North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – January 11th, 2013


East – During the day, walleyes are being caught in 25 feet or more off the structure with jigging spoons. The evening bite has been best with setlines and shiner minnows on the reefs in 12 to 18 feet. You still want to check daily with resorts for road conditions. You won’t put a lot of numbers on the ice, but there are tullibees and jumbo perch  being caught with waxies and Eurolarvae in the deep basin areas away from structure.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West -If you stay on the move, you’ll pluck walleyes off the tops and edges of the flats in 24 to 34 feet. The deep rock/mud transition areas are giving up walleyes and some jumbo perch in 25 to 27 feet. The most consistent walleye reports are from the 14-foot weedlines in St. Alban’s, Wigwam, and Garrison bays.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Saugers of all sizes are biting with good numbers of walleyes over 22 inches in the mix. Most fish are coming from 18 to 22 feet or 27 to 30 feet on gold or red glow spoons and look for suspended fish. Walleyes are biting in 22 to 27 feet at the Northwest Angle and you will find jumbo perch, northern pike, crappies, and whitefish in the mix here.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH


Perch action has picked up from Goose Island to Duck Point in 10 to 14 feet. Walleyes, most of which have been bigger, are coming off Sand Point during low-light periods in 10 to 18 feet. The humps in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes in 28 to 30 feet, while perch and a few walleyes can be had from Pine Point to GrandVu in 10 feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleye action has picked up off Birch Point in Sand Bay over 30 to 35 feet with jigging spoons working best. Crappie action remains slow, but a few bigger pike have come from the Rainy Lake City area in shallow water – spearing and angling have both been productive.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


You’ll find perch and a few walleyes scattered in 28 to 30 feet near Horseshoe Bar, the sunken island, and Snaghole Bar – walleyes tend to get active early and late in the day. The 10- to 20-foot breaks on the west side continue to produce perch, while northern pike action has been best in 20 to 22 feet for anglers or in shallow water on the west side for spearing.
Lake Winnie Resort Association


If you move up and down the bars and breaks on Lake Bemidji in eight to 23 feet you’ll put together a limit of walleyes. Cameron Bar and Diamond Bar have been two of the more consistent areas during low-light periods. Bemidji also is providing fine perch action in nine feet. Look for walleyes on Lake Plantagenet in 18 to 22 feet, while crappies are being caught at Three Island Lake in 15 to 22 feet and Portage Lake in nine to 29 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Perch action remains consistent at Island Lake and Blackduck Lake in eight to 14 feet or 20 to 24 feet, but walleye reports are limited. Crappies and bluegills are hitting minnows or Eurolarvae in 18 to 22 feet on Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636


Rainbow or shiner minnows are the best options for walleyes at Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Pelican Lake in 18 to 25 feet. A medium-sized sucker minnow has triggered northern pike in eight to 18 feet of water on North Long Lake, Lake Edwards, and Gull. Minnows are producing crappies in eight to 13 feet at Gull, Round, and North Long, while small glow jigs and Eurolarvae are turning sunfish in eight to 15 feet at Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, Round, and North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010


Walleyes are being caught on Serpent Lake, Rabbit Lake, and Farm Island Lake during the evening hours in 17 to 25 feet of water. Glow spoons and minnow heads work some nights, while setlines and shiner minnows produce fish as well. Look for crappies and sunfish on Little Black Hoof Lake, Little Rabbit Lake, and Upper Dean Lake, while crappies can be had at night on Bay Lake, Nokay Lake, and Upper Mission Lake. Northern pike are keeping anglers busy on the weedlines of Lower Mission Lake, Black Bear Lake, and Bay.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Bluegills and crappies are scattered between seven and 20 feet at Bass Lake, Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama, Big Cutfoot, Big Splithand, and Little Splithand Lake. Bowstring Lake is producing crappies in its deep holes and walleyes and perch in 18 to 21 feet. You’ll also find walleyes scattered between 15 and 30 feet on lakes Pokegama, Wabana, Deer, and Moose.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Fatheads or rainbow minnows are producing walleyes at Woman Lake during the evening hours in 16 feet and there is some crappie action here during the day in eight feet. Panfish also are being caught at Pleasant Lake in 14 feet and the weedlines of Stoney Lake are giving up northern pike and a few walleyes on setlines and minnows.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176


Walleyes are being caught in 12 to 14 feet along most shorelines or in eight to 10 feet during low-light periods. Spoons or a plain hook and minnow are both working. A few big northern pike, keeping-sized perch, and the occasional slab crappie also are being caught by walleye anglers.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Crappies and sunfish are hitting on the north end of Lake Osakis in 18 to 22 feet and Maple Lake is giving up sunfish in the 10-foot weeded areas. Look for suspended crappies on Big Sauk Lake over 28 to 44 feet, while tip-ups and shiner minnows are producing northern pike on Osakis, Sauk, and Long Bridge Lake. Walleyes remain structure-related, either biting on the tops in 15 to 18 feet or off the edges in 22 to 30 feet on the main part of Osakis, Big Birch Lake, Big Swan Lake, and Little Birch Lake. Setlines and rainbow minnows are starting to produce more fish than spoons.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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