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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 - 10-20-14
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - 10-22-14
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report -10-12-14
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 10-20-14
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 10-24-14

Northeast Minnesota
International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River
As of late last week, fewer anglers were heading out, but those that did were rewarded with a solid walleye and crappie bite. The hottest spot on Rainy Lake was Black Bay, but walleyes were also found along the windswept shorelines in 15-20 feet of water. Jigging or trolling with a minnow was the best bet. Rainy River walleyes continued to hit minnows below the dam at International Falls. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org

The walleye, perch and sauger bite continues to please fall anglers, with jig and minnow combinations turning fish in 28-32 foot depths. The reefs, shoreline structure and deep shoreline areas are producing best. Large northern pike remain somewhat elusive, however the smaller pike have been very active, chasing just about anything that moves! Crappie anglers report that fish remain scattered and have been less eager to bite. Boaters are asked to use caution since lake levels are being drawn down slowly, and the rock markers and navigational buoys have been removed. Great fishing is anticipated for this week and weekend, along with favorable weather conditions are warm temperatures! 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 walleyes 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
Fishing remains excellent on Lake of the Woods and in the Rainy River. The area just outside the Lighthouse Gap and Morris Point Gap, in front of Zippel Bay and Long Point are giving up good numbers of walleyes and saugers in 18-24 feet of water. The best technique has been to use a jig and frozen shiner while anchored. Nice limits of fish are being taken. Northern pike anglers report lots of active fish in the bays. On the Rainy River, fish are coming from the mouth of river all the way up to Birchdale, roughly 40 miles upstream. Fish continue to move in from the lake chasing emerald shiners. For the most walleye, use a jig and minnow in 14-20 feet of water. Anglers are also doing well when pulling crankbaits. Up at the Northwest Angle, jigging with frozen shiners in 18-24 feet of water is producing good numbers. The muskie bite remains good, especially at the rocky points, reefs and at the mouths of bays. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Bena -Lake Winnibigoshish
Hardy anglers continue to head out onto Lake Winnibigoshish, taking nice numbers of walleyes from Cutfoot Sioux and north shore areas on east to Mallard Point. Anglers are having the most success when slowly working jigs and minnows at the outside edge of the remaining green weeds. Depths of 7-10 feet have been best. Anglers are also taking fish when trolling crankbaits late in the evening in these areas. Perch remain active on the west side of the lake from the Mississippi River mouth to Ravens Point. For the most action, work jig and minnow combinations in 5-8 feet of water. www.lakewinnie.net

Fishing remains very good, and the weather is expected to remain great through the weekend! Anglers will want to check the larger lakes such Leech and Woman for the most action. While a few fish are being taken on crawlers, minnows have been the most effective bait. Jigging rapalas are also producing lots of fish. The larger muskies continue to be aggressive, and die hard muskie anglers are heading out to take advantage of this bite. Most anglers are using large sucker minnows, but a big bulldawg or big bucktail should also do the trick. Work the shallow water structure adjacent to deeper waters. 800-279-6932; www.hackensackchamber.com

Park Rapids
As of late last week, the water temperatures were in the low 50's and many species of fish were found in large schools. Walleyes were in varying depths ranging from 8 feet to 40 feet on the hard bottom points. The tulibees were expected to soon start spawning which would attract the larger northern pike to the shallow reefs surrounded by very deep water. Pike anglers generally have the most success with the larger pike when using a double bladed bucktail or an 8- to 10-inch crankbait. Electronics were helpful to locate schooling crappies, with most schools found in 15-20 feet of water near the waning cabbage weed stands. 800-247-0054; www.parkrapids.com

Detroit Lakes Area Lakes
Muskie anglers continue to have success using large sucker minnows, with multiple fish a day not being uncommon. Walleyes can be found on the edges of the shallow weeds on the shoreline breaks, and holding deeper off the sharp breaks to deep water points or flats that extend into main lake areas or near shore mid-lake humps. The transition from hard to soft bottom is starting to concentrate fish. Live bait rigging or jigging with minnows has been best. Crappies can be found suspended off the sharp breaks. Look for schools of concentrated fish in depths of 18-25 feet. Jigs and plastics or small minnows have been producing the majority of fish. Beautiful fall weather has kept water temperatures in the high 40s to low 50s in the Detroit Lakes area lakes. Water levels are low and some docks have been removed, so plan accordingly. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region
Glenwood -Lake Minnewaska
Walleyes continue their fall feeding frenzy. Anglers having the most success are using jigs and minnows, especially on Reno, Mary, Andrew, Miltona, and Osakis lakes. A lot of nice crappies are being pulled from the north end of Lake Osakis. 320-634-3636; www.glenwoodlakesarea.org

Sauk Centre - Sauk Lake
Anglers report great crappie action on the north end of Lake Osakis, with fish found suspended in 40-50 feet of water down 10-20 feet. Once you locate a school of fish expect to take your limit quickly! Most crappies are running a foot long, with a few measuring up to 16-inches. 855-444-SAUK; www.visitsaukcentre.com

Brainerd Lakes Area
While anglers are catching a few walleyes, the usual hot walleye bite has not yet begun. The milder temperatures seem to have kept schools of walleyes shallower than normal and their locations have been inconsistent. The deeper walleyes have been tougher to find and even harder to catch. Schools of crappies are just starting to show up in the deeper holes, with crappie action is expected to continually improve until the lakes ice over. 800-450-2838; www.explorebrainerdlakes.com

Garrison/Isle -Lake Mille Lacs
Most walleyes have been on the smaller side, roughly 10-inches in length. Anglers are taking the majority of fish on leeches worked over the rocks in 8-15 feet of water. Trolling after dark has also produced some fish. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows, but will also respond to trolling and casting. Please note that the hazard markers have been removed – please use caution when heading out. 888 -350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Willmar Lakes Area
Fewer anglers are venturing out so time on the water has been very peaceful. Bass fishing has heated up and anglers are catching nice-sized bass weighing 4- to 5-pounds. Norway and Eagle lakes have been best, especially in the shallows. Walleye fishing remains strong on Green, Willmar, Foot and Ringo lakes. And crappie anglers report nice numbers coming from the area near Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake. 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Southern Minnesota
Lanesboro -Southeast Bluff Country Trout Streams
The catch-and-release only season for stream trout in this region closed on Oct. 15, however the state park catch-and-release season is October 15 - December 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. For more on trout regulations, click here. Overall, stream conditions in the Whitewater State Park area are clear with slightly above normal water levels. Blue-winged olives and trico spinners are still present in Forestville/Mystery State Park on the South Branch Root River. Most trout are in excellent condition, and very heavy for their length. 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

Ortonville -Big Stone Lake
On Big Stone Lake, the perch became elusive when the wind picked up last week. Anglers having the most success are fishing for walleyes at the foot of the lake, with jigs and twister tails working best. The greatest number of fish are being taken after sunset which is fairly common in the fall. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

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

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