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

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LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Deep-diving crankbaits are producing walleyes during the
day off the edges of mud flats. The best evening action is taking
place on the shallow rocks, with slip bobbers and leeches. Tube
jigs, shallow-running crankbaits, and topwater presentations
continue to fool numbers of good-sized smallmouth bass on the rock
reefs.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – The daytime bite has been inconsistent, but expect a few
fish to hit spinner rigs in 28 to 32 feet of water. The night bite
has been better for numbers of fish. Work the deep gravel and mud
flat edges with slip bobbers and leeches. The Eight Mile,
Seguchie’s Flat, and Curley’s Flat continue to be most productive.
Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but few seem to be biting. It seems
as though the few hooked fish are coming from 12 feet of water or
more.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The main lake rock reefs are kicking out numbers of walleyes
along the south shore. Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers
are working best. Spinner rigs and minnows or crankbaits are the
way to go at the Northwest Angle/Islands area in 12 to 14 feet of
water. Numbers of fish in the 18- to 20-inch class have been caught
with regularity. Sturgeon action has been good on the Rainy River,
and there are a few walleyes and northern pike biting here as
well.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Walleye anglers continue to struggle during the day. The evening
bite has been better on the main lake reefs and just off the points
in 10 to 15 feet of water. Crankbaits or long-snelled live bait
rigs are working best. Muskie action still isn’t at its best. There
seem to be plenty of fish following baits, but few are interested
in biting. Bucktails and topwater presentations seem to be getting
the most attention. Largemouth bass continue to be weed—related and
easy to catch with spinnerbaits and plastics.

Leech Lake Guide Coalition (218) 547-3212

LAKE MINNETONKA

Work the deepest weed edges you can find and you’ll encounter a
mixed bag of fish. Live bait rigs with leeches have been the ticket
for walleyes, especially during the evening hours. Plastics are
turning bass, while large minnows are the key to bigger pike in
these areas. Crappies continue to be caught on top of the milfoil,
and you’ll find plenty of sunfish in the weed pockets.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Work the reefs in 24 to 28 feet of water. The Kettle Falls area,
Blueberry Island, Fox Islands, and the Olson Reef area are giving
up limits of walleyes on leeches and crawlers. On the Canadian
side, Red Gut Bay started giving up numbers of walleyes as well.
Look to Lost Bay for northern pike, and there are some crappies
suspended and active over the deep water of Stoke’s Bay.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The main lake humps and bars are kicking out walleyes on
long-lined live bait rigs. and leeches. It seems as though 18 to 20
feet of water has been most productive, especially early and late
in the day. There are numbers of northern pike to be had in these
same locations. Work the points and weeded areas in eight to 12
feet of water for perch. Jigs tipped with minnows still are the
best bet for perch.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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