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

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Walleyes keep anglers busy as ice conditions improve



East – Jigging spoons are producing walleyes in 19 feet of water
on the Three Mile gravel. Look to Sloppy Joe’s for walleyes in
slightly deeper water. Lowlight periods are most productive. The
best perch reports are coming off Big Point in 14 feet. Seven
inches of ice is in place as far out as Three Mile, but it varies
beyond that area.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811


West – You’ll find eight inches of ice in St. Alban’s, Wigwam,
and Garrison bays, but less past Seguchie Point. There’s been no
activity on mud flats, but there are walleyes being caught in the
bays during the day in 20 to 22 feet. Look shallower, primarily on
the first break, during lowlight times. Jigging spoons and minnow
heads are best.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341


Limits of walleyes and sauger are being pulled from 20 to 24
feet. Gold or glow-colored jigs are the preferred lures with
Buckshots and Demons also triggering fish. The majority of walleyes
are 14 to 17 inches with trophy-sized walleyes reported daily from
most resorts.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Look to the Pine Point area for perch during the day and
walleyes at night in 12 to 14 feet. Kabekona Bay also has provided
steady walleye action during lowlight periods in 16 to 18 feet.
Shingobee Bay is producing sunfish and crappies in 18 to 21 feet.
Watch the ice conditions in certain areas of Walker Bay on Leech
Lake. Some steady walleye and northern pike activity has been
reported from Garfield Lake in 17 feet of water.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


There was open water on the main portion of Lake Minnetonka as
of Tuesday morning. Walleye activity has picked up during the
evening with glow jigs and minnows along the 15- to 18- foot
weedlines that are close to shore. These locations will produce
pike via tip-ups and sucker minnows at midday as well. On Medicine
Lake, shiner minnows are producing pike and walleyes in 17 to 25

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Sand Bay has about six to 10 inches of ice and jigging spoons
are turning walleyes during the evening hours in 28 to 30 feet.
Northern pike action has been slow and much of the main lake
remains wide open.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Four-wheelers are in use across the lake as eight inches of ice
is reported. Northern pike and good-sized perch are being caught at
the mouth of the Mississippi River. Walleye action has been good
during the evening on the humps and sunken islands in 20 to 24

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226



Tip-ups and shiner minnows are providing northern pike action in
eight to 10 feet at Beaver Lake, Lake Jane, White Bear Lake, and
Big Marine Lake. Sunfish can be had in 10 to 12 feet at Jane and
Forest Lake, while Big Marine and Bald Eagle Lake are providing
crappie action in 15 to 20 feet. Expect six to eight inches of ice
in the areas being fished.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


The east side of Eagle Lake is kicking out sunfish in 13 feet of
water. Look to Hydes Lake for a few crappies during the evening
hours in eight to 13 feet. Shiner minnows continue to trigger
northern pike on the 12- to 14- foot weed edges of Lake Minnewashta
and Lake Auburn. Six to eight inches of ice is reported where
anglers have been fishing.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


There’s still some open water and about five inches of ice on a
handful of lakes. Walleyes have been hitting shiner minnows in six
to 15 feet of water at Lake Nokomis and Lake of the Isles during
lowlight periods. Panfish and northern pike action is slow.

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


Waconia Bay is kicking out sunfish during the day and walleyes
and crappies at night in seven to nine feet. The Pillsbury Reef
area is worth noting for crappies in 15 to 18 feet. Cemetery Reef
and Anderson’s Reef also may be worth checking for walleyes during
lowlight periods. Six to nine inches of ice is reported in these
areas, but there’s less in other locations so caution is

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



The 12- to 20- foot weed edges on lakes such as Le Homme Dieu,
Ida, Miltona, and Mary are producing walleyes. Shiner minnows have
worked best during the evening hours. Look to Pocket Lake, Lake
Geneva, Mary, and Le Homme Dieu for panfish in 10 to 14 feet.
Northern pike reports have been minimal.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255


Northern pike and crappies will bite in 12 to 20 feet at
Pleasant Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake John, and Granite Lake.
Clearwater is producing sunfish in 12 to 16 feet, mostly in pockets
of deeper bulrushes. Walleyes have bit during lowlight periods in
14 to 18 feet at Clearwater, Cedar Lake, and Sugar Lake.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Jigging spoons or setlines and shiner minnows are providing
walleyes in 17 to 27 feet at Battle Lake, 12 to 35 feet on Otter
Tail Lake, and 17 to 20 feet at Rush Lake. Eagle Lake, Walker Lake,
and Wall Lake are giving up walleyes in 17 feet. There’s evening
crappie action in 17 to 20 feet on lakes such as West Battle,
Stalker, Clitherall, Elbow, and Ten Mile. Check South Turtle and
East Lost lakes for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleyes are hitting during lowlight periods on Lake Bemidji in
18 feet. Lake Irvine is giving up good-sized perch in 18 to 20
feet. Look to Lake Plantagenet for walleyes and perch all day in 24
feet of water. The shallow weedlines of Wolf Lake and Bemidji are
safe bets for northern pike. Turtle Lake is the best option for
bluegills in eight feet of water.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000


The six- to 20- foot breaks and weedlines of Blackduck Lake hold
perch and walleyes. Rabideau Lake is giving up bluegills and
crappies in 14 feet. Shallow weedlines of Blackduck will produce
northern pike.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Ice depths vary from three to 12 inches. Walleyes are hitting
shiners and rainbows in 17 to 38 feet at Gull Lake and North Long
Lake. Sucker minnows are triggering big northern pike on the south
end of Gull in 10 to 14 feet. Crappie action has improved on the
area’s smaller lakes over 18 to 22 feet.

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


Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake are producing limits of perch in six
to 10 feet of water. The pods of bigger perch are concentrated on
the sand and weed flats. Walleye action is strong at Cass during
lowlight periods on the 18- to 20- foot gravel areas. Panfish
action is slow, but numbers of northern pike can be had on the
steep breaks of Pike Bay.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Work the south end of Chisago Lake for panfish in eight to 10
feet. Sunset Point on South Center Lake is producing daytime
sunfish and nighttime crappies. South Lindstrom Lake is a safe bet
for crappies in 14 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike
at Sunrise Lake in eight feet. Area ice conditions are fine for
foot travel.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Pelican Lake and Serpent Lake remain the best bets for walleyes
in 20 to 27 feet. West Rabbit Lake and Lake Edwards also have
kicked out walleyes, mainly during the evening in 16 to 20 feet.
Sunfish and crappies have been active in 14 to 18 feet on Big
Mahnomen Lake, Upper Dean Lake, Perry Lake, and Black Hoof Lake.
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under tip-ups on most
lakes in 12 to 14 feet of water.

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


Eight inches of ice has taken hold on most lakes. Setlines and
chubs are triggering walleyes in 10 to 12 feet at Boulder Lake and
Fish Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in six feet of
water on Rice Lake. Panfish action remains slow.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Crappies and walleyes are being pulled from Blue Lake over 18
feet. Look to Elk Lake for walleyes and crappies during the evening
in 11 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are providing northern pike
action on the northeast corner of Fremont Lake.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Four inches of ice is reported on some lakes, while skim ice and
open water still exists in other areas. Fathead minnows are
producing good-sized perch at Iowa Lake in three feet of water.
Look to Cedar Lake for walleyes and pike in three feet as well.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225


Walkable ice exists, but you have to watch where you’re going.
The first bay on Shields Lake is producing bluegills and crappies
in six to eight feet. Work the weed pockets in less than 10 feet on
Cedar Lake for walleyes during the evening. The bars of French Lake
have produced walleyes as well. Sucker minnows are providing
northern pike action along the weedlines of Kelley Dudley Lake.

Lake’s Bait and Tackle (507) 334-2768


Most small lakes have about four inches of ice, but the big
lakes such as Saganaga and Gunflint have open water. Lone ice
fishing reports have come off Tom Lake where a few walleyes have
been caught in 10 to 15 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


There’s evening walleye action on lakes like Moose, Pokegama,
Trout, and Wabana. Crappies hit at sunset on Bowstring Lake in 23
to 26 feet, Little Splithand Lake in 20 feet, and Loon Lake in 16
to 20 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are a safe bet for pike on
the 12-foot weedlines of Big Ball Club Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Fatheads and shiner minnows on blue-glow jigs will trigger
walleyes on Birch Lake in 18 feet. Pine Mountain Lake is a safe bet
for walleyes during the evening. Panfish reports have been limited
except bluegill action on Brockway Lake in seven feet.

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


Reports have been limited due to little ice. Pike angling and
spearing is improving in the shallow bays where there’s enough ice
for houses and ATVs. Limits of 2- to 5-pound fish are common. A few
shallow-water walleyes have been taken on tip-ups, but crappie
reports have yet to be heard. The big lake has three to five inches
of ice with some slush.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121



Shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 20 to 22 feet off
Battle Point. The shallow weeds of Town Bay are holding northern
pike. Look to Schultz’s Bay for crappies and the north end bay is
worth checking for sunfish in 20 to 22 feet early and late in the

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181


Walleyes are hitting during the evening in 18 to 24 feet on Lake
Vermilion. Pelican Lake continues to produce walleyes in six to 25
feet as well. Ice conditions are improving with five to eight
inches in most bays. The Tower end of the lake is seeing some
houses set, but still use caution on the main part of the lake.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052



Mud Bay and Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington are producing panfish
in 12 feet. Look to Lake Elysian for walleyes in eight feet. Lake
Hanska has produced walleyes during the evening in six feet and
jigging spoons have been the best option on both lakes. Ice
conditions are fine for foot travel.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Ice depths vary greatly on all lakes. Some crappies have been
pulled from Lake Minnewawa in 23 feet and the 12- to 14-foot weed
edges of Minnewawa will provide northern pike. Walleye reports have
been limited, but sunfish are being caught at Aitkin Lake in 12 to
16 feet.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382


There’s evening walleye and crappie action on Buffalo Lake in 12
to 18 feet. Look to Lake Ida, Big Lake, and Deer Lake for pike in
eight to 12 feet. On Julia Lake, panfish and walleyes are hitting
near the channel in 12 to 18 feet.

Shuman’s Outdoor Sports (763) 295-3222


Numbers of good-sized perch and a few walleyes are being pulled
from the south end of Big Stone Lake. Best area has been from the
islands to Ortonville in 10 feet. Marsh Lake is producing 14- to
16-inch walleyes in two to four feet. Look to Nelson’s Slough for
perch in 10 feet.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Setlines and fatheads or jigging spoons and minnow heads have
been the ticket for walleyes in 17 to 27 feet at lakes such as Fish
Hook, Potato, Upper Bottle, and Lower Bottle. Northern pike are
hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Big Mantrap Lake. The
Crow Wing Chain remains the best option for bluegills in 10 to 12

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Jigging spoons are producing walleyes during lowlight periods in
four to eight feet. A few crappies have been caught on the east
shore in 12 feet. The east shore also has produced northern pike in
four to eight feet.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


When boat anglers can get on the Mississippi River, the sauger
bite has been good. The best area has been below the dam with a jig
and minnow in 15 to 25 feet. There is ice fishing between the docks
in Baypoint Park. The panfish bite is strong in eight to 12 feet.
Ice is limited and as of Tuesday morning, Lake Pepin was completely

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111


Look for walleyes on Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, Grand Lake, and
Cedar Island Lake in 16 to 30 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are
producing northern pike on Horseshoe Lake and Rice Lake in shallow
water. A few crappies can be had during the evening on Rice in 20
to 25 feet and Horseshoe in 20 feet.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Dutchmen’s Creek area and Red Barn Bay on Big Sauk Lake are
producing crappies in 35 feet. Look to Lilly Lake in 23 to 25 feet
and East Long Lake in 13 to 18 feet for sunfish.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


There’s consistent evening walleye action on Lake Minnewaska
along the 12- to 15-foot weed edges. Eating-sized perch can be had
in the same areas during the day. On the Glenwood end of
Minnewaska, you’ll find active sunfish in 12 to 14 feet during the

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Look for crappies and walleyes from Ringo Lake in less than 15
feet. Willmar Lake is producing walleyes and crappies in 10 to 14
feet, while Long Lake is a safe bet for perch and walleyes in 10 to
15 feet. On Lake Wagonda and Big Kandi Lake, walleyes and perch can
be had in less than 10 feet.

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

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