North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – February 8th, 2013

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Look for keeping-sized walleyes during the evening hours on the gravel bars and rocks in 18 to 25 feet. You’ll catch plenty of big walleyes and a few keepers away from the mud flats in 30 to 34 feet throughout the day. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in Isle Bay, Cove Bay, and Wahkon Bay in 10 to 14 feet and look for better numbers of jumbo perch and tullibees in 30 feet or more away from the structure.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes and pods of good-sized perch are being found off the mud flats such as Seguchie’s, Eight Mile, and Sherman’s in 28 to 34 feet. Walleyes also continue to be caught in St. Alban’s Bay and Garrison Bay from 11 to 22 feet and you’ll hook northern pike in these areas in nine to 12 feet. Tullibee action has picked up off the mud in 32 to 34 feet south of the Eight Mile and west of Seguchie’s.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Anglers have started pulling better numbers of walleyes off the reefs, but they’re finding bigger fish on the south end. Most houses are in 26 to 31 feet, some walleyes are suspended so electronics help, and jigging in one hole and using a deadstick in another seems to be working best. You’ll also find a mixture of sauger sizes, a lot of tullibees, and northern pike on the south end. At the Northwest Angle, fishing has been best in 30 to 40 feet with a mixture of walleyes and sauger in most buckets. Crappie reports indicate a slower bite at the Angle with some fish being found over 30 feet or more.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH 

LEECH LAKE

Walleye reports have been limited with a few fish being caught during the evening hours or overnight on the humps and shoreline breaks of Walker Bay in 20 to 30 feet. The Sand Point area is giving up a few perch, walleyes, and northern pike in nine to 14 feet, as is the area north of Goose Island in 10 to 14 feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Ciscoes continue to produce northern pike in 14 to 18 feet of water at the Rainy Lake City area, but there hasn’t been a lot of big fish caught. The best walleye action is still taking place off Birch Point in Sand Bay in 28 to 32 feet and this area is giving up a fair number of keeping-sized perch as well.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Perch continue to hit best during the morning hours in 16 feet along the south shore with River Bar, Snaghole, and Hunter’s Hump producing the biggest fish. During midday hours or if the sun is out, slide into 30 feet for perch. The Moxes Hole area on the east side is giving up perch and a few walleyes in 18 to 20 feet and on the west side, look for perch off the bars in 18 to 25 feet or along the shoreline breaks in less than 10 feet. There’s been plenty of northern pike caught in all these areas as well.
Lake Winnie Resort Association

BEMIDJI AREA

Crappies have started hitting on the southwest side of Dark Lake over 40 feet. On Lake Bemidji, the Cameron’s Park area and DNR Bar are producing walleyes in 18 to 35 feet and perch in 12 to 20 feet. Lake Plantagenet is giving up walleyes in 18 to 22 feet, while Campbell Lake is producing northern pike and crappies in 15 feet. Look to Grant Lake for bluegills in 13 to 18 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

The Merrifield end of North Long Lake is producing sunfish in 10 to 18 feet and crappies over 30 feet. Work the channels of Gull Lake, as well as Steamboat Bay and Wilson Bay, for crappies in 18 to 30 feet and sunfish in 12 to 16 feet. Deadsticks and shiner minnows are producing walleyes on Gull and North Long in 30 to 35 feet. Northern pike are being taken with tip-ups and sucker minnows in 17 to 25 feet on Gull, North Long, and the north end of Round Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CROSBY AREA

Setlines and shiner minnows are producing a few walleyes during low-light periods in 18 to 24 feet at Nokay Lake and the south end of Pelican Lake. After dark, Bay Lake is giving up crappies and an occasional walleye in 16 to 18 feet. There’s a daytime crappie and sunfish bite at Milford Lake and Little Black Hoof Lake, while Crooked Lake is producing plenty of northern pike along the weedlines.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912

EMILY AREA

Northern pike continue to be taken on tip-ups and sucker minnows at Ruth Lake in 12 feet. Crappies have started hitting on Lake Esquagamah over 20 feet and the north end of Lake Washburn is kicking out walleyes during the evening hours in 16 to 18 feet. On Kego Lake, waxworms are turning sunfish in 21 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Sylvan Bay on the Mississippi River is producing sunfish, while crappies and sunfish are hitting on Bass Lake in seven to 18 feet and on Big Cutfoot in 18 to 30 feet. Look to Big Splithand and Little Splithand lakes for panfish in 19 to 21 feet early and late each day. Walleye action has been limited to a few fish during the evening hours on Lake Pokegama in 17 to 40 feet or on Big Cutfoot in 19 to 25 feet. Northern pike action remains strong on Pokegama, Trout Lake, and Lake Wabana.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

RED LAKE

A few crappies and some nice perch continue to be part of most bags, while the walleyes have continued to cooperate as well. The best action is taking place in 12 to 14 feet with deadsticks and minnows. Walleyes also have been taken during low-light periods on the gravel bars in seven to 10 feet.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Crappie action remains strong in 30 feet at Rice Lake and Lake Koronis or in 20 to 25 feet on Browns Lake, Long Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Horseshoe Lake. Crappies also have started hitting on Pearl Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Look to Koronis for walleyes in 25 to 30 feet or to Rice in 20 to 22 feet. Northern pike have started to hit in 16 to 18 feet on Koronis, Horseshoe, and Browns.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The north end of Lake Osakis is producing sunfish in 18 to 21 feet. Crappies continue to hit in the deep holes of Big Sauk Lake, look to the north shore of Long Bridge Lake for crappies in 12 to 14 feet, and to McCormick Lake in nine to 12 feet. Tip-ups and shiner minnows are producing good numbers of northern pike at Smith Lake in 10 to 14 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleye action has picked up in Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake near the 15- to 18-foot cabbage during low-light periods. The south side of Star Island on Cass is giving up perch in six to eight feet. Look to Pike Bay Lake for perch in 25 feet or on the shallow sand flats in eight feet. Crappies are being found suspended over 30 feet on Wolf Lake and some tullibees have been pulled from Cass over 20 feet.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

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