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

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Despite warm weather, panfish anglers continue to struggle

Big Six


On the east side, the best perch action is on the Two Mile Flat
out of Hunter’s Point in 22 feet. On the west side, big perch are
scattered on the mud flats and shallower rocks, but it is difficult
to put together numbers. Tullibee action remains consistent in deep
water off the flats such as Curley’s, Seguchie’s, Seven Mile, Eight
Mile, and Nine Mile.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


On the south shore, walleyes and sauger are being caught in 32
to 35 feet. With the warm weather of late, look for them to start
moving back towards the shorelines. The big northern pike also have
been more active this week on the south shore. At the Northwest
Angle, walleyes and jumbo perch continue to be caught in 23 to 28
feet near the islands.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Perch action has cranked up in 12 to 16 feet in the Big
Hardwoods area. The cabbage in the Narrows also is producing perch
in 11 to 14 feet, as is Portage Bay in 21 feet. Crappie activity is
going strong on the south end of Shingobee Bay in 26 to 35

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Crappies and sunfish are over 20 to 30 feet on Lake Independence
and Lake Sarah. On Lake Minnetonka, sunfish action has improved in
Black Lake and on the 12-foot weed edge on the north side of
Crystal Bay.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The Dryweed Island area and islands east of the Brule is
producing walleyes in 34 to 40 feet. There’s also an evening
walleye bite at the American Narrows in 32 to 38 feet. Ciscoes are
producing pike in the Rainy Lake City area in less than 20 feet
during the day.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The best perch reports continue to come from deep water, around
40 feet north and west of Moses Bar and in 30 to 35 feet on
Horseshoe Bar and the Snaghole. Look for these fish to start moving
into the 10- to 12-foot range between Sugar Point and Raven’s Point
on the west side.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


You’ll find crappies in 12 to 15 feet of water at White Bear
Lake and in 20 to 30 feet of water at Big Carnelian Lake. Lake Jane
is kicking out sunfish and crappies in 15 to 20 feet of water. Look
for sunfish on Lake Peltier in eight to 10 feet and on Centerville
Lake in 15 feet. Jigging Rapalas are producing white bass on the
St. Croix River in 30 to 35 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Pelican Lake continues to provide steady panfish action in eight
to 11 feet. On the south end of Lake Waconia, crappies are hitting
during the evening hours in 12 to 14 feet. Look to the north end of
Prior Lake for sunfish in 12 feet. There’s an evening crappie bite
at Whaletail Lake in 12 to 14 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022



Generally, sunfish are being found during the day and crappies
are most active during the evening hours. The best reports are
coming from eight to 15 feet on lakes such as Victoria, Darling, Le
Homme Dieu, and the north end of Geneva.

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


Anglers have started to find a mixed bag of sunfish and crappies
in 12 feet or less on most lakes. The most consistent reports are
coming off lakes Sylvia, Clearwater, Sugar, John, Constance, and
Marie during the morning and evening hours.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Sunfish are being caught in 15 to 20 feet at Lake Lida, Star
Lake, East Lost Lake, and South Turtle Lake. Look for crappies over
18 to 22 feet at Walker Lake, South Turtle, and East Lost.
Tullibees remain active over deep water at Star, Pickeral Lake,
Mollie Stark Lake, and Long Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Perch continue to be found between 20 and 30 feet on Midge Lake,
Lake Bemidji, Cass Lake, and Pike Bay Lake. Look for bluegills in
10 feet or less and crappies in 15 to 20 feet at Grace Lake, Turtle
River Lake, Portage Lake, and Sucker Lake.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Eurolarvae or grass shrimp are producing crappies in eight to 16
feet of water at Gull Lake, Cullen Lake, Lake Margaret, and Round
Lake. Sunfish action has improved in eight to 12 feet with ‘larvae
and small glow jigs at Nisswa Lake, North Long Lake, and Round.

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


Sunfish and crappies are scattered between six and 18 feet at
lakes Melissa, Little Detroit, Deadshot Bay, Middle Cormorant,
Sour, Floyd, and Little Pelican. Tullibees remain active and
suspended over deep water at Pelican Lake, Lake Sallie, Big
Cormorant Lake, and Melissa.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Look for bluegills on Moose Lake in eight feet and a few
crappies on Fish Lake and Comstock Lake in 12 feet. Kamloops have
started to show up at the mouth of the French River on Lake
Superior. Crawlers are working best, but waxworms and spawn sacs
also have turned fish.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Crappies are hitting on the north end of Lake Inguadona in 15 to
20 feet. Woods Bay on Roosevelt Lake is producing sunfish in 20
feet and on Lake Washburn, you’ll find crappies and sunfish in 10
to 15 feet. Look to Lawrence Lake for crappies over 30 feet during
the evening. On Lake Esquagamah, sunfish and crappies are biting in
18 to 22 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Bass Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in eight to 15
feet and on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake you’ll find crappies in 30 feet
and bluegills at 20 feet. Lake Wabana is producing panfish in 20
feet and you’ll hit crappies over 30 feet at Big Ball Club Lake.
Sylvan Bay on the Mississippi River is providing steady panfish
action in 20 to 30 feet. Look to Bowstring Lake for perch in 18 to
22 feet and crappies in 22 to 26 feet. Lake trout continue to be
found suspended over deep water at Pit Lake and Bluewater Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Sauger action has picked up below the dam on the Mississippi
River in 16 to 18 feet of water. Bright-colored hair jigs tipped
with fathead minnows, blade baits, or ringworms with a white tail
are working best. This area also has produced an occasional big
walleye, catfish, and sturgeon, as well as a few paddlefish.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Crappies and tullibees are being found suspended in the deep
holes of Lake Koronis. Rice Lake is giving up crappies over 25 feet
and Cedar Island Lake started producing sunfish in 10 to 14 feet.
Look to Pearl Lake for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet and to
Browns Lake for panfish in eight to 18 feet.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Crappies continue to hit at a good pace on the north end of Sauk
Lake in 42 feet of water. The north end of Lake Osakis is giving up
sunfish in 20 feet and you’ll find crappies in 40 to 42 feet in
front of Holiday Resort on Osakis. The Glenwood end of Lake
Minnewaska continues to produce sunfish in 10 to 14 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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