Ice depths vary from two to seven inches on all lakes. The small
lakes are offering the most ice, but this area received eight to 10
inches of snow last weekend with another two to five inches
expected this week. This could create problems with the ice, so
call before you go. Little Mary Lake and Lake Reno have had a few
anglers on them.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle
Anglers have begun walking on Clearwater Lake and catching a few
walleyes and crappies. Look to Dan’s Lake for crappies and Lake
Edwards for a few walleyes. Some of the larger lakes still have
pockets of open water, but the small lakes and bays have as much as
six inches of ice.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Look for walleyes and perch on Otter Tail Lake in 10 to 14 feet
in front of Graystone. Anglers are walking on West Battle Lake and
finding a few walleyes and panfish on the first break. Sunfish are
biting on West Lost Lake in 10 feet and Spitzer Lake is producing
some panfish in eight feet. This area received 10 to 12 inches of
snow last weekend and there was an additional three inches on the
ground Tuesday morning. The snow has caused slush to develop on
many large lakes so caution is advised.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Ice had started to form nicely on most lakes and there had been
some angling and spearing on the small lakes. But heavy snow has
caused water to soak through the surface, limiting travel on most
Bluewater Bait and Sports
(218) 444-BAIT (2248)
Most lakes have six to nine inches of ice. The perch bite has
been very good on Blackduck Lake in eight to 14 feet and some
walleyes have been caught in 14 to 20 feet. Look to Gilstead Lake
and Rabideau Lake for panfish. ATVs are being used, but deep snow
is causing travel issues on most lakes.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Ice is limited on most of the big lakes, but the bays and small
lakes have five to six inches on them. Walleyes are being caught on
Round Lake and North Long Lake in 18 feet of water. Upper Gull Lake
and Jones’ Bay on Pelican Lake are producing panfish and a few
walleyes in shallower water. Fish houses have started being pulled
out onto these areas, but with the additional snow this week,
caution is advised due to the potential of slush.
S & W Bait/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
The channels and bays are seeing anglers on them where five
inches of ice seems to be the norm. There’s an evening crappie bite
in the hole in front of Whispering Bay on South Center Lake. The
south end of Chisago Lake is producing sunfish and northern pike
during the daytime hours. Walleyes and crappies also have started
hitting in front of the Dinner Bell on South Lindstrom Lake over 18
feet of water.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Most lakes have good “foot-travel” ice with as much as eight
inches found on the small lakes and bays. Crappies have started
hitting on Blackhoof Lake and Perry Lake during the evening hours.
Northern pike also are active on most lakes, while reports remain
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
The small lakes and bays have five to 10 inches of ice, ATVs are
being used, but the snow is piling up and could start creating
slush. Walleye action has picked up on Deadshot Bay of Big Detroit
Lake in 18 feet. Find the weed edge in this bay and you should find
panfish as well. On Island Lake, panfish and walleyes are being
caught in 16 to 18 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Anglers are walking out on four to six inches of ice, but 14
inches of snow last weekend is causing slush to develop on the
lakes. Fish Lake and Boulder Lake are kicking out walleyes in 10
feet during low-light periods. Look to Rice Lake and Fish Lake with
sucker minnows for northern pike in eight to 10 feet of water.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Elk Lake is producing crappies and pike in six to seven feet.
Fremont Lake is a safe bet for pike in four to six feet. On Baxter
Lake, you’ll find sunfish and crappies in 11 feet. These lakes have
four to six inches of ice, but the ice is much thinner on most
other area lakes so use caution.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Ice fishing is just getting started. The small lakes are safe
enough for foot travel and even some large lakes have as much as
four inches of ice. Don’t misconstrue this as a blanket thumbs up
since thin ice still exists on many lakes.
Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930
Cedar Lake and Iowa Lake are producing walleyes and perch where
five inches of ice has formed along the shoreline breaks. Caution
is advised on the big lakes and main portions of many fisheries due
to thinner ice conditions. If snow is avoided this week, look for
more areas to become accessible soon.
Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225
This area missed most of last weekend’s snow so the ice is in
good shape. Anglers are walking on four to five inches of ice and
catching fish. Karderlik’s Bay on Shields Lake is producing
crappies in 18 feet and northern pike in shallower water. Bulrush
Bay on Lake Mazaska is a safe bet for sunfish and there is some
shallow water walleye action on the Twin lakes.
Lakeside OneStop (507) 332-4050
GRAND MARAIS AREA
There’s a little bit of ice and a lot of snow. A few people have
begun checking the ice, but the deep snow has prevented the thin
ice from getting much thicker. More than 12 inches of snow hit this
area last weekend.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
There were people fishing on four to six inches of ice last
weekend. But heavy snow caused slush to develop, making travel on
most lakes difficult. Very few fishing reports were reported due to
the snow and slush.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
A few people had begun fishing on four inches of ice last week,
but 10 inches of snow put a quick end to that last weekend. Slush
and water is now an issue on most lakes where walkable ice had
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Limited ice and 12 inches of snow have slowed the fishing and
spearing activity. A few bays, such as Tom Cod, Duck, and Irwin
will withstand portable shelters but caution is advised. Northern
pike reports have been limited and the traditional first-ice
walleye spots have yet to be reached.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
The north-end bay is producing walleyes in 12 to 16 feet or 20
to 24 feet. You’ll find crappies suspended in front of Holiday
Resort over 32 feet where three to four inches of ice has formed.
The north-end bay has seven inches of ice and Town Bay has eight
inches of ice. ATVs are being used in these areas.
Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181
The small lakes have five inches of ice, while the large lakes
offer two to four inches. Look to Crystal Lake for walleyes in less
than five feet of water. On Lake Elysian, walleyes have started
hitting in nine to 12 feet along the points that are being reached
by foot. Look to Mud Bay on Lake Washington for panfish.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
The snow has caused slush to develop on most lakes. A few
anglers have been walking on Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy Lake and
catching a few walleyes and crappies during the evening hours. Lake
Minnewawa is producing a few crappies where five inches of ice has
Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382
You’ll find five to seven inches of ice on most lakes, but the
snow is causing some travel issues. Slush had yet to develop under
the snow but it’s deep enough to make walking is difficult. The
south end of Big Stone Lake is producing perch in 12 feet of water.
Reports from other area lakes have been limited.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Fish Hook Lake is producing walleyes near the Assembly Grounds.
Look to Straight Lake and the Twin lakes for bluegills. The south
end of Long Lake and Straight Lake are worth noting for pike. Ice
depths vary from two to seven inches and watch for slush due to the
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Ice depths vary, but seven to 12 inches has been reported in the
areas being fished. The best walleye and pike reports are coming
from the southeast corner of the lake in eight to 10 feet. ATVs
were an option as of Tuesday morning, but the snow was piling up on
the nine inches that already existed, so travel could become an
Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657
RED WING AREA
Ice has started to form in the bays of the Mississippi River.
The docks located in the Baypoint Park area are giving up crappies
for ice anglers. Boats are still an option on the river where
walleyes and sauger continue to be caught on jigs below the
Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Four to five inches of ice has taken on hold on most lakes, but
some areas just froze so they offer skim ice. Pearl Lake has enough
ice for walking and the crappies started biting in 12 to 14 feet.
The north end of Rice Lake is producing walleyes during the evening
hours in 10 to 12 feet. The Horseshoe Chain is kicking out a few
walleyes and pike, while Becker Lake is worth noting for pike and
sunfish in six to 10 feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walkable ice has formed on many lakes, but caution is advised
due to the recent snowfall. Look to McCormick Lake during the
evening hours for walleyes in eight to 10 feet. Northern pike are
being taken in the shallow water near the narrows on Sauk Lake.
You’ll also find crappies in the narrows of Sauk over seven to 10
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
Walleyes are being caught off the Starbuck end of Lake
Minnewaska in eight to 14 feet during the evening hours. Ice depths
vary from five to seven inches and ATVs were being used this week.
Look for water to develop under the ice if the snow continues this
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle
You’ll find five to seven inches of ice on lakes such as
Elysian, Francis, Tetonka, and Sakatah. A few panfish have been
pulled from area lakes and Elysian is giving up some walleyes in
seven to nine feet during the evening hours.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
You’ll find four to seven inches of ice on most small lakes. The
big lakes such as Green and Eagle just capped last weekend so
expect thinner ice. Walleyes have started hitting in less than 10
feet on many lakes. Leading the way this week are Norway, Long,
Ringo, Solomon, and Big Kandi during the evening hours.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097