North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – January 18th, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – You have to hit 25 feet or more for consistent walleye action and these depths also have produced the biggest numbers of jumbo perch. Anglers are catching plenty of big walleyes with some keeping-sized fish in the mix as well. At night, shiner minnows on setlines are working best in 25 to 30 feet for walleyes. Hit Isle, Cove, and Wahkon bays for northern pike in 10 to 15 feet.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleyes and perch are being caught on the Eight Mile Flat in 30 to 34 feet or on Seguchie Flat in 32 to 35 feet. The key is to get off the edges and stay mobile with a jigging spoon. Walleyes also remain active on the 16- to 18-foot break in St. Alban’s Bay, as do northern pike in 12 feet.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Houses continue to be spread out in 14 to 16 feet or 26 to 30 feet. There’s been a lot of moving around taking place with walleyes biting best in the afternoon and evening hours, while saugers continue to bite throughout the day. A deadstick with plain hooks or glow jigs and a minnow has been more productive than spoons. At the Northwest Angle, 22 to 30 feet has been best in the morning and evening hours south of Oak Island or north and west of Little Oak Island.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Perch action has improved off Sand Point in nine to 13 feet or north of Goose Island in 10 to 14 feet. The humps in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes in 25 to 33 feet, as are the Sand Point and Goose Island areas in 10 to 15 feet. A few walleyes are coming off Cedar Point in 12 to 18 feet, while Portage Bay is giving up perch and walleyes in nine to 14 feet of water.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Small walleyes and keeping-sized perch are coming off Birch Point in Sand Bay over 30 to 35 feet early and late each day. Ciscoes are turning bigger northern pike in the Rainy Lake City area in 14 to 20 feet.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
You’ll still find perch in six to nine feet on the west shore but the bars such as Horseshoe, Moses, and River are giving up perch, walleyes, and northern pike in 18 to 22 feet of water throughout the day. Small jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads or setlines and fatheads are producing bigger fish.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
The key to catching walleyes on Lake Bemidji is moving up and down the bars in six to 12 feet or 23 to 32 feet with jigging spoons. On Lake Plantagenet, walleyes are coming from 18 to 23 feet during the evening hours. At Walker Brook Lake, you’ll find crappies suspended over 28 feet and sunfish in 10 to 15 feet. Portage Lake is producing panfish across from the public access and Sucker Lake is kicking out crappies over 32 to 36 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Minnows and small spoons are producing perch in eight to 14 feet on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake. Look for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet on Blackduck, Island, and Gull Lake during low-light periods. Gilstead Lake is kicking out crappies in 18 to 22 feet and bluegills can be had in shallower water at Gull.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Shiner and rainbow minnows have been the tickets for walleyes in 10 to 32 feet on Gull Lake and Round Lake. Crappies are hitting glow jigs and rosy red minnows in eight to 13 feet on Round, Nisswa Lake, and Clark Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in eight to 14 feet on Gull, North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards, while sunfish remain active on most lakes in eight to 14 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
On Pike Bay Lake, perch are hitting during the day and walleyes are hitting shiner minnows during low-light periods in 12 feet. Stoney Point, Allen’s Bay, and the main-lake bars of Cass Lake are giving up a few walleyes in 16 feet. Look for crappies to be suspended over 35 feet at Kitchi Lake and Big Wolf Lakes.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Setlines with shiners or rainbow minnows are producing walleyes during low-light periods in 18 to 22 feet at Nokay Lake and Rabbit Lake. Crappies have provided steady action during the day in 17 feet at Upper Dean Lake, while Bay Lake and Black Hoof Lake have produced best in the evenings. Little Rabbit Lake and Milford Lake are producing sunfish via glow jigs and Eurolarvae. Northern pike can be had with sucker minnows in eight to 14 feet at Mahnomen Lake and Lower Mission Lake.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Crappies are hitting red glow jigs and minnows in 14 to 18 feet at Eagle Lake. Look to Perry Lake for sunfish in 22 feet and for crappies over 20 to 25 feet on Lawrence Lake. Suckers and tip-ups are producing pike near the 12-foot rock pile on Ruth Lake.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Big and Little Splithand lakes are kicking out crappies in 20 feet, while Tioga Bay and Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama are producing crappies and sunfish. Hit Bass Lake for bluegills in seven to 16 feet or Jay Gould Lake in seven to 14 feet and Bowstring Lake in 19 to 22 feet for perch. Spearing has been best at lakes Wabana, Ball Club, and Pokegama during the late morning hours. Walleye action is best during the evening hours in 15 to 35 feet at lakes Pokegama, Deer, Moose, and Trout.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Tip-ups and suckers are turning pike in 14 to 20 feet on Baby Lake and Woman Lake. Fatheads are producing walleyes and perch in 16 to 18 feet at Woman, while Pleasant Lake is giving up bass and panfish in 10 to 12 feet.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Crappies have been biting most consistently with lakes such as Koronis, Cedar Island, Brown’s and Horseshoe giving up fish in 20 to 25 feet, while Rice Lake is producing crappies in 16 to 20 feet, as is Grand Lake over 30 feet. Becker Lake and Goodner Lake are producing sunfish in eight to 10 feet and look for a few walleyes off Koronis in 20 feet or more during low-light periods.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
The north end of Lake Osakis is producing sunfish and crappies in 18 to 24 feet. You’ll also find crappies on McCormick Lake in eight feet and west of Diamond Point on Sauk Lake in 28 to 30 feet. A few walleyes can be had during the evening in 25 feet or more on lakes Osakis, Big Birch, Little Birch, and Sauk.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
Walleyes continue to hit jigging spoons or plain hooks and minnows in 12 to 14 feet throughout the lake. During low-light periods, you’ll find spurts of walleye activity in eight to 10 feet. The occasional good-sized northern pike remains in the mix as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128