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

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Shallow water is holding the majority of walleyes and bass

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – The 16- to 18-foot rock piles are holding fish,
most of which are taken with slip bobbers and leeches. The north
end sand breaks are producing walleyes as well. Long, live bait
rigs and leeches have worked best on the sand. Smallmouth bass are
hitting crankbaits or tubes on the shallow rocks throughout the
day. Muskie reports have been limited during the first week of the
season.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Sherman’s Flat, Seven Mile, and the Banana Flat are
giving up walleyes. The best bite has been with slip bobbers and
leeches during the evening hours in 24 to 26 feet of water. The day
bite has been more sporadic, but the mud is still your best option
in 25 to 32 feet of water with long snells and leeches. Look to St.
Alban’s Bay for northern pike.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Look for smallmouth bass and northern pike in front of the
feeder streams on the Rainy River. Large sucker minnows under
floats are working for the pike, while crankbaits remain the ticket
for smallmouth. Sturgeon also continue to bite well in the Rainy.
Along the south shore of the main lake, hammered gold spinners and
minnows are producing limits of walleyes. Better areas this week
have been from Pine Island, west to Warroad, and around Little and
Big Oak islands. At the Northwest Angle, a jig-and-minnow
presentation is producing walleyes in 14 to 25 feet of water near
Flag Island and Young’s Bay.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

A jig-and-minnow combination is still producing the
majority of walleyes on the points in 12 to 22 feet of water. A few
fish are starting to be taken with shallow running crankbaits
during the evening hours. The humps in Walker Bay are holding
walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water. A jig and minnow or slowly
worked live bait rig and minnow is the best option here. Crappie
action remains strong in Kabekona Bay and Steamboat. Look for
northern pike and bass along the emerging weedlines scattered
throughout the lake.

Walker Bait Company (218) 547-2248

LAKE MINNETONKA

Look for largemouth bass to be hitting spinnerbaits or
plastics on the inside weed edges. Northern pike and muskies are
scattered around the shallow weed edges and hitting minnows or
crankbaits. Sunfish have provided the most consistent bite with
numbers of fish coming from four to six feet of water. Crappies are
tucked in and on top of the milfoil.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Look for walleyes and crappies in Black Bay over four to
10 feet of water with minnows. Walleyes continue to be caught on
minnows in Jackfish Bay and the Bald Rock area in less than 15 feet
of water. In Saginaw Bay, walleyes can be had on minnows,
throughout the day, in 12 to 18 feet of water. The smallmouth bite
has been sporadic in shallow water, but northern pike action has
picked up on the emerging weedlines.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

There’s been more walleyes caught on the bars in 18 to 23
feet of water this week. Big Muskie, Horseshoe, Moses and Sugar Bar
have been most productive with leeches. Little Stoney Point is a
safe bet during the evening hours in shallower water. On the east
side, the south end of Highbanks is producing walleyes with minnows
in 10 to 14 feet of water. Look for perch in nine to 14 feet of
water on the points and shoreline breaks.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

The Prescott and Hudson areas of the St. Croix River
are producing walleyes in 12 to 25 feet of water. Minnows and
crawlers are turning the majority of fish. Clear Lake and Bald
Eagle Lake are kicking out walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water
during the evening hours. On Lake Peltier and White Bear Lake,
sunfish are very active in less than six feet of water. Big Marine
Lake, Big Carnelian Lake, and Bald Eagle Lake are safe bets for
crappies in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651)
777-2421

SOUTHWEST METRO

There are a few walleyes biting in the evenings on
Lake Parley in 12 feet of water. Leeches and live bait rigs are
working best. The west side rock piles on Lake Riley are kicking
out walleyes during the evenings hours with shiner minnows and
bobbers. Leeches and jigs started producing walleyes in the Bevens
Creek area on the Minnesota River. Sunfish action has been very
good in two to five feet of water on Lake Parley, just to the right
of the access. Look for the bigger sunfish on Lake Minnewashta
hitting small leeches in eight to 10 feet of water. Lake Bavaria is
a safe bet for crappies and sunfish in shallow water as well. Bass
continue to be caught on area lakes in shallow water. Look for
northern pike to be hitting small sucker minnows along the weed
edges of Lake Pierson and Lake Auburn.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Muskies are biting on Nelson’s Flat and Reinke’s
Reef. Most of these fish have been under 40 inches, but they’ve
been very active. Panfish continue to be caught in shallow water on
the north side of the lake. Dock fishing has been the ticket for
largemouth bass. Look to the emerging weed edges to start producing
fish as well. The few walleyes have been caught at night at the
Claybanks and swimming beach area.

Mases In Towne Marina (952)
442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Lakes such as Ida, Miltona, Darling, Geneva,
and Le Homme Dieu continue to provide consistent crappie action in
four to eight feet of water. The walleye bite has been poor, but
there are a few bass coming from shallow water on area lakes.
Plastics or spinnerbaits are turning bigger
fish.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Clearwater Lake is the best bet for walleyes
in 15 to 22 feet of water. The majority of fish are now cruising
the weed edges, hitting minnows or leeches on jigs and live bait
rigs. Lakes such as Pleasant, Cedar, Twin, Sylvia, and Clearwater
are producing numbers of northern pike and largemouth bass. Look to
the shallow sand areas on most lakes for sunfish, while the weed
pockets or bulrushes are worth noting for
crappies.

Little Jim’s Bait (320)
274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Bass are very active in six to 12 feet of
water on area lakes. Plastics and spinnerbaits have produced better
numbers of nice fish. Leeches are turning walleyes on West Battle
Lake in 16 to 22 feet of water. The muskie bite also is going well
on West Battle, with crankbaits providing the most action. Look for
panfish in the shallow sand and weed areas of South Turtle Lake and
Blanche Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218)
864-5596

BLACKDUCK AREA

Leeches and crawlers are now turning the
majority of walleyes on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 14 feet of water.
Northern pike have been very active, hitting minnows along the weed
edges of most area lakes. Lakes such as Rabideau, Gilstead, North,
and South Twin continue to provide steady panfish action in shallow
water.

Timberline Sports and
Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

North Long Lake and Gull Lake continue to
produce walleyes early and late in the day. Leeches and
nightcrawlers are turning fish in 20 to 24 feet during midday, but
work the shallow breaks during lowlight periods of the day. Work
the inside weed edges for bass, while the outside edges are holding
northern pike. Panfish are an easy catch in shallow water on area
lakes as well.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

The main lake bars have started giving up more
walleyes this week on Cass Lake. Buck’s Bar, Turtle River Bar,
Windigo Bar, and North Cedar Bar are holding fish in 12 to 35 feet
of water. Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours in 10 to 12
feet also has worked on the bars. Northern pike are biting
consistently around Star Island and look for bigger perch along the
20- to 25-foot breaks on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800)
279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Leeches are now the best bet for walleyes on
Chisago Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Look to Sunrise Lake for
northern pike with large minnows along the 12-foot weed edges.
Largemouth bass are relating to docks, inside, and outside weed
edges on most lakes and you’ll find numbers of good-sized panfish
on lakes such as Chisago, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Lindstrom
Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651)
257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake are giving up a
few more walleyes this week. Leeches are the best bet during midday
hours in 20 feet of water, while crankbaits or leeches continue to
produce fish during lowlight periods in 10 to 14 feet of water.
Rainbow trout continue to attack a variety of presentations at the
Pennington and Portsmouth Pit. Panfish action is very good in
shallow water on Perry Lake, Mission Lake, Bay Lake, and Serpent
Lake.

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

CROSS LAKE AREA

Northern pike are hitting minnows and spinners
along the weed edges of most lakes. The area’s best walleye reports
are still coming off Whitefish Lake and Pelican Lake in 20 to 26
feet of water. Leeches and nightcrawlers have started producing a
few more fish than minnows. Panfish are an easy catch on most lakes
in less than six feet of water and the Whitefish Chain is providing
steady largemouth bass action.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218)
692-2708

DETROIT LAKES

Panfish are biting in shallow water on several
lakes, with Big Cormorant, Sallie, Cotton, Floyd, and Lizzie being
safe bets. Spinnerbaits will produce numbers of bass along the
eight foot weed edges of most lakes. Walleye reports have been
scattered with fish being found in 15 to 20 feet of water on
Prairie Lake, Crystal Lake, and Round
Lake.

Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service
www.fishingscene.com

DULUTH AREA

The St. Louis River is still producing
walleyes in the deep channel near the Boy Scout Landing. Island
Lake is giving up walleyes in 18 to 22 feet of water, but this bite
hasn’t been as consistent as it was a week ago. Crappie action has
picked up in the shallows on many lakes as they begin to spawn.
Look for most of the bigger fish to be in less than eight feet of
water. Stickbaits have been the ticket on the Wisconsin side of
Lake Superior. Expect cohos, lake trout, and king salmon to be
hitting these presentations close to the
surface.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218)
726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Green Lake continues to produce good-sized
sunfish in three to five feet of water. Crawlers and leeches also
will produce a few walleyes on Green in 11 feet of water during the
evening hours. Blue Lake is pro-

ducing quite a few largemouth bass on plastics
and spinnerbaits.

Tails and Trails Sport Shop (763)
856-3985

FAIRMONT AREA

Limits of walleyes have been common from Hall
Lake in 16 to 18 feet of water. They’ve bit best during the evening
hours on leeches. Look for crappies in 13 feet of water on Hall
Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton.The power plant area on George
Lake continues to provide nice bluegills. Fox Lake is a safe bet
for numbers of small crappies in shallow
water.

Master Sport and Bait (507)
235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Sunfish and crappies are an easy catch in the
shallow areas of Hunt Lake, Shields Lake, and Lake Mazaska. You’ll
pull a few walleyes with leeches or Shad Raps during the evening
hours on Cannon Lake and Lake Mazaska in less than 10 feet of
water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under bobbers along
the weed edges of Cedar Lake and bass continue to be caught
throughout the area.

Faribault Bait and Tackle (507)
334-2768

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake is kicking out crappies
in 12 to 15 feet of water. On Lake Pokegama, look to Poole’s Bay
for crappies. Northern pike also are active along the weedlines of
Pokegama, as are the smallmouth and largemouth bass. Balsam Lake
and Lake Wabana are consistently producing bass and pike as well.
There has been quite a few walleyes caught on Big Sand Lake and
Bowstring Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water on a minnow and jig. A few
muskies have been caught on Moose Lake and the Mississippi
River.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218)
326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218)
326-9838

HACKENSACK AREA

Girl Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Birch Lake are
safe bets for crappies in shallow water. Look to Pine Mountain Lake
for walleyes during the evening hours in 12 feet of water. On Ten
Mile Lake, you’ll still catch walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water.
Largemouth bass are biting well in four to eight feet of water on
most lakes. Anglers on Portage Lake have caught some good-sized
bass with plastics and spinnerbaits.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218)
675-6176

HUTCHINSON

Lake Washington started producing walleyes in
seven to 16 feet of water. On Lake Minnie Belle, you’ll hook
walleyes in 10 to 15 feet of water. Leeches and minnows continue to
provide the best action. Panfish reports have been very limited,
but catching bass and northern pike on Lake Jennie is relatively
easy.

The Outpost (320)
587-8177

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Pitching a jig and minnow or leech in the
shallow bays is yielding walleyes and northern pike. Many of these
fish have been over the slot with an occasional “keeper” mixed in.
Most of the slot fish, 13- to 17-inches, are coming from 22 to 30
feet of water on Kabetogama and in 25 to 38 feet on Namakan. The
rock piles scattered throughout both fisheries are holding
smallmouth bass and sauger. Some crappie action is reported in the
shallows as water temperatures continue to
rise.

Gateway Store (218)
875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE VERMILION

Walleye reports have been mixed with some
anglers doing well in shallow water with slip bobbers and leeches,
while others were catching fish on the rock piles, reefs, and
submerged islands. Minnows are still the bait of choice, but
leeches and crawlers are coming on strong. Crappies are shallow and
have provided the best bite of the season so far. Northern pike are
shallow and aggressive in most weedy bays.

Lake Vermilion Trading
Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

STARBUCK AREA

The bass bite has been very good on Lake
Minnewaska. Smallmouth bass are hitting in 14 to 18 feet of water,
while the majority of largemouth bass continue to be shallow. Lakes
such as Mary, Long, and the west side of Emily are the area’s best
bets for walleyes. Crankbaits, minnows, or leeches have worked
best. Panfish action has slowed with just a few fish coming from
the Starbuck Marina and Glenwood Fish Hatchery area of
Minnewaska.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320)
239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

There’s a walleye bite on Green Lake in 30 to
35 feet of water. Scattered walleye reports also are coming off
Norway Lake, Diamond Lake, Lake Andrew, Ringo Lake, and Solomon
Lake at a variety of depths. Panfish, bass, and northern pike are
biting very well in shallow water throughout the
area.

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

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