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

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Big Six


East – Fishing reports have been limited to the occasional
angler jigging a walleye or two off the shallow rocks. The deer
opener was a bit slower than last year with about 200 deer
registered. Despite the wind on opening day, Saturday produced the
most deer.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – A handful of anglers continues to troll Rapalas at night
in six to 10 feet of water and catch walleyes. The best areas have
been the shorelines in St. Alban’s Bay and Garrison Bay. Anecdotal
deer hunting reports indicate a slow opening weekend. Registration
stations in the area are seeing a considerable drop in harvest from
last season.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341


The walleye bite remains strong in the Rainy River and lake.
Limits are being caught from Morris Point to Four Mile Bay and all
along the river from Clementson to Frontier. Pink, orange, blue, or
gold jigs and shiner minnows remain the best presentations.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Walleye action has slowed and fewer people are fishing. There
are some decent crappie reports coming off Shingobee Bay and
Miller’s Bay. The deer season has offered mixed results with some
good reports and some very poor results for groups. The bucks have
been active based on harvest totals, which show more bucks than
antlerless deer taken.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


A few walleyes continue to be caught in the channels at night on
Rapalas. Northern pike also can be had with sucker minnows in the
channels and on top of the weed flats. Generally speaking, angling
pressure has been limited.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Minnows and jigs continue to produce walleyes in the Rainy
River. There hasn’t been anyone on the main lake over the past week
so fishing reports have dwindled. The deer season has offered mixed
reviews. Some groups have done well and others are reporting very
few deer sightings.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


There is nothing to report this week. The boats have been put
away and anglers are hoping for early ice to form. Watch for ice
updates over the next month.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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