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

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Statewide

HUTCHINSON

Bell Lake is producing crappies in 21 feet of water during the
early morning and evening hours. On Lake Minnie Belle, you’ll find
a few crappies and sunfish scattered throughout various depths.
Look to Lake Marion for panfish both early and late in the day.
Walleye and northern pike action has been slow.

The Outpost (320) 587-8177

LAKE KABETOGAMA

The Ash River area continues to produce a few walleyes, sauger,
and perch. Depths have varied, but the fish are active once you
find them. Work the islands and bays on the west end of Kabetogama
for walleyes during the early morning and evening hours.
Snowmobiles and portables are a good way to go because of the snow
and slush.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE OSAKIS

The best crappie reports are still coming from 30 to 40 feet of
water in Schultz’s Bay. Walleye reports have dwindled, but sunfish
have started to show up in better numbers on the north end of the
lake. The early morning and late afternoon hours are your best bet
in 18 to 24 feet of water. The majority of these fish have been
tight to the bottom.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

Deep snow has limited travel options here. Snowmobiles are the
way to go, and those who continue to fish walleyes are finding fish
during the evening hours in 20 feet of water. These walleyes are
still fairly aggressive, so jigging spoons continue to produce more
fish than setlines.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

The evening crappie action is still going strong in 28 feet of
water on German Lake. Glow jigs and small rattle baits have worked
best. Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington continues to kick out sunfish,
but expect to sort through some small fish here. Walleye reports
have been nonexistent this week.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Northern pike continue to hit along the weed edges of Aitkin
Lake and Lake Minnewawa. Look to Lake Minnewawa for sunfish in 12
to 14 feet of water as well. Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy Lake is
producing crappies during the evening hours in 15 feet of
water.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382

ORTONVILLE AREA

Walleyes continue to be caught on Big Stone Lake. On the south
end, work the Peninsula area in 12 feet of water; the far north end
of the lake is producing fish in 5 feet of water. The evening hours
are your best bet for numbers. On Artichoke Lake, you’ll find a few
crappies during the evening hours in 9 feet of water.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

RED LAKE

The crappie bite has been decent with limits showing up once in
a while. When the fish bite, you’ll find action starting midday and
continuing into the evening hours. Red glow hooks are still the
best option, and look for suspended fish to be most active.

Rogers Campground (218) 647-8262

ST. CLOUD AREA

Look to Pearl Lake for sunfish and crapppies in 14 to 16 feet of
water. Grand Lake has produced plenty of sunfish in 10 feet of
water as well, but the majority of them have been small. Cedar
Island Lake, Becker Lake, and East Lake also have provided spurts
of sunfish action. The deep holes on Horseshoe Lake continue to
produce crappies and catfish. Look for them to be suspended over 30
to 45 feet of water.

Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Look to Moose Lake and Long Lake near Grey Eagle for panfish.
Sunfish, in the three-to-a-pound class, also are biting on the
north end of Sauk Lake in 9 feet of water. Lily Lake is kicking out
small sunfish in 28 feet of water. Shiner minnows are turning
northern pike on Sauk Lake in 9 to 12 feet of water.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STILLWATER AREA

The Bayport area of the St. Croix River is producing crappies in
40 feet of water. Glow jigs and larvae are working best. A few
walleyes and sauger can be had in the same area in 25 to 30 feet of
water. Northern pike are active along the weed edges of most area
lakes. Look to Squaw Lake, on the Wisconsin side, for panfish.

Brothers Bait and Tackle (651) 430-2554

WILLMAR AREA

Sporadic panfish action is being reported in 8 to 14 feet of
water on Eagle Lake, Lake Andrew, and Willmar/Foot Lake. Big Kandi
Lake and Scandi Lake are providing an occasional flurry of crappie
action in less than 10 feet of water. The only walleye reports are
coming off Green Lake, where you’ll still find a few active fish
during the evening hours in 30 to 40 feet of water.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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