Lake conditions are good with nine to 11 inches of ice and very little snow on top of it. Wilmont Lake started giving up perch, crappies, and walleyes in less than five feet. Look to Hall Lake in 15 to 20 feet for crappies, perch, and an occasional walleye. Budd Lake is producing bluegills and crappies over 15 to 20 feet during the morning and late afternoon hours.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Crappies and sunfish are being plucked from 13 to 20 feet on Lake Washington. Hit Baker’s Bay in 15 to 17 feet or Second and Third Point in 20 feet on Washington for walleyes. Tip ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike at St. James Lake in less than 10 feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Perch are being caught around the islands, about three miles up the south end of Big Stone Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Walleye reports have been limited, but crappies have started hitting on Lake Lac qui Parle. Most anglers are running ATVs on 10 to 12 inches of ice.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
Wheel houses have started being pulled with 12 to 14 inches of ice on area lakes. Jigging spoons or plain hooks and shiner minnows are turning walleyes on Lake Minnewaska in 28 to 30 feet or 12 to 15 feet. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska started producing sunfish in 12 to 14 feet as well.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle
Ice conditions are excellent with more than 11 inches on most lakes and less than two inches of snow on top of it. Angling reports have been limited, but spearing has been good on Lake Tetonka and Lake Francis in shallow water.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444