Msg 1 Posted: 01:17 PM 11/14/05 (CST)
Walleye anglers are hooking walleyes with minnows in 30 to 50 feet of water on lakes like Miltona and Ida. Weedlines on Lake Le Homme Dieu have held walleyes as well.
Look to Clearwater Lake for walleyes in 12 to 18 feet of water with a jig and minnow during the day, and after dark in shallower water with crankbaits. Crappie reports have come off Clearwater and Cedar Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water.
A jig and shiner minnow continues to provide steady walleye action in 15 to 30 feet of water on Otter Tail Lake and Battle Lake.
Walleyes are scattered, but active in 15 to 25 feet of water on Lake Platagenette. Theres a late evening walleye bite with crankbaits on the south side of Lake Bemidji. Most anglers are trolling the shoreline breaks in six to 22 feet of water.
An occasional walleye report still comes in from Blackduck Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water.
Walleye fishing remains good on most lakes with North Long, Pelican, and Gull providing the best action in 16 to 46 feet of water. A jig or Lindy Rig tipped with shiner minnows or rainbow minnows has worked best. Bass are an option in remaining weedbeds of most lakes and crankbaits seem to be turning the bigger fish.
Trolling crankbaits or pitching minnows has provided walleye action in the channel of Green Lake and in front of the A-Frame on Chisago Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 30 feet of water on Chisago. There are plenty of green weeds in most lakes so the bass and northern pike action is good.
Walleyes continue to be caught in shallow water at Boulder Lake on a jig and minnow. The bridge on Island Lake also has provided steady walleye action during the afternoon hours. Youll find crappies scattered at a variety of depths on Fish Lake.
A jig and fathead minnow is the ticket for walleyes on Blue Lake and Green Lake in seven feet of water.
Numbers of 16- to 22-inch walleyes are biting at night under the bridges on most lakes that offer them. A jig and minnow has worked best and the best reports are being heard from shore anglers.
Fishing reports have been nonexistent since the deer season opened, but you could hook a walleye or two on lakes such as Woman or Ten Mile.
A handful of anglers continues to fish Goose Lake for walleyes. A jig and minnow or crankbait has worked best after dark.
Northern pike are on top of the weeds and weed edges of most wind-swept, soft-bottomed bays. Walleyes are in 35 feet of water in areas surrounded by shallow water or reef drop-offs. Better areas are near the mouth of the Ash River and smaller bays with current flows.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Limits of good-sized perch continue to be caught on a jig and minnow in eight to 10 feet of water. Isle Bay and the Twin Bays seem to be most productive. Crankbaits trolled on the shallow rock areas such as Three Mile, Hunter's Point, Hennepin Island, and Big Point have produced walleyes on the east side. The same pattern will produce walleyes after dark on the west side points and shoreline breaks.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Along the south shore, anchor your boat in 17 to 21 feet of water in the Morris Point Gap area and you should find walleyes with a jig and minnow. The Rainy River still is kicking out walleyes in 14 to 18 feet of water. Numbers of big walleyes are being caught at the Northwest Angle in 30 feet of water. There have been slab crappies caught near Falcon Island as well.
A jig and minnow combination is turning some bigger walleyes along the deep weed edges of most large bays. Northern pike are being caught in the channels with sucker minnows and crankbaits continue to provide the best largemouth bass action.
A jig and minnow has produced limits of walleyes in 24 to 30 feet of water. The whitefish spawn is beginning in shallow water, so these areas are a safe bet to hook muskies.
Fishing reports have been limited due to the lack of anglers in this area. With the nice weather, walleyes could still be caught off the points and shoreline breaks in 10 to 12 feet of water with a jig and minnow. One could expect to find some jumbo perch in these same areas.
There are a few walleyes being taken with minnows on the deep humps in Walker Bay. You'll find an occasional flurry of perch activity off the points in less than 10 feet of water.
The Minnesota River, Crystal Lake, and Loon Lake are safe bets for eating-sized walleyes. On Lake Tetonka, anglers have pulled some big fish during the afternoon hours. Minnows and jigs have worked on all fisheries. Theres a consistent sunfish bite on Lake Washington in 10 to 13 feet of water and youll find crappies in 10 to 14 feet on both sides of the narrows at Madison Lake.
A jig and minnow has provided steady walleye action on the Mississippi River.
Most anglers report a consistent crappie and walleye bite from area lakes. The deep holes and bends on the Mississippi River are producing smallmouth bass and a few walleyes.
Fishing has ended as most anglers wait for ice.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Theres an early morning and evening walleye bite on Fish Hook Lake in 21 feet of water. The key is to work a minnow slowly and vertically.
The few anglers fishing are doing best on the Rainy River for walleyes with a jig and minnow. The main lake reefs also are producing walleyes, many of which have been trophy caliber.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Youll find sunfish on Cedar Island Lake and Becker Lake in six to 12 feet of water. Horseshoe Lake has the areas best walleye action in 22 feet of water. Look to Grand Lake and Pearl Lake for bass, northern pike, and crappies.
Lake Minnewaska is kicking out 15- to 20-inch walleyes and good-sized perch. Fish are being taken with minnows off the points on the Starbuck end.