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

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Intense heat limits angler participation and the bite

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – The day bite has slowed since the heat arrived. Hit
Hawkbill Reef in eight feet during the evening hours with slip
bobbers and leeches and you’ll find walleyes. The mud flats also
continue to produce walleyes after dark via slip bobbers and
leeches in 22 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits or
tubes on the shallow rocks. Muskie anglers report ‘decent’ action
on the north end.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Spinners tipped with minnows or crawlers are your best
bet during the day on top of the flats. At night, slip bobbers and
leeches have produced walleyes in 32 to 35 feet off the flats.
Northern pike can be had on the weed edges of most bays and muskie
action continues to improve in these areas as well. Pitch tube jigs
on the rocks for smallmouth bass.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Downrigging has produced a lot of walleyes in 32 feet of water
along the south shore. Crawlers also are working for walleyes in 10
to 12 feet near Long Point and Arnesen’s Reef. The mud flats out
from Zippel Bay have given up walleyes as well. Little Traverse
Bay, Garden Island, Pelican Island, and Hay Island are providing
steady walleye action at the Northwest Angle. Muskie anglers are
turning quite a few fish around the islands during the day. On the
Rainy River, minnows and hammered-gold spinners are fooling
walleyes near the Frontier Access.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

Shad Raps continue to produce walleyes during the evening hours
in 10 to 12 feet on the flats and points. Bass action remains
strong in the rice beds and thick vegetation. Muskie anglers report
their best success with bucktails on the weeds and rocks of Pelican
Island and Portage Bay. A few good-sized perch can be had on
minnows in the Walker Narrows.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA

The deep weeds adjacent to sharp breaks are holding walleyes,
northern pike, and panfish. Big jigs and crankbaits have been
turning muskies in the 15- to 20-foot weed areas. Bass are hitting
jigs and plastics along the deep weedlines early and late in the
day.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

The reefs off Blueberry Island are giving up walleyes in 28 to
30 feet. Olson Reef is providing steady walleye action as well.
Leeches, minnows, and crawlers have worked best. Look to Black Bay
for crappies and northern pike can be caught with minnows on most
reefs. The North Arm remains the best option for smallmouth
bass.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

A short Lindy Rig and leech is producing walleyes in the six- to
12-foot weed patches. Shad Raps also have worked on the shallow
weedlines during the evening hours. Work a jig and minnow
combination for perch in 10 to 12 feet, in areas where deeper weeds
exist. Northern pike are scattered, but active throughout the
lake.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Northern pike and bass continue to hit well on the weedlines of
Big Marine Lake, Demonterville Lake, and Bald Eagle Lake. Walleyes
can be had during the evening hours on the St. Croix River, Clear
Lake, and Bald Eagle in 20 to 22 feet of water. Find the 10- to
12-foot weed edges on Little Lake or Lake Peltier and you’ll find
sunfish. Forest Lake and Lake Owassa remain the area’s best bets
for muskies.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

There’s some evening walleye action with slip bobbers and
leeches on the breaks of Lotus Lake and Lake Riley. Look to Lake
Auburn and Lake Bavaria for panfish in 12 to 14 feet. Northern pike
and bass are hitting live bait and artificials on most lakes, but
Auburn and Pierson tend to be most consistent. Lowlight periods of
the day have provided bigger fish.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Look for the larger northern pike, bass, and panfish to be
relating to deep weeds. These areas have given up an occasional
walleye during the evening hours as well. Shad Raps or a slip
bobber and leech are turning some walleyes during lowlight periods
on the reefs. Topwater baits remain the best option for muskies on
the sand, rock, and weeded areas during the evening hours.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-209

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Work the bars and deep weedlines with plastics for bass on lakes
such as Miltona, Le Homme Dieu, Carlos, and Geneva. The only
walleye reports are coming from 30 or more feet of water after dark
on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Crappies can be found suspended over
the deep weeds of Le Homme Dieu, Geneva, and Darling Lake. Sunfish
action remains strong and an occasional muskie report is heard off
Lake Miltona.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Largemouth bass and sunfish can be had in 10 to 12 feet on Sugar
Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Lake Augusta, and Cedar Lake.
Cedar and Pleasant Lake are the area’s best options for northern
pike in 12 to 18 feet of water. Clearwater gives up an occasional
decent walleye. Fathead minnows or leeches are best in 14 to 20
feet. Look to Sugar Lake for muskies during the evening hours.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Work the weeds of West Battle Lake for northern pike and a few
muskies. Sunfish action remains strong in 10 to 16 feet on
Clitherall Lake, Battle Lake, and South Turtle Lake. Plastics or
spinnerbaits are triggering largemouth bass in the weeds of Blanche
Lake and West Leaf Lake. Otter Tail Lake remains the best option
for walleyes in less than 12 feet during the evening hours.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BLACKDUCK AREA

Look for crappies and bluegills on the 10- to 14-foot cabbage
beds of Lake Rabideau, Gilstead Lake, North Twin Lake, and South
Twin Lake. A few walleyes can be had on the humps and weed edges of
Blackduck Lake and Gull Lake. Upper Red Lake also is producing
walleyes in 11 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Redtail minnows remain the best option for walleyes on Gull Lake
in 17 to 24 feet of water. Sucker minnows are the ticket for pike
along the deep weedlines of Lake Edward and Gull Lake. Largemouth
bass can be had in the weeds of most lakes, while panfish continue
to be caught in 12 to 14 feet on Upper Gull Lake, North Long Lake,
and Lake Margaret.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and perch on the six- to
eight-foot sand flats during the day on Cass Lake. You’ll find some
fish in 40 to 50 feet as well. At sunset, Shad Raps are producing
fish in 10 feet of water. Minnows have been turning numbers of
northern pike in the cabbage of Lake Andrusia, Pike Bay Lake, and
Cass. Bluegills remain active over 15 to 20 feet in Allen’s Bay on
Cass. Crankbaits are triggering muskies in the cabbage beds
throughout the Cass Chain.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Look for trout to be hitting waxworms or nightcrawlers in 30 to
40 feet at the Pennington Pit and Portsmouth Pit. Largemouth bass
and pike are an easy catch on the 14- to 18-foot weeds of Serpent
Lake, Mission Lake, and Rabbit Lake. The Pine River and Mississippi
River are producing smallmouth bass and a few walleyes on
crankbaits or crawlers. Look for panfish in eight to 28 feet of
water on on most lakes.

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

DETROIT LAKES

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the flats adjacent to
deep water on Big Detroit Lake. Shell Lake and Island Lake also
have given up a few walleyes on minnows. The deep weedlines of Lake
Melissa have been kicking out northern pike on minnows. Bass
fishing has been excellent in deep water on plastics and the larger
bluegills caught in this area are coming from deep water as
well.

Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service www.fishingscene.com

DULUTH AREA

Look to Island Lake with leeches for walleyes in 25 feet of
water. Trolling spoons and crankbaits in the Lester River area of
Lake Superior has been productive for walleyes in 40 feet of water.
The best lake trout reports are coming from 100 feet down with
downriggers. Small leeches are producing bluegills in 15 feet on
Fish Lake.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

FAIRMONT AREA

Catfish are the area’s mainstay. Crawlers are turning numbers of
them in shallow water on George Lake, Hall Lake, Lake Sissiton, and
Budd Lake. Bucktails and topwater baits are triggering muskies on
Fox Lake during the evening. Crappies can be found suspended over
14 to 16 feet on Hall Lake and Budd Lake.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Lakes such as Devil’s Track, Saganaga, and Elbow continue to
produce walleyes. The majority of these fish are hitting leeches,
but they’ve moved out to 15 to 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass
are biting throughout the area on the deep and shallow sand or rock
locations. Reports from Lake Superior have been limited this
week.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes can be had on the north end humps of Bowstring Lake.
These fish are hitting leeches during the evening. Bass fishing is
impressive on most lakes with Spider, Balsam, Rice, and Pokegama
leading the way. Little Sand Lake and Bowstring are worth noting
for crappies – in the weeds during the evening hours. Sucker
minnows are triggering deep-water pike on Lake Pokegama and Trout
Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838

HACKENSACK AREA

Look to Woman Lake with nightcrawlers for walleyes in 18 feet of
water. Ten Mile Lake also is producing walleyes on a jig and minnow
in 22 feet of water. Bass fishing has been strong on lakes such as
Little Boy, Birch, and Five Point. Sunfish are hitting waxworms in
eight to 10 feet on Birch and Five Point as well.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Anglers on Lake Kabetogama and Namakan Lake report the best
walleye action in 24 to 28 feet with slip sinker rigs and crawlers
or leeches. Martin Islands, Chase Islands, Ram Island, and Center
Reef have been best on Kab, while Hoist Bay and Stevens Island on
Namakan are worth noting. Northern pike are inhaling spoons,
bucktails, and stickbaits on deep weedlines of Tom Cod Bay,
Nebraska Bay, and Daily Bay. Smallmouth bass can be had in weeds or
along the rock-covered shorelines.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE VERMILION

The saddle areas continue to produce walleyes during the early
morning hours. The rock piles, big bay reefs, and bars also are
holding fish early and late in the day. Muskies are in their summer
patterns and most active during lowlight periods of the day due to
the pressure they’re receiving. Smallmouth bass are hitting
topwater baits and Senkos during the day around vertical
structure.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is producing sunfish and crappies
in 12 to 14 feet of water. The west end of Lake Francis also is
giving up panfish in 10 feet of water. The deep holes of the
Minnesota River are worth noting for both walleyes and catfish. A
few walleyes have come off Clear Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water
with crankbaits. Bass continue to bite in the area and the
weedlines of Big Jefferson Lake are holding northern pike.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Sunfish and crappies can be had on Shumway Lake in eight to 12
feet of water. Northern pike are biting well along the weedlines of
Wolf Lake. Big Sandy Lake is producing walleyes on the 10-foot
weedlines both early and late in the day. Look to wards Rat Lake
for crappies in 15 feet of water.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382

MONTICELLO AREA

Sunfish are continuing to hit at a good pace in 10 to 12 feet on
Big Lake, Lake Ida, and Eagle Lake. The deep holes of the
Mississippi River continue to produce smallmouth bass and catfish.
Bass and northern pike are hitting on most lakes, but walleye
action has been slow since the heat arrived.

Shuman’s Outdoor Sports

(763) 295-3222

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Smallmouth bass are hitting on Big Sand Lake and Potato Lake in
12 to 15 feet of water. Sucker minnows are the ticket for northern
pike on the weedlines of Big Mantrap Lake. Look for sunfish in 10
to 14 feet on Fish Hook Lake and a few walleyes can be had during
the evening hours in 20 feet on Big Sand Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

ST. CLOUD AREA

Sunfish action is strong in six to 12 feet on Becker Lake, East
Lake, Pearl Lake, and Goodner Lake. The Sauk River is giving up
numbers of catfish, primarily on nightcrawlers in eight to 14 feet.
Look to lakes like Grand, Pleasant, Big Fish, Big, and Pearl for
northern pike and largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass are an easy
catch on Lake Koronis and walleye action is slow.

Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567

STARBUCK AREA

The sunfish bite continues to be consistent on Lake Minnewaska
in 12 feet of water. The Glenwood and Starbuck ends of the lake
have both produced fish throughout the day. Walleye and northern
pike reports have been limited, but largemouth bass can be caught
on plastics in the weeds of most lakes.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

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