Friday, February 3rd, 2023
Friday, February 3rd, 2023

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Cold weather quickly improves ice conditions



East – The best walleye reports are coming from deep water, 30
to 34 feet. The Four and Five Mile gravel, Blue Jug Flat, the Boot,
and Sliver all have produced fish. Jigging spoons are best during
the day, while setlines and shiner minnows are the way to go at
sunset. Perch have been hit and miss although the bigger fish are
coming off the mud flats in between walleye bites. Ice conditions
are great with 17 inches being the norm. Listen to resort and bait
shop owners and you’ll be fine!

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Look for walleyes in 22 to 24 feet of water during
lowlight periods and in 30 to 33 feet during the day. Jigging
spoons or setlines and shiner minnows have produced best on the
Eight Mile Flat, Sherman’s Flat, and Curley’s Flat. Limits of perch
have been an exception, but those caught have been good-sized.
Vehicle traffic to the mud flats is now an option – just stay on
the plowed roads.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341


Gold and pink jigging spoons are producing limits of walleyes and
sauger north of Pine Island in 25 to 29 feet. Fishing remains very
consistent in the Oak Island area as well. Walleyes, sauger, and
jumbo perch have bit well in 20 to 25 feet on the reefs just off
the island.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH


The deep humps of Walker Bay are providing steady walleye action
during the day. As the sun sets, slide into 12 feet of water off
Sand Point for walleyes. Miller’s Bay and Shingobee Bay are kicking
out panfish in 12 to 14 feet. Work Pine Point and the Narrows for
perch throughout the day in nine to 13 feet of water.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Tip ups and sucker minnows are triggering northern pike along the
12-foot weedlines of Lake Minnetonka. The west side of Wayzata Bay
is worth noting for walleyes during the evening hours in 25 to 30
feet. Lake Independence also has produced walleyes in 20 to 30
feet. Sunfish are scattered on most lakes along the 10- to 12-foot
weed edges and crappie action remains slow.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes are being caught during lowlight periods of the day in 32
feet of water. Look to Birch Point and the McIntyre Island area for
the best numbers of fish. The Rainy Lake City area also has
produced walleyes in shallower water, as has the Rainy River in 10
to 12 feet of water. Pike and crappie action is limited, but the
trout bite has been strong on the smaller lakes just north of this

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Anglers are sorting through numbers of small perch in order to
catch their “keepers” in 28 to 32 feet of water. Horseshoe Bar,
Moses Bar, Center Bar, and the north end humps have been best.
Walleye reports have been minimal and the best pike action is
taking place with setlines and minnows in 24 to 30 feet.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226



Northern pike remain active along the 10- foot weedlines of most
lakes, but look to Forest and Bald Eagle for bigger fish. Sunfish
are being caught in eight to 12 feet at Linwood Lake and Lake
Peltier. You’ll find suspended crappies during the evening hours
over 20 to 25 feet on Demonterville Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, and Big
Marine Lake. Walleye activity has been limited to a few fish on
Lake Phalen, Jarvis Lake, and Bald Eagle.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Lake Minnewashta and Hydes Lake continue to produce northern pike
in 10 to 12 feet of water. You’ll have to do some sorting, but a
meal of sunfish can be had from 12 to 14 feet on lakes such as
Prior, Parley, and Minnewashta. Crappies are cruising off the
bottom over 18 feet of water at Hydes Lake. These fish are most
active early and late in the day.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


The 10- to 14-foot weedlines off Cemetery Reef, Anderson’s Reef,
and in Waconia Bay are holding a mixed bag of fish. The evening
hours have been best for walleyes, northern pike, and panfish.
There’s been a definite trend this week for small minnows if you’re
after walleyes and pike.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Sunfish and crappies can be had on lakes such as Mary, Ida, and Le
Homme Dieu. The majority of bigger fish are being taken off the
six- to eight-foot flats or in 22 to 30 feet. Northern pike
continue to be difficult to find, but an occasional walleye can be
had at Reno Lake and Lake Ida in 20 to 24 feet.

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


Northern pike and crappies continue to be pulled from Pleasant Lake
in 15 to 22 feet. Crappies also can be had during the evening hours
on the west end of Clearwater Lake, Lake John, Granite Lake, and
Sugar Lake in 14 to 24 feet. Walleye action is slow with the
exception of some evening activity on the east end of Clearwater in
18 to 24 feet. Sunfish action has picked up, although you do have
to sort through some small fish on lakes such as Clearwater, John,
Granite and Marie in 12 to 14 feet of water.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes can be had via small sucker minnows at Otter Tail Lake in
20 to 24 feet or on the 35-foot humps. Expect some good-sized perch
from these areas as well. Shiner minnows have been the ticket for
walleyes on Battle Lake in 22 to 30 feet. Northern pike are an easy
catch in 15 to 20 feet on lakes such as Otter Tail, Clitherall, and
North Turtle. Look for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet at Ellingson Lake,
North Turtle, Rush Lake, and Wall Lake. There’s an evening crappie
bite on West Battle Lake over 16 to 20 feet of water.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Lake Plantagenet is producing perch and walleyes in 12 to 18 feet
of water. Look to Lake Bemidji with glow jigs and minnows for
walleyes in 18 to 20 feet during the evening hours. Panfish action
continues to be decent with suspended fish being taken over 18 to
35 feet on lakes such as Rabideau, Grant, and Pimushe.

Bluewater Bait and Sports (218) 444-BAIT (2248)

Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000


The best perch reports coming off Blackduck Lake are from 18 to 23
feet, but there is some activity in shallower water as well. One or
two walleyes a night can still be had on Blackduck Lake in 14 to 18
feet. Look for sunfish at Gilstead Lake in 10 to 18 feet and
suspended crappies over 30 feet of water.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Colored plain hooks and shiners or jigging spoons and minnow heads
are producing walleyes in 15 to 28 feet of water on Gull Lake and
Round Lake. The south end of Gull has produced numbers of northern
pike in eight to 20 feet. A rosy red minnow and glow jig is a safe
bet for crappies in 16 to 28 feet on lakes such as North Long,
Gull, and Roy. Sunfish are an easy catch in less than 12 feet on
lakes such as Nisswa, Hubert, and Gull.

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


Cass Lake is producing walleyes during the day in 20 to 25 feet.
Pike Bay Lake has the best evening bite in 15 to 20 feet. Perch are
hitting fathead minnows in 10 to 12 feet off Stony Point on Cass
and the flats of Pike Bay. The north arm of Kitchi Lake and Grace
Lake are producing crappies in 25 to 35 feet. Look for northern
pike in the same areas holding perch.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


The Eagle’s Nest area of Chisago Lake is producing sunfish and
crappies in eight to 10 feet of water. Look for walleyes and
crappies after sunset off Sunset Point on South Center Lake. North
Center Lake is a safe bet for panfish in eight to 12 feet, while
Kroon Lake is worth noting for crappies in 22 to 24 feet and
northern pike in six to 10 feet of water. Northern pike also remain
active at Sunrise Lake in four to 10 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Walleyes have been active in 12 to 36 feet of water on lakes such
as Pelican, Serpent, and the Whitefish Chain. Down-sizing your
baits has been key with crappie-styled presentations producing the
most fish on deep weedlines adjacent to shallow flats. Northern
pike remain active on most lakes and the area panfish bite
continues to improve. Lakes such as Little Mahnomen, Big Mahnomen,
Little Black Hoof, Perry, Upper Dean, and Adney all have produced

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


Small minnows are triggering a good perch bite on Pike Lake in 15
to 20 feet. A few walleyes continue to be pulled from Fish Lake
during the evening hours in 12 feet of water. Look to Island Lake
in 18 to 20 feet or Caribou Lake in 16 feet for evening crappie

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Crappie action remains strong on Spectacle Lake in 22 feet and at
Blue Lake and Green Lake over 17 feet of water. An occasional
walleye is caught from Blue and Green in 17 feet as well. The north
end of Fremont Lake is worth checking with tip-ups and sucker
minnows for pike in four feet of water.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Hall Lake is kicking out perch and a few walleyes in 12 to 14 feet
of water. The area’s best crappie action is taking place at Budd
Lake during the evening hours in 16 feet of water. Iowa Lake can be
counted on for numbers of small northern pike throughout the

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225


Waxworms and small jigs are producing rainbow trout in shallow
water at Kemo Lake and Mink Lake. Ciscoes have been the ticket for
suspended lake trout over the deep holes of Gunflint Lake and Lake
Saganaga. Walleye action is limited to a few fish during the
evening hours on West Bearskin Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Northern pike continue to be taken in the shallows of most lakes.
Spearers and anglers both have done well. Birch Lake and Pleasant
Lake are producing sunfish in nine to 12 feet and some evening
walleye action in 17 to 20 feet of water. Crappie action is

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


Walleyes continue to be caught, but the majority of them have been
small. Look to Town Bay, Miller’s Point, Coon Point, and the north
end hill access area in eight to 22 feet. Panfish action remains
slow and numbers of small northern pike are an easy catch along the
10- to 12-foot weedlines.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181


Glow jigs and shiner minnows are producing some walleyes in 24 to
32 feet on Vermilion. Anglers are finding good-sized perch in 24 to
28 feet of water. Ciscoes and a half-ounce Airplane jig are
producing lake trout on David Lake and Lake Lac La Croix.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company (218) 666-6052


Mud Bay on Lake Washington is producing sunfish in 10 feet of water
as is the north end landing in 12 feet. Northern pike reports are
slow, but Scotch Lake is worth noting for walleyes during the
evening hours in eight feet of water.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Sunfish and crappies continue to be caught in eight to 14 feet on
lakes such as Sugar, Little Maple, Constance, and Mitchell.
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Sugar Lake and Long
Lake. Look to Lake Julia and Elk Lake for a few walleyes during the
evening hours in 16 to 20 feet.

River’s Edge Outfitters (763) 295-3222


The south end of Big Stone Lake is producing perch in 10 to 12 feet
of water. Look to the Meadowbrook area of Big Stone for walleyes
during the evening hours in 12 to 14 feet of water. Long Tom Lake
continues to give up crappies and walleyes in 10 feet of

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Shiners and sucker minnows are producing pike in 10 to 14 feet on
Portage Lake and Fish Hook Lake. Look to Little Mantrap Lake and
the Crow Wing Chain for bluegills in 12 feet of water. Portage also
has given up a few walleyes in 14 feet during the evening

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


The best walleye reports are coming from six to eight feet with a
few fish coming from 13 feet of water. Red glow jigs are triggering
crappies on the north end out from Hillman’s and Westwind in 13
feet. Some crappies also have been caught in 13 feet along the
south end ridges. One other note: Agassiz Lodge burned down last
weekend. The owner’s fish house rental book was lost in the fire so
if you have a reservation here, which are still being honored,
please call (877) 783-0583.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


Look for sunfish on Cedar Island Lake in 12 to 20 feet, Schneider
Lake and Becker Lake in six to 10 feet, and Pearl Lake in 12 to 14
feet. Stonegate Bar and Peterson’s Point on Lake Koronis are worth
noting for walleyes. Lakes such as Pearl, Brown’s, Horseshoe, Rice,
and Big are the area’s best bets for crappies. The shallows of
Koronis and Rice are producing a few pike.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Sunfish action remains strong on Long Bridge Lake, Lilly Lake, Lake
Villard, and Big Sauk from 10 to 26 feet. The Dutchmen’s Creek area
of Big Sauk continues to produce crappies during the evening hours
in 32 to 40 feet. On Big Swan lake, you’ll find crappies on both
sides of the narrows over 20 to 22 feet of water. Look to the
21-foot bars and humps of Big Birch Lake for an occasional large

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


The Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska continues to produce sunfish
during the day and crappies during lowlight periods in 15 feet.
Look for the crappies to be suspended. Walleye action has slowed
and is limited mainly to small fish in recent days. Northern pike
continue to inhale sucker minnows in eight to 14 feet throughout

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

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