Saturday, January 28th, 2023
Saturday, January 28th, 2023

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Fishing is limited, but bird hunting continues to improve

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

Trolling crankbaits is the best bet for walleyes. Work the rock
reefs, points, and shoreline breaks in six to 12 feet of water.
Vineland Bay and Isle Bay continue to produce some good-sized perch
in four to eight feet of water. Look to the boat harbors and bays
for crappies and sunfish.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

A jig and minnow continues to trigger walleyes from the
Lighthouse Gap up to Birchdale on the Rainy River in 14 to 23 feet.
Duck hunting has been very good along the south shore and Northwest
Angle. Limits of mallards, redheads, bluebills and Canada geese
have been common. Grouse hunters also have found hunting to be
excellent.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

A handful of walleye anglers continues to catch fish on
crankbaits during the evening hours. Work the points and shoreline
breaks in 10 to 12 feet of water. An occasional muskie is raised
from the shoreline breaks as well. A few northern ducks have moved
onto the lake, but ringbills remain most abundant. Grouse hunters
continue to do well, especially those who venture off the beaten
paths.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA

Fishing from shore in the channels during the afternoon will
produce an occasional walleye or northern pike. Minnows will turn
some walleyes on the shallow weedlines during the evening hours as
well. Hunting reports also have been minimal as ducks and pheasants
are scarce in the immediate area.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on the main lake
reefs and humps. Fish slow and vertically in 30 to 38 feet of
water. The humps in Sand Bay are giving up good-sized crappies, but
not a lot of them. Grouse hunting is going well, but duck numbers
are down with just a few northern birds in the area.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Until there’s ice, fishing reports on the main lake will be
nonexistent. The only decent option walleye and crappie anglers
have can be found at Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 14 to 20 feet of water.
The bite has slowed, but with some persistence you’ll catch fish.
Duck hunters are seeing a few northern birds and grouse hunting
remains a bright spot.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Minnows are triggering northern pike on lakes such as White
Bear, Bald Eagle, and Hydes. Slow-rolled crankbaits will produce
bass on Forest Lake and Lake Jane until the water drops a few
degrees. Look to the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers with minnows
for walleyes in 15 feet. Goose hunters are seeing birds, but duck
numbers have dropped off.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

A jig and minnow will produce walleyes in the deep holes of the
Minnesota River. Lake Waconia is worth checking for walleyes during
the evening in 12 to 14 feet of. Pheasant hunting has improved as
more corn is removed. The best reports are still west of the
immediate area. Duck hunters are finding a few birds on the river
bottoms and some divers on the bigger ponds and lakes.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

Statewide

ANNANDALE AREA

Clearwater Lake continues to produce walleyes in nine to 14
feet. A jig and minnow works best, but casting crankbaits has
produced some big fish. Crankbaits also remain the best option for
bass on Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, and Lake Sylvia. These fish will
continue to bite until water temperatures drop a few more degrees.
With the corn being removed, pheasant hunters are shooting more
birds. Waterfowl hunters are seeing some divers on area lakes and
geese are still easy targets in most harvested fields.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Crankbaits or minnows are producing walleyes during the evening
on Otter Tail Lake in five to 10 feet. You’ll find some deep
walleyes on West Battle Lake and East Battle Lake in 24 to 30 feet.
A vertically presented minnow has been best. Clitherall Lake, Otter
Tail, and West Battle are giving up northern pike via sucker
minnows in 12 feet. Look to larger ponds and lakes for divers and
mallards. Geese are being taken by field hunters.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Gull Lake is best for walleyes. The best reports are coming from
14 to 44 feet with 20 to 28 feet being most productive. Redtails
and Lindy Rigs have been best. Hole in the Day Bay is giving up
walleyes after dark for shore anglers. Look to North Long Lake in
20 feet for a few walleyes as well.

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

CROSBY AREA

There hasn’t been many anglers out, but the 20- to 24-foot
breaks and weed edges of Pelican Lake and Serpent Lake would be
worth noting for walleyes. Limits of grouse have been common and
there are some northern ducks in the area. Goose numbers remain
strong providing waterfowl hunters with a consistent mixed bag of
birds.

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

FAIRMONT AREA

The deep holes of the Blue Earth River are producing walleyes. A
few anglers continue to fish in the afternoon at Hall Lake and
Cedar Lake, where minnows will turn walleyes in shallow water. Corn
is being removed and pheasant hunting is improved. Duck hunting has
been “average” with very few new birds moving into the area.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Look to Bowstring Lake for walleyes in six to nine feet. On
Trout Lake, walleyes can be had on minnows in eight feet during the
afternoon. Duck numbers have dropped over the past week, although
there are some divers showing up on the bigger lakes. Most grouse
hunters continue to comment that they’re seeing and shooting a lot
of birds.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838

HACKENSACK AREA

The “die-hard” anglers are catching some walleyes on redtails at
Woman Lake in 18 to 23 feet of water. Duck hunting has been better
as more northern birds move through the area. Grouse hunters also
did well with the nice weather last weekend.

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

LAKE VERMILION

Walleye action is in full swing. Saddles, points, and sharp
breaks are holding aggressive walleyes in 26 to 40 feet. Jigs
tipped with large minnows are best. A 54-inch muskie was caught and
released last week on a large crankbait. Whitefish netting has been
“fair,” but they are shallow, which typically puts the muskies on a
feeding binge.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Most walleye anglers are fishing from shore just before sunset.
Shallow-running crankbaits or a jig and minnow will produce
walleyes at the public landing on Lake Crystal or the dock on Lake
Washington. Pheasant hunting has improved as more corn is removed
and waterfowl hunters are shooting a lot more geese than ducks.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

MONTICELLO AREA

Minnows or crankbaits are turning smallmouth bass and walleyes
in the deep holes of the Mississippi River. There has been a
noticeable number of big walleyes caught this week. Corn harvest is
in high gear, providing pheasant hunters with more opportunity.
Most report seeing quite a few birds in this area. Goose hunters
are doing well and the river is holding more ducks this week.

Shuman’s Outdoor Sports (763) 295-3222

ORTONVILLE AREA

When the weather allows shore anglers to fish, there are
walleyes caught on Big Stone Lake. Best reports are from close to
town on a jig and minnow. The corn is coming out, which has
improved pheasant hunting. Waterfowl hunters are shooting a mixed
bag of ducks and goose numbers are impressive.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

RED WING AREA

Walleyes continue to be caught on Sonars, hair jigs and minnows,
or jigs tipped with plastics near the dam on the Mississippi River
in less than 18 feet of water. Waterfowl hunters are offering mixed
reports, although geese are much more noticeable than ducks. Look
for pheasant hunting to improve as the corn continues to come
out.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Pitching crankbaits or a jig and minnow has produced some
walleyes on Lake Koronis. Most of these fish have been caught by
anglers fishing from shore at sunset and after dark. Pheasant
hunting has been good, especially since the corn now is being
harvested. Waterfowl hunters continue to shoot a mixed bag of ducks
and quite a few Canada geese.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

STARBUCK AREA

The traditional fall crankbait bite continues to take place on
Lake Minnewaska. Shallow-running Rapalas have worked best during
the evening hours on the edges of most bulrush patches. Goose
numbers remain strong and there are ducks to be had. A few more
northern birds have shown up this week. The corn is coming out,
which has provided pheasant hunters increased opportunities.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes on the points of Lake
Tetonka during the afternoon hours. On Lake Elysian, anglers
fishing from shore with shiner minnows also have pulled walleyes
late in the day. Pheasant hunting has been good as most hunters
report seeing more birds with the corn coming out. Duck reports are
mixed, although mallard numbers appear strong.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

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