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Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report – January 2nd, 2015


Walleyes continue to hit on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida in 17 to 20 feet during the evening hours. Crappie action remains strong on Little Mary Lake in 8 to 14 feet and Lake Carlos in 12 to 15 feet. Look to Chippewa Lake for sunfish in 8 to 10 feet, and northern pike action remains strong on most lakes in 12 to 14 feet. 

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       (320) 763-3255


Shiner minnows have been the ticket for walleyes in 17 to 19 feet on Otter Tail Lake or 30 to 35 feet on West Battle Lake. Crappies and sunfish have been hitting in 12 to 16 feet on West Battle, Blanche Lake, and Rush Lake. Northern pike have been taking sucker minnows under tip-ups along the 10- to 20- foot weeds of Otter Tail, West Battle and Pickeral Lake.  

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


You’ll find walleyes straight out from the access in 16 feet on Big Turtle Lake or on the south end of Lake Bemidji in 30 feet. The north end of Lake Plantagenet is giving up perch in 16 to 20 feet, as is Lake Irving in 16 to 18 feet. On Grant Lake, crappies and sunfish are being found suspended over 30 feet.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781


Glow spoons are producing walleyes in the evening hours over 18 to 20 feet on lakes Melissa, Sallie, Big Cormorant, Big Detroit and Middle Cormorant. Look for crappies in 13 to 20 feet and sunfish along the 11- to 13- foot weedlines of Deadshot Bay, Little Detroit Lake, Sour Lake, Severson Lake and Melissa. Northern pike remain active in less than 12 feet on most lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle

(218) 844-2248


Little Swan Lake in Pillsbury started giving up sunfish and crappies in 15 to 18 feet, and Beauty Lake is giving up crappies during low-light periods. Look for walleyes in Cedar Lake over 25 to 30 feet and the St. Rose end of Big Birch Lake in 18 to 21 feet. Crappies and sunfish remain active on St. Mary’s Lake over 20 to 30 feet, while northern pike are being taken with tip-ups and sucker minnows in 8 to 12 feet on the west side of Big Swan Lake. Work the north end of Two Rivers Lake for crappies in 26 feet.     

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Walleyes are hitting in 24 feet on Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake during low-light periods. Northern pike action has been best on Big Mantrap Lake and Fish Hook in 12 to 14 feet with sucker minnows. The Crow Wing Chain of Lakes and Lake Belle Taine are giving up bluegills in 12 feet, while crappies have been found suspended over 30 feet of water on Big Mantrap.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Big Pine and Little Pine lakes continue to produce walleyes in 8 to 10 feet during low-light periods or 18 to 22 feet during the day. You’ll find crappies suspended over 20 to 35 feet on Big Pine, Star Lake, Dead Lake, Lake Marion and Buchanan Lake. Sunfish action remains strong in 12 feet at Star, Marion and Rush Lake, while northern pike action is best in less than 12 feet on Big Pine and Little Pine. 

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

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