lake Bemidji, and Lake Plantagenet. During the evening hours, Shad Raps are working best in shallower water. Panfish reports have been limited, but a few muskies continue to be pulled from Plantagenet and Bemidji during the evening hours.
Minnows are producing a few walleyes and perch on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Lakes such as Gilstead and Rabideau are kicking out panfish over 10 to 14 feet.
Jigs tipped with redtails or rainbow minnows are triggering walleyes at Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, Whitefish Lake, and North Long Lake between 24 and 36 feet of water. Some walleyes have been caught close to shore after dark on these lakes. Bass anglers are doing well with spinnerbaits or crankbaits on the mid-depth weed edges of most lakes. Look for crappies to be hitting rosy red minnows on a small jig along the weedlines as well.
Look to Chisago Lake for crappies in 12 to 18 feet of water. Chisago and Green Lake are kicking out walleyes over 10 to 16 feet during the afternoon and evening hours. Sunfish are still an easy catch in less than 10 feet at South Lindstrom Lake, North Center Lake, and Chisago. Bass are hitting crankbaits and spinnerbaits on the weedlines of most lakes.
Walleye action is strong with Pelican Lake leading the way in deep water with redtails. Trout are smacking Rapalas or jigging spoons tipped with waxies or plastics near the surface of most pits.
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 12 to 14 feet at Big Cormorant Lake and along the sharp breaks of Rock Lake. Panfish action has been limited, although few people have been chasing them. The flats of Big Detroit Lake are still providing steady muskie action even through the unstable weather patterns.
Crappies and walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 14 feet at Boulder Lake and Fish Lake. A few big walleyes and an occasional muskie are caught on the St. Louis River.
Redtails are providing steady walleye action in 19 feet at Pine Mountain Lake, Stoney Lake, and Woman Lake. There's some night crankbait action for walleyes at Ten Mile Lake in six feet. Ten Mile also has produced some huge smallmouth bass. Look to Birch Lake and Ten Mile for crappies in six to eight feet.
Many anglers are saying the bite this week has been the best fall action in five years. Walleyes are consistently hitting a jig and minnow in 35 to 40 feet during the day. Northern pike are hitting minnows and crankbaits on the weed edges of most bays.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Perch are providing the most activity in the bays over nine to 12 feet. A jig and minnow is working best throughout the day. There is more night crankbait action for walleyes on the shallow rocks. Trolling Rapalas or Shad Raps after sunset over the six- to 10-foot rocks has worked. Look for daytime walleyes on 18- to 22-foot gravel areas.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Anglers fishing from shore with sucker minnows are catching muskies at Lake Calhoun, Cedar Lake, and Lake Harriet. The shallow sand and weed areas of Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence are holding muskies as well. Shiner minnows are turning walleyes in 18 feet in the bigger bays of Minnetonka and you will find crappies off the dock in Wayzata Bay.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of 17- to 19-inch walleyes are being caught in Four Mile Bay and the Rainy River. The Clementson and Birchdale areas have been best with a jig and minnow in nine to 12 feet. Bigger jigs are key due to the current. Sturgeon continue to be active in the Rainy as well. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting on the reefs around Oak Island and Flag Island. The fall trolling bite for muskies is in full swing with several 50-inch or larger fish caught this week.
Walleye action is very good in 18 to 23 feet. Redtails have been hot on the flats, Four Mile Bar, and Two Mile Bar. Some fish are being found as shallow as 10 feet during the evening hours. The crappie and sunfish bite has tapered off this week. Work the weedlines with minnows for northern pike.
Walleyes are hitting in shallow and deep water. The shallow bite is best with crankbaits or minnows in the soft-bottomed areas. The deep fish are hitting minnows over 26 to 38 feet. Trolling in 15 to 22 feet has produced several muskies and large pike this week. Once turnover is complete concentrate your muskie efforts on the rocky shorelines in 15 to 22 feet.
The marina is now closed until ice up, but walleye reports remain favorable in 12 to 15 feet. Work Anderson's Reef, Keggs Reef, and North Reef with Shad Raps or minnows during the afternoon and evening hours. Bass continue to be pulled off the remaining weed edges with crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Muskie anglers are hitting some fish with topwater baits early and late in the day. Work Waconia Bay, the swimming beach, and main-lake reefs.
Walleyes continue to be caught on the points and north-end shoreline breaks. A jig and minnow is the ticket in six to 12 feet. Work the shallow rocks for perch with a minnow as well. Big Cutfoot Sioux continues to produce walleyes and crappies in 30 to 38 feet. The weedlines and shoreline breaks on the west and north ends of the lake are producing pike.
LEECH LAKE AREA
During the day, a jig and shiner minnow is producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet off Pine Point, Cedar Point, Sugar Point, and Sand Point. Crankbaits are working best during the evening in slightly shallower water. Perch action is strong in seven to nine feet in Sucker Bay. Muskie anglers continue to see fish in Walker Bay.
The inlets of the Minnesota River and shorelines of Lake Hanska are producing walleyes via jigs and minnows. Lake Washington is producing walleyes on minnows, from the shorelines out to 18 feet. Jigging spoons are the ticket for crappies at Madison Lake in 12 to 14 feet.
The Rat Root River area of Black Bay is providing steady crappie action in shallow water. Crankbaits are the ticket for walleyes in the Reinier area. A jig and minnow is the way to go for walleyes in Sand Bay over 28 to 40 feet and on the main-lake reefs in 25 to 30 feet.
ST. CLOUD-EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleyes continue to be a tough find, but lakes Koronis and Rice are worth hitting with minnows in 10 to 14 feet. Horseshoe Lake is producing walleyes in 14 to 17 feet during the evening hours. Look for sunfish on Cedar Island Lake, Becker Lake, Pearl Lake, and Horseshoe Lake in six to eight feet. You'll find suspended crappies along the weedlines and deep holes of Grand Lake.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walleye action has picked up on Sauk Lake with minnows in six to eight feet of water. Big Birch Lake and Little Birch Lake are producing walleyes in 18 to 40 feet of water, depending on the time of day. Shore anglers on Lake McCormick continue to catch walleye limits. The north end of Sauk Lake and Maple Lake are producing sunfish in eight feet.
NORTHEAST METRO -- A mixed bag of fish including walleyes, sauger, white bass, and panfish can be had on the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers. Work the backwaters, channels, and current break areas with crankbaits or minnows. Bass and pike are staging on the weedlines of most lakes with Demonterville and White Bear producing the most fish. Look for some limited evening muskie action with topwater baits at Bald Eagle Lake.
WEST METRO -- The Minnesota River, Prior Lake, and Lake Parley are producing walleyes via minnows. Panfish, pike, and bass action has been limited.