Msg 1 Posted: 06:40 AM 10/26/05 (CST)
A vertically presented jig and fathead minnow is producing walleyes in 30 to 50 feet of water on lakes such as Ida, Miltona, and Le Homme Dieu. Largemouth bass are being caught with crankbaits on the deep weeds that remain at Lake Ida, Lake Carlos, and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Look to Lobster Lake and Miltona for muskies throughout the day.|
There's some walleye action during the evening hours with minnows in 14 to 20 feet of water on Cedar Lake and Lake Sylvia. Crankbaits also will produce fish on these lakes in shallow water after dark. On Clearwater Lake, a jig and minnow combination is a safe bet for walleyes in nine to 16 feet of water. Pleasant Lake, Lake John, Clearwater, and Granite Lake are giving up a few crappies and northern pike in 14 feet of water. Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits in less than 10 feet of water on most lakes.
There's a good walleye bite during the day on Otter Tail Lake in 14 to 16 feet of water with shiner minnows. Shad Raps also produce fish after dark in shallow water. On West Battle Lake, shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 24 feet and at Stalker Lake minnows started turning walleyes in 18 feet of water. Bass and panfish reports have been minimal, mainly due to the increase in walleye activity.
The majority of walleyes have been taken on spinners or live bait rigs tipped with fathead minnows. Work adjacent to main lake structure in 25 feet of water on Big Lake and Lake Bemidji. Northern pike and an occasional muskie can be caught on lakes such as Plantaganette and Bemidji. Look for panfish to be scattered and suspended over deep water on Turtle River Lake and Lake Beltrami.
Jerk baits have produced numbers of good-sized pike in the Tamarack River area of Upper Red Lake. Blackduck Lake is providing the area's best walleye action. Minnows are the primary bait being used in 10 to 14 feet of water. Scattered reports of suspended crappies are coming from 18 to 20 feet of water on lakes such as South Turtle, Rabideau, and Gilstead.
The fall walleye bite is going strong with rainbow minnows and golden shiners in 16 to 34 feet of water. Gull Lake continues to provide the best action, with North Long Lake and Pelican Lake kicking out their share of walleyes as well. Crappies started biting in 15 to 20 feet of water on Lake Hubert and North Long during midday hours.
Walleyes continue to be caught in 55 to 70 feet of water during the day and in 20 to 25 feet of water during lowlight periods on Cass Lake. Turtle River Bar, Windego Bar, and Buck's Bar have produced the most fish. LeRoy's Bar in Pike Bay Lake also has provided steady walleye activity in 55 feet of water. Jumbo perch are being caught on black jigs and minnows in the five to seven foot bulrushes of Cass. Muskie action has been slow as most anglers suspect they are chasing ciscoes over very deep water. Largemouth bass action is very good with spinnerbaits on Lake Thirteen and Midge Lake.
Kroon Lake is providing numbers of good-sized crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look for steady walleye action with shallow-running Shad Raps in eight feet of water on North Center Lake and South Center Lake. This bite continues to be best during lowlight periods of the day. Green Lake is producing a few walleyes and northern pike in 12 feet of water during the afternoon hours. Sunrise Lake remains the primary northern pike spot in 10 feet of water.
Redtails and rainbow minnows are providing consistent walleye action on Rabbit Lake and Pelican Lake in 22 to 28 feet of water. Limits of trout are being caught on Rapalas worked near the surface at the Portsmouth and Pennington pits. Panfish can be had in 12 to 15 feet of water on Serpent Lake and Clinker Lake. Sucker minnows continue to be the best option for northern pike in 12 feet of water on Mitchell Lake and Upper Mission Lake.
Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake are providing muskie anglers with steady action in 12 to 14 feet of water. Walleye activity is getting better on a daily basis with lakes such as Big Toad, Cotton, Cormorant, Melissa, Strawberry, White Earth, and Lizzie producing fish. Working the sharp, shoreline breaks or remaining weed edges with a jig and minnow is working best.
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 15 feet of water on Island Lake. Kamloops started showing up along the north shore of Lake Superior. The best reports are coming a half-mile out with stick baits or spoons near the surface.
Blue Lake started producing crappies in 17 feet of water. You'll also hook walleyes on Blue Lake in 12 feet of water with fathead minnows and a jig. Look to Green Lake for walleyes and crappies in 12 to 17 feet of water during the afternoon and evening hours. Northern pike are an easy catch with sucker minnows on most lakes.
Crappie action is going strong on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton in four feet of water. Hall Lake and Budd Lake are kicking out walleyes in 10 feet of water. Fathead minnows have worked best. Waxworms and earthworms are providing steady bluegill activity in the four-foot channels of lakes such as Sissiton and Budd.
The channels on Cannon Lake are producing walleyes and jumbo perch during lowlight periods of the day. A jig and fathead minnow is working well for walleyes in 10 feet of water on Roberds Lake. Roberds Lake also is the area's best bet for bluegills in shallow water. Bucktails and top water baits are still working best for muskie anglers and the bite has been good throughout the area.
Trout Lake is providing numbers of eating-sized walleyes in 12 to 16 feet of water. There's an evening walleye bite with crankbaits or a jig and minnow on Lake Wabana in six to 12 feet of water. On Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, minnows are producing walleyes in nine to 15 feet of water. Look for crappies on Big Cutfoot in 20 to 24 feet and on Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 11 feet of water. Large minnows are turning quite a few good-sized northern pike on Lake Pokegama in 20 to 22 feet of water.
Woman Lake started producing walleyes on crawlers in 12 feet of water. A jig and minnow is a safe bet for walleyes on Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake in 25 feet of water. Look for suspended crappies on most lakes over 15 feet of water.
Walleyes continue to bite on Belle Lake in eight feet of water early and late in the day. Minnows are producing a few walleyes in 10 feet of water on Big Swan Lake and Collinwood Lake. Crankbaits have been the ticket for walleyes after dark on Stella Lake in shallow water. Don't look past the Crow River for walleyes, either.
Walleye anglers are putting a few fish in the boat with jigs and minnows in 30-plus feet of water. Crappies have been located, but remain tightlipped in the Ash River entrance of Kabetogama and east end of Namakan Lake. Fish the wind-driven shorelines and weedy bays with sucker minnows or crankbaits for northern pike.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - Walleye action during the day has slowed over the past week. The night bite continues to be very good with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches on the shallow rock piles and reefs. Limits of jumbo perch are being taken on a jig and minnow combination in 12 feet of water throughout Isle Bay. The canal near Malone Island started producing big crappies this week, but muskie reports continue to be limited.
West - Leeches and slip bobbers continue to turn numbers of walleyes after dark in the deep water off Curley's Flat and Seguchie Flat. Crankbaits are producing fish at night on shoreline breaks and shallow weedlines. The best bet during midday hours is a spinner rig and minnow on top of the flats in 22 feet of water. Muskie action on the east end is limited, but there have been some better reports from the south side of the lake.
Several muskies between 48 and 52 inches were caught this week. Topwater baits are working best on top of the milfoil flats, while big blade baits have turned fish on the deep weed edges. Bass can be had on spinnerbaits in shallow water and you should find crappies over 15 to 18 feet of water in Black Lake and the North Arm. Look for walleyes during lowlight periods of the day to hit Shad Raps in the channels. You'll hook walleyes during the day on chubs in 28 to 32 feet of water in Brown's Bay and Excelsior Bay. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in the channels and sunfish are being found along the 10- to 12-foot weed edges.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes and slab crappies are active in 24 feet of water at the Northwest Angle. Jig fishing is most productive for walleyes along the south shore in 15 to 20 feet of water. Morris Point Gap and Four Mile Bay have produced limits of fish and numbers of walleyes over 27 inches. The best reports for walleyes on the Rainy River have come from Wheeler's Point to Baudette in 26 feet of water.
Shiner minnows are the best bet for walleyes on the sharp breaks in Coonhaven Bay. Crow Point, Miller Point, and the Half Mile Bar have kicked out a few walleyes as well. Crappies have been found suspended over 60 feet of water off Lindberg Point, while a few sunfish can be had off Caughren's Point in 20 feet of water.
The west end of Vermilion appears to be turning over. That means you'll find walleyes scattered shallow and deep as this process continues. Once the lake completely turns over expect a more consistent pattern to take shape. Trolling large crankbaits in the big bays has produced a few muskies. This presentation has been more productive for big northern pike.
Walleyes, northern pike, and jumbo perch are being taken in the same areas with a jig and minnow combination. Most fish have been caught in less than 12 feet of water, and as shallow as five feet with a strong wind. Work the shoreline breaks, Raven's Point, Mallard Point, Sugar Point, Farley Creek, Little Stoney Point, and the Highbanks area.
Work the deep break off Cedar Point with a jig and minnow in 25 to 35 feet of water for a few walleyes during the day. The deep humps in Walker Bay and many main lake points continue to provide an occasional walleye during lowlight periods of the day. The rocks are producing a few muskies on crankbaits, but jumbo perch remain scarce. If you're looking for bluegills, Shingobee Bay might be you best bet in 15 feet of water.
Work the rock-covered shorelines of Loon Lake and Crystal Lake for walleyes with a jig and minnow. The Grassy Island area of Lake Washington is holding some active walleyes as well. Sunfish have been an easy catch with waxworms in 11 to 15 feet of water on Roemhildts Lake and off Third Point on Washington. Work the narrows of Lake Washington for crappies.
Crappies can be had with minnows on Big Sandy Lake in 15 feet of water. Look to Aitkin Lake for sunfish in 12 feet of water during midday hours. Largemouth bass are an easy catch in shallow water with top water baits on Lake Minnewawa. Northern pike are hitting minnows on most lakes in 12 to 14 feet of water. Look for walleyes on the Big Sandy Flowage and Prairie River.
Fish Hook Lake is kicking out walleyes in 21 feet of water on a jig and minnow. Minnows also will turn walleyes in 14 to 21 feet on Potato Lake, Island Lake, and Long Lake. Northern pike remain active on Big Mantrap Lake and Fish Hook Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Largemouth bass are hitting Rattle Traps throughout the area in 14 feet of water.
The Three Sisters area in Sand Bay is producing walleyes in 25 to 30 feet of water. Around Blueberry Island, a jig and minnow is a safe bet for walleyes in 40 to 45 feet of water. The bigger northern pike have started hitting crankbaits on top of the reefs.
Fathead minnows are turning walleyes in 12 to 22 feet of water on Horseshoe Lake, Rice Lake, and East Lake. Many anglers fishing off their docks on Lake Koronis are catching walleyes after dark on Shad Raps. Sunfish activity has been very good in less than 10 feet of water on lakes such as Becker, Big Fish, Schneider, Long, Grand, and Pearl. Crappies have started suspending over 20 feet of water on most lakes and largemouth bass continue to be caught in shallow water.
Walleye activity has picked up on Big Birch Lake and Little Birch Lake in 10 to 25 feet of water. Sauk Lake also can be counted on for walleyes in 12 to 16 feet of water. Shiner minnows or medium-sized chubs on a jig or Phelp's Floater have worked best. Sunfish are biting well on the north end of Sauk Lake in nine feet of water. Look for suspended crappies over 25 to 30 feet of water in Red Barn Bay on Sauk Lake.
A jig and fathead minnow is producing walleyes on the north and south side points of Lake Minnewaska during the day in 16 to 18 feet of water. The bar in front of the high school also has provided steady walleye action. Expect some nice perch mixed in with the walleye. Floating Rapalas are turning walleyes after dark on the north side of Lake Reno. Anglers fishing close to shore on Lake Emily are catching walleyes on Shad Raps. Long Lake also is a safe bet for walleyes with a jig and minnow or Shad Rap.
NORTHEAST METRO - Sucker minnows have produced quite a few big bass during midday hours at Demonterville Lake on the 10- to 15-foot weeds. There are some walleyes coming from Lake Phalen in 10 to 15 feet of water on jigs and minnows and in the Prescott area of the St. Croix River, despite high water. Minnows also have been the ticket for walleyes and northern pike on the shallow breaks of Silver Lake. Lake Jane and Demonterville remain the area's best option for panfish in 10 to 12 feet of water.
SOUTHWEST METRO - Topwater jerk baits have produced numbers of big bass in the shallows of Lake Zumbra, Lake Auburn, and Lake Bavaria. Trolling spoons or Mepps spinners on top of the 10-foot weeds has produced northern pike at Pierson Lake. Look for sunfish in six of water and crappies in 12 feet of water on Lake Parley. The north end of Parley has kicked out a few walleyes in 10 feet of water as well. The best muskie action is taking place with surface baits on the west side of Lake Waconia.
SOUTH METRO - Sucker minnows have produced muskies in 10 to 15 feet of water at Lake Harriet. You'll catch numbers of 12- to 14-inch walleyes on Lake Calhoun in 10 to 20 feet of water. Most of these fish are being taken on fathead minnows under bobbers. High water conditions on the Minnesota River and Mississippi River has prevented catfish anglers to get out.
Anglers fishing from shore at Ringo Lake and Willmar Lake are catching a few walleyes on fathead minnows. You'll also find walleyes biting on Eagle Lake in 20 feet and at Green Lake in a variety of depths on minnows. Other lakes that should start producing walleyes this week are Long, Diamond, Norway, and Nest. Lakes such as Nest, Florida, and Games are worth noting for panfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. Green Lake is always a safe bet for smallmouth bass.