Blackduck Lake has a lot of walleye schooling up and are biting even though the wind has been roaring for the last week. White Birch resort has some great pre-winter deals for that last open water fishing trip. Check out www.whitebirchresort.net
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International Falls – Rainy Lake & the Rainy River
The return of warm and sunny weather brought more anglers out on the Rainy River. The walleye fishing has been excellent around the Ron Hall access at International Falls. The walleye are near the rocky structure below the dam with anglers also taking some smallmouth bass. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org
Duluth – Lake Superior, St. Louis River and inland waters
Stream fishing is going well with anglers working the at most bends in the rivers. Steelhead action has been good for anglers using float indicators with an X pattern, with some anglers still having success casting small spinners. Flat fish are also being taken occasionally. The St. Louis River is giving up a few nice walleye and crappies. A jig and minnow has been good when targeting areas near structure or channel turns. Pitching the shorelines with heavy vegetation is also working. Muskie anglers report lots of follows – expect action to improve as water temperatures drop. The inland lakes are producing good numbers of various species, especially largemouth bass. Wacky worm rigs and other plastics are working well when pitched to the weed cover and docks. Lots of homeowners have already removed their summer docks so resident fish that use the docks for cover have relocated. Panfish can be found in 10 to 15 feet of water when using 1/16 ounce jigs, ice jigs or slip bobber rigs. Some anglers report great crappie catches as well. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com
Walleye fishing has been very good for anglers using jigs and minnows. The crappies and bluegill are beginning to set up in areas where they will remain until early winter. After your last trip out this fall, make sure that your batteries and engines are prepped for the winter. www.visitgrandrapids.com
Baudette – Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River
The walleye bite remains strong. Walleye are staged in front of Pine Island, Graceton Beach and Zippel Bay in 18 to 30 feet of water. Most anglers are having success when anchored and jigging with a shiner. Hot colors include pink, pink/white and gold. The reefs are holding fish as well. Rainy River anglers are doing well up and down the river when schools of shiners enter into river. When they do, the walleye are close behind. For the most action, try vertical jigging with a shiner. Some anglers are also having success when trolling crankbaits. Anglers are also reporting good smallmouth bass, northern pike and crappie action. Up at the Northwest Angle, fishing has been exceptional. Walleye anglers are taking good numbers when using an orange or chartreuse jig with a minnow. Large northern pike are coming in on the same presentation. Water temperatures are slowly falling, with surface temps in the high 40s early in the day, rising to the low 50s in the afternoon. With water temperatures falling and the new moon looming, expect to see a greater number of large predator fish this week! 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com
Water temperatures continue to slowly fall and surface water temperatures in some area lakes are now in the upper 40s. The walleye bite continues to be good for anglers using jigs and minnows, jigs and plastics, and jigging raps. The 12 to 14 foot weedlines, mid-lake humps and bars are producing the most fish. Northern pike are hitting just about anything thrown at them including jigs and minnows, spinner baits, crank baits, and live bait rigs. Hit the deep weed edges for plenty of action. Bass fishing remains good for anglers using plastics and throwing rattle traps in 3 to 12 feet of water at the green cabbage. Crappies continue to be caught along the green cabbage in 8 to 12 feet, but most of the crappies are now coming out of the deep holes on jigs and minnows. Crappies found deep are generally suspended so using your electronics to locate them is key. Enjoy the remaining few weeks of open water fishing and please remember to practice selective harvesting — by doing so we will continue to have great fishing for years to come! 800-458-2223; www.visitbemidji.com
What a gorgeous week to be in the northwoods! The water temperatures have dropped into the upper 40s to mid-50s. These temperatures are considered to be best for fantastic fall fishing for everything from panfish to muskies. Look for the large perch to be cruising the shallows along with some of the largest northern pike. For the most action, troll 12 to 18 inch suckers on a quick strike rig for huge pike or muskie. Work the weed edges in 10 to 15 feet of water at the drop-offs near deep water (45 feet or more). Walleye can be found in the deep holes and at the dying deep weedlines. With the current warm temperatures, the weedlines should see a spark of activity. A rainbow chub roughly 3 inches long on a jig will do the job. The largemouth bass are gorging along the deep weedlines. For the most action, use a Stanley jig tipped with a small Berkley gulp grub — black and brown are the best colors. A standard Texas-rigged black plastic or a jig worm combination will also work. Smallmouth bass are schooled heavily on the steep breaks that have rocks and some weeds. Most fish are suspended. If the wind is blowing into a rocky/gravel shoreline, toss out a sucker minnow on a live bait rig for incredible action! 800-247-0054; www.parkrapids.com
Water temperatures in the Detroit Lakes area continue to hover in the mid-50 degree range. The current high winds should result in lake turnover on some lakes. The bite can be a challenge on lakes that have turned over, so shop lakes to make sure you aren’t trying to fish in these conditions. Shallow basin lakes of less than 25 feet generally do not turn over, only the deeper lakes such as Detroit, Cormorant, Pelican, Lida, the Pines and Ottertail lakes. Walleye have been deep on most area lakes, but remain shallow on some, especially during high winds. If you are not graphing them on the edges or deep shoreline breaks and extended points, move shallow. Bass have been aggressively slamming jigs pitched to the shallow weeds in the 5 to 12 feet of water. Muskie anglers are doing well when casting baits or trolling large suckers on Big Detroit and Pelican lakes, with many large fish measuring 48 to 52 inches being reported. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com
Brainerd Area Lakes
Area lakes continue to produce good numbers of large and eating sized walleye. Last weekend, the water temperature on Gull Lake was 59 degrees, and the fish were scattered at depths from 13 to 35 feet depending on the weedlines. It was clear, however, that the fish were starting to stage near the tullibee spawning areas. Use your electronics at the steep breaks and look for groups of suspended fish which are likely tullibee. Once located, work this area for good numbers of fish. Smallmouth bass were extremely active on Lake Alexander. Many fish, some measuring roughly 21 inches, were pulled from the rocks in 25 to 32 feet of water. Rigs with a 4 inch minnow worked well. Northern pike were active on Lake Edwards, hitting long-lined 1/4 ounce jigs tipped with a sucker minnow. The pike were at the weeds in 10 to 17 feet of water. Crappies were pulled from the basin holes, with bluegills at their early ice locations. 800-450-7247; www.visitbrainerd.com
Isle/Onamia – Lake Mille Lacs
As of late last week, muskie anglers were hitting more frequently due to the drop in water temperature – the surface temperature was running in the mid-50s. While it remains too warm for the tullibees to begin their spawn (temperatures in the mid-40s are best), there were reports of good numbers and large fish. Anglers having the most success were using double buck tails, Bulldawgs and huge live suckers. Fewer smallmouth anglers were heading out, but those who did either had lots of success or only took a few. This bite will taper off as the water temperature continues to drop. The docks were still in at the public accesses. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com
Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
White Bear Area Lakes
White Bear Lake is giving up lots of northern pike, with pike also coming from Lake Jane. Walleye anglers are having the most success on the St. Croix River. For panfish, hit Silver and Powers lakes. Bass anglers are doing well on Powers and Demontreville lakes. 651-653-5122; www.explorewhitebear.org
Lanesboro – Southeast Bluff Country trout streams
As of Oct. 19, fisheries staff report that all branches of the Whitewater Stream are clear with a normal water flow. No current information is available on other area streams and rivers. New signs are posted for the Town and State Parks Catch-and-Release season running from Oct. 16 to Dec. 31, 2017. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com
Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing DNR License Sales.
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