North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – February 28th, 2014
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Travel has become more difficult and fishing pressure has been limited after last week’s wind and snow. Most fishing opportunities are limited to bays such as Cove and Wahkon for perch and panfish, but those bites have been slow.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – There are roads open in St. Alban’s Bay, but traveling anywhere beyond that is impossible unless you have a snowmobile. The few people who have used snowmobiles are finding slush as well, so you have to watch where you go on the main lake.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A mix of walleyes, sauger, jumbo perch, and tullibees is coming off the reefs in 26 to 32 feet. The same mixed bag of fish can be had on the mud flats in 16 to 20 feet or 24 to 31 feet. Start working the bays with sucker minnows for northern pike in six to eight feet. Fishing on the Rainy River remains best during the morning and afternoons at the mouth of the river. At the Northwest Angle, walleye, sauger, pike, and perch are hitting on the 24- to 29-foot mud/reef transition areas.
It’s very difficult to travel anywhere on the lake without a snowmobile. Last week’s wind closed the roads that did exist and there hasn’t been much plowing taking place since. The Pine Point area does have a road being kept open, but fishing reports have been limited.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
A few roads have been plowed since last week’s snow and wind, but it’s pretty difficult to travel off them with anything other than a snowmobile. The Birch Point area of Sand Bay continues to produce perch and walleyes in 30 to 40 feet.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Roads have been plowed to rental houses, but traveling off those roads is difficult in some locations. On the west side, perch action has been very good on top of most main-lake bars in 15 feet. Along the south side, the 12-foot shoreline break is providing steady perch action.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
The main roads on most lakes have drifted over in spots, but if you can find a spot to get off them, you can get around with a truck. Crappie and sunfish action has been slow likely due to the fact that the cold weather has kept most people off area lakes. The only bite worth noting is taking place on Lake Bemidji for perch, on the mud flats in 40 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Travel on most lakes is spotty, some plowed roads exist, but you have to look out for drifts off the roads. Gull Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish in 20 to 34 feet and Island Lake continues to produce perch in eight to 14 feet. On Rabideau Lake, crappies are being found suspended over 20 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
There are drifts to deal with on most lakes, but trucks continue to be used. Work the Highway 371 Bay on North Long Lake for crappies during low-light periods in 16 feet. Look for sunfish on Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, Upper Gull Lake, and North Long in six to 10 feet. The north end of Gull Lake is worth noting for perch in 16 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Snowmobiles are the only travel option on most lakes with more snow piling up last week. The only three lakes with some limited vehicle traffic have been Bowstring, Big Splithand, and Little Splithand. All three are providing some crappie activity during low-light periods in 20 to 24 feet.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
There were scattered good walleye reports over the last weekend of fishing for those who were able to get on the lake during the tough weather conditions. Many houses have been pulled off the lake, while others are scrambling to get their houses off before more wind and snow hits.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Fishing reports have been non-existent since last week’s snow and wind, which made getting on most lakes difficult. At this point, most lake activity has involved removing fish houses and that’s been difficult with the added snow and drifts.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
The Battle Point area on Lake Osakis continues to produce crappies in 37 to 45 feet. Look for suspended fish to bite throughout the day. On Sauk Lake, crappie action has been best during the evening hours in 21 to 40 feet. You’ll find sunfish straight out from the accesses on Smith Lake and Lady Lake, while the north end of Long Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in eight to 12 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155