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Current Fishing Reports on Up North Outdoors.
MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 11-25-14
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - 10-31-14
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report -10-12-14
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 11-25-14
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 10-31-14

Northeast Minnesota
International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River
Rainy Lake walleye anglers are finding a decent bite on the reefs and windswept shorelines. The best depths are roughly 20 feet, and the best bait has been a minnow on a jig. Most reports are coming from the area west of the Brule Narrows, however it may also be where everyone is fishing. The crappie bite has been good on the west side of Black Bay near the Rat Root River. There is a strong smallmouth bass bite if you hit the southern rocky shorelines from Black Bay to Lost Bay. The walleye bite has been just as good in the Rainy River, with the best reports coming from areas downstream from the Little Fork River and from Manitou Rapids west of Loman. The majority of Rainy River walleye are hitting shiner minnows. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org

Kabetogama
Anglers reported an amazing walleye, jumbo perch and sauger bite just last weekend on lakes Kabetogama and Namakan. A jig and minnow worked best, but some anglers continued to do well using crawlers and artificial baits. The feeding frenzy was expected to continue through the week, slowing down a bit with the forecasted cold front but remaining decent until freeze-up. 800-524-9085; www.kabetogama.com

Duluth/Grand Marais - Lake Superior
The Lake Superior Lake Trout Fishing Season and the summer creel survey ended in early October. The Lake Trout Season is now closed and will reopen on December 1. Fishing is not allowed from boats between the mouth of Chester Creek and the Duluth Lighthouse through November 30 in order to protect lake trout that are spawning. Anglers may fish for salmon, rainbow trout, and walleye in Lake Superior and in tributaries below posted boundaries. Most salmon have been caught while trolling near shore in the upper 80 feet of the water surface. All unclipped rainbow trout must be released immediately. Weekly fishing updates will begin again in the spring of 2015 when the tributaries open up and the Spring Creel Survey commences. The summer creel survey will begin on May 23, 2015 and the summer fishing reports will begin on May 28, 2015. www.dnr.state.mn.us/areas/fisheries/lakesuperior

Northwest Minnesota
Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River
Walleye and northern pike action is strong on Lake of the Woods. Good reports are coming from the Lighthouse Gap, Morris Gap, near the rock in Zippel Bay, Garden Island and Hay Island. Depths of 18-22 feet have been best. Northern pike remain active in Zippel Bay, Bostic Creek, and in front of Rocky Point. River fishing has been exceptional, with limits of walleye and sauger being caught daily between the International Bridge and on towards the Lighthouse Gap. Many good reports have come from anglers fishing in front of the airport and Wabanica Creek. Depths of 16-18 feet are the best bet; on windier days, move down to roughly 20 feet. The area from Timbermill heading east towards Clementson is giving up quite a few trophy-sized walleye during evening hours, with some nice eaters in the mix. Anglers having the most success are jigging with frozen or live shiners; gold, pink/white, and orange/glow colors are best. Fishing at the Northwest Angle also remains strong. The usual fall spots, the neck down areas, and areas adjacent to points have been very productive for walleye, crappie and northern pike anglers. Muskie anglers are having success when trolling and casting. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Walker -Leech Lake
A greater number of large Leech Lake perch are showing up at the remaining weeds. The largest perch, however, are holding a bit deeper, near the steep edges. A jig with a rainbow or fathead is working well for perch. Walker Narrows, Steamboat Bay, and the flats around Goose Island are all good shallow water haunts. Walleye have been more spread out, and the classic fall steep breaks and wind-blown points are good starting points. A jig and minnow are all that's needed to put fish in the boat. The flats around Goose Island continue to kick out fish, and there have been good reports coming from the southeast corner of the lake near Bear Island and Partridge Point. 800-833-1118; www.leech-lake.com

Hackensack
Numerous cold fronts have slowed the bite, but fishing should improve by the weekend due to stabilized weather patterns. Most anglers heading out are after walleye and muskie. Anglers having the most success are using jig and minnow combinations. Depths of 15-24 feet have been best, but fish can be found shallower on Leech Lake. Muskie remain aggressive, trying to fatten up before winter, so they have been very catchable lately. Large baits remain the most productive when worked along the remaining tall weed flats and edges of the rocks. 800-279-6932; www.hackensackchamber.com

Detroit Lakes Area Lakes
Anglers are pulling walleye from the shallows along the weed edges, however some are coming from 26-40 foot depths at the transitions from hard sand to soft mud. To locate fish on your sonar, look for sharp breaks to deep water and long extending points into main lake areas. Jigs and rigs with minnows are working well. Some fish are hitting jigging rapalas and trolled crankbaits on lead line. For trophy fish, hit Big Detroit, Island, Floyd, Lida and Otter Tail lakes. Crappies have moved to deeper waters and can be found suspended off the breaks and over soft bottom basin areas. Muskie action remains good on the edges of the flats. Anglers having the most success are rigging large suckers under bobbers on Big Detroit, Pelican and Sallie lakes. Water temperatures continue to hover around the 50 degree mark in Detroit Lakes area lakes, but temperatures will drop over the next few days as a cold front sticks around for a few days. Water levels are low and docks are being removed so plan your launching and loading well. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region
Otter Tail Lakes Country
It looks like fall is here to stay. Walleye anglers will want to concentrate on the weedlines; it doesn’t matter whether they are near to deep water or not. Look for panfish at the basin of many of the shallower area lakes. Unlike the larger fish such as walleye, bass, and northern pike, panfish usually remain active. The reason is that when you locate schools of panfish in and around the lake basins, they are in very large groups that keep feeding since there are so many fish. Anglers will find northern pike situated around the weeds and along the weedlines. Don’t be afraid to use large minnows and lures for walleye and northern pike right now. www.ottertaillakescountry.com

Sauk Centre - Sauk Lake
Water temperatures in Big Sauk Lake just dropped to roughly 40 degrees. While fishing has been somewhat slow, the walleye bite should heat up following the fall turnover and remain good until the lake freezes over. Just last week, anglers were reporting great crappie action on the north end of Lake Osakis, with fish found suspended in 40-50 feet of water down 10-20 feet. Most crappies were running a foot long, with a few measuring up to 16-inches. 855-444-SAUK; www.visitsaukcentre.com

Garrison/Isle -Lake Mille Lacs
Only a small handful of anglers continue to fish Lake Mille Lacs. Some are muskie/northern pike anglers, some are chasing smallmouth bass, and others are after some late season walleye. Most of the muskie/northern pike action has been on the north end of the lake. Bucktails, bulldogs and extra-large sucker minnows have turned most of the fish. Smallmouth bass action has been best around Brown's Point, Pike Point and Garrison Reef in 15-18 feet of water. Shiners, rainbows and small suckers have been best. Walleye action has been decent on the Graveyard, Banana Reef and the Tundra in 8-12 feet of water. Minnows and leeches are turning fish during the day, with scatter rapalas and smash shads producing fish after dark. Many of these fish measure in the 10- to 11-inch range. 888 -350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Willmar Lakes Area
The few anglers that are venturing out continue to catch walleye and crappies. Fishing action has been best in 20-50 feet of water on Eagle and Green lakes. Nice crappies and a few walleye can also be found along the shoreline on Foot Lake. Anglers taking the most fish are using jigs and live bait rigs tipped with minnows or crawlers. 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Southern Minnesota
Lanesboro -Southeast Bluff Country Trout Streams
While the catch-and-release season for stream trout closed on Oct. 15, the state park catch-and-release season remains open through Dec. 31, 2014. During this time, catch-and-release angling is permitted on designated trout waters within the boundaries of Beaver Creek Valley, Forestville/Mystery Cave and Whitewater state parks. State Park staff report that anglers are taking advantage of this new state park season. For more on trout regulations, click here. Overall, stream conditions are clear with normal water levels. Blue-winged olive hatches are expected all the way to and beyond the first snow fall. Assorted midges can be seen almost daily on the streams. As further updates on stream conditions become available, they will be posted on the Southeast Minnesota Stream Conditions web page. You are also welcome to call the office for updates at 507-467-2442. Before traveling, please check out the new detailed fishing easement maps. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

Albert Lea Area Lakes
Anglers continue to report a good perch bite in several areas of Fountain Lake. Lots of nice crappies are also being taken. 800-345-8414; www.albertleatourism.org

Ortonville -Big Stone Lake
Fall is definitely here with cooler night time temperatures and inconsistent weather patterns. Fewer and fewer anglers are heading out on the lake as they take up other outdoor sporting activities. Those that do venture out are having mixed results. The water temperature still hovers in the lower to mid-50s which means we should lead to an active perch bite. For now, they are not being cooperative. The daytime bite is slow and anglers are taking most of the fish during late afternoon and evening hours. A limit of perch can be caught in relatively short amount of time during these low light hours. The hot spot seems to be around Cramer's Resort, and occasional around BayView and the GrapeVine. The fall walleye bite has mostly been on the south end of the lake, where anglers pitching jigs and twister tails from shore are doing well in the evening. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

The information in this report is provided courtesy of Explore Minnesota Tourism.


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