Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Feb. 9, 2018
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Big walleyes remain active throughout the day on the 28- to 32-foot mud and gravel. Walleyes also can be had on the 10- to 12-foot rocks and reefs during the evening hours. Some jumbo perch are coming off the north end in 27 feet or deeper – work away from structure in the deep basin areas. Tullibee reports also have improved in the deep basin areas.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – The rock points continue to give up walleyes during low-light periods in 10 to 14 feet of water, and midday action has been best off the deep mud flats in 25 to 32 feet of water. Tullibee action has been picking up over 28 to 32 feet of water on Curley’s Flat, Seguchie Flat, Seven Mile Flat, and Eight Mile Flat. Some bigger perch have been caught off the Eight Mile in 34 feet of water.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleye and sauger are being caught in 24 to 35 feet during the day. The shallower morning/evening bite also continues along the south shore. Auger extensions are needed in many areas if fishing on your own. The Rainy River is pushing out some nice walleyes and an occasional sturgeon during the morning/evening hours. The Northwest Angle continues to report good fishing. Look for walleyes in 15 to 23 feet with saugers and perch out a touch deeper. Crappies continue to hit over 28 to 32 feet in Ontario waters.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The shallow bays on Lake Minnetonka, such as Carson’s, Phelp’s, and North Arm are giving up sunfish and crappies in 15 to 18 feet. Northern pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes and you might catch a walleye or two each evening on Minnetonka in 22 to 25 feet. Look to Lake Indepenence for crappies over 30 to 35 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes remain most active early and late each day, with some fish hitting during midday hours, on the main lake reefs in 20 to 25 feet. Northern pike also are hitting in Stuntz Bay, the mouth of Cable Bay, and Everett Bay in 9 to 15 feet.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Perch continue to be caught in 18 to 20 feet near Hunter’s Hump, the Bird Houses, North Moses Bar, Ruby Point, and South Moses Bar in 18 to 22 feet. Horseshoe Bar also is giving up perch in 20 to 22 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 18 to 20 feet and walleye action has slowed.
Walleye action has been pretty slow with just a few fish being caught after sunset on the east shore of Walker Bay in 18 to 25 feet. The Sand Point area is producing a few perch and an occasional walleye in 8 to 12 feet, while tullibee action has picked up off Stoney Point over 30 to 40 feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
The walleye bite around Sand Bay has shifted to later in the day, from afternoon to sunset or later seems to be best. There are also some crappie mixing in with the walleye. The Park Service has extended their ice road to the area of Bushyhead Island and there’s some good structure to try in that area as well. Some large northern pike are being caught around the mouth of Black Bay. Snowmobile trails are all in good shape so if you have portable gear, you should be able to reach some areas others can’t reach.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
While it’s always kind of spotty this time of year, overall walleye reports have been pretty decent in 13 to 14 feet. The mud flats have been most consistent with some action shallower, especially towards evening. Jigging are producing some fish, but dead sticks are putting more in the pail.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
A few walleyes continue to be caught early and late each day on Prior Lake in 22 to 28 feet – it’s important to get away from the crowds. Look to the north end of Spring Lake for sunfish and crappies in 18 to 20 feet, while Lake O’Dowd continues to produce northern pike in 12 feet. You’ll also find sunfish and crappies in 15 to 20 feet on Prior.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Look for sunfish during the day and crappies at night in 12 to 14 feet in Waconia Bay, or on Pillsbury and Center reefs. Northern pike continue to hit in 12 to 14 feet in Waconia Bay and most reefs such as Anderson’s, North, Pillsbury, and Center. Get away from the crowds and you’ll catch a few walleyes at night in 16 to 18 feet on Center Reef.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Lakes such as Pocket, Rachel, Grant, and Little Mary started giving up sunfish in 12 feet. Christopherson’s Bay on Lake Ida is giving up crappies in 20 feet during low-light periods. Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake Darling also are giving up crappies at night in 20 to 24 feet. Look to Lake Miltona and Reno Lake for walleyes after dark in 20 feet or more.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Sunfish are being caught in 10 to 15 feet on Clearwater Lake and Lake Sylvia. You’ll find suspended crappies over 20 feet or deeper at Clearwater, Lake Francis, Pleasant Lake, and Granite Lake. Walleye action has been slow, but northern pike continue to bite in 10 to 15 feet on Clearwater and Maple Lake or 6 to 9 feet on Pelican Lake.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleye reports have slowed to a fish or two each night on Otter Tail Lake and Blanche Lake in 22 feet or West Battle Lake in 25 to 40 feet – staying mobile has produced more fish. Crappies are hitting on the 15- to 20-foot weed edges of Dead Lake, Blanche, West Battle, and Fish Lake. Sunfish are being caught at South Turtle Lake, Rush Lake, and West Battle in 10 to 15 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 15 feet on West Battle, Otter Tail, Fiske Lake, and Norway Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Lake Bemidji continues to produce a few walleyes, but the perch bite has picked up. Look to the deep, sharp breaks in 25 to 32 feet. Low-light hours, especially late afternoon/evening are your best bet to icing a few walleyes. The perch bite has been good all day on jigging spoons and minnow heads, but this past week, waxworms seem to be producing bigger fish – look to muddy bottoms in 25 to 35 feet. Lake Plantagenet is still kicking out some decent perch in 30 to 35 feet, and look to Big Wolf Lake, Gull Lake, and Grace Lake for crappies and bluegills.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods at Blackduck Lake in 10 to 14 feet and Island Lake in 15 to 25 feet. These lakes are giving up perch during the day inn similar depths. Pimushe Lake and Gull Lake are producing bluegills in 20 feet, but crappie action has been slow.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Northern pike are scattered between 8 and 30 feet on the south end of Gull Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long Lake. Walleyes are hitting during low-light periods in 16 to 38 feet at Lake Edwards, North Long, Gull, and Whitefish Lake. Look to North Long, Cullen, and Nisswa Lake for sunfish in 6 to 15 feet and you’ll find suspended crappies over 20 to 25 feet at Gull, Lake Margaret, and Round Lake. Look to the north end of Gull for tullibees over 30 to 40 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Buck’s Bar and O’Neil’s Point on Cass Lake are giving up perch in 6 to 10 feet. Walleyes are being caught on the main lake bars of Pike Bay Lake and Cass in 18 to 20 feet during the day or 8 to 12 feet during low-light periods. Crappies continue to be found suspended over 30 feet on Wolf Lake and north arm of Kitchi Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
The A-Frame and Eagle’s Nest areas on Chisago Lake are producing sunfish and crappies in 12 feet. The rocky areas on Green Lake or channel on Little Green Lake are producing crappies and northern pike. Look to the “Road Bed” area on South Lindstrom Lake for crappies or to North and South Center lakes for panfish and pike in 8 to 12 feet. North Lindstrom Lake is giving up crappies over 12 feet and a few walleyes are being taken during low-light periods on the deep rocks of Green, North Center, and South Center.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Look for suspended crappies over 17 to 22 feet on Upper Dean Lake, Milford Lake, and Big Mahnomen Lake. Sunfish action is limited to a few fish out of Milford in 14 to 20 feet. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedbeds of Greer Lake, the north end of Bay Lake, and Deerwood end of Serpent Lake. Rainbow trout are hitting best during the morning hours and are usually found suspended over deep water on Manuel Pit, Section Six Pit, and east end of Huntington Pit. A few walleyes are hitting after dark on Serpent in 25 to 30 feet.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Sunfish are being caught in 10 feet on Lake Melissa, Floyd Lake, and Big and Little Detroit lakes. A few walleyes continue to be caught in 20 to 25 feet on Lake Lida and Big Detroit during low-light periods. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 feet on Little Floyd Lake, Deadshot Bay, and Melissa. Northern pike continue to hit in 8 to 12 feet on Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Cotton Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
You’ll find crappies in 15 to 18 feet and walleyes in 12 feet on Fish Lake. Rice Lake is giving up northern pike, walleyes, and crappies in 6 feet. Anglers fishing from shore in the Two Harbors area are catching coho salmon, but ice has started to form here.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA
Hit Blue Lake for sunfish in 14 to 17 feet and crappies in 17 to 24 feet. A few walleyes and crappies are coming off Green Lake in 25 to 30 feet. Hit Fremont Lake for northern pike in 7 to 10 feet and Little Elk Lake for crappies in 10 feet.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Look to Burntside Lake for suspended lake trout over 60 feet – sucker minnows are working best. A few walleyes and lake trout also can be had on Snowbank Lake in 40 to 60 feet. Cold weather and winds have kept fishing activity to a minimum.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Reports are about the same, just a bit slower than last week off most lakes. Look to Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sissiton for crappies and yellow bass in 15 to 18 feet. Cedar Lake continues to give up pike and a few walleyes in 6 feet, while Big Twin Lake is giving up perch in 12 to 20 feet, and Sissiton is producing bluegills in 15 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Look to French Lake for crappies over 30 feet and Lake Mazaska for crappies and an occasional walleye in 24 to 30 feet. On Shields Lake, sunfish and crappies are hitting in 12 to 18 feet. A few perch are being taken off Cannon Lake in 8 feet, while Cedar Lake is producing panfish in 15 to 22 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
A few walleyes continue to be caught on Two Island Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Seagull Lake in 25 to 30 feet, and South Fowl Lake in 6 feet. Look for lake trout on Loon Lake and Trout Lake at 35 to 45 feet and Duncan Lake or Greenwood Lake at 25 to 35 feet – smelt seem to be working best. Rainbow trout are hitting waxworms on Leo Lake in 18 to 20 feet, and Trout in 12 to 20 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappies and sunfish remain active in 20 feet on Big Splithand Lake or 10 to 20 feet on Bass Lake. Hit Bowstring Lake for perch and crappies in 19 to 26 feet or Poole’s Bay and Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama for panfish in 15 to 30 feet. Walleye action has slowed, but trout continue to be caught from Taylor Lake, Caribou Lake, Canisteo Pit, and Tioga Pit.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Birch Lake and Mule Lake are kicking out crappies over 20 to 25 feet during low-light periods and bluegills in 16 to 18 feet throughout the day. Look for a few walleyes on Baby Lake and Pine Mountain Lake in 18 to 22 feet – rainbow minnows are working best. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 6 to 10 feet on Pleasant Lake and Pine Mountain.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Perch are being caught just outside Lantern Bay on Woman Lake in 28 to 32 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 30 feet on Big Boy Lake, 35 to 40 feet on Lake Wabedo, and 20 feet at Webb Lake. Walleye action is slow, but sunfish are hitting on Lake Inguadona in 8 feet.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Look the Miller’s Point area on Madison Lake in 20 to 22 feet for walleyes or crappies just south of the narrows in 28 to 30 feet. East Bay on Madison is a safe bet for sunfish and northern pike in 6 feet. The north end of Duck Lake is producing crappies, sunfish, and pike in 10 to 15 feet. Hit Big Jefferson Lake for crappies in 20 to 25 feet or pike and sunfish in 10 to 15 feet.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Northern pike have started hitting on Fish Lake and Knife Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Look to Fish, Ann Lake, and Knife for sunfish during the day in 5 to 7 feet and crappies in 7 to 11 feet during low-light periods.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Perch reports from Big Stone Lake have been much more spotty this week, but angling pressure has been lighter due to the cold weather. Look to the Mallard Point, Rustlin’ Elms Resort, and Kramer’s area in 10 to 12 feet as weather conditions improve.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crappies have started hitting on Fish Hook Lake in 8 to 12 feet and Big Mantrap Lake continues to produce northern pike in 10 to 14 feet. A few walleyes are hitting on Long Lake in 26 to 28 feet, while bluegills remain active on Height of Land Lake in 8 to 12 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RED WING AREA
The walleye and sauger bite below the dam on the Mississippi River continues to be good in 15 to 18 feet, but the cold weather is limiting most anglers from fishing out of boats. The Frontenac area on Lake Pepin is producing crappies and saugers in 16 to 18 feet.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Crappies and a few sunfish continue to hit on Rice Lake in 15 to 23 feet. Eden Lake is kicking out crappies over 22 to 24 feet and Long Lake is producing crappies and a few walleyes in 15 to 25 feet. The deep holes throughout the Horseshoe Chain are giving up catfish. Look for suspended crappies over 25 feet or more on Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island Lake, while Schneider Lake is producing sunfish in 6 to 8 feet.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crappies remain active, mainly during low-light periods, at Sauk Lake over 45 to 50 feet, Maple Lake in 21 to 24 feet, Long Bridge Lake in 14 feet, and Latimer Lake in 24 feet. The north end of Lake Osakis is producing sunfish and crappies in 18 to 21 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
The “thoroughfare” area on Lake Alexander is producing walleyes in 30 feet. Fish Trap Lake is producing crappies over 25 to 30 feet and Nokasippi Lake is giving up sunfish in 14 to 16 feet. Look to Crow Wing Lake for sunfish and crappies in 15 feet or Thunder Lake for crappies in 20 feet. Green Prairie Lake continues to produce sunfish in 10 to 12 feet.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Crappies are being caught in front of Lakeside Ballroom on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska in 15 feet. Sunfish and northern pike also remain active on this end in 12 to 14 feet. Walleyes are biting best after dark on Minnewaska in 16 to 18 feet with plain hooks and minnows producing the most fish.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Crappies and sunfish are hitting on Lake Tetonka and Circle Lake in 6 to 8 feet. Northern pike remain active in shallow water on Lake Sakatah and Tetonka, while walleye action has been slow.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873
Willmar/Foot Lake is producing panfish and an occasional walleye in 18 to 20 feet. A few walleyes also continue to be caught in 10 to 12 feet at Lake Lillian, Lake Minnetoga, and Big Kandi Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 25 to 30 feet on the north end of Eagle Lake, while Diamond Lake started giving up a few sunfish in 15 to 18 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Look for perch during the day and walleyes at night on Lake Sarah in 6 to 9 feet. Walleyes also are hitting on School Grove Lake and Current Lake in 5 to 7 feet or on Lake Shetek in 6 to 8 feet. Bloody Lake is producing crappies in 8 to 10 feet, while perch are being caught in 5 feet at West Twin Lake and 6 to 8 feet on Island Lake.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880