Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Sunday, January 29th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Bass and panfish bite is going well in shallow water

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Mid-day hours are best spent on the mud flats or north
end sand breaks. Live bait rigs tipped with leeches or
nightcrawlers are producing fish in 18 to 20 feet on the sand and
in 30 to 35 feet on the mud. Slip bobbers and leeches on the
shallow rock reefs and points continue to provide the best walleye
activity during the evening hours.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Spinner rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers have
started turning the majority of daytime walleyes on the mud flats.
Work the deep edges of Seguchie’s Flat, Sherman’s Flat, and the
Seven Mile Flat in 30 to 34 feet of water. Evening walleye activity
continues to be strong on the rock points with slip bobbers and
leeches and you’ll still hit some fish in St. Alban’s Bay.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Anchoring and jigging with a shiner minnow continues to produce
walleyes at the Morris Point Gap in 16 to 24 feet of water. A few
fish have started hitting crankbaits during the evening hours in
slightly shallower water. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are
hitting spinner rigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers in 16 to
20 feet of water. Work the various island drop-offs for better
numbers of fish.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

A jig and shiner minnow continues to turn walleyes in 15 to 20
feet of water during the day in Walker Bay, Agency Bay, Portage Bay
and near Minnesota Island. These fish do move closer to shore
during the evening hours on Leech Lake. Miller’s Bay and Shingobee
Bay continue to kick out crappies and sunfish in shallow water and
bass activity has been best along the shallow rice beds of
Leech.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA

The big bays are giving up walleyes during lowlight periods of
the day. The majority of walleyes are being caught on leeches along
the 19- to 22-foot weedlines. Bass seem to be hitting anything
thrown at them in less than six feet of water, while spinners and
sucker minnows have been the ticket for northern pike along any
inside weed edge. Look for crappies to be suspended over 26 feet of
water and numbers of good-sized sunfish in shallow water.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Saginaw Bay has provided steady walleye action in 10 to 12 feet
of water. Sand Bay and Jackfish Bay also have given up fish in
eight to 10 feet of water. Black Bay is the best bet for crappies
in shallow water and numbers of small northern pike can be had
along the weedlines. Smallmouth bass reports have been limited.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

A jig and shiner minnow remains the best option for walleyes
along the west side points in eight to 12 feet of water, from the
Highbanks area to Duck Pass in eight to 10 feet of water, and off
Little Stoney Point in less than 12 feet of water. Leeches and live
bait rigs are turning a few bigger walleyes on the main lake bars.
Expect northern pike and some keeping-sized perch to be found with
the walleyes.

Pines Resort and Campground

(218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

The Afton area of the St. Croix River is producing walleyes and
saugers. Most of these fish are hitting crankbaits or leeches in 15
to 20 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along
the weed edges of White Bear Lake and Big Marine Lake and sunfish
are an easy catch in the shallows of Lake Peltier. The bass seasons
started strong with good reports coming from the shallow weeds of
Demonterville Lake and Lake Jane.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sunfish are biting well in the shallows of lakes such as Auburn,
Stieger, and Minnewashta. On Lake Bavaria, crappies and sunfish are
biting in the shallows. Plastics are producing bass on most lakes,
but look to Lake Zumbra and Minnewashta for bigger fish.
Spinnerbaits tipped with small sucker minnows are turning northern
pike along the weed edges of Lake Auburn, Lake Riley, and Lake
Susan.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Slip bobbers and leeches are providing steady walleye action
along the 12- to 18-foot weed edges near the swimming beach and
Kegg’s Reef. Bass action has been good in deep and shallow water
with a variety of presentations. Look to the shallow weeds and
bulrushes of Reinke’s Bay for sunfish and you’ll find crappies
along the 10- to 12-foot milfoil edges. Northern pike are active
and scattered in the weeded areas of the lake.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Panfish are shallow and active on most lakes. Topwater baits and
plastic jerk baits are producing numbers of largemouth bass in the
shallow weeds of most lakes as well. Spinners and leeches now are
turning the majority of walleyes in this area. Look to the deep
weedlines on lakes such as Mary, Reno, Miltona, and Le Homme Dieu
for the most active fish.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

A jig and minnow is providing steady walleye action on
Clearwater Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. Granite Lake, Cedar
Lake, and Lake Sylvia also have produced walleyes in slightly
deeper water. Bass are hitting a variety of plastic presentations
along the shallow weeds and shorelines of most lakes. Northern pike
continue to hit sucker minnows along the 12- to 14-foot weed edges
of Lake John, Pleasant Lake, Cedar, and Clearwater. Sunfish are
very shallow and active along the sand-covered shorelines of area
lakes.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Shiner minnows or leeches are the best bet for walleyes on West
Battle Lake in 18 to 24 feet of water and at Otter Tail Lake in 14
to 18 feet. Spinnerbaits have been the best option for bass in the
shallow weeds of most lakes. Sunfish are hitting in the shallows of
Eagle Lake, Deer Lake, Dead Lake, and West Battle. Clitherall Lake
and Elbow Lake are providing the area’s best crappie action in four
to six feet of water.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Lake
Plantagenette and Lake Bemidji in 20 to 25 feet during the day.
Shad Raps have provided better action during the evening hours in
10 to 15 feet of water. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits or topwater
presentations on area lakes, but look to Big Lake for better
numbers of large fish. Panfish are biting on many lakes in two to
three feet of water.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000

BLACKDUCK AREA

Blackduck Lake is a safe bet for walleyes with leeches and
nightcrawlers in 10 to 14 feet of water. The Blackduck River also
has provided consistent walleye activity with a jig and shiner
minnow. The shallow weeds and shorelines of Gilstead Lake and
Rabideau Lake are providing numbers of crappies and bluegills. Bass
are shallow and active on most lakes throughout the day.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Leeches and shiner minnows continue to provide steady walleye
action in 12 to 16 feet of water on Round Lake, Gull Lake, and
North Long Lake. Sucker minnows also will produce numbers of
northern pike along the weed edges of these lakes, while largemouth
bass are biting very well in the shallows of most fisheries. Look
for consistent panfish action in shallow water on lakes such as
Gull, Margaret, Nisswa, and Round.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

A jig and shiner minnow or live bait rig and leech are the best
bets for walleyes along the 10- to 20-foot breaks of Cass Lake,
Pike Bay Lake, Lake Andrusia, and Kitchi Lake. Some of these fish
can be had in shallower water during the evening hours. Crappie
action remains strong in the shallow weeds of most lakes, while
Allen’s Bay on Cass continues to hold good-sized bluegills. Bass
are biting on most of the area’s smaller lakes, while Andrusia is
the best bet for northern pike.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

The bass season started very well on most lakes. Spinnerbaits
thrown along the vegetated shorelines have worked best and look to
Chisago Lake for better numbers of big fish. There’s some evening
walleye action to be had with leeches in 16 to 18 feet of water on
lakes such as North Center, South Center, and South Lindstrom. The
shallow shorelines of Chisago are kicking out sunfish and you’ll
find plenty of crappies at Kroon Lake in 12 feet of water. Bass,
bluegills, and northern pike have bit well on Sunrise Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

The bass season started particularly strong on most lakes with
plastics or spinnerbaits producing the majority of fish. Minnows
and nightcrawlers continue to fool walleyes in 20 to 26 feet of
water on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake. Crappie and sunfish action
is worth noting in the shallows of most lakes. Look to the
Pennington Pit and Huntington Pit for trout. Rapalas or Power Bait
has worked best.

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

DULUTH AREA

Consistent walleye reports continue to come from Rice Lake,
Island Lake, and Fish Lake from 10 to 28 feet of water. The St.
Louis River started giving up a few more walleyes this week as
well. Look to Rice Lake and Fish Lake for panfish in less than
eight feet of water. The majority of salmon and lake trout action
on Lake Superior is taking place near the surface with
stickbaits.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Leeches now are producing the majority of walleyes in 17 to 22
feet of water at Green Lake and Blue Lake. Shallow water crappie
action is going very strong on Fremont Lake and Lake Dianne. Bass
and northern pike are an easy catch along the weedlines of most
lakes with spinnerbaits or live bait presentations.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

FAIRMONT AREA

Big crappies have been caught in three to five feet of water at
Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Leeches are the best
option for walleyes on Hall Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Sunfish
now are being caught under or near the shallow docks of most lakes
and bass reports have been limited during the first few days of the
season.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Topwater baits or plastics have provided consistent bass action
in the shallow weeds of Cedar Lake and Lake Mazaska. Sunfish also
can be had in the shallow weeds of most lakes, but look to Roberds
Lake and Mazaska for bigger fish. Leeches are producing a few
walleyes on Cannon Lake in six to 10 feet of water and on French
Lake in 17 feet. French Lake and Kelley Dudley Lake remain the best
options for northern pike, while crappies continue to be caught on
Cedar Lake and Lake Mazaska.

Lake’s Bait and Tackle (507) 334-2768

GRAND MARAIS AREA

A jig and minnow combination consistently is producing walleyes
between 12 and 15 feet of water on Homer Lake and Northern Lights
Lake. Devil’s Track Lake is kicking out a few good-sized smallmouth
bass in shallow water. Sucker minnows continue to provide steady
northern pike activity on Elbow Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Splithand Lake, Deer Lake, Bowstring Lake, and Lake Pokegama are
the best bets for walleyes. Depths vary at each lake, but 12 to 16
feet is a good starting point with shiner minnows or leeches.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass can be had on area lakes with
plastics or spinnerbaits working best in shallow water. Poole’s Bay
on Pokegama remains a safe bet for crappies in shallow water.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838

HACKENSACK AREA

Birch Lake is kicking out crappies in shallow water and walleyes
in 12 feet. Rapalas have been the ticket for walleyes during
lowlight periods of the day at Ten Mile Lake, Stoney Lake, Pleasant
Lake, and Woman Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has
been strong with plastics on Ten Mile, Birch, and Pleasant lakes.
Sunfish are very active in the shallows of most fisheries.

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

HUTCHINSON

Walleyes are hitting leeches early and late in the day at
Collinwood Lake in 16 feet of water and Lake Washington in eight to
10 feet. Rapalas also have turned a few walleyes at night in front
of the campground on Lake Ripley. Work the shallows of Lake Minnie
Belle for sunfish and the weedlines of Ripley for northern pike.
Bass reports have been limited.

The Outpost (320) 587-8177

LAKE OSAKIS

Crawlers have started producing walleyes on the Half Mile Bar in
18 feet of water. Some good-sized crappies have been pulled from
the 12-foot weed edges. Look for sunfish to be scattered throughout
the Half Mile Bar in 15 feet of water. Northern pike and bass have
been an easy catch throughout the weeded areas of the lake.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes are hitting during the day along the sharp, 26- to
35-foot breaks. During lowlight conditions, eight to 14 feet of
water remains most productive. Panfish and bass are very active in
shallow water, while northern pike are an easy catch in the shallow
and deep weeded areas.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Look to Lake Washington for crappies in 10 feet of water and
numbers of sunfish near the docks. Walleyes are hitting leeches at
Lake Elysian in eight to 10 feet of water. With a northwest wind,
Madison Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 10 to 20 feet of water.
Bass are shallow and active on most lakes, but Lake Washington
tends to give up better numbers of good-sized fish.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Walleyes continue to hit leeches and minnows below the dam on
Big Sandy Lake. Work the weedlines of Big Sandy and Lake Minnewawa
with minnows for northern pike. Bass reports have been slow, but
there is some consistent sunfish activity in shallow water on Lake
Minnewawa.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382

MONTICELLO AREA

Bass and northern pike are hitting at a good pace on lakes such
as Ida, Eagle, Big, and Beebe. Crankbaits are producing walleyes
during the evening hours at Briggs Lake, Lake Julia, Rush Lake, and
Beebe. Look to the Mississippi River for smallmouth bass, a few
walleyes, and numbers of catfish. Lakes such as Beebe and Ida are
safe bets for sunfish in shallow water.

Shuman’s Outdoor Sports (763) 295-3222

ORTONVILLE AREA

Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing
walleyes in 12 feet of water on Big Stone Lake. The Mallard Point
and Hartford Beach areas have been most consistent. The Minnesota
River near Odessa is kicking out catfish and northern pike. Look to
Artichoke Lake for walleyes and crappies in eight to 10 feet of
water.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Fish Hook Lake in 16 feet
of water. Sucker minnows worked along the weed edges of Long Lake
and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes are a safe bet for northern pike.
Bass are shallow and hitting spinnerbaits on area lakes, while Big
Mantrap Lake is providing the area’s best crappie action in six
feet of water. Look to the Crow Wing Chain in two to four feet of
water for bluegills.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow presentation in six to
eight feet of water. Crappies also can be had at these depths with
a slip bobber and minnow combination. A few reports of good-sized
northern pike have been heard from the inlet and outlet areas of
the lake.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

RED WING AREA

Trolling plugs has produced walleyes on Lake Pepin in eight to
15 feet of water. Three-way rigs and willow cats also have provided
steady walleye action in the Vermilion River area of the
Mississippi River. The Rush River tributary is a safe bet for
northern pike, while the shallow rock piles of Lake Pepin continue
to hold smallmouth bass and crappies.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

ST. CLOUD AREA

Lake Koronis is producing walleyes on leeches in 12 to 22 feet
of water. A few walleyes can be had on Grand Lake in 16 feet of
water and northern pike are very active here as well. Bass reports
are strong throughout the area with lakes such as Grand, Pearl,
Pleasant, and Big Fish giving up larger fish. Sunfish can be had in
two to four feet of water on most lakes.

Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The 16-foot weedlines along the Golf Course area of Sauk Lake
continue to produce walleyes. Leeches are turning walleyes on
McCormick Lake in shallow water as well. Little and Big Birch lakes
are worth noting for walleyes in 16 to 19 feet of water. Work the
shorelines of Fairy Lake and Sauk for panfish, while sucker minnows
are providing steady northern pike action along the weedlines of
most lakes. Little Birch is kicking out smallmouth bass and
largemouth bass seem to be hitting on most lakes.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Walleyes are hitting off the points and sand bars of Lake
Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet or 20 to 24 feet of water. A spinner
rig tipped with a minnow or leech is working best. Long Lake is a
safe bet for numbers of small walleyes, while the weedlines of
Pelican Lake are holding northern pike. Bass action has been
excellent throughout the area and look for sunfish to be very
shallow on most lakes.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

The bass season started with a bang in the shallow water of most
lakes. There’s some eveening walleye action in shallow water on
Diamond Lake, Willmar Lake, Long Lake, and Ringo Lake. Panfish are
shallow and active on most area lakes and look to the shallow sand
areas of Green Lake for smallmouth bass.

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

Share on Social

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email

Hand-Picked For You

Related Articles