Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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Walleyes remain active despite persistent rain showers

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – The evening hours are providing consistent walleye
action with slip bobbers and leeches on the 18- to 20-foot rock
piles and reefs. Slowly presented live bait rigs and leeches are
producing walleyes during the day off the edges of the mud flats in
25 to 32 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits and
tubes on the shallow rocks, while northern pike and muskie reports
remain limited.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – The night bite has been good with slip bobbers and
leeches on the mud flats in 29 feet of water. During the day,
spinners and crawlers or live bait rigs and leeches are turning
walleyes off the edges of the mud flats. Seguchie’s, Eight Mile,
and Sherman’s Flat seem to be most productive. Muskie action is
slow, but the weed edges in St. Alban’s Bay are giving up northern
pike.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

A hammered-gold spinner and minnow is still the best bet
for catching a walleye along the south shore of LOW. Leeches are
producing a few more fish this week, with the Pine Island and
Morris Point Gap areas providing the best bites. Northern pike and
smallmouth bass remain active in the Baudette Bay area of the Rainy
River. At the Northwest Angle, walleye reports remain consistent
from the Brush Island area, Little Oak Island, and east of Garden
Island.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Slip bobbers and leeches, or shallow-running crankbaits,
have been the ticket for walleyes during the evening hours. Work
the points and shoreline breaks in 12 to 18 feet of water. Minnows
and leeches are producing fish during the day off the deep side of
these points. The crappie bite has slowed, but the fish caught
continue to be good-sized in the shallows of Kabekona Bay and
Steamboat Bay. Muskie reports have been limited, but the largemouth
bass bite has been consistent in the shallow weeds.

Walker Bait Company (218) 547-2248

LAKE MINNETONKA

Find a sand-covered bottom in six feet of water or less
and you should catch numbers of sunfish. Look for crappies to be
hitting small jigs and minnows on top of the mifoil. Spinners and
minnows also are producing northern pike on top of the weeds. The
best bet for walleyes is during low-light periods of the day along
the outside weed edges with live bait rigs and leeches.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Saginaw Bay is kicking out walleyes in less than 12 feet
of water. Look to Black Bay and Jackfish Bay in 10 to 12 feet of
water for walleyes early and late in the day. Red Gut Bay and
Cormorant Bay on the Canadian side also have provided consistent
walleye action with leeches, minnows, and crawlers reulting in the
best bite. Jackfish Jay and Black Bay are holding crappies near
shore.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The walleye bite has been “on and off” this week. The main
lake bars such as Moxes Hole, Bena Bar, and Horseshoe Bar are
giving up bigger walleyes in 16 to 23 feet of water on leeches and
live bait rigs. The 10- to 15-foot shoreline breaks and points are
holding better numbers of keeping-sized walleyes. Jigs and minnows
continue to work best in these areas. Expect plenty of northern
pike and some perch to be caught in these areas as well.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

TWIN CITIES METRO

NORTHEAST METRO

Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the shallow
weed edges of Beaver Lake, Demonterville Lake, and Battle Creek
Lake. Lake Jane, White Bear Lake, Lake Peltier, and Beaver Lake are
safe bets for sunfish in six to eight feet of water. The local bass
bite has been very good on most lakes, and you will find a few
walleyes hitting leeches on Clear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake in 15 to
20 feet of water.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

SOUTHWEST METRO

Sunfish are biting well in shallow water on Lake Bavaria,
Steiger Lake, Lake Parley, and Lake Minnewashta. Northern pike and
bass are hitting on Steiger Lake as well. Sucker minnows and a
bobber will produce northern pike on Pierson Lake. Look to the
northeast corner of Lake Parley with leeches or minnows for the
area’s best walleye bite.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Sunfish are shallow and biting well on Nelson’s Flat and
in Reinke’s Bay. Muskies continue to be caught, but most remain
under 40 inches and scattered along the weed edges and on top of
the reefs. Largemouth bass are biting throughout the lake, and look
to Anderson’s Reef for better numbers of big fish. Bobber fishing
withleeches has produced walleyes during lowlight periods of the
day along the shoreline weed edges on the east side of the
lake.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

STATEWIDE

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Spinnerbaits are a safe bet for largemouth bass along the
weed edges of Lake Miltona, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lake Ida. The
most consistent walleye action during the day is taking place on
Lake Andrew, Lake Mary, and Lake Reno. Lake Miltona started
producing more walleyes after sunset on the 12- to 14-foot flats.
Panfish remain shallow and active on many area lakes and northern
pike can be had on the weed edges of most lakes.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

The 12-foot weed edges on Clearwater Lake are producing
walleyes and crappies. Leeches or crawlers on a spinner or live
bait rig is working best. Lake Sylvia is kicking out numbers of
panfish and largemouth bass in shallow water. Look for walleyes on
Cedar Lake in 18 to 20 feet of water with leeches. Pleasant Lake
and Lake John are giving up panfish and pike in six to 10 feet of
water. Betsy Lake and Lake Marie also are providing steady sunfish
action.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Leeches are producing an occasional walleye on Otter Tail
Lake in 10 to 22 feet of water. The area sunfish bite is strong on
Clitherall Lake, South Turtle Lake, and West Battle Lake in 10 to
12 feet of water with small leeches. Largemouth bass are hitting
topwater baits along the weed edges early and late in the day on
Clitherall Stalker Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are hitting a jig and shiner minnow in five feet
of water on Lake Bemidji. On Three Island Lake, you’ll find
walleyes in six feet of water with slip bobbers and leeches. The
area bluegill bite is going well in shallow water on most small
lakes. Numbers of small northern pike are an easy catch on Big Lake
and Lake Irvine. Muskie activity has improved along the weed edges
of Lake Bemidji with topwater and bucktails working
best.

Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000

BLACKDUCK AREA

Look for walleyes in seven to 18 feet of water on
Blackduck Lake. A jig and minnow, leeches or crawlers are all
producing fish. On Round Lake, 12 to 14 feet of water has been key
for walleyes early and late in the day. Panfish and bass are biting
in shallow water on Gilstead Lake, Rabideau Lake, and North Twin
Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Leeches, shiner minnows, and redtails are producing
walleyes in 14 to 22 feet of water. Look for better numbers of fish
from Pelican Lake and Gull Lake, while North Long Lake continues to
produce bigger fish. Largemouth bass and crappie are biting on most
lakes in the shallow weeds and near docks.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are biting throughout Cass Lake with better areas
being North Cedar Bar in 25 to 30 feet during the day and six to
eight feet during the evening hours. The Norway Beach area,
Wishbone Bar and Turtle River areas also have provided steady
walleye action this week with shiner minnows or leeches. Jumbo
perch can be had with small minnows on the eight to 12-foot
weedbeds. Panfish are shallow and active on most lakes and
buzzbaits are producing numbers of bass in Allen’s Bay on Cass.
Trolling Rapala’s has produced northern pike on Grace
Lake.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches and live bait rigs during
lowlight periods of the day. Most of these fish are coming from 22
to 26 feet of water on the north end of North Center Lake and near
the beach on South Lindstrom Lake. Panfish are an easy catch along
the eight to 10-foot weed edges on area lakes. Bass continue to
bite as well and you will find northern pike on Sunrise Lake in 10
to 12 feet of water.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSS LAKE AREA

Walleyes have been a little difficult to find. The best
reports are coming from 18 to 24 feet of water with live bait rigs
and leeches on Pelican Lake, Whitefish Lake, Crosslake. Northern
pike are hitting sucker minnows and spinner rigs along the
weedlines of most lakes. Surface baits and plastics are providing
steady bass action throughout the area and panfish continue to be
caught in five to 12 feet of water.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708

DETROIT LAKES

Live bait on the deep weed edges is producing walleyes on
lakes such as Lizzie, Pelican, Island, Round, Detroit, Crystal,
Lida, Cotton, Sallie, and Big Pine. Look for bigger crappies on the
deep cabbage areas of most lakes with small plastics and sunfish
continue to be found shallow.

Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service
www.fishingscene.com

DULUTH AREA

Boulder Lake is kicking out numbers of small walleyes in
12 to 14 feet of water. Expect bigger walleyes from Island Lake in
18 to 22 feet of water. Most of the salmon biting on Lake Superior
continue to be near the surface and hitting stickbaits. Crappies
can be had in the shallow weeded areas of Boulder Lake.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Sunfish remain active in 10 feet of water on Green Lake.
Look for suspended crappies on Freemont Lake with small minnows or
tube jigs. Walleye action is slow, but bass and northern pike are
biting along the weedlines of Blue Lake and Elk Lake.

Tails and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

FAIRMONT AREA

Leeches are producing walleyes on Hall Lake in 16 to 18
feet of water. Hit Budd Lake for walleyes and crappies in 14 to 16
feet of water and Fox Lake continues to produce walleyes at a
variety of depths. Waxworms are turning bluegills on George Lake in
fairly shallow water, while bass continue to bite on most
lakes.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Bluegills continue to bite close to shore on Lake Mazaska
and Shields Lake. Live bait rigs and leeches are producing walleyes
on French Lake in 28 feet of water and on Roberds Lake in 17 to 20
feet of water. Jigs and plastics are turning numbers of largemouth
bass on the weed edges of Cedar Lake and Hunt Lake.

Lake’s Bait and Tackle 507) 334-2768

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Spot-tail shiner minnows are producing walleyes on
Bowstring Lake, Spider Lake, and Lake Wabana in 12 to 18 feet of
water. The crappie and bass bite remains very good in shallow water
on Portage Lake, Spider, and Bowstring. Topwater baits have been
turning muskies on Deer Lake and Moose Lake during the evening
hours.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838

HACKENSACK AREA

Spinnerbaits are producing numbers of largemouth bass on
Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake. Smallmouth bass are being pulled from
Ten Mile Lake with leeches. Crappies continue to be caught with Flu
Flu’s and minnows in the shallows of Webb Lake, Five Point Lake,
and Birch Lake. Muskie anglers are seeing fish on Woman Lake and
Baby Lake, but report few catches. Leeches and crawlers are
providing steady walleye action on Ten Mile Lake in 22 to 30 feet
and the big bluegills have started biting on Pine Mountain Lake in
six feet of water.

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

HUTCHINSON

A few good-sized sunfish started being pulled from Ripley
Lake this week in shallow water. Largemouth bass and northern pike
are biting at a good pace along the weed edges of Lake Jennie.
Leeches are producing walleyes on Lake Washington in seven to 16
feet of water and on Lake Minnie Belle in 10 to 15 feet during the
evening hours.

The Outpost (320) 587-8177

LAKE KABETOGAMA

With stable weather patterns, leeches and crawlers will
produce walleyes in four to 16 feet of water. Weather disturbances
have slowed the bite, although fish still can be had in 16 to 28
feet of water with slip bobbers and leeches. Work the rock reefs
and rocky shorelines with leeches or crayfish patterned lures for
smallmouth bass. Northern pike started slamming lures along the
outside weed edges.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE OSAKIS

You’ll hook walleyes with slip bobbers and leeches on the
bars and weedlines during late evening hours. A few fish also have
been caught in deep water, off the bars during the day. The Half
Mile Bar, Johnson’s Bar, and Moon Bar have been best. Panfish have
yet to show up in shallow water, but the bass and northern pike
bite has been consistent throughout the lake.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

On the west end of the lake, crawlers and leeches are
turning walleyes in 12 to 16 feet of water. They have yet to show
up on the reefs, so concentrate on soft bottom areas. Crankbaits on
the windy shorelines also have produced walleyes during the evening
hours. A few bigger walleyes have been pulled on similar
presentations on the east end of the lake. Muskies are being taken
on topwater baits in the shallow, weedy bays. Crappies and sunfish
continue to be caught in shallow water.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is kicking out sunfish in
shallow water. Jigs or spinnerbaits are turning largemouth bass on
Lake Jefferson and spoons will provide steady northern pike action
here. Pitch jigs and leeches in the weeds of Lura Lake for
walleyes. Work the four-foot shoreline areas of Crystal Lake for
crappies. On the Minnesota River, walleyes are biting in the
Courtland area, and sucker minnows are producing catfish north of
town.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Northern pike are hitting minnows and crankbaits along the
weed edges of most lakes. Crappies continue to be pulled from
shallow water on Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake. Spinnerbaits
are a safe bet for largemouth bass on Round Lake and Lake
Minnewawa.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382

MONTICELLO AREA

Leeches are providing steady walleye action on Lake
Pulaski in 20 to 25 feet of water. Look to Rush Lake, Briggs Lake,
and Lake Julia in 10 to 16 feet of water for walleyes with
crankbaits or nightcrawlers. Sunfish are biting in shallow water on
lakes such as Maple, Sugar, Eagle, and Ida. Look for crappies along
the emerging weedlines of these lakes as well. Bass and northern
pike are being caught on most lakes with spinnerbaits or plastics.
Although water levels on the Mississippi River have gone up,
smallmouth bass continue to bite close to shore.

Shuman’s Outdoor Sports (763) 295-3222

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches in 14 feet of water on Big
Sand Lake. Northern pike can be had on sucker minnows in nine feet
of water on Big Mantrap Lake and topwater baits have produced a few
muskies here. Look for crappies on Fish Hook Lake in 14 to 16 feet
of water and largemouth bass seem to be biting on most lakes.
Leeches and nightcrawlers are safe bets for smallmouth bass on Lake
Belle Taine and Potato Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

STARBUCK AREA

Walleye action has improved on Lake Minnewaska in 14 to 20
feet of water. Work the points and shoreline breaks with spinner
rigs and crawlers. Shallow-running Shad Raps continue to fool
walleyes on Lake Emily in six feet of water. Largemouth and
smallmouth bass are biting very well throughout Lake
Minnewaska.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

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