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- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)
Walleyes biting on Ottertail in 11 feet of water. Muskie are hitting large sucker minnows in 15 feet on West Battle Lake. We are looking forward to a great ice fishing season! Keep checking our website for conditions!
- Veire's Mini-Mart - Visit our Facebook Page
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)
Blackduck and Island are producing perch and walleyes in 10-12 feet of water. Stop in anytime for current ice fishing conditions!
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Jason Freed, Toby Kvalevog, Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)
Walleye are schooling up on windblown structure and actively feeding for the upcoming winter months. For those anglers who love to jig and minnow fish, now is the time. The best bite has been by far an 1/8th oz jig with a golden shiner or rainbow. Some of our favorites are the KenKatch long shank and KenKatch 3D eye jigs. Colors are endless, but start with your confidence color and go from there. Pay attention to sunlight and water clarity when choosing colors. More important your cadence is everything. Fish the wind blown structure such as points and shorelines. Pine, Big Hardwoods, Ottertail have all been good. Perch fishing is great right now, but you will have to do some sorting. Walker Narrows, Agency Bay and Cedar Point have all had fish on them. Fish them the same way you would for walleyes but shallower in 4-7 feet. Get out and enjoy the lake and fall weather! Still time to get out on a guided fishing trip whether it is walleye, perch, or musky.
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)
Chisago and South Center are your best bets for walleyes using minnows. Crappies and sunfish are also biting on area lakes for the anglers going out. Give us a call for current reports!
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)
Island Lake is producing walleyes in 10-12 feet. Try Fish Lake for crappies in 15 feet. Call us for updates!
- 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)
Walleye success recently has been a hit or miss opportunity on many of the local lakes. Some anglers are reporting good catches of "eyes" in deeper sections of water as the temps begin to fall, in some cases such as on Snowbank Lake down to fifty-five feet. Anglers fishing the same lake have been relegated to just a few keepers in the fourteen to sixteen inch range fish while plying relatively shallow waters. Action on the Prairie Portage end of Basswood Lake has been slow, while those fishing the Pipestone end are having much more success. Pike and smallmouth bass action on the other hand has been very good on most lakes as the leaves begin to fall. Live bait such as suckers fished either under a float or slow-trolled in five to fifteen feet of water has been the way to go for some, but just as many anglers have been whacking some really nice fish trolling or casting spinner baits and larger crank baits. Crappie action remains good with some reaching the sixteen inch mark. Birch Lake leads the pack in giving up some hefty stringers, but some of the smaller lakes like Johnson, East Twin and One pine are still producing good numbers of keepers too.
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Jim Tuller, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
Water temps are starting to fall with most lakes in the Low 50s. Walleye- Rig or jig wind blow points and structure for best results. Rainbows and shiners seem to be the ticket to putting fish in the boat! Trolling shad raps has also brought in a few limits! Muskie- Reports of fish being caught are coming in! Throwing bucktails and topwater with a slower retrieve on rock structure or any remaining green cabbage seems to be the most consistent. Bass- Deep points with a jig or texas rigged worm are working as well as fishing green reeds with swimjigs! Covering water with spinnerbaits or chatterbaits can also be very effective! Panfish- Good reports of nice panfish are being caught on deeper flats and points using small panfish jigs in white or pink! Good Luck and Stay Warm!
- 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-Ash River Fishing Report 11-1-16
Now that we are in the Indian Summer, and still have and expect to have soft water for at least a couple more weeks, you can still come and wet a line. Not only can you wet a line, you can hunt grouse and on the weekend deer hunt as it’s opener. Northern Pike bite has been strong, and walleye remain active, but sporadic as to location. Some shallow bite and on the reefs. Jig and minnow is the bait of choice, red, white and blue and gold, red and black seem to be favored. Water temps holding in the upper 40’s and water levels still a little above the norm. Shoreline fishing with sucker minnows is a good bait choice for pike and walleye. Happy Hunting and Happy Fishing, Crabby Phil and 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)
11-28-The walleyes continue to chow in the lake and river. Some very good days recently with a strong bite in the morning and evening. Those who have not put away the boat are getting rewarded. Many hawg walleyes reaching over 28" boated. South shore from the gap to Morris Point to Rocky Point strong. Walleye and saugers good numbers in 15-20 feet of water. Bring lots of bait as anglers are going through multiple packages of frozen shiners. Ice fishing on its way as bays are just about iced over. Cold snap in forecast start of next week.
Shiner run continues in river and walleyes are staying right along with them. Terrific river fishing. Walleyes are in 10-25 feet of water. Jig and a shiner is best tactic with bright colors or glow.
Up at the Northwest Angle, walleyes going strong in 10-30' and crappies in 30'. Jig and a minnow producing limits. Fishing remains excellent for those who can get out as there is scattered ice in bay and marinas. Most resorts preparing for ice fishing. Ice forming in back bays and harbors. Resorts and ice fishing reservations at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)
Fishing is going to be great up here on Leech Lake this winter! The warm fall has been giving the young of the year the extra boost they need for another great year class coming up! Ice is forming in the bays as I'm writing this I'm so pumped! The key to early ice fishing is small jigs and fresh bait! Ask at local bait stores what is safe and what is working. Come enjoy the lake with us!
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - (320-630-1761)
Muskie and pike are biting on the north end and east side for those going out. Sucker minnow/bobber working best. Knife, Platte, Sullivan, Shakoppe panfish are biting. Ann has been producing some bigger crappies in the narrows. Lots of big deer were shot in the area over deer season. The smaller lakes are just starting to get some ice on the shorelines. We are getting our ice fishing gear ready! Call Chris anytime for a current ice report or listen to him on Outdoor Adventures on iHeart Radio. Book your guided ice fishing trip with Chris today!
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)
Walleyes havin been biting on Lake Minnetonka for the anglers that are going out. Try 18-25 feet of water. Some muskies have also been hitting in 15 feet of water.
MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
The bite is still happening, and with unseasonably warm weather it is fair to say it should continue for a good while.
Jesse with a example of a nice walleye right now. Very health and chunky. We let all go today an accurate estimate was between 10 – 12 keepers today . Caught on a fathead minnow.
The river has finally come down, and I say finally not out of high water frustration but simply because it has been high since JULY! Actually though it is still three feet higher than normal pool level but its down.
So when you see the rod bent in half and after a very good bulldog fight, then a foot under the water its a white belly roll then with green on the sides… and it is just that size – you’d think TEN pound walleye too!!! You never even in November know what your going to catch on the… Jesse liked this one, trophy eye or not. Jig and minnow caught.
Water temp. well can’t say I recall a period in November when the water temperature did two clicks up. The water increased two degrees this last week. Some of you likely thought I was nuts talking about how November can be nice fishing and nice weather too…
Tom was on the trip with Jesse. Tom arranged the trip and we had a good time. He brought along his personal box of blade baits and jigging raps and gave them a whirl. He got a decent one on a gold blade bait. This one picture hit a jig and minnow though..
I have been fishing from Stillwater down to the Kinni and in between. That is a 14 mile stretch and many spots are working but the timing is a big issue as the fish are one the move. Its hard to stay on them, but the bite is good enough that you can get some here and there..
The big fish hit in the fall. Here is Andy with a nice one – catch and release. We let the big ones go. We fished jigs with plastics, Andy knows his plastics and we had a good time switching colors and models to come up with what the fish wanted.
Here is the first good one of the day a nice eater. Look at the mist rolling near shore. Nobody was around it was very peaceful. Andy brought home a limit of sauger and eyes. Plus an assortment of other flavors crappie and white bass.
The St. Croix is a real treat this time of year and great resource to fish.
Walleyes and saugers at 18 to 30 feet deep jig and fathead minnow. Crankbaits are working too, plus rigging minnows.
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Josh Severtson, www.smokeyhills.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
The northern lights bounce on the pine tree silhouettes in the distant night sky. A large gathering of laughing ice fishermen are shoulder to shoulder huddled around a hissing propane powered upright heater as they give each other light-hearted jabs about each other’s fishing abilities all while eating a freshly grilled Polish bratwurst. Strobe lights dance in different colors and cadences from the surrounding 100 or so accumulated Ice Castles on the frozen lake. Children playing “tag” zig-zag around the snow suit laden legs of hearty Minnesotans, Wisconsinites and oil rig workers from the nearby Dakotas. A young girl mitten-grips a plastic yellow rope as she pulls a frozen-faced toddler over near the humming Yamaha generators that are powering the night’s festivities. Joyous screams and boisterous laughter come from an Ice Castle hosting a card game. These are all things that you will see and hear at the Ice Castle get-together the weekend of the locally famous fishing derby.
The Park Rapids American Legion is holding their 19th annual Ice Fishing Derby on beautiful Fish Hook Lake. The tournament is held on the first Saturday of February which lands on February 4th this coming year. With over $130,000 in prizes, there are many chances to win. Prizes include a brand-new Chevrolet pick-up truck, a 2017 Ice Castle Itasca Vacation Series fish house/rv and countless other prizes and cash prizes. The Smokey Hills crew will be on the Ice with family, friends and Ice Castle customers all weekend long. Over 100 Ice Castles are expected to be at the family friendly event! Bring your Ice Castle for a long weekend, most people will be showing up on the ice Friday, February 3rd and leaving Sunday the 5th. Call Smokey Hills Outdoor Store (218-237-5099) if you need more information! We hope to see everyone there!!
- Wheaton Service & Bait www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400)
The walleye fishing on Lake Traverse was hot in October and late fall! Now that ice is starting to form, The fishing will really pick up on our 11,500 acre lake! Looking for a place for an Ice fishing trip? Wheaton Service and The Fishin Hole lodge once again this winter is offering stay and fish or spear packages starting at $159.00 per person based on groups of 4. Our houses are available to our guests 24 hrs a day! If the fish are eating at night, then you need to be able to fish them at night! After all, isn't that what you pay for! Give us a call at 320-563-1400 or wheatonservice.com. New Year's Eve is still open!! Take A Kid Fishin! Neighbor Steve, owner operator, Wheaton Service and The Fishin Hole Lodge.
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)
Check our website for fall hours!
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, firstname.lastname@example.org, (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.