Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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Minnows quickly become primary walleye presentation

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Leeches and live bait rigs are turning some walleyes
during the day. Work the tops and edges of the mud flats in 24 to
32 feet of water. The evening hours have been more consistent in
shallower water. Crankbaits or a slip bobber and leech is the way
to go on the shallow breaks or 10-foot rock piles. The rocks
continue to hold smallmouth bass, while the weedlines, points, and
north end breaks are spots worth noting for muskies.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – A slip bobber and leech remains the best option for
walleyes at night in the 32- to 34-foot mud areas. Spinner rigs
tipped with minnows or leeches are a good daytime presentation on
top of the mud flats between 22 and 26 feet of water. Wigwam Bay,
St. Alban’s Bay, and Vineland Bay have produced northern pike via
crankbaits on the weedlines. Perch tend to be mixed with the
walleyes and muskie anglers continue to see fish on the weedlines
of most bays.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The sturgeon action at the Rainy River has been very good.
Smallmouth bass also can be had on the Rainy east of the Clementson
Rapids. At the Northwest Angle, bright-colored jigs are producing
walleyes in 20 to 26 feet. The Knight and Bridges islands have been
especially good. The south shore bite extends from the Lighthouse
Gap west to Sandy Shores in 28 feet with live bait.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

Shad Raps are turning walleyes during the evening hours along
the shoreline breaks and points. You’ll also find some midday
walleye activity with crawlers in 30 to 32 feet in Walker Bay.
Spinnerbaits continue to produce numbers of largemouth bass in the
reeds and rice beds. Bucktails and topwater baits are turning
muskies on the rocks and weedlines of most bays. Look to Agency
Bay, Shingobee Bay, and most small lakes in the area for panfish in
12 feet of water.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA

An occasional walleye can be had in 30 to 32 feet in Brown’s Bay
and Wayzata Bay during the evening hours. Muskies also tend to be
most active during lowlight periods on the deep weedlines. Sucker
minnows are starting to turn a few northern pike in the channels,
while the deep and shallow weeds are producing bass, primarily on
spinnerbaits. The 10-foot weedlines remain the best option for
sunfish and crappies.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

There’s some evening walleye and crappie action along the
28-foot breaks of Sand Bay. Walleyes have started hitting shiner
minnows near Blueberry Island in 30 to 35 feet. Black Bay continues
to produce crappies and crankbaits or spoons have produced northern
pike along the shallow weedlines throughout the lake.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

A jig and minnow is starting to turn walleyes in five to eight
feet of water. Work the weedlines near Highbanks and the Bird
Houses or the points such as Raven’s and Little Stoney. Numbers of
good-sized perch also can be had in these locations. Northern pike
have become more active in the weeds, with the bigger fish being
taken on minnows or Rapalas.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Cedar Lake and the St. Croix River are the area’s best bets for
walleyes in 20 feet of water. Northern pike are inhaling sucker
minnows in 12 to 14 feet at Forest Lake, Demonterville Lake, Big
Carnelian Lake, and Big Marine Lake. Look for sunfish and
largemouth bass on the eight-foot weed edges of Lake Jane, White
Bear Lake, and Demonterville. Bucktails are triggering some muskies
at Forest Lake during the morning and evening hours.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

LAKE WACONIA

The weedlines and reefs are holding muskies and northern pike,
but the pike have been more aggressive. The reefs also are holding
sunfish in 12 to 16 feet of water, with some of the bigger fish
coming off North Reef. Work the weedlines adjacent to the reefs
with spinnerbaits for largemouth bass.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Redtail minnows are turning walleyes from the 16-foot weedlines
out to about 25 feet on lakes such as Ida, Miltona, and Carlos.
Northern pike and bass are relating to the 14- to 18-foot weed
patches throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain. The bigger fish have
started hitting crankbaits. Look for bluegills between 10 and 12
feet on most lakes, while the Le Homme Dieu Chain remain’s the best
bet for crappies in 14 feet of water.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Cedar Lake and Clearwater Lake are kicking out a few walleyes
during the evening hours in 12 to 14 feet. These fish are
weed-related and hitting minnows or crankbaits. Sunfish continue to
be caught in 10 to 12 feet at Lake Augusta, Sugar Lake, Lake
Sylvia, Clearwater, and Cedar. Look to Pleasant Lake, Clearwater,
Cedar, and Sylvia for bass and northern pike in 10 to 12 feet of
water. Muskie reports off Sugar Lake have been sporadic, although
most anglers are seeing fish in the weeds.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Redtails or small sucker minnows have been the ticket for
walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in six to 15 feet during the evening
hours. Crawlers have worked best for walleyes on West Battle Lake
in 17 to 22 feet. Work the weedlines of Clitherall Lake for
northern pike, while trolling crankbaits over 35 feet of water has
turned a few muskies on West Battle. Blanche Lake and West Battle
are producing sunfish in 10 to 14 feet.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow on Blackduck Lake at two
depths: 15 to 20 feet or six to 10 feet. Crankbaits also have
produced walleyes along the shorelines here. Shad Raps are
providing steady walleye activity during the evening hours in 10 to
12 feet at lakes such as Pimushe, Gull, and Island. Work the deep
weed edges of North and South Twin lakes for panfish.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

A definite switch has been made to redtail minnows this week.
They’ve been producing walleyes in 15 to 30 feet on Gull Lake and
North Long Lake. Minnows also have been the best option for
northern pike along the 14- to 20-foot weedlines of Gull, North
Long, and Lake Edward. Sunfish action remains strong in 12 to 16
feet of water on most lakes and largemouth bass are hitting
spinnerbaits in the weeds throughout the area.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Shad Raps trolled on the bars after dark have been effective for
walleyes in 10 to 12 feet. Some midday walleyes can be had with
minnows or leeches on the weedlines and sharp breaks in 17 to 22
feet of water. Perch continue to hit minnows on the bars in seven
to 11 feet of water. Muskie anglers are triggering fish on the
points and reed edges with bucktails and topwater baits.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

The Pennington and Portsmouth pits are kicking out numbers of
trout in 25 to 35 feet. Look to the Portsmouth Pit for bigger
northern pike as well. Bucktails are producing muskies at Cedar
Lake, while bass are an easy catch along the weedlines of most
lakes. Walleyes can be had during lowlight periods on Serpent Lake
and Rabbit Lake along the deep weed edges. Rabbit Lake also is the
area’s best bet for bigger bluegills in 10 to 20 feet.

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

DETROIT LAKES

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the deep weed edges
and sharp breaks at lakes such as Big Cormorant, Lizzie, Pelican,
Franklin, Island, Detroit, and Big Toad. Bluegills can be had in
the cabbage beds of Crystal Lake, Round Lake, Shell Lake, Prairie
Lake, and Cotton Lake. Bass fishing remains strong on all lakes
with plastics tossed on the deep weedlines.

Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service www.fishingscene.com

DULUTH AREA

Walleyes are hitting crawlers and minnows in 12 to 14 feet at
Fish Lake and Boulder Lake. The 10-foot weedlines of Fish and Rice
Lake continue to provide steady bluegill action. Large minnows also
will produce northern pike at Rice Lake. Flasher Flies tipped with
smelt are turning lake trout on Superior. Most of these fish remain
tight to the bottom in 135 feet of water.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Floating Rapalas are producing walleyes in five feet of water on
Bowstring Lake. Spinnerbaits or plastic worms are the ticket for
bass on lakes such as Big Splithand, Bowstring, Spider, and Portage
in 15 to 18 feet. Small northern pike are biting on most lakes and
a few muskies have been raised on lakes such as Moose Lake, Deer
Lake, and North Star Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Look for pods of walleyes on the reefs adjacent to deep water. A
jig and minnow is turning the majority of fish. The bigger northern
pike are hitting stickbaits and spoons along the deep weed edges
and windswept shorelines. Smallmouth bass continue to slam
crankbaits on the rock piles.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE OSAKIS

Largemouth bass are an easy catch and an occasional small
walleye can be had on the bars during the evening hours. But the
big story remains the sunfish bite. The main lake bars are giving
up limits of good-sized sunfish in six to 20 feet. Better locations
this week have been Two Mile, Johnson’s Bar, Half Mile, and the
Three Mile.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

Lindy Rigs and nightcrawlers are producing walleyes in 18 to 25
feet. A sleeper presentation has been crankbaits around the rock
piles. Muskie action has been ‘fair’ with topwater baits triggering
most fish. A couple of 55-inch muskies were hooked this week with
the best reports coming from the rocks and weeds.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Look for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 14 feet on Lake
Washington. Largemouth bass remain active on lakes such as Madison,
Big Jefferson, and Washington. Big Jefferson also has kicked out
some nice northern pike. Crappies can be had on minnows in 10 feet
at German Lake. The Blue Earth end of the Minnesota River is giving
up a few walleyes and numbers of catfish.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Waxworms continue to produce bluegills in 16 feet at the Crow
Wing Chain of Lakes. There’s some lowlight walleye activity with
leeches in 22 to 24 feet on Potato Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Long
Lake. Sucker minnows are triggering northern pike along the weed
edges of Big Mantrap Lake. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits on most
lakes in 10 to 12 feet of water.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

Northern pike action has been good in the Tamarack River area.
Walleyes are hitting Shad Raps in 10 to 12 feet. A slip bobber and
minnow has turned a few crappies this week. The best reports are
coming from the cribs on the southeast corner of the lake.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

RED WING AREA

Northern pike can be had on Red Eye spoons or sucker minnows at
the Rush River Inlet on the Mississippi River. Work the deep holes
of the river with stinkbait for catfish. The best walleye reports
on the river are coming from the wing dams. Look to Lake Pepin with
plugs for walleyes, while crappies and smallmouth bass remain
active on the 16- to 22-foot rocks of Pepin.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

ST. CLOUD AREA

Becker Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Grand Lake are kicking out
sunfish in six to 10 feet. Lake Koronis is the area’s best walleye
option in 12 feet of water. Look to the Sauk River for catfish.
Largemouth bass and northern pike remain active in the weeds of
most lakes.

Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567

STARBUCK AREA

Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours along the shallow
bulrushes has started turning walleyes on Lake Minnewaska. Some
fish also can be had off the points with minnows between 12 and 16
feet of water. Sunfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet with some
crappies coming from deeper water on Minnewaska. Bass and northern
pike are hitting spinnerbaits throughout the area.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

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