Very few ice anglers out as most wait for open water
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Perch continue to come off mud flats in 26 to 34 feet of
water. Jigging spoons and minnow heads have produced bigger fish.
Look to the Nine Mile and Sliver Flat as safe bets. A few crappies
are coming from Isle Bay in seven to nine feet of water. ATVs are
recommended since the shorelines have begun to deteriorate.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Indian Point is providing steady perch action in 22 to 28
feet of water. Look to Brown’s Point and the shoreline breaks along
the west side to be holding fish in 20 to 30 feet of water as well.
ATVs are your best option for travel and jigging spoons continue to
turn bigger perch.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are biting in 26 to 28 feet of water during the day and
in 12 to 16 feet of water during the morning and evening hours. The
bite on the reefs has been better than the sand and mud in recent
days around Pine Island and the mouth of the river. Northern pike
action has been very good in Zippel Bay, Four Mile Bay, and Swift
Ditch. The Rainy River is open and continues to see many boats on
it. Walleye action has been very good with 40 to 50 fish per boat
being caught on 3/8-ounce jigs and rainbow minnows.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
Sand Point and Pine Point are providing steady perch action in
three to five feet of water. Minnows and waxworms on jigging spoons
have produced fish most consistently. Sunfish have started hitting
in Shingobee Bay in front of Larson’s boat store in 12 to 14 feet
Walker Bait Company (218) 547-2248
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Lake Independence is kicking out crappies early and late in the
day over 30 to 32 feet of water. Look for sunfish and crappies on
Lake Sarah throughout the day in 18 feet of water. Crystal Bay or
Black Lake on Lake Minnetonka are worth noting for sunfish in eight
to 12 feet of water.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Sand Bay is the best option for walleyes in 26 to 32 feet of
water. Look to the reefs during lowlight periods of the day with
jigging Rapalas and minnow heads. The Rainy River continues to see
more boat traffic with a decent bite reported in the Manitou Rapids
area. Crappie action remains slow, but typically improves over the
next couple of weeks. Look to Sand Bay and Black Bay to provide the
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The eight- to 12- foot shoreline break on the west side, from
the mouth of the river up to Raven’s Point has been providing
limits of perch. You still have to sort through some small fish,
but a jig and minnow has turned plenty of keeping-sized fish as
well. Access points are deteriorating quickly, so ATVs are the best
bet for travel.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
Twin Cities Metro
Sunfish continue to hit on Lake Peltier and White Bear Lake in
seven to 10 feet of water. Look to Rush Lake and Lake Pokegema for
sunfish in about 10 feet of water. The St. Croix River, Bald Eagle
Lake, and Big Marine Lake are among the safest bets for crappies.
Look for suspended fish over 20 to 25 feet of water with
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Pink jigs and maggots have been the hot ticket for sunfish in 10
to 12 feet of water. Lakes such as Eagle, Parley, and Minnewashta
are kicking out fish. Crappie action remains strong on Minnewashta
in 17 feet of water during the evening hours. On Whaletail Lake,
there’s a good crappie bite during the evening hours straight out
from the access. Don’t expect numbers, but fish up to two pounds
have been caught this week.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
The bay on the west side of Lake Darling is the best bet in the
area for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 15 feet of water. Other
lakes that are producing panfish, but on a less consistent basis,
are Ida, Victoria, Geneva, and Le Homme Dieu. Watch the shorelines
and access points on all area lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
The shallow bays of Sugar Lake and Lake Sylvia are producing
panfish in less than nine feet of water. Look to the north end of
Cedar Lake and the 10- to 12-foot weeded areas of Clearwater Lake
for sunfish and crappies during the morning and evening hours.
Granite Lake and Lake John have produced a few sunfish in 10 to 12
feet this week as well.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
The west end of Battle Lake is producing sunfish during the day
in eight feet of water and crappies at night in eight to 12 feet of
water. The Amor Flats on Otter Tail Lake continue to produce perch
in 12 feet of water. Look for tullibees to be suspended and hitting
waxworms over the deep holes of Star Lake, Pickerel Lake, and
Mollie Stark Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Minnows and waxworms have been the ticket for perch on Blackduck
Lake in six to 22 feet of water. Sunfish continue to be caught in
20 to 22 feet of water on Rabideau Lake and Lake Pimushe. Gilstead
Lake is the area’s best option for crappies in 30 feet of
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Most small lakes and bays are now producing sunfish and crappies
in shallow water. Glow jigs tipped with small minnows, waxworms, or
Eurolarvae are working best and turning fish in six to 10 feet of
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
The eight- to 10-foot sand and weed flats of Cass Lake and Pike
Bay Lake are producing perch. A few bigger perch continue to be
found in 20 to 30 feet of water on these lakes as well. Crappies
and sunfish have started hitting on many lakes. Look to Kitchi,
Midge, and Grace for bigger fish in 10 to 14 feet of water.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Sunset Point on South Center Lake is providing steady sunfish
activity in six to 10 feet of water. Kroon Lake is a safe bet for
crappies during the evening in 22 to 24 feet of water. Work the
A-Frame and Eagle’s Nest areas on Chisago Lake for sunfish and
crappies in eight to 12 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Black Hoof Lake is consistently kicking out sunfish and crappies
in 11 to 22 feet of water. Sunfish and crappies remain active on
Clinker Lake throughout the daytime hours in 14 feet of water as
well. At Big Mahnomen Lake there has been an ‘off again/on again’
panfish bite in 24 feet of water.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
There’s a decent tullibee bite during the morning hours on
Pelican Lake. The deep holes of Rose Lake, Long Lake, and Lake
Sallie also are holding tullibees. Lakes such as Little Detroit,
Cotton, Prairie, Toad, and Round are producing bluegills during the
daytime hours and some crappies at sunset.
Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service www.fishingscene.com
Small boats are being used by anglers in the Two Harbors Bay of
Lake Superior for coho salmon. Small spoons or stickbaits have
turned a number of fish near the surface over 30 to 50 feet of
water. Look for crappies in 15 feet of water on Comstock Lake and
Caribou Lake. Fish Lake remains a safe bet for perch in 10 to 12
feet of water.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Ice fishing has ended in this area. While ice remains in some
parts of the main lake, the ice at the shorelines has begun to pull
away. A few anglers have started to look to the traditional spring
crappie spots, but haven’t yet pulled any fish from open water.
Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Poole’s Bay and Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama are producing good
numbers of sunfish and a few crappies in nine to 12 feet of water.
There’s a pretty good crappie bite on Bass Lake in 16 to 25 feet of
water and some bluegills have been caught on Bass in nine to 16
feet. Look to the south end of Bowstring Lake for perch in 20 to 26
feet and some good-sized crappies from 20 to 22 feet of water.
Tullibees are suspended over 20 to 30 feet of water on Bowstring as
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838
LAKE KABETOGAMA AREA
Crappies are being found in the channels and bays throughout
Namakan Lake and Sand Point Lake. Limits have been the exception,
but most anglers were finding enough fish to stay interested. A
minnow and plain hook has worked best, followed by small tube jigs.
Northern pike action has slowed down in comparison to last
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Crappie action has improved out from Holiday Resort in 20 to 30
feet of water during the evening hours. A few sunfish can be had at
sunrise and sunset on the north end in 18 to 22 feet of water.
Small jigs tipped with larvae or grass shrimp have worked best.
Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181
Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington continues to produce sunfish and
crappies in 12 to 14 feet of water – as of this writing. Shorelines
and access points have been rapidly deteriorating, so caution is
advised on all area lakes.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Bellhorn Bay and the narrows on Big Sandy Lake are producing
crappies during the evening hours in 20 to 25 feet of water. Look
for some decent sunfish and crappie activity on Lake Minnewawa in
10 to 12 feet of water. Waxworms continue to provide steady
tullibee action on the northwest end of Big Sandy Lake. These fish
remain suspended over 20 to 25 feet of water.
Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382
Getting on many lakes has become a problem due to open shoreline
ice. As of Tuesday morning, lakes such as Constance, Buffalo, and
Rock were still accessible and producing panfish. By this weekend,
that could change.
Shuman’s Outdoor Sports (763) 295-3222
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Bluegills remain active on Fish Hook Lake in 12 feet of water.
Upper Twin Lake also is kicking out bluegills in 10 feet of water.
Crappie reports have slowed, but Big Mantrap Lake and Island Lake
are worth checking during the evening hours with minnows in 30 feet
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
The two best crappie reports are coming from the north shore
three to seven miles out of Hillman’s Resort and two miles out of
Mort’s Dock. Most good catches are taking place in 15 feet of water
with green or red glow jigs tipped with minnows. A few good-sized
perch also can be had in these areas. Most access points are closed
to vehicle traffic, but ATVs are a safe option.
Dr. Tackle Sports(218) 647-8657
RED WING AREA
The sauger bite has been excellent below the dam on the
Mississippi River in 18 to 25 feet of water. Hair jigs and minnows
or three-ways and crankbaits have worked best. The Covell Access is
now open for boat launching. A few walleyes are mixed in but water
temperatures remain cool so the bulk of them have yet to move
shallow. The best walleye bite will begin once water temperatures
reach about 52 degrees.
Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
ST. CLOUD AREA
Sunfish are easy to find, but size has been a issue. Lakes such
as Grand, Pearl, Cedar Island, and East are providing numbers of
small sunfish from six to nine feet of water. Crappie reports
remain limited with just a few fish being pulled from Long Lake in
12 to 18 feet of water.
Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567
SUK CENTRE AREA
Small sunfish continue to be caught in six to 12 feet of water
on Maple Lake, Lily Lake, SUK Lake, and Fairy Lake. The Dutchmen’s
Creek area of SUK is producing crappies over 40 feet of water, but
this area is now only accessible by ATV.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
Crappies continue to bite after sunset, late into the evening on
the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska in 16 feet of water. Glow jigs
and minnows are working best. Waxworms and small jigs are turning a
few sunfish in this area during the day.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
There aren’t a lot of people fishing, but those who have
ventured out are catching sunfish. Look to Norway/Games, Nest,
Florida, and Andrew in 10 to 15 feet of water. A few crappies can
be had in deeper water on Nest Lake and Games Lake during the
evening hours. The shorelines have started to pull away, so walking
or ATVs are recommended for travel.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097