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MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 10-18-16
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - Update Weekly
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 10-20-16
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 10-18-16
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 10-7-16

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

Comfortable temperatures and conditions have kept anglers numbers up on Rainy Lake. Reports indicate that the crappies are schooling, and once anglers locate a school of crappies they are taking lots of fish, along with some walleye. The crappies are responding best to minnows worked in depths of roughly 30 feet. Smallmouth bass are also schooling. If you hit them, use a flashy lure for lots of action. Fall colors are at their peak, and the shorelines and forests are stunning. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org


As of Sunday, Oct. 2, fall color was nearly at its peak. Lake Kabetogama’s surface water temperatures were still in the 60s. The walleye bite had become more consistent, and fishing was possibly the best it had been all season! Anglers were having lots of success using multi-colored jigs tipped with a minnow, especially in depths of roughly 30 feet. Walleye anglers also took quite a few sauger and perch. Northern pike action slowed somewhat, but anglers expected things to heat up soon as the large females became more active and consumed more food. The larger pike were responding to sucker minnows and artificial lures. Once water temperatures dropped another 5- to 10-degress, the crappie bite was expected to heat up. Cooler temperatures were forecasted for the end of the week which should cause fall fishing and fall colors to peak! 800-524-9085; www.kabetogama.com


Crappie fishing has been the hot topic lately, as fish begin to school in the deeper waters. Most crappie anglers are finding fish suspend three- to eight-feet off the bottom when using minnows placed in this zone. Small crank baits and small spinners are working to first locate the schools of fish. Walleye are turning more active, and can now be found holding in deeper waters adjacent to flats. For the most fish, try trolling or drifting spinners tipped with crawlers or minnows. Northern pike and muskie anglers are catching some monster fish when using plus-size crank baits and large tandem spinner rigs along the weed edges. Some anglers are also finding giant fish in waters down to 25 feet deep. Keep in mind that these fish are becoming increasingly aggressive as temperatures fall, so speeds of 2.5 mph and more are not out of the question. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are responding to crank baits, tube jigs and spinners. 800-777-7281; www.ely.org

Duluth - Lake Superior and inland waters

Local stream fishing is heating up for anglers looking for migratory Lake Superior fish, as well as some of the native stream variety. There has been an increase in traffic on the St. Louis River, with anglers finding consistent walleye and crappie action. Slowly trolling the shorelines or pitching jigs has been effective. Smallmouth bass and northern pike are being caught by anglers chucking baits at the shorelines. Muskie anglers have been seeing a few fish as well. Fishing on the inland lakes has been excellent for crappie and walleye anglers. Small jigs tipped with crappie minnows have been good for walleye, crappies and northern pike. The reservoirs north of Duluth have been offering consistent action. Bass are being caught by anglers throwing the usual bass lures such as spinner baits and plastic worms at vegetation, rock structures and docks. Muskie angling on the inland waters has heated up with large sucker minnows turning the most fish. Some anglers, however, are taking fish using bulldogs, double cowgirls and other baits. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Grand Rapids

Fall fishing is in full swing and many of the lakes are producing nice catches of walleye, panfish, and northern pike. Water temperatures are approaching the mid-50s so the activity will continue to improve throughout the fall. Crappies have relocated to their fall and pre-winter depths of 20-45 feet of water on area lakes. Use your electronics to find the many schools of fish, and work them by vertically jigging a jig and minnow or jigging rap. Walleye are being pulled from the windy shorelines, green cabbage and rocks. A jig and minnow combination has been best, but trolling shad raps during evening hours has also produced fish. Northern pike are aggressively hitting jig and minnow combinations in the same areas that hold walleye. The fall color is absolutely spectacular – this weekend will be ideal to be out fishing on an area lake! www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Anglers are catching walleye at many spots along the south shore of Lake of the Woods including Long Point, Zippel Bay, Pine Island and the Lighthouse Gap. Key depths vary based on the clarity of water and type of bait -- a good place to start is 20-24 feet of water. Jigs tipped with a minnow or frozen shiner have been best, especially when the jig is pink, chartreuse or bubble gum in color. Fishing clean water has been key to a high catch rate. Some anglers are also doing well when pulling spinners tipped with a minnow or trolling crank baits. The Rainy River is at its prime for fall fishing as more shiners and walleye move up the river. For the most action, use a jig and minnow. Sturgeon anglers should remember that the “keeper” season ended September 30. The water temperature is roughly 57-degrees at the Northwest Angle, and fish are feeding heavily in preparation for the cold winter ahead. Anglers fishing Oak Island, Oak Point, Soldiers Point, the Rabbit Ears, and the gap between Oak and Flag islands are putting good numbers of walleye and sauger in the boat. The best depths range from 15-25 feet, depending on conditions. Tactics working well are pulling crankbaits, and pulling a lindy rig or a spinner tipped with a minnow to cover water and locate active schools of fish. Once fish are found, anglers are slamming fish when vertically jigging a lead head tipped with a minnow! Use the lightest jig possible, but enough weight to keep the jig and minnow at the bottom. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Bena -Lake Winnibigoshish

On Lake Winnibigoshish, the west points, such as Mallard and Raven’s, are producing nice numbers of walleye. Anglers are having the most success using a jig and minnow in 8-12 feet of water, especially when the wind blows into these areas. On calm days, consider working minnows in 15-20 feet of water at the main lake bars. Anglers are sorting through perch in 8-10 feet of water. Northern pike have been active throughout the lake. www.lakewinnie.net

Detroit Lakes

Walleye continue to be pulled from the deeper waters of most Detroit Lakes area lakes. Areas to check out include 24-32 foot depths on the sharp breaks, extended points, and edges of the mid-lake humps. Anglers having the most success are using jigs with minnows, rigs with minnows, or jigging raps. Northern pike are responding to larger profile baits worked on the deeper weed edges. The weedlines are starting to disappear, with water temperatures now in the high 50s to low 60s and falling. Muskie are hitting giant suckers, as well as artificial lures cast into 8-14 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are on the rocks, and the largemouth bass are in even shallower waters on the inside edges of the weed pockets. Crappies are suspended off the sharp breaks in depths of 20-30 feet of water. Small jigs tipped with minnows or plastics are producing lots of nice crappies and sunfish. The sunfish are also responding to pieces of crawler on jigs or hooks in the shallows. The accesses are in the best shape they have been in for several years. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Otter Tail Lakes Area

Water temperatures throughout Otter Tail Lakes Country have dropped into the upper 50s. Walleye continue to respond to nightcrawlers, but sucker minnows are still best for the larger fish. Some walleye are making their way to deeper haunts, however, the shallow flats with rocks and weeds or the deep weedlines continue to give up the largest walleye. Fishing from docks and bridges near the outlets and inlets has also been good. Jigs tipped with minnows are a great choice for shoreline action. Crappies and sunnies are coming from the weeds and weedlines, with some still pulled from the deep basins and holes. Northern pike action is heating up. For the most fish, use a large sucker minnow on a large hook next to the cabbage weeds adjacent to deep water, then hang on! Also try pitching large crank baits at the weed patches near the drops at the end of the flats. For muskie and northern pike, use your large muskie lures to nab these aggressive fish. Otter Tail Lakes Country has several prominent muskie waters, and the muskie are huge. 800-423-4571; www.ottertailcountry.com

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com

The fall bite is in full swing in the Willmar Lakes Area. Anglers report lots of active walleye and perch coming from Big Kandiyohi Lake. On Green Lake, anglers pulling plugs and live bait rigs in 30-40 feet of water are having lots of success with the walleye. Panfishing remains great on Willmar Lake, and from the fishing pier between the fairgrounds and the radio station on Foot Lake. 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan vicinity

Three Rivers Park District lakes and rivers

Parks within the Three Rivers Park District offer many great fishing opportunities. Consider fishing one of their 34 lakes or three rivers this weekend. Learn more at the Three Rivers Park District Fishing Page.

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

As of Wednesday, Oct. 5, hoppers were still being observed. The hoppers would become active once the sun rose for the day. Anglers reported some very nice brown trout coming in on streamers. As of Friday, Sept. 30, the water levels on most area streams had fallen to normal levels, although the clarity was still considered off. Please note that the trout season for southeastern Minnesota ends Oct. 15, 2016. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

Ortonville - Big Stone Lake

As of late last week, Big Stone Lake was giving up lots of nice fish. The perch bite was best mid-lake in 13 feet of water, with anglers taking the majority of fish on minnows and spikes. Some anglers also did quite well fishing from shore. The walleye bite is picking up as well, primarily on the northern half of the lake. Anglers having the most success have been using a jig and minnow combination -- trolling is also turning some fish. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

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

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