Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

Anglers are reduced to traveling with ATVs, but the ice is still
in pretty good shape. The perch bite is very slow although the fish
caught on the shallower rocks have been good-sized. The crappie
bite in Isle Bay is still worth checking out. These fish continue
to be caught with consistency, and they are very nice. Look for the
bigger fish in 10 to 12 feet of water out from Scenic Bay
Resort.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

While the main lake continues to produce walleyes and sauger,
and the ice is still in very good shape, the Rainy River has been
the big story here. Many accesses are now clear for small boats and
a few spots are seeing bigger boats put in as well. As for the
bite, the past week has started to show signs of consistency for
bigger fish. The females seem to have become more aggressive and
numerous. Sturgeon action also is very good throughout the
river.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

The perch bite has been very good this week off Partridge Point
in eight to 10 feet of water. Sand Point also is providing
consistent perch action in five to eight feet of water. You’ll also
find numbers of bigger perch off Stoney Point in Headquarters Bay
in 10 feet of water. Tullibee reports have been very disappointing
on Leech Lake. The fish don’t seem to be there like they
traditionally are this time of year. Look to Woman Lake, straight
out from the access, for crappies in 22 feet of water. Birch Lake
is a safe bet for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water.

Lakeview Inn (218) 547-1212

LAKE MINNETONKA

There’s still ice on the main lake, but the bays and channels
have opened up. These shallow areas have begun to produce a few
crappies although the water is still cool. A few days of sunshine
really should push the panfish into the shallows, and shoreline
anglers will begin to find more fish.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

The morning and evening hours are your best bet for walleyes.
The American Narrows continue to produce fish in 36 to 38 feet of
water. The Rainy Lake City area and McIntyre Island area also are
worth checking out in 30 to 32 feet of water. The bay at Rainy Lake
City is kicking out quite a few big northern pike in 18 to 20 feet
of water. Stoke’s Bay is the best option for a few crappies. The
snow is melted off the lake, but there’s still plenty of ice. The
shorelines are intact and snowmobiles continue to be used.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Most resorts have packed things in for the year, although you
can still get on the lake with an ATV at most public accesses. This
could change in a hurry if it gets warmer by the weekend. The
shorelines and roads have already started to show signs of a spring
thaw.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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