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- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)
Walleyes best on Ottertail, West Battle Lake, Clitherall. Try West Battle Lake and Clitherall early morning or evening using leeches on snell hooks in 20-30 feet. On Ottertail try 10-20 feet using leeches on plain hook snells (no spinners). Panfish and crappie lakes to try are West Battle, East Battle, Clitherall, Silver. Use nightcrawlers or waxworms for the panfish and crappie minnows for the crappies. For bass action, pitch jigs and minnows in the weeds or throw spinner baits, plastic frogs etc. Try are Donald Lake, West Battle, Silver Lake, Johnson Lake,Stalker Lake. Northern pike are in the 15-20 foot weedlines hitting sucker minnows on snells or try using spoons. Best pike lakes are Donald, Ottertail, West Battle.
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Dave, 117 E Benton St, corner of Hwy 75 and 14 (507-368-4204)
- Timberline Sport & Tackle
Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd. (218-835-4636)
Island Lake and Blackduck Lake have been producing walleyes in 15-20 feet of water using leeches. Other lakes that have been producing walleyes and panfish are Gull and Pimushe along the weed edges using leeches and crawlers.
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Jason Freed, Toby Kvalevog, Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)
9-19-Things are definitely in a fall transition right now on Leech Lake. With falling water temps, the walleyes have been in somewhat of a funk as they are awaiting more stable water temps and fall temperatures to move back into the shallows and begin their fall bite feed bag binge fest.
The best walleye bite has been in either 10-14ft or 20-32ft of water pulling lindy rigs with chubs or working the reaction bite with jigging raps or snap jigging a jig and minnow. Working the bars and points in Walker Bay has been ok, and on the Main Lake some of the windblown points and flats around Goose Island are showing a sporadic walleye bite depending on the day.
Some of the best fishing has been for perch. Working 4-7ft of water along sand and weed flats has been best. A 1/16thoz jig and a few scoops of shiners or fatheads have been the ticket for jumbos. One thing is to think letting those 12+ inchers go to help the Leech Lake Jumbo population. There are ALOT of 9-11"ers in the lake ready for the frying pan.
The fall bite is getting closer! Give us a call for any late fall fishing trips.
1-855-LOA-HOOK or go to www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)
Walleyes biting in 15 to 20 feet on South Lindstrom using bobbers/leeches or some shiner minnows. North Center is proucing a mixed bag of panfish, bass and pike. Call us for more details!
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)
Lake Superior action is best at Two Harbors and Silver Bay. Spoons producing lake trout in 100 feet. Coho salmon being caught in the top 40 feet. Island Lake is producing walleyes and smallies. Use minnows or leeches for the walleyes or buzzbaits along the shorelines for smallmouth. Walleyes and bluegills are biting in 10-15 feet on Fish Lake.
- Babe's Bait and Tackle - BabesBaitEly.com
500 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, MN, first business on the left as you are entering town of Ely from the west on Hwy 169 (218-365-6930)
9-5-As the weather begins to cool, the fishing action has been heating up. Good reports of walleyes are currently coming in from Bich Lake and Shagawa Lake as fish are smacking crawler harnesses trolled along the breaks in the mouths of bays. Some anglers are still having success in the shallow flats, in water less than eight feet. Many big pike are being caught while trolling or casting magnum size crank baits, but some anglers are still bobber fishing suckers to accomplish the same task when they are available. Bass fishing has really hit its stride as is usual during the summer months. Top water lures are very popular as you can see the strike as it happens. Try floating frogs or use the old reliable Jitterbugs and Hula Poppers. During mid-day when bass sink down a bit, soft crawfish immitations on a jig or weighted hook work very well in convincing these acrobats to bite.
- Fish On Bait & Sport www.habitatnow.com
Kyle, 201 S Franklin St, 2 blocks south of stoplights in Glenwood (320-634-3667)
Call Kyle for a report.
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Jim Tuller, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
Where has the summer gone? Kids back at school with sports starting up again - goodbye summer and hello fall! Fishing has been fairly good across the board for the last couple weeks. Walleyes can be found in or around the cabbage or coontail weeds. The deep humps and weedline bite has also been producing walleyes at a good clip. Redtail chubs or nightcrawlers have been the ticket. Bass and Pike can be found on the shallow weed flats or suspended off the deep weedline. Carolina rigs and jigs for the deep bite and crankbaits and spinnerbaits for the shallow flat bite. Panfish are either working the bullrush edges or inside and outside weedline edges. Be patient and you'll get rewarded with time and persistence. Muskies have been on the move with multiple fish days reported. Try fast moving baits like bucktails, spinnerbaits or prop baits. Find the weed / rock areas for high success areas. Good luck to all and enjoy what's left of summer 2016!
- Gateway Store kabfishingreport.com - gatewaygeneral.com
Phil & Ellen Hart, US Hwy 53 & Co Rd 122, 30 miles south of Int'l Falls-Canadian border (218-875-2121)
9-12- Fall is in the air, water temp down into the 60’s, nearly normal for this time of year. Water levels still on the upper curve, thanks to a few recent heavy rains. A real plus now, not many mosquitoes and biting flies seem to have run their course. Big pike being caught frequently on deep weed edges, along with many other species. Live bait is being used effectively, as are artificial lures. This time of year, fish with the baits and terminal tackle you handle confidently. Ball jigs, slip sinker rigs, bottom bouncers, artificial lures, deep, shallow or lead line will all catch fish. I haven’t found walleyes to be schooled up nor are they at a consistent depth. Walleyes have been scattered all year and still remain that way. Jumbo perch tend to be a little deeper and crappies can be found, but they remain suspended in 35-50’ of water. Namakan has been offering up walleyes and has an edge on Kab as of this report. Popular areas to prowl for walleyes would be Lost Bay, Cuculus on over to Green and Larkin Islands. On the west end of Kab, either side of the Sugarbush Channel, Harris and Ram Island, or try deep weed edges. Center reef is occasionally a hot spot, but don’t stay long if there’s no action. Plenty of fishing left and there’s no better place in the state then Kabetogama for its beauty, history and of course multi-species fishing. Make Plans this Fall to Head to Kabetogama, See You Soon, Crabby Phil & Ellen Hart
LAKE OF THE WOODS
- Lake of the Woods Area Tourism Bureau - www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com
near Junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 172 in Baudette, (1-800-382-FISH)
9-20- Still big schools of walleyes, saugers and bait roaming the middle section of Big Traverse Bay from west to east part of lake. Use electronics to locate fish. Most anglers pulling crankbaits with good success. Anchored up and jigging with frozen shiners is becoming more successful as water cools. Water temp on basin currently 62 - 64 degrees. Hot colors are gold and bright colors such as chartreuse and hot pink. The Rainy River and 4 Mile Bay is a great option as shiners continue to move to the river. The river has not lit up yet although some schools of shiners and walleyes are starting to make their way. Jigging, and pulling crankbaits have been successful in getting eyes to bite. Up at the Northwest Angle, the Walleye bite has been in 15-24 feet. Jigging on the Norman Rocks, Little Oak, Hay Island and NW Point effective. Hammered gold, orange and pink spinners are the colors of choice. The water temp. is around 61-62 degrees. With full moon, muskies have been active. Casting large crankbaits, bucktails, and topwaters are producing good numbers of 40-50+ inch fish. Resorts, guides, and general info at LakeoftheWoodsMN.com
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)
8-30-Muskie action is hot right now and should only get better as fall comes into play! Bucktails and topwater baits are both working well. Pike are going strong also! Lots of medium size pike are being caught. Walleyes are still spread out and are hard to get a handle. A #7 shad rap has been the best lure, cover ground till you find an active bunch! As fall closes in on us the jigging box can reappear! North side perch on south side of the lake, they will be moving back to the shoreline breaks chasing bait fish. Fun times warm fall days I can hardly wait! Perch action also picks up in the fall, weedlines and bays are where you want to spend your time. Small jigs and get ready to sort lots of mid size perch. 5 to 8 inches are very abundant, but if you put your time in and work at it you can get your limit of 9 to 13 inchers! Crappie also come back into weeds and structure! Smallmouth bass have really taken hold on some of the rock piles and put up a great fight also. If you are looking for a fish/hunt vacation Leech Lake has a ton of trails to chase grouse! We have openings until the middle of October!
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - (320-630-1761)
The smallie bite is on fire on Mille Lacs! Anglers are having luck at the south end, Cove Bay, Big Point, Wigwam Bay. Gull Island on the east side has been hot as well. Try pitching tubes, crayfish jigs, plastics, crankbaits, mostly anything is working. Walleye fishing is great at the mud, 29-30 feet, try pulling rigs/spinners/crawlers, pulling leadcore with larger leeches. Bobber fish the rocks when windy in 17-20 feet. Muskie starting to strike and some pike too. Panfish are biting on smaller area lakes like Platte, Sullvan, Ann, Knife and Shakopee in deeper waters. Call for small boat trips and launch trips! Listen to Outdoor Adventures on iHeart Radio for fishing reports or call Chris anytime!
MILLE LACS, AITKIN, BRAINERD LAKES
- Jeff Hanson's Guide Service
Mille Lacs is still producing fish! Roach rigs/leeches have been the best presentation on the mud flats. Use your electronics to find schools of fish along the edges of the flats. Some days they will be on the top edge in 25-27', other days they'll be in the 30-34' range. Many fish in the 24-27" range each day and just in the last week lot's of smaller 10-14" fish are also showing up on the mid lake flats.
Pike action has been hot in the bays over the upcoming weed beds in the 11-14' range. You can use sucker minnows and bobbers, troll Husky Jerks, or pitch jigs and Impulse plastics.
Smallmouth action has been good on the rock reefs in the 6-12' range on both Rapala Rattlin' Raps and X-Raps.
The Brainerd lakes like Gull, North Long are producing lots of action for walleyes, bass and pike on the weedlines in 14'17'. Walleye action has been best in the mornings. Roach rigs with minnow and leeches are working. Also pitching jigs into the weeds has been crushing the pike and bass.
As always, call for up to the date reports or to inquire on available days. 4, 6 and 8 hour trips available.
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)
Muskies are hitting the 6-10 foot shorelines on 6 to 10 Minnetonka and Independence. Topwater baits working best. Walleyes are in deeper waters on Minnetonka. Sarah and Independence are producing crappies and sunnies in 5-10 feet.
MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
8-29-Since last week we had some very good walleye and sauger keeper totals.
We had the following catch totals for keepers: 11, 12, and 15. The mix is normally 75% walleye and 25% sauger, but the Saturday total was half sauger half walleye.
Most of the walleye are in the 15 to 18″ range and the saugers are the 14 to 17″ fish – though some are bigger – of course some are smaller and we catch drum, sunfish, crappie, and white bass as well.
Here is a stringer from the 11 keeper trip mentioned above. This total was on a seven am to noon trip. The St. Croix River water itself is very unique this image captures it well.
The river has been high since mid July, six weeks of high water and the fish start to become very used to the conditions. This high water is likely one reason I have not seen many Smallmouth Bass. They must be ultra shallow. I do so many walleye trips as the customer prefer walleye, that the bass fishing doesn’t happen as much. But normally I run into smallies by accident…even a died in the wool walleye customer enjoys a good smallmouth battle. But as mentioned the aren’t in the depth I am fishing.
Here is Martin and Melissa out enjoying their company and a lovely day on the St. Croix. They caught 2 limits of fish on this trip and brought back one limit for a fish dinner.
The weather has been great, cool mornings and warm days. The weather will get hot for about two weeks and then the fall part of September will arrive and the water will start to cool….Summer is just about over.
Walleyes and saugers 14 to 28 feet deep.
Flow rate steady from last week –
St. Croix River water level is steady at 680.0 and is predicated to go to 678 in a week.
Water temp 74 – 76 two degrees cooler.
Charlie “Turk” Gierke
Croixsippi Guide Service
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Josh Severtson, www.smokeyhills.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
8-29-Walleye – With most of the nights falling below 60 degrees now, the water temp on the surface is starting to cool down, triggering most fish to start packing on the pounds for the long frigid northern Minnesota winters. Still hanging around the weed lines in about 16’-22’ of water. On the hunt for a VMC “Neon Moon Eye” either rigged under a slip bobber or dropped to the bottom and jigged. Both methods paired with a redtail or crawler works well.
Northern Pike – Hunkered down in the thickest weed growth in anywhere from 8’-16’. Looking for an easy perch or shiner to swim by. Find a lure that resembles a perch or shiner or tie on a Rapala “Rippin Rap” to imitate the bait fish and to fish any various depth.
Bass – Similar to last week, the majority of the bigger bass will be out in 12’-16’ of water. For deeper swimming bass tie on a VMC “Heavy duty wide gap” hook paired with a YUM “Christie Craw” to get down to their depths. For the shallower fish up in the pads, cabbage, and around docks tie on a Lunkerhunt “Pocket Frog” or “Combat Frog” that will make bass jump out of the water!
Sunfish/Crappie – Scattered through 5’-15’ in the thicker cabbage beds, coontails, and deep growing bulrushes. Mostly on the hunt for a Lindy “Little Nipper” either underneath a slip bobber or even cast and retrieve. Tip the little nipper with a crappie minnow, worm, or waxy for best luck at filling the bucket.
Josh Severtson w/Smokey Hills Outdoor Store
Need advice or help on how to do it? Come see Josh in the fishing department!
- Wheaton Service & Bait www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400)
Lake Traverse has become, in my opinion, one of the top Catfish fisheries in the upper mid west! Channel and Flathead cats! our average catfish is in the 9-12 pound range! We've seen cats in the 60 plus pound range! Great time! Of course the Walleye fishing is outstanding! Lake Traverse is the top net count lake in the state. Looking for guided fishing? Wheaton Service has 2 guides looking to put you on the fish! Give us a call! Starting Sept 1 we will start our 2nd year of production of Fishin Hole Lodge fish houses Skid Houses. All Aluminum, many colors available, many different sizes. We no longer sell Alumi lite shacks. Give us a call 320 563-1400 wheatonservice.com or check us out on Facebook! Take a Kid Fishin!
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)
8-29-Lake Waconia Beach Now OPEN!
Lake Waconia Beach is now OPEN! For those who did not hear, the beach had been closed because of elevated E. Coli levels. We have just received news directly from Carver County. Water "Test results we received today are quite good" was what we were told. Please help spread the word! :)
Lake Waconia continues to produce some good fishing in August. Sunfish have been biting best on crawlers or waxies, while crappie minnows are still working great for crappies. You can expect to find good action continuing on the north side of Coney Island, as well as Center, Kegs and Anderson’s Reefs. Sunnies are hanging near the weeds along with the crappies, although some anglers have been finding suspended crappies in over 20 feet of water on certain days. Walleyes have been better in the evening hours off Kegs, North and Anderson’s Reef as of late. A fathead minnow with jig is still a great option. There have been a few reports of northern pike and muskie action along the weeds of Reinke’s Bay, Center Reef and the weedline of Waconia Bay. Don’t forget to try out from Peterson’s Creek (the “Carp Trap) for multi-species fishing. With the rainy month we’ve been given, the creek is flowing well into the lake and is always an area the fish feed after a storm. Bass are great in the shallow reeds in the early morning hours, and along the weedlines during the day. Topwater baits, spinnerbaits and plastic worms are all good bass-catching choices.
We are still renting fishing boats and pontoons, although our rental season will come to a close in mid-September. If you’re looking to get on the lake for one more cruise, or for a chance at the big catch, give us a call at (952) 442-2096 to reserve. Store hours until Labor Day are Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to Sunset, and Saturday & Sunday from 7:30 am to Sunset. Our hours after Labor Day will be changing again, so we'll update you later as that date nears.
Waconia’s town celebration “Nickle Dickle Day” is coming up on Saturday, September 17th! We will be offering 20% Off Bait, Tackle, Rods & Reels and Clothing on that day to celebrate. Stop in to say hi and save! P.S., there is NO Kid’s Fishing Pond this year.
To finish the report this week, we'd like to thank our great staff for the work they do all summer here at the marina! We held a fun Employee Fishing Contest earlier in the month and lots of bass were caught! Below is a pic of our employee Carl Wenning with his 17 inch bass he caught on a spinnerbait in Waconia Bay. He and teammate Curt Hodgin won the title this year!
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, email@example.com, (218-327-2312)
Weather has been a big dictator on the walleye bite for Big Winnie. Besides all that the fishing has been good. Many of the humps and bars are turning out catches of big fish and eaters as well. Crawlers and leeches on rigs have been best for the deeper bite. The shallows in and around weed beds all over the lake have also been excellent choices. We have been pulling spinners with a half crawler, leech or a minnow at speeds of 1.0 to 1.5 mph and doing quite well. Stony Point, Tamarac, Musky Bay, and the Bird Houses are great places to try spinner presentations. Covering water trolling crank baits has also been good with bonus northern pike in the mix. A new bait from Rapala the Shad Dancer is a bait to try. Great action and dives from 8-11 feet. Panfish have been okay and expect that to get better in the upcoming weeks. Weed edges with small baits and spinners have been taking crappies in Big Cutfoot lake. Perch fishing on the north rocks has been good. Sorting through the smaller ones to keep nicer perch has provided plenty of action. Summer is winding down so get out and enjoy Big Winnie and all it has to offer.