Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

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Walleye bite improving as water temps drop

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LAKE MILLE LACS

The east-side bays are producing limits of perch in seven to
nine feet. On the west side, perch action has been limited, but
check the bays as water temperatures drop. Walleye action has been
best in 19 to 22 feet during the day and in eight to 10 feet at
night. Work the rocks and reefs with crankbaits or slip bobbers and
live bait. Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but not catching many.
They have taken some nice pike on the weedlines this week.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

A jig and shiner minnow combination is turning limits of
walleyes around the Gap in 18 to 20 feet. Look to the Rainy River
for walleyes now that the shiner minnows have moved in, and there
are plenty of sturgeon to be caught in the river as well. Trolling
large baits has started to produce muskies at the Northwest Angle.
Walleye action is improving around the islands and reefs at the
Angle. Grouse hunting has been ‘so-so’ by most accounts, while
geese and bluebills should be abundant for duck hunters this
weekend – especially at the Northwest Angle.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

Walleye action remains consistent during mid-day hours, often
peaking during lowlight periods. A jig and shiner minnow
combination or a shallow-running crankbait has worked best in eight
to 12 feet off Pine Point, Sugar Point, and Battle Point.
Good-sized perch continue to be found in seven feet of water around
Walker Narrows. Muskie anglers report a few follows, but very few
hooked fish. Panfish action has been limited as well.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA

Walleye action has picked up on the weedlines or in 28 feet of
water. Crawlers and minnows are working best in Brown’s Bay,
Wayzata Bay, and Crystal Bay. Northern pike are moving to the
channels that offer some current. Crappies are showing up in
Maxwell Bay and the west arm in 14 to 16 feet. Work the eight-foot
flats with spinnerbaits and you should find some bass.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Walleyes and crappies are hitting a jig and minnow in 40 feet in
the American Narrows area. Walleye action also has picked up in six
feet at Gold Portage and in the Reinier Rapids area with
crankbaits. Look to Black Bay for steady crappie action in eight to
10 feet. Grouse hunting reports have been limited and most hunters
who have been out aren’t encountering many birds.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes have been hammering a jig and minnow on the wind-driven
points. The best action is taking place in five to 10 feet off
Raven’s Point, Sugar Point, Little Stoney Point, and the Highbanks
area. The key is to fish the windy side of the lake. A consistent
perch bite has been slow to develop with some fish being found on
the rocks off Raven’s Point. Smaller northern pike are being found
mixed with the walleyes.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Largemouth bass and panfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet on
lakes such as Jane and Demonterville. Smallmouth bass action has
picked up on the Mississippi River. Redtails and crawlers continue
to produce numbers of sturgeon on the deep points of the St. Croix
River. Walleye activity has been limited.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Spinnerbaits are turning good-sized bass on lakes Steiger,
Auburn, and Zumbra. Trolling crankbaits on the weedlines of Lake
Minnewashta and Lake Parley has produced northern pike. Panfish
action is slow, but a few more walleyes have been taken on the
Minnesota River. Deer registrations have dropped off after a couple
busy weeks to start the season.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

There’s some evening walleye action with minnows or Shad Raps in
12 to 14 feet off North Reef and Keggs Reef. The main-lake reefs
are holding plenty of bass, but panfish reports have been limited.
Bucktails and topwater baits are turning numbers of muskies on the
weedlines of Waconia Bay, Anderson’s Reef, the swimming beach, and
island area.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Muskie action has finally picked up on Lake Miltona with
BullDawgs and CowGirls triggering the most action. Crankbaits are
the ticket for bass in 16 to 18 feet on most lakes. Sunfish are on
the bite, but most have been small and northern pike action remains
limited. Walleyes are hitting minnows in 16 to 19 feet on lakes
Darling, Le Homme Dieu, and Carlos. Walleyes also have been taken
on Lake Ida and Miltona, but they are scattered between 19 and 50
feet.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Sunfish remain active in 10 to 12 feet on most lakes, with
Clearwater, Cedar, and Sylvia producing better numbers of
good-sized fish. Look for walleyes to be hitting minnows in 18 to
20 feet at Cedar, in 12 to 16 feet at Clearwater, and in 20 feet at
Sugar Lake. The deep weedlines of Pleasant Lake, Lake Sylvia, and
Clearwater are holding crappies and bass.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

If it’s windy, you’ll find walleyes in seven to 11 feet on Otter
Tail Lake, but look deeper during calm conditions. On West Battle
Lake, crankbaits are triggering walleyes in eight to 12 feet as are
minnows in 30 feet. There’s also a consistent bite on minnows at
Silver Lake in 17 to 23 feet. Bass remain active on most lakes with
Eagle, East Battle, and Clitherall producing the biggest fish.
Sunfish are being found in six to 12 feet at West Battle,
Clitherall, Deer Lake, and Lake Anna. Crappies are being found
suspended over 14 to 18 feet at Stalker Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleye action has picked up on Lake Bemidji with redtails in 15
to 30 feet. On Lake Plantagenet, a jig and shiner is turning
walleyes in 15 to 25 feet. Panfish and muskie action is slow.
Grouse hunters report plenty of flushes and shooting opportunities
in the area. Archery hunters are taking numbers of antlerless deer
and the occasional buck.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

Kobilka’s Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000

BLACKDUCK AREA

Look to Blackduck Lake with minnows for walleyes and perch in 10
to 12 feet. The shoreline break on Island Lake has given up a few
walleyes as well. Rabideau Lake and Gilstead Lake are producing
crappies over 20 feet of water. Grouse hunting has been very good
as more leaves hit the ground.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Walleye action has been very good with rainbows, redtails, and
shiner minnows. Gull Lake is producing the most fish in 13 to 40
feet – often right off the weedlines. Pelican Lake and Whitefish
Lake also have produced walleyes during the afternoon hours on the
remaining weed edges.

S & W Bait/Nisswa Guide Service (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Look for steady walleye action in 14 to 20 feet on Cass Lake.
Allen’s Bay, Deadman’s Bar, and North Cedar Bar have been most
productive with minnows. Muskie reports have been slow, but the
jumbo perch have started hitting along the bulrushes of Cass and
Pike Bay Lake. The 10- to 12-foot weed edges of Kitchi Lake and
Allen’s Bay on Cass are producing bluegills. Look for suspended
crappies over 30 feet throughout the north arm of Kitchi.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Look for suspended crappies to be hitting minnows over 20 feet
of water at South Lindstrom Lake and North Center Lake. There’s an
evening crankbait and minnow bite for walleyes at Green Lake and
Chisago Lake in 15 to 18 feet. The docks of Chisago are producing
sunfish, and bass continue to be caught on spinnerbaits throughout
the area.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Redtails are producing walleyes in 22 to 40 feet on lakes such
as Rabbit, Clearwater, Nokay, Serpent, and Pelican. Bass are
hitting topwater baits on the shorelines of most lakes, while
spinnerbaits tipped with sucker minnows are turning pike on the
weedlines of area lakes. Crappies and sunfish are hitting on lakes
Greer, Little Rabbit, and Serpent. Rainbow trout are being caught
with regularity from most pits and some nice brook trout have been
pulled from Snowshoe Pit, Mallen Pit, and Huntington Pit. The
Mississippi River is giving up smallmouth bass. Grouse numbers
appear up with good reports despite heavy foliage.

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

DETROIT LAKES

Minnows continue to trigger walleyes in 20 to 30 feet on Big
Detroit Lake, Island Lake, Lake Melissa, and Pelican Lake. Muskies
and northern pike are very active on Big Detroit and Melissa is
kicking out pike in 12 to 14 feet. Lakes such as Floyd, Melissa,
and Big Detroit continue to provide steady panfish action in less
than 10 feet of water.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Crappie action has picked up on Fish Lake at the Highbanks area
over 18 feet of water. The rivers along the North Shore are
producing some king salmon and pink salmon on drifted spawn bags or
yarn-tied flies. Look to Island Lake with small chubs for walleyes
on the eight- to 10-foot structure. Grouse hunting has been very
good, more than 90 deer have been registered, and bear hunters have
brought in about 50 animals.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Northern pike and bass are very active on the weedlines of
Fremont Lake and Elk Lake. Redtails are producing walleyes on the
Rum River and in 22 feet of water at Blue Lake. Blue Lake is the
area’s best option for crappies and Elk Lake is the spot for
sunfish in six to 10 feet. Work the Mississippi and Rum rivers for
smallmouth bass.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Drifting minnows in 20 to 22 feet of water has produced walleyes
on Birch Lake, Shagawa Lake, Basswood Lake, and Little Long Lake.
Basswood continues to produce good-sized pike as well, with
crankbaits or large chubs working best. Panfish action has dropped
off and grouse hunters are finding quite a few birds in the
area.

Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930

FAIRMONT AREA

Walleye action has picked up on Hall Lake in six feet of water.
Crawlers and jigs continue to work best during the day with a few
fish being caught on minnows. The shorelines of Budd Lake, Sissiton
Lake, and Hall are producing sunfish and crappies. The bigger fish
are being found in less than six feet of water.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Small sucker minnows are producing walleyes along the nine- to
12-foot weed edges of Lake Mazaska and Shields Lake. The channel
and bridge areas of Cannon Lake are holding walleyes as well.
Minnows or spoons are triggering northern pike on the weedlines of
Kelley Dudley Lake. Sunfish action remains strong in the shallows
of Circle Lake, Fox Lake, and Kelley Dudley.

Lakeside OneStop (507) 332-4050

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Anglers on Lake Superior are finding a consistent lake trout
bite over 40 to 100 feet and the rivers are holding quite a few
pink salmon. Minnows are producing a few walleyes in 25 to 30 feet
on Lake Saganaga and Gunflint Lake. On Greenwood Lake, large jigs
are producing lake trout over 55 to 60 feet. Lakes such as Kimball
and Mink are producing rainbow trout close to shore. Grouse hunters
report good action even though cover remains dense.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Bluegills are being found in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Pokegama and
in 10 to 12 feet at Big Cutfoot, Little Cutfoot, and Jay Gould
Lake. Crappie action has picked up in 14 to 16 feet at Lake Wabana,
Little Ball Club Lake, and Jay Gould. Walleye reports have been
limited, but look to Wabana, Big Trout Lake, Pokegama, and the
Mississippi River for a few fish during the evening hours. There’s
a minnow bite for pike on Pokegama over 20 feet of water. Bass
action remains strong and grouse hunters are doing very well,
despite thick cover.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes and jumbo perch in 14 to
19 feet on Woman Lake. The 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Birch Lake
are worth noting for northern pike and bass. Minnows or crankbaits
seem to be working best. The deep weedlines of Pleasant Lake
continue to give up a few crappies during the afternoon hours.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Walleyes are hitting minnows in 35 feet during the day and up
shallower during low-light periods. Better areas on Kabetogama have
been Martin Islands, Blind Ash, Larkin Island, and Green Island. On
Namakan Lake, Tar Point, Namakan Island, Twin Alligators Island,
and Gold Island have been most productive. Northern pike are
hitting crankbaits or minnows in most wind-swept bays and
smallmouth bass can be had on the rock piles and gravel-bottomed
areas of Namakan. Recent wind and rains have limited grouse hunting
activity.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE OSAKIS

Minnows are producing walleyes on the main-lake bars and flats.
Work 21 to 30 feet during the day and up shallower during low-light
periods. Crappies continue to be found suspended over 30 feet of
water in front of Holiday Resort. The north end is producing
sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Work the weedlines with spinnerbaits or
minnows for bass and pike.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes in 40 feet or more, while
a Lindy Rig and crawler has worked best on the 12- to 16-foot
breaks and weedlines. The best bet for a muskie continues to be
after dark. Bow hunters are taking quite a few deer, but grouse
hunting was tough this week due to the wind and rain.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

The south end of Lake Hanska has produced a lot of walleyes via
a jig and minnow. Shad Raps or minnows are turning walleyes on Lake
Washington during the evening hours. Look to Madison Lake for
crappies in 12 to 14 feet, and Lake Washington for sunfish in 10 to
12 feet. Minnows or spinnerbaits are providing steady bass and
northern pike action on the weedlines of Big Jefferson Lake.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Shiner minnows are producing walleyes on Big Sandy Lake and
Round Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Big Sandy, Round, and Lake Minnewawa
are safe bets for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 14 feet. The
remaining weed edges of Minnewawa are producing northern pike. The
bigger fish are being taken on crankbaits or large minnows.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Big Sand Lake and Fish Hook Lake are the best walleye options.
Redtails have been working best in 18 to 22 feet. Crankbaits and
minnows continue to trigger good-sized pike on the 12- to 14-foot
weedlines of Fifth Crow Wing Lake. The local bass bite is strong,
but panfish have been tough to locate. Grouse hunters are shooting
limits and report a lot of birds in this region.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes in the Tamarack
River in less than eight feet. A few more walleyes have been caught
on minnows in the main lake, but the rivers have been most
consistent. The bigger pike are getting cranked up on the weedlines
of the main lake. Spoons or crankbaits are the way to go in four to
six feet. Grouse hunting was slow this week due to the wind and
rain.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

RED WING AREA

The mouths of the Rush and Pine rivers are safe bets for
northern pike. Big sucker minnows or spoons are triggering some
good-sized fish. The best walleye and sauger action is taking place
at the dam on the Mississippi River where hair jigs and minnows are
turning fish in 12 to 15 feet. The rocks in the Maple Springs area
of Lake Pepin continue to produce smallmouth bass and the Baypoint
Park docks are worth noting for panfish.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

The Horseshoe Chain and Pearl Lake are producing sunfish in six
to 12 feet. Look to Rice Lake and Lake Koronis for walleyes from
the weedlines out to 25 feet. Minnows are now working best.
Northern pike are hitting minnows on the weedlines of Browns Lake,
Pearl, and Rice. A few crappies are being found in 20 feet or more
at Horseshoe Lake and Rice Lake.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Walleyes continue to hit fathead minnows in eight to 10 feet at
McCormick Lake. Big Birch Lake started kicking out walleyes in 22
to 40 feet, as is the narrows bridge on Sauk Lake – all on minnows.
Look for suspended crappies in Red Barn Bay on Sauk in 15 feet. The
area’s best sunfish reports are coming off Maple Lake in 10 to 12
feet.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Sucker minnows or spoons are producing northern pike on Lake
Minnewaska in nine feet near the creeks. Look for walleyes on
Minnewaska during the day to be hitting minnows, off the points in
12 to 14 feet. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska continues to produce
sunfish in 10 feet. Maple Lake and Lake Reno are giving up walleyes
during the evening hours on redtails or crankbaits.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

Sunfish continue to be found in 10 to 12 feet on lakes Andrew,
Diamond, Games, and North Long. Green Lake is kicking out numbers
of smallmouth bass via crankbaits and you will find walleyes
scattered between 20 and 40 feet here. Minnows are producing
walleyes in 20 feet at Eagle Lake and there’s an evening crankbait
bite for ‘eyes at Andrew in 15 feet. Archery hunters have started
taking a few deer, primarily of the antlerless variety.

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

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