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

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967



The bay on Reno Lake was the only spot people were fishing
earlier this week. The walleye bite was relatively slow with a few
fish being caught during the evening hours in 10 to 12 feet of
water. The good news is that the majority of lakes iced-over Monday
night. One to 5 inches is the norm, so caution is still advised on
all lakes.

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


Ice fishing is limited to shallow bays. Look to the small lakes,
where ice already formed, to offer walkable ice by this weekend.
The cold weather on Sunday and Monday night increased ice depths on
these small lakes and capped over the bigger lakes that were still
open prior to that.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


The ice is improving daily and there has been quite a bit of
fishing taking place on the small, shallow lakes and bays. By this
weekend, walking out shouldn’t be an issue on most bodies of

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


The panfish bite has been very good on many small lakes where 6
to 12 inches of ice is the norm. Walleye action has picked up on
Gull Lake and Blackduck Lake in 14 to 18 feet of water. Look for
some nice perch on Blackduck in 10 to 12 feet of water as well.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Northern pike are being taken on the small lakes and bays in 6
to 12 feet of water. Large sucker or shiner minnows have produced
bigger fish. A few walleyes can be had in 20 feet of water on these
small lakes as well. Ice depths really vary so make sure you know
where you’re at and check the ice as you walk out.

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


Portable fish houses are being utilized on the small lakes and
bays where up to 6 inches of ice can be found. You still need to
use caution, especially on the bigger lakes and main portions of
these small lakes. Northern pike seem to be running very well in 10
to 12 feet of water on June Lake. Look for crappies in 13 to 15
feet of water on Black Hoof Lake and Little Mahnomen Lake. Rabbit
Lake has been ice-covered for a week so look for the walleyes to
start hitting soon in 20 feet of water.

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


Anglers have begun to ice fish, but extreme caution is still
advised. Most large lakes still have a lot of open water as do the
deep, small lakes. Rice Lake and Prairie Lake offer the thickest
ice and best crappie and bluegill action right now. Expect to catch
a few walleyes out from the public access on Lake Sallie.

Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service


Snow is still limiting the amount of ice being made, but there
have been a few anglers pulling crappies and walleyes from Boulder
Lake and Fish Lake. Don’t expect more than 5 inches of ice on
either lake and less ice on other fisheries.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


The good news is that all lakes now are ice-covered. The bad
news is that it’s thin ice and nothing safe to walk on. Look to the
bays or small, shallow lakes to have a few anglers on them by the
weekend if it stays below freezing throughout the week.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225


The ice fishing season is just starting. You’ll find 4 to 5
inches of ice on Little Splithand Lake where the crappies and perch
have started to bite. Bowstring Lake has 5 inches of ice but not
much of a bite has been reported here. Jay Gould Lake is producing
some nice perch as anglers have begun to walk on it.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838

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