Thursday, January 26th, 2023
Thursday, January 26th, 2023

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Walleyes can be caught, but it takes some work

BIG SIX

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – The shallow rock reefs and points are producing walleyes
at night. The mud flats continue to provide walleyes after dark as
well. Slip bobbers and leeches remain the best option during
lowlight periods. Midday is best spent on the deep gravel areas
with live-bait rigs and leeches in 22 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass
are hitting tube jigs, crankbaits, and some spinnerbaits on the
rock reefs and rock-covered points. Perch and muskie reports have
been limited.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or rainbow minnows are
producing limits of walleyes on the mud flats during the day. The
key is to work these rigs on three-ways or bottom bouncers so they
stay off the bottom. Seguchie’s, Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and
Sherman’s are your best options in 22 to 25 feet. Slip bobbers and
leeches are the way to go after sunset, on the mud, in 25 to 32
feet.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

A jig and minnow combination continues to produce limits of
walleyes in 27 to 31 feet at the Lighthouse Gap, Zippel Bay, and
Pine Island areas. Spinners and downrigging are starting to turn
fish as well. The Oak Island area of the Northwest Angle is
providing steady walleye action in 22 feet of water. On the Rainy
River, walleyes, sauger, smallmouth bass, and some huge sturgeon
have been part of the mix.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches and minnows off Otter Tail Point in
18 to 20 feet, at the Red Shed in 10 to 12 feet, and the breaks
near First and Second Duck points. Look to Sand Point for perch in
14 to 18 feet and Steamboat Bay continues to produce numbers of
bass. Bucktails have raised a few muskies on the rocks near Bear
Island.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Work the milfoil patches in Brown’s Bay and Wayzata Bay on Lake
Minnetonka with a jig and leech for walleyes during lowlight
periods. A few crappies now are showing up in the channels of
Minnetonka. Topwater baits are providing quite a bit of muskie
activity on Lake Independence. Sunfish continue to be found in six
feet of water on Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and Lake Sarah.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes in Black Bay over 15
to 25 feet, Saginaw Bay in 12 to 15 feet, the weedlines of Lost
Bay, and on the Sand Bay reefs. The dam area of the river is
producing walleyes and northern pike. Black Bay started giving up
more crappies and the North Arm remains the best option for
smallmouth in shallow water.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The best walleye bite is taking place early and late in the day.
Look to the north-end humps and main-lake bars for the biggest pods
of fish in 16 to 20 feet. Leeches, jigs and shiners, and crawlers
all are producing fish off Bena Bar, Big Muskie Bar, Moxes Hole,
and Horseshoe Bar. Pike reports have been limited, but good-sized
perch continue to be caught in eight feet at the mouth of the
Mississippi River.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

TWIN CITIES METRO

NORTHEAST METRO

Suckers or spinnerbaits are triggering pike and bass on the
weedlines of White Bear Lake, Big Marine Lake, and Big Carnelian
Lake. Sunfish are an easy catch in two to four feet at lakes
Peltier, Little, and Big Carnelian. Work the St. Croix River from
Prescott north with a jig and minnow for walleyes, sauger, and
white bass. Clear Lake and Lake Phalen give up an occasional
walleye and some crappies can be had in 12 to 15 feet during the
evening hours at Bald Eagle and Big Marine lakes. Plastic
jerkbaits, reverse bucktails, and large spinnerbaits are producing
muskies at Bald Eagle, Forest, and Lake Owasso.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Three-to-a-pound sunfish are easy to find in the shallows of
lakes Parley, Steiger, and Minnewashta. The Minnesota River sand
bars are producing channel catfish and some walleyes can be had at
the river creek mouths. A bobber/leech combo is producing walleyes
on the eight-foot humps on the north end of Lake Parley. Troll a
jointed Shad Rap on the weedlines of lakes Pierson and Auburn for
pike. Some bigger bass are being caught in 14 feet at Lake Bavaria
and Lake Wasserman has produced a few muskies.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Work the eight-foot weedlines on the north end for sunfish.
Walleye action remains decent during lowlight periods on main lake
structure. Look to North Reef, Kegg’s Reef, and Harm’s Point in 22
to 24 feet with leeches. The weedlines off Center Reef continue to
give up crappies, while bass and pike are easy to find on the
established weedlines.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

STATEWIDE

ALEXANDRIA AREA

During the day, leeches or crawlers on spinners are turning
walleyes in 30 feet on lakes Le Homme Dieu, Miltona, and Ida. These
same lakes will produce fish during the evening hours along the
shallower weedlines. There’s a crankbait bite during the evening
hours on Reno Lake as well. The 12-foot weedlines throughout the Le
Homme Dieu Chain are holding crappies, but pike and muskie reports
remain limited. Work the weedlines and bars of most lakes with
spinnerbaits for bass.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes in 18 to 20 feet at
Clearwater Lake. Crappie action has picked up on the 10- to 14-foot
weed edges of Clearwater, French, Buffalo, Cedar, and Pleasant
lakes. Spinnerbaits or sucker minnows remain the best bet for pike
and bass on the weed edges of most lakes. Sunfish continue to be
found in two to four feet throughout the area.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Look for walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in nine to 20 feet, at
Battle Lake in 15 to 22 feet, and on Clitherall Lake in 15 to 25
feet. Sunfish and crappies are hitting well in 10 to 15 feet at
Mollie Stark, Blanche, Walker, and Clitherall. Muskie anglers are
reporting some follows on West Battle Lake, while sucker minnows
will trigger pike on the weedlines of Otter Tail and West
Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Long-lining redtails or crawlers from nine to 30 feet at Lake
Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet is a safe bet for walleyes. Bluegills
and crappies are on their beds and active on most lakes. A few
muskies were taken on bucktails and topwater baits at Lake Bemidji.
Bass action remains strong on most lakes and pike tend to be mixed
with the walleyes.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000

BLACKDUCK AREA

Work the 12- to 14-foot mid-lake structure of Blackduck Lake for
walleyes. Gull Lake and Island Lake are producing walleyes during
the evening hours in similar depths. Panfish action remains strong
in shallow water at Rabideau Lake and Gilstead Lake. Twin Lake
remains a safe bet for largemouth bass.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

CASS LAKE AREA

Jigs tipped with shiners or leeches are producing walleyes in 12
to 22 feet during the day, while Shad Raps are working best during
lowlight periods in eight feet. The most fish this week have come
off O’Neil’s Point and North Cedar Bar. North Cedar also has
produced some perch in six feet of water. Muskie, panfish, and pike
action has been limited.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Spinnerbaits and plastics are producing bass on the docks and
weedlines of most lakes. Panfish also can be had on the docks and
shallow weed areas of Chisago Lake, Kroon Lake, South Lindstrom
Lake, and North Center Lake. Walleye reports have been limited, but
some good-sized pike continue to be taken on sucker minnows at
Sunrise Lake in 10 to 12 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Walleyes continue to hit best during the evening hours at West
Rabbit Lake, Serpent Lake, and Mississippi River. Plastics are
turning bass on the weedlines of Serpent, Rabbit, Horseshoe, and
Edward lakes. Pike are hitting minnows on most lakes with Serpent,
Rabbit, Nokay, and Lower Mission leading the way. For panfish, give
Mahnomen, Black Hoof, East Rabbit, and Clearwater a try. Trout are
hitting about 15 to 25 feet from the surface in most pit lakes and
a few muskies have been caught on Cedar Lake.

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

CROSS LAKE AREA

The best walleye action is taking place during lowlight periods
throughout the Whitefish Chain. Live bait rigs tipped with leeches
or redtails are working best in 18 to 26 feet. The weedlines of
most lakes are producing pike, while bass are hitting plastics or
spinnerbaits near docks and other shaded areas. Look for suspended
crappies over 12 to 18 feet and sunfish can be had in the
shallows.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708

DULUTH AREA

Walleye action has slowed down, but a few fish continue to be
caught at Fish Lake and Boulder Lake in 10 feet of water. Hit Rice
Lake and Fish Lake with sucker minnows for pike. Fish Lake also is
a safe bet for bluegills between six and eight feet of water. At
Island Lake, smallmouth bass are hitting near the docks,
shorelines, and shallow rock piles. Lake trout are hitting about 40
feet down and coho salmon can be had near the surface of Lake
Superior. Most boats now are fishing further north up the shore and
out about eight miles. The St. Louis River might be worth checking
for muskies.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Crankbaits or nightcrawlers are turning smallmouth bass and a
few walleyes at the Rum River. Work the weedlines of Green Lake and
Blue Lake for panfish with small jigs. Northern pike action has
tapered off, but Fremont Lake continues to give up good-sized
bass.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Walleyes can be had on spinners tipped with crawlers and leeches
in 10 to 15 feet of water at Long Lake, Fall Lake, and Shagawa
Lake. Look for suspended lake trout over 65 feet of water or more
at Burntside Lake and Moose Lake. Trolling spoons along the
shorelines of Fall Lake has produced some big pike. Smallmouth are
cruising the four- to 10-foot rock-covered shorelines of Burntside
and White Iron Lake. Work the shallows of Armstrong Lake for
crappies.

Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930

FAIRMONT AREA

Walleye and pike reports have been nonexistent this week, but
crappies continue to hit on lakes such as Hall, Budd, George, and
Tuttle in four feet. Largemouth bass also are very active in the
shallows of most lakes.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Look to Devil’s Fish Lake and Elbow Lake for walleyes in five to
12 feet with leeches. There’s some evening walleye action on Lake
Saganaga in shallow water with rattling crankbaits. Lake trout
reports have been less impressive this week, but rainbow trout can
be had on many of the small lakes along the Gunflint Trail.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes continue to hit a leech or crawler on Big Splithand
Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Sugar Lake is a safe bet during the day with
crawlers in 20 to 26 feet and at night with crankbaits in 10 to 12
feet. Work the 16- to 20-foot weedlines of Pokegama with leeches,
while crankbaits and live bait are working on Bowstring Lake in 18
to 22 feet or seven to 10 feet. On Sand Lake, limits of walleyes
are being pulled from nine to 11 feet. Crappie action has picked up
in 14 to 20 feet at Lake Wabana and Jessie Lake. Bluegills are
shallow on most lakes and some bigger pike are coming off the
weedlines of Lake Pokegama. Muskie reports have been limited with
just a few fish raised on Deer Lake and North Star Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Walleyes now are hanging in the weeds over 14 to 18 feet and
hitting jigs tipped with leeches or minnows. Crankbaits are
producing walleyes during lowlight periods in 10 to 15 feet. Birch
Lake continues to produce numbers of bass and pike seem to be
hitting along the weedlines of most lakes. Work the reed edges of
Five Point Lake for good-sized bluegills. Small spinners tipped
with minnows are turning crappies in 12 to 16 feet on many lakes,
while a few muskies have been triggered by dark-colored
bucktails.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Leeches are producing walleyes in 30 feet during the day and in
much shallower water during lowlight periods. Minnows remain the
ticket for saugers and perch on the sand and soft-bottomed areas.
Troll or flip crankbaits over the weed tops in most bays for
pike.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE OSAKIS

Walleye action really picked up this week on the weedlines and
bars. Leeches and crawlers are producing the majority of fish in 14
to 18 feet. For sunfish, look to the shallow weeds or Three Mile
Bar in 12 to 16 feet. Crappie action remains limited, but bass are
hitting topwater baits throughout the lake. Work the weedlines with
crankbaits or minnows for numbers of pike.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

Leeches and crawlers worked off the bottom are producing some
walleyes in 16 to 22 feet. Muskie anglers are seeing a few fish on
the rocks and weeds, but getting them to bite remains difficult.
Pike are set up in the weeds and hitting anything white. Bass
remain shallow and can be easily caught with Rapalas, Senkos, or
small spinnerbaits.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Work Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington in less than eight feet for
panfish. Leeches are producing walleyes in 14 to 18 feet on German
Lake during the evening hours. Rattlin’ Raps continue to trigger
walleyes in the narrows of Madison Lake and there’s a morning
walleye bite in 16 to 22 feet with leeches on Washington. Sucker
minnows are turning numbers of pike on the weedlines of Little
Jefferson Lake and German Lake remains the area’s best option for
big bass.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Spinnerbaits or plastics are turning numbers of bass at Round
Lake and Lake Minnewawa. Walleye action has slowed, with just a few
fish coming off Big Sandy Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Work the weedlines
of Big Sandy and Minnewawa with sucker minnows for northern pike.
Sunfish remain shallow on most lakes with a few bigger fish coming
off Minnewawa and Big Sandy.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382

ORTONVILLE AREA

Several areas of Big Stone Lake are producing walleyes.
Crankbaits thrown over the weeds in six to eight feet have worked
near Mallard Point, crankbaits also have been the ticket at the
Sodak area in 15 feet, and along the weedlines near LaGunna Beach.
Trolling spinners and live bait is a safe bet for walleyes on the
east end of Lake Oliver.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Crappie action has picked up in 16 feet on Long Lake. Long, Big
Sand Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and the Crow Wing Chain are producing
walleyes during lowlight periods in 12 to 30 feet. Bluegills
continue to be found in the shallow sand areas of most lakes and
northern pike are cruising the cabbage beds of Big and Little
Mantrap lakes.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED WING AREA

The bigger northern pike have started hitting Red Eye spoons or
sucker minnows at the mouth of the Rush River. Crankbaits on
leadcore or three-way rigs are turning numbers of walleye and
sauger on Lake Pepin in 17 to 25 feet. Live bait is triggering
smallmouth bass on the shallow rocks of Pepin and the Baypoint Park
area continues to produce sunfish.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

The islands area on Lake Koronis continues to kick out walleyes
in 15 to 25 feet. Look to Rice Lake and Horseshoe Lake for
suspended crappies over 20 feet of water. Sunfish can be had along
the shorelines of lakes Grand, Pearl, Becker, and Cedar Island.
Rice and Koronis continue to produce pike and smallmouth bass,
while largemouth seem to be hitting on most lakes.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish action is going strong in two to eight feet on lakes
such as Sauk, Fairy, Lilly, Grove, Little Birch, and Big Swan. Cast
small spinners in the eight-foot weeds of Sauk Lake for crappies.
Leeches and crawlers are triggering an occasional walleye at Little
Birch and Big Birch lakes in 16 to 32 feet. Bass are an easy catch
on plastics throughout the area.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Look to Lake Minnewaska for sunfish in two to four feet and some
crappies on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines. Minnewaska continues to
provide steady walleye action via leeches and crankbaits in 14 to
18 feet. Shallow-running crankbaits are producing walleyes during
the evening hours on Lake Emily. The weedlines of Lake Mary are
holding a few walleyes and northern pike as well.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Blue and white Watervillians are triggering muskies and pike
along the 15-foot weedlines of Lake Tetonka. Rapalas are producing
numbers of bass on Tetonka as well. Hit Lake Sakatah with sucker
minnows for northern pike. On Lake Elysian, you’ll hit some
walleyes with leeches in eight to 10 feet. Panfish are shallow and
active on lakes such as Tetonka, Clear, and Francis.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Bass and panfish have provided the most consistent action near
the docks and shallow weeds of lakes Norway, Games, Nest, Diamond,
and Andrew. Green Lake continues to produce smallmouth and a few
walleyes can be had here in 30 to 40 feet. Limited walleye reports
also are coming off Eagle Lake and Diamond in 10 to 14 feet of
water.

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

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