Msg 1 Posted: 06:03 PM 10/26/07 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA |
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes over 40 to 70 feet of water at lakes Ida and Miltona. Minnows also have triggered walleyes in 18 to 25 feet at lakes Carlos, Darling, and Le Homme Dieu. Bass are hitting crankbaits on the flats and weedlines of most lakes. Trolling large baits has produced muskies on Miltona.
On Otter Tail Lake, minnows are producing walleyes at two depths: 40 to 50 feet during the day and 10 to 12 feet at night. Trolling the weedlines of West Battle Lake is a safe bet for muskies, while panfish, bass, and pike action is slow.
Walleyes will hit minnows on Cass Lake, Lake Bemidji, and Lake Plantagenet in 20 feet. Lake Irving is kicking out walleyes in shallower water.
Look to Gull Lake, Island Lake,and Blackduck Lake for walleyes in seven to 10 feet.
Most lakes now are producing walleyes in 26 to 34 feet. Lindy Rigs or jigs tipped with shiners or rainbow minnows have worked best. Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Whitefish Lake are good starting points. Look for suspended crappies on many of the areas smaller lakes over 22 feet.
Jigging with redtails has produced limits of walleyes at Pelican Lake and Rabbit Lake. Trout fishermen report inconsistent action from the pits.
Walleyes are scattered from six to 25 feet at Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, Big Cormorant Lake, Pelican Lake, and Island Lake. A jig and minnow is best. Trolling CowGirls is producing muskies on weedlines of Big Detroit, with several fish over 50 inches taken.
Crappies will hit minnows on Blue Lake in 20 feet. On Briggs Lake, walleyes and crappies are in less than 12 feet.
Walleyes have started hitting minnows, close to shore, at George Lake. Look for crappies on Sissiton Lake and the south end of Tuttle Lake is giving up walleyes in less than eight feet.
Northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits or minnows at the creek mouths of Shields Lake and Circle Lake. Rock humps on French Lake and the channels or bridge area on Cannon Lake are good for walleyes. Lake Mazaska is kicking out crappies over 15 to 25 feet during the day.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
A few walleyes have been taken on chubs at Gunflint Lake, Lake Saganaga, and Seagull Lake in 25 feet. Crawlers are producing rainbow trout in 15 feet at Kimball Lake, Mink Lake, and Trout Lake.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The mouths of most lakes along the Mississippi River are producing walleyes. A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes in 12 to 16 feet at Trout Lake, in 12 to 26 feet at Sugar Lake, and in the deep holes of Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake. Crappies are suspended in the deep holes of Pooles Bay and Sugar Bay on Lake Pokegama. Lakes Wabana and Spider have provided steady action in deep water.
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and perch on Woman Lake in 18 to 20 feet. A few walleyes have been pulled from Stoney Lake and Ten Mile Lake in shallower water on minnows or crankbaits.
Walleyes and sauger are hitting minnows in 35 to 40 feet on the east end of Kabetogama into Namakan Lake. Large sucker minnows have triggered pike in these areas.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Perch continue to be caught in the bays on minnows in nine to 16 feet. Crankbaits are turning walleyes on east-end reefs and west-side shorelines in six to 12 feet. Best action is from sunset and beyond. Look for the bite to get real good over the next week to 10 days.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Muskie action has been good for shore anglers using sucker minnows at Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. Look for walleyes on Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence in 24 to 30 feet. A few pike have hit sucker minnows and spinnerbaits in 15 feet on Minnetonka. Youll find suspended crappies over 20 feet on Minnetonka as well.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of walleyes are coming from the lake and Rainy River. The current is strong in the river, so bigger jigs have been best in eight to 10 feet. On the main lake, 12 to 14 feet has been key around Morris Point, Lighthouse Gap, Wheelers Point, and the west end of Pine Island. Muskie action is excellent around Flag Island, American Point, and Oak Island at the Northwest Angle. Walleyes have bit at the Angle around the islands.
Minnows continue to trigger walleyes on the flats in 18 to 24 feet during the day. Spots worth noting are Four Mile Bar, Two Mile Bar, and the north-end breaks. Look shallower at sunset in these areas. Northern pike and bass are coming from the weedlines with crankbaits.
Walleyes are shallow and deep and theyre hitting a jig and minnow, Lindy Rig and crawler, or a crankbait, depending on the area. Muskie anglers are having some success trolling during the afternoon and evening.
The marina is closed until theres ice, but walleyes are biting. Trolling crankbaits in 10 feet along the swimming beach is producing, as is bobber fishing the Claybanks over 14 feet. Muskie action has been limited and look for sunfish and crappies on the weedlines of Waconia Bay and near main-lake reefs.
Fishing pressure has dropped considerably. Look for a few walleyes to be hitting a jig and minnow in eight to 10 feet off Little Stoney Point. Cutfoot Sioux Lake is the best bet in 18 to 22 feet with minnows. Perch and pike reports have been nonexistent.
LEECH LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow during the day and a crankbait during the evening have produced numbers of walleyes around Pine Point and the Hardwoods in eight to 12 feet. Perch are in seven to 10 feet in Sucker Bay and the Narrows.
Pitch a jig and minnow along the shore of lakes Hanska, Crystal, and Washington for walleyes. The narrows of Madison Lake and the Minnesota River also have provided steady walleye action. There are crappies in 10 to 14 feet at Washington and in 10 to 12 feet on Madison.
On the south end of Big Stone Lake, crankbaits or minnows are turning walleyes during the evening in five feet. The Marsh Lake dam area of the Minnesota River through Lake Lac qui Parle also is giving up walleyes.
Crankbaits or large minnows are producing walleyes and pike in 18 to 24 feet near Birch Point, Eight Mile Island, Sand Bay, and the Reinier area. The mouth of the Little Fork River has produced walleyes via jigs and minnows. Look for crappies on the shallow structure of Black Bay.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows on Lake Koronis in 40 feet and at Rice Lake in 25 feet. Crankbaits have turned fish at night in shallower water. Horseshoe Lake has kicked out walleyes in eight to 12 feet. Look to lakes such as Grand, Pearl, Cedar Island, and Becker for panfish in six to 10 feet.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look for walleyes on Sauk Lake in five to nine feet and on Big Birch Lake in 20 to 30 feet with minnows. Red Barn Bay on Sauk continues to produce sunfish in three to five feet.
The current breaks and narrows on the St. Croix River are producing walleyes via crankbaits or minnows. The stretch from Stillwater to Prescott has been most productive. The backwaters of the Mississippi River are worth noting for walleyes and white bass. Crankbaits thrown on the sand bars of the Minnesota River have triggered walleyes. A jig and fathead minnow is best for walleyes at the Crow River. Hydes Lake is a safe bet for smaller crappies in eight feet. Look for largemouths on Lake Minnewashta and Steiger Lake.
Look for evening walleye action in 15 to 20 feet at Lake Andrew and Eagle Lake. Panfish reports have been limited, but lakes such as Diamond, Games, and North Long are always worth noting in six to 12 feet.