Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Jan. 26, 2018

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – The deep gravel and mud flats continue to provide decent walleye action. Bigger minnows or larger-profiled baits are working best during low-light periods. A few jumbo perch are being caught off the mud flats in 30 feet or more, mainly on the north end. You’ll catch northern pike in the bays or in the same areas walleyes are being caught.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Work the points at night in 10 to 15 feet or 24 to 30 feet during the day for walleyes. You’ll also find active walleyes on the edges of the mud flats during the day or on top of them during low-light periods. The deep water off the Seven and Eight Mile flats are producing tullibees. Anglers that continue to stay on the move are picking off a few jumbo perch as well.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleyes and sauger are hitting on the south shore in 24 to 32 feet. In addition to the traditional daytime bite, some anglers are catching fish after dark on structure, which is not typical. During the morning and evening hours, walleyes are being caught in 15 to 17 feet as well. A one/two punch of jigging spoons and dead stick are both producing fish. The Rainy River is kicking out some walleyes with an occasional sturgeon early and late each day. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are biting in 18 to 28 feet, and you’ll find sauger and perch in deeper water. Resorts guiding for crappies on the Ontario side have done well in 30 feet or more.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Walleyes are being caught at night in 25 feet on Lake Minnetonka and 30 feet on Lake Independence. Carson’s Bay, Phelp’s Bay, and North Arm of Minnetonka are safe bets for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 18 feet. Medicine Lake is producing sunfish in 10 feet and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 15-foot weedlines of most lakes. This area received 8 to 12 inches of snow earlier this week so call ahead for travel options on local lakes.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes continue to be caught on or near the reefs in 20 to 25 feet. The morning and afternoon hours have been most consistent with spurts of action throughout the day. Crappie reports continue to be limited, but northern pike are being taken in Stuntz Bay, Canfield Bay, and mouth of Cable Bay.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Perch continue to bite well on Horseshoe Bar in 24 to 26 feet, Snaghole Bar in 18 to 22 feet, the flats on the north end of the big Island in 15 to 18 feet, and on the west side in 12 feet. The northeast corner of Horseshoe Bar is producing walleyes in 22 to 26 feet and northern pike continue to be caught all over the lake at a variety of depths.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

The Trapper’s Landing area is producing walleyes after dark in 18 to 25 feet. You’ll also hit walleyes in Walker Bay during low-light periods on the shoreline breaks and deeper humps. Look to Sand Point for perch in 6 to 10 feet and Cedar Point for walleyes in 18 to 30 feet. Sucker Bay is giving up perch and a few walleyes in 13 feet.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Walleyes and sauger have been active early in the day. The best bet has been a glow jig and minnow just off the bottom in about 25 feet. Many areas of Sand Bay are producing fish, but anglers have been getting out to areas farther east and catching walleyes and sauger too. Black Bay remains the best bet for bigger northern pike. Snowmobile trails are staked and groomed, providing easier access on Rainy Lake and connections to the other Voyageurs National Park lakes.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

Walleyes continue to bite best on the 8- to 12-foot gravel and sand or 13- to 14-foot mud flats. Dead sticks seem to be producing more fish than jigging spoons again this week, especially during low-light periods.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

WEST METRO

This area received 10 inches of snow, but most of it blew off the lakes so getting around is still relatively easy. Look for sunfish on Hydes Lake in 8 to 10 feet and crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Hydes in 8 to 12 feet and Lake Zumbra in 10 to 15 feet. Swede Lake is giving up crappies in less than 10 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

This area received 15 inches of snow on Monday so ice fishing activity was slow, but roads and accesses should be open by this weekend. Look to Prior Lake for sunfish and crappies in 15 to 20 feet or walleyes in 22 to 26 feet. The north end of Spring Lake is kicking out crappies and sunfish in 20 feet and the weedlines on Lake O’Dowd are producing northern pike.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Look for sunfish in 11 to 15 feet on Center Reef and in Waconia Bay. Crappie action is best during the evening hours in 14 to 16 feet on Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef, and in Waconia Bay. Some walleyes are being caught at night on the weedlines in Wagener’s Bay and along the north shore. Look for consistent northern pike action in 15 feet on Center Reef or in 12 feet throughout Waconia Bay. Roads are plowed and open after Monday’s snow.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

You’ll find crappies on Lake Le Homme Dieu in 20 to 25 feet and Lake Mary in 18 to 20 feet. Sunfish reports have been slow, but some walleyes are being caught on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona in 25 to 30 feet during low-light periods. Sucker minnows and tip ups are working for northern pike on most lakes in 14 to 18 feet.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Walleyes continue to be caught early and late each day in 16 to 24 feet on Pleasant Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Pelican Lake started giving up northern pike in less than 10 feet, while the 12- to 15-foot weedlines on most lakes are producing pike as well. Look for suspended crappies over 25 to 35 feet on Clearwater, Granite Lake, Maple Lake, and Pleasant. Sunfish reports have been best in 10 to 15 feet on Clearwater, Maple, and Lake Sylvia.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake continue to produce walleyes at a variety of depths from 8 to 40 feet. Northern pike action picked up with sucker minnows on the 15-foot weeds of Clitherall Lake, Donald Lake, Otter Tail, and West Battle. Crappies and sunfish are being found over 15 to 17 feet on West Battle, Fish Lake, and South Turtle Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

A few walleyes and perch are still coming out of 12 to 14 feet on Lake Bemidji, but the majority of fish are now being caught in 24 to 40 feet on spoons and minnow heads. There’s been some tullibees in the mix over this deeper water as well. Big Turtle Lake is producing walleyes and crappies early and late each the day, and Lake Plantagenet has a decent perch bite going along with a few walleyes in 25 to 35 feet.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Perch are being caught during the day and some walleyes are hitting during low-light periods on Blackduck Lake, Round Lake, and Island Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Look to Pimushe Lake and Rabideau Lake for bluegills and crappies in 18 to 22 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Look for crappies in 8 to 15 feet on North Long Lake, Hubert Lake, and Nisswa Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 7 to 15 feet North Long, Gull Lake, and Cullen Lake. Shiner minnows or rosy reds are turning walleyes in 15 to 26 feet on Gull, North Long, Pelican Lake, and Round Lake. You’ll find sunfish in 6 to 8 feet at Nisswa and North Long.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

There’s an evening walleye bite in Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake and Lake Andrusia in 18 feet. On Grace Lake, walleyes are being caught in 18 to 22 feet. Look to Pike Bay Lake and Cass for perch in 18 to 20 feet and you’ll find suspended crappies over 30 feet on Midge Lake, the north end of Kitchi Lake, and in Allen’s Bay.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA   

Roads are plowed open on area lakes after 6 inches of snow fell on Monday. The south ends of Chisago Lake and Green Lake are giving up sunfish and crappies in 8 to 14 feet. The channel area on Little Green Lake is producing crappies as well. The rocks and flats on South Center and North Center lakes have been best for walleyes in 14 to 16 feet. Sucker or shiner minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of most lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Rainbow trout are being found suspended over deep water or in shallow water where sight fishing is an option on Manuel Pit, Huntington Pit, Snowshoe Pit, and Section Six Pit. Milford Lake and Upper Dean Lake are giving up sunfish, crappies, and northern pike in 14 to 22 feet. There’s some evening crappie action on Bay Lake and Crooked Lake over 30 to 35 feet. You’ll pick up a few walleyes at night on the Deerwood end of Serpent Lake in 24 feet.

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Look for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Big Detroit Lake and Big Cormorant Lake, especially during low-light periods. Little Detroit Lake is kicking out sunfish, crappies, northern pike, and a few walleyes in 10 feet. Look to Lake Melissa for crappies and a few sunfish  over 15 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Crappies continue to hit glow jigs and minnows during low-light periods by the dam on Fish Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Rice Lake in 5 feet, and some bigger walleyes are being caught off Park Point in Duluth Harbor on Lake Superior in 10 feet.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Fremont Lake is producing northern pike in 7 feet – tip ups and sucker minnows are working best. Hit Little Elk Lake for crappies and a few walleyes in 9 to 13 feet. Look for panfish and a few walleyes at Mitchell Lake in 7 to 14 feet, while you’ll find suspended crappies over 24 feet on Green Lake.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Burntside Lake is giving up lake trout over 20 to 25 feet or 40 to 50 feet, while Snowbank Lake is producing lake trout over 60 to 80 feet – sucker minnows are working best. Snowbank also is producing a few walleyes in 50 feet or deeper.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

FAIRMONT AREA

Yellow bass and crappies are biting on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton in 15 to 18 feet. Sissiton also is producing a few bluegills in 15 feet, Cedar Lake is giving up walleyes and northern pike in less than 6 feet, and Big Twin Lake is worth noting for perch. About 16 inches of snow fell here on Monday so there might be some slush pockets to deal with.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

This area received 13 inches of snow earlier this week so fishing reports have been limited since. Before the snow, sunfish and northern pike were hitting on Cedar Lake in 10 to 12 feet. French Lake was giving up crappies in 22 feet and Lake Mazaska was producing crappies, northern pike, and a few walleyes in 18 to 20 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Walleyes are hitting chubs in 20 to 25 feet on Saganaga Lake and Gunflint Lake in 25 to 30 feet. Lake trout are being taken with minnows over 15 to 30 feet on Greenwood Lake and Loon Lake in 35 to 40 feet. Musquash Lake started giving up splake on waxworms or salted minnows in 12 to 15 feet, as did Birch Lake in 20 feet. Look to Leo Lake for rainbow trout in 12 to 20 feet or Mink Lake in 15 to 25 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Crappies and sunfish are being caught at Trout Lake in 7 to 12 feet, and Bass Lake continues to produce sunfish in 6 to 20 feet. Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama is giving up panfish in 15 to 30 feet and some walleyes on the 20- to 40-foot humps. Big Cutfoot and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes are worth noting for crappies in 22 to 28 feet, as is Bowstring Lake over 20 to 30 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on Sugar Lake in 20 to 25 feet, and panfish reports remain favorable on Big and Little Splithand lakes in 20 to 24 feet. Stream trout continue to hit on Taylor Lake and Kramer Lake, while lake trout are biting best on the Canisteo Pit and Caribou Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

The 12- to 15-foot hump on Moose Lake is producing walleyes and crappies. Look to Maple Lake for sunfish and crappies in 18 to 20 feet or northern pike in shallow water. The bar on the north end of Long Lake (by the Hub Supper Club) is producing sunfish and Big Swan Lake is a safe bet for northern pike in 8 to 12 feet. The north end of Big Swan is giving up sunfish in 8 to 12 feet and crappies over 22 feet as well. A few walleyes are coming off Big Birch Lake in 20 to 30 feet, and you’ll find suspended crappies over 40 to 45 feet here.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Birch Lake and Mule Lake are producing crappies and sunfish in 15 to 20 feet, while some walleyes are being caught on Baby Lake, Pine Mountain Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Woman Lake during low-light periods in 18 to 22 feet. Rainbow trout are being taken with jigs and waxworms in 15 to 20 feet on Diamond Lake.

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

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

Crappies are being found suspended on Dewey Lake over 27 feet and over 23 feet on Shoepack Lake. Look to Side Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in 12 feet, and you’ll hook a few walleyes here in 25 feet with shiner or rainbow minnows. The Kinney Pit is producing rainbow trout early in the morning over about 30 feet.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

LONGVILLE AREA

Sunfish and crappies remain active on Lake Inguadona in 10 to 12 feet.  Lake Wabedo is giving up crappies over 36 feet. Woman Lake is producing perch towards Lantern Bay in 12 to 14 feet, while sunfish and crappies are biting on Girl Lake in 16 feet. Look to Little Boy Lake for a couple of walleyes each night in 22 to 24 feet, and Big Boy Lake is producing crappies over 28 to 34 feet and sunfish in 8 to 12 feet.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

Crappies and bluegills are hitting on Duck Lake and Lake Francis in 12 feet. Look to Big Jefferson Lake for crappies in 16 to 20 feet, and the Carpenter’s Point area on Francis is giving up northern pike in 5 to 8 feet. This area received about 13 inches of snow earlier this week so call ahead for travel options going into this weekend.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Knife Lake is producing crappies in 7 to 9 feet, and sunfish remain active on Ann Lake in 5 to 7 feet. Look to Lake Pokegama for sunfish and crappies in 9 to 11 feet. Walleye action is slow, but Knife is giving up northern pike in 4 to 6 feet on sucker minnows.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop

(320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch action remains consistently good on Big Stone Lake in 12 feet. Small Rippin’ Raps or tungsten jigs tipped with larvae are working best off Mallard Point, Kramer’s area and in front of Rustlin’ Elms Resort. Walleye reports are limited, but there has been a few crappies and bluegills mixed in with the perch.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Look to Fish Hook Lake for a few walleyes during the evening hours in 18 to 24 feet or to Potato Lake on the 18- to 30-foot structure. The deep mud flats throughout the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes are producing panfish, and northern pike spearing has been good on Long Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

RED WING AREA

Walleyes and sauger are being taken with jigs below the dam on the Mississippi River in 10 to 14 feet –Everett’s Landing is plowed open. The Frontenac area of Lake Pepin is worth noting for walleyes and perch in 15 to 18 feet. This area received about 14 inches of snow on Monday so lake travel has become more difficult.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Crappies continue to hit on Rice Lake in 15 to 24 feet, and you’ll catch a few walleyes here in 15 to 22 feet. Horseshoe Lake, Schneider Lake, and Cedar Island Lake are producing walleyes in 10 to 25 feet. Northern pike and sunfish reports have been limited.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Walleyes continue to be caught throughout Sauk Lake, at a variety of depths. Just get away from the crowds. You’ll also find suspended crappies over 34 to 50 feet on Sauk. The north end of Lake Osakis is producing sunfish and crappies in 18 to 20 feet, while Smith Lake and Maple Lake are safe bets for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

You’ll continue to catch walleyes early and late each day or overnight on Lake Minnewaska in 18 to 22 feet. Minnewaska also is producing northern pike in 10 to 15 feet and a mixed bag of panfish on the Glenwood end in 12 to 15 feet. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Rachel Lake and Freeborn Lake.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

The Best Point area on Lake Tetonka is producing walleyes in 15 feet, and northern pike are being taken in shallow water on most lakes. Sunfish  are hitting in 12 to 16 feet at Sabre Lake, Lake Francis, and Tetonka. This area received about 13 inches of snow earlier this week so travel off the plowed roads will be more difficult.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873

WILLMAR AREA

Crappies and a few walleyes are coming off Norway Lake in 20 feet, while Big Kandi Lake is producing perch in less than 10 feet. Look to Willmar/Foot Lake in 18 to 20 feet for sunfish, crappies, and a few walleyes. A few panfish are coming off Diamond Lake in 20 feet and Nest Lake is producing pike and panfish in 15 to 18 feet.

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Walleyes are being caught in 5 to 7 feet on Current Lake and Rock Lake. You’ll also catch walleyes in 6 feet on Lake Shetek, Lake Sarah, and Wood Lake. Crappie action has been best on Bloody Lake in 9 to 11 feet or Shetek in 6 to 8 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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