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Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - January 30th, 2015

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Look for crappies during the evening in over 30 feet in the North Arm or over 17 feet in Carson’s Bay and Seton Bay on Lake Minnetonka. Lake Independence is producing crappies over 30 to 35 feet, and you’ll find suspended sunfish and crappies over 28 feet on Lake Sarah. Sucker minnows hung on the 17- foot weedlines of most lakes will produce northern pike.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

NORTHEAST METRO

Suckers are taking pike in 8 to 12 feet on Centerville Lake. Fatheads are taking walleyes on Forest Lake in 16 to 20 feet. Crappies are suspended in 25 to 35 feet on Bald Eagle Lake, while White Bear Lake is producing crappies and walleyes in 16 to 18 feet. Hit Olson Lake and Demontreville Lake for sunnies in 15 to 18 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Lake Bavaria is giving up a few crappies in 18 feet and Rietz Lake continues to produce sunfish in 12 to 16 feet. On Lake Parley, crappies and sunfish can be had in 12 to 14 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at Lake Zumbra and Pierson Lake in 8 to 14 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Walleyes and panfish have started hitting on Anderson’s Reef in 13 to 20 feet, you’ll find sunfish and crappies in 13 to 15 feet on Center Reef, and Pillsbury Reef continues to produce crappies over 20 to 25 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 11 to 15 feet on Center Reef and a few walleyes can be had at night in 16 to 20 feet on Kegg’s Reef.

Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

ANNANDALE AREA

Crappies are being found suspended over 30 to 40 feet on Clearwater Lake, Buffalo Lake, Pleasant Lake and Granite Lake. An occasional walleye is caught at sunset in 18 to 25 feet on Sugar Lake or Clearwater. Sunfish action has been best in 10 to 16 feet on Lake Marie and Lake John.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

CHISAGO AREA

Sucker minnows are producing pike on the weedlines of Green Lake, North Center Lake, South Center Lake and Chisago Lake. The south end of Chisago is kicking out sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and crappies in 16 to 20 feet. Look for crappies in 17 to 26 feet and sunfish in 8 to 13 feet on South Center.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

EAST CENTRAL MN

Northern pike and perch continue to be caught on South Stanchfield Lake in 14 feet, while Green Lake is giving up crappies in 20 to 22 feet. You’ll find panfish in 17 to 21 feet and a few walleyes in 15 feet on Blue Lake. Northern pike and panfish are biting in less than 10 feet on Little Elk Lake.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

MONTICELLO AREA

Anglers fishing from shore on the Mississippi River continue to catch numbers of smallmouth bass. Eagle Lake in Big Lake is giving up crappies and pike, while Eagle Lake in Monticello is producing walleyes, crappies and pike. The north side of Lake Ida is worth hitting for crappies over 50 feet and pike in 12 to 15 feet. Little Maple Lake continues to produce crappies in 18 to 20 feet.  

Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187

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North West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - January 30th, 2015

BATTLE LAKE

A few walleyes can be had at Otter Tail Lake in 20 to 25 feet or West Battle Lake in 30 to 35 feet. Crappies and sunfish are biting in 15 to 17 feet on lakes such as Stalker, Fiske, South Turtle and Clitherall. Sucker minnows are producing pike in 15 to 20 feet on Clitherall, Otter Tail and Fiske.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

DETROIT LAKES

Crappies and sunfish are sitting in 16 feet on Upper Cormorant Lake, Severson Lake, Little Detroit Lake, Sour Lake and Lake Melissa. Look for walleyes in 20 to 22 feet on Big Detroit Lake, Pelican Lake and Big Cormorant Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the weedlines of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Crappies are hitting in 18 to 22 feet on Round Lake and Bowstring Lake, while Tioga Bay and Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama are giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 13 to 30 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish on Big and Little Splithand lakes in 20 feet or at Bass Lake in 6 to 19 feet. Grave Lake and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake are producing sunfish in 16 to 20 feet, while a few walleyes are coming off lakes Wabana, Trout and Pokegama in 15 to 30 feet. Look for lake trout on Bluewater Lake and Caribou Lake, brook trout and rainbows on Taylor Lake, splake and rainbows at Kramer Lake, and brown trout on Lucky Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

A few crappies continue to come off Two Rivers Lake over 25 feet and St. Mary’s Lake is giving up crappies over 32 feet and sunfish in 18 to 21 feet. The north end of Big Birch Lake is worth noting for walleyes in 30 to 35 feet, while northern pike and sunfish can be had in 15 feet and crappies in 30 feet on Big Swan Lake. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleye reports continue to be slow with an occasional fish being caught on shiners at Long Lake in 30 to 32 feet. Fish Hook Lake and Big Mantrap Lake are kicking out northern pike in 14 feet. Look for suspended crappies on the Crow Wing Chain, Straight Lake and Big Mantrap over 25 to 32 feet. Bluegills are in 12 feet throughout the Crow Wing Chain. Stream trout are being found suspended just below the ice on Long Lake (North).  

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

A few walleyes continue to be caught during the evening hours in 11 to 14 feet on Big Pine and Little Pine lakes. Crappies are being found suspended over 30 to 40 feet on Big Pine and bluegills are hitting in 12 to 19 feet on Rush Lake, Lake Marion and Buchanan Lake. Look to Hanson Lake and Long Lake for rainbow trout.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

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North East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - January 30th, 2015

DULUTH AREA

Crappie reports remain strong on Rice Lake in 7 feet or Boulder Lake and Fish Lake in 15 to 25 feet with glow jigs and minnows. An occasional walleye is caught in the Duluth Harbor of Lake Superior in 8 feet, while Fish is producing bluegills in 10 feet.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

ELY AREA

A few walleyes are hitting on Snowbank Lake in 50 to 60 feet and on the reefs of Burntside Lake in 45 feet. Look for an occasional lake trout on Burntside, most of which are suspended over 30 to 60 feet. Anglers sight-fishing rainbow and brook trout are doing well on Miners Lake and Tofte Lake.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Lake trout continue to be caught with minnows, ciscoes or spoons at Loon Lake over 50 to 55 feet, Greenwood Lake in 35 to 50 feet, Daniels Lake in 60 feet, Pine Lake in 55 to 60 feet, and Gunflint Lake in 45 to 50 feet. Walleye reports have improved with jigs and chubs on Saganaga Lake in 40 feet or Gunflint in 35 feet. Waxworms and ice flies are turning splake at Musquash Lake in 13 to 19 feet and Esther Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Look to Carrot Lake in 15 feet for brook trout and to Leo Lake in 20 feet for rainbow trout.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

There’s some decent crappie action during low-light periods on McCormick Lake in 15 to 18 feet and Echo Lake in 12 to 15 feet. The trout bite has slowed, although spoons continue to produce rainbow trout on the Kinney Pit in 15 feet.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Walleyes, jumbo perch and sauger are mixed together over deep, main lake structure - 30 feet or more. Tip-ups and light sucker minnows are producing northern pike in most bays, the mouths of those bays, and on mid-depth structure throughout the main lake.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MORA AREA

Sunfish are biting at day at Knife Lake in 9 to 11 feet and crappies are hitting in 11 to 13 feet at night. Perch are biting on Ann Lake, but walleye and northern pike action is low.

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

VIRGINIA AREA

Rainbow trout continue to be caught on the pits such as Gilbert, Lake Mine, Embarrass and Ore-B-Gone. Crappie and walleye reports have been limited this week, although most anglers are chasing trout. 

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617

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North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

North Central Minnesota Fishing Report - January 30th, 2015

LAKE MILLE LACS 

East - Bigger walleyes are being caught suspended 5 to 8 feet off bottom on the deeper mud and gravel areas. The 28- to 32- foot areas off most mud flats continue to produce perch, but some sorting of small fish is involved with jumbos in the mix. Sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike in most bays over 12 to 15 feet. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West - Walleye have  been on the mud flats during the day in 28 to 33 feet or during low-light periods in 22 to 24 feet. The rock points and deeper breaks in the bays also continue to produce a few walleyes during the evening hours. Some jumbo perch and numbers of tullibees are being caught off the mud flats in 30 feet or deeper.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

A combination of walleyes and sauger are being caught in front of Pine Island out 15 miles or more. The structure around Knight and Bridges or Garden Island has produced fish as well. The snowmobile trail north of Knight Island is re-staked and groomed due to ice heaves. From Morris Point to Zippel Bay, 15 to 20 feet has produced walleyes, while the reefs and mud areas by Long Point and Arnesen’s also are worth hitting. At the Northwest Angle, 20 to 30 feet has been best for walleyes, sauger, perch and pike. Crappie action continues on the Canadian side.

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

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes and jumbo perch are hitting on the reefs in 30 to 35 feet or in Big Bay over 25 to 40 feet. Northern pike continue to be found in the shallows of most bays, and there’s been crappie action at Rock Reef in 15 to 20 feet.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Perch reports have slowed, but fish continue to be caught off the west side points and breaks or on the south end along the shorelines as shallow as 8 feet out to 22 to 34 feet on main lake structure and breaks. The deep breaks, 20 to 30 feet, are giving up walleyes in low-light, and northern pike remain active throughout the lake in 10 to 22 feet. 

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Setlines with large minnows are turning walleyes on the 15- to 20- foot humps in Walker Bay. Cedar Point is giving up walleyes in 12 to 18 feet, as are the main lake flats in 12 to 15 feet. Catching perch involves sorting numbers along the 12- to 15- foot sand and shoreline breaks in Walker Bay or in shallower water off Goose Island and Pine Point.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Walleye action has slowed, but Sand Bay continues to produce in the morning hours in 30 feet. This area also has produced good-sized perch. The Rainy Lake City area is giving up walleyes on shiners in 10 to 15 feet and pike in the afternoon in 7 to 12 feet.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

There is still decent walleye action in 8 to 12 feet or 14 to 15 feet along most shorelines. Dead sticks are best in the evenings and night. A few crappies, perch and northern pike are showing up in buckets as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

BEMIDJI AREA

Look for walleyes in 15 to 38 feet on Lake Bemidji; work the deeper depths during the day. On Lake Plantagenet, you’ll find walleyes in 20 feet. Perch reports have been best in 10 feet on the north end or in 28 feet on the south end of Bemidji. Crappies are being found suspended in 30 feet at Big Turtle Lake and bluegills in 13 to 15 feet on Gull Lake. 

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

Look for suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on Round Lake or over 30 to 40 feet on Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, Island Lake and Blackduck Lake. Some walleyes remain active during the evening hours in 10 to 15 feet on Blackduck, Island and Round, while Benjamin Lake continues to produce rainbow trout. Look for perch in 6 to 15 feet on Big Lake, Island and Blackduck. 

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Rainbow minnows are turning walleyes in 18 to 30 feet on the north end of Gull Lake, North Long Lake and Round Lake. The south end of Gull, North Long, Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake are safe bets for northern pike in 6 to 18 feet. Sunfish action has improved over 8 to 10 feet on lakes such as North Long, Nisswa and Cullen. Look for suspended crappies over 12 to 28 feet on Round, Lake Margaret and Hubert Lake.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Northern pike action remains strong in shallow water throughout Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake; spearing and angling has been productive. Crappies are being caught over 20 to 25 feet on Lake Andrusia, Lower Sucker Lake, Wolf Lake and Kitchi Lake. Look to Pike Bay Lake for perch in 6 to 8 feet, and walleyes continue to be difficult to locate.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Sight-fishing for trout has been good in the early morning hours on Huntington Pit and Section Six Pit; set up within 20 feet of shore in 10 feet of water with small jigging spoons tipped with waxworms or small plastics working best. You’ll also find suspended rainbow trout over deep water during the day on Pennington Pit and Manuel Pit. Walleye action has been slow with a few fish coming off Serpent Lake and Bay Lake in 22 feet at night. Look to Bay at night for crappies over 30 feet and to the north end of Crooked Lake for sunfish and crappies. Northern pike action has been good with sucker minnows along the 8- to 12- foot weeds of Mahnomen Lake or 12 to 14 feet on Upper Dean Lake. Spearers have been doing well in the flooded timber on the Pennington Chain and Sagamore Pit.

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

EMILY AREA

Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Ruth Lake in 12 to 14 feet and crappies have started hitting on Goodrich Lake in 14 feet during the evening hours. Look to Lawrence Lake for sunfish in 18 feet just northwest of the access.

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Crappies are hitting in 18 to 22 feet on Round Lake and Bowstring Lake, while Tioga Bay and Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama are giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 13 to 30 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish on Big and Little Splithand lakes in 20 feet or at Bass Lake in 6 to 19 feet. Grave Lake and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake are producing sunfish in 16 to 20 feet, while a few walleyes are coming off lakes Wabana, Trout and Pokegama in 15 to 30 feet. Look for lake trout on Bluewater Lake and Caribou Lake, brook trout and rainbows on Taylor Lake, splake and rainbows at Kramer Lake, and brown trout on Lucky Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

A few walleyes can be had on rainbow minnows during low-light periods in 18 to 25 feet on Pine Mountain Lake, Baby Lake, Pleasant Lake and Birch Lake. Broadwater Bay on Woman Lake continues to produce sunfish in 12 to 16 feet, and crappie action has been best over 22 to 30 feet on Webb Lake and Portage Lake. Trout anglers continue to do well on Diamond Lake and Teepee Lake.

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

McGREGOR AREA

Crappies are hitting on Big Sandy Lake and Lake Minnewawa during the evening hours in 16 to 22 feet. Look to Big Sandy for a few walleyes during low-light periods in 18 feet of water or deeper. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows in 8 to 12 feet on Big Sandy and Minnewawa.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

A few walleyes continue to come from Lake Koronis in 25 to 30 feet on setlines and fatheads. Hit Cedar Island Lake in 14 to 18 feet and Pearl Lake in 10 to 12 feet for crappies. Northern pike action remains strong on Rice Lake, Horseshoe Lake and Koronis in 8 to 16 feet with sucker minnows. Look to Mud Lake in 6 to 8 feet and Big Watab Lake in 20 to 25 feet for rainbow trout.  

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

It’s been a tough bite with a few sunfish being caught in 8 to 12 feet on Fairy Lake, Long Bridge Lake and Maple Lake. You’ll also find some limited crappie action during low-light periods in the Hooper’s Hill area of Sauk Lake and the Battle Point area of Lake Osakis.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Look for a few suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on Fish Trap Lake during low-light periods. Work 14 to 24 feet on Green Prairie Lake for sunfish, crappies, and northern pike. There’s been plenty of fishing pressure on other area lakes, but the bite has been slow.   

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WARROAD AREA

Walleye reports on this end of Lake of the Woods have been best in 22 to 24 feet during the day or in 14 to 16 feet in the evenings. Work the Swift Ditch to Five Mile, south tip of Buffalo Bay, the DNR Reef or sand bar off Springsteel and Long Point.

Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200

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Southeast Minnesota Fishing Report - January 30th, 2015

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappies are hitting in 11 to 13 feet on Amber Lake, while Budd Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 15 feet. Hit Hall Lake for crappies, perch, and an occasional walleye in 15 to 20 feet. The north end of Lake Sissiton continues to produce bluegills in 11 to 14 feet and crappies remain active at night on Fox Lake in 15 to 18 feet.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

RED WING AREA

Anglers fishing from boats below the dam on the Mississippi River are catching walleyes and sauger on jigs tipped with minnows or plastics in 12 to 20 feet. A few walleyes are being pulled through the ice in the Frontenac and Methodist Point areas on Lake Pepin in 14 to 18 feet. Reports from most backwater areas have been slow.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

Look to Silver Creek Pond for crappies and perch in 10 to 12 feet or Willow Creek Reservoir for crappies and sunfish in 8 to 12 feet. Crappies are being found suspended in Rattlesnake Bay on Lake Zumbro over 12 to 15 feet. Rainbows remain active and suspended just below the ice on Foster-Arend Pond. 

Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982

WINONA AREA

The dead water areas on the Mississippi River such as Weaver Bottoms, Big Lake and Bartlett’s Lake are producing northern pike on tip-ups and sucker minnows. There’s also been some good walleye action below the dams on the river that are holding ice. Look to Lake Winona for crappies and sunfish in 10 to 15 feet and to Lawrence Lake for perch, walleyes, crappies and sunfish in 2 to 6 feet.

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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South West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - January 30th, 2015

FARIBAULT AREA

Crappies and northern pike can be had with minnows on Cedar Lake in 12 to 16 feet, while crappies are being found suspended over 35 feet on Kelley Dudley Lake. French Lake is producing walleyes and crappies in 22 to 26 feet and Roberds Lake is giving up perch and crappies in 12 to 17 feet. Hit Cannon Lake in 10 feet of water for perch, walleyes and northern pike.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

MANKATO AREA

Hit Second and Third Point on Lake Washington for crappies and sunfish in 18 to 24 feet. You’ll also hit walleyes on Washington in 16 to 18 feet during the evening hours. German Lake is giving up a few walleyes at night in 16 to 20 feet and the narrows on Madison Lake continue to hold crappies in 14 to 16 feet. 

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

The Bayview and Schmidt’s Landing areas on Big Stone Lake are giving up a few perch, crappies, and bluegills in 12 feet, but the bite has been inconsistent. Keep moving and your odds of catching fish increase. The north end of Big Stone, around Yankee Town has produced some walleyes in 8 to 10 feet. The north end of Lake Traverse is kicking out walleyes.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

STARBUCK AREA

Work the west side of Lake Reno for crappies and the east end for walleyes at night. The Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska is giving up northern pike, crappies and a few sunfish in 14 feet, while shiner minnows are turning a few walleyes on the Starbuck end in 16 to 18 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

The east end of Sakatah Lake is producing perch and northern pike in 4 to 6 feet. Work the swimming beach area of Lake Tetonka for crappies and sunfish in 12 feet. Clear Lake by Waseca is a safe bet for crappies in 10 to 12 feet.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Look to Green Lake in 25 to 35 feet for walleyes, crappies and sunfish. Nest Lake and Willmar/Foot Lake are giving up panfish over 20 to 25 feet, as is Diamond Lake in 20 feet. Norway Lake is worth noting for crappies and a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet and northern pike action has been strong on all lakes with sucker minnows in 8 to 14 feet.

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Jigging spoons and dead sticks are producing walleyes in 6 to 8 feet on Lake Shetek and Lake Shakotan. You’ll catch a few walleyes and crappies off Lac qui Parle Lake in 8 to 12 feet during the evening hours.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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