Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Statewide

FAIRMONT AREA

There hasn’t been a boat on the lakes in this area in over a
week, but shoreline anglers are hooking crappies on Hall Lake and
Budd Lake. Small minnows under a bobber are producing the majority
of fish and expect to sort through some small crappies, with the
occasional keeper mixed in.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Many of the small ponds have begun to ice over, but the lakes
remain wide open. Although open water still exists, you won’t find
anyone fishing. Most have opted to wait until the ice is thick
enough to walk on.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838

HUTCHINSON

A jig and minnow combination will produce an occasional walleye
for shore anglers. The numbers of fish have dropped off in recent
days, but so has the number of anglers pursusing them. Look to
lakes such as Jennie, Belle, and Big Swan during the afternoon
hours as your best options for fish.

The Outpost (320) 587-8177

MANKATO AREA

Shore anglers on the Watonwan River, Blue Earth River, and
Minnesota River continue to catch a limited number of walleyes. A
jig and fathead minnow has produced bigger fish during the
afternoon and evening hours. Most area lakes have been void of
anglers this week and probably will be until the ice takes
shape.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

MONTICELLO AREA

Smallmouth bass remain active in the deeper holes of the
Mississippi River. A fathead minnow on a live bait rig or jig is
working best, and some of the best reports are coming from people
fishing from shore. You’ll also find an occasional walleye mixed in
with the smallmouth bass, especially during the evening hours.

Shuman’s Outdoor Sports (763) 295-3222

RED WING AREA

A jig and minnow combination is still producing walleyes near
the dam on the Mississippi River. These fish have stayed most
active in 12 to 15 feet of water throughout the day, although the
peak bite takes place late in the afternoon just before sunset.

Four Seasons Bait Shop (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD AREA

There’s a good crappie bite on Horseshoe Lake in 20 feet of
water. Not many people are fishing, but those that do are finding
schools of suspended fish. Look to lakes such as Cedar Island and
Horseshoe for walleyes in 20 feet of water as well. Pleasant Lake
and Grand Lake remain safe bets for largemouth bass and northern
pike. Crankbaits or plastics are providing the best bite in 15 to
20 feet of water.

Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567

WILLMAR AREA

The best bet for walleyes is to fish right off shore with
crankbaits or a jig and minnow late in the day. Lakes such as
Ringo, Diamond, Andrew, and Foot are producing fish. Green Lake is
also kicking out walleyes, but you have to get in water as deep as
50 feet to find active fish during the day.

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

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