Ice conditions have really improved over the last week, but fishing pressure continues to be light. Anglers are just starting to pull their fish houses out and lake conditions look good for the start of the upcoming trout season.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnow heads on Homer Lake in 14 to 16 feet, South Fowl Lake in 6 feet, and Crescent Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Northern Lights Lake in 6 to 8 feet and Devil Track Lake in 8 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
McCormick Lake and Long Ear Lake are producing crappies during low-light periods in 12 feet. McCormick also is giving up walleyes on jigging spoons in 23 to 25 feet, as is Echo Lake in 22 to 24 feet.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Anglers are finding perch, pike, saugers and walleyes in 28 to 32 feet. The bite has not been outstanding, but everyone seems to be catching enough fish to keep their attention. Spearing for northern pike also has been strong in less than 10 feet in most bays.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Hit Knife Lake for crappies in 9 to 11 feet or Ann Lake for sunfish in 7 to 9 feet. Fish Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 6 to 8 feet, while tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on most lakes in 6 to 10 feet.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
While the bite for most fish species has been mainly slow, anglers continue to have no problem catching buckets of smelt at Gilbert Pit and Lake Ore-B-Gone. The bite has been best late in the day and most of these smelt are suspended just below the ice over extremely deep water.
Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617