Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Sunday, February 5th, 2023

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Some are deep, some shallow, but panfish bite is strong

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

Crappie action remains consistent during the afternoon hours in
shallow water. Small jigs tipped with minnows are turning fish in
four to six feet of water at the Malone Island canal and Izaty’s
Harbor.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Northern pike have started hitting ciscoes and large minnows in
the bays. Sturgeon anglers are finding success on the Rainy River
and shorelines of the main lake. Nightcrawlers and sucker minnows
have worked best on the bottom.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

Panfish anglers have started fishing their traditional spots
with small jigs and minnows or wax worms. Look to the shallows of
Shingobee Bay for perch and crappies in two to six feet of water.
The northern bays on most smaller lakes have started producing
crappies, too.

Walker Bait Company (218) 547-2248

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Orange jigs tipped with minnows have been the ticket for
crappies in eight to 10 feet of water. The bays of Lake Minnetonka
have provided much of the action. A few more sunfish have been
caught in recent days on ice flies and wax worms in four to six
feet of water.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

The mouth of the Little Fork River on the Rainy River is
providing steady sturgeon action. Crawlers seem to be working best.
Crankbaits have been the ticket for northern pike along the
shorelines, while crappie activity remains slow.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

There isn’t much fishing taking place as most anglers await
opening day of the walleye season. It might be worth looking for
perch at the mouth of the Mississippi River or along the west
shoreline in four to six feet of water.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Crappies continue to be caught on tube jigs or minnows in four
to eight feet of water. Lakes such as White Bear, Big Marine, and
Big Carnelian are worth checking.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Anglers are finding more crappies than sunfish in four to eight
feet of water. Small tube jigs and minnows are turning the majority
of fish during the afternoon hours. Look to the west sides of Lake
Zumbra, Lake Bavaria, Hydes Lake, and Eagle Lake.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Walleyes and white bass are being caught on jigs and minnows at
the mouth of Minnehaha Creek. Channel catfish are hitting cutbaits
above the Ford Dam on the Mississippi River. Small sunfish and
crappies are an easy catch along the shorelines of Lake Nokomis and
Lake Calhoun.

Moore’s Bait and Tackle (612) 861-7412

LAKE WACONIA

Tube jigs and minnows, or jigs and minnows under bobbers have
been the ticket for crappies in the shallows of Waconia Bay. Expect
a few good-sized sunfish to be caught on wax worms as well.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

The afternoon and evening hours have been best for crappies in
four to eight feet of water. Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, Lake
Geneva, and Lake Carlos are providing steady action. Look to the
bays on most small lakes in this area to be holding fish as
well.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

You’ll still find crappies in the shallows of Lake Augusta and
Lake Sylvia, but they’ve moved deeper on many lakes. Sunfish remain
shallow and active on lakes such as Cedar, Clearwater, Pleasant,
Sugar, and Sylvia. Wax worms and small jigs are producing the
majority of fish.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Look for crappies in Pelican Bay on Otter Tail Lake, the culvert
on Ten Mile Lake, and the southwest bay of Stalker Lake. Steady
sunfish action is being reported from the shallows of Deer
Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BLACKDUCK AREA

Bluegill and perch action has been limited, but crappies have
been hitting in shallow water. Look to the shorelines of Gilstead
Lake and Rabideau Lake with small jigs and minnows for the area’s
biggest and most concentrated fish.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Crappies and sunfish remain shallow and very active. Small
minnows, panfish leeches, and worms are working best on jigs in
four to six feet of water. Gull Lake, North Long Lake, Lake
Margaret, and Pelican Lake are producing the most fish.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

If the sun is out, a jig and minnow are producing perch in 30
feet of water on Cass Lake. With cloud cover, drifting with a jig
and minnow has worked best in four to eight feet of water.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Panfish continue to be caught in the bays, but some of the
area’s bigger crappies have started relating to docks. Tube jigs
and minnows are working very well for crappies, while wax worms
remain the best option for sunfish. Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom
Lake, South Center Lake, and North Center Lake all have produced
fish.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Work the bays and shorelines of Rabbit Lake, Serpent Lake,
Blackhoof Lake, Clinker Lake, and Lake Adney for crappies. The
bigger fish are hitting jigs and minnows in four to six feet of
water. Sunfish action has been slow.

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

DETROIT LAKES

Crappies continue to be found in eight to 12 feet of water,
while sunfish are being caught in the shallow bays. Lakes such as
Little Detroit, Prairie, Franklin, Sallie, Floyd, Little Bemidji,
Crystal, and Little Pelican are all producing fish.

Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service www.fishingscene.com

DULUTH AREA

Panfish action is just getting started as a few crappies begin
to be taken in the shallows of Fish Lake. The bigger story has been
the salmon bite along the north shore of Lake Superior. Trolling
stickbaits along the shallow points has produced quite a few cohos
and a few kings.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Crappies and sunfish are still biting, although the number of
good-sized fish has decreased. Look to the shallows of Green Lake,
Fremont Lake, and Elk Lake. Use Flu Flu’s and minnows or wax
worms

Tails and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

FAIRMONT AREA

The channel between Amber Lake and Hall Lake is kicking out
crappies and bullheads. The turkey season has gone well with a few
birds registered each day, highlighted by a 29-pound tom.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

The channel on Cannon Lake started producing bluegills this
week. Shields Lake and Roberds Lake are the area’s best options for
crappies in shallow water.

Lake’s Bait and Tackle (507) 334-2768

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Smelt continue to be taken along the shorelines of Lake
Pokegama. The harbor on Pokegama is producing crappies, as is the
north bay on Long Lake. The best bet for bluegills is still the
power plant area of the Mississippi River.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838

HACKENSACK AREA

Crappie and sunfish action really took off last weekend. Most
lakes are now kicking out panfish in less than five feet of water.
Minnows and wax worms are working best on Birch Lake, Pleasant
Lake, Woman Lake, Webb Lake, and Five Point Lake.

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

HUTCHINSON

The panfish bite has slowed a bit this week. Some anglers blame
the cold front and others believe many of the crappies may have
moved from the shallows. Lakes worth checking include Stella,
Belle, and Stahls.

The Outpost (320) 587-8177

LAKE OSAKIS

A few crappies and sunfish have been taken, but the bite has yet
to be close to consistent. Work the shallow creek mouths and
backwater areas.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

MANKATO AREA

Duck Lake is producing crappies in 13 feet of water. The
Buckmasters Bridge area of Madison Lake is giving up crappies in
two to four feet of water. Jigging Rapalas have been the ticket for
crappies on Lake Washington in 12 to 18 feet of water.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Minnows and wax worms are turning crappies in four to six feet
of water on Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382

RED LAKE

If you can keep the walleyes off your hook, catching crappies is
not out of the question. The best reports are coming from six to
eight feet of water.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

RED WING AREA

Bigger walleyes are still being caught off wing dams close to
shore, while sauger have been most active in 18 to 30 feet of water
on the Mississippi River. Jigs tipped with plastics or large willow
cats have been the hot baits, but Sonars are turning fish as
well.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Bailey’s Bay on Big Sauk Lake is producing sunfish in four feet
of water. Look to the east bay on Sauk for crappies. Hunter’s Bay
on Big Birch Lake also is providing steady sunfish action in two to
six feet of water.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

The Starbuck Marina and Fish Hatchery Bay on Lake Minnewaska
continue to produce sunfish and crappies. Fish are being caught in
four to six feet of water.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

STILLWATER AREA

Look for crappies around the bridges and shoreline breaks of the
St. Croix River in 10 to 20 feet of water. Panfish also can be had
on Carnelian Lake, Koon Lake, and Boot Lake in 10 to 15 feet of
water.

Jimmy’s Bait and Tackle (651) 430-2554

WILLMAR AREA

Numbers of sunfish and crappies are not a problem to find. These
fish remain shallow and active on Diamond Lake, Lake Florida, Nest
Lake, Norway/Games Lake, and Lake Andrew.

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

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