Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Jan. 19, 2018

Great Eight


East – Walleye action has been spotty, likely due to lot of small perch in the lake. Bigger baits such as large sucker minnows have produced the majority of fish on the deep mud and gravel areas during low-light periods. Some nice perch have come off the north end flats in 28 feet or more, and pike remain active at a variety of depths.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleye action has been sporadic with some good days on the mud flats (work the tops during low-light, and off the sides during midday hours), rock points in 15 to 20 feet at night, and the 20- to 23-foot breakline in most bays. Tullibees are being caught off the mud flats in 32 to 35 feet, and northern pike can be had throughout Garrison Bay in 8 to 12 feet.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


A nice bite continues with anglers catching all sizes of walleyes and sauger. Most of the action on the south shore is in 24 to 30 feet during the day. There’s been a good morning and evening bite in 15 to 17 feet. A one-two punch of a jigging spoon and minnow head or a dead stick (hook/jig with live minnow under bobber) are both working. If not fishing in a resort fish house, an auger extension could be necessary in spots where ice is layered. The Rainy River is pushing out some nice walleyes with an occasional sturgeon through the ice. Fish houses are set up along the snowmobile trail from Wheeler’s Point to Baudette Bay. At Northwest Angle, fishing has remained great. The ice road goes to Flag and Oak islands from Young’s Bay. Walleyes are being caught in 22 to 28 feet with saugers and perch deeper than 26 feet. Resorts are guiding anglers to slab crappies on the Ontario side of the lake.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH


A few walleyes are being caught in the big bays on Lake Minnetonka over 25 to 35 feet during the evening hours. Pike are hitting sucker minnows along the 15-foot weedlines of most lakes and crappie action is sporadic with some bigger fish being caught in 15 to 20 feet on Minnetonka or Lake Independence in 28 to 33 feet. Hit the 8- to 15-foot weeds on Medicine Lake for sunfish.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes are being caught on the reefs in Big Bay over 20 to 25 feet and north side of Ely Island in 20 to 30 feet. Northern pike action has picked up throughout Stuntz Bay in 8 to 12 feet and crappie reports continue to be slow – look below the Pike River dam for a few fish.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Bigger walleyes, those in the protected slot, are being caught on Snaghole Bar, Horseshoe Bar, and off the big sunken island north of Muskie Bar in 15 to 26 feet – depth depends what structure you’re on. Perch and northern pike are hitting off the flats on the north side of the big sunken island. You’ll also find perch and pike on the west side in 10 to 12 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleye action has picked up during the evening hours on the 35- to 40-foot humps in Walker Bay. The 18- to 20-foot reefs out from Trapper’s Landing are giving up walleyes, as are the Pine Point and Goose Island areas early and late each day in 15 to 18 feet. Perch reports have been limited with a few nice fish being found mixed in with the walleyes on the main lake areas.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleyes and sauger are being caught early and late each day in Sand Bay over 22 to 25 feet. Black Bay started producing good-size northern pike in less than 15 feet, but crappie reports have been limited. Access conditions have improved and the Park Service ice road is now plowed and most trails are staked and open.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


The walleye bite has been all over the place from slow, to fair, to some limits being caught. The best reports are coming off the 13- to 14-foot foot mud flats with dead sticks or rattle reels. There are fish being caught in the 8- to 12-foot sand and gravel bars as well. Low-light periods and at night have been best, but there’s still some midday action here and there.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


The St. Croix River is producing crappies, silver bass, and a few walleyes in 25 to 35 feet. Big Carnelian Lake started giving up walleyes and crappies during the day, while Demontreville Lake is a safe bet for pike and crappies in 10 to 12 feet. The east side of Olson Lake is giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods and Lake Jane is kicking out panfish and pike in 10 to 15 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Wasserman Lake and Lake Minnewashta started giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Suckers are producing pike in 10 to 15 feet on Lake Zumbra. Crappies continue to be caught on Whaletail Lake in 12 to 15 feet during low-light periods.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Prior Lake is producing walleyes, crappies, pike, and sunfish in 18 to 24 feet. Look to Cedar Lake for crappies throughout the day and night in 12 feet. Spring Lake is producing panfish in 10 to 15 feet. Lake O’Dowd is giving up numbers of pike on suckers in 10 feet.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096


Hit Waconia Bay for sunfish during the day and a few walleyes at night over 15 to 17 feet. Center Reef is producing sunfish in 12 to 14 feet and crappies in 15 to 22 feet. Shiners on dead sticks are producing walleyes in 15 to 17 feet on North Reef, while Anderson’s Reef is giving up crappies in 16 to 19 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 10 to 12 feet in Waconia Bay and on Center Reef.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



A few crappies are being found over 22 to 32 feet at Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Geneva or in 25 to 30 feet on Smith Lake. Look to the evening hours for walleyes on Lake Miltona in 25 to 30 feet. Lake Ida is giving up some sunfish in 15 to 25 feet early and late each day.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255


Crappies continue to be found suspended over 20 to 35 feet, as are sunfish in 10 to 15 feet on Pleasant Lake, Clearwater Lake, Maple Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Granite Lake. A walleye or two can be had each evening in 16 to 24 feet on Clearwater, Pleasant, Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Suckers are turning bigger pike on the deep weed edges.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are hitting during the evening hours on Otter Tail Lake in 20 to 24 feet and West Battle Lake in 32 to 36 feet. Fish Lake, Bass Lake, and West Battle are safe bets for sunfish and crappies in 8 to 12 feet. Pike were active on Otter Tail Lake in 18 to 22 feet.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleyes and perch continue to bite on Lake Bemidji in 14 to 40 feet. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are working well, but so is dead sticking with a live minnow. Lake Plantagenet is kicking out more perch than walleyes in 18 to 35 feet. Turtle Lake is also producing some walleyes. Look to the deeper basins for suspended crappies and big bluegills on lakes such as Grant, Gull, Midge, Grace, and Sandy.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Look to Blackduck Lake for perch and walleyes in 10 to 14 feet or on the 20- to 22-foot mud for crappies and bluegills. Island Lake and Round Lake are producing perch and walleyes in 18 to 25 feet. Gull Lake and Pimushe Lake are safe bets for bluegills in 20 to 22 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Walleyes remain active, hitting glow jigs and shiners in 18 to 28 feet on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards. Shallow weed flats and deep holes on North Long, Nisswa Lake, and Gull are holding crappies. You’ll find pike on the south end of Gull, North Long, and Pelican Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Hit North Long, Nisswa, and Cullen Lake for sunfish in 8 to 10 feet.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010


A few walleyes can be had during low-light periods on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake in 18 to 30 feet. The 8- to 10-foot cabbage beds on Pike Bay are holding perch. Crappies are being found tight to the bottom over 30 to 32 feet at Lake Andrusia, Midge Lake, and Wolf Lake. Allen’s Bay on Cass or Pike Bay are producing pike in 6 to 12 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Rainbow trout are being found shallow (sight fishing) or suspended over deep water at Manuel Pit, Huntington Pit, and Yawkey Pit. Look to the flooded timber on the Pennington Pit Chain for pike. Milford Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish in 20 to 26 feet. You’ll find suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on Bay Lake and Nokay Lake. Walleyes are being caught during low-light periods on Serpent Lake in 20 to 24 feet.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912


A few walleyes are being caught on Big Detroit Lake, Cotton Lake, and Pine Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Lake Melissa and Little Detroit Lake are producing crappies in 15 to 18 feet, while sunfish remain active on Little Detroit, Melissa, and Floyd Lake in 8 to 10 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Crappies continue to hit in the Highbanks area of Fish Lake in 15 feet, and there’s walleyes in 10 feet. The harbor on Lake Superior is giving up walleyes in 8 to 10 feet. Rice Lake is producing pike on suckers in 6 feet.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Perch and crappies continue to be caught at Stanchfield Lake in 12 to 14 feet and Fremont Lake is producing pike on sucker minnows in 7 feet. Eagle Lake is worth hitting for crappies over 14 to 20 feet, and a few walleyes can be had during the evening hours on Green Lake or Blue Lake in 17 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Look to Burntside Lake for lake trout, most of which are being caught on hair jigs and a chunk of minnow in 40 feet. On Snowbank Lake, lake trout are being found suspended all over the water column from 20 to 100 feet, and walleyes are being caught in 20 to 40 feet. The bays on Basswood Lake started kicking out northern pike.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Lake Sissiton is producing crappies and bluegills in 14 to 18 feet and Cedar Lake is kicking out pike in 4 to 6 feet. Hall Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 16 to 20 feet, while crappies and yellow bass remain active on Hall, Budd Lake, and Sissiton in 15 to 20 feet.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


A few sunfish and crappies are coming off Cedar Lake in 12 to 15 feet, while walleyes and crappies are biting on French Lake in 20 to 22 feet. Look to Cannon Lake for perch in 8 feet and Circle Lake is producing perch and pike in 10 to 12 feet. On Lake Mazaska, crappies are hitting during the evening hours in 15 to 20 feet. Shields Lake is producing crappies, northern pike, and a few walleyes on the 12- to 18-foot humps.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Lake trout are hitting minnows or smelt on Duncan Lake in 30 to 35 feet, Trout Lake in 40 to 50 feet, Gunflint Lake in 45 to 55 feet, and Kemo Lake in 25 to 35 feet. Salted minnows are turning splake on Esther Lake in 10 to 18 feet, while walleyes are hitting in 6 feet on South Fowl Lake or 20 to 25 feet on Saganaga Lake. Waxworms are producing rainbow trout on Leo Lake in 15 to 22 feet, Mink Lake in 20 feet, and Kimball Lake in 15 to 20 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama is producing panfish and northern pike in 13 to 30 feet and you’ll catch walleyes here on the 20- to 40-foot humps. Bass Lake is producing sunfish in 6 to 20 feet and the bays on Trout Lake are kicking out a mixed bag of panfish in 7 to 12 feet. Big and Little Splithand lakes are giving up panfish in 20 to 22 feet, as are Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes in 25 to 30 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 feet or more on Bowstring Lake and Sugar Lake is producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet. Stream trout are hitting on Taylor Lake and Kramer Lake and some lake trout are biting on Caribou Lake, Bluewater Lake, and Canisteo Pit.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Look to Big Birch Lake for suspended crappies over 40 to 45 feet and a few walleyes in 15 to 30 feet. Twin Lake is giving up crappies in 18 to 20 feet and the north end of Big Swan Lake is kicking out crappies in 20 to 24 feet and sunfish in the shallow bay. Big Swan also is producing northern pike just before the narrows and Little Birch Lake is kicking out a few walleyes in 18 to 25 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


You’ll find crappies in 18 to 22 feet and sunfish in 14 to 16 feet on Little Birch Lake and Birch Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on Portage Lake and a few walleyes off Birch, Ten Mile Lake, Woman Lake, Pine Mountain Lake, and Baby Lake in 16 to 20 feet – dead sticks and minnows are working best during the evening hours. Hit Diamond Lake with waxworms for rainbow trout in 6 to 30 feet.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176


Bluegills have started hitting in the 10-foot weeds on Lake Inguadona or at  Mule Lake in 12 feet. The Government Point area on Woman Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 23 feet during low-light periods. Hit Lake Wabedo over 30 feet and Girl Lake in 16 feet for crappies.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Church Bar on Madison Lake is producing a few walleyes in 18 to 20 feet, while the north shore and narrows area are giving up crappies in 25 to 30 feet. Hit Third Point on Lake Washington for walleyes in 25 feet. Look to Baker’s Bay on Washington for panfish in 15 to 20 feet and Cape Horn Point on West Jefferson Lake for crappies over 18 to 20 feet.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Sunfish are being caught at Fish Lake in 5 to 7 feet, and crappies are hitting on Knife Lake during the evening hours in 7 to 9 feet. Grindstone Lake is producing rainbow trout on salmon eggs or waxworms.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151


Perch and some nice crappies are being caught in 12 feet on Big Stone Lake. Better areas this week have been in front of Rustlin’ Elms Resort, Mallard Point or Kramer’s Area. The occasional walleye is mixed in, but there hasn’t been big numbers of them caught.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Rainbow trout are hitting waxworms on Long Lake in shallow and deep water. A few walleyes are being caught each evening on Potato Lake and Fish Hook Lake in 26 to 30 feet. Pike are hitting sucker minnows on Big Mantrap Lake and Fourth Crow Wing Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Look to Lake Belle Taine and Boulder Lake for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake are kicking out a few walleyes at night on the 16- to 35-foot humps. Look to Dead Lake, Star Lake, and Rush for crappies and bluegills in 12 to 18 feet – some crappies are being found suspended over 30 feet or more as well. Pike action remains strong in less than 12 feet.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Work the Maiden Rock and Methodist Point areas on Lake Pepin for walleyes and perch in 16 to 18 feet. Fishing pressure on the Mississippi River has been limited due to the cold weather this week.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Crappies are being caught during low-light periods on Rice Lake in 20 to 26 feet. A few walleyes can be had during the evening hours on Horseshoe Lake in 16 to 22 feet. Look for suspended crappies at Cedar Island Lake and Eden Lake over 20 to 25 feet.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Walleyes continue to hit on Sauk Lake during the late afternoon and overnight hours – hit 34 feet or deeper for bigger fish. You’ll find suspended crappies west of Diamond Point on Sauk over 40 feet or more. Lilly Lake started producing crappies during the evening hours over 28 to 35 feet. Lake Latimer is giving up crappies straight out from the access. The north end of Lake Osakis is kicking out crappies in 18 to 22 feet and sunfish in 8 to 10 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Walleyes are hitting in 18 to 20 feet each evening and throughout the night on Lake Minnewaska. The 12- to 15-foot weedbeds on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska are producing sunfish and crappies and pike remain active in 10 to 15 feet. Ann Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 12 feet, while sunfish and pike are hitting on the shallow weedbeds of Freeborn Lake and Rachel Lake.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


A few perch and walleyes continue to bite in 6 to 10 feet on lakes Lillian, Big Kandi, Elizabeth, and Wagonda. Look to Willmar/Foot Lake or the north end of Eagle Lake during low-light periods for walleyes and crappies in 15 to 20 feet. Scattered walleyes are being found from 10 to 40 feet on Green Lake. Norway Lake is producing crappies in 20 feet. There’s a night bite on Ringo Lake for walleyes in less than 10 feet.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097


Dead Coon Lake, Rock Lake, and Goose Lake are producing walleyes in 5 to 7 feet. Lake Sarah continues to give up perch and walleyes in less than 7 feet. Walleyes, crappies, and pike remain active on Lake Lac qui Parle in 5 to 15 feet. Sanderson Slough is still producing perch in 3 to 5 feet and Wood Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 5 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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