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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:29 AM 10/22/07 (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. Pheasant hunters are doing well with many limits shot on opening weekend. There are more ducks in the area and goose numbers remain strong.


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. Steady rains have meant tough grouse hunting, but there are more ducks in the area this week.


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. The early antlerless season was very good last weekend, grouse hunters are finding pockets of birds, and waterfowl hunters are shooting more geese than ducks this week.


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. Pheasant reports have been mixed, but should improve as the corn comes out. Duck numbers are limited with the bigger water holding more birds.


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. Grouse hunters are doing “O.K.” and duck hunters had a slower week than the previous two. Goose numbers remain high in the area.


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. Duck and goose numbers are quite strong with the Mahnomen area holding the most birds.


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. With the cover eliminated, grouse hunters are doing much better. Duck hunters are finding more birds than a week ago, but no real numbers of divers, yet. Archery hunters continue to harvest a lot of antlerless deer.


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. Grouse and duck hunting has been “excellent” in recent days.


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. Grouse hunting remains slow, although the weather has limited opportunities.


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. Pheasant hunters are doing well despite a lot of standing crops. Limits have been common since opening day.


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 leaves are now down so grouse hunters are finding more success.


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 pheasant opener was “awesome” with most groups shooting multiple birds. Duck numbers have dropped considerably this week.


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. The pheasant opener went well, despite a lot of standing crops. Duck hunters also have done well this week.


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. Pheasant hunters have done very well, especially on private land. Duck numbers are better now than they have been all season.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:39 AM 10/22/07 (CST)
tHANKS FOR THE REPORT, bIGbITE! OOPS -- caps were on!

Thanks for the report, BigBite!

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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:55 PM 10/22/07 (CST)
Thanks for the info BB!


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:48 AM 10/23/07 (CST)
Appreciate it, BB!


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