Ice conditions have not improved much since last week, with 3 to 7 inches being found on area lakes. The north side of Lake Sissiton is producing crappies and bluegills in 11 to 15 feet, as is Budd Lake in 15 feet. Fox Lake started giving up a few walleyes, and Hall Lake is a safe bet for walleyes, perch, and crappies in 15 to 20 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Look to the narrows on Madison Lake for suspended crappies during the evening hours over 18 to 20 feet. The Third Point and Grassy Island areas of Lake Washington are giving up walleyes and crappies during low-light periods in 12 feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
The Meadowbrook and Mallard Point areas of Big Stone Lake have been most consistent for perch in 12 to 14 feet. Look for walleyes starting at Hartford Beach and further north on Big Stone. A few walleyes are being caught on Lake Traverse and Lake Lac qui Parle is giving up walleyes and a few crappies.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
Walleyes continue to hit rattling spoons or setlines and shiner minnows throughout Lake Minnewaska in 14 to 18 feet or 24 to 28 feet. Look to the Glenwood end of Minnewaska for crappies during the evening hours in 14 to 16 feet. Walleyes also can be had on Lake Pomme de Terre in 8 to 12 feet, Long Lake in 12 to 14 feet, and the east side of Reno Lake in 14 to 16 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Ice conditions have deteriorated over the past week due to heavy snow and warm temperatures in this area. Most ice-fishing options have come to an end and with warm weather expected this weekend, ice conditions will likely get even worse on every lake in this area.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
Walleyes and crappies are biting in 10 to 15 feet on Willmar/Foot Lake and 15 to 20 feet on the south end of Eagle Lake. Work 6 to 9 feet on Big Kandi Lake for perch, Lake Elizabeth for walleyes and crappies, or East Solomon Lake for walleyes. The southeast end of Diamond Lake is producing walleyes and panfish, while the 20- to 30-flats on Green Lake are giving up walleyes. Johnson’s Point on Norway Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 5 to 15 feet and a mixed bag of fish including panfish, walleyes, and northern pike can be had in 10 to 20 feet on lakes Florida and Andrew.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Ice depths vary from 7 to 10 inches depending on the lake and area being fished. Jigging spoons are working best for walleyes in 5 to 7 feet on Lake Lac qui Parle, Lake Benton, Lake Shetek, and Dead Coon Lake. Late-season pheasant hunters are finding success, with most reports indicating a “fair” number of birds.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880