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

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Weeds seem to be the key as summer patterns develop


East – The best daytime walleye reports are still coming off the
deep gravel, 22 to 28 feet, with crawlers and leeches. Slip bobbers
and leeches remain the best option at night on the nine- to 14-foot
rocks. Smallmouth are hitting plastics on the shallow rock reefs
and points and muskie anglers are seeing a few fish but they don’t
want to eat.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – During the day work the tops and edges of the flats for
walleyes with spinner rigs or livebait rigs tipped with crawlers or
leeches. At night, slide off the edge of the mud with slip bobbers
and leeches in 28 to 32 feet. Seguchie’s Flat, Sherman’s Flat,
Seven Mile Flat, Eight Mile Flat, and the Banana Flat have all
produced fish. Most rock points are holding smallmouth bass and the
pike action has been decent on the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay
with crankbaits.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleyes are scattered but active in 18 to 32 feet. Morris Point
Gap, Zippel Bay, and the Lighthouse Gap are safe bets with crawlers
or frozen shiners. Some of the deeper, main-lake structure has
started producing fish as well. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes
and sauger are hitting around Garden Island and Little Oak Island
in 24 to 32 feet.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes on the 18- to
24-foot humps in Walker Bay and in 16 to 18 feet off Otter Tail
Point. During the evening hours, crankbaits are the ticket in 11 to
18 feet off Cedar Point and Sand Point. The best bass reports are
coming from Boy Bay, Sucker Bay, and Minnesota Island with
spinnerbaits. Muskie anglers are seeing more fish on the weeds in
Kabekona Bay.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


The deep weedlines, 20 to 24 feet, in Brown’s Bay and Wayzata
Bay continue to produce a few walleyes during low-light periods on
Lake Minnetonka. Sunfish are an easy catch on the deep and shallow
weedlines. The mid-depth weeds are holding bass, pike, and muskies.
The shallow weeds on lakes Independence and Medicine are kicking
out sunfish.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The main-lake reefs started giving up a few more walleyes in 32
to 34 feet. There’s a shallower bite in Saginaw Bay, The Brule
area, and Black Bay and crawlers and leeches are now best in all
areas. Lost Bay and Jackfish Bay are the best bets for northern
pike with crankbaits or minnows.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The main-lake bars and humps are producing walleyes via leeches
and Lindy Rigs in 18 to 24 feet. During the evening hours or in
windy conditions, crankbaits or minnows will still produce walleyes
on the points and shoreline breaks. Look for perch on the deep
rocks and pike remain scattered on the bars and weedlines.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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