The bigger lakes such as Ida and Miltona are the best bets for
walleyes in this area. Jigs worked vertically in 40 to 60 feet of
water are turning the majority of fish for the few anglers who
continue to go out. Hunting reports have dwindled over the past
week to 10 days.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake are the only two fisheries in the
area that continue to give up a few walleyes. This action also has
been limited, with the best bite taking place during the evening
hours in 18 to 20 feet of water. Goose hunters continue to find
quite a few birds, but duck numbers have dwindled.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
The evening bite on Stalker Lake and Ottertail Lake remains
consistent, although very few anglers are taking advantage of it.
These fish are hitting minnows or crankbaits in 12 to 18 feet of
water. The deer season has gone well, but duck hunters are
struggling as very few birds remain in the area.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
There aren’t many anglers going out, although Lake Bemidji would
be a safe bet for walleyes. Before the cold front arrived there
were walleyes hitting here in 10 to 20 feet of water during the
evening hours. Duck numbers are minimal, with just a few divers
hanging around the bigger bodies of water.
Bluewater Sports (218) 444-2248
Booming Out Bay on Gull Lake continues to produce walleyes in 15
to 48 feet of water during the day, and in 4 to 15 feet at night.
Many of the early ice fishing spots seem to be holding better
numbers of fish. Work the north end of Gull with large sucker
minnows and you should find plenty of active northern pike. Lakes
such as North Long, and Round are kicking out walleyes as well.
Anglers fishing from shore are turning walleyes at Bar Harbor Pier
on Gull, the Gull Lake Dam, and at Hole in the Day Bay.
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Presenting a very slow jig-and-minnow combination has produced
walleyes in 60 to 80 feet of water on Cass Lake. Crappie action has
improved on Kitchi Lake, Rice Lake, and Wolf Lake in 35 feet of
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Walleyes continue to bite despite the recent cold weather. Look
to the channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake during
the evening hours for better action. Crankbaits have been the key
in 10 to 12 feet of water. Bass and panfish reports have dropped
off considerably, although there aren’t many anglers going after
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
CROSS LAKE AREA
Jigs tipped with minnows are producing walleyes in 14 to 28 feet
of water on Whitefish Lake and Pelican Lake during the day.
Crankbaits are turning better numbers of fish in shallower water at
night. Crappies are being found in their winter locations,
suspended, over 25 to 35 feet of water. Over 700 deer were
registered in the Crosslake area this season.
Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708
Shallow water is the key for walleyes in this area. You pick the
lake, since most are producing fish even though temperatures have
dropped dramatically over the past week. Strawberry, Sallie, and
Big Cormorant Lake all have been giving up enough walleyes to keep
Early Bird Bait & Tackle (218) 847-9038
Walleye action on the inland lakes has slowed. The only fishing
reports this week have come from the north shore where anglers are
finding a few loopers staging at the mouths of the rivers.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappie action has picked up on Little Ball Club Lake and Little
Cutfoot Sioux Lake. Depths vary from 8 to 25 feet of water, but
look for suspended fish in the deeper depths. Walleye reports have
been limited, as are waterfowl reports for the area.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Fishing reports are very limited. The recent cold weather has
kept what few anglers who were going out off the lake. Before the
cold snap, crappies were biting in deep water off Buck Point. Most
anglers here are now waiting for ice to develop.
Osakis Bait (877) 450-4647
The deeper holes of the Blue Earth River are producing a few
walleyes and catfish. The points of Madison Lake and Lake Tetonka
continue to hold a few walleyes as well. Jigs tipped with minnows
are working best. Duck hunters are seeing a few more birds in the
area since the weather turned cooler.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228