North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – January 31st, 2013
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Big walleyes continue to be caught off the main-lake mud areas in 30 feet or more. Anglers are finding better numbers of keeping-sized walleyes on the mid-depth gravel early and late each day. Look for perch in 30 to 35 feet away from the flats and northern pike continue to be caught in the bays on sucker minnows in 10 to 14 feet.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleyes remain active on the bottom edge of most mud flats in 30 to 34 feet with Seguchie Flat and Eight Mile Flat providing the best numbers. Anglers continue to catch walleyes in Garrison Bay and St. Alban’s Bay in 13 to 21 feet as well. Hit the Eight Mile Flat for perch and tullibees in 30 feet or more.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Resorts are moving houses six to 17 miles off shore where the deep mud and reefs are producing walleyes and sauger the best, but the bite has been up and down with some larger walleyes being found suspended. Tullibees and eelpout also are being caught in this deep water, with northern pike being taken on the 12- to 20-foot rock reefs. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes, sauger, perch, eelpout, and tullibee are being found in deep water around Crowduck and Little Oak islands.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
Perch are scattered between nine and 11 feet off First and Second Duck points. You’ll also find perch during the day in nine to 12 feet and walleyes in the evenings over 14 to 18 feet on the breaks from Sand Point to Cedar Point. The tops of the humps in Walker Bay are producing walleyes during the evening hours as well.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Birch Point in Sand Bay continues to produce walleyes and some keeping-sized perch in 30 to 32 feet during the morning and evening hours. The Rainy Lake City area is kicking out northern pike in less than 10 feet or 14 to 18 feet on ciscoes.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Perch are hitting on the west and southwest sides in less than 10 feet or off the bars in 18 to 25 feet. Walleye activity has tapered off with an occasional fish being caught during the evening hours on the bars. Northern pike action has been strong on the bars in 16 feet or more.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Walleyes continue to be taken on setlines during the early morning and evening hours on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines of Lake Bemidji. Lake Plantagenet is giving up a few walleyes in 16 to 18 feet during low-light periods as well. Look for crappies to be tight to the bottom on Wolf Lake in 30 feet and at Moose Lake by Bagley in 12 to 18 feet. Bluegill action has been best around the islands on Turtle River Lake.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Blackduck Lake is producing walleyes during the evening hours and perch throughout the day in 14 to 16 feet. Crappies and bluegills are biting during the morning and late afternoon hours in 16 to 20 feet on Gilstead Lake and Lake Pimushe. Northern pike seem to be an easy catch on most lakes in 14 to 18 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows or Buck Shot spoons and minnow heads at Gull Lake in 18 to 32 feet and Round Lake in 23 to 25 feet of water. Crappies are scattered between 10 and 30 feet on Gull, North Long Lake, and Clark Lake, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on most lakes in eight to 11 feet. Look for sunfish in eight to 12 feet on Clark, Nisswa Lake, and Cullen Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Look for suspended crappies over 30 to 35 feet on Kitchi Lake. Walleyes continue to hit during the evening hours in 20 to 22 feet on Pike Bay Lake. Work the six-foot sand and weed areas of Pike Bay and Cass Lake for perch during midday hours.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
EAST CENTRAL MN
Look to Stanchfield Lake during the evening hours for crappies in 14 feet or to Blue Lake in 14 to 17 feet. Green Lake continues to produce crappies and a few walleyes in 17 feet, while tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike at Little Elk Lake in five to seven feet.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Big and Little Splithand lakes are kicking out crappies in 20 to 22 feet and bluegills in 18 feet. Bass Lake is a safe bet for bluegills in seven to 18 feet, while Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama is giving up crappies and bluegills in 13 to 40 feet. You’ll find suspended crappies over 34 feet on Spider Lake and Lake Wabana is giving up walleyes in 13 to 22 feet. A few walleyes also can be had on lakes Pokegama, Big Cutfoot, and Deer in 20 to 40 feet.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Woman Lake is giving up northern pike and good-sized perch in 14 to 16 feet. Panfish action has been spotty with Pleasant Lake and Birch Lake producing a few fish in 10 to 12 feet, but there hasn’t been much for size. Tip-ups and sucker minnows will turn northern pike on most lakes in 12 to 16 feet and walleye action has been limited.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleyes are hitting most consistently on the mud flats in 12 to 14 feet with some good reports in seven to 10 feet, especially during the evening hours. Rattle reels or setlines are turning walleyes during the overnight period, while a few big northern pike, keeping-sized perch, and some slab crappies remain part of the mix.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Crappies continue to hit in 16 to 32 feet on Lake Koronis, Rice Lake, and Long Lake or in 16 to 20 feet at Cedar Island Lake. On Clear Lake, crappies are being found in 10 to 12 feet. Northern pike have started hitting sucker minnows in eight to 16 feet on Koronis, Long, and Cedar Island. Rainbow trout continue to be pulled from Mud Lake in six to 10 feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crappies continue to hit on Big Sauk Lake in 28 to 40 feet and on McCormick Lake in nine to 12 feet. Long Bridge Lake started producing crappies in 17 feet and the north end of Lake Osakis is kicking out sunfish and crappies in 18 to 22 feet. Northern pike are hitting shiner minnows on the weedlines of most lakes and walleye action has been slow.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155