Friday, February 3rd, 2023
Friday, February 3rd, 2023

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East – Perch action has been slow over the past week, although
there hasn’t been as many people fishing. The best bet is still the
Blue Jug Flat in 32 to 36 feet of water with small jigging spoons.
Crappie anglers are seeing fish on their electronics suspended in
Isle Bay. Most of them are in nine feet of water, but the bite has
yet to turn on.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Jigging spoons are still the best option for jumbo perch.
Drill a lot of holes and move around the Seven Mile Flat, Sherman’s
Flat, and Seguchie’s Flat in at least 32 feet of water. While
limits are the exception, there are days that do provide enough big
perch to keep anglers interested.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341


The majority of walleyes seem to be moving back towards shore
and their numbers are increasing. Near Pine Island, there’s plenty
of eating-sized fish to be had in 23 to 32 feet of water. Small,
light tackle presentations are turning the majority of bigger fish
just before dark. Northern pike action also has improved along the
south shore in 16 to 18 feet of water. At the Northwest
Angle/Islands area, walleye action remains strong in 24 to 26 feet
of water. Snowmobilers with portables are catching nice perch on
the reefs and breaks near Garden Island and Little Oak Island.
Rattle spoons tipped with a minnow head have produced bigger fish.
The Rainy River is open near Loman and working its way towards
Franz Jevne.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Small jigging spoons are turning jumbo perch early and late in
the day in two distinct depths and locations. The best reports are
coming off the north end of Sucker Bay in 12 to 14 feet of water. A
good secondary option has been the east side of Hardwood Point in
14 to 18 feet of water.

Lakeview Inn (218) 547-1212


Lake Independence is kicking out crappies in 45 feet of water.
The bigger fish are suspended and hitting a glow jig and minnow
combination. On Lake Sarah, you’ll find active crappies suspended
in 35 to 40 feet of water, with the prime bite taking place just
after sunset. Work the tops of the weeds on Mitchell Lake and Lake
Minnetonka in 10 to 12 feet of water for sunfish.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The evening bite continues to provide the most consistent
walleye activity. The Sand Bay area is producing limits of walleyes
in 32 to 38 feet of water. The area west of the Brule River also
has provided steady walleye action in 40 to 44 feet of water. The
Manitou Rapids area of the Rainy River is another walleye spot
worth noting in 10 to 12 feet of water. Numbers of big northern
pike are being caught in the Rainy Lake City area. Ciscoes have
been the hot bait in 18 to 20 feet of water. Look for suspended
crappies over the deep holes of Sand Bay.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Before the recent cold front, perch anglers were doing well. The
key to catching fish on a jig and minnow combination is to work
hard and move from hole to hole. Better areas have been South
Center Bar, the humps off Raven’s Point, Mallard Point, and the
east humps off Highbanks in 25 to 30 feet of water. Look for the
fish to start making a push closer to shore as the ice fishing
season winds down.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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