North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – March 6th, 2014
LAKE MILLE LACS
Perch and a few crappies are being caught in the bays such as Cove, Isle, and Wahkon on the east side. On the west side, St. Alban’s Bay has a few roads plowed, but perch action is slow. Main-lake perch action has been limited.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleye and sauger action has been best on the mud in 26 to 28 feet or 30 to 32 feet. Farther north near Knight and Bridges islands, the reefs are producing walleyes, sauger, and jumbo perch in 29 to 31 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike in the bays over eight to 12 feet. On the Rainy River and Four Mile Bay, walleyes are being found in deeper pockets near the mouth of the river, the airport, or by Clementson Bay. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes and sauger are hitting in 24 to 28 feet and crappies continue to be caught on the Ontario side.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Perch action is improving off Grassy Point, Duck Point, and the Goose Island Flats in six to 14 feet. North Walker Bay also is giving up perch in 10 to 12 feet. Look to Shingobee Bay for crappies in 20 feet and a few tullibees have started hitting during the mornings east of Stoney Point over deep water.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleye reports have been limited, but the Birch Point area of Sand Bay is producing perch in 30 to 40 feet. Northern pike are hitting best during the morning hours at Rainy Lake City in seven to 10 feet. Ciscoes are working best.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The main-lake bars continue to kick out perch in 14 to 16 feet, as are the shoreline breaks and points in 12 to 14 feet. The key to putting together a good bunch of fish is staying on the move and hole-hopping with jigging spoons and minnow heads.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Look for suspended crappies over 18 to 26 feet on Lower Sucker Lake. Some of the best action has taken place during midday hours. On Lake Bemidji, perch are being found on the mud in 25 to 35 feet with the morning and afternoon hours providing the best action.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Perch action has been favorable in six to 14 feet at Round Lake or six to 20 feet on Island Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet during the evening hours at Blackduck Lake. Bluegill reports have been best in 14 to 20 feet at Lake Pimushe, Gull Lake, and Rabideau Lake.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Look for crappies in the Highway 371 Bay over eight to 10 feet or the Merrifield end in 15 to 18 feet on North Long Lake. You have to do some sorting, but perch are hitting in eight to 15 feet out from the Highway 371 access on Gull Lake. Sunfish action has improved in six to 10 feet on Round Lake and Nisswa Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Work the eight- to 12-foot sand areas with weeds for perch on Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake. Crappies are being found suspended over 30 to 35 feet on Kitchi Lake, Wolf Lake, and Cass during the evening hours. You’ll find tullibees and whitefish suspended over 30 feet or more on Wolf and Kitchi as well.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
The only lakes anglers can drive on are Black Hoof and Bay. Both are giving up a few crappies during low-light periods in 17 to 22 feet. Snowmobiles remain the only travel option on other lakes, but slush is even limiting their effectiveness on some lakes.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
EAST CENTRAL MN
Blue Lake and Green Lake are producing sunfish along the weed edges in seven to 14 feet and crappies over 14 to 17 feet of water. Look to Spectacle Lake for crappies during the evening hours in 22 feet or more.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Bowstring Lake is kicking out crappies and perch in 20 to 25 feet. Look to Bass Lake for sunfish in 15 feet or to Big and Little Splithand lakes for crappies and a few sunfish in 20 feet of water. Sylvan Bay on the Mississippi River is providing a mixed bag of panfish in 20 to 30 feet of water. Stream trout action remains strong at the Tioga Pit, Kraemer Lake, and Taylor Lake.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
The east side of Woman Lake, just south of Government Point, is giving up perch in 10 to 15 feet. A few crappies are being caught, most of which are suspended during the evening hours, over 15 to 20 feet on Woman, Ten Mile Lake, and Birch Lake. Birch also is giving up some sunfish in 12 to 14 feet.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look for suspended crappies over 35 to 45 feet in the Battle Point area of Lake Osakis. Look for sunfish straight out from the access on Lady Lake, while Long Lake by Grey Eagle is producing crappies and sunfish in eight to 12 feet. On Sauk Lake, you’ll find suspended crappies during low-light periods over 20 to 40 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155