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Metro Area Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

The big lakes are skimming with ice, but the wind continues to blow them open. About three-quarters of Lake Minnetonka was ice-covered as of Tuesday morning with the area’s small lakes and bays capped with a thin layer of ice. Check conditions daily, but if the wind calms, there’s a chance some of those areas that capped first could be approachable on foot soon.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

NORTHEAST METRO

The small lakes have started to cap with a thin layer of ice, while the big lakes remained mostly open as of Tuesday morning. The wind needs to calm down in order for the bigger bodies of water to cap, and foot travel on the small lakes might be an option within the next 10 days.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Some of the small lakes had up to 3 inches of ice on Monday, while most big lakes were open or skimmed with ice. There was not enough ice to safely walk on in this area early this week.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

ANNANDALE AREA

With the exception of sections of open water on several big lakes, ice has taken hold throughout the area. While fishing was not an option earlier this week, that could change by the weekend. But even with the early covering of ice, caution is advised due to varying depths of ice. Look to the small, shallow lakes or bays to be the first areas to provide enough ice for walking.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

CHISAGO AREA

The wind has kept the majority of lakes open, but walkable ice has formed on most small bays and channel areas. The channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake has 3 to 5 inches of ice and it’s giving up a few walleyes, crappies, and sunfish in 8 to 10 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

MONTICELLO AREA

Anglers are walking on 3 to 5 inches of ice  on a few lakes, while thinner ice is being found on most big lakes so caution is advised. As of early this week lakes such as Eagle, Maple and Ida have had people fishing on them, though few have reported success.

Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187

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North West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northwest MInnesota Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

ALEXANDRIA AREA

The wind has prevented most of the big, deep lakes from completely capping with ice. The small lakes do have 2 to 4 inches of ice but it varies in depth so walking on it was not advised early this week. 

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

BATTLE LAKE

The big lakes such as Otter Tail and West Battle remained open as of Tuesday morning. Some of the small lakes have ice thick enough to walk on and a few people have started venturing out. The only report worth noting early this week was off Pelican Lake by Ashby where a few walleyes and crappies were being caught in the narrows.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

DETROIT LAKES

The small lakes have 2 to 6 inches of ice, but open water is still noticeable on the big lakes. Anglers have just started to pull out portable shelters on these small lakes, but fishing reports have been limited. There should be plenty of ice fishing options in this area by the weekend.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

PARK RAPIDS AREA

The bays and most small lakes have 3 to 4 inches of ice on them, but there is open water on the bigger bodies of water. Anglers have started walking out on some of these areas, but success has been limited. There should be plenty of ice fishing options by this weekend. The second weekend of deer hunting saw fewer people out, but some found success.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

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North East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northeast MInnesota Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

DULUTH AREA

Some people starting walking on the small lakes with 3 to 4 inches of ice reported. The big lakes still had some open water early this week, but the forecast looks favorable for improving ice conditions. The second weekend of deer hunting produced a fair number of deer (not as many as opening weekend), including a handful of decent bucks. 

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Ice conditions are in fine shape with the smaller lakes carrying 3 to 5 inches and a few people have started to walk out. Deer hunting continues to be slow and most hunters report not even hearing any shots.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

The lakes are ice-covered with up to 4 inches reported on select lakes. A few people have started walking out, but there hasn’t been a lot of fishing activity. Deer hunting reports continued to be slow during the second weekend with most groups seeing more antlerless deer than bucks.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

MORA AREA

All lakes are ice-covered and anglers are finding as much as 4 to 5 inches on certain lakes. They aren’t walking out far, but some panfish are being caught on the shoreline breaks of Mud Lake and Fish Lake. The second weekend of deer hunting was slow with fewer people taking part than most years. 

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

VIRGINIA AREA

A few people have started to walk out on the small ponds where 4 inches of ice is reported. Most small lakes are now ice-covered, while the bigger lakes and pits remain open. 

Lucky Seven General Store

(218) 741-3617

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North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

North Central MInnesota Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

LAKE MILLE LACS 

Anglers were walking out with portable shelters in Wahkon Bay last weekend and most bays should be favorable for foot, or possibly ATV travel by this weekend. The main lake remained open earlier this week.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

With consistent temperatures in the single digits most bays, the Rainy River, and sections of the lake are freezing fast. The backwater of Bostic Bay has 7 inches of ice and spearing has begun. Four Mile Bay is capped and open water was not visible from Morris Point on Monday afternoon. Ice is forming along the shorelines and is out from Pine Island “as far the eye can see.” The Rainy River has been capped since last weekend, although current areas remained open – no anglers on it as of Tuesday morning. 

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

LAKE VERMILION

Some of the shallow bays have as much as 5 inches of ice and the main lake completely capped on Sunday night. The season could start within the next 10 days given the current conditions. 

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The entire lake completely capped Sunday night into Monday morning, locking up what open water remained in the middle of the lake. But most of it was ice-covered late last week so look to the Third River area to start holding anglers soon.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Most of Walker Bay was open on Tuesday morning and although much of the main lake is capped with ice, depths vary so fishing is not yet advised. That could change by this weekend if the wind stays down and remains cold. Anglers have started to walk on the area’s small lakes where 3 to 5 inches of ice is being reported.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Ice has started to form in some bays and along wind-protected shorelines. The majority of the main lake remained open early this week as consistently strong winds continue to prevent it from capping. The second weekend of the gun season produced a few nice bucks, but hunter numbers were down. 

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

The lake is covered with ice with 4 to 6 inches in most areas. Foot traffic has begun with ATV travel not far off, but fishing reports have been limited. Deer hunter success remains limited with a few nice bucks shot during the past week and some antlerless tags are being filled.  

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

BLACKDUCK AREA

You’ll find 2 to 5 inches of ice on area lakes, and there were people walking out on several lakes last weekend. By this weekend, there should be plenty of ice fishing options with cold temperatures continuing to thicken ice depths.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

The small lakes and channels are ice-covered and some with enough ice to walk on. Anglers have started walking out with portable fish houses on the Highway 371 Bay of North Long Lake with a few walleyes and crappies being caught. The big lakes, such as the main portion of Gull, were ice-free as of Tuesday morning.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

The small lakes and small bays have 2 to 4 inches of ice, but the big lakes have remained open. A night or two of calm weather should quickly cap the areas that remain open and there should be some ice fishing opportunities by next week.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

There’s still open water on most big lakes, but anglers are finding up to 5 inches of ice on the small lakes and bays. The few people going out are catching northern pike with tip-ups and sucker minnows or sunfish in less than 12 feet.

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

EAST CENTRAL MN

With the exception of some open water on the big lakes, everything is covered with ice in this area. Fishing pressure has been light with a few people walking out on Little Elk Lake and Baxter Lake where 4 inches of ice was reported on Tuesday morning.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

EMILY AREA

The small- to medium-sized lakes have 2 to 4 inches of ice, but portions of most big lakes were open early this week. There should be some opportunities for foot travel by this weekend. Hunters reported seeing more does than bucks during the second weekend of the firearms season so success was limited. 

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

The wind has kept the main parts of most big lakes from capping with ice, but the bays and small bodies of water have been ice-covered since last weekend. Many of the area’s traditional, early ice fishing spots should have anglers on them by this weekend.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

The big, deep lakes were still open early this week and most small lakes had 2 to 4 inches of ice. Foot travel is expected on some of these small bodies of water by this weekend as ice depths have continued to improve with the cold weather. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA

Most bays and small lakes are ice-covered, but the majority of big lakes remained open early this week due to the wind. If the wind calms down, the areas that are already capped could have 3 to 5 inches of ice on them by this weekend and foot travel should be an option.

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

McGREGOR AREA

Anglers are reporting 3 to 4 inches of ice on area lakes with some foot travel starting on lakes such as Horseshoe, Minnewawa and the bays on Big Sandy, but fishing reports have been limited. Deer registrations were better during the second weekend than opening weekend of the firearms season.

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

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

With the exception of a few pockets of open water on Lake Koronis, everything is ice covered. Anglers just started getting out early this week and report 2 to 6 inches of ice, with better ice depths on the small, shallow lakes.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The big lakes remained open early this week, but anglers were finding 3 to 5 inches of ice on the majority of small lakes and people have started walking out. Reports have been limited, but a few walleyes have been caught in the Hooper’s Hill area of Big Sauk Lake. The second weekend of deer hunting was much slower than the first.  

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Anglers were reporting 3 to 5 inches of ice on the area’s small lakes early this week and people were beginning to walk out. As of last Sunday, the big lakes such as Fish Trap, Alexander and Shamineau were 50- to 70- percent ice capped. The bays on these lakes might be ready for foot traffic this weekend.  

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WARROAD AREA

The Warroad River is starting to hold ice with a couple inches reported close to shore. But there is a lot of open water still so ice fishing isn’t possible at this point. The deer hunt continues to go slow with some hunters filling their tags.

Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200

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South East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southeast MInnesota Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

FARIBAULT AREA

Most lakes are covered with ice, but not enough to walk on and there is some snow on top of it. If the cold weather continues the ice fishing season could start within the next week to 10 days.  

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

RED WING AREA

Fishing pressure has been light on the Mississippi River with ice starting to limit access. Ice fishing should be an option on the backwater areas within the next week. The second weekend of deer hunting went well with a handful of trophy-caliber bucks killed. 

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

The small ponds and small lakes are covered with 3 to 4 inches of ice, but there was some open water on a few bigger bodies of water. Goose hunting has improved with more birds moving into the area recently. 

Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982

WINONA AREA

The channels remain open on the Mississippi River, but the landings and backwater areas are covered with ice. Up to 3 inches of ice has been found in calm water areas.  

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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South West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southwest MInnesota Fishing Report - November 21st, 2014

FAIRMONT AREA

There’s still sections of open water on most large lakes, but the majority of the area is covered with ice. Up to 4 inches is being reported on the small, shallow lakes with some limited fishing taking place early this week.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

All lakes are covered with ice and as much as 4 inches is being found on some lakes so anglers have started walking out, but caution is advised due to varying ice depths. Pheasant hunting reports continue to be poor, as was the second weekend of deer hunting.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

All of Big Stone Lake froze over last weekend and anglers were walking out with portable shelters on 3 to 5 inches of ice early this week. Perch reports have been limited, but ice fishing should pick up soon. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

STARBUCK AREA

Lake Minnewaska has 3 to 6 inches of ice, while Lake Emily and Pomme de Terre Lake have 6 inches, all lakes are covered with ice. Fishing action has been limited to a few walleyes off all three aforementioned lakes. 

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

The lakes are covered with ice with as much as 4 inches reported on certain bodies of water, but less on others so caution is advised. Anglers have been walking on the north end of Lake Shetek and catching a few walleyes during the evening hours. The cold and wind has limited pheasant hunting pressure, but those going are kicking up birds.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

WATERVILLE AREA

A few people have been walking out, although the wind has kept portions of Lake Tetonka open. Anglers are reporting up to 3 inches of ice on Lake Elysian and most other shallow lakes, but caution is advised due to varying ice thickness. 

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

There was pockets of open water on Eagle Lake and Green Lake, but all other lakes are ice-covered with 2 to 6 inches. Anglers have been walking on Big Kandi Lake and Lake Minnetoga and catching a few walleyes and perch. Foot travel also has started on lakes Calhoun, Ringo, South Long and Willmar/Foot, but fishing reports from them have been limited.

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

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