Friday, February 3rd, 2023
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MN: Walleye and panfish action keeping most anglers busy Issue: 22

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Limits of walleyes are being caught during the day with long
snells and leeches on the 16- to 20-foot sand and gravel. The
evening walleye bite also has been strong with slip bobbers and
leeches or crankbaits on eight- to 15-foot reefs. Sight-fishing for
smallmouth bass has been good on the reefs with crankbaits or
plastics – find big boulders and you’ll find smallies.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Lindy Rigs and leeches, a jig and minnow, or slip bobber and
leech is producing walleye limits on the 16- to 20-foot sand and
gravel during the day or in six to 15 feet during the evening. St.
Alban’s Bay, Garrison Bay, Garrison Reef, Pike Point, Seguchie
Point, and Sherman’s Point are all holding fish. Rigging on the
edges of the mud flats also has provided steady walleye action and
smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the shallow rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Anchoring and pitching jigs in 23 to 26 feet continues to produce
walleyes in Zippel Bay, the Lighthouse Gap, and Morris Point area.
At the Northwest Angle, bright-colored jigs and minnows are
producing limits of walleyes in 10 to 20 feet.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Bigger walleyes are being taken on minnows in six to 15 feet around
Submarine Island and Pelican Island. When the wind is blowing in,
you’ll find better numbers of keepers in seven to 10 feet off Pine
Point, Goose Island, the Meadows, Big Hardwood, and Little Hardwood
points. Panfish are still being found in the boat harbors and bays
and while the bass are hitting in shallow water, most have been
smaller males.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Floating jigs tipped with leeches or minnows have produced walleyes
in 17 feet in the big bays of Lake Minnetonka. After dark, a slip
bobber and leech has worked best in the channels. Jigs and fatheads
are turning walleyes in 16 feet at Lake Independence and look for
bigger bass to be deep on all lakes. Sunfish are hitting in less
than six feet and crappies can be had in 12 to 15 feet at
Minnetonka, Independence, and Medicine Lake. Sucker minnows under
bobbers are turning pike on the 15-foot weeds of Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Walleyes and crappies can be had in eight to 10 feet in Black Bay.
The six- to eight-foot weedlines throughout Jackfish Bay are
producing northern pike and walleyes on shiner minnows. Dr. Mary’s
Point and Cranberry Bay also have kicked out walleyes in eight to
12 feet. Look to the mouth of the Little Fork River as it flows
into the Rainy River for walleyes as well. Smallmouth reports have
been most consistent from the Canadian side.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

A jig and shiner minnow continues to produce limits of walleyes on
the points and shoreline breaks in six to 14 feet. Leeches and
Lindy Rigs have started turning bigger walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on
Bena Bar and Big Muskie Bar. Northern pike and perch can be found
in six to 10 feet in most walleye-holding spots.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Pitching plastics in the shallows of Demonterville Lake has
provided steady bass action. You’ll find crappies at Big Marine
Lake and sunfish at Battle Creek Lake in six to eight feet. The
Afton and Prescott areas of the St. Croix River are producing
walleyes in 20 feet and leeches are turning walleyes in 15 feet at
Bald Eagle Lake. Minnows or crankbaits trolled on the weedlines of
Lake Johanna have produced northern pike.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sunfish are hitting in four to six feet at Lake Auburn, Pierson
Lake, Lake Bavaria, and Parley Lake. The bass season started strong
on area lakes in shallow water with Auburn kicking out better
numbers of big fish. Sucker minnows continue to trigger pike in six
to 10 feet at Auburn, Steiger Lake, and Whaletail Lake.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Sunfish are active along the shorelines, while crappies seem to
have moved into the reeds and bulrushes. The northwest end is
kicking out bass on topwater baits or jigs and plastics. Fatheads
or leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods in 10 to
14 feet at Harm’s Point, Kegg’s Reef, Cemetery Reef, and Center
Reef.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

www.intownemarina.com

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Minnows are producing walleyes on the eight- to 15-foot weedlines
of lakes Le Homme Dieu, Carlos, and Miltona. Look for panfish in
the shallows of Carlos, Lake Geneva, and Lake Darling. Smaller bass
are an easy catch throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes on
topwater baits.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in eight to 14 feet at
Clearwater Lake, six to 14 feet at Cedar Lake, and in 12 to 14 feet
at Big Swan Lake. Bass and panfish are cruising the shallows of
lakes John, Sylvia, Sugar, Clearwater, and Cedar. Sucker minnows
have produced northern pike in 10 to 15 feet at Clearwater, Sylvia,
John, Pleasant Lake, and Lake Francis.

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

BATTLE LAKE

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in six to 10 feet or leeches
in 15 to 20 feet at Otter Tail Lake, Eagle Lake, Silver Lake, West
Battle Lake, and Walker Lake. Spoons and minnows are producing
northern pike on the weedlines of West Battle, Otter Tail, and
Clitherall Lake. Look for panfish in the shallows of Clitherall,
Dead, Silver, and Stalker lakes. Bass seem to be hitting near docks
and shorelines on all area lakes.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

A jig and shiner minnow during the day or crankbaits at night are
turning walleyes in six to 10 feet at Lake Plantagenet and Lake
Bemidji. Crappie reports have slowed, but the bluegill bite has
been strong at Little Wolf Lake in less than six feet. Bass also
have been active in the shallows of most lakes.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BLACKDUCK AREA

A jig and minnow pitched in eight to 12 feet has triggered walleyes
at Gull and Island lakes. On Blackduck Lake, live-bait rigs and
leeches or crawlers are working best for walleyes in nine to 12
feet. Look shallow for panfish at Gull and Turtle River Lake, while
bass are an easy catch along the shorelines of all lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Crankbaits or shiner minnows are turning walleyes at night on the
south end of Gull Lake in six feet. During the day, the north end
has been best with minnows in eight to 15 feet. Shiners and leeches
are working best for ‘eyes in eight to 15 feet at Round Lake and
North Long Lake. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch in
shallow water on all lakes, while the Highway 371 bay on North Long
and shallows of Cullen Lake are kicking out panfish.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

The Mississippi River and Turtle River continue to produce walleyes
during low-light periods. Walleyes also can be had on shiners,
rainbows, and leeches in six to 25 feet on Cass Lake and Pike Bay
Lake. Northern pike are hitting minnows in 12 to 15 feet in Allen’s
Bay on Cass and Lake Andrusia. Panfish are now in the shallows of
most lakes.

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

CHISAGO AREA

Jigs and fatheads continue to work best for walleyes on the eight-
to 14-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and
North Center Lake. Topwater baits are turning bass throughout the
area and Sunrise Lake is giving up numbers of northern pike in 10
to 12 feet. Look for crappies in four to 12 feet at Chisago,
Sunrise, and South Center Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Limits of trout are being taken at Huntington Pit, Pennington Pit,
Manuel Pit, and Snowshoe Pit. Spinnerbaits are producing northern
pike at Lower Mission Lake, East Rabbit Lake, and Big Mahnomen
Lake. Walleyes are being taken in 12 to 14 feet or 24 to 28 feet at
Serpent Lake, Bay Lake, and Farm Island Lake on long Lindy Rigs
tipped with shiner minnows or nightcrawlers. The shallow rocks on
Serpent, Bay, Clearwater Lake, and Black Hoof Lake are holding
numbers of bass. Panfish action remains strong in the shallows of
lakes Greer, Black, Adney, and Little Black Hoof.

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

DETROIT LAKES

Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes during low-light
periods in 10 feet, while shiner minnows are working best during
the day in 17 to 20 feet at lakes Melissa, Big Detroit, Big
Cormorant, Pelican, Big Pine, and Little Pine. You’ll find panfish
in shallow water at Floyd Lake, Little Detroit Lake, Deadshot Bay,
and Melissa. Bass and northern pike are hitting along the shoreline
breaks and emerging weedlines of most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in 12 to 15 feet of water
at Island Lake, in 10 feet at Whiteface Lake, and in eight to 10
feet at Boulder Lake. On Rice Lake, minnows are turning walleyes
and northern pike in four to six feet. Look for bluegills in four
feet at Fish Lake and Rice and crappies in six to 10 feet at
Boulder and Island. Pink and purple spoons or crankbaits are
working best near the surface of Lake Superior for cohos, kings,
and lake trout.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

ELY AREA

Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes early and late in the day
over 10 to 12 feet at lakes Shagawa, Garden, White Iron, and Farm.
Slow-presented minnows are turning northern pike on most lakes, but
lake trout reports have been limited. There’s some decent crappie
action coming off Farm Lake in 12 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA

The river outlet on Mitchell Lake is producing crappies in six to
eight feet. Rapalas are a safe bet for northern pike on the north
end of Kego Lake in 10 to 12 feet. There’s an evening walleye bite
with leeches at West Fox Lake in eight to 10 feet. The bay and
shoreline of Ruth Lake is a safe bet for sunfish.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

You’ll find crappies in 10 feet of water or less at lakes Hall,
Budd, George, and Sissiton. On Fox Lake, crappies have been hitting
in 10 to 15 feet. There’s an evening catfish bite with crawlers in
10 to 12 feet at Hall and Budd. Bass are hitting plastics in the
shallows of Budd, George, and Sissiton, while anglers fishing from
shore with minnows are catching walleyes at Hall and George.

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

FARIBAULT AREA

Leeches and minnows are turning walleyes at Circle Lake in eight to
10 feet and sunfish remain active in four feet here. Work three to
six feet on Lake Mazaska or the docks of Cedar Lake for panfish. At
the Highway 12 bridge on Cannon Lake, walleyes are hitting leeches
and crawlers in five to seven feet during low-light periods –
you’ll also catch catfish here during the day.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Mepps spinners or minnows are producing walleyes in five feet at
Elbow Lake. Minnows are turning walleyes on the eight-foot rock
beds of Crescent Lake, in eight to 10 feet at Homer Lake and
Seagull Lake, and in eight feet at Hungry Jack Lake. Lake trout
continue to be found in the upper half of the water column on lakes
Mayhew, Leo, and West Bearskin. Crawlers are turning rainbow trout
in 12 to 15 feet at Mink Lake, Kimball Lake, and Leo Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

HACKENSACK AREA

Lindy Rigs and leeches are turning walleyes in 16 feet at Ten Mile
Lake. Minnows have worked best for ‘eyes on the 10- to 16-foot
breaks of Woman Lake. Jigs and plastics are turning largemouth and
smallmouth bass in five to eight feet at Ten Mile, Birch Lake, and
Pleasant Lake. Sunfish remain shallow at Pleasant as do crappies at
Ten Mile.

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

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes are hitting minnows on the west end in 15 to 20 feet,
crappies are in the shallows, and northern pike are hitting minnows
on the weed edges. Walleye action also has improved on the east end
in 26 to 42 feet – look for rock/sand or sand/mud transition areas
to be holding better numbers of fish. Live-bait rigs and minnows
continue to be the best presentation.

Lake Vermilion Guides League

www.lakevermilionguidesleague.com

MANKATO AREA

Baker’s Bay and Second Point on Lake Washington are producing
walleyes and most bays on Washington are holding panfish. A jig and
minnow is turning walleyes on the shorelines of Lake Hanska. The
Blue Earth River started producing walleyes and Lake Francis
continues to kick out northern pike via sucker minnows.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Crappies and sunfish are being found along the shorelines and in
the bays of Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake. Work the 12- to
16-foot shoreline breaks of Big Sandy with leeches and minnows for
walleyes. Sucker minnows worked on the weedlines of Minnewawa are
producing northern pike.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

Spinners and crawlers or crankbaits are producing walleyes near the
islands on the south end of Big Stone Lake in eight to 10 feet. The
Shady Beach area also has produced ‘eyes on Big Stone in 12 to 14
feet, while slip bobbers and leeches are working best off docks at
night. A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes along the
shorelines of Lake Traverse and Lake Lac qui Parle. Shore fishermen
are catching perch on the south end of Big Stone, while both dam
areas of the Minnesota River are safe bets for northern pike.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Minnows or leeches are producing walleyes in 12 to 15 feet at
Boulder Lake, Island Lake, and Eagle Lake. The dam on the Fish Hook
River continues to be one of the area’s most productive walleye
spots. Panfish are shallow and active throughout the Crow Wing
Chain of Lakes and the bass season started on a good note at most
lakes. Work minnows on the weedlines of Fish Hook Lake for northern
pike.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

PINE CITY AREA

Cross Lake and Lake Pokegama are producing walleyes via slip
bobbers and leeches in 12 feet and northern pike in 10 feet via
sucker minnows. The north and south ends of both lakes are
producing panfish as well. The bays of Knife Lake are kicking out
crappies, while leeches are turning walleyes here in 13 feet. On
East Rush and West Rush lakes, leeches or shiner minnows are
producing walleyes in 16 to 18 feet.

Red’s Bait & Tackle (320) 629-1154

RED LAKE

The morning and evening hours have been best for walleyes along
most shorelines in six to nine feet. Jigs or spinner rigs tipped
with minnows are working best. A few good-sized northern pike are
hitting in five to 10 feet and crappies are being caught in three
to six feet.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

RED RIVER

With the fast current, four- to five-ounce weights and sucker
minnows are the best option for catfish. Most fish are feeding
along the deeper breaklines, along the troughs and cuts near the
main river channel.

Brad Durick Outdoors (701) 739-5808

www.redrivercatfish.com

RED WING AREA

At the mouth of Lake Pepin, walleyes are being taken on three-way
rigs and leeches on the Bay City Flats in eight to 10 feet.
Crankbaits also will work in this area on the Maiden Rock Flats in
17 feet. A jig and minnow is triggering walleyes at the Rush River
area and the Baypoint Park docks are safe bets for panfish. Sucker
minnows are producing catfish and sturgeon below the dam on the
Mississippi River.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Leeches and minnows are producing walleyes in 12 to 18 feet of
water at lakes Koronis, Horseshoe, Rice, and Clear. Look for
crappies in the shallows of Rice, Koronis, Horseshoe, Long Lake,
and Pearl Lake. Bass are an easy catch in less than eight feet on
all lakes, while minnows or spoons are triggering pike in six to 10
feet of water at Rice, Horseshoe, and Becker Lake.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Minnows and leeches are turning walleyes in 10 to 12 feet at Lake
Mary, in 12 to 15 feet at Little Birch Lake, and in front of
Greystone Golf Course on Big Sauk Lake. Bass action has been slow,
but crappies are hitting in the bulrushes of Fairy Lake and look
for sunfish in the shallows of most lakes.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Lake Minnewaska is kicking out numbers of bass in shallow water via
topwater baits. Look to Minnewaska for walleyes in front of the
high school and Lakeside Ballroom in 16 to 24 feet. The Starbuck
Marina on Minnewaska is still kicking out crappies and look for the
sunfish to move along the shorelines soon. On Lake Emily, walleyes
and northern pike are hitting crankbaits and minnows in four to six
feet of water.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

The shallow prairie lakes such as Solomon, Ringo, Long, and
Elizabeth have been on fire for walleyes in 10 feet of water or
less with crankbaits, leeches, and crawlers all turning fish.
Walleyes also are hitting shiners in 20 to 35 feet at Green Lake or
Shad Raps at night in six to 10 feet at Eagle Lake. Bass, crappies,
and sunfish are being found along the shorelines of most lakes and
northern pike tend to be mixed with the walleyes throughout the
area.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports

(320) 235-4097

 

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