Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Look for crappies on the weedlines of lakes Le Homme Dieu,
Darling, and Ida. Sunfish are an easy catch on most lakes in less
than eight feet, while bass have moved to the weedlines of Lake
Carlos and Le Homme Dieu. Leeches and crawlers have been the ticket
for walleyes in 12 to 18 feet at Lake Ida and Lake Miltona.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

There’s an evening walleye bite on Clearwater Lake with leeches,
crawlers, and spinners in 16 to 26 feet. Similar presentations have
worked at Cedar Lake, French Lake, and Sugar Lake in 18 to 25 feet.
Sunfish continue to be plucked off the shorelines of Clearwater,
Cedar, and Lake Sylvia. Look for bass on the emerging weedlines of
most lakes and sucker minnows are turning pike at John and Pleasant
lakes in 10 to 14 feet.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Sunfish action is excellent in 10 feet of water or less at Star
Lake, Bass Lake, Clitherall Lake, Dead Lake, and South Turtle Lake.
Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in 15 to 30 feet at Otter
Tail, West Battle, Rush, Stalker, and Clitherall lakes. Trolling
sucker minnows has triggered pike on the weedlines of West Battle,
Otter Tail, South Turtle, and Clitherall. West Battle also has seen
more muskie activity this week.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

During the day, Lindy Rigs and shiners are turning walleyes in
eight to 16 feet at Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Shad Raps
trolled in four to eight feet at night have produced walleyes on
both lakes. Muskies are chasing small baits on Bemidji, but few
have committed. Throw spinnerbaits or topwaters for bass on area
lakes and Grace Lake is kicking out panfish in shallow water.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BLACKDUCK AREA

Lindy Rigs and leeches are turning walleyes on the 10-foot
weedlines or 10- to 14-foot humps of Blackduck Lake. Work the 10-
to 15-foot humps and bars on Gull Lake and Island Lake during the
evening hours for walleyes. Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake
continue to produce panfish in shallow water.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Leeches, shiners, and nightcrawlers are turning walleyes in 18
to 22 feet at Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Pelican Lake. Spinnerbaits
or plastics are triggering bass on all lakes and northern pike are
taking sucker minnows on the weed edges of most lakes during the
day.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

During the day, you’ll find walleyes and perch in 12 to 14 feet
or 30 to 35 feet on Cass Lake. Rapalas are turning walleyes at
night on Cass in four to six feet at O’Neal’s Point, Turtle River
Bar, and North Cedar Bar. Look to Tom’s Bar on Cass with a jig and
minnow for pike. Panfish have moved to 12 to18 feet on area
lakes.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Lakes such as Chisago, South Lindstrom, and South Center remain
good spots for sunfish. Walleyes are hitting leeches on the 14- to
17-foot sunken islands of Chisago Lake. Slip bobbers and leeches
have produced a few walleyes on the weed edges of South Center. The
weedlines on the north end of North Center Lake are holding
crappies, while Sunrise Lake continues to give up pike, bass, and
panfish.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Trout action continues to be very good from the shorelines out
to 300 feet of water where fish are being found suspended. Try
Huntington, Manuel, and Pennington Chain pits for the best bite.
Largemouth bass are hitting artificial baits in six to 12 feet of
water at Serpent Lake, Rabbit Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Clearwater
Lake. Look for smallmouths on the rocks at Serpent and Clearwater,
as well as the Mississippi and Pine rivers. For panfish, give lakes
such as Black, Ross, Bass, Little Rabbit, Greer, Adney, Bay, and
Cedar a look in eight to 14 feet of water. Slip bobbers and leeches
are turning walleyes in 12 to 14 feet of water at Serpent and
Rabbit during the evening hours.

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

CROSS LAKE AREA

Leeches and crawlers on Lindy Rigs are producing walleyes on the
Whitefish Chain in 24 to 35 feet. Bass fishing has been hot with
spinnerbaits or plastics on the docks and weedlines. Look for pike
on the weedlines and flats to be hitting sucker minnows under
bobbers. Crappies are now suspending next to the established
weedlines and sunfish remain along the shorelines of most
lakes.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708

DETROIT LAKES

Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches on the 11- to 16-foot
weedlines of Big Detroit Lake. The 11- to 20-foot weed edges of
lakes Sallie, Melissa, Big Cormorant, and Middle Cormorant also
have produced ‘eyes. Sunfish have moved to the weedlines at Big
Detroit, Melissa, Buck, and Little Cormorant. Look for suspended
crappies over 18 feet at Big Cormorant, Little Cormorant, Big
Detroit, and Sallie. Bass and pike remain active on most lakes,
while Cowgirls have raised muskies at Big Detroit.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Look for bluegills in two feet of water and crappies in eight to
10 feet of water at Fish Lake and Rice Lake. Leeches are triggering
walleyes in eight to 10 feet at Fish Lake and on the six- to
10-foot channel edges on the St. Louis River. Muskie anglers are
reporting some follows at Island Lake and large chubs are the
ticket for pike at Rice Lake. The north shore of Lake Superior is
giving up lakers and cohos near the surface.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits on the weed edges of
Green Lake and Blue Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern
pike in 10 to 12 feet at Blue and Green. Look for sunfish along the
shorelines of Green as well.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Present a leech in any manner over 10 to 26 feet and you’ll
catch eating-sized walleyes and plenty of big fish. Lakes such as
Basswood, Burntside, Shagawa, or White Iron have all produced fish.
Northern pike action is strong on the emerging weedlines of most
lakes, but crappie reports remain limited.

Babe’s Bait and Tackle (218) 365-6930

FAIRMONT AREA

The docks of lakes Amber, Hall, Budd, Sissiton, and George
continue to hold crappies. Hall Lake is kicking out walleyes via
leeches in 12 feet. George Lake is the area’s best bass option,
while Tuttle Lake and East Chain Lake are giving up northern pike
and a few walleyes. On Fox Lake, anglers are catching bluegills,
crappies, and catfish during the evening hours.

Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle (507) 235-5225

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Leeches and fatheads are turning walleyes at Tom Lake in 10 to
12 feet and at Devils Fish Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Crankbaits have
worked best at Devil’s Track Lake and Elbow Lake in eight to 10
feet. On Seagull Lake and Lake Saganaga, slip bobbers and leeches
are turning walleyes in 20 feet. Lake trout are being found
suspended over 50 feet at Trout Lake, while Kimball Lake and Mink
Lake are producing rainbow trout via crawlers. Trolling spoons has
provided excellent pike action on Northern Lights Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers during the day in 18
to 24 feet or minnows and jigs during the evening hours in 10 to 12
feet. Better lakes this week have been Sugar, Wabana, Deer,
Pokegama, and Trout. Sunfish and crappies are being found in less
than six feet at Bass Lake, Wabana, North Star Lake, and Spider
Lake. The weedlines of Shallow Lake are giving up good-sized pike
and muskie anglers are reporting follows at Deer Lake and Moose
Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Walleyes and perch are coming off Woman Lake in 12 to 17 feet.
Minnows are working best for walleyes on Ten Mile Lake in 16 to 20
feet and on Pine Mountain Lake in 14 feet. Lakes such as Ox Yoke,
Pleasant, and Birch are worth noting for panfish in shallow water.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass are hitting on most lakes.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

During the evening hours, walleyes, sauger, pike, and bass can
be had in shallow water with slip bobbers and minnows. Midday
action has been best in 22 to 28 feet with a jig and minnow or
leech and Lindy Rig. Better areas this week have been Center Reef
and the wind-driven sides of Harris, Ram, and Sheep islands. Some
of the best pike reports are coming out of Mud, Daily, and Nebraska
bays.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE OSAKIS

There’s some evening walleye action with leeches and crawlers in
seven feet on the Two Mile Bar, Four Mile Bar, and in Miller’s Bay.
Sunfish have moved to the reeds and sandy shorelines. Crappie
reports are limited, but bass and pike remain an easy catch in the
weeds.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181

LAKE VERMILION

Five-foot Lindy Rigs and inflated crawlers are producing
walleyes in 14 to 22 feet during low-light periods. Key on the
sand, gravel, and mud areas early and late in the day. Some muskies
are being seen along the shorelines with topwater or small hair
baits raising a few fish.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Bass action remains strong on most lakes with German, Madison,
and Washington standing out. Look for walleyes to be hitting Lindy
Rigs and leeches in 14 feet at Washington, while Rattle Traps
continue to turn walleyes on the weedlines of Madison. The bays on
lakes Washington and Madison remain safe bets for panfish during
midday hours.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Minnows continue to trigger walleyes in 14 to 20 feet in
Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy Lake. The weedlines of all lakes are
holding bass and northern pike, both of which have bit on
artificial and live bait. The shorelines and shallow weeds of Big
Sandy and Lake Minnewawa are producing sunfish.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382

ORTONVILLE AREA

Trolling crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet near Hartford Beach and
Mallard Point on Big Stone Lake has produced walleyes. White bass
also have bit well throughout Big Stone. Crankbaits have produced
walleyes on Lake Traverse and Artichoke Lake during the evening
hours in eight to 10 feet. The south end of Artichoke is worth
noting for crappies as well. On Oliver Lake, trolling spinners and
crawlers has turned walleyes in 10 to 12 feet.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

There’s some evening walleye action in 16 to 18 feet with
leeches and crawlers at Potato Lake, Lake Belle Taine, Eagle Lake,
and Lake George. The 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Big Mantrap Lake
are holding crappies and waxworms are producing bluegills
throughout the Crow Wing Chain in six to eight feet. Big Mantrap
and Belle Taine are providing consistent smallmouth and largemouth
bass action and sucker minnows are turning pike in 10 feet at Fish
Hook Lake.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

Spinners and leeches are now producing consistent walleye action
in five to eight feet. The “Popples” area has been most consistent.
The south shore humps and rocks are giving up crappies via small
jigs and minnows. The Tamarack River area seems to give up a few
big pike every week.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

RED WING AREA

Long-lining crankbaits in 10 to 18 feet on the Maiden Rock Flats
and Warrentown areas just outside Lake Pepin has produced walleyes
and sauger. The rock piles in Pepin are worth noting for smallmouth
bass and an occasional walleye. Work the docks in Baypoint Park for
bluegills and crappies.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers on the shallow weed
edges of Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. Look to Horseshoe Lake for
northern pike in 10 to 12 feet. Bass and sunfish remain very active
in the shallows of most lakes. The Sauk River Chain is a safe bet
for channel catfish.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish are being found on the shorelines at Lake Villard, Sauk
Lake, Little Birch, and Fairy Lake. Look for crappies in the
shallow reeds of Sauk and Big Birch Lake. Shiners or leeches are
producing walleyes in the weeds of McCormick Lake, in 28 feet on
Little Birch, and in 12 to 16 feet of water at Maple Lake. Sucker
minnows are the ticket for pike in eight to 15 feet of water at Big
Birch and on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Sauk.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Walleyes continue to hit live bait in eight to 14 feet on Lake
Minnewaska. Look to Reno Lake in 14 feet and Lake Mary in 12 to 14
feet for walleyes during the evening hours. Spinnerbaits are
producing numbers of bass throughout Minnewaska. Panfish action
also remains consistent on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska in 12 to
15 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

The shallow weed edges of Lake Francis are holding crappies. DNR
Bay on Lake Tetonka and the shallow weedlines of Big Jefferson Lake
are safe bets for sunfish. Tetonka also is giving up a few walleyes
in 15 to 17 feet and Lake Sakatah is the area’s best northern pike
option.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Diamond Lake is giving up walleyes in 10 feet via leeches.
Leeches also have worked well in 30 to 40 feet at Green Lake and in
15 to 30 feet at Eagle Lake. On Willmar/Foot Lake, pike, panfish,
and walleyes are scattered in four to 20 feet. Look to the deep
weedlines of Florida Lake for walleyes during the evening hours.
Sunfish and bass remain shallow on all lakes.

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

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