Freezing rain, wind, and then cold limit fishing pressure

Big Six


East – The weather seems to have affected the bite and number of
people fishing. Once the weather straightens out look to the deep
mud and gravel to again be the best walleye options in 28 to 32
feet. Perch action has been limited to a few off the edges of the
mud flats and mid-depth rocks during midday hours.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Look for walleyes and perch on the edges of the mud flats
early and late in the day and slide off the flats during midday
hours in 30 feet or more. Seven Mile, Eight Mile, Seguchie’s, and
Sherman’s are flats worth hitting and it’s important to stay mobile
and away from the crowds.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


At the Northwest Angle, the 21- to 25-foot reefs are producing
walleyes and good-sized perch. Along the south shore, walleyes,
sauger, and the occasional pod of perch are being found in 32 to 36
feet. Work west of Pine Island and north to Morris Point with gold
or glow-colored jigging spoons.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Walleye activity has slowed with the evening hours being most
productive on the deep humps in Walker Bay or off the points in 14
to 16 feet. Perch also seem to be more scattered since the weather
changed with Pine Point or the flats being the best options in
eight to 12 feet.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Look for suspended crappies during low-light periods on Lake
Sarah, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake over 20 to 30 feet. On
Lake Minnetonka, an occasional walleye is pulled from the big bays
after dark and pike remain somewhat active along the 14-foot
weedlines. Sunfish action is limited to small fish and crappie
reports have been limited.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The main-lake reefs around Cranberry Island and Steamboat Island
are producing big walleyes in 35 to 43 feet. The Grindstone Island
area also is worth hitting for walleyes in 36 to 40 feet. Crappie
reports have been limited and look to the Rainy Lake City area with
tip-ups and ciscoes for northern pike in 12 to 16 feet.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Perch are scattered throughout Horseshoe Bar, Snaghole Bar, and
Moses Bar in 26 to 32 feet. Walleyes continue to be caught on or
near the bars in 20 to 23 feet or 30 to 32 feet, depending on the
time of day. Some bigger northern pike have been taken with tip-ups
and minnows on the bars in 18 to 22 feet.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


Work Bald Eagle Lake during low-light periods in 15 to 20 feet
for a few walleyes and crappies. Lake Phalen and Lake Jane continue
to give up northern pike in 12 to 15 feet. Centerville Lake and
Lake Peltier are producing panfish in 10 to 12 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Sunfish are hitting in 12 to 14 feet at Prior Lake, in 12 feet
on Lake Minnewashta, and in 20 feet at Dutch Lake. Look to Hydes
Lake and Whaletail Lake for crappies in less than 12 feet. Tip-ups
and sucker minnows continue to turn northern pike in eight to 10
feet at Lake Auburn and Lake Zumbra.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Walleye action has slowed, but a few continue to be caught after
dark in 14 to 16 feet at Kegg’s Reef and Cemetery Reef. Look for
sunfish and a few crappies on or near the weedlines of Waconia Bay,
Anderson Reef, and Pillsbury Reef. Sucker minnows continue to
trigger northern pike in 10 to 14 feet.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



An occasional walleye is pulled from the deep water or weedlines
of Lake Miltona after dark. The weather limited panfish action last
weekend, but once it improves, lakes such as Mary, Carlos, Miltona,
Smith, and Le Homme Dieu should be worth checking in 10 to 20 feet.
There hasn’t been a lot of anglers working northern pike in recent

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


An occasional walleye is pulled from Clearwater Lake or Sugar
Lake during low-light periods in 20 to 25 feet. Look for sunfish in
18 to 20 feet at Clearwater or in 10 to 14 feet at Lake John and
Lake Marie. Crappies are suspended over the deep holes of
Clearwater and Lake Francis and tend to be most active early and
late in the day.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Shiner minnows and setlines are producing walleyes in 25 to 33
feet on West Battle Lake, in 25 to 35 feet or 50 to 55 feet on
Otter Tail Lake, and in 20 to 27 feet at Eagle Lake. Look to the
flats of Otter Tail for perch in 14 to 20 feet. Northern pike are
hitting shiner minnows in 15 to 20 feet at South Turtle Lake, North
Turtle Lake, and Clitherall Lake. The best sunfish action is taking
place in 14 to 16 feet at South Turtle, West Battle, Star Lake, and
Dead Lake. Look for crappies over 17 to 25 feet at lakes Star,
Stalker, Rush, and Pelican. Tullibees are being found suspended
over deep water on Otter Tail and Star lakes.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


There’s an evening walleye bite on Diamond Bar of Lake Bemidji
in 10 feet. Anglers on the north end of Bemidji, Pike Bay Lake, and
Lake Plantagenet are sorting through their perch in order to put
together a mess of keepers. Spearing has been decent on the east
side of Bemidji and look to Grace Lake or Sucker Lake for crappies
and bluegills in 10 to 15 feet.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Small jigs or jigging spoons tipped with rainbow minnows or
shiners are producing walleyes in 17 to 40 feet on Gull Lake, North
Long Lake, and Pelican Lake. Crappies seem to be more picky this
week, but small sucker minnows are turning pike on Gull in less
than 14 feet. Sunfish have moved to the weeds and being caught on
North Long, Round Lake, Cullen Lake, and Nisswa Lake.

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


Sunfish continue to be found throughout Chisago Lake and North
Center Lake in less than 10 feet. Crappie action also remains
decent during low-light periods in the deep holes of Chisago, South
Center Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake. Kroon Lake continues to give
up crappies in 20 to 23 feet and look to Sunrise Lake for northern
pike in 10 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


The weather limited fishing action over the past week, but a
handful of anglers are finding panfish on lakes such as Greer,
Mahnomen, Upper Dean, Milford, and Nokay. Northern pike continue to
provide steady action on the 10- to 14- foot weedlines of Black
Hoof Lake, Lake Adney, and Goodrich Lake. An occasional walleye is
caught during the evening hours at Serpent Lake in 26 to 28 feet of

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


Shiner minnows or rattling jigging spoons are producing walleyes
in 28 to 35 feet at Crosslake, Pelican Lake, and throughout the
Whitefish Chain. Sucker minnows and tip-ups are the ticket for
northern pike on most lakes in eight to 14 feet. Crappies are
suspended and active during low-light periods in 14 to 18 feet of

Crosslake Holiday Sports

(218) 692-2708


Crappies are being found suspended over 30 to 40 feet on Fish
Trap Lake. On Lake Alexander, a few crappies and walleyes can be
had during low-light periods in 30 feet. Look to Lake Shamineau for
walleyes during the evening hours in 30 to 34 feet. Setlines and
shiner minnows are working best.

Hilltop Sports (320) 749-2055


The rain and wind made for tough fishing conditions last
weekend, but panfish can still be had in 12 to 18 feet at Lake
Melissa, Deadshot Bay, Floyd Lake, and Prairie Lake. Look for a
spurt of walleye action early and late in the day in 18 to 22 feet
at Lake Sallie, Big Detroit Lake, and Melissa. Tip-ups and sucker
minnows or spearing has been productive for northern pike in
shallow water on most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Minnows and glow jigs are producing crappies at Green Lake in 18
to 20 feet. Look to Lori Lake for crappies and on Briggs Lake,
you’ll find a walleye and crappie mix in 12 to 18 feet. Sucker
minnows and tip-ups are turning northern pike at Little Ann Lake in
10 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Measurable, wet snow last weekend slowed fishing activity.
Walleye and panfish reports have been extremely slow, but lake
trout continue to garner some interest. Ciscoes or jigs are
producing lakers tight to the bottom over 60 feet of water at
Burntside Lake and Snowbank Lake. There has been some lake trout
reports off Knife Lake in the BWCAW as well.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


There’s an evening crappie bite at Lawrence Lake in 18 to 20
feet. On Lake Esquagamah, crappies also are being found during
low-light periods in 25 feet. Look to the shallow weeds of Eagle
Lake for northern pike.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the
10-foot weedlines of Kelly Dudley Lake. West Cedar Lake is worth
hitting for crappies in 15 feet of water and Lake Mazaska continues
to give up small sunfish and a few crappies.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Walleye reports are limited to an occasional “fish or two”
during the evening hours at Lake Pokegama in 20 to 24 feet.
Bluegills continue to be caught at Bass Lake and there’s a few
crappies biting at night over 20 feet at Lake Wabana and Bowstring
Lake. Northern pike continue to hit along the deep weedlines of

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


There hasn’t been much to report this week. Last weekend’s rain
caused icy road conditions, which were followed by wind and cold
that eliminated most fishing opportunities. Once the weather
improves, look to lakes such as Pleasant, Birch, Ten Mile, and Five
Point for panfish. Mule Lake should be a likely option for northern
pike as well.

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


A jig and minnow presented near 35 feet has produced walleyes.
Look to the deep pockets near shoreline structure to be holding the
most fish. The soft-bottomed shorelines and sand bar edges are
holding northern pike in eight to 18 feet. Crappie action remains
slow, but there has been some lake trout action reported off the
inland lakes over 35 to 45 feet.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Sunfish action on the north end has been a hit and miss
endeavor. One day they bite and the next they won’t, but look to
the morning and afternoons to produce the most fish in 18 to 22
feet of water. You’ll also find a few crappies mixed in over 20
feet on the north end or suspended over 30 to 40 feet just outside
the north end bay. Walleye and pike action remains limited.

Matt’s Bait (320) 859-2181


A few walleyes are hitting small jigging spoons or minnow heads
in 26 to 34 feet during the day and in 17 feet during the evening
hours. Look for sunfish and northern pike in the narrows during
midday hours.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052


Crappies and sunfish continue to be found in Baker’s Bay and
near Third Point on Lake Washington. Big Jefferson Lake and Lake
Francis are worth noting for northern pike in less than 12 feet.
Walleye reports have slowed with just a few fish coming off Lake
Elysian, but most have been small.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


The recent freezing rain, wind, and cold slowed fishing activity
in this area. The best action is taking place in deep water on the
north end of Big Sandy Lake for tullibees. Northern pike also
remain active in 10 to 14 feet on most lakes, but walleyes have
been tough to find. Once the weather improves, look to Lake
Minnewawa and Big Sandy for crappies.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382


Walleye action has been “hit or miss” which means some people
are catching them and others have struggled. The best bite is
taking place after sunset and through the night in 13 feet with
red-glow jigs and minnows. The key is to get away from the crowds
and away from the noise. There has been a good run of big northern
pike again this week and most have been caught while fishing for
walleyes during the day.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


Angling pressure has been minimal over the past week due to the
weather. Walleye reports have been especially limited, but crappies
have been somewhat active in 12 to 18 feet on Pearl Lake, Rice
Lake, and Cedar Island Lake during the evening hours. The deep
holes on Horseshoe Lake are producing catfish and a few crappies.
Look to Grand Lake for small northern pike in 12 feet or less.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


The Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska continues to produce sunfish
in 12 to 15 feet. Crappies and walleyes have been scarce, but pike
are being taken on tip-ups and sucker minnows along the weedlines
of Minnewaska.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Sucker minnows are the ticket for northern pike on Lake Tetonka
in 15 to 20 feet. You’ll also find sunfish and keeping-sized perch
scattered throughout Tetonka in seven to 20 feet. Sunfish are being
caught between eight and 16 feet at Lake Francis and Horseshoe Lake
early and late in the day.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Walleyes and perch are scattered between 10 and 25 feet on Eagle
Lake. Look in 15 feet or less on Diamond Lake for crappies and over
30 feet on Nest Lake where most crappies are being found suspended.
Foot Lake is giving up a few pike and crappies in shallower water
and lakes such as Florida, Nest, Andrew, Norway, and North Long are
giving up a few sunfish.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports

(320) 235-4097

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