Anglers continue to find a strong walleye bite on Gull Lake in 25 to 40 feet of water during the day, and in 6 to 20 feet at night. Jigs or live bait rigs tipped with rainbow minnows or nightcrawlers have worked best. The south end of Gull, Highway 371 Bay on North Long, Lake Edwards, Upper Gull Lake, and Pelican Lake all have produced numbers of bass this week. Gull Lake is a safe bet for northern pike as well. Other lakes offering northern pike action are Margaret, Round, Edwards, Pelican, and Whitefish. Crappie and sunfish activity has improved on Round Lake, North Long, the west end of the sunken island on Margaret, and in Wilson Bay on Gull. Fisherman's Bridge, the Gull Lake Dam, and the fishing pier at Bar Harbor Bridge are all worth checking out. Lake Wabedo started giving up a few more big muskies.
Walleye action continues to be good on most area lakes in 20 to 35 feet of water. Trolling crankbaits in shallower water at dusk also has produced fish on most lakes. Spinnerbaits or jigs tipped with minnows are producing numbers of northern pike and bass throughout the area, while panfish continue to be found in good numbers along the 12- to 16-foot weed edges.
The big muskies have turned on throughout Leech Lake this week. Topwater baits or bucktails have taken fish most consistently. Walleyes also have responded positively to the cooler weather, showing up on all major points of the lake. Hard bottom is key. Pine Point, Stoney Point, Ottertail Point, and the West Bar all are producing numbers of good fish. Jigs tipped with minnows or crankbaits have worked best in 6 to 10 feet of water. Perch angling has been good for numbers, but the jumbos have been scarce. Grassy Point and the north end of Portage Bay have been best in 6 to 9 feet of water.
Madison Lake is kicking out walleyes in 10 to 15 feet of water on jigs and minnows. Look to Lake Washington for the area's best panfish action in less than 10 feet of water.
In the east, the shallow rocks are producing numbers of walleyes, especially at dusk and after dark. The Liberty Beach area, Hawkbill Reef, Doe Island Reef, and Hennepin Island are all spots worth checking out. Crankbaits or bobbers and leeches have worked best. Look for perch in these same areas, but the muskie bite has slowed a bit.
In the west, the night bite continues to be excellent on this end of the lake. Slip bobbers and leeches are still turning numbers of walleyes on the deep and shallow structure. Crankbaits also are providing consistent action on the shallower rocks. Look to the shoreline rocks and points for schools of good-sized perch. Muskie reports have been limited, although the fish being taken have been big.
Big Stone Lake is producing a few perch in the Rocky Ledge area in 10 to 12 feet of water. The Minnesota River is producing walleyes in the Odessa area on jigs tipped with minnows.
Island Lake is kicking out walleyes in 10 feet of water, and Long Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 18 feet. Big Sand Lake also has started giving up quite a few walleyes in 14 to 18 feet of water. Jigs tipped with minnows have worked best on these lakes. On Big Mantrap Lake, anglers are hitting numbers of northern pike and muskies in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Walleye action is very good on Big Pine, Little Pine Lake, Lake Marion, and Ottertail Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water during the day, and in 5 to 10 feet at night. Minnows or crankbaits have worked best. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the weedlines of most area lakes.
Sand Bay continues to kick out good-sized crappies in over 30 feet of water. The better walleye reports still are coming from the main lake reefs scattered throughout the lake. Jigs tipped with minnows are producing better numbers of fish.
The crappie bite has been relatively slow. There just aren't many crappies coming in, although the weather has kept a lot of anglers off the lake.
The walleyes have started to move up the Mississippi River, so look to the Head of the Lakes area as a likely spot to start fishing. Three-way rigs and crankbaits are your best option here. The key is to cover a lot of water and pick off the active feeders. The dam area also has started holding better numbers of fish, although jigs tipped with minnows have worked best here.
The walleye bite has been relatively slow on most lakes. Look to Rice Lake and Lake Koronis with minnows for a few fish in 10 to 15 feet of water. Panfish have bit more consistently, although bigger fish have been tough to locate. Schneider Lake or Becker Lake are your best bets for a few decent sunfish and crappies in 8 to 12 feet of water.
Look for suspended crappies on the north end of Sauk Lake in 20 feet of water. Numbers of fish have been relatively easy to catch. Sunfish also are being caught here in 5 to 15 feet of water. Lake Ann continues to produce walleyes in 6 to 8 feet of water on minnows. Look to Lake Amelia during the evening hours in 12 to 20 feet of water for walleyes as well. On Birch Lake, the 15- to 18-foot weed edges continue to hold enough walleyes to keep anglers happy. Redtail minnows have been the hot bait here.
Walleyes remain active on Lake Minnewaska and Lake Reno in 12 to 15 feet of water. Jigs or live bait rigs tipped with minnows have worked best during the day. At night, work the bulrushes with crankbaits for walleyes on Minnewaska. Lake Emily started giving up walleyes again this week for anglers fishing right off shore with crankbaits or slip bobbers and minnows. Lake Pomme De Terre and the Chippewa River also are worth fishing for walleyes.
The St. Croix River is giving up big crappies in the Stillwater area. Work the docks with small jigs and minnows or small plastic jigs. Walleyes also are hitting on the river. Better areas have been in 15 to 30 feet of water, with crankbaits or minnows turning the majority of bigger fish. Cover a lot of water and you'll pick up better numbers of fish. Big Carnelian Lake and Big Marine Lake are giving up a few walleyes, but look for these lakes to turn on in the next few weeks over 20 to 25 feet of water.
On Lake Minnetonka, the docks and shallow points seem to be holding the majority of big bass throughout the lake. Look to the weed edges of the bigger bays in 18 to 20 feet of water for walleyes during the day. The channels also have produced a few walleyes at night on crankbaits. The 12- to 15-foot weed edges are a safe bet for northern pike. Muskies remain active on sharp breaks and shoreline points. Maxwell Bay is producing a few crappies and sunfish in the 10- to 12-foot weed pockets.
In the northeast metro, walleye action has picked up on White Bear Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water and on Clear Lake in 8 to 15 feet of water. Look to Beaver Lake, Lake Jane, and Forest Lake for numbers of northern pike along the weed edges. Bass anglers are hitting fish on Coon Lake and Forest Lake. Crappie action has improved at White Bear, Big Marine Lake, and Bald Eagle Lake. Look for suspended fish over deep water.
In the northwest metro, Buffalo Lake is kicking out walleyes in 8 to 18 feet of water. Work the sharp breaks and weed edges with jigs and minnows. Look for similar depths and presentations to turn walleyes on Lake Pulaski. Crappie activity has improved on Buffalo Lake along the 12-foot weedlines.
In the southwest metro, Lake Minnewashta is giving up a few sunfish in 8 to 12 feet of water. Look for the remaining weeds to hold better numbers of fish. Lake Riley continues to provide the area's best walleye action in 10 to 15 feet of water. Jigs and minnows are turning the majority of fish here, although crankbaits have worked in shallower water during the evening hours.
Green Lake is producing numbers of big smallmouth bass in 10 to 15 feet of water. White spinnerbaits or crankbaits have produced bigger fish. Look for walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water here as well. Norway Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 10 feet of water during the evening hours. Crankbaits or minnows are working best here. Anglers fishing from shore on Ringo Lake are finding consistent walleye action again this week. Willmar Lake is giving up crappies for anglers fishing from shore as well.
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