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

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

There isn’t much to report on the fishing front and most anglers
are anxiously waiting for ice to form. If a person wanted to fish,
you could probably pop a few walleyes on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona
in 40 to 60 feet as long as they remain ice-free. Hunting reports
have been limited to a few guys chasing roosters with some
success.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

A few largemouth bass and walleyes are being pulled off the
weedlines of Clearwater Lake with crankbaits or minnows. A few
anglers also have caught walleyes while fishing from shore late in
the afternoon near current areas. A handful of deer were registered
during the first weekend of muzzleloader hunting and
pheasant-hunting reports remain minimal.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

There was still plenty of open water early in the week, but
there hasn’t been anyone fishing. Most seem content waiting for
ice, which has started to form on the small ponds. A few days of
cold weather should quickly cap the bays and small lakes. Hunting
reports also have been poor – two muzzleloader deer were registered
last weekend.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

With the exception of a few muzzleloader deer and grouse hunters
in the area, fishing and hunting action has been limited. Skim ice
has started to form on the small ponds and along a few
wind-protected shorelines and a few days of cold weather should
help cap some small bays.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BLACKDUCK AREA

Grouse hunters continue to take to the woods and there were a
few whitetails killed by muzzleloader hunters last weekend. Fishing
reports have been put on hold due to the lack of anglers. The boats
are put away and anglers are waiting for ice, which has been slow
to develop.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

There’s been a few boats on Gull Lake and they’ve been hooking
walleyes on redtails or rainbow minnows in 20 to 35 feet of water.
There’s also some afternoon and evening walleye action along the
shoreline near Hole in the Day Bay.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

There isn’t anything to report due to a lack of fishermen. Skim
ice takes hold along the shorelines and in the smaller bays each
night, but it melts away during the day. It wouldn’t take but a few
days of cold weather to keep this ice intact.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

A few people were fishing for bass on Chisago Lake and for
walleyes at Green Lake last weekend with marginal success. There
wasn’t anyone out earlier this week and with cold weather
predicted, the shorelines and bays should start forming ice.
Hunting reports also have been limited.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Grouse and muzzleloader hunters are occupying time for outdoor
enthusiasts until the ice fishing season gets rolling. Some skim
ice has started to form on the small bays and ponds, but the lakes
were wide open earlier this week. With a few nights of cold, calm
weather, look for the small lakes to cap as well.

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

DETROIT LAKES

Muskie anglers were still at it last weekend as sucker minnows
continued to produce fish on Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake. A
few walleyes also were caught in deep water on area lakes. With
this week’s colder temperatures, open-water fishing should come to
an end as the shorelines and bays start to lock up.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Anglers are waiting for ice to form. With the exception of some
skim ice that takes shape overnight, there wasn’t any ice to be
seen. With some cold weather predicted during this week the bays
and shorelines should start locking up. Muzzleloader hunters only
registered four deer from opening weekend, which is down
considerably from last year.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

You could still fish the lakes and rivers in this area early in
the week, but there doesn’t seem to be much interest. Anglers seem
content waiting for ice, which has been slow to develop. Pheasant
hunters have been out and reporting some success and muzzleloader
hunters have shot a few deer.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

EMILY AREA

Grouse and muzzleloader hunters continue to keep busy, but
finding anglers on the lakes has been difficult. There is some ice
starting to cover the ponds so look for the bays and small lakes to
follow suit with the first stretch of cold weather.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Fishing open water remained an option this week, but not a lot
of people are doing so. Anglers fishing from shore with jigs and
plastics are catching a few walleyes at Tuttle Lake and panfish are
still an option from shore at Budd Lake. Hunting action has been
slow this week.

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

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Muzzleloader hunters registered two deer over opening weekend,
but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of people out. The number of
grouse hunters also has scaled back over the past week. There is
some ice taking shape in the shallow bays on most small bodies of
water, but the main-lake areas remained open as of Tuesday
morning.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

HACKENSACK AREA

The small ponds are covered with a thin layer of ice, but the
lakes remain open. Not much to report although the cold weather
this week should start making ice. Hunting action has been limited
to a few muzzleloader deer kills and grouse action, which has been
best just north of the area.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

It’s strange to see anglers in boats this time of year, but that
was the case again last weekend. Most reported limited walleye
action. Shoreline ice has started to form overnight so look for the
bays to cap as soon as we get a few days of cold weather. Grouse
hunting continues to be good with an abundance of birds
reported.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE VERMILION

Muzzleloader hunters are shooting a few deer, but not nearly as
many as last season. Grouse remain thick and they’ve provided
plenty of shooting opportunities. Fishing via the boat is over as
the small bays and channels have started to cover with ice.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Anglers have pretty much ended their open-water season and are
waiting for ice to form. As of Tuesday, there wasn’t ice to be
found except a thin layer on a few small ponds. Hunting reports
remain poor, although a few more pheasants have started being shot
now that the corn is mostly out.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Anglers are between seasons and there was nothing but open water
early in the week, but it seems as though most are waiting for ice
to form. The first hint of cold weather should cap the smaller
bodies of water. Pheasant hunting has slightly improved, but
there’s still some corn standing, which continues to limit
success.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Fishing reports have been non-existent this week. It will remain
that way until ice forms, which as of Tuesday morning, had not
happened. There was skim ice starting to show up on the smaller
ponds, but nothing on the lakes. The muzzleloader season has
provided limited success and grouse hunters aren’t as numerous as
last week.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

From a fishing standpoint, everything is on hold until ice forms
on the main lake. Most ponds and small bodies of water had a thin
layer of ice on them Tuesday morning and with some cold, calm
weather the big lake should follow suit. Grouse hunting continues
to be very good by most accounts and it has kept many outdoor
enthusiasts busy since the ice is slow to develop.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

RED WING AREA

Eating-sized sauger and a few big walleyes are being caught
towards the dam on the Mississippi River. Bright-colored hair jigs,
blade baits, or jigs tipped with ringworms are working best in 18
to 25 feet. An occasional big catfish or sturgeon is caught in this
area as well. Muzzleloader hunters are shooting a few deer, but
pheasant hunting continues to be slow.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Fishing has pretty much ended with a few anglers still chasing
walleyes on Lake Koronis or Rice Lake with limited success. Some
skim ice has started to form on the bays of lakes and on small
ponds so it won’t take long for the lakes to cap if it gets cold.
Muzzleloader hunters are registering a few deer and pheasant
hunting has improved. Most of the corn is now gone, which has
improved rooster hunting.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Pheasant hunters are shooting a few more birds than they did
during the early part of the season now that the corn is coming
out. Muzzleloader hunters registered a few deer, but there doesn’t
seem to be as many people out as last year. Fishing has been put on
hold until walkable ice forms.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

There isn’t anything to report in the way of fishing this week
other than anglers are patiently waiting for ice to take hold on
area bodies of water. There has been some favorable pheasant
hunting reports again this week. With the corn out, bird numbers
appear more plentiful than early in the season.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

A few whitetail kills continue to trickle in from archery and
muzzleloader hunters, but pheasant hunting reports remain poor.
Fishing action also has been limited to a few people fishing off
shore for walleyes, which has been relatively slow as well. With
the exception of skim ice on the ponds, ice has been slow to
develop.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports

(320) 235-4097

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