Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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Bear and goose hunters find some success on opening weekend

LAKE_MILLE LACS

East – A slip bobber and leech continues to produce walleyes on
the 27-foot gravel bars. With some wind and low-light conditions,
crankbaits will produce ‘eyes on the shallow rocks and shoreline
breaks. Muskie anglers are struggling and most blame the high
tullibee population for the lack of activity. You can sight-fish or
fan-cast crankbaits on the rocks for smallmouth bass.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – The walleye bite has been best during low-light periods
with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits. Work the edges of the
mud flats and start looking to the shorelines after dark. Some fish
continue to be caught on rigs and live bait or crankbaits during
the day by covering the deep water off the mud. The muskie bite
remains tough, but you will hook northern pike along the weedlines
in St. Alban’s Bay. Smallmouth bass remain an easy catch on the
rock bars and points.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Limits of walleyes and sauger continue to be caught on spinners
tipped with crawlers or minnows in 20 to 30 feet. The southern
shoreline, Garden Island, and the Gap have provided the best action
and anglers have not had to travel too far into the lake to find
fish. Limits of eaters and a few more big fish have been common
again this week.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Crankbaits have become real productive for walleyes during the
evening hours on the points and weedlines. A jig and minnow also
has worked during the day in these areas if the wind is blowing.
Muskie action remains best in the weeds with bucktails and bass are
hitting topwater baits in the reeds and slop. Panfish reports are
strong in the bays with the exception of perch, which are tough to
find. Bear hunters did well opening day, but many baits are now
being hit at night.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA

You’ll find most species of fish in the 10- to 12-foot weed
patches or weed flats. Spinnerbaits are turning bass and pike,
while a jig and fathead is the ticket for walleyes during low-light
periods. Sunfish are scattered in the remaining deep and shallow
weeds and the majority of muskies remains in the shallow weeds
adjacent to deep water. Goose numbers appeared to be down, but most
groups managed a few birds.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Minnows are producing walleyess in 28 to 30 feet in Sand Bay, in
32 to 36 feet around Fox Islands, and in 34 to 38 feet at Blueberry
Island. Crappies have started hitting again in 10 feet throughout
Black Bay and crankbaits are producing northern pike in Cranberry
Bay. Bear hunters are doing well although there seems to be a trend
of smaller bears this season.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleye action has improved in six to 10 feet with a jig and
minnow off Raven’s Point, the Duck Pass, and Little Stoney Point.
Crawlers also are producing fish on Big Muskie and Little Muskie
bars in 18 to 22 feet. Perch reports have been limited, but
northern pike are active in eight to 12 feet.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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