Tuesday, February 7th, 2023
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

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East – Spinner rigs or live bait rigs tipped with minnows or
leeches are producing a few walleyes during the day. Work the edges
of the flats and deep gravel areas for better numbers of daytime
fish. Slip bobbers and leeches still are producing walleyes at
night and when the wind blows on the shallower rocks and points.
Crankbaits also are working in these areas early and late in the
day. The rocks reefs and points are safe bets for smallmouth bass,
and the north end continues to give up a few muskies.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811


West – The night bite, with slip bobbers and leeches, continues
to provide the most consistent walleye activity. Work the tops or
edges of most main lake flats. There are fish to be had during the
day, but the consistency hasn’t been nearly as good as it has been
at night. Northern pike and smallmouth bass anglers are finding
plenty of fish during the day off points, shallow rocks, and in the
bays. Muskie reports are improving in the bays. Try bucktails or

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341


Walleye action is still strong on the main lake reefs in 16 to
20 feet of water. The Gap and shoreline breaks along the south
shore also have produced fish in 15 to 22 feet of water. Spinner
rigs tipped with crawlers continue to turn the majority of fish,
but minnows are starting to fool a few walleyes as well. The reefs
scattered throughout the Northwest Angle/Islands area are holding
strong concentrations of walleyes as well. There have been quite a
few big smallmouth caught on these reefs.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Bass and muskies continue to dominate the angling action here.
The reeds and wild rice patches of Steamboat Bay, Sucker Bay, and
Boy Bay all are producing numbers of big bass. The cabbage beds of
Portage Bay, Agency Bay, and Sucker Bay are worth noting for
muskies. Most anglers who are hooking fish are doing so with a
fast-moving presentation. Walleye action remains relatively slow
with best results during the twilight hours in 11 to 13 feet of
water. Shallow-running crankbaits have worked best.

Leech Lake Guide Coalition (218) 547-3212


The walleye bite has improved in Brown’s Bay and Wayzata Bay in
25 feet of water early and late in the day. Fathead minnows or
leeches are working best. The milfoil pockets are a safe bet for
bass and sunfish are biting in less than eight feet of water.
Northern pike are cruising the channels and hitting sucker minnows.
Work the points with big crankbaits for muskies.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The deeper structure, 30 to 40 feet, has been producing the
majority of walleyes this week. Minnows have worked best near Fox
Island and the Rainier Bridge. The Rainy River also is a safe bet
for walleyes and smallmouth bass. The reefs continue to produce big
smallmouth bass, but the northern pike and crappie action has
slowed in recent days.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The walleyes have started to move back to shore and they’re
starting to hit minnows and jigs. The Pigeon River area, Stoney
Point, and Raven’s Point all have produced fish in less than 12
feet of water. Look for some good-sized perch in these areas as
well. The northern pike bite is improving along the north shore as
crankbaits or minnows are beginning to turn a few larger fish.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

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