Big Six


East – The ice is in good shape and many resorts have started
pulling out rental houses. Cove Bay is producing a few walleyes and
perch in 12 to 14 feet of water. There are also some decent perch
reports coming from 10 to 12 feet of water in front of Dickie’s
Resort. Most anglers report catching numbers of small perch, but
there seems to be better numbers of big fish mixed in with them
this winter than last year.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – You’ll find eight inches of ice on this end of the lake
and a bit more closer to shore. Look to the deep sand and rocks for
walleyes in 25 feet of water during the day. As the sun sets, work
the weed edge in Garrison Bay in 10 to 12 feet of water.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341


Four Mile Bay and the entire south shore now offers at least 12
inches of ice. Limits of walleyes and sauger continue to be caught
along the west end of Pine Island in 16 to 24 feet of water
throughout the day. Gold- or glow-colored jigs and shiner minnows
have provided the best bite. Currently, you’ll find five inches of
ice on the Rainy River; but extreme caution is advised because open
water still exists around Silver Creek (five miles east of
Baudette) and under the International Bridge. Resorts at the
Northwest Angle have their rental houses out around Young’s Bay and
between American Point and Brush Island. Walleyes and several
limits of jumbo perch have been taken in these locations.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


On Leech Lake, the humps in Walker Bay are producing limits of
walleyes in 30 to 35 feet of water during the evening. Expect seven
inches of ice in the bay and as much as 12 inches the rest of the
lake. Look to Garfield Lake for a few northern pike in 10 to 12
feet of water. Lake Itasca is the area’s best bet for bluegills in
15 to 20 feet of water.

Lakeview Inn (218) 547-1212


Shiner minnows are producing walleyes during the evening hours
on the west side of Lake Minnetonka in 11 to 16 feet of water. Look
to the west side of Lake Independence for walleyes in 23 feet of
water. On Medicine Lake, pike are hitting sucker minnows in eight
feet of water during the day.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Snowmobiles and ATVs are now being used in most fishable areas.
Sand Bay started giving up walleyes in 30 to 32 feet of water. Glow
jigs and shiner minnows have produced the best numbers. Northern
pike are very active in shallow water, although the majority of
them continue to be small. Look to the Rainy Lake City area in less
than 10 feet of water with bigger minnows.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The island area is kicking out perch in 24 to 30 feet of water.
There has been some decent perch reports from the south end of Bena
Bay in deep water. Jigs tipped with a minnow heads are producing
the best numbers, but look for a whole minnow under a bobber to
provide a few bigger perch. ATVs and snowmobiles are being

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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