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Msg 1 Posted: 03:38 PM 10/24/08 (CST)
Lakes Miltona and Ida are producing walleyes in 30 to 50 feet. On lakes Carlos, Darling, and Le Homme Dieu you'll find walleyes in 17 to 20 feet. Shiners, fatheads, and redtails are all working. Look to Lake Victoria and Lake Geneva for crappies and sunfish in eight to 12 feet. Miltona and Lobster Lake have kicked out a few muskies, primarily trolling crankbaits or casting bucktails.
Minnows are producing walleyes in eight to 16 feet on Clearwater Lake. On Sugar Lake, Cedar Lake, and Granite Lake walleyes are being found in 14 to 22 feet. Panfish action has dwindled, but Clearwater, Sugar, and Lake Sylvia are worth checking in 10 to 14 feet.
Minnows are turning walleyes in 17 to 24 feet during the day on lakes such as Rush, East Battle, Otter Tail, Blanche, and West Battle. At night, crankbaits are best in shallower water. Crappies are suspended over 17 to 20 feet on Clitherall Lake and West Battle. West Battle also is giving up muskies and pike. For sunfish, six to 10 feet has been good on Clitherall, Blanche, Stalker, and Deer lakes.
Walleyes are hitting minnows on Lake Bemidji in five to eight feet or 17 to 20 feet. On lakes Plantagenet, Andrusia, and Cass you'll find active walleyes in 16 to 22 feet. Shallow weedlines of Turtle Lake are producing walleyes. The best muskie reports are from Lake Bemidji with crankbaits or swim baits.
Walleyes are hitting minnows and crankbaits on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 14 feet. The panfish bite remains strong on Blackduck, Rabideau, Gilstead, and Pimushe lakes. Generally speaking, look for crappies to be suspended and deeper than the bluegills.
Walleye fishing is good with shiners, redtails, rainbows, or creek chubs. The best action is in 13 to 32 feet on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Pelican Lake. Large minnows are turning pike on these same lakes in shallower water. Panfish reports are consistent with the most, and biggest, fish coming from 13 feet on area lakes.
Walleyes are active on Pelican Lake in 35 to 45 feet during the day and in 28 to 35 feet at sundown. A few walleyes can be had on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake in 30 feet during the evening. Pike can be had on spinnerbaits or spoons on most lakes in six to 10 feet.
CROSS LAKE AREA
The lakes have turned over and walleye action has improved with the Whitefish Chain and Pelican Lake producing fish in 24 to 34 feet. Small sucker minnows and Lindy Rigs are producing pike and largemouth bass on most lakes in shallower water. Most lakes and rivers are giving up smallmouth bass via crankbaits or surface lures. Crappies and sunfish are being found in 14 feet on many lakes.
Look to Island Lake with minnows for walleyes in 12 feet. On Fish Lake, crappies are being caught in the narrows over 16 feet. Some Kamloops and cohos have been caught along the north shore of Lake Superior. Trolling with spoons and stickbaits near the surface has worked best. Large sucker minnows are producing muskies on Island Lake and northern pike on Rice Lake.
Blue Lake and Green Lake are producing crappies and sunfish in 12 feet. Look to the deep holes of the Rum River and Mississippi River for smallmouth bass and a few walleyes.
The weedlines on the north end of Lake Esquagamah are holding crappies, most of which are suspended. Minnows are producing good- sized bass at Eagle Lake. Look to Kego Lake and Blue Lake for pike in six to 12 feet. Walleye action is limited.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows on Lake Saganaga in 30 to 35 feet. McFarland Lake is producing walleyes in 20 feet as is Devil's Track Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Minnows also are turning walleyes at Homer Lake in 35 feet. On Rose Lake, crawlers are triggering rainbow trout over 40 feet of water. You'll also find rainbows close to shore on Kimball Lake and Mink Lake.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Pokegama, Bowstring Lake, Trout Lake, and Sugar Lake. Crappies are suspended over 12 to 20 feet on Jay Gould Lake, Big Splithand Lake, and Pokegama. Pike can be had with minnows in 15 to 20 feet on Pokegama.
During the day, minnows are producing walleyes on Woman Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Look slightly shallower at night with minnows. You'll find suspended crappies over 16 feet at Pleasant Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are active on most lakes and muskie action has improved with crankbaits or bucktails.
Lakes Kabetogama and Namakan are producing walleyes in 30 feet. Shoreline structure is more productive than reefs with light-colored jigs and minnows working best. Work soft-bottomed, weedy bays with sucker minnows for northern pike. Crappie action remains slow with just a few reports coming off Namakan in deep water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are filtering into the Rainy River as they chase shiner minnows. A jig and minnow is best in 18 to 26 feet from Four Mile Bay into the river about three miles. Around the Clementson Rapids area, walleyes are hitting in 16 to 18 feet. At the Northwest Angle, anglers jigging in 18 to 20 feet have been catching walleyes, perch, and crappies around Oak Island and Flag Island.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Find the remaining green weeds in eight to 10 feet and you'll catch bass and northern pike. Some bigger crappies are being found suspended along the deep weedlines and 15-foot breaks. Walleyes can be had during the day with minnows in 10 to 15 feet. Crankbaits also have produced walleyes at night in the channels.
Main-lake bars like Center, Banana, Half Mile, and Two Mile are producing walleyes in 12 to 20 feet. The north end remains the best panfish option in 12 to 16 feet. Look for bass and pike in the weeds.
Muskie anglers are finding fish tight to the remaining weeds or along windswept rock shorelines. Most fish are chasing crankbaits or hair baits and look for trolling to start producing. Walleye reports have been minimal, but the lake is turning over, which has played a role in the slow bite.
The marina is closed until ice forms. Anglers still venturing out are catching walleyes on the reefs and weedlines with jigs and fatheads. Muskie action remains strong with crankbaits and bucktails on top of the reefs and shoreline breaks. Look for panfish in the weeds adjacent to the reefs.
Angler numbers have dropped dramatically but walleyes continue to be caught. Little Stoney Point remains a safe bet in seven to 10 feet with a jig and minnow. The north-end and Cutfoot areas also are worth noting in slightly deeper water. Look to Cutfoot for crappies in 20 to 24 feet as well.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Walleyes continue to hit jigs and minnows during the day and crankbaits at night. Otter Tail Point, First Duck Island, Goose Island Flats, and the Hardwoods are producing fish in six to 12 feet. The Walker Bay humps are giving up numbers of big walleyes in 25 to 35 feet. The perch bite has been hit and miss, but you'll find fish from the Walker Narrows toward Star Point in 10 to 14 feet.
Walleyes are hitting close to shore on the south end of Big Stone Lake after dark. Jigs tipped with minnows or plastics are best. The Minnesota River is producing walleyes in the "low flow" area via jigs and minnows.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
The few anglers out are catching walleyes on Potato Lake in 18 to 24 feet. On Upper Bottle Lake, redtails are turning walleyes after dark in 16 to 22 feet. The Crow Wing Chain is a safe bet for panfish and pike in eight to 12 feet.
Sand Bay and the American Narrows are producing walleyes in 30 to 38 feet. Most main-lake reefs are now holding walleyes with the best activity taking place in 32 to 40 feet. A jig and minnow presented vertically has worked best. Crappies seem to be showing up in more areas this fall than last year with good reports coming from most bays and shallow reefs.
RED WING AREA
A jig and minnow started producing walleyes and sauger below the dam on the Mississippi River in eight to 12 feet. Trolling Shad Raps on the 15- to 18-foot rock areas of Lake Pepin has produced walleyes. The docks in Baypoint Park are holding panfish. You'll find some big flatheads below the dam.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleyes are hitting around the islands and along the weedlines of Lake Koronis. On Rice Lake, walleyes can be had in 12 to 15 feet with minnows. Sunfish action is strong in six to 10 feet on Becker Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Horseshoe Lake. Look for suspended crappies in 14 to 17 feet on these lakes as well.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Panfish reports are limited, but walleyes are active. Redtails and shiner minnows are producing fish on Big Birch Lake in 24 to 40 feet. On McCormick Lake, fatheads are working on the south shore in three to five feet. There's an evening bite on Lake Reno with shiner minnows or crankbaits in 12 to 16 feet.
NORTHEAST METRO Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in the bottleneck areas of the St. Croix River. Sucker minnows are producing muskies at White Bear Lake and topwaters have produced some 'skies on the St. Croix. Pike and bass continue to be found on the remaining weedlines of Elmo Lake, Silver Lake, Lake Jane, and Demonterville Lake.
WEST METRO Pike are hitting sucker minnows or spoons on Lake Minnewashta, Lake Auburn, and Pierson Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Hydes Lake for crappies and sunfish in eight to 10 feet and Christmas Lake is producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Anglers fishing from shore on the Minnesota River are catching small catfish.
WILLMAR AREA- Eagle Lake is producing bass, panfish, and a few walleyes in 12 to 18 feet. On Green Lake, walleyes are hitting minnows in 20 to 30 feet during the day and up shallower at night. Look for panfish and walleyes in 10 to 25 feet on Diamond Lake during the afternoon hours.
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