Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Feb. 16, 2018

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Walleyes are hitting during the day in the deep basin areas over 25 feet or more and during low-light periods in 10 to 12 feet. Big northern pike continue to be caught with sucker minnows throughout the lake. Look for tullibees and some perch off structured areas in 28 to 32 feet.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Look for walleyes during the day off the mud flats in 25 to 32 feet or as shallow as 10 to 15 feet off the rock points at first and last light. Tullibee reports remain decent off the mud flats in 30 feet or more, and a few jumbo perch continue to be picked up in deep water as well.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleye and sauger action has been best on the mud in 30 to 33 feet, with some coming from shallower water, 24 to 27 feet. A rattling spoon or a minnow and plain hook on a dead stick rod have been effective, with gold, pink, and other glow colors working best. Auger extensions are needed if fishing on your own with more than three feet of ice in most areas. Snowmobilers should stay on marked trails, due to big ice chunks off the trails. The Rainy River is putting out some nice walleyes in the morning/evening hours with an occasional sturgeon mixed in. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes and sauger are biting in 20 to 24 feet – pink and white/gold spoons have been good. In Ontario waters, walleyes are being taken on the reefs and points in 24 to 28 feet and crappies are being found over 28 to 32 feet.

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

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Look to the North Arm, Carson’s Bay, and Phelp’s Bay on Lake Minnetonka for sunfish and crappies in 15 to 18 feet. Crappies and small walleyes are biting on Lake Independence in 30 to 35 feet. An occasional walleye is caught at night on Minnetonka in 20 to 25 feet, and northern pike remain active on the weedlines of Medicine Lake, Lake Sarah, and Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes have moved slightly deeper, 25 to 32 feet, on the mud flats or just off the reefs. Anglers with portables and staying on the move are catching more fish. Look for decent northern pike action in Stuntz Bay and Everett Bay, while crappie action remains slow.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Perch action continues to be pretty good in 18 to 22 feet on Moses Bar, Horseshoe Bar, Center Bar, and Ruby Point. Gold jigs tipped with minnows have been the ticket for bigger fish. Northern pike also remain active, as are some walleyes in these same areas.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Tullibees continue to be found suspended over deep water off Stoney Point, while the 18- to 25-foot breaks in Walker Bay are giving up a few walleyes at night. Look to the Sand Point area for perch and the occasional walleyes in 12 to 15 feet. Some perch also are being caught in 10 to 16 feet by anglers moving throughout the Hardwoods, First Duck and Second Duck points or north of Goose Island.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Sand Bay continues to attract the most anglers, but the Park Service has now opened the ice road to Cranberry Bay by looping around Dryweed Island. That opens up a great deal of additional structure to try. Better spots this week have been around the mouth of Black Bay in the area of Rainy Lake City and just north of Cranberry Bay. The best bet has been a minnow and bobber set up in 22 to 25 feet. Walleyes have been most active later in the day and crappies are showing up any time.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

Spoons and dead sticks continue to produce walleyes on the mud flats in 13 to 14 feet or 8- to 12-foot rock and gravel areas. Anglers are finding northern pike, perch, and a few crappies mixed with the walleyes as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Lake Jane is kicking out northern pike and sunfish in 11 to 15 feet, while Big Carnelian Lake is producing crappies over 25 to 30 feet. Look to the St. Croix River for a few walleyes in 35 feet and Beaver Lake, Lake Owasso, or White Bear Lake are giving up northern pike.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Crappies are hitting best during low-light periods on Whaletail Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Look to Rietz Lake for crappies in 12 to 14 feet, out from the access, and Lake Susan is producing sunfish in 12 feet. Northern pike are hitting on Lake Zumbra in 10 to 14 feet and Lotus Lake is giving up crappies in 18 to 20 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Lake O’Dowd and Prior Lake are giving up sunfish in 10 feet. Look to the Sportsman’s Access area on Prior for northern pike in 15 feet. Crappies are being caught near the 15- to 20-foot rock piles on Cedar Lake and Spring Lake.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet in Waconia Bay and on Center Reef during the day and crappies each evening in 12 to 16 feet on Pillsbury Reef, Center Reef, and in Waconia Bay. The weedlines on the north side of Center Reef and back side of Pillsbury Reef are producing northern pike. The weedlines on the south end of Wagener’s Bay are giving up sunfish and pike, while a few walleyes continue to bite at night on North Reef in 16 to 18 feet.

Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Crappies are being caught in 10 feet on Lake Darling, Maple Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Lake Le Homme Dieu in 20 feet, and Lake Geneva in 12 to 16 feet. Christopherson’s Bay on Lake Ida is giving up sunfish and crappies in 16 to 21 feet, and a few walleyes are being caught on Lake Miltona in 30 to 35 feet. You’ll also find sunfish in 12 feet on Pocket Lake, Little Mary Lake, and Rachel Lake.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Lakes such as Indian, John, Granite, Little Maple, and Rock are producing crappies and sunfish in 16 to 22 feet. Walleye action has slowed to a fish or two each night on Pleasant Lake and Clearwater Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Northern pike continue to be caught on Pelican Lake in 8 feet or in 10 to 17 feet on lakes John, Sugar, Cedar, Clearwater, and Pleasant.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

A few walleyes are hitting on West Battle Lake in 36 to 40 feet and Otter Tail Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Look for crappies in 18 to 20 feet or sunfish in 8 to 12 feet at West Battle, Clitherall Lake, and Fish Lake. Northern pike are hitting shiner minnows at Fiske Lake, Donald Lake, Otter Tail in 18 to 20 feet. A few tullibees have started being caught on Clitherall and Mollie Stark Lake over 30 to 40 feet.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleye action has really slowed this week, but the perch bite has been good, especially on the north end of Lake Bemidji in 20 to 30 feet. Lake Plantagenet also is kicking out perch in 20 to 32 feet, as is Grace Lake in 18 to 25 feet. Look for crappies and bluegills at Gull Lake and Wolf Lake in 20 to 30 feet.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

You’ll find perch, crappies and bluegills on the 20-foot mud and a few walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on Blackduck Lake. Island Lake is giving up perch and walleyes over 20 feet, while bluegills continue to hit best on Pimushe Lake and Gull Lake in 18 to 22 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Crappies are hitting at night and being found suspended over 22 to 28 feet on Nisswa Lake, North Long Lake, Round Lake, and Gull Lake. The north end of Gull is producing eelpout and tullibees in 30 to 40 feet. Sunfish action has been best in 6 to 15 feet on Cullen Lake, Nisswa, and North Long. Northern pike remain active on the weedlines of most lakes and a few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods in 20 to 35 feet on Whitefish Lake, North Long, and Gull.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Cass Lake is producing perch in 6 to 8 feet around the north and east sides of Star Island or the Stoney Point area. Walleyes are being caught during the day in Allen’s Bay on Cass in 28 to 30 feet and on the deep bars of Pike Bay Lake.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Sunfish and crappies are being caught in 10 to 12 feet on Chisago Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. The channel between the two Green lakes is worth hitting for northern pike and crappies, as is the “Road Bed” area on South Lindstrom Lake. Walleye reports have been slow with an occasional fish being pulled from the 15- to 20-foot rocks and breaks on Green Lake and South Center.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Manuel Pit, Yawkey Pit, and Snowshoe Pit are giving up rainbow trout. You can sight fish them in shallow water or look for them suspended over deep water. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 8 to 15 feet on Black Bear Lake and the Crosby end of Serpent Lake. A few walleyes are being caught on the 25- to 30-foot structure of Serpent and Rabbit Lake, while Milford Lake continue to produce panfish in 22 to 24 feet.

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Lake Melissa and Little Floyd Lake are producing crappies and sunfish in 10 to 15 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on Big Detroit Lake and Sallie Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Look to Sallie or Rock Lake for northern pike in 12 to 15 feet, while tullibee reports have been slow.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Crappies remain active in 16 to 18 feet and a few walleyes can be had in 12 feet on Fish Lake. Boulder Lake is producing walleyes in 12 feet and crappies in 15 feet. Rice Lake continues to give up northern pike in 6 feet on frozen smelt or small sucker minnows. Anglers fishing on the ice at the break wall in the Two Harbors area of Lake Superior are catching coho salmon.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MINNESOTA

Look for crappies and a few walleyes in 18 to 20 feet on Green Lake and Blue Lake. Northern pike are being caught in 7 to 11 feet on Fremont Lake and Little Elk Lake, while some sunfish are coming off Mitchell Lake and Big Lake in 14 to 16 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappies and yellow bass continue to be caught in 15 to 18 feet at Hall Lake, Lake Sissiton, and Budd Lake. Bass Lake started giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet and Sissiton is giving up bluegills in 15 feet. Some keeping-size perch are hitting on Big Twin Lake in 12 to 20 feet.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Look for suspended crappies on French Lake and Lake Mazaska over 30 to 35 feet. Cedar Lake is giving up a few crappies and sunfish in 12 to 14 feet, while Circle Lake is producing perch in 12 feet. Northern pike are hitting on Shields Lake along the 8- to 10-foot weedlines and humps.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Walleyes are being caught at Devil Track Lake in 15 to 20 feet, Poplar Lake in 12 to 18 feet, and Seagull Lake in 25 to 35 feet. Lake trout reports have been best on Daniels Lake in 25 to 30 feet, Kemo Lake in 10 to 12 feet, Greenwood Lake in 30 to 40 feet, and Gunflint Lake over 40 feet. Waxworms or salted minnows are producing rainbow trout on Kimball Lake in 8 to 15 feet, Leo Lake in 14 to 16 feet, and Mink Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Musquash Lake and Esther Lake are kicking out splake in 4 to 10 feet – waxworms are working best.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Tioga Bay and Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama are giving up panfish in 15 to 30 feet, as are Big and Little Splithand lakes in 20 to 22 feet. Look to Bass Lake for bluegills in 6 to 20 feet, and Bowstring Lake is producing perch and crappies in 20 to 25 feet. Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake is worth hitting in 20 to 24 feet for crappies and sunfish. Lake trout are being caught on Caribou Lake, Bluewater Lake, and Canisteo Pit, while stream trout remain active on Moonshine Lake and Taylor Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

Look to the west end of Cedar Lake for a few walleyes in 25 feet during low-light periods. The narrows area on Little Birch Lake is giving up walleyes, catfish, and crappies in 22 to 26 feet. Hit the north end of Big Swan Lake for a few sunfish in 12 feet and crappies in 20 feet. Crappie and walleye reports have slowed on Big Birch Lake, but a few fish can be had during the evening hours over deep water.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Look for bluegills on Stoney Lake, Birch Lake, and Mule Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Crappies are hitting best during low-light periods on Pleasant Lake, Stoney, and Birch in 18 to 25 feet. Walleyes continue to be caught – a fish or two a night – on Pine Mountain Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Baby Lake in 20 to 22 feet.

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

LONGVILLE AREA

Lake Vermillion by Remer is producing crappies in 22 feet, as is Lake Wabedo over 38 to 40 feet. Woman Lake started giving up perch in 10 to 12 feet on the east side of Government Point. Crappies continue to be caught on Big Boy Lake during the evening hours in 30 feet or more.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

Eagle Lake is giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods in 6 to 7 feet, and Lake Francis started producing northern pike and panfish off the west access near Carpenter’s Point. The “crappie hole” on Francis is producing crappies over 25 feet. You’ll find crappies near the narrows in 28 to 30 feet, walleyes in 20 to 22 feet near Miller’s Point, and sunfish in East Bay on Madison Lake.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

There’s an afternoon/evening crappie and sunfish bite at Knife Lake and Ann Lake in 12 feet. Shiner minnows are producing northern pike on Quamba Lake and Lake Eleven in 7 to 9 feet. Hit Grindstone Lake early in the morning for rainbow trout in 6 to 8 feet.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch are slowly becoming more active with scattered pods of fish being found in 12 to 13 feet from the islands to Rocky Ledge on Big Stone Lake. Tungsten jigs and waxworms are working best. The random walleye can be had in this same stretch on setlines at night.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Look to Fish Hook Lake and Big Mantrap Lake for suspended crappies over 18 to 22 feet. Fourth Crow Wing Lake and Pickeral Lake are producing northern pike on the 8- to 12-foot weeds. Bluegills remain active on Spider Lake and Height of Land Lake in 6 to 12 feet, while an occasional walleye comes off Long Lake in 25 to 30 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Walleyes have started hitting again on Big Pine Lake, Little Pine Lake, and Rush Lake in 18 to 35 feet during low-light periods. Look for crappies and bluegills at Star Lake and Dead Lake in 24 to 30 feet or 8 to 14 feet.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Walleyes are hitting jigs and plastics during low-light periods and sauger are being taken on jigs and minnows during the day on the Mississippi River. Work the current edges from Red Wing to the dam. Ice fishermen are catching sauger in the Maiden Rock area of Lake Pepin in 16 to 20 feet.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Eden Lake continues to produce crappies in 20 to 24 feet and Rice Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in 20 to 25 feet. Look to Becker Lake for sunfish in 6 to 15 feet. A few walleyes are hitting on Horseshoe Lake in 18 to 25 feet during low-light periods. Channel catfish are being caught over 25 feet or more and in 6 to 12 feet on Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island Lake.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sauk Lake is still giving up a walleye or two each evening in 30 to 45 feet. The north end of Sauk, near Diamond Point, is producing crappies as well. The hill access area on the north end of Lake Osakis is giving up sunfish and crappies in 18 to 20 feet, and the Battle Point area is producing crappies over 35 to 40 feet. Look to the weedlines of Lilly Lake, Long Bridge Lake, Osakis, and Smith Lake for northern pike.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Beauty Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in 15 feet, while Lake Alexander continues to give up walleyes and crappies in 22 to 25 feet during low-light periods. Look to Round Lake for crappies in 20 feet or more.  Nokasippi Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish in 15 to 18 feet.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Walleyes are hitting best overnight on Lake Minnewaska in 16 to 18 feet on plain hooks and shiner minnows. Panfish reports have slowed on Minnewaska, but a few crappies and sunfish are being caught on the Glenwood end in 12 to 15 feet. Grant Lake and Blackwell Lake are kicking out sunfish in 14 to 16 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Northern pike action remains strong on Lake Sakatah in 6 feet, and you’ll catch a few walleyes in shallow water here as well as during low-light periods. Panfish reports have been much slower this week.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873

WILLMAR AREA

The north end of Eagle Lake is producing a few crappies over 30 to 40 feet, and Willmar/Foot Lake is producing a mixed bag of panfish in 18 to 20 feet. Perch continue to be caught on Big Kandi Lake and Lake Lillian in 6 to 8 feet. Diamond Lake is giving up some panfish in 20 feet, while lakes Florida and Andrew are producing crappies and a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet.

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Fishing action has slowed some since last week, but a few walleyes are being caught at Lake Shetek in 6 to 8 feet or Current Lake and School Grove Lake in 5 to 7 feet. Bloody Lake continues to give up a few crappies in 8 to 10 feet, and West Twin Lake is the best bet for perch in 6 to 8 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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