Sunday, February 5th, 2023
Sunday, February 5th, 2023

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Sunfish and crappies are being found on Lake Mary and Lake Reno
in 12 to 15 feet. Reno also has kicked out a few walleyes during
the evening hours in 15 to 20 feet. Look to Lake Ida with setlines
and small minnows for walleyes in 30 to 35 feet.

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


Crappies continue to be found suspended over deep water on
Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Lake John. Look for
sunfish in 14 to 20 feet at Clearwater, Cedar, Lake Marie, and
Indian Lake. The 12- to 16-foot weed edges of French Lake and
Clearwater are giving up a few pike, but walleye reports have been

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


The east end of Battle Lake and Otter Tail Lake are giving up a
few walleyes in 18 to 30 feet. Sunfish are hitting in 15 feet on
lakes such as Star, Dead, Ellingson, and South Turtle. Look for
suspended crappies over 23 to 25 feet at South Turtle, Ellingson,
and Battle. The weedlines on Battle Lake also are holding northern

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Perch and walleyes continue to be caught in 30 to 35 feet on
Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Expect the walleyes to be most
active during the evening hours. Grace Lake is the area’s best
option for bluegills and northern pike in 10 to 12 feet.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


The 20- to 23-foot mud areas of Blackduck Lake remain a safe
option for perch. Rabideau Lake is producing bluegills over 10 to
15 feet and Gilstead Lake is giving up crappies during low-light
periods in 30 to 40 feet. Look to Gull Lake for an occasional
walleye and bluegills in 10 feet. Northern pike are active on the
weed edges of most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Walleyes continue to hit during low-light periods in 20 to 40
feet on Gull Lake and North Long Lake. These lakes also have
produced some pike in 12 to 16 feet with sucker minnows. The south
end of Gull, Nisswa Lake, and Round Lake are giving up sunfish and
a few crappies in 14 to 20 feet.

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


The Pancake Island area of South Center Lake is producing
sunfish and crappies, as is the south end of Chisago Lake in eight
to 12 feet. North Center Lake continues to give up sunfish during
the day and crappies after dark in 10 to 12 feet. Walleye action is
limited, but you will find active pike hitting sucker minnows on
Chisago in 10 to 16 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


There’s some evening walleye action in 21 to 24 feet at lakes
Sallie, Melissa, and Big Detroit. The 12- to 15-foot weed edges of
Floyd Lake, Big Detroit, and Sallie are producing crappies and
sunfish. The deep and shallow weed areas of Deadshot Bay on Little
Detroit Lake are worth noting for pike.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


The cold weather has limited fishing reports. Most lakes
continue to produce northern pike, but Rice Lake has stood out for
bigger fish in seven feet of water. The good news is that ice has
started to form in the Duluth area of Lake Superior. There’s a
possibility that herring and salmon anglers might be able to fish
through it soon.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Crappies continue to bite on Little Elk Lake in 10 to 12 feet of
water and on Blue Lake over 22 feet. Northern pike are being taken
on tip-ups and sucker minnows in 10 to 12 feet of water at Green
Lake and Blue Lake. You’ll also find walleyes on Green in 26 to 30
feet of water and crappies over 22 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Walleye and crappie action has been limited due to the cold. A
few anglers are finding success fishing for lake trout with jigging
spoons or minnows. Work the deep water of Burntside Lake, Knife
Miners Lake, and Tofte Lake for the best numbers. These fish
continue to be suspended as well.

Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930


Look to Lake Mazaska for crappies in 30 to 35 feet and sunfish
in 20 to 25 feet. Small sucker minnows are turning northern pike in
20 feet or deeper at Shields Lake and Mazaska. The 20- to 25-foot
bars of French Lake have kicked out a few walleyes via fathead
minnows. French also is giving up crappies in 35 to 40 feet.

Lakeside OneStop (507) 332-4050


Brook trout remain active on Carrot Lake in 12 feet. Small jigs
and waxworms or small jigging spoons are working best. Shiner
minnows, ciscoes, chubs, and spoons are providing steady lake trout
action in 45 to 55 feet. Better lakes this week have been Gunflint,
East Bearskin, Loon, and Clearwater. Splake reports have been
limited in recent days.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Big Splithand, Little Splithand, and the north end of Bowstring
Lake are safe bets for crappies in 22 to 28 feet. Northern pike are
hitting sucker minnows in 14 to 22 feet at Lake Wabana, Big Trout
Lake, and Lake Pokegama. Bass Lake remains the area’s best bluegill
option in 10 to 18 feet. Look for suspended lake trout on Pit Lake
over 50 to 60 feet.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Sunfish action has been limited to a few fish off Pleasant Lake
and Five Point Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Woman Lake continues to give
up a few good-sized perch in 20 to 30 feet. Northern pike have bit
most consistently with lakes such as Webb and Portage giving up
fish via sucker minnows. A “walleye or two” a night can be had off
Pleasant Lake in 20 to 22 feet.

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


A mixed bag of walleyes, sauger, and jumbo perch is being caught
in 26 to 34 feet on small glow jigs and minnows. Better areas this
week have been near Martin Islands, Center Reef, Lost Lake Bay, and
the mouth of the Ash River. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are
producing northern pike throughout the bays and structure areas of
the lake.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Small jigging spoons are turning crappies on Lake Washington in
15 to 18 feet. Waxworms have worked best for crappies on the south
end of Madison Lake in 22 to 24 feet. A few walleyes continue to be
caught at night on Lake Hanska in six feet of water. Sucker minnows
are the ticket for pike on Little Jefferson Lake and East Jefferson
Lake is giving up a few good-sized sunfish in 10 to 12 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Look for bluegills early and late in the day in 14 to 16 feet on
the Crow Wing Chain and Upper Twin Lake. Crappies are being found
suspended over 30 feet of water throughout the Crow Wing Chain as
well. An occasional walleye is pulled from 30 to 32 feet on small
minnows at Fish Hook Lake and Potato Lake. The best northern pike
option remains at Big Mantrap Lake in 12 to 14 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Walleye and northern pike action has held up despite the cold.
Good reports are still coming from 13 to 14 feet throughout the
lake and Center Bar remains one of the most consistent areas. The
southeast corner of the lake has produced more crappies this week
in 12 to 14 feet. Red glow jigs and minnows continue to work

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


Anglers fishing from boats continue to catch big saugers below
the dam on the Mississippi River. A jig and minnow is best in 18 to
28 feet. Ice anglers are finding walleyes and sauger throughout
Lake Pepin. The Baypoint Park area is giving up panfish and sauger
in eight to 10 feet.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111


The islands area of Lake Koronis remains the area’s best walleye
option in 18 to 25 feet. Sunfish seem to bite best during the
morning hours in 12 to 14 feet on Pearl Lake, Becker Lake, and
Cedar Island Lake. Look for crappies after dark on Pearl,
Horseshoe, and Long Lake in 15 to 22 feet. Northern pike have bit
best on most lakes in 14 to 16 feet.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Set up on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Andrew for
walleyes after dark. The 50-foot hole on Eagle Lake is giving up
crappies and Diamond Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in 12
to 18 feet. The northeast corner of Green Lake, Norway Lake, and
Games Lake have produced panfish as well.

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

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