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- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)
11-24-West Battle is producing some muskie action. Walleyers are biting on Ottertail on a jig/minnow combo. We are looking forward to a great ice fishing season!
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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)
11-24-Walleyes have been biting on Island and Blackduck in 10 feet using minnows and crankbaits. Most have been deer hunting rather than fishing, though. Waiting for ice to form on area lakes!
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Toby Kvalevog and Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)
10-31-Well it was a good week on Leech Lake the last few days. The fish are definitely on the move and somedays they are snapping and others spread out and negative. With the winds we have been having of late the fish are congregating on the Main Lake Points and shoreline breaks. 4-8ft of water has been the best when fishing wind blown structures. Ottertail, Little and Big Hardwoods, Five Mile, Pine Point, Little Stoney, and any wind blown shoreline that has had the wind blowing into it for a couple days have been good. Also the fishing around Pelican Island fishing isolated rock piles by pitching a jig and minnow or slip bobber and minnow has been a great way to put a variety of walleyes in the boat. Overall the jig and minnow bite has been the best and go to for most anglers.
When fishing with a jig and minnow be sure to really dial in the cadence that is working for that day. Whether you are snap jigging it going for the reaction bite, dragging them, pitching jigs and working them back, or just changing up the cadence from fast to slow, any of these will work on any given day depending on the factors such as wind, sun, water clarity, and frontal pressure.
In bays such as Kabekona,Walker Bay, and Agency Bay walleyes have been setting up on traditional fall walleye structure. Look to steep breaks off of points or humps in 30-40ft of water. Lindy rigs with chubs or a jig and minnow have been decent producers.
The Perch Bite has been sporadic of late, but you can still get into some good schools of fish. We have not seen the big schools of true jumbos, but lots of 9-11" perch are being caught. A 1/16th or 1/8th oz jig with a fathead or rainbow has been the best bet. Look for isolate weed patches, pencil reeds, or sand spots surrounded by sand grass have been the key locations to finding these perch.
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)
11-3-Chisago and North Center are your best options for crappies in 10-14 feet of water. Chisago is also producing some bass and sunnies along the weedlines. For walleyes hit Green Lake in 10-15 feet of water.
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)
11-24-Not many anglers are out fishing but those that are report some muskies being caught on sucker minnows on the St Louis River and on Island 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)
Some dedicated fishermen are still out taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and are having some success. Walleyes are scattered throughout the water column, but are catchable as attested by anglers on Shagawa, Birch and Lake Vermillion. Larger minnows such as shiners, rainbow chubs and small suckers are doing the trick when teamed up with a floating jig head or spinner with float attached. Most fish are being taken from fifteen to thirty feet of water.
Crappies are beginning to bunch up, and usually when you find one there are more there for the taking. Small minnows on a jig or just a plain hook suspended under a bobber seem to be the preferred method, but many anglers are leaning toward the small soft baits fished on small jigs from one thirty-second to one sixteenth of an ounce. Safety pin spinners attached to a small jig head and tipped with either a soft bait tail or minnow can be very productive right now. These can either be casted or slow-trolled, to cover more water as you search for the schools. Once you catch one, stop and work the area over thoroughly. Fan cast all around, as it can have a bunch of friends nearby.
Pike and muskies have been hammering large suckers or crank baits or spinners of the magnum size. These brutes tend to be in deeper water right now so it's best to work your baits in water from ten to twenty-five feet. Perch pattern hard baits have been working best and gold spinners working well on clearer waters.
Keep in mind that although the air temps are warm and comfortable, that the water temperature is hovering around forty-five degrees right now and ending up in the water can sap your strength and could lead to a bad end to an otherwise great day afloat. With these cold temps it really is best to always wear a life jacket when out on the water especially when out alone.
- Fish On Bait & Sport www.habitatnow.com
Kyle, 201 S Franklin St, 2 blocks south of stoplights in Glenwood (320-634-3667)
Call for a report!
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Jim Tuller, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
11-4-This is the last month to get out on the lake before the ice comes and for those who brave the cold the reward can be worth it! With fewer boats and falling tempatures the walleyes should start putting the feed bag on! Look for walleyes on deep humps in walker bay or wind blown points. Target them with jigs/minnows or lindy rigs with a minnow or crawler. The perch bite is still strong 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 spread out so cover ground with a rattle trap or jerkbait to find them then slow down and fish the area with a jig or plastic worm. This is a great time of year to catch that giant! The muskie bite has held with the extended warm weather we've had so continue to work the rock reefs and in the main lake! 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)
Fishing-Sports Report 11/9/15
Lots of rain front of the week, keeping lake levels high, plenty of warmth began on Sunday.
Not many anglers on the water, but this day and most of the week should be tempting.
Boaters use caution, rock markers and navigational buoys have been removed.
Live bait, minnow is the favored bait choice perhaps game fish are ready to fatten up for the winter.
Hunters having mixed results, our weigh-ins are ahead of last year with lots of does reported in the Bucks only zone.
Good Luck to All, 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)
11-23-Fishing remains good for the few anglers interested in the last remaining open water. Walleyes, saugers and some trophy walleyes are being caught in 14-30' of water in front the Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island on the south end of the lake. Some ice forming in bays but still too thin to venture out on.
On the Rainy River, walleye fishing remains good. With rain, more current this week. More walleyes and larger walleyes are showing up in the river. Good reports at various spots from Wheeler's Point to Frontier Access. The fish prefer jig and minnow still near bottom. Orange, and gold mixed with bright color the ticket tipped with minnow.
Up at the NW Angle, not many fishing as ice is showing up in spots. A thin coat of ice this week in backwater areas. Resorts are ready for ice fishing. Walleye action in 15-26 feet jigging near Oak Island, Rabbit Ears, and Hay Island. On the Ontario side, areas with current adjacent to deep holes best. Muskie fishing going well trolling in 10-20' adjacent rock walls. Info on resorts and upcoming ice fishing at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)
11-4-Fishing has been really good up here this fall! Walleyes are back up on the points so bring jigs and work the shallows. Fall is the time if you want to fight the big pike and muskies. I have spoken to a bunch of muskie guys... They are working topwater mostly and when they have extra people in their boat they are rigging a live sucker rig also. They seem to follow the topwater and strike the sucker minnow! Water is still warm for this time of the year. Ducks, deer and grouse are also plentiful this fall. So if you have not put it in storage, come up to Leech Lake for one more fishing/hunting trip!!!
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - (320-630-1761)
11-3-Smaller area lakes are producing a mixed bag - walleyes, pike, panfish, bass. Try Platte, Sullivan, Knife and Anne lakes. On Mille Lacs the bass, muskie and pike are biting. Call Chris for an up to the minute report!
MILLE LACS, AITKIN, BRAINERD LAKES
- Jeff Hanson's Guide Service
11-3-The fall smallmouth bite bite is phenomenal for both numbers and big fish. We are getting them on the rock shoreline areas in 9-12'. 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)
11-24-Walleyes are hitting crankbaits or minnows at night in the channels on Lake Minnetonka. Muskie anglers are reporting that sucker minnows are producing great results on Minnetonka and Independence.
MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
11-24-The bite is still on. We boated over a dozen keepers and most were walleyes. There is a strong class of 19″ fish in the river biting now. Plus saugers with size. Shad Raps for walleye working in blue and orange. Fish are in abut 20-30 feet of water. You can find peace and quiet on the Croix right now, a few anglers, dock movers, gulls, and a couple loons.
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Nathan, www.smokyhillsoutdoorstore.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
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)
11-23-From shore or from the boat, the walleye bite on Lake Traverse has been HOT! Looks like we are a ways away from ice here.When the ice does form, it's sure to be some great ice fishing. Here at Wheaton Service, We offer spear house and fish house rental and lodging. We now build our own Aluminum skid houses! Fishing Hole Lodges is the name of our shacks and satisfaction is our goal! We make'em the way you want'em! Give us a call, 320 563-1400, visit wheatonservice.com or check us out on Facebook.
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)
We are closed for the season as of October 7th. Thank you for another GREAT summer on Lake Waconia! We look forward to re-opening this winter when there is walkable ice! See you then!
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, firstname.lastname@example.org, (218-327-2312)
11-3 Winnie walleyes hitting jig/minnow, not many anglers out. Try the main lake bars in 15 feet. Pike are also biting. Work the shoreline edges.