Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
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MN: Cool water temps keep walleye bite strong in many areas Issue: 24

Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are producing numbers
of walleyes on the shallow rocks during low-light periods. Daytime
walleye action also has been very good on the deep gravel and mud
with Lindy Rigs and leeches. Numerous smallmouth bass are being
caught on the four- to 12-foot rocks on a variety of
presentations.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Rainbow minnows and spinners or live-bait rigs tipped with
crawlers or leeches are providing consistent walleye action on the
tops and edges of the mud flats during the day. At night, slip
bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes on the mud in 23 to 25
feet or off the rock points in 18 to 24 feet. There continues to be
no problem catching smallmouth bass on the rocks.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Minnows are producing walleyes in 22 to 30 feet on points and
shoreline breaks. A few fish have been taken on main-lake
structure, but most anglers haven’t had to travel far to find their
fish. The islands area at the Northwest Angle continues to produce
walleyes in 20 to 24 feet.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Much of the shallow walleye action is dictated by the wind. Work
the wind-driven points and shorelines with a jig and minnow in
eight to 12 feet. The humps in Walker Bay continue to produce
bigger walleyes and anglers are finding fish on Pelican Reef, Otter
Tail Point, and Stoney Point as well. Crappies and bluegills can be
found in the reeds and muskie anglers are seeing a few fish on the
weed flats.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Sunfish and bass are being found from the shorelines out to 10 feet
on most metro lakes. Look for crappies on the 15-foot weedlines of
Lake Minnetonka. Spinners and minnows are producing pike on the
12-foot weed tops of Minnetonka and Medicine Lake. Walleye action
has been best during low-light periods with leeches or crawlers at
Lake Independence in 15 feet and in 18 to 20 feet on
Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Black Bay is giving up walleyes in eight feet and crappies in four
to six feet. Look for walleyes in Saginaw Bay over 10 to 12 feet
and in Lost Bay and Jackfish Bay in eight to 10 feet. The Brule
area is providing steady walleye action as well. Minnows continue
to work best, but leeches have started producing fish as
well.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The wind-driven points and breaks continue to produce walleyes in
six to 12 feet with a jig and minnow. Live-bait rigs and leeches or
jigs and minnows also are turning walleyes on the bars in 15 to 18
feet on most calm days. More pike are being found with the walleyes
and the best perch action has been on the bars in 20 to 26
feet.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

Leeches pitched along the shorelines are producing walleyes in the
Prescott area of the St. Croix River. You’ll catch northern pike
with sucker minnows on the weedlines of Silver Lake and crappies
near the public access. Lakes such as White Bear, Demonterville,
and Jane are safe bets for northern pike and bass.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sunfish are along the shorelines of Steiger Lake, Lake Auburn, and
Lake Bavaria. Bass are very active in the shallows of most lakes,
while the weedlines of Steiger are producing northern pike. A jig
and minnow continues to turn walleyes on the Minnesota River
throughout the day.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Walleyes have been most active at night on the 10- to 12-foot
weedlines adjacent to most reefs. Sunfish and bass are hanging
along the shorelines or docks and biting well, although a few
bigger bass have started showing up on the reefs. Muskie anglers
are raising fish from the emerging weeds, but they haven’t been
cooperative.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

www.intownemarina.com

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Lindy Rigs tipped with leeches have triggered walleyes at Lake
Miltona and Lake Carlos in 16 to 20 feet of water. Crappie action
has slowed, but sunfish are being found in the pencil reeds of Lake
Darling and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Bass action is strong on all lakes
in shallow water with plastics.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Look for walleyes in 12 to 18 feet or 22 to 28 feet at Clearwater
Lake and in 14 to 20 feet at Cedar Lake. Sunfish are hitting along
the shorelines of Clearwater, Cedar, Lake John, French Lake, Lake
Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. The reeds, docks, and shorelines of area
lakes are holding bass, while the weedlines of Clearwater, Sugar,
Lake Francis, and Maple Lake are producing northern pike.

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

BATTLE LAKE

Walleyes are being taken on a jig and minnow in 10 feet or less or
on leeches and crawlers in 16 to 21 feet at Otter Tail Lake, West
Battle Lake, and Silver Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern
pike on the weedlines of Otter Tail, West Battle, South Turtle
Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Consistent sunfish action can be had
along the shorelines of Clitherall, Silver, West Battle, and Dead
Lake. You’ll also find crappies suspended on these lakes over 12 to
15 feet. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits in five feet or less on most
lakes.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow during the day or crankbaits
at night in six to 10 feet of water on Lake Plantagenet and Lake
Bemidji. Bluegill action has picked up in the shallows of most
lakes and there’s been some decent perch action off Plantagenet in
six to eight feet. Northern pike and bass are hitting in the
shallow weeds of most lakes.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BLACKDUCK AREA

Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes at Blackduck Lake and
Gull Lake in 10 to 14 feet, while redtails and crawlers are working
best for ‘eyes at Island Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Panfish action has
picked up in the shallows of Pimushe Lake, Kitchi Lake, and
Gilstead Lake.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Redtails, leeches, and shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 14
to 20 feet of water at Gull Lake, Pelican Lake, and North Long
Lake. Northern pike are hitting minnows in eight to 14 feet at
Gull, Pelican, and Lake Edwards. Crappies are being found on the
six- to 10-foot cabbage, while bass and sunfish remain shallow on
most lakes.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleye fishing has been best on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake in 18
to 20 feet during the day or in 12 to 14 feet when the wind blows.
A jig and shiner minnow or Lindy Rig and leech is working best. A
#6 floating Rapala is producing northern pike on Lower Sucker Lake
and Lake Thirteen is giving up plenty of bass in shallow water.
Look to the shorelines of Grace Lake for bluegills and to the
pencil reeds of Cass for perch.

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

CHISAGO AREA

Sunfish are hitting along the docks and shorelines of North Center
Lake, South Center Lake, Chisago Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake.
Walleye action has slowed a bit, although fish can be had during
low-light periods in 10 to 14 feet with leeches and slip bobbers at
Chisago and South Lindstrom. Bass and northern pike have moved from
the shallows and onto the weedlines of most lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Smallmouth and largemouth bass can be taken on plastics in shallow
water on most lakes. The best northern pike action is taking place
with sucker minnows on the small lakes in the State Recreation
Area. Trout have moved deeper but continue to be caught at a good
pace on the pits such as Huntington, Manuel, Section Six, Snowshoe,
and Mallen. Lakes Adney, Greer, Bay, and Horseshoe are all
producing sunfish and crappies in four to 10 feet of water.

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

DETROIT LAKES

Leeches and minnows are working for walleyes on the 15- to 18-foot
weedlines of Big Cormorant Lake, Lake Melissa, Big Detroit Lake,
and Sour Lake. Sunfish and crappies are hanging on the shorelines
of lakes Melissa, Sour, Big Detroit, Deadshot Bay, Little Detroit,
and Floyd. Northern pike and bass action is strong on all lakes,
and a few muskies have been hooked on Big Detroit and Pelican
Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

ELY AREA

Leeches or minnows are producing walleyes on the shorelines of Lake
Shagawa, Snowbank Lake, Farm Lake, Lake Isabella, and Ensign Lake.
Sunfish and smallmouth bass are hitting on the shorelines of most
lakes and Birch Lake continues to give up a few crappies in shallow
water. Lake trout reports have been limited, but minnows will turn
northern pike in eight to 15 feet at Burntside Lake, Snowbank, and
Shagawa.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA

The river mouth of Mitchell Lake is kicking out crappies in six to
eight feet. Sucker minnows and bobbers are producing northern pike
in 12 feet on Lake Emily and there’s an excellent topwater bite for
bass at Ruth Lake during the evening hours. Look to East Fox Lake
for sunfish in four to six feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Hall Lake is kicking out crappies and bluegills in six to 10 feet.
Look to Budd Lake for walleyes and crappies in six to 11 feet, and
to Lake Sissiton for bluegills in six to 13 feet. Bass action
remains strong in shallow water at all three lakes, while minnows
are triggering northern pike along the shorelines of Tuttle Lake.
Minnows will turn crappies and walleyes in shallow water at Fox
Lake.

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

FARIBAULT AREA

Cedar Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies, French Lake is a
safe bet for sunfish and bass, and Lake Mazaska is kicking out
sunfish – all in less than six feet. A few walleyes are being taken
on the eight-foot weed edge of Roberds Lake and Circle Lake is
giving up walleyes and sunfish in 12 feet. Spinners and minnows are
producing northern pike and bass along the shorelines of Cannon
Lake.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow in eight to 12 feet at
Two Island Lake and in 12 to 15 feet at Seagull Lake. Rigs and
leeches are working best for ‘eyes at Lake Saganaga in 15 to 23
feet, while Rapalas are producing fish on the shorelines of Devil
Track Lake. Pitch minnows and leeches on the 10-foot weedlines of
Hungry Jack Lake for walleyes as well. Spoons or minnows are the
tickets for lake trout at Greenwood Lake, Duncan Lake, and
Saganaga, while spinners are producing smallmouth bass at Poplar
Lake, Hungry Jack, and Devil Track. Crawlers are turning rainbow
trout in 10 feet at Leo Lake and in 15 to 18 feet at Kimball
Lake.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Crawlers are turning walleyes during the day in 20 feet as are
minnows and jigs in shallower water during low-light periods at
lakes Pokegama, Deer, Sugar, and Trout. Walleyes also can be had in
six to eight feet with minnows at Bowstring Lake and Sand Lake. The
bays of Pokegama are producing crappies and sunfish are sitting on
the shorelines of Big Bass Lake, Grave Lake, Pokegama, and Trout.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been strong on all
lakes.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Leeches started producing walleyes at Ten Mile Lake in 12 to 18
feet. On Birch Lake, leeches are producing walleyes in 22 to 25
feet and minnows will turn crappies here in shallow water. You’ll
find suspended crappies over 12 to 15 feet at Webb Lake, bass are
hitting in the shallows on all lakes, and look to Birch for sunfish
in seven feet.

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

LAKE VERMILION

Minnows and leeches are producing walleyes on the 35- to 40-foot
mud flats, 24- to 28-foot shoreline breaks, and rock reefs topping
out from 17 to 20 feet that are adjacent to deep water. Humps,
scattered rock, mud, and gravel all seem to be holding some fish
right now. On the west end, there’s been a good walleye bite with
slip bobbers and leeches on the 10- to 15-foot rocks.

Lake Vermilion Guides League

www.lakevermilionguidesleague.com

MANKATO AREA

Walleyes started hitting leeches on Lake Francis in eight to 12
feet, on Madison Lake in 12 feet, and in Baker’s Bay on Lake
Washington in 10 to 14 feet. Catfish remain active on the Minnesota
River, while bass and sunfish continue to be found along the docks
and shorelines of most lakes and Madison is kicking out a few
crappies in six to 10 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Walleyes are hitting leeches on the sharp breaks and nine-foot rock
piles of Big Sandy Lake. The shorelines of Lake Minnewawa are
producing bluegills and bass. Hit Little Round Lake for consistent
smallmouth bass action in less than six feet.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

Spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes
around the islands of Big Stone Lake in eight to 10 feet. The
shorelines of Lake Lac qui Parle are holding walleyes and bluegills
have started hitting in the shallows of Big Stone. Spoons are sure
to produce northern pike at the Highway 75 dam area of the
Minnesota River.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Leeches and crawlers are turning walleyes in 22 feet at Fish
Hook Lake, while slip bobbers and leeches have worked best during
low-light periods in 10 to 12 feet at Potato Lake. Panfish are
being found in four feet at Potato and bass are hitting plastics on
all lakes in shallow water. Look to Big Mantrap Lake and Fifth Crow
Wing Lake with sucker minnows in 10 to 14 feet for northern
pike.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

PERHAM AREA

Bluegills and crappies are being found in the eight- to 10-foot
reeds at lakes Tamarack, Sybal, Little McDonald, and Big Pine.
Walleyes are hitting redtails and leeches in 18 to 22 feet at Star
Lake, Rush Lake, and Big Pine. During the evening hours, Shad Raps
are working best in shallower water. Pitch plastics or spinnerbaits
in the shallows of most lakes for bass.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

PINE CITY AREA

Cross Lake and Lake Pokegama are producing panfish in shallow
water, northern pike along the weedlines, and walleyes in 14 to 18
feet of water on leeches. You’ll find panfish along the shorelines
of Knife Lake and walleyes on the eight- to 11-foot rock piles.
Walleyes also can be had with slip bobbers and leeches in 10 to 15
feet at East Rush and West Rush lakes. The channels and bays on
both lakes are holding panfish as well.

Red’s Bait & Tackle (320) 629-1154

RED LAKE

Walleye action remains strong on the north and east shorelines in
five to nine feet. Limits of ‘eyes also are being taken along the
gravel and rock bars on the south end in six to 10 feet. A few big
crappies continue to be found and quite a few 36- to 40-inch
northern pike have been released this week.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

RED RIVER

Catfish action has picked up with fish in the 12- to 16-pound range
being the most common. Work along the breaks into the main channel,
deep washouts near snags, or any type of inlet area with cut
suckers or goldeyes. River levels now are manageable and the bite
should only continue to get better.

Brad Durick Outdoors (701) 739-5808

RED WING AREA

Shad Raps are turning walleyes on the Maiden Rock Flats in 16 to 18
feet, while walleyes and northern pike can be had with Shad Raps at
the Rush River area in eight to 10 feet. Crankbaits also are
producing walleyes and sauger in the rip rap areas near Covill
Park. A jig and minnow remains the best walleye option on the Bay
City Flats and catfish are being caught below the dam.

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Walleyes are being taken on leeches and fatheads in 16 to 20 feet
on Lake Koronis, six to 10 feet on Rice Lake, and in 15 to 20 feet
at Horseshoe Lake. You’ll find sunfish in two to eight feet on most
lakes and crappie action has slowed. Look to the shorelines and
shallow weeds of most lakes for bass. Channel catfish remain an
easy catch on the Sauk River, but most have been small.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Nightcrawlers are producing walleyes at Lake Mary and Big Sauk Lake
in 12 to 15 feet and at Big Birch Lake in 15 to 22 feet. You’ll
also find crappies at Sauk in eight to 12 feet, at Maple Lake in
four to eight feet, and in the bulrushes of Big Swan Lake. Look for
sunfish along the shorelines of lakes Fairy, Long, and Lilly, while
strip-ons and sucker minnows are turning pike along the weedlines
of Long Bridge Lake and Sauk.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Work the deep bulrushes for northern pike and the shallow bulrushes
for bass on Lake Minnewaska. Walleyes are scattered between 10 and
24 feet of water and hitting Lindy Rigs and leeches on Minnewaska.
The docks and marinas of Minnewaska continue to produce numbers of
panfish as well.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes in less than 10
feet on lakes Solomon, Long, Wagonda, and Big Kandi. On Green Lake,
walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in 10 to 15 feet or 25 to
35 feet. Sunfish are hanging along the shorelines of lakes Florida,
Eagle, Nest, Andrew, and North Long by Hawick. Bass have started to
move toward the weedlines on most lakes and can be had with
spinnerbaits and plastics.

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

 

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