Lindy Rigs tipped with redtail minnows continue to produce walleyes during the day in 16 to 28 feet of water. Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Whitefish Lake have been most productive, but most lakes have produced more walleyes than a week ago. Spinnerbaits are fooling largemouth bass in 12 to 16 feet on most lakes and you will find crappies suspended over 14 feet of water on many lakes.
Walleye action has improved on Lake Ida in 25 to 35 feet of water with rigs and crawlers. On Lake Miltona a jig and minnow combination is producing walleyes in 60 to 70 feet of water. Look for consistent sunfish activity in 10 to 12 feet of water on Lake Le Homme Dieu and Maple Lake. An occasional muskie has been caught by trolling crankbaits on the weed edges of Miltona. The early goose season started slow, and most groups saw few birds.
The bass and northern pike bite is going strong on lakes such as Clearwater, Granite, and Sugar. Spinnerbaits tossed along the weedlines have produced bigger fish. Look to Clearwater, Sugar, and Cedar Lake for walleyes in 15 to 25 feet of water. Most lakes are kicking out panfish, although they are scattered between eight and 15 feet of water. Sugar Lake continues to kick out muskies on jerkbaits and topwater presentations. The early goose season was good with numerous limits reported.
There's a few walleyes coming off Otter Tail Lake late at night with Shad Raps in 10 to 12 feet of water. Sunfish are hitting small leeches in 10 to 12 feet of water on Clitherall Lake, Battle Lake, Dead Lake, and Blanche Lake. Northern pike and bass are taking spinnerbaits or sucker minnows along the weed edges of most lakes. Goose hunters reported a slow start to the season with very few birds in the area.
There's a night walleye bite on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake in 18 to 24 feet of water. Lindy Rigs and minnows are working best after dark. Look to Clearwater Lake for crappies in eight to 20 feet of water. Sunfish can be found along the deep weed edges of most lakes. Lakes such as Rabbit, Serpent, Mission, and Horseshoe are safe bets for largemouth bass and northern pike. Rainbow trout activity has picked up at the Pennington Pit and Portsmouth Pit. The majority of fish are suspended between 30 and 50 feet below the surface. Opening weekend goose reports were very good and limits were common.
Small walleyes continue to be caught on Island Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Work the reef tops with a jig and minnow. Island Lake and the St. Louis River started producing more muskies this week on topwater buzzbaits. The chinooks started staging closer to shore, about one mile out on Lake Superior. Surface baits and stickbaits have worked best just below the surface, down to 40 feet.
Crankbaits and nightcrawlers continue to produce walleyes during the evening hours in the channels of Cannon Lake. Shields Lake is a safe bet for bluegills and crappies in eight to 12 feet of water. Topwater baits are turning muskies in this area and there have been some big bass caught on plastics along the breaks of Cedar Lake. The early goose season started with mixed reports. Some groups did well while others struggled.
The humps and rock piles on Bowstring Lake are producing crappies on minnows. Crankbaits are turning numbers of smallmouth bass on Lake Pokegama, Lake Wabana, North Star Lake, and Trout Lake. An occasional muskie is raised on Moose Lake, while plastics continue to fool largemouth bass on Spider Lake and Island Lake.
Walleye action has improved on Woman Lake. A jig and minnow has worked best in 32 feet of water. On Ten Mile Lake, a jig and minnow also has provided consistent walleye action in 25 feet of water. Largemouth bass are hitting on most lakes, while Birch Lake continues to be a safe bet for crappies on the eight-foot weed patches. There were a lot of geese shot in this area, and limits were very common.
Minnows now are producing walleyes in 28 to 35 feet of water on the east end of Lake Kabetogama. The deep reefs on Namakan Lake are holding active walleyes as well. Northern pike remain active, hitting crankbaits or minnows on the outside edge of many bays. Deep weedbeds also have kicked out some good-sized northern pike and smallmouth bass this week.
Sunfish continue to be scattered but active throughout the north end of the lake and main lake reefs. The best reports are coming from 14 to 20 feet of water and you should plan on sorting through some small fish. Walleye reports have been limited, while largemouth bass and northern pike continue to be caught off the established weed edges.
Walleyes and perch continue to be caught from shallow and deep water. The best shallow spot this week has been Little Stoney Point in nine to 11 feet of water with a jig and minnow or Shad Rap. The deep bars, such as Bena, Big Muskie, and Eelpout also are giving up fish in 18 to 22 feet of water with nightcrawlers and Lindy Rigs. Northern pike started hitting along the weed edges and there were a few muskies caught off the weeds as well.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Muskie reports from the Northwest Angle continue to be impressive with topwater baits producing big fish off the rock points. Walleyes and crappies also are biting at the Angle in 14 to 20 feet of water on minnows. At the south shore, live bait is producing walleyes along the shoreline breaks near Pine Island and the Gap. Further out, downriggers with crankbaits or spinners have been turning walleyes in 30 to 35 feet of water. The Bostic Creek area and Zippel Bay are worth noting for northern pike.
The muskie bite continues to be very good with bucktails and topwater baits off Pelican Island and the weedbeds in Walker Bay. Jumbo perch started consistently hitting a jig and minnow combination off Sand Point and at the narrows between Walker Bay and the main lake in six to eight feet of water. Look for walleyes in the south end of Walker Bay and off Cedar Point in 10 to 25 feet of water. Shingobee Bay continues to produce numbers of bluegills and crappies in eight to 15 feet of water.
East -- Fall patterns have started taking shape, especially during the evening hours. Shallow-running crankbaits or a slip bobber and leech combination are working very well on the shallow rocks. Some of the best activity is taking place well after dark each evening. Spinner rigs and crawlers continue to work best during midday hours on the sides and tops of the mud flats, mainly in 22 to 34 feet of water. Muskie anglers report fish to be more active this week, with topwater baits and dark-colored bucktails triggering fish.
West -- Slip bobbers and leeches remain the best option after dark on the deep side of most mud flats. A rainbow minnow and spinner rig continues to produce the majority of daytime walleyes, on the mud, in 20 to 24 feet of water. Seguchie's Flat, Sherman's Flat, Curley's Flat, and the Eight Mile Flat have been most productive and the number of good-sized perch caught in these areas also is worth noting. A few muskies have been caught this week, although most anglers are seeing more fish than they're catching.
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