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- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)
West Battle and Otter Tail Lake producing walleyes in 25-30 feet. Sunfish biting in 10-15 feet on Stalker, Clitherall and West Battle. Northern pike are hitting spoons or sucker minnows at the weedlines of Fiske and West Battle. Muskies are striking on West Battle in about 20 feet.
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Dave, 117 E Benton St, corner of Hwy 75 and 14 (507-368-4204)
Call Dave for a report!
- Timberline Sport & Tackle
Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd. (218-835-4636)
Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 12-15 feet on Blackduck, Gull Lake, Island lakes. Anglers are also fishing Red for fall walleyes. Stop in for the details!
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Toby Kvalevog and Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)
Things have definitely changed in the last week and it is going to be changing even more as the temps begin to drop this week. The key last week was Shallow, Shallow, Shallow. Anywhere from 4-7ft of water seemed to produce the best action for a variety of perch and walleyes. The perch bite is very good right now. A 1/16th or 1/8th oz jig with a small rainbow or fathead minnow is the best. Look for isolated weed or sand patches, pencil reeds, or small depressions to locate these schools of fish. Walleyes are also shallow and mixed in with the perch. Same thing is working for them, but rainbows and golden shiners seem to be the bait of choice.
Areas to focus on are windblown shorelines, points, and the flats. With the SE/E winds we have had the last week the west side of the lake continues to have the best fishing from Ottertail, Hardwoods, Goose Flats, Stoney Point, and the Walker Narrows. Millers and Boy Bays on the South end of the Main Lake have also had a solid perch bite this past week.
With the full moon phase, there has also been a good crank bait trolling bite after dark. Trolling cranks in Portage and Sucker Bay as well as the North End of Walker Bay near Sand Point in 5-10ft of water is a great way to catch numbers and also put some big fish in the boat. Husky Jerks, Thundersticks, or Shad Raps are all great producers.
Until next week
Leisure Outdoor Adventures
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)
Try Chisago, Green, North Center and South Center lakes for bass and crappies. Walleyes biting in 12-18 feet on Green and Chisago.
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)
Fish and Island lakes producing crankbait walleyes in 12-15 feet. Muskies hitting Island Lake and the St. Louis River. Lake trout are being caught on Lake Superior in 150 feet.
- 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)\
The transition time has begun for walleye afficianados. Walleyes are beginning to hit minnows once again. For the past several weeks, the bite has been dominated by crawler harnesses, now more anglers are using minnows whether they tip a spinner rig or a jig. The fish are mre scattered now throughout the water column. Where the bite was centered in shalower water previously, now fish are starting to show up in twenty feet and deeper water.
Crappies action is picking up as well. More are being caught now that water temps have begun to dip. Once located, you can easily catch a limit from a school before they move on. Just watch your fish finder as most of the schools tend to cover a small area, and just a few feet off the mark can mean the difference.
Some nice lake trout have been caught while trolling spoons on Burntside and Snowbank Lakes. Most are being found in forty to fifty-five feet of water. TRolling speed should run from .9 mph hour up to 1.5.. Thin lightweight flutter spoons work the best at these slower speeds.
Pike action has remained steady, although not many true giants have been caught lately. Perhaps the water temperature drop will kick the big boys into gear.
- Fish On Bait & Sport www.habitatnow.com
Kyle, 201 S Franklin St, 2 blocks south of stoplights in Glenwood (320-634-3667)
Sunfish and crappie bite has been good with good sizes…but the bite has been challenging at times. A lot of fish down there, just have to try different techniques to get them to bite. Freshwater shrimp have been working the best. We have all the favorite bait on hand as well as a full line of tackle...along with advice and destinations to try. We also have the "Habitat Outlet Store" well stocked with some of the most diverse and high quality food plot and native prairie seeds for habitat development. Many people looking at "spring food plots" now and ideas for habitat projects to improve their property. Also visit the Habitat Outlet on line at www.HabitatNOW.com for all your spring and fall habitat needs.
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Jim Tuller, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
This month is the time to get out on the lake! With fewer boats and falling tempatures, the walleyes should start putting the feed bag on! Walleyes have been caught lately in the 9' to 12' range off of flats or on wind blown points on Leech Lake. Target them with jigs/minnows or lindy rigs with a minnow or crawler. The perch bite is in full swing with people having good luck in the Narrows in the 6 to 9 foot range. Small minnows on a jig are working best for panfish. Target inside or outside weedlines for the bigger and best tasting panfish in the lake! Bass are still all over the place. Fish can be caught in the shallows with jigs, over the tops of the weeds with spinnerbaits and crankbaits or on the weedline with plastics. Be versatile - don't spend too much time on one technique if you aren't getting any bites. The muskie bite has held with the extended warm weather we've had so continue to work the weed edges and rocky structures with fast moving bucktails, minnow baits and topwater lures. Good luck this week and be safe!
- 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)
Kabetogama-Namakan Fishing Report 9-28-15
WOW – another mild week of weather, still not a sign of Indian Summer. Water temps still in the 60s.
The trees now know it’s autumn, beautiful colors being displayed by nature. Not sure what season the fish think it is. Thus far they are not schooling up near the reefs as would be normal, instead they remain scattered and no sign of any feeding frenzy.
On a positive note, Sauger, Pike and Perch seem to be pretty active at all depths. If angling with jig and minnow, slip sinker rig or trolling, it does not seem to make much difference.
A few lucky anglers have been finding crappies as they fish for the elusive walleye, that’s a satisfying alternative.
Everyone I spoke with as well as my experience last week, no wind, no fish, wind picks up – you get some action.
As the days shorten, it may trigger the bite reminding Mr. Walleye it’s time to fatten up for winter. Fall weather is looking mighty fine the next 10 days out.
It is a great time of year to enjoy the Northland, no crowds, I guarantee nothing but nature sounds and the hum of a fishing motor.
Plan your Fall Fishing Trip Now,
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)
Fishing still consistently great and following fall trends. Walleyes have been consistent as the last couple weeks with the movement towards the South Shore and Rainy River. Bait fishing favored pulling spinners and crawler harnesses. Some adding a minnow for aggressive bites. Others are still trolling with red/white small baits or anchoring and jigging with minnows. Best colors hammered gold or pink. Try Knight and Bridges Islands 26-32 feet. Others staying closer to the south end hitting areas of Pine Island or 2-3 miles north of the island, Lighthouse Gap, Graceton Beach, Long Point, and 12 Mile in depths of 22-24 or 28-31.
On the Rainy River, shiners continue their run up river and walleyes following suit. Evening fishing best 17-19 feet jigging with a 1/2 or 3/8 oz jig. Pink, gold, or orange best. Sturgeon active in deep pockets. Anchor up in deep holes using a circle hook and gob of crawlers and maybe a shiner or two. Areas of Vidas to Frontier Landings best but good numbers Timbermill Park towards Birchdale.
Up at the NW Angle, walleyes very strong and shifting towards deeper depths of 29-32 feet. Big or Little Oak Islands in MN as well as Deepwater Bay areas good. Try points and gaps with moving water. On the Ontario side, crappie action heating up with good numbers coming in 32-36 feet jigging over structure. Muskie fishing still strong with trolling starting to show success. More info on lodging and guides at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)
Fishing up here on Leech Lake is hot right now! Jig and minnow is the ticket for jumbo perch and walleyes. Pelican Island and Clay Banks on main lake, Goose Island and Sand Point in western bays. Bucktail and showgirls are hot for muskies! Bays are still good for pike and largemouth bass, work the weed edges. Leech Lake sits in the middle of Chippewa National Forest, we have lots of logging and biking trails, grouse numbers are up and looks like a good duck year! So grab your shot gun and fishing pole and beeline it up to Leech Lake before fall's over! Thanks for keeping Leech Lake in your mind!
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - www.kuduksguideservice.com (320-630-1761)
On Mille Lacs the bass, muskie and pike are biting. Call Chris for an up to the minute report! Smaller area lakes are producing a mixed bag - walleyes, pike, panfish, bass. Try Platte, Sullivan, Knife and Anne lakes.
MILLE LACS, AITKIN, BRAINERD LAKES
- Jeff Hanson's Guide Service
The fall smallmouth bite has already started and should just keep getting better all fall as water temps drop. This bite is phenomenal for both numbers and big fish. We are getting them on the rock shoreline areas in 9-12'. September and October is the best walleye bite of the year on the Aitkin and Brainerd area lakes. We are live bait rigging minnows in the 16-20' range on mid-lake bars and shoreline breaks. Looking for fish with electronics before stopping is the key to staying on fish. Feel free to call or text with questions, 763-477-8553.
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)
Muskies hitting bucktails and topwater baits on Independence and Minnetonka. Bass and pike taking spinnerbaits on in 12-15 feet on Minnetonka, Medicine, Sarah. Panfish are also biting, call us for details!
MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Nathan, www.smokyhillsoutdoorstore.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
With the days of summer winding down, and the water temps dropping, the fall bite is starting to pick up more and more. Fishermen are putting the leeches and crawlers away and grabbing the minnow bucket.
Walleye- Slowly moving into the shallower flats at night, looking for the easy prey to come swimming by, after dark float up into about 12-16 feet around weed lines and beds. During the day head to 16-20 feet of water along sandy flats and Tie on a VMC “Spindrift” paired with a rainbow minnow or small sucker.
Northern Pike- Hovering around the thicker weed beds, weed lines, fallen timber and just structure in general. Cast for 8-12 feet of water with either a Rapala “Shad rap” size nine or a live bait rig with a Gamakatsu “Circle Hook” Paired with a slip bobber and quarter ounce weight or so for best luck!
Bass- The bass will be spread out across from 1-18 feet of water. For the shallow pigs look for 1-4 feet in the lily pads, pencil reeds, docks, and fallen timber. Finding these locations and cover will go great together with the Lunkerhunt “Combat Frog”. For the deeper approach tie on a VMC “Wacky Jig” either 1/8th or 1/16th ounce head teamed with a YUM “Dinger” for your best chance on snagging a wall hanger!
Sunfish/Crappie- Hanging around 10-16 feet. Search for the taller growing cabbage weeds, coontail, and any deep growing weeds. Use a cast and retrieve method to locate the fish. Tie on a VMC “Boot tail” to locate the fish. Once located toss on a slip bobber with a Northland “Fire-Fly Jig” paired with either a small crappie minnow or a piece of either leech, crawler, or wax worm!
Make sure to visit Smokey Hills Outdoor Store in Park Rapids when visiting the area, our staff know the area and would be happy to offer advice on fishing and equipment.
- Wheaton Service & Bait www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400)
Fishing packages start at 2 nights/1 day of fishing, up to 4 nights/3 days fishing! Call for pricing. Check out our Fish'in Hole Lodge Skid Houses on Facebook!
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)
It's been an enjoyable summer on Lake Waconia so far, not only for the fishermen, but all boaters! Lake levels are high for this time of year, water temps are still hovering around 80, and the lake has had minimal algae blooms affecting it, making it all-around comfortable for any water-sports activity.
While the numbers of fishermen using the lake have been lower this month due to the heat and humidity, those who have gone fishin' continued to find fish! Largemouth Bass have been a lot of fun this summer. We are getting good reports for big ones around reefs like Cemetery, North, Center and Pillsbury. You'll still catch them shallow too up in the reeds or by the Carp Trap or Rock Dock as well. Spinnerbaits, Jigs and Plastic Worms have worked well for those using artificials. Crawlers, Fatheads and Sucker Minnows are producing fish for those using live bait!
Walleyes are still running deeper off the weeds on Keg's, Red's and North Reefs or off the corners of the island. Jigging with a fathead still has been the method of choice. Some are drifting with crawlers and having success as well.
Those wanting to get their kids some action can still rely on Lake Waconia to come through. Sunfish and Crappies have been biting well around the weeds by the island and some of the reefs in 8 to 14 feet of water most of the summer and you can continue to find them there, but we're also getting some nice reports a tad deeper as well. Don't be afraid to go off the weeds from 15 to 20 or more feet of water. The usual spots like Center, Keg's, North and Anderson's have worked well for fishing in the weeds or outside of them in deeper water. Wax worm and crawlers are still the go-to Sunfish bait. Crappie minnows continue to work for the Crappies.
Our rental season is winding down soon. There's about 4 weeks left to rent a pontoon or fishing boat and motor! It's still a great time to get on the lake, as the lake generally isn't as busy this time of year. We suggest making a reservation as our hours will be changing, so call (952) 442-2096 and we'll set you up for a fun day on the water! As of now, our hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to Sunset, and Saturday/Sunday from 6:30 am to Sunset. After Labor Day, our hours will shorten.
This past Saturday, we had a party to honor our slip and buoy members at the marina. We had a free lunch and gave away hundreds of dollars in value of drawing prizes! We also had a free, short, informal fishing contest that was enjoyed by many. The winners were Mike Pittelkow, who caught a 1# 2 oz Crappie that was caught within the first 15 minutes, and Marcy Russell, who caught a 14-inch Bass! Overall, it was a hot, beautiful day to enjoy at the lake! Thanks again to all of the wonderful families who share their summers with us by keeping their boats at our marina!
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, firstname.lastname@example.org, (218-327-2312)
The bite has definitely picked up for walleyes and it seems the shallow weed bite and close to shore humps are providing most of the best action. Anglers pulling spinners, crawlers and 2 inch minnows are having the best results. The 6-8 foot mark near the Birches, Re-Claim Rocks, Musky Bay, Ravens Rocks and Farley Creek areas seem to be doing the best. Early and late in the day is the best time, but with a little breeze and cloudy days, walleyes can be taken. The northern pike have been hitting Shad Raps and spoons trolled at about 2-2.5 mph on shallow bars and weed edges. The crappies have just started to show up in Little Cutfoot and another week or so they should be providing good action. Be safe on the water and always be respectful of other anglers.