Most lakes have 7 to 8 inches of ice and some ATV traffic has begun. A few walleyes are coming off Boulder Lake in 10 feet and Rice Lake in 5 feet, mainly with fatheads and jigs or shiners on tip-ups. The last weekend of deer hunting went well and the nice weather had a lot of people in the woods finding success.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
The small lakes have been ice-covered for about 10 days and they now have walkable ice. You’ll still find open water on portions of most big lakes, but if the wind calms down, they should cap within the week as well.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Perch and walleyes are hitting on Elbow Lake in 2 to 6 feet, but anglers have just started hitting most small lakes where 7 inches of ice is being found. The last weekend of deer hunting was pretty productive with registrations spiking on the final Sunday of the season.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Spear fishermen are reporting about 5 inches of ice in the shallows and bays. Early reports have been good with several big pike taken, but it might take another week for most walleye spots to be approached as ice depths lag behind on the main lake.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Lake Minnewawa and Horseshoe Lake have 6 to 8 inches of ice and Big Sandy Lake has 4 to 6 inches. Walleye and crappie reports have been favorable on Minnewawa in 8 to 10 feet and on Big Sandy in 10 to 16 feet during low-light periods.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Up to 8 inches of ice is being found on most lakes and anglers have just started fishing. Sunfish and crappies are being found during the morning and evening hours at Knife Lake or Fish Lake in 5 to 6 feet. Crappies and walleyes are being caught in the narrows of Ann Lake with minnows during low-light periods.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Ice conditions are slowly improving with some of the small, shallow lakes now carrying 3 to 6 inches of ice. Anglers have just started walking out and hitting those first-ice spots, but success has been limited. Remember to always use caution.
Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617