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Minnesota Great Eight Fishing Reports

Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report - February 5th, 2016


East - Numbers of walleyes are being caught on the sand/gravel areas and mud flats in 20 to 28 feet. Working off the flats, in 30 feet or more, has produced big walleyes and jumbo perch. The 20- to 22-foot breaks on the north end are kicking out perch, and northern pike continue to be taken in most bays.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West - Walleyes continue to hit on the rock points and in the bays over 20 to 22 feet. Walleye action also has picked up on most mud flats in 28 to 30 feet during the day or in 18 to 22 feet early and late each day. You’ll find the occasional jumbo perch mixed in and pike continue to hit in the bays as well.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleye fishing has remained steady with each day a bit different; some days they bite in the morning and others it’s an afternoon bite. The majority of walleyes and sauger are being taken in 25 to 35 feet with some bigger walleyes being caught in 10 to 15 feet. The Rainy River  is being fished in 16 feet for walleyes, but check with resorts on where to go due to varying ice depths. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting on or near reefs in 26 feet and saugers are more active on the 32-foot mud. Good-sized crappies are being caught in 33 feet on the Ontario side.

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


Look for suspended crappies over 25 to 30 feet on the North Arm of Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Medicine Lake and Black Lake on Minnetonka are producing sunfish in 10 to 14 feet. The 15-foot weedlines on Minnetonka and Medicine are kicking out northern pike. Walleye action has been sporadic with some fish being taken over 28 feet on Independence or  the 28- to 36-foot rocks on Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The key to catching walleyes has been to stay mobile during the afternoon and evening hours in 12 to 16 feet or 28 to 32 feet – structured areas have been best at these depths. Walleyes also are being caught off Indian Point in 24 to 26 feet and the north side of Ely Island is giving up perch.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Perch reports remain favorable between Snaghole Bar and Horseshoe Bar in 16 to 20 feet during the morning hours or 20 to 32 feet in the middle of the day. On the west side, perch continue to be caught in the 8- to 12-foot weeds or along the first shoreline break. Northern pike can be caught with tip-ups in the same areas holding perch, while walleyes are biting during the evening hours in 20 to 22 feet on Moses Bar, Center Bar, and the midlake humps.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleye action has been pretty decent during low-light periods on the humps in Walker Bay over 28 to 40 feet of water. The GrandVu Flats area also is kicking out walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. You have to sort through your perch to put together some keeping-sized fish, but they are biting on the 7- to 10-foot sand/grass areas off Sand Point, Star Point, and the Hardwoods area.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleye action has been best early and late each day in portions of Sand Bay over 22 to 30 feet, with some fish coming out of deeper water during midday hours. Perch and northern pike action has been slow this week.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Walleye action continues to be spotty at most depths, but fish can be had with some persistence. The mornings and evenings have been best with spurts of activity overnight. The 8- to 12-foot sand and gravel bars or the 13- to 15-foot mud flats continue to produce the most fish.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - February 5th, 2016


Crappies continue to be caught at
Big Carnelian Lake during the evening hours in 22 to 25 feet. Look to Demontreville Lake and Lake Jane for northern pike in 10 to 12 feet, while some walleyes remain active during low-light periods at Bald Eagle Lake in 15 to 22 feet and White Bear Lake in 25 to 30 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Crappies continue to hit on Whaletail Lake in 12 to 14 feet and a few sunfish are being caught on Lake Susan and Lake Wasserman in 8 to 10 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Lake Zumbra, Lake Auburn, and Whaletail in 8 to 12 feet. 

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


If you get away from the crowds and fish overnight you’ll hook some walleyes in 13 to 17 feet on Center Bar and Pillsbury Reef. The 11- to 13-foot weed edge in Waconia Bay is producing sunfish, while tip-ups and shiner minnows are turning northern pike in 12 feet on Center Reef. Crappies and sunfish also are being found suspended just off Pillsbury Reef in 15 to 17 feet or 20 to 22 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Reports

Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report - February 5th, 2016


There’s some evening walleye action in 15 to 20 feet on Lake Miltona and Lake Le Homme Dieu with shiner minnows. Look for crappies and walleyes on Lake Darling in 24 to 27 feet and Reno Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Crappies also are hitting on Smith Lake in 20 to 25 feet, the north end of Lake Carlos, and in Christopherson’s Bay on Lake Ida.

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


Walleye action has been best early and late each day in 18 to 24 feet on Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake. Lakes such as John, Francis, Pleasant, Sugar, and Clearwater are kicking out northern pike in 12 to 14 feet. Crappies and sunfish are being found suspended over 18 to 20 feet at Indian Lake, Little Maple Lake, Lake Marie, Pleasant, and Clearwater.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are scattered, but active in 15 to 40 feet at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Fish Lake. Look for sunfish in the 8- to 15-foot weeds of East Lost Lake, Clitherall Lake, Donald Lake, West Battle, and Fish or suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on West Battle and Fish. Tip-ups and shiner minnows are turning pike on most lakes in 15 to 20 feet.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Crappie and bluegill reports have been best off Portage Lake in 14 to 22 feet. On Lake Bemidji, walleyes are hitting during low-light periods in 9 to 12 feet or in 22 to 28 feet during the day. Perch action also remains strong on Bemidji along the 28- to 42-foot mud areas and Turtle Lake is producing walleyes in 18 feet.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


Walleyes are being caught in 17 to 28 feet on Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Whitefish Lake with rainbow minnows. Crappies are hitting glow jigs and minnows in 12 to 26 feet at North Long Lake, Lake Margaret, and Gull. Look for sunfish on Nisswa Lake, North Long, and Gull in 8 to 12 feet. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows in 8 to 10 feet or 17 to 25 feet at North Long, Gull, and Whitefish.

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


Walleyes are hitting during low-light periods in 16 feet along LeRoy’s Bar on Pike Bay Lake. North Cedar Bar and Deadman’s Bar remain the best walleye options on Cass Lake in 16 to 18 feet. Allen’s Bay on Cass continues to produce northern pike, while Kitchi Lake and Wolf Lake are giving up crappies. 

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Sunfish and crappies remain active in 14 to 25 feet on the north end of North Center Lake or Little Green Lake in 16 to 20 feet. There’s a shallower panfish bite, 6 to 12 feet, in front of the A-Frame area on Chisago Lake. A “walleye or two” can be had during the evening hours in 12 to 15 feet off Needle Point on South Center Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Sunfish action has picked up on Milford Lake in 17 to 20 feet and you’ll catch crappies during low-light periods at Bay Lake in 16 feet or Nokay Lake in 25 to 38 feet. Northern pike are hitting suckers or shiners in 10 to 12 feet on Serpent Lake, Mahnomen Lake, and Upper Dean Lake. An occasional walleye is pulled from Serpent over 22 to 28 feet, while trout action remains strong on the pits such as Huntington, Manuel, and Yawkey.

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


Sunfish and crappies are hitting on Little Detroit Lake in 12 feet or 15 to 20 feet at Sour Lake, Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, Little Pelican Lake, Upper Cormorant Lake, and Deadshot Bay. Look for walleyes to hit shiner minnows on Upper Cormorant, Big Detroit Lake,  and Lake Melissa in 20 to 22 feet during low-light periods.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Crappies are being found suspended over 16 feet on Fish Lake and the St. Louis River or over 25 feet at Island Lake. Walleye reports have been limited, but Rice Lake is giving up northern pike and bluegills in 5 feet.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Long Lake is kicking out crappies in 14 feet and Blue Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 14 to 17 feet. On Little Elk Lake, you’ll hook a few walleyes in 11 feet during low-light periods on shiner minnows and northern pike seem to be biting on most lakes. 

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Look for suspended lake trout over 50 to 60 feet on Snowbank Lake and Burntside Lake. A few walleyes are hitting after dark on Lake Shagawa in 15 feet, while pike, stream trout, and panfish action has been slow. 

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Walleyes have started hitting on the north end of Lake Washburn in 20 to 30 feet and Wood’s Bay on Roosevelt Lake is kicking out crappies in 25 to 30 feet. Look for sunfish on Eagle Lake in 18 to 20 feet early and late each day.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Crappies and perch are being caught in 18 to 20 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. After dark, a few walleyes can be had in 16 to 20 feet on Hall and Budd. Hit Big Twin Lake for perch and Fox Lake for a few crappies. This area was in the middle of this week’s snow event, so call ahead for lake conditions heading into this weekend.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Look for walleyes on South Fowl Lake in 6 feet and Lake Saganaga in 20 to 25 feet. Lake trout are hitting spoons, ciscoes, or minnows on Trout Lake and Loon Lake at 45 to 55 feet, Greenwood Lake at 50 feet, and Seagull Lake at 35 feet. Hit Mink Lake and Leo Lake for rainbow trout in 18 to 25 feet and Musquash Lake for splake in 17 to 22 feet. Most anglers are reporting a lot of slush on area lakes.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Poole’s Bay and Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama are giving up crappies and bluegills in 13 to 25 feet. Look to Big Splithand Lake for crappies and bluegills in 18 feet or to Little Splithand Lake for crappies over 22 feet. Bass Lake continues to give up panfish in 6 to 18 feet, while McCavity Bay on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake or the north end of Bowstring Lake are worth hitting for crappies. A few walleyes can be had during low-light periods in 16 to 26 feet on Lake Wabana and Deer Lake. Look for stream trout on Tioga Pit and Taylor Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


There’s more work involved, but crappies are being caught on the north end of Big Swan Lake, Kings Lake, and Long Lake in 20 to 30 feet. Northern pike are being taken on Big Swan in 12 to 15 feet and look to Big Birch Lake for walleyes in 10 to 18 feet or 20 to 30 feet. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Jumbo perch, above average-sized sauger, northern pike, and good-sized whitefish are keeping anglers busy in many locations off the ice road, which continues to be in excellent shape. Walleye and crappie action, on the other hand, continues to be slow on the lake.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


A few sunfish and crappies are being caught in 10 to 13 feet at Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Lake Eleven. Anglers are seeing plenty of fish on their electronics, but it’s been tough getting them to bite. Walleye reports have been nonexistent, but Quamba Lake continues to kick out northern pike in 6 to 8 feet.

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


Perch continue to be caught on Big Stone Lake in 11 to 13 feet of water from the islands to Mallard Point. The days with bright sun have been more consistent than cloudy days and there have been some bluegills, crappies, and walleyes in the mix this week as well.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


The best bets for walleyes remain Fish Hook Lake in 23 to 25 feet or Long Lake in 26 to 28 feet. Northern pike remain active on Big Mantrap Lake and the Crow Wing Chain in 12 to 14 feet. Bluegill action has been best on Straight Lake or the Crow Wing Chain in 12 feet and Fish Hook is producing crappies over 16 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Walleyes continue to hit during low-light periods in 14 to 18 feet at Big Pine Lake, Dead Lake, Rush Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Look for crappies in 18 to 20 feet and sunfish in slightly shallower water on Star Lake, Rush, and Dead.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Crappies and sunfish continue to hit on Willow Creek Reservoir, while Lake Zumbro is producing crappies and a few walleyes in 20 to 25 feet. The trout bite at Foster Arend Pond remains good in 5 to 10 feet and a mixed bag of panfish can still be had on Silver Creek Reservoir in 10 to 14 feet. Hit the Weaver Bottoms area for pike and the Finger Lakes for panfish off the main Mississippi River flowage.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982


Hit Lake Koronis for walleyes in 10 to 25 feet or Rice Lake in 18 to 20 feet for crappies and walleyes. Look to lakes such as Horseshoe, Cedar Island, and Long for crappies in 12 to 18 feet and sunfish in 8 to 12 feet. Pearl Lake is producing crappies in 8 to 10 feet of water and Goodner Lake is giving up sunfish in less than 10 feet. Tip-ups and shiner minnows are producing pike on most lakes in 12 to 16 feet.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


A few walleyes continue to be caught on Lake Alexander in 15 to 22 feet of water and you’ll find suspended crappies on Fish Trap Lake. Look to Thunder Lake for crappies in 15 to 30 feet of water and in shallower water for northern pike. Pine Lake is giving up crappies and Platte Lake is a safe bet for pike in 8 to 12 feet.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleyes are a bit tougher to come by, but shiner minnows are producing some fish on Lake Emily in 5 feet. On Lake Minnewaska, you’ll hook a few walleyes during low-light periods in 14 to 18 feet. A few crappies are being caught on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska in 15 feet after dark.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Not much has changed since last week, so Gilbert Pit remains the best option for rainbow trout, lake trout, and smelt. Panfish reports have been slow and Lake Vermilion continues to produce some walleyes in 25 to 30 feet.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617


A few walleyes continue to be caught at Wood Lake and Lake Shetek in 7 to 10 feet. Crappies are being caught in 6 to 9 feet on Lake Sarah and Lake Lac qui Parle. You’ll find perch in 4 to 8 feet on Sanderson’s Slough and McKay Lake.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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