The walleye bite on Gull Lake has been excellent in six to 42 feet of water. Minnows and jigs have been the hot bait. Northern pike action has been great on all area lakes in eight to 20 feet of water. Larger minnows have turned bigger fish. Small minnows also are turning crappies on many area lakes in 12 to 18 feet of water. Look for sunfish on these same lakes in 10 to 18 feet of water.
Minnows are turning walleyes on Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake in 15 to 25 feet of water. Look to Perry Lake for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. Black Hoof Lake and Turner Lake are giving up nice crappies in 10 to 30 feet of water, depending on the time of the day. Rainbow trout continue to be caught on the Pennington Pit and Portsmouth Pit. There are a few grouse, ducks, and geese being harvested in the area, but nothing real outstanding.
Jigs tipped with minnows are producing a few walleyes in 20 feet of water on Pelican Lake and Upper Whitefish Lake. Northern pike also are hitting in these same locations. Crappies have finally begun to bite on the Whitefish Chain in 15 to 20 feet of water. Waterfowl reports have varied. The right pond has held a few ducks and geese.
Cutfoot Sioux Lake is kicking out walleyes in nine to 14 feet of water on jigs and minnows. Big Ball Club Lake is kicking out crappies and northern pike along the weeded shorelines. The deep hole on Big Splithand Lake also is worth checking out for crappies. Grouse hunters are starting to find birds as the leaves continue to come down, while waterfowl reports remain slow.
Pleasant Lake is kicking out a few walleyes in 12 to 20 feet of water on jigs and minnows. Panfish reports have been limited throughout the area, but look for a few northern pike and bass on area lakes along the remaining weed edges.
The wind has meant tough fishing here. The few walleyes being caught are coming off crankbaits or jigs tipped with minnows in shallower water. Concentrate on the points, shoreline breaks, and sand areas for better numbers of fish. Muskie action has been limited, but there have been a few reports of bigger perch being caught along the shallower weed edges and near the islands. Duck hunters are finding a few mallards and ringnecks in the smaller ponds. Shooting on the main lake has been tough for the most part.
East -- Strong winds have made it tough to get out on the big lake. It has been almost impossible to get out during the day, but a few evenings have been calm enough to fish. Trolling crankbaits or slip bobber rigs and leeches are your best bet in shallow water, eight to 12 feet. Work the shoreline breaks, points, and rock piles on this end of the lake. Big Point, the Agate Bay area, Graveyard, and Hawkbill Reef are a few of the better options during low-light periods of the day.
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