Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Fishing pressure is limited due to strong winds and rain

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – The deep mud and gravel continues to produce walleyes during
the day, but steady winds have limited fishing activity. At night,
crankbaits or a slip bobber and leech are the most productive
presentations on the points and shallow rocks. Smallmouth bass have
been active, you’ll find jumbo perch starting to set up in shallow
water, and muskie action remains limited.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Strong winds and rain have made difficult fishing this week,
but anglers pulling crankbaits on top of the flats continue to find
limits of walleyes. Slip bobbers and leeches started to produce
more walleyes at night off the deep rocks and mud flat edges. Perch
are hitting on the 20- to 22-foot rocks off Pike Point and
smallmouth bass remain active on the deep and shallow rocks. A few
muskies have been caught in Garrison Bay.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

With water temperatures dropping walleye numbers have started to
build in the Rainy River and Pine Island areas. Walleyes and sauger
continue to be caught in good numbers on the main lake by
downrigging in deep water. The 30-foot reefs around the islands
continue to produce walleyes at the Northwest Angle. A jig and
minnow has been most productive, especially in the Garden Island
area.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

It seems as though the jig and minnow bite is improving, but
crawlers are still producing walleyes. The best reports are coming
from 10 to 16 feet off the points and wind-driven shorelines. The
deep humps in Walker Bay are worth hitting for big walleyes. Perch
continue to be caught and sorted through at the Narrows and bass
fishing is most consistent in Boy Bay. Muskie action has been
slower this week and you’ll find sunfish in the cabbage of most
bays.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA

Fathead minnows have been the ticket for walleyes on the weedlines
out to 20 feet. Muskie and northern pike reports have been poor,
but sunfish remain an easy catch on the shorelines. Work the
milfoil with jigs for bass and a few crappies have been found
suspended over 20 feet during the evening hours. Goose hunting
reports have been very limited.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 12 feet throughout Saginaw
Bay and on the main-lake reefs in 36 to 40 feet. In Sand Bay,
minnows are producing ‘eyes in 28 to 32 feet. Look to the Rat Root
area of Black Bay for crappies in eight to 10 feet. Lost Bay
remains the best option for northern pike with crankbaits or large
minnows.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on the shoreline
breaks and wind-driven weed edges. Minnows also have started to
work best on the main-lake bars in 15 to 25 feet. Look for perch on
the west side points and breaks in 10 to 16 feet. Pike are piled up
in the weeds on the north and west sides of the lake.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Small crankbaits on leadcore are producing walleyes on the St.
Croix River in 25 to 30 feet. On Big Marine Lake, minnows are
turning crappies, northern pike, and bass in 20 feet. Look to
Silver Lake and Demonterville Lake with plastics for bass, while
small bucktails continue to raise muskies on White Bear Lake. The
goose season has been very slow for most hunting parties.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Fishing reports have been limited, mainly do to wind. Once the
weather improves lakes such as Pierson, Auburn, and Minnewashta
should produce sunfish. Spoons or sucker minnows have triggered
northern pike on the weedlines of Pierson and Steiger Lake. Bass
reports have been poor, but there hasn’t been many people fishing
them. Goose hunting reports have been mixed, with select fields
producing the majority of birds.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

You’ll find bass in the deep weeds or slop throughout the day. A
few muskies have been raised with bucktails on the reef edges.
Sunfish and crappies are being caught, but they seem to be
constantly moving in and out of the weeds. Look for walleyes to be
hitting a jig and minnow during low-light periods on the
reefs.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

www.intownemarina.com

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes in the eight- to 10-foot weeds or in
18 to 23 feet on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona. Work the weedlines of
Lake Geneva, Lake Carlos, and Lake Le Homme Dieu for panfish.
You’ll find numbers of bass in the shallows of most lakes, but the
big fish are deep. Muskie action has been noticeably better on
Lobster Lake and Miltona in recent days. On the right field, goose
hunting has been very good.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

A few walleyes can be had with minnows on Clearwater Lake in 16 to
24 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 15 feet
on Clearwater, Lake John, and Pleasant Lake. Panfish action has
been best on Clearwater in 10 to 14 feet, while spinnerbaits are
producing bass on the weedlines of lakes Sylvia, Sugar, Cedar, and
Clearwater. Goose hunters found some success on opening day, but
it’s been slow since.

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

BATTLE LAKE

Minnows are turning walleyes during the day in 18 to 20 feet or 30
to 35 feet. Crankbaits have worked best during low-light periods in
eight to 12 feet with lakes such as West Battle, Otter Tail,
Clitherall, Big Pine, and Rush producing fish. Northern pike can be
had on sucker minnows on most lakes and you’ll find plenty of bass
in the weeds. Sunfish are being caught in 10 to 20 feet on Elbow
Lake, Blanche Lake, and Clitherall. Casting or trolling crankbaits
in 20 feet has turned muskies on West Battle. Goose hunting has
been decent on select fields, while others aren’t attracting
birds.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Muskie action has slowed, but crappies are consistently hitting
minnows at Webster Lake in 10 to 20 feet. Minnows are producing
walleyes in 12 to 28 feet on Lake Plantagenet and Lake Bemidji. The
weedlines of most area lakes are producing sunfish and northern
pike. Bear registrations have been decent and the best goose
reports are coming south of the immediate area.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BLACKDUCK AREA

You’ll find sunfish and a few crappies in 10 to 15 feet at lakes
Pimushe, North Twin, South Twin, and Gull. Walleye action remains
slow, but bass and pike can be had on the weedlines of North and
South Twin. Bear hunting has been productive according to most
reports, especially over last weekend.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Redtails are providing steady walleye action on the 16- to 18-foot
weedlines of Gull Lake. Plastics are the best option for bass on
the weedlines of Gull, North Long Lake, and Round Lake. Work the
shallow weeds of Lake Hubert and Nisswa Lake for panfish. Sucker
minnows are turning northern pike on the south end of Gull in 18 to
20 feet.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

The best walleye reports are coming off Cass Lake during the
evening hours in eight to 12 feet with crankbaits or a jig and
minnow. The jumbo perch bite has been very good in six to eight
feet on East Cedar Bar, West Cedar Bar, and around Star Island on
Cass or along the east and west shorelines of Pike Bay Lake.
Muskies are chasing bucktails on the rocks and cabbage of Cass and
you’ll find sunfish in the weed pockets of Allen’s Bay and Dick’s
Bay on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831 sunsetcove-resort.com

CROSBY AREA

Crappies are hitting pink and white jigs during low-light periods
on lakes such as Black, Bay, Clearwater, and Mahnomen. Look for
sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Rabbit Lake, Mission Lake, and some
areas of the Mississippi River. Largemouth bass action remains hot
on Crooked Lake, Serpent Lake, Upper Mission Lake, and Horseshoe
Lake. The Mississippi also is giving up smallmouth bass near the
Highway 6 bridge. Work the deep cabbage on Cedar Lake with
bucktails for muskies. Trolling crankbaits in 15 to 20 feet has
turned northern pike on Nokay Lake, East Rabbit Lake, and Bay,
while walleye reports remain limited.

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

CROSS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting large minnows on Lindy Rigs or jigs in 22 to
28 feet of water during the day. Crankbaits also work during
low-light periods in shallow water. Work the weedlines of most
lakes with spinnerbaits or sucker minnows for northern pike and
largemouth bass. Look for bluegills in 16 to 20 feet and crappies
in 16 to 18 feet.

Crosslake Holiday Sports

(218) 692-2708

CUSHING AREA

Walleyes can be had with redtails on the 18- to 22-foot weedlines
of Lake Alexander and Fish Trap Lake. Crappies are being found
suspended over 30 feet on Fish Trap and in the northeast bay on
Lake Shamineau. Big minnows have been the best muskie producer this
week on Alexander, Shamineau, and the Mississippi River. There
hasn’t been a bear registered, but goose hunting has gone
well.

Hilltop Sports (320) 749-2055

DETROIT LAKES

Crankbaits and minnows are turning walleyes in 20 to 25 feet on
lakes Melissa, Pelican, and Big Detroit. Work the weedlines of Big
Detroit, Floyd Lake, and Severson Lake for sunfish. Muskies
continue to chase CowGirls on the humps of Pelican and Big Detroit.
Goose hunting has been poor and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of
birds in the area.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Island Lake is producing walleyes on the 10-foot reefs and crappies
over 15 feet – most are being taken on minnows. You’ll also find
walleyes hitting minnows on Boulder Lake in eight to 10 feet and a
few in the bay on the St. Louis River. Look to Pike Lake for
crappies over 15 feet and to Rice Lake for northern pike in six
feet. The Lester River area and points north of Lake Superior are
producing king and coho salmon over 40 feet with spoons. Bear
hunters registered about 20 bears, highlighted by a couple of
300-pound animals.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

Blue Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in 14 feet. Northern
pike and bass remain active on the weedlines of Green Lake and Elk
Lake. Look to the Mississippi River and Rum River for consistent
smallmouth bass action. Goose hunters aren’t finding a lot of birds
in this area.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Work 28 to 34 feet with minnows on Burntside Lake for smallmouth
bass and northern pike. Lake trout are hitting sonars about 60 feet
down over 90 feet of water on Snowbank Lake. Snowbank also has
kicked out silver pike over 70 feet and bass on the shorelines and
reefs. A few walleyes have been taken with Rapalas in 10 to 15 feet
on Shagawa Lake. Look for sunfish on the shorelines of Low Lake,
Garden Lake, Bear Island Lake, and Shagawa.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

FAIRMONT AREA

Sunfish are being found in five to eight feet in the channel
between Hall Lake and Budd Lake. Fox Lake is kicking out perch and
crappies in six to 12 feet and catfish are hitting crawlers and
stinkbaits along the shorelines of Hall, Budd, and Lake Sissiton.
Crawlers also have worked best for walleyes at Hall and Fox in five
to 10 feet. Goose hunting has not been productive.

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

FARIBAULT AREA

Anglers pitching bucktails on the shorelines and docks of French
Lake are hooking a few muskies. You’ll find perch and bullheads
below the dams on the Cannon River, but other fishing action has
been slow. Goose hunting also has been very poor since opening
day.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

A jig and minnow combination is the ticket for walleyes on Lake
Saganaga and McFarland Lake in 25 to 30 feet of water. Spoons or a
jig and minnow are producing lake trout over 55 to 70 feet on
Saganaga and Seagull Lake, or over 80 feet at Greenwood Lake.
Crawlers or spinners are providing consistent rainbow trout action
in 22 to 28 feet on Leo Lake, in 15 to 22 feet on Esther Lake, in
15 to 20 feet on Trustle Pine Lake, and in 20 to 25 feet on Kimball
Lake. Bear hunting has been good with 35 animals registered and
consistent reports of baits being hit throughout the area.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes are hitting crawlers and minnows on the weedlines of Lake
Jessie, Trout Lake, Sugar Lake, and Lake Pokegama. On Lake Wabana,
a jig and chub is turning ‘eyes in 16 feet. Lakes Pokegama, Little
Cutfoot, Big Splithand, Graves, and Bass are kicking out bluegills.
Look to the deep weeds of Big Cutfoot, Pokegama, and Wabana during
the evening hours for crappies. A few muskies have been seen on
North Star Lake and Moose Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Walleyes can be had with a jig and minnow on the 16- to 20-foot
rocks and breaks of Woman Lake and Birch Lake. Pine Mountain Lake
is giving up a few walleyes in 12 to 18 feet as well. Pleasant and
Birch lakes are the area’s best panfish options and muskie anglers
have raised an occasional fish on Baby Lake. Look for a good bass
bite on all lakes. Six bears have been registered, with the largest
weighing 320 pounds.

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

LAKE VERMILION

The minnow bite has returned for walleyes, but crawlers also will
work along the weedlines. Muskie action remains tough, but should
improve as water temperatures continue to drop. Crappies have
provided a real bright spot this week with numbers of fish being
found in the weeds. Bear hunters are experiencing about a
25-percent success rate.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

McGREGOR AREA

Walleye, northern pike, and bass action has been very limited.
Sunfish have provided the best activity with lakes such as Aitkin,
Minnewawa, and Big Sandy kicking out fish along the mid-depth
weedlines. Bear hunters have found success and active baits, while
goose hunters have struggled.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382

ORTONVILLE AREA

Waxworms or minnows are producing perch on the south end of Big
Stone Lake from Schmidt’s Landing to Sodak in 10 to 14 feet. A few
walleyes and catfish can be had at the Highway 75 dam of the
Minnesota River. Work the eight- to 10-foot rock piles of Lake
Traverse for sunfish and a few good goose hunting reports have been
heard, although most groups didn’t fare well.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Wind, rain, and cool weather seems to have shut down most
productive fishing opportunities from a week ago. Live bait is
still the best option for a few walleyes, bass, and northern pike
on the deep weedlines of Big Mantrap Lake. Bear hunters report
active baits and some good success and goose hunting has been
decent as well.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED RIVER

The catfish have started to move up river to feed in areas with
fast moving water. This a sure sign that the fall bite is on. Look
for them around snags, deep holes, rocks, or anything else that
will block the current. Cut suckers have again become the bait of
choice with frogs running a close second.

Brad Durick Outdoors (701) 739-5808

www.redrivercatfish.com

RED WING AREA

Sucker minnows or nightcrawlers are producing catfish and sturgeon
below the dam on the Mississippi River. On Lake Pepin, crankbaits
remain the best walleye option in 15 to 18 feet. A jig and minnow
also will turn ‘eyes in the back channels of the river. Look to the
Baypoint Park and Coville Park areas for panfish. Goose hunting has
been extremely poor.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows in 12 to 20 feet on Rice Lake. Look to
Horseshoe Lake for sunfish in six to 12 feet and the entire Sauk
River Chain for catfish at a variety of depths. Northern pike are
taking sucker minnows in 10 to 16 feet on Lake Koronis, Rice, and
Horseshoe. Bass fishing has been excellent on most lakes and local
goose hunters have struggled.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Sunfish are being caught on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines and bars
of Lake Osakis from Town Bay to Battle Point. The Battle Point area
is worth looking at for crappies as well. The weedlines of Maple
Lake also are giving up panfish. Redtails seem to be the hot bait
for walleyes on the weedlines of Osakis. On Big Birch and Little
Birch lakes, redtails are turning walleyes, bass, and northern pike
in 14 to 20 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Shallow-running crankbaits are producing a few walleyes along the
bulrushes and shorelines of Lake Minnewaska during the evening
hours. Small pike and largemouth bass also can be had via
crankbaits on Minnewaska. Anglers fishing from shore with minnows
or crankbaits have caught walleyes on Lake Emily. Panfish action
remains slow, but goose hunters have done well.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

Panfish and bass have been active on lakes such as Calhoun, Norway,
Games, and North Long in six to 12 feet. Walleye action is slow,
but bass can be had on the weedlines of most lakes. Fishing
pressure has been down over the past week, mainly due to the
wind.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports

(320) 235-4097

 

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