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North Central Minnesota Fishing Report – January 30th, 2015


East – Bigger walleyes are being caught suspended 5 to 8 feet off bottom on the deeper mud and gravel areas. The 28- to 32- foot areas off most mud flats continue to produce perch, but some sorting of small fish is involved with jumbos in the mix. Sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike in most bays over 12 to 15 feet. 

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleye have  been on the mud flats during the day in 28 to 33 feet or during low-light periods in 22 to 24 feet. The rock points and deeper breaks in the bays also continue to produce a few walleyes during the evening hours. Some jumbo perch and numbers of tullibees are being caught off the mud flats in 30 feet or deeper.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


A combination of walleyes and sauger are being caught in front of Pine Island out 15 miles or more. The structure around Knight and Bridges or Garden Island has produced fish as well. The snowmobile trail north of Knight Island is re-staked and groomed due to ice heaves. From Morris Point to Zippel Bay, 15 to 20 feet has produced walleyes, while the reefs and mud areas by Long Point and Arnesen’s also are worth hitting. At the Northwest Angle, 20 to 30 feet has been best for walleyes, sauger, perch and pike. Crappie action continues on the Canadian side.

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


Walleyes and jumbo perch are hitting on the reefs in 30 to 35 feet or in Big Bay over 25 to 40 feet. Northern pike continue to be found in the shallows of most bays, and there’s been crappie action at Rock Reef in 15 to 20 feet.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Perch reports have slowed, but fish continue to be caught off the west side points and breaks or on the south end along the shorelines as shallow as 8 feet out to 22 to 34 feet on main lake structure and breaks. The deep breaks, 20 to 30 feet, are giving up walleyes in low-light, and northern pike remain active throughout the lake in 10 to 22 feet. 

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Setlines with large minnows are turning walleyes on the 15- to 20- foot humps in Walker Bay. Cedar Point is giving up walleyes in 12 to 18 feet, as are the main lake flats in 12 to 15 feet. Catching perch involves sorting numbers along the 12- to 15- foot sand and shoreline breaks in Walker Bay or in shallower water off Goose Island and Pine Point.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleye action has slowed, but Sand Bay continues to produce in the morning hours in 30 feet. This area also has produced good-sized perch. The Rainy Lake City area is giving up walleyes on shiners in 10 to 15 feet and pike in the afternoon in 7 to 12 feet.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


There is still decent walleye action in 8 to 12 feet or 14 to 15 feet along most shorelines. Dead sticks are best in the evenings and night. A few crappies, perch and northern pike are showing up in buckets as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Look for walleyes in 15 to 38 feet on Lake Bemidji; work the deeper depths during the day. On Lake Plantagenet, you’ll find walleyes in 20 feet. Perch reports have been best in 10 feet on the north end or in 28 feet on the south end of Bemidji. Crappies are being found suspended in 30 feet at Big Turtle Lake and bluegills in 13 to 15 feet on Gull Lake. 

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


Look for suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on Round Lake or over 30 to 40 feet on Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, Island Lake and Blackduck Lake. Some walleyes remain active during the evening hours in 10 to 15 feet on Blackduck, Island and Round, while Benjamin Lake continues to produce rainbow trout. Look for perch in 6 to 15 feet on Big Lake, Island and Blackduck. 

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Rainbow minnows are turning walleyes in 18 to 30 feet on the north end of Gull Lake, North Long Lake and Round Lake. The south end of Gull, North Long, Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake are safe bets for northern pike in 6 to 18 feet. Sunfish action has improved over 8 to 10 feet on lakes such as North Long, Nisswa and Cullen. Look for suspended crappies over 12 to 28 feet on Round, Lake Margaret and Hubert Lake.

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


Northern pike action remains strong in shallow water throughout Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake; spearing and angling has been productive. Crappies are being caught over 20 to 25 feet on Lake Andrusia, Lower Sucker Lake, Wolf Lake and Kitchi Lake. Look to Pike Bay Lake for perch in 6 to 8 feet, and walleyes continue to be difficult to locate.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Sight-fishing for trout has been good in the early morning hours on Huntington Pit and Section Six Pit; set up within 20 feet of shore in 10 feet of water with small jigging spoons tipped with waxworms or small plastics working best. You’ll also find suspended rainbow trout over deep water during the day on Pennington Pit and Manuel Pit. Walleye action has been slow with a few fish coming off Serpent Lake and Bay Lake in 22 feet at night. Look to Bay at night for crappies over 30 feet and to the north end of Crooked Lake for sunfish and crappies. Northern pike action has been good with sucker minnows along the 8- to 12- foot weeds of Mahnomen Lake or 12 to 14 feet on Upper Dean Lake. Spearers have been doing well in the flooded timber on the Pennington Chain and Sagamore Pit.

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


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Ruth Lake in 12 to 14 feet and crappies have started hitting on Goodrich Lake in 14 feet during the evening hours. Look to Lawrence Lake for sunfish in 18 feet just northwest of the access.

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191


Crappies are hitting in 18 to 22 feet on Round Lake and Bowstring Lake, while Tioga Bay and Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama are giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 13 to 30 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish on Big and Little Splithand lakes in 20 feet or at Bass Lake in 6 to 19 feet. Grave Lake and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake are producing sunfish in 16 to 20 feet, while a few walleyes are coming off lakes Wabana, Trout and Pokegama in 15 to 30 feet. Look for lake trout on Bluewater Lake and Caribou Lake, brook trout and rainbows on Taylor Lake, splake and rainbows at Kramer Lake, and brown trout on Lucky Lake.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


A few walleyes can be had on rainbow minnows during low-light periods in 18 to 25 feet on Pine Mountain Lake, Baby Lake, Pleasant Lake and Birch Lake. Broadwater Bay on Woman Lake continues to produce sunfish in 12 to 16 feet, and crappie action has been best over 22 to 30 feet on Webb Lake and Portage Lake. Trout anglers continue to do well on Diamond Lake and Teepee Lake.

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


Crappies are hitting on Big Sandy Lake and Lake Minnewawa during the evening hours in 16 to 22 feet. Look to Big Sandy for a few walleyes during low-light periods in 18 feet of water or deeper. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows in 8 to 12 feet on Big Sandy and Minnewawa.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382


A few walleyes continue to come from Lake Koronis in 25 to 30 feet on setlines and fatheads. Hit Cedar Island Lake in 14 to 18 feet and Pearl Lake in 10 to 12 feet for crappies. Northern pike action remains strong on Rice Lake, Horseshoe Lake and Koronis in 8 to 16 feet with sucker minnows. Look to Mud Lake in 6 to 8 feet and Big Watab Lake in 20 to 25 feet for rainbow trout.  

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


It’s been a tough bite with a few sunfish being caught in 8 to 12 feet on Fairy Lake, Long Bridge Lake and Maple Lake. You’ll also find some limited crappie action during low-light periods in the Hooper’s Hill area of Sauk Lake and the Battle Point area of Lake Osakis.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Look for a few suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on Fish Trap Lake during low-light periods. Work 14 to 24 feet on Green Prairie Lake for sunfish, crappies, and northern pike. There’s been plenty of fishing pressure on other area lakes, but the bite has been slow.   

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Walleye reports on this end of Lake of the Woods have been best in 22 to 24 feet during the day or in 14 to 16 feet in the evenings. Work the Swift Ditch to Five Mile, south tip of Buffalo Bay, the DNR Reef or sand bar off Springsteel and Long Point.

Riverside Bait & Tackle (218) 386-1200

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