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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 - 9-26-16
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - Update Weekly
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 9-23-16
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 9-26-16
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 9-23-16

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

Anglers continue to head out onto Rainy Lake in good numbers due to the wonderful, mild temperatures and strong walleye bite. Anglers having the most success are slowly trolling minnows around the rocky islands. A strong crappie bite is being reported at Black Bay. Sturgeon anglers are doing well when drifting a heavily baited hook downstream fifty yards of so from the deeper holes of the Rainy River. Some of the best sites for this tactic are below the dam at International Falls and the Manitou Rapids at Indus. The tag season for Sturgeon in the Rainy River ends September 30. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org

Duluth - Lake Superior and inland waters

Water temperatures are dropping into the low 60s throughout the area, and fish are transitioning to their fall haunts. Fishing on Lake Superior has been good for eating-size lake trout. Anglers continue to take fish while trolling plugs and flashers through 80-100 feet of water. Some are having success using simple snap weights and lead core. The Minnesota tributaries of Lake Superior are giving up a few fish as well. The south shore walleye bite has been hit or miss. A decent crappie bite is developing on the St Louis River. Anglers and finding schools of fish off the deeper transitions. A slip bobber and crappie minnow has been best. Some walleyes are also being caught using this technique. Smallmouth bass are coming from the rock structure. Anglers are doing well on the inland lakes, especially with the panfish. Bass and northern pike continue to be pulled from the vegetation. Walleye can be found on the mid-lake structure. For the most action, check the shallower humps surrounded by deep water. Muskie action has been slow, but a few anglers are taking fish. The muskie bite will pick up nicely as water temperatures continue to fall. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Grand Rapids

Fishing has been great in waters surrounding Grand Rapids! The muskie bite continues to get stronger, with fish found transitioning from the weedbeds to hard bottom rock areas where baitfish are prevalent. Bucktails and topwater lures continue to produce fish, but rubber baits and crank baits will soon produce even more fish. The walleye are starting to school up. Fish can currently be found in 15-22 feet of water outside the weeds or at the bottom transitions. Try trolling or casting crank baits to locate groups of fish, then switch to a jig and minnow combination or a lindy rig with a large red tail or creek chub. As water cools into the mid-50s, these fish will respond to lures pulled through 7-12 feet of water on the main lake points and flats. Panfish will soon be schooling heavily over the deep basins of the lakes. Look for holes deeper than 20 feet adjacent to green weedbeds for the most action. Once a concentration of fish is discovered, vertically fish them with #3 jigging raps. Flashers and ice fishing tackle can also be very productive. Bass anglers will want to search for bass at the remaining weed cover in the shallows. Use topwater frogs, Texas-rigged plastics or spinnerbaits, especially on sunny days when the water warms nicely by mid-afternoon. www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Large schools of walleye, sauger and baitfish continue to roam the middle section of Big Traverse Bay from the west to the east on Lake of the Woods. Electronics are key for locating these schools. Most anglers are having success pulling crankbaits, however, anchored and jigging with frozen shiners is becoming more successful as water temperatures cool. The best colors are bright such as chartreuse and hot pink. Currently, the basin water temperature is 62-64 degrees. The Rainy River and Four Mile Bay are great fishing options as shiners continue to move into the river, followed by walleye. Jigging and pulling crankbaits have been good choices for walleye anglers. Up at the Northwest Angle, fishing has been exceptional! The water temperatures range from 61-63 degrees, with anglers finding walleye and sauger in depths of 10-14 feet and 18-25 feet of water. The best tactics are jig and minnow combinations, and crankbaits pulled through areas south and west of Oak Island, near the Four Blocks, and at the east bar of Little Oak. Bright gold, orange, and chartreuse colors have been best. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Park Rapids

Fishing in the Park Rapids area continues to improve. Walleye are schooling in deeper waters and feeding heavily on small minnows. The bluegills and crappies can also be found in deeper water, down to roughly 20 feet deep. The walleye are coming depths as deep as 40 feet. As the shallow waters cool into the lower 60s, northern pike will become more active and the larger fish will begin to move to the shallows in 6-12 feet of water. Once they do, try trolling large crank baits or spinner baits over the tops of the weed beds or alongside the weed line just off the drop offs for some nice pike. The smallmouth bass are schooling heavily on the steep drop-offs near deep water structure, with large fish hitting lindy rigs tipped with a small- to medium-size sucker minnow on a red hook. 800-247-0054; www.parkrapids.com

Central Region

Otter Tail Lakes Area

The water temperatures have cooled to a point where most species of fish have become aggressive. Walleye are eagerly biting at the shallow and deep weedlines of most area lakes. Minnows are working best, but night crawlers are also turning fish. Large groups of panfish can be found on the drops just outside the heavy weed flats. Northern pike action is heating up, with anglers finding fish around the weeds and drops, especially in areas holding panfish. For the most action, cast large spinner baits or troll large crank baits along the weed edges near deep water. Bass fishing has been very good on many lakes throughout the county with fish stacked on the deep weed edges. 800-423-4571; www.ottertailcountry.com

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

Lake Mille Lacs is giving up lots of nice-size smallmouth bass. Anglers fishing the 2016 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship were surprised at the abundance and size of the smallmouth bass population! In addition to bass, muskie and northern pike are being taken, although fewer anglers are out chasing them. Smallmouth bass can be found in depths ranging from 4-24 feet, but most of the bass are coming from 8-18 feet of water. Anglers having the most success are using tubes, however, some are doing well with crawdads and swimbaits. The best color patterns include pumpkin, melon and red. The northwest quadrant of the lake is providing much of the action, although the southeast quadrant is giving up nearly as many fish. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Willmar
The fall bite is usually some of the best fishing of the year, and so far, this year is no exception. Anglers are catching some large perch and walleye. The best action has been on Big Kandiyohi, South Long, and Solomon lakes. Willmar and Foot lakes continue to produce nice-sized crappies near the culverts. Bass action has been excellent on Eagle, Diamond, and Green lakes. The water temperatures range from 65-68 degrees on most area lakes, perfect for some great fall fishing action! 800-845-8747; www.willmarlakesarea.com

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan vicinity

No reports are currently available.

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

Heavy rainfall fell on southeastern Minnesota yesterday, Sept. 20, and most area streams and rivers are expected to be in rough shape. For the most current information, please contact the National Trout Center in Preston. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

Ortonville - Big Stone Lake
Perch fishing really took off on Big Stone Lake last week, with lots of anglers reporting limits of fish. Many anglers set the bar at 10-inch perch or better, and they were not disappointed. One angler even reported a 13 ¾-inch perch! Once a school of fish was located, anglers found lots of nice-sized perch, as well as an abundance of 7- to 8-inch perch. The numbers and size bode well for the coming years! The key has been to keep the presentation simple. A hook with a spike or minnow, and enough split shot to get the presentation down to the fish is all that is needed. These fish are usually on the bottom, but some have been found suspended. A few nice-sized walleye were caught and released, including an 8-pound and a 6-pound walleye! One angler took a 30-inch northern pike that weighed 9-pounds. Lots of white bass and bullheads were also reported. 800-568-5722; www.bigstonelake.com

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


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