Friday, February 3rd, 2023
Friday, February 3rd, 2023

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Anglers finding a mixed bag of fish along the weedlines

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – The deep gravel and mud continue to produce numbers of
walleyes. The night bite has been very good with slip bobbers and
leeches in 25 to 32 feet, while live-bait rigs or spinner rigs are
more productive during midday hours on the deep gravel. Muskie,
pike, and smallmouth bass reports have been poor.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – During the day, spinners tipped with rainbow minnows or
crawlers are producing walleyes off the edges of the flats. The
morning bite has been awesome on top of the flats and the night
bite is strong off the flats with slip bobbers and leeches. Several
reports of consistent perch action also have come off the mud flats
this week. Muskie activity is limited and smallmouth bass remain
active off the rock points.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleyes are being caught on jigs and shiner minnows from six
feet out to 25 feet along the south shore and you’ll find plenty of
saugers in deep water as well. A jig and shiner also is working
best for walleyes around the islands at the Northwest Angle. Muskie
and smallmouth bass action has been much better at the Angle in 10
feet this week.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

A jig and minnow or Lindy Rig and leech is producing walleyes in
12 to 18 feet off Stoney Point, the humps on the south end of
Walker Bay, and the Submarine Island area. Bass fishing has been
excellent in Steamboat Bay and Sucker Bay, while Sand Point and
Shingobee Bay are safe bets for panfish. Muskie anglers are seeing
fish most consistently off Cedar Point, the Narrows, and in Portage
Bay.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

The deep weedlines throughout Lake Minnetonka are holding
sunfish, bass, muskies, northern pike, and crappies. Live bait
seems to be most productive this week. Pitch a jig and leech in 15
to 19 feet on Lake Independence during low-light periods and you’ll
hook a few walleyes.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

The Three Sisters area of Sand Bay is producing walleyes in 24
to 28 feet, mainly on leeches and minnows. The Cranberry Island
area in 26 to 30 feet and the reefs east of Saginaw Bay also have
provided steady walleye action. Trolling crankbaits and spoons in
Lost Bay has been a safe bet for northern pike.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The points and shoreline breaks are still worth hitting with a
jig and minnow for walleyes during low-light or windy conditions.
Midday hours are best spent on the main-lake bars and humps in 15
to 22 feet with leeches and live-bait rigs. Both areas will produce
northern pike and the bigger perch are now relating to the weedbeds
and bars.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Bucktails and large plastics have fared well for muskie anglers
along the weedlines of White Bear Lake and Forest Lake. Live-bait
rigs and crawlers are the ticket for walleyes on the St. Croix
River in 25 to 30 feet. Slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are
producing walleyes at Jarvis Lake in 20 feet. Look to Battle Creek
Lake for sunfish and the back channels of the river for
catfish.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

The shorelines of Rietz Lake and Pierson Lake are holding
sunfish. Sucker minnows and spinnerbaits are producing bass and
northern pike on the 10-foot weedlines of Lake Auburn and Steiger
Lake. A few crappies continue to come off Hydes Lake in eight to 10
feet and the deeper holes of the Minnesota River are worth hitting
for catfish.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

The reeds and docks on the south side of the lake are producing
sunfish. Walleyes are hitting leeches and crawlers during low-light
periods near Kegg’s Reef and Anderson’s Reef in 18 to 22 feet. Look
for bigger bass on the seven- to 12-foot weedlines and muskie
reports have been improving with bucktails and plastics thrown on
the 15- to 17-foot breaks.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers and leeches are turning
walleyes on the weedlines out to 40 feet on lakes Miltona, Ida, and
the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Plastics are tearing up the bass on the
deep weedlines of most lakes and panfish are most active on the
eight- to 14-foot cabbage throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain.
Muskie anglers are reporting a few follows off Miltona and Lobster
Lake.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Fatheads and leeches are producing a few walleyes in 14 to 18
feet at Clearwater Lake. Lakes such as John, Sugar, and Maple are
kicking out northern pike via sucker minnows in 10 to 14 feet. Look
for sunfish in the shallows of most lakes and crappies are now
suspended near the established weedlines of Clearwater, John, and
Lake Sylvia.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297 www.littlejimssports.com

BATTLE LAKE

Small sucker minnows or leeches are turning walleyes on Otter
Tail Lake in 10 to 30 feet. At Star Lake and East Leaf Lake,
crawlers have been most productive for walleyes in 15 to 19 feet.
Sunfish continue to bite in five to 10 feet at lakes such as
Clitherall, South Turtle, Dead, and West Battle, while Clitherall,
West Battle, and Ten Mile Lake are best for crappies in seven to 15
feet. Spoons or sucker minnows are turning pike on the weedlines of
Otter Tail, Clitherall, and West Battle and bass seem to be hitting
on most lakes in shallow water. Work the 10- to 12-foot weedlines
on West Battle for muskies.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Leeches and crawlers are working best for walleyes along the 10-
to 15-foot weedlines of Lake Bemidji, Lake Plantagenet, Big Lake,
and Lake Irving. Topwater baits and bucktails are triggering
muskies in 10 to 15 feet at Bemidji and Plantagenet. Panfish action
is strong with lakes such as Portage, Poposki, Beltrami, and Turtle
River kicking out fish in shallow water. Bass action remains
favorable on most lakes with spinnerbaits and topwaters.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Walleye fishing is best off the 12- to 22-foot weedlines of Gull
Lake, North Long Lake, and Pelican Lake with shiner minnows,
leeches, or nightcrawlers. The south end of Gull and Highway 371
bay on North Long are producing northern pike via sucker minnows.
Bass are an easy catch on most lakes and sunfish are being found
near the docks on area lakes.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Leeches and minnows are producing walleyes during the day at
Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake in 18 to 25 feet. Trolling crankbaits
on the bars also has been productive during the evening hours.
Perch are hitting fathead minnows in four to eight feet throughout
Cass. Look to Allen’s Bay on Cass for bass and northern pike are
hitting crankbaits on Lake Andrusia.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

The weedlines of Chisago Lake are kicking out numbers of
largemouth bass and although you have to sort through some small
fish, bluegills are biting on most lakes. Leeches are turning
walleyes during the evening hours in 14 to 20 feet on Chisago and
South Lindstrom Lake. You’ll find crappies suspended over 20 to 24
feet on Chisago and South Center Lake. Sunrise Lake remains a safe
bet for northern pike with sucker minnows in 12 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Sunfish are being found along the shorelines out to 12 feet at
Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake. The nine-foot weedline on Serpent
also has produced crappies. A few walleyes are being caught on
leeches at Rabbit in 17 to 19 feet, while bass and pike action is
strong in the weeds of most fisheries. Northern pike and trout can
be had over 30 feet at the pits such as Huntington, Portsmouth, and
Pennington.

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

CROSS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits, minnows, and leeches in 16 to
26 feet during the evening hours on the Whitefish Chain and other
area lakes. Spinnerbaits, sucker minnows, and spoons worked along
the weedlines of most lakes will trigger northern pike. The
weedlines and docks are holding bass and panfish can be had from 10
feet on area lakes.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708

DETROIT LAKES

Leeches, crawlers, and small sucker minnows are turning walleyes
on the weedlines out to 30 feet at lakes Melissa, Sallie, Big
Cormorant, Big Detroit, Pelican, Little Pine, and Big Pine. Look
for sunfish in two to 14 feet at Height of Land Lake, Floyd Lake,
Sour Lake, and Big Detroit. Plastics and rattle baits are raising
muskies, most of which are suspended over deep water, at Big
Detroit and Pelican.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

FARIBAULT AREA

The eight- to 12-foot weedlines of Lake Mazaska are holding
crappies, sunfish, and northern pike. Look to Fox Lake for sunfish
in eight to 10 feet and the weedlines of Cedar Lake for bass.
Plastics and topwater baits are triggering small muskies at French
Lake.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Lake trout are hitting a jig and minnow and being found
suspended over 40 feet at Gunflint Lake and Lake Saganaga. On Ram
Lake and Kemo Lake, spoons or a jig and minnow are working best for
lake trout, tight to the bottom, over 25 to 35 feet. Leeches are
triggering walleyes in 12 feet at East Twin Lake, in 15 feet at
Cascade Lake, and in eight to 10 feet at Pike Lake. Rapalas are
working best for walleyes on Devil Track Lake in 10 to 12 feet.
Crawlers are producing rainbow trout in 15 feet at Muckwa Lake and
in 18 feet at Kimball Lake. Work the weedlines with sucker minnows
for northern pike at lakes Loon, Pike, and Hungry Jack.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Sunfish continue to be found in the shallows of most lakes,
while the majority of crappies are now hanging in the mid-depth
weeds. Weedlines have quickly become key for walleye anglers on
Lake Wabana, Trout Lake, Sand Lake, and Bowstring Lake. Minnows
continue to work, but leeches and crawlers are starting to be more
productive. Muskie and northern pike reports remain light, but
there’s plenty of good bass fishing to be had on most lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Lindy Rigs or spinners tipped with crawlers and leeches are
producing a few walleyes in 16 to 18 feet at Woman Lake, Birch
Lake, and Pleasant Lake. There’s an evening crappie bite along the
weedlines of Ten Mile Lake and bass action is very good throughout
the area. Sucker minnows are providing steady northern pike
activity on the weedlines of Birch and Ten Mile.

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

LAKE VERMILION

Floating jigs, crankbaits, or a blown up crawler are the best
options for walleyes and it’s important to get your bait three to
five feet off the bottom over 16 to 20 feet. Muskie action is “only
fair” and bass continue to be found shallow. Northern pike are more
active hitting spoons or white spinnerbaits along the
weedlines.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

The shallow bays of Lake Washington continue to produce sunfish
and crappies and you’ll find a decent crappie bite on Madison Lake
in 10 to 15 feet with minnows. Catfish action is improving on the
Minnesota River, although the big fish have been tough to find in
the deeper holes. Look to Lura Lake with spinnerbaits for
largemouth bass.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits or spinner rigs and live bait in
eight to 10 feet along the South Dakota side on the north and south
ends of Big Stone Lake. You’ll hook some good-sized perch in these
areas as well. Spinners and leeches are turning walleyes at Lake
Oliver in 10 feet, while anglers fishing from shore with spoons
below the Highway 75 dam on the Minnesota River continue to catch
northern pike.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Muskie and northern pike action has improved along the weedlines
of Big Mantrap Lake. Walleyes are being found scattered between
eight and 25 feet on Long Lake. Work the weedlines of Potato Lake
with minnows or small plastics for crappies. Look to the Crow Wing
Chain of Lakes for bluegills in less than eight feet and bass are
an easy catch on most lakes.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

A jig and minnow is producing walleyes around the entire
perimeter of the lake in six feet. The Popples area along the east
shore has been one of the best spots this week. Trolling with
crankbaits remains productive for northern pike in eight feet and
crappie reports have been minimal.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

RED WING AREA

Long-lined crankbaits continue to turn walleyes on the Maiden
Rock Flats and Lake City areas near Lake Pepin in 10 to 15 feet.
The Rush River inlet is a safe bet for northern pike, while the
back channels are holding catfish. The back channels and Baypoint
Park areas of the river also are worth noting for panfish.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

A jig and leech is the best option for walleyes at Lake Koronis
in 20 to 25 feet and on the weedlines of Rice Lake. Panfish are
being found in four to 10 feet at Rice, Koronis, Cedar Island Lake,
Long Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Becker Lake, and Pearl Lake. Sucker
minnows drifted on the weedlines of Koronis are turning northern
pike.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

At Maple Lake, you’ll find sunfish during the day and crappies
during the evening hours in 11 to 13 feet. The east shore of Long
Lake is kicking out sunfish in 12 feet and crappies continue to be
caught early and late in the day at Sauk_Lake over 10 to 14 feet.
Walleyes can be had with live bait on the 20- to 30-foot humps of
Lake Osakis during the day and along the shallow breaks as the sun
sets. Bass are very active on most lakes throughout the day.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

The bulrushes throughout Lake Minnewaska continue to produce
plenty of bass. Crankbaits and spoons are turning northern pike on
the 14-foot weedlines of Minnewaska and you’ll hook an occasional
walleye here with leeches in 16 to 18 feet. A few walleyes also
have come off Lake Emily in six feet. Work the northwest side of
Lake Reno in six feet for sunfish

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

Leeches are producing a few walleyes on the 15- to 18-foot
weedlines of lakes Andrew, Games, and Florida and there is an
occasional flurry of walleye activity at Green Lake in 30 to 35
feet. Northern pike and bass seem to be hitting on all lakes and
panfish remain active in the weeds of lakes Andrew, Florida, Nest,
and Eagle.

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

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