It’s been cold and windy most of the past week. As a result,
fishing reports have been very limited due to the lack of anglers
who went out and braved the weather. If you were to look for a few
walleyes this weekend, look to Lake Ida or Lake Miltona in 25 to 30
feet of water. Sunfish and crappie action has been slow, but Smith
Lake, Lake Louise, and Mary Lake are probably worth checking

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


Look to Pleasant Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Cedar Lake for
northern pike in eight to 18 feet of water. Crappie action has
slowed a bit, with the evening hours producing a few fish on Lake
Francis, Clearwater, and French Lake. Lake John, Clearwater, and
Sugar Lake are giving up a limited number of sunfish in 12 to 14
feet of water.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


The Stoney Point area of Battle Lake is kicking out walleyes in
50 to 55 feet of water. Look to Otter Tail Lake for some pretty
decent perch in 18 to 25 feet of water. North Turtle Lake is a safe
bet for northern pike and crappies. West Lost Lake and Deer Lake
are the area’s best options for sunfish in 15 to 20 feet of

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Gull Lake is still producing numbers of walleyes as the season
comes to an end. These fish are scattered from seven to 40 feet
depending on the spot of the lake, but the best reports are coming
from shallower depths. Shiner minnows have been the ticket again
this week. There are quite a few nice northern pike coming off
Round Lake and North Long Lake in eight to 24 feet of water. Look
to the smaller lakes in this area for sunfish and crappies in 12 to
30 feet of water.

S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010


Perch continue to be very active on Cass Lake in six to eight
feet of water. Work the sand flats in front of Sah-Kah-Tay Resort,
south of Star Island, the Kettle, and North Cedar Bar. Walleyes
also are being caught in these areas in 12 to 18 feet of water. The
bigger northern pike have started hitting on Cass as well. These
fish are hitting large sucker minnows in less than 10 feet of

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Little Lake is kicking out sunfish in 12 to 16 feet of water.
Look to Sunrise Lake for sunfish and crappies during the evening
hours in 12 to 18 feet of water. The channel between Chisago Lake
and South Lindstrom Lake is producing a few walleyes during the
evening hours. Small panfish can be expected in good numbers from
Green Lake, and the south end of Chisago Lake also is worth noting
for panfish in eight to 18 feet of water.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Upper Dean Lake and Fox Lake are producing numbers of northern
pike in 12 to 16 feet of water. Big Trout Lake is still producing a
few lake trout in 40 to 50 feet of water. Jigging spoons are
fooling these fish and they’ve been suspended. Rabbit Lake is
giving up an occasional flurry of sunfish action, while Mission
Lake and Clinker Lake are safe bets for crappies. Walleye reports
have dwindled over the past week on most area lakes.

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


Trout anglers are reporting consistent action on Roosevelt Lake
and Trout Lake in 50 to 70 feet of water. Look for suspended fish,
with rainbow or shiner minnows working best. Most area lakes
started kicking out northern pike in 12 to 18 feet of water.
Tip-ups with large sucker minnows are producing the bigger

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708


Sunfish have started hitting a bit more consistently on Big Toad
Lake in 15 feet of water. Look to the northwest end of Big Toad for
suspended crappies over 24 feet of water. Crappies also are hitting
on Island Lake in 17 to 24 feet of water. Lake Lida and Lizzie Lake
are kicking out sunfish in 14 feet of water. Look to Big Floyd Lake
for walleyes in 14 to 16 feet of water, and northern pike continue
to hit at a good pace on Big Sugarbush Lake.

Early Bird Bait & Tackle (218) 847-9038


Fish Lake and Caribou Lake are producing a limited number of
crappies each evening. These fish are not real aggressive, but can
be had with some persistence in 15 to 20 feet of water. Boulder
Lake is still giving up walleyes in eight to 10 feet of water,
mainly after dark. Reports along the north shore of Lake Superior
are still minimal due to the cold weather and lack of anglers.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Hall Lake is producing limits of crappies in 25 feet of water.
The bigger walleyes have also turned on at Hall Lake, right in the
middle of the lake in 20 to 25 feet. On Wilmont Lake, numerous
walleyes in the 16- to 17-inch class are being caught. Charlotte
Lake is a safe bet for perch and northern pike, and look to Cedar
Lake for walleyes, northern pike, and nice perch. Temperance Lake
and Clam Lake started giving up big perch in less than six feet of
water. Big Twin Lake is kicking out quite a few 18-inch walleyes in
16 to 18 feet of water.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225


The north end of Bowstring Lake started giving up crappies and
perch in 17 feet of water. Look to Rice Lake for crappies in 20 to
22 feet of water during the evening hours. Long Lake is a safe bet
for northern pike, while Splithand Lake is kicking out crappies and
a few walleyes in 22 feet of water. Rapids Tackle (218)

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