Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Saturday, January 28th, 2023

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ALEXANDRIA AREA

The walleye bite has been inconsistent over the past week, with
most anglers reporting “a fish here and there” from most lakes.
Live bait rigs and crankbaits seem to be working best during the
early morning and evening hours. Look to Lake Miltona, Lake Ida,
and Lake Reno in 17 to 22 feet of water for the best action.
Crappies and sunfish continue to be caught on Lake Geneva, Lake Le
Homme Dieu, Darling Lake, and Lake Carlos along the 12- to 15-foot
weed edges. Muskie anglers report a better week along the weedlines
of Lobster Lake and Miltona. Bass and northern pike also are
weed-related and active on most area lakes.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

The bass and northern pike action has been good along the inside
and outside weed edges of Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, Cedar
Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Spinnerbaits are turning bigger fish, but
plastics seem to produce more numbers. Sugar Lake, Clearwater, Lake
John, and Cedar Lake are kicking out sunfish in 12 to 17 feet of
water. Muskie reports off Sugar Lake also have improved this week,
with numerous follows and a few hooked fish being reported. The
walleye bite has been limited to the early morning and evening
hours on Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake in 15 to 22 feet of
water.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

The muskie bite has really improved on the weed edges of Battle
Lake this week. Topwater baits and bucktails are triggering the
majority of fish. Dead Lake is kicking out sunfish in eight to 10
feet of water, and look for numbers of largemouth bass on Middle
Lake and Eagle Lake with spinnerbaits. Otter Tail Lake is producing
a few walleyes in 10 to 18 feet of water. Small sucker minnows are
working better than leeches or nightcrawlers right now. The
smallmouth bass bite on Clitherall Lake has been good, and there
are a few walleyes being caught in 12 to 20 feet of water as
well.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Walleye fishing remains consistent for this time of year in 14
to 28 feet of water on North Long Lake, Pelican Lake, and Whitefish
Lake. Plastic worms are producing numbers of bass in the weeds of
most area lakes in eight to 20 feet of water. Look for northern
pike to be weed-related as well. The bigger fish seem to be
consistently coming off Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Lake Edward.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

The best walleye reports continue to come from Cass Lake in 20
feet of water. North Cedar Bar, West Cedar Bar, and Engineers Point
all are producing fish early and late in the day. Look for perch in
the pencil reeds around Star Island on Cass. Northern pike are
aggressively hitting spoons in Allen’s Bay and on Lake Andrusia.
Muskie action has has picked up this week, with good reports coming
from throughout the Cass Lake area on bucktails and jerkbaits.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Panfish action remains strong in 10 to 12 feet of water on most
area lakes. Look to South Center and North Lindstrom Lake again
this week for a few bigger fish. Chisago Lake is kicking out a few
walleyes during the early morning and evening hours in 12 to 15
feet of water. Bass are an easy catch in the weeds of most area
lakes, and there continues to be some large northern pike coming
from Sunrise Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

The Portsmouth Pit and Pennington Pit are giving up trout, bass,
and a few walleyes throughout the daytime hours. Crankbaits and
live bait presentations both have produced fish. Clearwater Lake,
Serpent Lake, and Rabbit Lake are the area’s best bets for walleyes
in 15 to 20 feet of water. Crappie action has slowed in recent
days, but you’ll still find numbers of sunfish in 10 to 15 feet of
water on most area lakes. Greer Lake and Perry Lake both are good
spots to start looking for bigger sunfish.

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

CROSS LAKE AREA

The walleye bite in this area seems to peak at sunrise and
sunset on most lakes. Spinner rigs tipped with leeches or redtail
minnows are working best in 16 to 20 feet of water. Spinnerbaits
and plastics are fooling largemouth bass in the weeds on most area
lakes as well. Smallmouth bass action has really improved along the
rocky shorelines of the Mississippi River. Work the established
weed edges on area lakes for numbers of panfish and northern
pike.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708

DETROIT LAKES

Big Detroit Lake, Pelican Lake, and Little Detroit Lake are
producing walleyes early and late in the day in 12 to 17 feet of
water. Leeches and crawlers are working best, but minnows have
continued to turn a few walleyes on spinner rigs as well. Lake
Melissa and Big Detroit Lake kicked out a few muskies over the past
week. Work the weed edges and weed tops with bucktails or topwater
baits. Look to Cotton Lake and Bass Lake for sunfish and a few
crappies during the morning and evening hours in 12 to 15 feet of
water.

Early Bird Bait & Tackle (218) 847-9038

DULUTH AREA

The north shore of Lake Superior started turning on from Two
Harbors and farther north from that point. The key to catching
numbers of lake trout and salmon here is to find water temperatures
in the 50-degree range. These fish are hitting orange spoons and
stickbaits about 20 feet down. Island Lake is producing walleyes in
15 to 20 feet of water; work the shallow reefs on Island Lake for a
few muskies. Wolf Lake also is worth noting for walleyes in 12 to
14 feet of water.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Green Lake continues to produce walleyes and crappies along the
12- to 17-foot breaklines. Blue Lake also is providing consistent
crappie and walleye action along the 12-foot weed edges. Northern
pike and largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits on most area
lakes. Find a weed edge, and you should hit some fish.

Tails and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

The dog days of summer have yet to affect the walleye action in
this area. Birch Lake, Fall Lake, Eagle’s Nest Lake, and Shagawa
Lake are all producing walleyes again this week in 12 to 17 feet of
water. Shagawa, White Iron Lake, and Burntside Lake are giving up
quite a few big northern pike. The bigger fish are hitting minnows
in 15 to 17 feet of water. Look to Low Lake for largemouth bass,
while smallmouth bass are biting on the rocks and sandy shoreline
areas of most area lakes. Snowbank Lake started giving up a few
lake trout over the past week. These fish are suspended over deep
water and hitting jigs.

Skubie’s Bait Shop (218) 365-5358

FAIRMONT AREA

There are still a few walleyes coming off Hall Lake in five feet
of water. Crawlers and spinners are producing the majority of fish
here. Crappie action remains consistent around the docks on
Sissiton Lake, Hall, and Budd Lake. Look to Iowa Lake with minnows
for northern pike.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Lake Mazaska and Cedar Lake are worth noting for panfish in
eight to 14 feet of water. These same lakes are producing numbers
of northern pike and bass in six to eight feet of water. Walleye
reports continue to be slow throughout the area.

Faribault Bait and Tackle (507) 334-2768

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