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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – January 2nd, 2015

LAKE MILLE LACS 

East – Look for walleyes on the 20- to 30- foot rock structure during the day. The sand/mud transition areas on the north end have produced walleyes, and you’ll find perch in 12 to 16 feet on the north end sand as well. Most bays continue to provide steady northern pike action and some keeping-sized perch. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – ATV travel to the mud flats is now an option and the walleye bite on most of them has been strong. Work the tops of the flats during low-light periods and the deeper edges during the day. You’ll find big perch mixed with the walleyes in 28 to 32 feet during midday hours. The 18- to 22- foot breaks in most bays continue to hold walleyes as well.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Resorts have been moving farther north to deeper water in order to catch walleyes, sauger, and perch. Hit the 34- foot mud or 21 to 28 feet from the Gap towards Morris Point. Heading west towards Zippel Bay, Long Point, and Arnesen’s, 26 to 28 feet has been best. On the Rainy River, the afternoon hours have been best for walleyes in 18 feet. At the Northwest Angle, 18 to 28 feet has been best for walleyes, while anglers traveling to the Canadian side are filling limits of crappies from Young’s Bay to the islands.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes and a few good-sized perch are being caught throughout Big Bay in 25 to 30 feet. The 30- to 35-foot mud areas also have started giving up walleyes. Northern pike action has been strong on the back side of Ely Island, Birch Island, and in Stuntz Bay. Most fish are coming from less than 12 feet.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Perch action continues to be strong in 6 to 12 feet along the west side points and south end breaks. Northern pike action has slowed a bit, but walleyes remain active during the evening hours on the bars and humps in 15 to 25 feet. There are some ice heaves to deal with on the lake now, so call ahead before venturing out.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Walleyes and perch are hitting off Pine Point and the shoreline breaks in Walker Bay in 10 to 14 feet. Walleyes also have started showing up on the deep humps in Walker Bay, but most have been running small. Some o

f the best walleye action is taking place after dark on setlines and shiner minnows. Northern pike have been active in less than 12 feet in most bays and main lake structure. 

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Birch Point in Sand Bay continues to give up walleyes in 25 to 35 feet, though the bite has been best early and late. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 to 20 feet in the Rainy Lake City area from mid-morning to late afternoon.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

Walleye action is good during the morning and early evening hours in 8 to 10 feet or 12 to 15 feet. Rattle reels and minnows continue to produce good numbers of walleyes throughout the night as well. Setlines have out-produced jigging spoons this week.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleye action has picked up during low-light periods in 10 to 14 feet on Round Lake, Blackduck Lake, Island Lake and Gull Lake. Hit Gull and Pimushe Lake for bluegills in 15 to 20 feet or Gilstead Lake for suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Early morning and evening hours have been best for walleyes in 18 to 30 feet on North Long Lake, Pelican Lake, Round Lake and Gull Lake. Crappies are suspended over 15 to 30 feet on Round, Gull and North Long. Look for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet on these lakes as well as Nisswa Lake and Cullen Lake.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Northern pike action continues to be very good in 10 to 14 feet in Allen’s Bay and the Star Island area of Cass Lake. Look for a few walleyes during the morning and evening hours on the north side of Allen’s Bay or Wishbone Bar on Cass in 10 to 12 feet. The east shoreline and Center Bar areas of Pike Bay Lake are giving up walleyes in 12 feet. Dick’s Bay on Cass or Kitchi Lake are safe bets for bluegills in 8 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Spearing has been very good on most lakes in less than 10 feet with Serpent Lake giving up a few bigger fish. There’s some evening crappie and walleye action at Bay Lake in 17 feet with glow jigs and minnows. Look to Lake Mahnomen in 12 to 20 feet and Milford Lake in 16 to 24 feet for sunfish and a few crappies. Serpent and Rabbit Lake are giving up a few walleyes in 21 to 23 feet during the evening hours. 

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912

EMILY AREA

Walleyes have started hitting shiner minnows or rattle spoons on the southwest side of Molten Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Look to Smokey Hollow Lake for crappies in 18 feet, and the north end of Island Lake is giving up northern pike in 10 to 12 feet on tip-ups and sucker minnows. 

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 24 feet on lakes Bowstring, Sand, Big Cutfoot, Little Cutfoot and Big Splithand. Walleyes are spread out from 12 to 40 feet and most active in the evenings on Bowstring, Deer Lake, Lake Wabana, Trout Lake, Sugar Lake and Lake Pokegama. Bluegills are biting in 6 to 14 feet on Bass Lake, 6 to 30 feet in the bays of Pokegama, and 18 to 20 feet on Big Splithand. Northern pike action has improved with bigger fish coming off Pokegama and Trout in 10 to 14 feet.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Low-light periods and shiner minnows have been best for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet on Woman Lake, Birch Lake and Little Boy Lake. Crappies continue to be found suspended over 17 to 22 feet and sunfish are going in 10 to 12 feet on Webb Lake, Pleasant Lake, Birch and Woman. Northern pike action (spearing and angling) has been strong on most lakes in less than 12 feet.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Peterson’s Point and the Stonegate area of Lake Koronis are producing walleyes in 12 to 25 feet. Look to Rice Lake for crappies and walleyes in 20 feet, while crappies are being found off Highway 22 on Horseshoe Lake in 16 to 18 feet. On Cedar Island Lake, crappies are being found in 16 to 20 feet and Pearl Lake is giving up crappies in 10 to 12 feet.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The crappie bite on Big Sauk Lake continues to be strong in 24 to 38 feet during low-light periods; look west of Diamond Point, the Dutchman’s Creek area, and Hooper’s Hill (Hooper’s will produce walleyes as well in 21 feet). Do some hole hopping on the town end of Lake Osakis and you’ll hit crappies in 21 to 23 feet. Long Bridge Lake and Guerney Lake are giving up crappies in 14 feet, while sunfish have started hitting on Smith Lake in 12 feet. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Walleyes continue to hit on Lake Alexander in 18 to 22 feet during the evening hours. Pierz/Fish Lake is producing crappies in 22 feet, and the Grass Island area of Big Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies. Spearing for northern pike has been strong on Green Prairie Lake, and you’ll find crappies here in 18 to 22 feet. 

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

WARROAD AREA

Walleye and saugers are being caught on gold or pink jigs on the Five Mile in 24 feet. There’s been some consistent sauger action coming off the DNR Reef and Rudy’s Reef in 25 to 30 feet. Travel is good with trucks, but a few cracks have formed on this end of Lake of the Woods. 

Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200

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