North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – February 14th, 2014

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – There are now some roads open to the mud flats and wheel houses are an option. A few more reports of jumbo perch being caught off the mud flats are coming in and tullibees are being found off the mud in 30 feet or more. Big minnows are turning a few walleyes on the deep rocks during low-light periods of the day and northern pike remain active in the bays over 13 to 15 feet of water.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
www.johnsonsportside.com

West – A few walleyes can be had during the early morning and late evening hours throughout St. Alban’s Bay in 13 to 16 feet. During the day, the 20- to 24-foot break in the bay is giving up northern pike, a few walleyes, and an occasional jumbo perch.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Limits of walleyes and sauger are still being caught with more tullibees and jumbo perch in the mix along the south shore as well. The morning and evening bite has been best in 15 feet of water, while midday action is most consistent on the mud flats in 28 to 34 feet. Some resorts have moved out to the reefs such as Knight, Bridges, and Starren Shoals and found fish. On the Rainy River, walleyes are hitting in 17 to 19 feet towards the mouth of the river. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes, sauger, and jumbo perch are filling buckets in 27 to 29 feet and crappies continue to hit adjacent to deep bays.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

LEECH LAKE

Walleye action has been slow with a few fish coming off the 16- to 24-foot shoreline breaks in Walker Bay during low-light periods. Anglers are finding perch in eight to 10 feet off Sand Point, but you have to keep moving and sort through numbers of small fish to put together a bunch of keeping-sized perch.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Walleyes and perch are hitting chubs off Birch Point in 30 to 35 feet during the morning and early evening hours. Rainy Lake City remains a safe bet for northern pike with ciscoes or sucker minnows in 10 feet.  Cloudy days have been best.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Perch action has improved from the Snaghole to Hunter’s Hump in 13 to 17 feet during the morning hours or 26 to 33 feet late in the day. Perch reports off the west side have been best off the points and bars in 16 to 22 feet during the day or eight to 12 feet during low-light periods.
Lake Winnie Resort Association                  www.lakewinnie.net

BEMIDJI AREA

Lake Bemidji is giving up walleyes during low-light periods on the 18- to 25-foot breaks and numbers of perch on the 25- to 40-foot mud areas. On Lake Plantagenet, perch are hitting in 24 to 26 feet and Big Turtle Lake is producing crappies in 24 feet during the evening hours.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781

BLACKDUCK AREA

Crappies and bluegills are hitting in 20 feet on Gull Lake and Lake Pimushe. On Blackduck Lake, you’ll find perch in 10 to 12 feet and suspended crappies over 20 to 22 feet. Island Lake is giving up perch in 10 to 12 feet or crappies and bluegills in 18 to 20 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on Gilstead Lake.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Work the Highway 371 Bay on North Long Lake for crappies in 16 feet. Tullibee action has picked up on the north end of Gull Lake in 35 feet and you’ll catch a few walleyes here during low-light periods in 20 to 24 feet. On Round Lake, walleyes are hitting rainbow minnows in 20 to 24 feet. Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet on Cullen Lake, Nisswa Lake, and North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CROSBY AREA

Walleyes continue to hit during the evening hours at Rabbit Lake in 25 to 30 feet. The Deerwood end of Serpent Lake is producing northern pike via sucker minnows in 12 to 15 feet. Crappie action has been best during low-light periods in 16 to 20 feet at Cedar Lake and Mahnomen Lake. Bay Lake is kicking out crappies and a few walleyes at night in 17 to 20 feet.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912

EAST CENTRAL MN

Crappies continue to be caught at Lori Lake in 14 to 17 feet during low-light periods. Look for northern pike in seven to 10 feet and crappies in 10 to 12 feet at Little Elk Lake. A few walleyes are hitting setlines and minnows at night on Blue Lake in 17 feet and Little Elk in 12 feet.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
(763) 856-3985

EMILY AREA

The east side of Lawrence Lake started giving up crappies over 30 feet during the evening hours. Little Emily Lake is kicking out sunfish in 15 feet and on Round Lake, walleyes are hitting rattle spoons during the evening hours in 18 to 20 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike near the bridge on Roosevelt Lake.
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

A few walleyes continue to hit during the evening hours at Trout Lake in 19 to 25 feet, Lake Pokegama in 30 feet, and Big Splithand Lake in 15 feet. Crappies and sunfish are scattered between eight and 30 feet in Poole’s Bay, Tioga Bay, and Windigo Arm of Pokegama and Trout is giving up sunfish in seven to 11 feet. Big and Little Splithand lakes are producing panfish in 20 to 22 feet, while Bowstring Lake has a consistent evening crappie bite over 20 feet. Stream trout action remains strong at Taylor Lake, Kraemer Lake, and Tioga Pit, while Caribou Lake and Bluewater Lake are kicking out lake trout, most of which are suspended over deep water.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Crappie and sunfish action is starting to improve with Birch Lake, Little Webb Lake, and Pleasant Lake kicking out fish in 12 to 16 feet. Look to Woman Lake for perch, crappies, and sunfish in 16 to 20 feet or northern pike in 12 to 14 feet.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

RED LAKE

Walleye action during the day is slow with spurts of activity in the mornings and evenings. The best reports are coming from the mud flats in 14 feet or eight- to 12-foot breaks with dead sticks and fathead minnows. There’s been a few more keeping-sized perch in the mix as well as northern pike, although not many big pike of late.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

A few walleyes and crappies can be had on Lake Koronis over 25 to 30 feet after sunset. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at Rice Lake in less than 10 feet. Cedar Island Lake is kicking out crappies in 18 to 24 feet, as is Grand Lake over 30 feet, and Pearl Lake in 14 feet. Goodner Lake is worth noting for sunfish in six to eight feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Crappies and an occasional walleye continue to hit during the evening hours west of Diamond Point on Sauk Lake over 36 to 43 feet. The Battle Point area to Holiday Resort on Lake Osakis is giving up crappies in 27 to 40 feet during the evening hours. A few big crappies can be had in the deep basins of Big Birch Lake and the north end of Osakis is producing sunfish in 18 to 24 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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