Friday, January 27th, 2023
Friday, January 27th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Sunfish and crappies remain active in the deep cabbage beds of
Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, Lake Mary, and Lake Geneva.
During the day, a few walleyes can be had on leeches or crawlers in
20 to 30 feet on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. The evening crankbait
bite for walleyes is improving on the shallower flats. Muskie
anglers are seeing and hooking a few fish on Lobster Lake and
Miltona during low-light periods. Look for bigger bass to be on the
weedlines of most lakes.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Clearwater Lake is kicking out walleyes early and late in the
day over 14 to 22 feet. Muskies have become more active on Sugar
Lake with CowGirls and bucktails raising the majority of fish. Look
for northern pike to be cruising the weedlines of Pleasant Lake,
Lake John, Cedar Lake, and Clearwater. Sunfish and crappies have
moved to the deep weedlines of most lakes and bass continue to
cooperate throughout the area.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Sunfish action remains strong in less than 12 feet on lakes
Silver, West Battle, Deer, South Turtle, Bass, and Elbow.
Clitherall Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and West Battle are giving up
walleyes during the evening hours in 18 to 25 feet. West Battle is
worth noting for muskies and a few crappies are being found
suspended over 15 to 20 feet of water on Blanche Lake, Stalker
Lake, and Clitherall.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Bass are hitting minnows, nightcrawlers, and artificial baits on
the deep weedlines of most lakes. Redtails are producing northern
pike in 18 to 26 feet at North Long Lake. Walleyes also can be had
with redtails or leeches on the 16- to 28-foot weedlines of Gull
Lake and North Long. Panfish action is strong in the mid-depth
weeds of all lakes.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 25 to 30 feet on North
Cedar Bar and Deadman’s Bar of Cass Lake. In Allen’s Bay on Cass,
leeches are working best in 15 to 20 feet. You’ll find scattered
walleyes in 20 to 30 feet on Pike Bay Lake as well. Muskie anglers
are finding scattered fish with no distinct patterns reported
throughout the Cass Chain. Look for perch in eight feet on the bars
of Cass and Pike Bay, while Dick’s Bay on Cass is producing
crappies. Hit Grace Lake in 10 to 14 feet for bluegills and the 10-
to 15-foot cabbage of Cass for northern pike.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CRANE LAKE

Walleye action has really improved this week with minnows,
leeches, and crawlers all producing fish in 22 to 25 feet.
Speed-trolling crankbaits also has worked on suspended walleyes
over deep water. Northern pike action is sporadic at best with a
few being taken along with the walleyes.

Crane Lake Visitors & Tourism Bureau (800) 362-7405

CROSBY AREA

A few walleyes continue to be caught with crawlers or leeches at
Rabbit Lake and Pelican Lake in 21 to 26 feet. Look for panfish in
10 to 15 feet at Big Mahnomen Lake, the Pennington Chain, Little
Rabbit Lake, and Black Lake. Crawlers and slip bobbers are turning
trout at the Portsmouth Pit, while lakes such as Bay, Serpent, and
Lower Mission continue to produce bass and northern pike.

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

CROSS LAKE AREA

Anglers are hooking walleyes in 18 to 24 feet using Lindy Rigs
tipped with redtails or leeches. The key has been working slow
early and late in the day. Northern pike action remains hot with
spinnerbaits or crankbaits thrown along the weedlines and breaks.
Bass are hitting spinnerbaits and plastics around the docks and
weedlines. Look for sunfish in 12 feet and crappies suspended over
14 to 16 feet.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708

DULUTH AREA

Look for good-sized bluegills and crappies to be suspended over
12 to 20 feet on Fish Lake. Island Lake remains the best option for
walleyes with leeches and Lindy Rigs in 18 to 24 feet. Flash baits
are raising a few muskies on the St. Louis River and sucker minnows
continue to turn pike in shallow water at Rice Lake. Anglers on
Lake Superior are hooking lake trout but not many salmon.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

ELY AREA

White Iron_Lake is producing some crappies over 20 to 23 feet.
Walleye action is sporadic with leeches and crawlers turning fish
on the reefs of Burntside Lake, Snowbank Lake, Basswood Lake, and
White Iron. Smallmouth bass have been real aggressive on the
main-lake reefs of most lakes and northern pike are biting, but
most have been small.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA

Trolling Rapalas in 15 to 18 feet at Kego Lake is producing
northern pike. Plastics are turning smallmouth bass in four to six
feet at Mitchell Lake. Long-lining crankbaits over deep water at
night is producing some walleyes on Roosevelt Lake. On Goodrich
Lake, leeches are turning crappies in 12 to 14 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Perch and crappie action is strong at Fox Lake in six to eight
feet. You’ll find perch and bluegills in the trees of Lake Sissiton
and Budd Lake is producing crappies in eight to 12 feet. Leeches or
X-Raps have worked well for walleyes in 12 feet at Hall Lake, Lake
Imogene, and Amber Lake.

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

FARIBAULT AREA

Sunfish and bass continue to be pulled off the 10- to 15-foot
weeds of Lake Mazaska. The weedlines of Cedar Lake are holding bass
and northern pike. Trolling crankbaits on French Lake is producing
muskies early and late in the day. Work the deeper pockets of the
Cannon River for walleyes, northern pike, and smallmouth bass.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Trolling Rapalas at night in shallow water has been productive
for walleyes on Deer Lake, Trout Lake, Lake Pokegama, and Sugar
Lake. The only day bite worth noting is at Jessie Lake in 16 to 24
feet with leeches. Spinners and leeches are turning walleyes and
smallmouth bass on the Mississippi River from Grand Rapids and
further south. Minnows are producing pike in 25 to 30 feet at Trout
and in 16 to 30 feet at Pokegama. Muskie action is improving with
crankbaits and bucktails at Moose Lake and Deer Lake. Look for
crappies during the evening hours in 15 feet at Pokegama and
bluegills in 12 to 14 feet at Graves Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes are being caught on the windswept weedlines using Lindy
Rigs and crawlers. Crankbaits also are working under cloudy, windy,
or low-light conditions. The reef bite is improving with slip
bobbers and leeches in the evenings. Muskie pressure is high so
there has been a few caught. Several very large fish have been seen
and taken off the deep cabbage and rocks. Small baits and nighttime
hours increase your odds. Bass are actively hitting plastics,
topwaters, and small spinnerbaits.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Crappies and a few walleyes are being caught in 10 to 15 feet
around the narrows and Grassy Island area of Madison Lake. Waxworms
are producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet at Lake Washington. Work
Lake Tetonka with spinnerbaits for bass and Big Jefferson Lake with
spoons for northern pike.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

PARK RAPIDS AREA

The weedlines of Big Mantrap Lake are holding muskies and
northern pike. Smallmouth and largemouth bass action has been
excellent on most lakes and with some persistence you’ll hook a few
walleyes with live bait on Long Lake or Big Sand Lake in 20 to 28
feet. Fish Hook_Lake and the Crow Wing Chain continue to produce
sunfish in 10 to 14 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

The water has dirtied a bit with all the wind so Rapalas or
spinner rigs are working best along the east shore in six to 11
feet. The key is to cover a lot of water and pick off the
aggressive walleyes. Flashy baits also have worked best for
northern pike from Mort’s Dock and the shoreline as it heads north.
Crappie reports have been limited to a few fish mixed in with the
walleyes.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

RED WING AREA

Trolling crankbaits on planer boards or with leadcore in 17 to
24 feet is producing walleyes at the Head of the Lakes and Maiden
Rock Flats. Work the back channels for panfish and the Rush River
area for northern pike with Red Eye spoons or sucker minnows in
five to 10 feet. Sucker minnows also are turning flathead catfish
near the dam and Hay Creek areas.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Browns Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Lake Koronis are safe bets for
northern pike in 12 to 16 feet. Sunfish action is improving over
eight to 12 feet on lakes such as Horseshoe, Cedar Island, Becker,
Pearl, Grand, and Long. Walleyes are hitting leeches during the
evening hours around the islands on Koronis in 15 to 22 feet. The
Sauk River should be worked with crawlers for catfish and most
lakes are producing bass via spinnerbaits and plastics.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Walleye and northern pike action has really slowed. Sunfish
remain active at Maple Lake and Long Lake in 10 to 14 feet.
Crappies also can be had in slightly deeper water at Sauk Lake, Big
Swan Lake, Long Bridge Lake, and Guernsey Lake. Bass reports remain
strong off the docks and weedlines of all lakes.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

WILLMAR AREA

Walleyes are scattered with one or two fish caught during
low-light periods at various depths on lakes Solomon, Long,
Diamond, Green, Florida, and Andrew. Live bait and crankbaits have
both worked from six to 30 feet – depending on the lake. Northern
pike reports have been minimal, but bass and sunfish can be had on
the weedlines of Florida, Andrew, North Long Lake, and Nest
Lake.

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

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