North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – May 10th, 2013


The main lake was covered with ice early this week, but the shorelines and creek mouths have started to open. Although ice is expected to still be on the lake this weekend, there’s a chance that anglers might be able to do some walleye fishing near shore, but that won’t be known until late this week.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


The Rainy River has 40 miles of open water and walleyes are being caught daily by sturgeon anglers. For this weekend’s fishing opener, anglers also will find open water at the Lighthouse and Morris Point gaps, Four Mile Bay, Bostic Bay, and Zippel Bay.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH


Ice fishermen were chasing perch and tullibees last weekend so fishing open water doesn’t look good for the opener. Some of the bays and shoreline areas have started to open, but most of the main lake is expected to be ice-covered this weekend.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


The entire main lake is covered with ice and will be for this weekend’s fishing opener. Most anglers will be on the Rainy River, which is open and expected to provide consistent walleye and northern pike action.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


There was still some ice fishing taking place on the north end of the lake Monday morning, so there will be ice for the fishing opener. The only open-water options for this weekend will take place in the rivers, mouths of rivers, and other moving water areas.
Lake Winnie Resort Association


Panfish and suckers are showing up in the creeks and open bays. Look to small, shallow lakes for panfish this weekend. Most lakes should be ice-free for the opener. Turkey hunters have done well and most report birds have become more active.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912


With water warming, panfish anglers started looking to traditional spring crappie spots. Look to Elk Lake and the north end of Blue Lake to start producing fish in shallow water.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
(763) 856-3985


Most lakes still had ice Tuesday morning. The small lakes and bays were starting to open and although these shallow areas have opened, water temperatures remained cool enough to prevent crappies from moving in.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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