Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 11-20-15
International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River
Several anglers recently headed out onto Rainy Lake, and all took a variety of fish from the area near the Ranier Rapids. Anglers having the most success used spinner rigs and minnows, with the best walleye action later in the afternoon. One angler fishing the Rainy River had the most success with the sturgeon, actually catching and releasing several fish throughout the day. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org
Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River
Fishing remains good on Lake of the Woods. Walleye and saugers, including some trophy-sized fish, are being pulled from 14-30 feet of water on the south end of the lake in front of the Lighthouse Gap and at Pine Island. There is a school of fish here that is plentiful and this may be the place to be early in the ice fishing season. Fishing has also been good near the Northwest Point, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, and Twin Islands. On the Rainy River, walleye fishing has picked up, with quite a few walleye, including large walleye, being taken. Good reports are coming from various spots from Wheeler's Point to the Frontier Access. The fish have been sluggish, preferring jig and minnow combinations set near the bottom. Orange and gold mixed with other bright colors have been best. Sturgeon fishing has been excellent this week with many groups catching 8- to 10-fish per day, with fish up to 64-inches being reported! Please remember that the sturgeon season is currently catch-and-release only. Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye action remains good for anglers jigging in depths of 15-26 feet near Oak Island, the Rabbit Ears, and Hay Island. Muskie fishing is going well for anglers trolling through 10-20 feet of water adjacent the rock walls. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com
Detroit Lakes Area Lakes
Most anglers are out chasing walleye or muskie. Walleye are hitting minnows on jigs or rigs worked in 18-30 feet of water. The best bite has been an hour before dark until 30 minutes after dark on Cormorant, Island, Strawberry, Big Pine and Otter Tail lakes. Muskie anglers are taking fish when using large sucker minnows under bobbers along the shoreline breaks. Big Detroit, Pelican, Many Point and Battle lakes have been the best producers. Several days of rain have helped raise lake levels, with water temperatures in the low 40s. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com
Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs
A potential world-record muskie was pulled from Lake Mille Lacs last week. What makes this such an amazing story is that this 57-inch muskie was caught on a fly fishing rod! Check out the video. Lots of muskie anglers continue to head out onto Lake Mille Lacs. The key to a monster fish is to cast the reefs and work the structure. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com
Lanesboro -Southeast Bluff Country Trout Streams
As of Tuesday, Nov. 10, anglers were catching some nice brown trout in Forestville and Whitewater state park streams and rivers where the season remains open. Rainfall on Wednesday, Nov. 11, was not as formidable as expected, and it appears that the streams were not greatly affected. Temperatures should be above normal this weekend, making it a great time to fish for trout! As updates on stream conditions become available, they are posted on the Southeast Minnesota Stream Conditions web page. You are also welcome to call the office for updates at 507-467-2442. Anglers are encouraged to stop by a DNR Fisheries office in southeast Minnesota to pick up a copy of the new 2015 Trout Angling Opportunities in Southern and Central Minnesota booklet. Check the DNR Fisheries web page for locations. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com
Rochester -Southeast Minnesota Lakes and Rivers
Water temperatures were 44 degrees on a canoe trip down the Root River last week. The trout in the rivers are trying to conserve energy, and only biting during short segments of time each day. These times have been tough to pinpoint. Anglers fishing the driftless region will want to focus on Forestville/Mystery Cave or Whitewater state parks since they offer catch-and-release trout fishing year round. The fish have been easy to spook since the water is crystal clear so anglers are encouraged to head out on days that are cloudy. Early in the morning and late in the day have been the best times for brown trout and rainbow trout action whether you are using spinning gear or a fly-rod. Please remember that you will need a park sticker on your car when fishing at the state parks. The Lake Zumbro draw-down is complete, and the water levels are now being raised back up to a winter height of roughly 18 inches below the dam. Fishing below the dam will be fair at best for another two weeks or so, but then the muskie and northern pike will turn very active in the plunge pool below the dam. All you will need is a large sucker minnow on a jig to get their attention! 800-634-8277; www.rochestercvb.org
Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing DNR License Sales.
The information in this report is provided courtesy of Explore Minnesota Tourism.