North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – January 10th, 2014


East – Most resorts are plowing roads and starting to pull fish houses, with some allowing limited vehicle traffic. Isle Bay and Wahkon Bay are producing crappies and northern pike in less than 12 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on the reefs close to shore during low-light periods.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – The slush is settling and lake conditions have improved so anglers are moving around a bit more. A few walleyes and pike are being caught from the weedline out to 20 feet in St. Alban’s Bay. A handful of people also are getting to the rock piles and mud flats close to shore and picking up a few walleyes.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleye and sauger action is good in 23 to 26 feet or 28 to 32 feet along the south shore. Many of the bigger walleyes are coming suspended. On the Rainy River, walleyes are hitting glow jigs in 20 feet during the evening. At the Northwest Angle, perch and pike are mixed with walleyes in 22 to 25 feet. Crappie action is excellent on the Canadian side, too.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH


The south side of Walker Bay is producing walleyes in 16 to 22 feet. The Sand Point area is kicking out walleyes and a few good-sized perch in 14 to 16 feet. Walleyes also can be had during low-light periods off Cedar Point in 18 to 22 feet. Reports off the main lake have been limited, due to limited travel options.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleyes are hitting spoons in Sand Bay and Rainy Lake City in 20 to 30 feet during the morning and evening. Tip ups and sucker minnows are turning pike in 20 feet at Rainy Lake City and perch action has improved near Grindstone Island over 16 to 20 feet.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Anglers continue to deal with slush and varying ice depths on much of the lake. Road and lake conditions are better on the west side and that’s where most of the consistent perch reports are coming from. Moving around on the six- to nine-foot flats has produced numbers of perch with small jigging spoons. Angling and spearing for northern pike also has been good on the west side.
Lake Winnie Resort Association                 


You have to sort through some small fish, but walleyes are hitting on Lake Plantagenet in 12 to 18 feet. The Diamond Bar area of Lake Bemidji is giving up walleyes during low-light periods in 18 to 22 feet and perch during the day in nine to 15 feet. Look for crappies on Buzzel Lake and Walker Brook Lake.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Walleye action is strong on the north and south ends of Gull Lake in 20 to 28 feet. Crappies continue to be caught on Gull over 20 to 24 feet, Round Lake in 15 to 20 feet, the Highway 371 Bay on North Long Lake in 12 to 15 feet, and Cullen Lake in 16 to 22 feet.  Lakes such as Roy, Nisswa, North Long, and Cullen are safe bets for sunfish in six to 10 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010


Perch action is strong and you’ll pick up a few walleyes as well at Blackduck Lake and Island Lake along the eight- to 14-foot weedlines. Bluegill reports have been limited, but crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 40 feet on Gilstead Lake and Sandy Lake.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636


There’s an evening crappie bite at Lewis Lake in 24 feet, while Knife Lake is kicking out crappies and walleyes during low-light periods in nine feet. Look to West Rush Lake for perch during the day in 12 to 16 feet.
65 Bait and Tackle (320) 396-9904


Spoons or dead sticks and shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 21 to 25 feet at Serpent Lake from 4 p.m. until well after dark. On Black Hoof Lake, you’ll find sunfish during the day and crappies at night in 17 to 22 feet. Work the north end of Bay Lake in 15 to 17 feet for crappies.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912


Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike at Kego Lake in 15 feet. Look to Molten Lake for crappies during the evening hours over 20 feet. On Round Lake, walleyes have started hitting fatheads in 25 feet during low-light periods.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


You’ll find walleyes on the 19- to 40-foot structure of Lake Pokegama and Trout Lake or in 18 to 25 feet on Lake Wabana. Spearing for northern pike has been consistent on all three lakes as well. Crappies and sunfish continue to hit in 18 to 22 feet at Big Splithand and Little Splithand lakes. Tioga Bay and Poole’s Bay on Pokegama are giving up panfish in 15 to 30 feet, while Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake is kicking out crappies over 25 to 36 feet.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Glow jigs are producing crappies, most of which are suspended a few feet off bottom, during the evening over 17 to 23 feet at Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, and Woman Lake. Shiner minnows and dead sticks are turning a few walleyes during low-light periods in 18 to 22 feet on Birch, Woman, and Little Boy Lake. Northern pike action has improved on most lakes in less than 12 feet.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


While the cold snap has slowed the walleye bite a bit, there’s still plenty of fish being caught along the shorelines in eight to 14 feet. The evening hours have been best with good reports during overnight hours on rattle reels.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Look for walleyes in 20 to 35 feet and crappies in 20 to 25 feet at Lake Koronis. On Rice Lake, walleyes and crappies are hitting in 20 to 24 feet during the evening. Look to Cedar Island Lake in 16 to 25 feet for crappies, Becker Lake for sunfish in eight to 12 feet, and pike are being found in eight to 15 feet on most lakes. Pearl Lake is giving up crappies in 10 to 12 feet and a mixed bag of panfish can be had on Goodner Lake in eight to 12 feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


You’ll find crappies on the north end of Sauk Lake in 28 to 44 feet or the south end in 18 to 21 feet. The Hooper’s Hill area on Sauk is a safe bet for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. Crappies are suspended over 28 to 40 feet on Lilly Lake and Big Birch Lake, while Smith Lake is producing northern pike in 10 to 14 feet. The north end of Lake Osakis continues to produce panfish in 20 to 24 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


The slush has started to freeze, but you’ll still find water off the main roads on most lakes. Spearing has been good in less than 10 feet on Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake. Gun Lake started giving up sunfish and crappies, while Big Sandy and Minnewawa are safe bets for crappies and a few walleyes during low-light periods in 16 to 20 feet.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits            
(218) 426-3382

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