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Minnesota fishing report

November 12, 2008 at 08:13 AM

LAKE MILLE LACS

East - Fishing reports have been limited to the occasional angler jigging a walleye or two off the shallow rocks.

West - A handful of anglers continues to troll Rapalas at night in six to 10 feet of water and catch walleyes. The best areas have been the shorelines in St. Alban’s Bay and Garrison Bay.

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The walleye bite remains strong in the Rainy River and lake. Limits are being caught from Morris Point to Four Mile Bay and all along the river from Clementson to Frontier. Pink, orange, blue, or gold jigs and shiner minnows remain the best presentations.

LEECH LAKE

Walleye action has slowed and fewer people are fishing. There are some decent crappie reports coming off Shingobee Bay and Miller’s Bay.

LAKE MINNETONKA

A few walleyes continue to be caught in the channels at night on Rapalas. Northern pike also can be had with sucker minnows in the channels and on top of the weed flats. Generally speaking, angling pressure has been limited.

RAINY LAKE

Minnows and jigs continue to produce walleyes in the Rainy River. There hasn’t been anyone on the main lake over the past week so fishing reports have dwindled.

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

There is nothing to report this week. The boats have been put away and anglers are hoping for early ice to form. Watch for ice updates over the next month.

NORTHEAST METRO

A slowly presented jig and minnow continues to trigger walleyes on the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers.

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Dress warm enough and you could probably pluck a walleye or two off Lake Ida or Lake Miltona in 30 to 40 feet. There is skim ice forming on the shorelines and bays in the morning so most open-water fishing has ended.

ANNANDALE AREA

A few anglers continue to catch walleyes on Clearwater Lake in 12 to 18 feet, but most open-water fishing has come to an end.

BATTLE LAKE

Look to Otter Tail Lake for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet or 50 to 80 feet. The weedlines of West Battle Lake also continue to produce walleyes - a jig and minnow is the way to go on both lakes.

BEMIDJI AREA

Fishing has been put on hold until ice forms.

BLACKDUCK AREA

The cold and wind provided no opportunities to fish and it affected the deer harvest last weekend as well.

CHISAGO AREA

Anglers fishing from shore below the Dinner Bell on South Lindstrom Lake are catching walleyes with minnows and jigs.

CROSS LAKE AREA

Walleye action remains good despite the cooler weather. Jigs or live bait rigs tipped with minnows are working best in 18 to 30 feet. Crappies also are being found over 18 to 24 feet, but northern pike action has slowed since the weather changed.

DETROIT LAKES

The few anglers that continue to fish are catching walleyes on lakes Melissa, Crystal, Lida, and Island. Minnows are working best in five to 20 feet depending on the lake. Muskies also remain active on the shorelines of Big Detroit Lake.

DULUTH AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on Island Lake in eight to 10 feet. Kamloop reports have been minimal.

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Open-water fishing opportunities have ended now that the bays and shorelines have skim ice.

HACKENSACK AREA

Some of the bays, small ponds, and access areas cover with skim ice overnight, ending the open-water fishing season.

MANKATO AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the Blue Earth and Minnesota rivers. Lake Washington is giving up a few walleyes as well.

ORTONVILLE AREA

The open-water fishing season has ended and deer hunting is the primary focus.

PARK RAPIDS AREA

If you can brave the cold, walleyes remain active on the Fish Hook Chain in 14 to 18 feet. The key is to present a jig and minnow very slow.

RED WING AREA

The bigger walleyes and sauger have started hitting below the dam on the Mississippi River. A hair jig and minnow is producing the most fish in 15 to 18 feet. This area also has kicked out several catfish and sturgeon.

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Fishing reports have been limited to a few walleyes off Lake Koronis in deep water.

STARBUCK AREA

A few “diehards” continue to work Lake Minnewaska for walleyes with limited success.

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