Weekend cold keeps most anglers indoors and off the lakes

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – The Agate Bay area is producing perch in 30 feet of water.
Jigging spoons and minnows have worked best. Walleye action is
limited mainly to big fish on the mud and gravel areas in 26 to 30
feet. The best bite of the day continues to take place at sunset
and beyond.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
www.johnsonsportside.com

West – The tops and edges of the mud flats remain the best bet
for walleyes in 22 to 32 feet of water. The Seven Mile, Eight Mile,
and Seguchie’s Flat have produced the most fish early and late in
the day. Perch have started to bite a bit better in deep water.
Some consistent catches were reported off the Seven Mile in 30 to
32 feet during the day.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleye action has been more sporadic this week, but walleyes and
sauger continue to be pulled from 24 to 32 feet. Better areas have
been from Pine Island to Bridges Island and the Zippel Bay area.
The Clementson area of the Rainy River is kicking out walleyes in
14 to 18 feet during lowlight periods of the day. At the Northwest
Angle, walleyes, sauger, and perch remain active on the 20-foot
reefs during midday hours.

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

LEECH LAKE AREA

Last week’s cold front has limited the bite and the number of
anglers on the ice. With some warm weather, look to the humps in
Walker Bay or Sand Point for walleyes during the evening hours.
Pine Point has continued to produce perch in six to 14 feet of
water. Crappie and sunfish activity also has slowed in recent
days.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Tip-ups and shiner minnows are triggering northern pike on the 10-
to 12- foot weedlines of Lake Minnetonka. Walleye reports have been
limited, but crappies continue to be caught on Lake Independence
over 28 feet. Look to Lake Sarah for panfish in 18 to 20 feet as
well. Anglers finding the most success are bringing a variety of
baits and jig color combinations with them.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

There’s some evening walleye activity in 26 to 36 feet near
American Narrows, Grindstone Island, and the Rainy Lake City area.
Jigging spoons and setlines both have worked this week. Ciscoes
continue to trigger pike in the Rainy Lake City area over 20 to 28
feet. Crappie reports continue to be poor.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The majority of good-sized perch are coming from 30 to 33 feet, on
or adjacent to main lake structure. The south end of Highbanks,
Moxes Hole, Moses Bar, Horseshoe Bar, and the Snaghole continue to
produce the most numbers during the day. Walleye activity has been
limited and the recent cold front seems to have slowed the pike
bite as well.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

TWIN CITIES METRO

NORTHEAST METRO

The Bayport area of the St. Croix River started producing crappies
during lowlight periods. Look for some evening walleye action in 20
to 24 feet on lakes such as Phalen, Jarvis, and Clear. Tip-ups and
sucker minnows are producing pike in 10 to 12 feet at Forest Lake,
Big Carnelian Lake, and White Bear Lake. Sunfish action has
improved in 12 to 15 feet on Lake Peltier and Square Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sunfish are hitting in seven to 14 feet at Eagle Lake, Lake Parley,
Pierson Lake, and Stieger Lake. There’s some decent morning action
for northern pike in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Minnewashta and Lake
Auburn. Hydes Lake is kicking out a few crappies in 13 feet, as is
Lake Riley in 17 feet during lowlight periods.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Setlines and shiner minnows are producing walleyes off Harm’s Point
during the evening hours in nine to 13 feet. Look to West Center
Reef for sunfish, crappies, and pike in 10 to 14 feet of water. The
nine- to 12-foot milfoil edges on the north side of the lake
continue to be a safe bet for panfish. Crappies continue to be
found suspended over 25 feet of water off Pillsbury Reef. In
Waconia Bay, you’ll find good-sized crappies, sunfish, and northern
pike along the main weed edge.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

STATEWIDE

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Northern pike continue to hit shiner minnows along the weedlines of
most lakes in the area. Sunfish and crappie action remains steady
in 12 to 16 feet of water on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Mary, and
Maple Lake. A few big walleyes have been pulled from 30 to 40 feet
of water on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida, but the walleye bite has
been limited.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Suspended crappies are being found over 40 feet of water on
Pleasant Lake. Pleasant also is a safe bet for pike in 14 to 20
feet. Granite Lake is producing crappies in 25 feet as is the north
bay on Lake Sylvia. Look to the deep holes of Clearwater Lake for
crappies and the 12- to 14-foot weedlines for northern pike. Dan’s
Lake and Indian Lake are worth noting for panfish and northern
pike.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Otter Tail Lake is producing walleyes and good-sized perch in 18
feet of water. Look for pike in 15 to 20 feet on Otter Tail as
well. Crappie action remains strong on Battle Lake in 15 to 20 feet
after dark. A few walleyes also can be had in 20 to 24 feet. South
Turtle Lake is kicking out sunfish and pike in 17 feet, as is
Ellingson Lake in slightly shallower water.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleye and perch action remains strong on Lake Bemidji in 20 to 25
feet of water. Northern pike are cruising the shallows of Bemidji
and Lake Plantagenet. Spearing and angling both have been
productive in less than 10 feet of water. Panfish action has picked
up on several area lakes in 10 to 16 feet of water during the
day.

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

Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000

BLACKDUCK AREA

Limits of walleyes continue to be caught on Blackduck Lake in 10 to
12 feet or 18 to 20 feet of water. Lowlight periods of the day have
been best with jigging spoons and setlines both working well.
Panfish reports have been limited, although the cold weather hasn’t
allowed many anglers to pursue them.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

The north end of Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and Round Lake are
producing walleyes in 18 to 32 feet of water. Golden shiners or
rainbow minnows on a plain hook have worked best. Crappie fishing
is good in 12 to 22 feet at Gull, Lake Margaret, Roy Lake, and
Nisswa Lake. Look to the south end of Gull for pike in eight to 24
feet.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes continue to be caught on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake.
During the day, 20 to 25 feet has been best, while the 15- to
20-foot sand bars have been more productive during lowlight
periods. Jumbo perch are being found on Pike Bay in 10 to 12 feet
or 25 to 40 feet. Panfish reports from area lakes have been
slow.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

There’s some evening walleye and crappie action on South Lindstrom
Lake in 22 to 28 feet. Little Green Lake is kicking out crappies in
10 to 12 feet, while the south end of Chisago Lake and North Center
Lake continue to produce panfish in eight to 10 feet. On Kroon
Lake, crappies remain active over 22 feet and Sunrise Lake is
always a safe bet for northern pike.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Jigs and small minnows continue to produce walleyes during lowlight
periods in 20 feet on lakes such as Serpent and Pelican. Look to
Perry Lake, Black Hoof Lake, Little Black Hoof Lake, Hay Lake,
Upper Dean Lake, and Bass Lake for panfish. Small glow jigs and
Eurolarvae have worked best. Northern pike can be had on the nine-
to 15-foot weed edges of most lakes with big shiner minnows and
quick-strike rigs.

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

DETROIT LAKES

Glow jigs tipped with small minnows or waxworms are turning
crappies during the evening hours on lakes such as Little
Cormorant, Little Detroit, Lizzie, Melissa, Cotton, Prairie, and
Big Floyd. There’s some midday bluegill action on the
aforementioned lakes as well. The best walleye report is coming off
Pelican Lake in 18 to 22 feet with jigging spoons.

Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service www.fishingscene.com

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Sunfish are hitting in seven to nine feet on Elk Lake, while Lori
Lake is providing a mixed bag of panfish throughout the day. You’ll
find suspended crappies over 21 to 25 feet on Green Lake and
Spectacle Lake. Tip-ups and shiner minnows continue to trigger pike
in seven feet of water at Fremont Lake.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappies and an occasional walleye are coming off Hall Lake in 20
to 22 feet during the early morning hours. Budd Lake is giving up a
few crappies early and late in the day in 14 to 16 feet. Walleye
and pike action has been limited.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Sugar Lake near Remer is producing crappies in 30 feet, as is
Bowstring Lake over 20 to 26 feet of water. Sunfish action has
improved on Bass Lake in 12 to 16 feet, Cutfoot Lake in 20 to 27
feet, and in Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama in 12 feet of water. A
few walleyes can be had during lowlight periods on Trout Lake in
eight feet and Pokegama in 15 to 35 feet. Northern pike remain
active in shallow water on lakes such as Wabana, Pokegama, and
Sugar. Pit Lake remains a safe bet for lake trout in deep water
with spoons, tubes, or setlines and shiner minnows.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Work the soft-bottom areas in 36 to 42 feet with glow jigs and
minnows for walleyes. Spearing and angling both have been
productive for pike in six to 12 feet or tip-ups and large minnows
in 15 to 20 feet of water. Crappie anglers have an occasional good
day in 35 to 40 feet. A small jig and minnow is working best on
these suspended fish.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121 www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE OSAKIS

Northern pike and a few walleyes are coming off Two Mile Bar in 12
feet of water. Some big perch also have come from Town Bay in 12
feet. The north end access area is producing sunfish and crappies
in 15 feet of water. The evening hours have been best.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

During the day, look for walleyes in 28 to 33 feet of water, but
slide up to 14 feet during lowlight periods. Large minnows fished
tight to the bottom have produced the most fish areas with soft
bottoms. Some good-sized pike also have been caught during the day
in deep water. Crappie action remains slow.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company (218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

German Lake is kicking out crappies during the evening hours in 12
to 14 feet. Look to Loon Lake in seven feet and Madison Lake in 12
feet for walleyes. Baker’s Bay and Mud Bay on Lake Washington
continue to produce bluegills in 10 to 14 feet. The shallow breaks
on Lake Francis are worth noting for northern pike.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

MONTICELLO AREA

Crappies and walleyes are hitting during the evening hours on
Buffalo Lake in 16 to 24 feet. Look to Big Eagle Lake for walleyes
and a few crappies in 10 to 16 feet. Bluegill action has picked on
the south shore of Big Maple Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. You’ll
also hit some crappies here after dark.

River’s Edge Outfitters (763) 295-3222

ORTONVILLE AREA

Setlines and minnows are producing perch and a few walleyes at the
LaGunna Beach area of Big Stone Lake in 12 feet of water. Long Tom
Lake is worth noting for crappies in 10 feet during the evening
hours.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleye action is slow, but northern pike remain active on Long
Lake and Fish Hook Lake in 14 feet of water. Fish Hook also has
kicked out some nice bluegills in 10 feet during the day. Crappie
action has been best on Big Mantrap Lake over 30 feet during the
evening hours.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

Walleye action continues to be strong during the day, often peaking
at sunset in 13 feet of water. Limits of crappies also have been
caught with more regularity in 13 feet. On the north end, the
Hillman and West Wind areas have been productive and on the south
shore, the Sunny Beach and Mort’s Landing areas have been best.
Glow jigs and minnows continue to work best.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Becker Lake, Brown’s Lake, Grand Lake, and Pearl Lake are providing
steady panfish action in eight to 14 feet of water. Walleye action
is slow, but northern pike are an easy catch in less than 12 feet
on most lakes. Look to the deep holes of Horseshoe Lake for
catfish.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

STARBUCK AREA

The 12-foot weedlines throughout Lake Minnewaska continue to
produce northern pike. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are working best.
Sunfish action remains strong in 12 feet on the Glenwood and
Starbuck ends of Minnewaska. Crappie and walleye action is slow
throughout the area.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Tip-ups and large minnows are producing northern pike off Miller’s
Point on Lake Sakatah. Clear Lake continues to produce sunfish and
crappies in 15 feet during the morning hours. There’s a shallow
pike bite, four to eight feet, on Lake Tetonka early and late in
the day.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

A few walleyes and good-sized perch can be had on Long Lake in 10
to 13 feet. Walleyes continue to be caught on Green Lake in 30 feet
or deeper during the evening hours. The northeast corner of Green
is giving up panfish in 20 feet of water. Small walleyes and
keeping-sized perch can be had off Diamond Lake in 16 to 20 feet.
On Lake Wagonda and Big Kandi Lake, walleyes and perch are biting
in 10 feet of water.

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

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