Sunday, January 29th, 2023
Sunday, January 29th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Sunfish and crappies remain active in 10 to 12 feet at Lake
Miltona, Lake Geneva, Smith Lake, Lake Mary, Lake Le Homme Dieu,
and Lake Darling. Stay on the move and look for bigger fish to be
most active during low-light periods.

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

BATTLE LAKE

Crappies are being found suspended in 18 feet during the evening
hours at Rush Lake, West Battle Lake, South Turtle Lake, and Dead
Lake. Otter Tail Lake continues to produce perch in 10 feet, while
lakes such as Mollie Stark and Pickerel remain safe bets for
tullibees. Sunfish are hitting in 12 to 15 feet on most lakes with
Star, Dead, Rush, and West Battle leading the way.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

There’s an evening crappie and bluegill bite at Pimushe Lake in
16 to 20 feet. Minnows and Eurolarvae are producing perch on Lake
Bemidji in 20 to 24 feet. Look to Turtle River Lake and Lake George
in eight to 10 feet for bluegills.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Eurolarvae is producing sunfish in six to 12 feet at Nisswa
Lake, Round Lake, Lake Margaret, and North Long Lake. Crappies
continue to be found suspended during the evening hours in 15 to 20
feet at Gull Lake and Round.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Work the six- to eight-foot sand flats that hold weeds for perch
on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Bluegills are being caught in 12 to
15 feet in Allen’s Bay on Cass, Grace Lake, and Moose Lake. Crappie
reports have been spotty with a few fish coming off Lower Sucker
Lake and Welch Lake.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Look to the bays of North Center Lake, Chisago Lake, and South
Center Lake for sunfish and crappies in six to 10 feet. A few
crappies are found during the evening in 26 to 28 feet feet at
Chisago as well.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

DULUTH AREA

The only ice fishing action worth reporting is taking place on
Fish Lake, where crappies are being taken in 12 to 14 feet. Shore
anglers along Lake Superior are catching Kamloops and cohos more
consistently this week. The best stretch remains from the Lester
River to French River with crawlers or waxworms.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Crappies remain active on Green Lake over 25 feet of water.
Sunfish can be had off Baxter Lake in 11 feet, while the 10-foot
humps of Blue Lake are producing a mixed bag of panfish.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Crappie action remains strong on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 18 to
24 feet of water. The south end of Bowstring Lake is producing
crappies during the evening hours in 20 to 24 feet of water. You’ll
hook a mixed bag of panfish in Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama in 12
to 18 feet of water. Perch continue to be caught in six to nine
feet at Jay Gould Lake and Bass Lake continues its impressive
bluegill bite in 12 to 18 feet.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

On Lake Inguadona, crappie action has improved during the
evening hours in less than 10 feet and there are sunfish being
taken at the mouth of the river. Sunfish and crappies are biting on
Pleasant Lake in eight to 14 feet. Lindsay Lake and Birch Lake also
are worth noting for sunfish in shallow water.

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

LAKE OSAKIS

The north-end bay is producing sunfish and crappies. The key to
putting together a bunch of nice fish is to drill a lot of holes
and keep moving. Most reports are coming from 18 to 22 feet, but a
few pods of sunfish have been found on the eight- to 12-foot
shoreline drops.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Bluegill action remains consistent on the Crow Wing Chain of
Lakes in six to 12 feet. Fish Hook Lake also remains a safe bet for
bluegills in eight to 12 feet of water. The best crappie reports
are coming from Big Mantrap Lake during the evening hours in 12 to
20 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED WING AREA

The big walleyes have become more active in the Mississippi
River and the sauger bite also remains very consistent. The dam
area has been best in 18 to 25 feet of water with the Hay Creek
area also kicking out fish. Ike’s hair jigs, bright-colored
ringworms, and Sonars are all producing fish.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

You’ll find sunfish in five to 16 feet on Rice Lake, Browns
Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, and the north end of Eden Lake.
Crappies also remain active during low-light periods in 12 to 16
feet at Horseshoe Lake, Grand Lake, and Pearl Lake.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

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