MN: Walleye bite seems to be holding strong in many locations Issue: 2

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – The best perch reports are coming from 15 feet on the reefs
near Hunter’s Point, out of Lyback’s Resort, and in the bays.
Walleye action has been best on the gravel and mud in 25 feet or
deeper during the day. Stay on the move and don’t be afraid to
slide up shallower during low-light periods. The deep water off
most mud flats continues to produce tullibees.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Walleye action has been best early and late in the day in 22
to 28 feet. During midday hours, you’ll find active walleyes off
the structure in 30 feet or more. The best perch action also has
come from 30 feet or deeper. Spots worth noting include Seven Mile,
Eight Mile, Seguchie’s, and Sherman’s flats. Look for tullibees on
the deep mud and northern pike have been hitting on the 12- to
15-foot weedlines and rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

The best reports are coming about eight miles out in the lake over
33 feet. Saugers are hanging tight to the bottom and many walleyes
are being found suspended. Red glow or gold jigs seem to be best.
The reefs and mud flats near Oak Island also have provided steady
walleye action in 22 to 24 feet.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Getting around the lake continues to be difficult in many areas due
to slush and snow, but anglers are making their way out. The deep
humps in Walker Bay remain the best walleye option in 35 feet or
deeper during low-light periods. Jigging spoons are producing perch
for anglers who have been mobile off Pine Point along the
seven-foot cabbage.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Setlines and shiner minnows are turning walleyes on the 16- to
18-foot weedlines or in 28 to 30 feet on Lake Minnetonka. You’ll
also find sunfish in 12 to 14 feet, crappies over 19 feet, and
northern pike in the mid-depth weeds of Minnetonka. On Lake Sarah
and Medicine Lake, crappies and northern pike are hitting in 23 to
25 feet.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Look to Birch Point in Sand Bay for walleyes over 30 to 32 feet.
Walleyes also have been active in 34 to 36 feet throughout the
American Narrows. The mouth of Black Bay has been best for northern
pike and you will find a few crappies suspended over 30 feet or
more in Sand Bay.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Deep snow has made for difficult travel off the main roads, but the
people venturing out are catching walleyes during low-light periods
in 22 to 30 feet. Perch continue to be most active on Horseshoe Bar
and the sunken island in 20 to 28 feet. Northern pike action also
has been strong in the aforementioned locations.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Look for crappies in 10 to 15 feet at White Bear Lake and a few
walleyes on the east end in 20 feet. Demonterville Lake is
producing northern pike during the day and crappies at night in 10
feet. Start in about 30 feet and work deeper for crappies in the
Bayport area of the St. Croix River. Centerville Lake is giving up
a mixed bag of panfish in fairly shallow water.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Northern pike are being taken with tip-ups and sucker minnows in 10
to 12 feet at lakes Auburn, Steiger, and Zumbra. Crappies and
sunfish have started hitting in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Parley. Hydes
Lake is a safe bet for crappies in 12 to 14 feet and you’ll catch
sunfish in 16 to 18 feet at Rietz Lake and in 12 feet at Cedar
Lake.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Work the 10- to 14-foot weed edges near Pillsbury Reef and Center
Reef for sunfish and crappies. Wagener’s Bay also has given up
crappies during low-light periods in 14 to 18 feet. Northern pike
continue to be caught with tip-ups and sucker minnows on the 10- to
12-foot weedlines. Walleyes are most active during the middle of
night and being taken on setlines and shiner minnows in 14 to 18
feet near Nelson’s Island, Kegg’s Reef, and Anderson’s Reef.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

www.intownemarina.com

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Setlines and shiners or jigging spoons and minnow heads are
producing walleyes in 20 to 30 feet at lakes Ida, Miltona, and Le
Homme Dieu. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 30 feet and
sunfish in 18 to 20 feet at Le Homme Dieu, Maple Lake, and Little
Mary Lake. Northern pike are active in the shallow weeds of Ida, Le
Homme Dieu, and Lake Darling.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 30 feet at lakes John,
Pleasant, Clearwater, Sylvia, Little Maple, and French. You’ll hook
sunfish and crappies in six to eight feet at Pelican Lake. Sunfish
also have bit in six to eight feet at John, Little Maple, and Lake
Marie and over 20 feet at Lake Constance. Walleyes are most active
during low-light periods in 20 to 30 feet at Clearwater, Sylvia,
Cedar Lake, and Sugar Lake. Tip-ups and shiner minnows are
triggering northern pike in eight to 15 feet at John, Sugar,
Clearwater, and Limestone Lake.

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

BATTLE LAKE

Jigging spoons continue to work best for walleyes in 25 to 30 feet
at West Battle Lake or in 15 to 25 feet at Otter Tail Lake and
Stuart Lake. Crappies and sunfish are being found on the 18-foot
weed patches of South Turtle Lake, East Lost Lake, Clitherall Lake,
and Fish Lake. Northern pike are hitting shiner minnows on the 15-
to 20-foot weedlines of Otter Tail, West Battle, and South Turtle.
You’ll also find crappies suspended over 30 feet at West
Battle.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are hitting on Lake Plantagenet in 17 to 21 feet and
you’ll find perch here in 30 feet. On Lake Bemidji, a few walleyes
can be had on the north-end rock piles in 30 feet. The east side of
Bemidji has been very productive for northern pike in shallow
water. Grant Lake is kicking out crappies over 28 to 37 feet and
these fish are suspended. The bigger perch are hitting near
Wishbone Bar on Cass Lake in 20 to 30 feet, while Grace Lake is
worth noting for bluegills in 18 to 22 feet.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows in 18 to 22 feet on North Long
Lake and Gull Lake. North Long, Gull, and Pelican Lake are safe
bets for pike in 10 to 14 feet. There’s an evening crappie bite on
North Long in 18 to 28 feet and you’ll find sunfish in six to 10
feet on Nisswa Lake, Roy Lake, and Round Lake.

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

CHISAGO AREA

Look for suspended crappies over 25 to 30 feet at Chisago Lake and
South Lindstrom Lake. The six- to 12-foot weedlines of North Center
Lake are holding sunfish and redtails have been the hot bait for
northern pike at Sunrise Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Shiner minnows are
turning walleyes during low-light periods on Chisago in 14 to 16
feet and at South Center Lake in 12 to 16 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSS LAKE AREA

Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows in 24 to 30 feet of water at
Crosslake, Whitefish Lake, and Pelican Lake during low-light
periods. Northern pike can be had with sucker minnows in 10 to 14
feet on most lakes. Look to Daggett Lake, Little Pine Lake, Upper
Whitefish Lake, and many other small lakes for crappies over 12 to
26 feet.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708

DETROIT LAKES

You’ll find walleyes on Big Detroit Lake, Pelican Lake, and
Cormorant Lake in 18 to 20 feet during low-light periods. Look for
suspended crappies over 20 feet at Big Detroit, Lake Melissa, Floyd
Lake, and Big Cormorant Lake. Sunfish also can be had on these
lakes in shallower water. Northern pike are an easy catch on most
lakes with sucker minnows in deep and shallow water.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

The Duluth Harbor Bay of the St. Louis River is kicking out
crappies, walleyes, and sturgeon in eight to 10 feet. Look to Fish
Lake and Caribou Lake for crappies in 16 feet, while sucker minnows
are still triggering northern pike at Rice Lake in six feet.
Walleye action has been sporadic with a few fish coming off Boulder
Lake and Fish Lake in 10 to 12 feet.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

ELY AREA

Minnows or jigging spoons are triggering a few walleyes at Shagawa
Lake in 20 to 22 feet. Look to Basswood Lake for northern pike in
10 feet. If you’re hitting this area for this weekend’s trout
opener, be aware that slush and snow is limiting travel on most
lakes. A snowmobile or other track vehicle is probably the best
option.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA

There’s an evening and afternoon panfish bite on West Fox Lake over
30 to 35 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike
at Lows Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Shiner minnows and setlines are
working best for walleyes on Lake Esquagamah in 15 feet during
low-light periods.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FARIBAULT AREA

French Lake is kicking out crappies and a few sunfish over 20 feet
early and late in the day. You have to do some sorting, but the
perch have started biting on Cannon Lake in eight to 12 feet. Look
to Cedar Lake during low-light periods for crappies and the
occasional walleye in 20 to 22 feet. You’ll find suspended crappies
over 25 to 30 feet at Kelly Dudley Lake.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

You’ll find bluegills and crappies on Lake Pokegama in 13 to 30
feet of water and in 18 to 20 feet on Big Splithand Lake. Bass Lake
continues to produce bluegills in seven to 16 feet, while Pokegama
and Trout Lake are the area’s best northern pike options in shallow
water. Shiner minnows are triggering walleyes during low-light
periods in 20 to 30 feet of water at Pokegama, Trout, and Lake
Wabana, while 14 feet seems to best on Moose Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

LAKE KABETOGAMA

The mid-lake reefs have been most productive for walleyes and perch
in 28 to 32 feet of water. Glow jigs and minnows are working best.
Northern pike are being found in the shallow, mud-covered bays by
anglers and spearers, while crappie reports continue to be
poor.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

www.gatewaygeneral.com

LAKE VERMILION

A setline and minnow is working best for walleyes in 22 to 34 feet
of water during the day. Don’t be afraid to work shallower breaks
during low-light periods as well. Northern pike also have been
active on the shallow and deep structure, while panfish action is
limited.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Crappies have been active throughout the day at Duck Lake in 12
feet. You’ll also find crappies and a few walleyes after dark off
Third Point on Lake Washington in 18 to 22 feet. On Madison Lake,
walleyes are hitting after dark in eight to 10 feet and the
northwest end of German Lake is a safe bet for sunfish and crappies
in eight to 15 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning
northern pike in 12 feet at Duck as well.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

It’s tough to get around on most lakes so there hasn’t been a lot
of people fishing. The best option continues to be Big Stone Lake,
where you’ll find perch around the islands on the south end in 12
to 13 feet. On the north end, the Yankee Town area is kicking out a
few walleyes in 10 feet.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Setlines and fathead minnows are working best for walleyes in 26
feet at Potato Lake and Long Lake. Sucker minnows are turning pike
on these lakes in 12 to 14 feet. The best panfish reports are
coming off the Crow Wing Chain, where sunfish are being found in 12
feet and crappies are suspended over 30 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

PINE CITY AREA

Crappies and bluegills have been hitting in 19 to 24 feet at Cross
Lake and Lake Pokegama. These lakes also are kicking out northern
pike via tip-ups and sucker minnows in five to eight feet. Crappies
are hitting at night in 15 to 20 feet at East Rush Lake and West
Rush Lake. You’ll also pop crappies at night on Knife Lake,
straight out from the public access.

Red’s Bait & Tackle (320) 629-1154

RED LAKE

Walleyes have bit best during most of the day in 10 to 15 feet
along the east and south shorelines. There’s also an evening bite
in six to eight feet. The bigger pike have started hitting along
with the walleyes and an occasional crappie is pulled from 12 feet
or more.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Crappie action has picked up in 14 to 21 feet at Long Lake,
Horseshoe Lake, Browns Lake, and Rice Lake and in 25 to 30 feet at
Grand Lake. On Goodner Lake and Pearl Lake, you’ll find sunfish and
crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Northern pike are being caught on sucker
minnows in 12 to 16 feet at Long, Horseshoe, and Lake Koronis. Rice
and Koronis are the area’s best walleye options in 20 to 25 feet
during low-light periods.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Crappies continue to be found on both ends of Sauk Lake in 25 to 40
feet. The north end of Sauk is kicking out sunfish in eight feet
and you’ll catch walleyes here in 15 feet. The southern basin of
Big Birch Lake is worth noting for walleyes in 18 to 38 feet. The
north end of Lake Osakis is producing sunfish in 20 to 24 feet,
there’s an evening crappie bite on Maple Lake in 25 to 28 feet, and
Long Bridge Lake is giving up crappies in 14 to 16 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Bottle Bay on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska is producing
sunfish and northern pike during the day in 12 to 15 feet. You’ll
also pick off crappies during the evening hours on Minnewaska,
between Fish Hatchery Bay and the Lakeside Ballroom in 15
feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

The north end of Eagle Lake is giving up walleyes in 20 feet and
you’ll find panfish in shallower water here. Crappie action remains
strong in 15 to 20 feet at Norway Lake and in 10 feet at Foot Lake.
Green Lake is producing crappies in deep water, while Solomon Lake
is a safe bet for sunfish and crappies in six to eight feet.

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

 

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