With some persistence, crappies and sunfish can be caught in 12 to 16 feet on Lake Ida, Little Mary Lake, Lake Louise and Lake Carlos. An occasional walleye or two is caught at night on Lake Miltona or Ida in 25 to 32 feet, setlines and small minnows seem to be working best.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Sunfish are in 12 to 20 feet and crappies suspended over 25 feet or more on lakes Sylvia, Clearwater, French and John. A walleye or two continues to be caught in 14 to 26 feet on Clearwater, Sylvia and Sugar Lake at night. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 12 to 16 feet on Cedar Lake, Maple Lake, Clearwater and John.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
A few walleyes continue to come off Otter Tail Lake in 20 to 25 feet and West Battle Lake in 30 to 35 feet; shiners are working best. Crappies are suspended over 17 to 25 feet at West Battle, Clitherall Lake and Stalker Lake. Look for sunfish in the 10- to 15- foot weeds on Ellingson Lake and East Battle Lake, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 15 to 20 feet on most lakes.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Perch and a few keeping-sized walleyes can be had on Lake Plantagenet in 12 to 18 feet. Work the 20-foot breaks on Lake Bemidji for perch during the day and walleyes at night. Lower Sucker Lake continues to produce crappies in 23 to 25 feet and Grant Lake is kicking out bluegills in 19 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Walleyes are hitting best on Island Lake in 20 to 25 feet or Round Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Stay on the move for bigger perch in less than 10 feet at Blackduck Lake, Island and Round. Crappies remain suspended over deep water at Gilstead Lake, Round or Medicine Lake, and bluegills are hitting in 18 to 22 feet on Gull Lake and Lake Pimushe.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
A few walleyes continue to be caught on rainbow minnows at North Long Lake, Gull Lake and Round Lake in 18 to 30 feet. Crappies are suspended over 15 to 30 feet on Lake Margaret, Hubert Lake and Round, while sunfish are hitting in 8 to 10 feet on Nisswa Lake and Cullen Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 8 to 18 feet on Gull, Whitefish Lake and Pelican Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Crappies and sunfish are hitting in the 7- foot reeds on Wolf Lake and Grace Lake. Look to Pike Bay Lake for perch in 6 to 8 feet and walleyes in 25 feet. Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake remains a safe bet for northern pike in 10 to 14 feet.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Sunfish and crappies are being caught in 10 to 15 feet on Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake. Work 12 to 20 feet during low-light periods for walleyes and crappies on South Center Lake and Green Lake. There’s also an evening crappie bite to the right of the access on Kroon Lake in 12 to 18 feet and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on most lakes in 12 to 16 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Big northern pike continue to be found in the flooded timber of Sagamore Pit and Portsmouth Pit. Spoons are producing rainbow trout, most of which are suspended 40 to 90 feet down over deeper water on Manuel Pit. Hit Milford Lake for crappies and sunfish in 20 to 26 feet and you’ll find crappies suspended during the evening hours at Farm Island Lake over 25 to 30 feet or Crooked Lake over 30 feet. Pumphouse Point on Serpent Lake is giving up northern pike in 12 to 15 feet and a few walleyes are hitting on Bay Lake in 17 to 20 feet.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Walleye action has slowed, but there are some fish biting during low-light periods in 20 to 24 feet on Big Cormorant Lake, Lake Melissa, Pelican Lake and Big Detroit Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 14 to 16 feet on most lakes, and start looking for tullibees over the deep holes on many lakes. Crappies and sunfish are biting in 14 to 16 feet on Melissa, Sour Lake, Severson Lake and Little Detroit Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Fish Lake started giving up bluegills in 10 feet and crappies in 15 to 20 feet. You’ll also find crappies on Boulder Lake and Comstock Lake over 15 to 20 feet. Look to Rice Lake and Fish with small sucker minnows for northern pike in 6 feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Blue Lake and Green Lake are producing sunfish and a few crappies in 17 feet early and late each day. Walleye action is slow, but northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 feet on Little Elk Lake and Blue.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Spoons or bucktails are producing a few lake trout over 30 to 60 feet on Burntside Lake and Snowbank Lake. Hit the 30-foot reefs on Burntside for walleyes, and it might be worth checking Farm Lake or One Pine Lake for crappies. Miners Lake and Tofte Lake remain safe bets for stream trout.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Crappies started hitting outside Woods Bay on Roosevelt Lake in 24 feet and Upper Dean Lake is giving up northern pike in 14 feet. Look to Molten Lake with shiner minnows during low-light periods for walleyes in 18 feet. Sunfish are hitting on the north end of Kego Lake in 21 feet in the morning and late afternoon hours.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Look to Fox Lake for crappies in 11 to 14 feet and Hall Lake is kicking out walleyes, crappies and perch in 15 to 20 feet. On Budd Lake, 11 to 15 feet has been best for crappies and bluegills, while Lake Sissiton is giving up panfish and bass in 11 to 14 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Jigging spoons are turning walleyes at French Lake in 25 feet, while Cannon Lake is producing perch and walleyes in 9 feet. Hit Cedar Lake for crappies and northern pike in 10 to 12 feet or Shields Lake for sunfish and pike in 12 to 14 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
South Fowl Lake is producing perch and walleyes in 6 feet, while walleyes are being found in 25 to 30 feet on Saganaga Lake or in 25 feet on Seagull Lake. Jigs and minnow heads are turning rainbow trout at Leo Lake in 15 to 20 feet and Trout Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Lake trout are hitting spoons, ciscoes, or minnows at Kemo Lake in 25 feet, Loon Lake in 35 to 45 feet, and Duncan Lake in 35 feet. Waxworms are producing brook trout at Carrot Lake in 12 feet and Shoe Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Look for splake in 15 feet at Birch Lake and 4 to 8 feet on Musquash Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappies, perch, and bluegills are being found in 18 to 22 feet on Round Lake and Bowstring Lake. Poole’s Bay and Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama are producing panfish in 13 to 30 feet, as are Big and Little Splithand lakes in 20 feet. Bluegills are hitting in 6 to 15 feet on Bass Lake or 16 feet on Graves Lake. Lake trout continue to hit on Bluewater Lake and Caribou Lake and there’s some evening walleye action in 15 to 30 feet on Lake Wabana, Trout Lake and Pokegama. A mixture of stream trout can be had off lakes Kraemer, Taylor, Moonshine, Lucky and Erskine.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Crappies remain active over 32 to 34 feet on St. Mary’s Lake and Big Swan Lake; Look shallower on both lakes for sunfish. Big Swan also is giving up northern pike on shiner minnows in 8 to 12 feet. The north end of Big Birch Lake is worth noting for walleyes and crappies in 30 to 35 feet, while Cedar Lake is kicking out walleyes in 18 to 35 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish off Baby Lake, Pine Mountain Lake and Woman Lake in 18 to 25 feet. Crappies are suspended over 25 to 32 feet on Portage Lake, Webb Lake and Birch Lake. Pleasant Lake and Broadwater Bay on Woman are worth hitting for sunfish in 12 to 18 feet.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Crappies are hitting during the evening hours on Side Lake in 20 feet, as are a few walleyes on Big Sturgeon Lake in 23 to 25 feet. Small spoons continue to produce rainbow trout over deep water on Ore-B-Gone Pit; Look for suspended fish.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Anglers are finding a mixed bag of fish including walleyes, northern pike, perch, sauger and a few crappies in 18 to 20 feet or 28 to 34 feet. Deadsticks with fathead minnows are working best with the early morning and late afternoon hours being most productive.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Big Jefferson Lake started producing crappies and perch over 22 to 30 feet during the afternoon and evening hours. A few crappies continue to be caught in the narrows of Madison Lake at night in 14 to 16 feet. Look for walleyes during low-light periods on Lake Washington in 18 feet or sunfish and crappies in 24 to 28 feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
With cold weather again showing up, fishing reports have slowed. Look to Big Sandy Lake or Lake Minnewawa for a few crappies at night in 16 to 22 feet, but the bite has been inconsistent. Walleye, northern pike and sunfish reports have been nonexistent.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Crappies continue to be caught at night on Buffalo Lake in 20 to 22 feet, while Little Maple Lake is producing sunfish during the day and crappies at night in slightly shallower water. The north side of Lake Ida is giving up crappies over 50 feet and Little Eagle Lake is kicking out sunfish in 14 to 20 feet. Look to Big Eagle Lake for crappies and northern pike and smallmouth bass fishing remains consistent for open water anglers on the Mississippi River.
Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187
On Knife Lake, you’ll catch sunfish during the day in 9 to 11 feet and crappies at night in 11 to 13 feet. Look for perch during the day and sunfish in the afternoon hours at Ann Lake in 9 to 11 feet.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Perch reports on Big Stone Lake have been best off Bayview and around the islands in 12 to 14 feet and the Meadowbrook area is giving up some walleyes in 10 to 12 feet. Work the rock piles for bluegills or the north end for walleyes on Lake Traverse and Little Peterson Lake is kicking out crappies in 15 feet.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Big Mantrap Lake in 12 to 14 feet, and you’ll find suspended crappies over 30 feet here. Look for bluegills on Fish Hook Lake in 12 feet and rainbow trout remain active on Long Lake (North). A few walleyes are being caught with shiner minnows during low-light periods at Long Lake (South) in 30 to 32 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Walleye action is slow, but northern pike remain active in less than 12 feet on Big Pine and Little Pine lakes. Tullibees have started showing up suspended over the deep holes of Long Lake and Little Pine. Look for crappies and sunfish in 17 to 20 feet on Star Lake, Lake Marion and Dead Lake.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Everett’s Landing continues to allow boats to be put in the Mississippi River with steady reports coming from the first mile below the dam. Jigs tipped with plastics or minnows are turning fish during the day in 16 to 18 feet and during the evenings in 10 to 13 feet. Saugers have bit best during the day with more walleye action during the evening hours. Ice fishing reports have been limited from most backwater areas.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
Hit Kalmar Reservor (KR-7) for crappies and sunfish in 6 feet or Silver Creek Pond for perch, crappies and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Crappies continue to be caught in Rattlesnake Bay on Lake Zumbro in 12 feet and hit Willow Creek Reservoir for panfish in 8 to 12 feet. Anglers on Foster-Arend Pond continue to find rainbow trout suspended just below the ice.
Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Walleyes are scattered between 16 and 40 feet on Lake Koronis, while Rice Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake and Koronis are producing northern pike in 8 to 16 feet. A few crappies can be had on Pearl Lake in 14 feet, Grand Lake in 30 feet, and Horseshoe in 20 to 25 feet. Look to Becker Lake in 15 feet and Big Lake in 12 feet for sunfish.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish and crappies are hitting on the north end of Big Swan Lake in 28 feet of water, while Maple Lake is producing some sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. The north end of Lake Osakis started giving up sunfish again; freshwater shrimp have been the ticket here in 8 to 21 feet. The 8- to 12-foot weeds on Fairy Lake are holding sunfish, and the Hooper’s Hill area on Sauk Lake is giving up crappies over 22 feet of water, as is the Battle Point area on Osakis in deeper water.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Sunfish are being caught on most lakes along the 8- to 10- foot weedbeds. Look for suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on Green Prairie Lake, Pierz Lake, Beauty Lake and Lake Alexander or over 30 to 40 feet on Fish Trap Lake. Northern pike remain active on most lakes in 12 to 16 feet, and Alexander is giving up an occasional walleye during low-light periods in 16 to 22 feet.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Walleye action has slowed to a couple fish – if you stay overnight and fish setlines and minnows on Reno Lake in 14 to 16 feet or Lake Minnewaska in 18 feet. The west side of Reno is producing crappies in 14 feet, while the Glenwood end of Minnewaska is giving up crappies, pike and sunfish in 12 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Rainbow trout and splake action remains favorable on the pits such as Kinney, Judson, Grant, Embarrass and St. James; Look for suspended fish over 30 to 40 feet. Sucker minnows will produce northern pike on most lakes in less than 15 feet, but crappie and walleye action is slow.
Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617
Fishing action has been slower this week although Tetonka Lake and Sakatah Lake are producing panfish in 20 to 25 feet. Northern pike also can be had on sucker minnows at both lakes in 4 to 8 feet.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
The north end of Eagle Lake is giving up a few crappies and walleyes in 15 feet, and Lake Florida is producing northern pike in 10 to 12 feet. Look to South Long Lake for perch and pike in 10 feet and to Green Lake at night for walleyes and crappies in 25 to 35 feet. Diamond Lake continues to produce crappies in 20 feet and Willmar/Foot Lake is giving up panfish in 15 to 20 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Minnows or jigging spoons continue to produce walleyes in 6 to 8 feet at Lake Shetek and Lake Benton. On Lac qui Parle Lake, crappies and a few walleyes can be had during low-light periods in 8 to 12 feet.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880
The Straight Slough area, just below the spillway by Prairie Island on the Mississippi River, is giving up walleyes and crappies – work the flooded timber here. Lake Winona is producing walleyes at night in 20 to 30 feet and panfish during the day in 8 to 12 feet. Walleyes also are being pulled through the ice on the Minnesota side of the river below Lock and Dam #6. Work the Frontenac area on Lake Pepin for saugers.
West End Bait (507) 452-6241