Ice conditions continue to improve and the small lakes now have
enough ice to set fish houses. The best walleye reports are coming
off Lake Reno in nine to 13 feet and Lake Le Homme Dieu in 17 to 23
feet. The morning and evening hours have been best with shiner
minnows. Panfish and northern pike action is slow.

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


Ice depths vary, but six to eight inches is the norm on most
small lakes. Look for crappies on Lake John and Clearwater Lake in
20 feet or more. Lake Francis is kicking out crappies and a few
walleyes in 20 to 22 feet. Pelican Lake is giving up panfish and
pike in shallow water. Dans Lake is worth hitting for panfish and
northern pike in 15 to 18 feet.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


There’s plenty of good ice to fish, but you really have to watch
the ice in certain areas of the big lakes such as East Battle,
Stalker, Clitherall, Otter Tail, and Eagle. Walleyes are being
taken on West Battle Lake, Stalker Lake, Silver Lake, Otter Tail
Lake, Rush Lake, and Walker Lake in 19 to 24 feet. Look for
crappies at night in 18 to 25 feet on West Battle and East Battle
Lake. The best sunfish action is coming from 10 feet on lakes
Stewart, Ellingson, South Turtle, Dead, and Star. Northern pike are
hitting shiner minnows in 15 to 20 feet on North and South Turtle
lakes, Long Lake, and West Lost Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Ice conditions continue to improve with up to 10 inches on the
small lakes. Walleyes are hitting minnow heads and jigging spoons
in 18 to 20 feet on Big Lake, Big Wolf Lake, and Lake Plantagenet.
Northern pike spearing is going well in the shallows of Grace Lake.
You’ll also find good-sized perch in shallow water on Lake Bemidji
and Plantagenet.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Ice conditions are good with 10 or more inches on most lakes.
Blackduck Lake is producing walleyes in six to 12 feet and the
majority of fish are being caught with jigging spoons. Look for
perch in the deep water on Blackduck as well. Crappies are going on
Rabideau Lake and Gilstead Lake in 14 to 20 feet. Spearing has gone
well in the shallows of most lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Ice depths are improving daily, but you still have to watch for
marginal ice on a couple of big lakes. Walleyes remain active in 18
to 20 feet on Round Lake, Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and North Long
Lake. The evenings have been best with shiner minnows or rainbow
minnows. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are a safe bet for pike on the
weedlines of Lake Edwards, Gull, and North Long. Panfish action is
decent on Upper Gull Lake and other small lakes.

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


Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake has up to 10 inches of ice, but there
is much less on the big part of the lake. A few perch and walleyes
are coming from Allen’s Bay during the afternoon and evening hours
in 20 feet. Pike Bay Lake also has produced a few perch in 15 to 20
feet. Northern pike reports are limited, but look to Lake Andrusia
for a few bigger fish in 10 feet or less.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Ice depths vary, but all area lakes are favorable for walking
and there is some ATV use started on a few lakes. The channel
between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake is producing sunfish,
crappies, and northern pike in eight to 10 feet. Walleyes and
panfish can be had in 10 to 14 feet on South Center Lake and North
Center Lake. Sunrise Lake continues to provide steady panfish and
northern pike action in six to 10 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Ice conditions are “great” and there’s been a lot of fishing
activity. Shiner minnows or rainbow minnows are producing walleyes
early and late in the day on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake in 18 to
22 feet. Lakes such as Little Black Hoof, Mahnomen, and Little
Rabbit are producing sunfish in the eight- to 10-foot weeds.
Northern pike action has been very good for spearers and anglers in
eight to 14 feet on most lakes.

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


Smaller lakes such as Mission, Greer, and Little Pine now have
about six inches of ice. Crosslake, Trout Lake, and Whitefish Lake
just capped so expect less ice on them. A few walleyes have been
caught on Round Lake and Pelican Lake using shiners or jigging
spoons. Crappies also are set up in their normal winter spots and
hitting minnows or waxworms.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708


The ice is in good shape throughout the area with 10 inches
common on most lakes. The walleye bite has been “above average” in
Deadshot Bay over 18 feet, Big Detroit Lake in 20 feet, Little
Detroit Lake in 12 feet, and on Lake Melissa in 17 feet. Crappies
are suspended over 17 feet on lakes Melissa, Little Detroit, Floyd,
and Sallie. Look for sunfish tight to the 15- to 19-foot weed edges
of Little Detroit, Melissa, and Floyd. Northern pike are being
taken in the shallows of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


There is some open water, but most areas being fished have four
to six inches of ice. Walleyes and crappies are hitting during the
evening hours on Blue Lake and Elk Lake in 12 feet. Glow jigs and
minnows seem to be the best option. Northern pike are being taken
on tip-ups and sucker minnows on_Pelican Lake in seven feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Ice depths vary and you still have to watch the ice on many big
lakes, but most lakes have plenty of ice or areas with plenty of
ice to fish. Walleyes have started hitting jigging spoons on
Shagawa Lake in 25 to 30 feet. Look to Rice Bay on Basswood Lake
for northern pike. Ciscoes are turning northern pike on Wood Lake
and you will pop a few walleyes here in five to 20 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Most lakes now have eight to 10 inches of ice – the exception
are the big lakes where less ice exists. Look to Mitchell Lake for
walleyes near the river inlet and northern pike in 15 to 18 feet.
Eagle Lake is producing crappies straight out from the access, as
is Esquagamah Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Goodrich Lake is the area’s
best option for bluegills.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Ice depths continue to thicken daily and anglers now are getting
on all lakes. Elbow Lake is producing walleyes in 12 feet, as is
South Fowl Lake in eight feet. On Devil’s Track Lake you’ll find
walleyes and perch in 12 feet. Tom Lake and Devil’s Fish Lake also
are giving up walleyes in eight to 10 feet, as is McFarland Lake in
15 feet. Spearing action has been very good on Northern Lights Lake
in shallow water.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


The ice is in great shape and the walleyes are biting. There’s
an excellent evening bite on Lake Pokegama in 16 to 20 feet and on
Moose Lake in seven to 16 feet. On Bowstring Lake, you’ll find
walleyes in 12 to 16 feet and crappies in 23 feet. Big and Little
Splithand lakes are safe bets for crappies in 16 to 24 feet.
Sunfish action remains strong on Bass Lake in 14 to 16 feet and
northern pike are biting well on all lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


You’ll find about 10 inches of ice on most lakes. Woman Lake,
Birch Lake, and Pine Mountain Lake are producing walleyes and
northern pike in 14 to 18 feet. Crappie reports are limited, but
there are sunfish hitting on several of the small lakes. The bigger
fish tend to be roaming the shallow weedbeds.

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


Caution is still advised even where adequate ice has formed. The
lake draw-down is creating a swift current and does cause some
areas of weak ice. Most shallow bays do have eight to 10 inches of
ice and there is some spearing taking place in these areas. As more
deep water becomes accessible, look for walleye fishing to begin in
full swing.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


The entire lake is covered with as much 12 inches of ice in some
areas. The north end of the lake is producing sunfish in 22 feet of
water during the morning and evening hours. Look for walleyes on
the Banana Bar in 16 to 18 feet during low-light periods. The north
end also has produced walleyes in 20 feet of water – shiner minnows
are the key for walleyes. Northern pike are running well in shallow
water for spearers off Two Mile Point. The crappie bite has picked
up in front of Holiday Resort in 18 to 21 feet of water.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181


Ice conditions are good with eight to 14 inches reported on most
lakes. The walleye bite on Vermilion has started strong with
consistent action early and late in the day over 17 to 25 feet of
water. A jig and minnow or setlines and minnows are both turning

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052


Nine to 11 inches of ice is very common on most lakes. Walleyes
are hitting jigging spoons and minnow heads or setlines and
fatheads in 20 to 23 feet of water on Fish Hook Lake and Potato
Lake during the evening hours. Straight Lake continues to produce
sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. There is some evening crappie action over
22 to 25 feet of water on Big Mantrap Lake and the Crow Wing

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Most of the lake now has at least 12 inches of ice. Red glow
jigs and minnows are producing consistent walleye action throughout
the lake in 10 to 12 feet. The east shore has been especially good.
Although northern pike are biting, the big fish have not been
active. You also can expect an occasional slab crappie mixed in
with the walleyes.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


Look to Rice Lake for sunfish, crappies, and northern pike in
six to 10 feet. A few walleyes also can be had during the evening
hours in 10 to 14 feet. Browns Lake and Eden Lake are kicking out
panfish in 10 to 15 feet. The walleyes have started hitting on
Pearl Lake in 12 to 14 feet during the evening hours. On Horseshoe
Lake, you’ll find crappies in 14 to 20 feet and plenty of catfish
in deep water.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Lilly Lake is producing sunfish in 23 feet of water and Red Barn
Bay on Sauk Lake is kicking out crappies in 20 feet. Sauk also is
the area’s best walleye option in 12 to 15 feet. Hit Lake Villard
with tip-ups and sucker minnows in eight feet for northern

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Ice depths vary throughout the area from six to nine inches.
Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows and plain hooks on Lake
Minnewaska during low-light periods in 12 to 15 feet. The sunfish
bite has picked up on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska in 12 feet.
Crappie action has been limited, but a few more northern pike were
had in the shallows of area lakes.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Ice depths vary with as much as eight inches on the shallow
lakes, but the big lakes have much less than that. The majority of
fishing pressure is for walleyes, which have bit decent during the
evening hours. Look to lakes such as Big Kandi, Long, Diamond,
Nest, Eagle, and Solomon in 10 feet or less.

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

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