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Minnesota Great Eight Fishing Reports

Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report - November 27th, 2015


Muskie anglers were busting skim ice in the bays and shorelines to get to the shallow reefs and those going are continuing to find active fish. The main lake is wide open, so boat fishing was still an option early this week.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Fishing remains good for the few anglers interested in the last remaining open water. Walleyes, sauger, and some trophy walleyes are being caught in 14 to 30 feet in front of the Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island on the south end. Some ice has started forming in the bays. On the Rainy River, walleyes are being taken from Wheeler’s Point to Frontier Access on a jig and minnow. Ice is showing up at the Northwest Angle so fishing pressure has dropped off.

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


The only ice you’ll find is on the small ponds and along some shorelines, but it is thin and limited. A handful of hardcore muskie anglers continue to fish from boats with some success. Look to Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence with large sucker minnows in 8 to 10 feet of water.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


A few diehard open-water anglers were catching walleyes around Spider Island or Potato Island and muskies on the reefs where the whitefish are spawning. While the main lake was wide open early this week, some of the bays have been ice-covered for several days.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


The river is ice-covered and there is some shoreline ice developing, but the main lake was wide open on Tuesday morning. Until ice forms, grouse hunting would be a viable option; most reports for them continue to be favorable.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Ice is very limited with a thin layer taking hold along the shorelines and wind-protected bays and harbors. The big bays and main-lake areas were ice-free early this week. If it gets cold enough, some of the small lakes tucked back in the woods could have walkable ice soon.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Ice has started to form in some of the bays without current, but it’s just a thin glaze and the main lake remained open this week. Not much to report here until walkable ice takes hold.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


There is ice along the shorelines, but it doesn’t extend very far into the lake. Most of the main lake remained open early this week and it’s going to take an extended stretch of cold, calm weather for walkable ice to form.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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Minnesota Twin Cities Fishing Reports

Metro Area Fishing Report - November 27th, 2015


Although you could still drop a boat in most lakes, especially larger bodies of water, fishing action has been non-existent over the past week. There is some ice taking hold along the shorelines and a few small lakes were mostly covered with skim ice by Tuesday morning, but nothing that’s close enough to consider walking on at this point.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421


This area is “between seasons” with limited ice reported. Fishing pressure has been light as most anglers are waiting for walkable ice to form. A few anglers fishing from shore on the Crow River are catching walleyes on a jig and minnow combination.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Reports

Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report - November 27th, 2015


With the exception of some ice taking hold on the shallow sloughs and along the shorelines of some small lakes, open water was prominent early this week. Although you could probably drop a boat in most big lakes, fishing pressure has been very light.

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


Although open water remains on most lakes, the shorelines and access points have started to cap. That’s put an end to most open-water fishing options and it’s going to take a stretch of cold, calm weather for walkable ice to form. Waterfowl hunters are shooting geese and mallards in fields since most sloughs are now capped with ice.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


The small ponds and shorelines have a thin layer of ice, but main-lake areas remained ice-free as of Tuesday morning. A few muskie anglers continue to fish West Battle Lake for muskies with large sucker minnows in 20 feet.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Some of the bays and small lakes have remained ice-covered, but the wind has blown open much of the ice that had formed on the majority of bigger lakes. With the right weather, anglers might be able to find a few spots with ice thick enough to walk on within the next week to 10 days.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


A few anglers were fishing from boats on the main part of Gull Lake early this week, but most shorelines and bays have started to cover with ice, putting an end to the open-water fishing season.

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


There isn’t much to report with the boats put away and limited ice throughout the area. It just hasn’t been cold enough for ice to take hold on most main-lake areas, although the shorelines and shallow bays do have some skim ice on them.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


It’s been too cold to prevent most people from fishing in a boat, but not cold enough for much ice to form. Anglers in this area are in a holding pattern, waiting for a cool down and more ice to develop. Early this week, the shallow ponds, bays, and shorelines were the only spots with ice and it was limited.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Some ice has started to form on a few small lakes, bays, and ponds but unless it cools down, most main-lake areas will remain open. Even where ice has taken hold, it hasn’t got much thicker this past week.

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


Reports of any outdoor activities have been limited as ice is slowly starting to form on some small lakes and bays. Anglers are ready, but without the right ice-making weather, thoughts of fishing have been put on hold.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


The majority of lakes are ice-covered, but it isn’t thick enough to walk on. The warmer weather didn’t thicken it up any this week, although most of it seemed to stay intact. With some cold weather, there’s a chance anglers could start walking on select early season ice fishing spots within the next week.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


A handful of anglers continue to fish the local rivers, but most open-water options on area lakes have come to an end. Ice has started to take hold along the shorelines and everyone is hoping for colder weather to improve ice conditions. Waterfowl hunters are having some success targeting Canada geese on picked corn fields.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Several small lakes in the area were mostly ice-covered early this week, while most big lakes remained open. Like most areas of the state, anglers here are between seasons and waiting for walkable ice to form.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


The small lakes have a thin layer of ice, but the lakes in town are wide open. Duck hunters are seeing enough birds in the area, although there’s just enough ice on the ponds and small lakes to make it very difficult to get on them. Some hunters have reported that they’ve had to bust through 2 inches of ice to set decoys and get boats out.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


The majority of lakes were ice-free early this week and some boats were still being used, but fishing reports have been limited. Shoreline ice is all that’s developed in this area.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


There’s still quite a bit of open water with some ice forming in the bays, on small lakes, and along most shorelines. It just hasn’t been cold enough for ice to completely take hold throughout the area.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Some of the small, shallow lakes are completely covered with ice, as are some of the bays of the bigger lakes. Although the bigger lakes were ice-free, there’s a shot some of these small areas, those that are already capped, could present walkable ice within the next week to 10 days.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


The shallow lakes have a thin layer of ice, others are partially covered, and most big, deep lakes were wide open early this week. On Big Birch Lake, a few walleyes and northern pike continued to be caught in 30 feet or more on minnows or crankbaits.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Anglers are reporting limited ice, although it has started to take hold, mainly on small lakes and bays. There’s nothing close to fishable yet and an extended stretch of cold air would be welcome in order for people to start thinking about ice fishing.

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


Fishing opportunities have been put on hold with minimal ice reported. There was more open water than ice on area lakes early this week so it’s going to take a stretch of cold weather before ice covers the lakes in this area. It’s just been too warm and windy for anything to set up.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


There isn’t much to report in this area other than anglers are waiting for ice to form. As of early this week, open-water fishing was limited and there wasn’t nearly enough ice to even consider walking on anytime soon – only limited ice along the shorelines and bays existed. There have been a few pheasant hunters out, but success for them was limited as well.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


The bays and ponds have a thin layer of ice, but most main-lake areas remained ice-free as of Tuesday morning. There’s nothing close to walking on, but that is expected to change quickly with a blast of cold air. 

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


The majority of lakes are ice-covered. It’s thin ice, but open water is limited. If it continues to cool down and the area can avoid snow over the next week, some of the traditional, early-ice spots could allow for foot travel within the next week to 10 days.

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


The south end of Big Stone Lake was capped with ice, but the wind blew it open early this week. The sloughs are covered with ice, but it will likely take another week or so before you can start thinking about walking on area lakes if the weather cooperates. Duck, goose, and pheasant hunters have been busy and finding good success. There was a push of geese and ducks into the area last weekend.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


With the exception of shoreline ice and a thin layer on the ponds and bays, open-water fishing was still an option this week, but most people have ended their season. Waterfowl hunters were having success field hunting for geese, which remain numerous in the area.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


There’s still some open water on the big lakes, but many small lakes are ice-covered. Certain spots on some of those small lakes have been checked by anglers that report a bit more than 2 inches of ice. These spots are the first ones you’ll want to hit within the next week if it stays cold enough.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Recent rains have brought water levels up and a stronger current – more than usual for this time of year and that has made fishing more difficult on the Mississippi River. Blade baits are turning some walleyes and sauger below the dam in 14 to 16 feet. The second deer season was much slower than the first, slower than anticipated based on most hunter accounts.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Ice is pretty limited and the wind seems to be blowing open those areas where it does take hold overnight, so any type of fishing reports have been limited. Waterfowl hunters are seeing more Canada geese than ducks this week.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982


The bays, access points, and shorelines are covered with a thin layer of ice, preventing boats from being used even though most main-lake areas remained wide open early this week. A string of cold, calm nights is needed before ice fishing is an option in this area. There are a few mallards and decent numbers of geese to be had and most hunters are having better success in fields.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


The small bays and ponds have skim ice, but open water was quite evident throughout the area early this week. In fact, some anglers continued to catch crappies over 30 to 50 feet of water on Lake Osakis. Generally, fishermen could still get a boat on most big lakes without any issues.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Fishing action has been limited to a few anglers fishing on the Mississippi River, but there hasn’t been a lot of them going out. Ice is limited to a few small lakes, bays, and sloughs at this point.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Some of the marinas, shorelines, and bulrush areas have a skim of ice on them, but most lakes in this area remained wide open as of earlier this week. There has been a nice push of mallards and Canada geese into the area and hunter participation and success has been high for them. Pheasant hunters have struggled to find birds.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


There hasn’t been much for ice developing in the area, even on the ponds and shorelines of lakes. Trappers indicated that it was even hairy walking on local ponds and sloughs early this week. It seems as though a thin layer of ice forms overnight, but most of it goes away during the day.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617


Some ice has started to take hold on the shallow prairie lakes and sloughs, but there’s still quite a bit of open water throughout the area. On some lakes, ice forms overnight but goes away with the warmer daytime highs and wind. 

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


Fishing reports have been light and ice has been slow to develop. Pheasant hunting is the best option in this area with roosters being taken by those putting in their time to find them. Many groups report that the birds continue to be spread out.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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