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Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – February 13th, 2015

ALEXANDRIA AREA

A few walleyes continue to be caught at night on Lake Miltona in 24 to 28 feet. Crappies also are hitting during low-light periods on Lake Ida and Darling Lake over 30 feet. Crappies and sunfish can be had in 12 to 14 feet on Smith Lake or 10 to 12 feet on Little Mary Lake. Northern pike action has improved with sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Darling and the north end of Lake Carlos. 
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       (320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 12 to 20 feet on Indian Lake, Lake John, French Lake, and Lake Henry. An occasional walleye is caught during low-light periods in 15 to 24 feet on Sugar Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Suckers are producing pike in 12 to 14 feet on Clearwater, Sylvia, Maple Lake, and Cedar Lake.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Walleye action is slow, but crappies are being found in 10 to 17 feet and sunfish are hitting in 10 to 15 feet at West Battle Lake, Fish Lake, Stalker Lake, Blanche Lake, Ethel Lake, and Buchanan Lake. Northern pike are being caught on sucker minnows in 12 to 15 feet on most lakes, with Donald Lake, Otter Tail Lake, and West Battle giving up bigger fish. A few tullibees are being found suspended over deep water on Mollie Stark Lake and Clitherall Lake.   
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleye reports have slowed with Lake Plantagenet and Lake Bemidji being the best bets for an occasional fish in 14 to 18 feet. Look for perch on Bemidji during the day in 30 to 50 feet or in 6 to 10 feet during low-light periods. Island Lake is producing crappies over 20 feet and Grant Lake is worth hitting for bluegills in 16 to 19 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

Round Lake is kicking out perch and crappies in 18 to 20 feet, while Blackduck Lake is giving up perch in 18 to 22 feet or 10 to 12 feet. A few walleyes are coming off Blackduck, Round, Island Lake, and Gull Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Hit Lake Pimushe and Gull Lake in 18 to 22 feet for bluegills.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Shiners or rainbow minnows on setlines are turning walleyes in 16 to 22 feet on Whitefish Lake and the north end of Gull Lake. Look for sunfish in 6 to 10 feet and crappies in 14 to 18 feet at Nisswa Lake, Round Lake, North Long Lake, and Hubert Lake. Northern pike remain active in 12 to 16 feet on Whitefish, North Long, and south end of Gull.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleyes have become active on top of the bars during the evening at Pike Bay Lake in 6 to 10 feet. Work the 12-foot cabbage in Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake for perch and pike. Crappies and sunfish are on the edges of the bulrushes in 7 feet at Grace Lake, Midge Lake, and Wolf Lake. 
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Crappies, sunfish, and some walleyes are hitting in 26 to 28 feet on Chisago Lake. You’ll also hit panfish in 6 to 10 feet out from the A-Frame on Chisago. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows in 8 to 12 feet on South Center Lake and the Nelson Island area of North Center Lake is giving up crappies in 10 to 20 feet.  
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

DETROIT LAKES

Walleyes are hitting best during the evening hours at Upper Cormorant Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Big Detroit Lake in 17 to 21 feet. Look for crappies in 15 to 18 feet and sunfish along the 12- to 15-foot weeds on Floyd Lake, Sour Lake, Severson Lake, and Melissa.  
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Crappies and bluegills are hitting on Fish Lake in 18 to 20 feet and crappies remain active on Island Lake over 25 to 30 feet. Look for northern pike to hit sucker minnows in 8 to 10 feet on Fish and Rice Lake, while the bay on the St. Louis River is giving up crappies and an occasional walleye.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Hit Eagle Lake for crappies in 14 to 17 feet of water during low-light periods and Blue Lake for sunfish in 14 feet. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows in 10 to 15 feet on Blue, Little Elk Lake, and Green Lake.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop  (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

A few lake trout are being taken on ciscoes, tight to the bottom, in 40 to 50 feet at Snowbank Lake and Burntside Lake. Stream trout action has slowed and a few walleyes can be had during low-light periods on Garden Lake or Shagawa Lake in 20 to 24 feet.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA

Crappies continue to hit on the west side of Roosevelt Lake in 18 to 20 feet and the east side of Lake Washburn is producing northern pike in 12 to 14 feet. Look for sunfish in 15 to 20 feet on Perry Lake and in 21 feet on the north end of Kego Lake. 
Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Hall Lake is producing crappies, perch, and a few walleyes in 11 to 16 feet. Look to Budd Lake for a mixed bag of panfish in 11 to 15 feet and to Fox Lake for crappies in 11 to 13 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Perch remain active at Cannon Lake in 8 feet, while the 6-foot weeds on Cedar Lake are producing sunfish and northern pike. Look for suspended crappies over 35 feet and northern pike in 12 to 14 feet on Kelley Dudley Lake. An occasional walleye is pulled from French Lake in the evenings over 17 to 22 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Walleyes continue to hit spoons and minnow heads on the 15-foot rock piles of Lake Saganaga, 30 feet on Gunflint Lake, and 25 feet on Seagull Lake. Waxworms are producing rainbow trout at Leo Lake in 15 feet and Trout Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Lake trout are suspended and hitting spoons or ciscoes over 25 to 55 feet at Trout, 15 to 25 feet at Kemo Lake, 40 feet at Loon Lake, and 45 feet on Clearwater Lake. Splake are taking waxworms or salted minnows in 10 feet at Musquash Lake, 12 to 15 feet on Bogus Lake, and 12 to 18 feet on Birch Lake. Look for brook trout in 10 feet on Carrot Lake or 18 feet on Shoe Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Crappies and sunfish are biting on Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes in 20 to 24 feet. Hit Round Lake and Bowstring Lake in 18 to 20 feet for perch and crappies, while Bass Lake continues to produce sunfish in 6 to 20 feet. Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama is giving up panfish in 13 to 30 feet, as are Big and Little Splithand lakes in 20 to 22 feet. Stream trout remain active on Taylor Lake, Moonshine Lake, and Kramer Lake, while  Caribou Lake or Bluewater Lake are safe bets for lake trout. Northern pike remain active in the shallows of Trout Lake, Jay Gould Lake, and Pokegama. 
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

A few walleyes are coming off Cedar Lake during low-light periods in 18 to 30 feet and Birch Lake in 32 to 36 feet. Look for sunfish in 12 to 15 feet and crappies over 30 feet on the north end of Big Swan Lake, St. Mary’s Lake, and Kings Lake. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on most lakes in less than 15 feet. 
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA

Walleyes are still worth fishing early and late each day in 18 to 25 feet on Woman Lake, Baby Lake, and Pine Mountain Lake. Crappies are suspended over 30 feet or more at Webb Lake, Birch Lake, and Portage Lake. Look for sunfish in 12 to 15 feet in the bays on Woman or Pleasant Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176
 

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

Crappies and a few walleyes are biting during the evening hours at Side Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Trout reports have been slower this week, but northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 to 15 feet on Big Sturgeon Lake.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

LAKE KABETOGAMA

The lake is slush-free and ice roads remain open for easy travel. Ice depths are just about to the point where you’ll need an auger extension. Walleye action was a bit slower this week, but keeping-sized perch have filled in the gap over 28 to 34 feet. Look for crappie action to improve and with a continuous northern pike season, they should start moving shallower and become active in most bays. 
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MANKATO AREA

Work the Third Point and Grassy Island areas on Lake Washington for walleyes in 20 to 22 feet. Crappies and perch continue to be caught on Big Jefferson Lake in 22 to 30 feet, while crappies are biting at night on Madison Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Washington is the area’s best option for panfish in 24 to 28 feet.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

The Pleasant Point area of Lake Minnewawa is kicking out crappies during low-light periods. Hit the north end of Big Sandy Lake for walleyes and crappies at night in 18 to 22 feet. Northern pike action has picked up on most lakes with sucker minnows in 14 to 16 feet.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits             (218) 426-3382

MONTICELLO AREA

Sucker minnows continue to provide consistent smallmouth bass action for open-water anglers on the Mississippi River. Eagle Lake in Sherburne County is kicking out crappies in 20 to 22 feet and northern pike in shallower water. Hit Lake Ida for crappies in 23 to 25 feet, Little Maple Lake for crappies and sunfish in 20 feet, and Ramsey Lake for crappies during the day. Eagle Lake in Wright County is giving up sunfish during the day and walleyes and crappies at night.
Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187

MORA AREA

Look for crappies in 11 to 15 feet and sunfish in 8 to 10 feet during low-light periods on  Knife Lake. Ann Lake and Fish Lake started producing better numbers of sunfish in 8 feet early and late each day.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch action has picked up around Skelton Island and the Rustling Elms area of Big Stone Lake in 10 to 12 feet. A few walleyes can be had in the Yankee Town and Meadowbrook areas of Big Stone in 6 to 10 feet. Hit the north end of Lake Traverse for walleyes and bluegills.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleye reports have been limited to an occasional fish being taken on Long Lake in 30 to 32 feet. Fish Hook Lake is producing bluegills in 14 feet and Big Mantrap Lake is kicking out crappies over 30 to 35 feet. Look to Fish Hook and Potato Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in 14 feet, while Long Lake (North) continues to produce rainbow trout on waxworms and ice flies.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 18 to 20 feet on Little Pine Lake, while a few walleyes are being caught on Little Pine and Big Pine Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Look for sunfish in 14 feet and crappies suspended over 20 to 30 feet on Rush Lake, Lake Marion, Boedigheimer Lake, and Big Pine. Tullibees have started showing up suspended over the deep holes of Loon Lake, Long Lake, and Little Pine.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

PINE CITY AREA

Cross Lake and Lake Pokegama are producing sunfish and crappies in 17 to 20 feet. There’s an evening walleye bite in 8 to 12 feet and crappies in 15 to 18 feet on West Rush Lake; glow jigs and smaller minnows are working best.
Tall Tales Bait & Tackle (320) 629-8995

RED WING AREA

Ice fishermen are catching walleyes and sauger off Methodist Point at Lake Pepin in 18 to 25 feet and a few panfish and northern pike in the backwaters and bays. Open-water action has been best early and late each day on the shorelines and wing dams below the dam on the Mississippi River. Jigs tipped with plastics are working best in 4 to 15 feet.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

Most bites have slowed and now require small jigs and waxworms or spikes to catch fish. Perch, crappies, and sunfish can be had  in 10 to 12 feet on Silver Creek Pond. Look to Kalmar Reservoir (KR-7) for sunfish and crappies in 6 feet. You’ll still find a few rainbow trout suspended just below the ice on Foster-Arend Pond and Willow Creek Reservoir is producing panfish in 8 to 12 feet.
Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Lake Koronis continues to kick out a few walleyes in 20 to 25 feet and northern pike in shallower water. Look for crappies in 12 to 14 feet on Horseshoe Lake and Pearl Lake or in 18 to 22 feet on Cedar Island Lake. Look for sunfish in 8 feet on Goodner Lake and 15 feet on Becker Lake. 
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Look for sunfish and a few crappies in 8 to 12 feet on Maple Lake, Lilly Lake in 28 feet, and Maple Lake (north of town) in 10 to 13 feet. On Sauk Lake, crappies are hitting in the Dutchmen’s Creek area over 37 to 42 feet and out from Hooper’s Hill in 22 to 24 feet. The south side of Lake Osakis is giving up crappies in 24 feet, as is Battle Point in 38 feet. Northern pike are hitting large shiner minnows on Long Bridge Lake, Fairy Lake, Sauk, and Osakis.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Sunfish are being found in less than 10 feet on Pierz/Fish Lake and Mons Lake. Crappie action has been best during low-light periods over 15 feet on Green Prairie Lake and Beauty Lake. Walleye and northern pike reports have been limited, while Platte Lake and Sullivan Lake started giving up a few panfish in shallow water.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

A few walleyes continue to be caught at night with shiner minnows throughout Lake Minnewaska in 14 to 18 feet. The Glenwood  end of Minnewaska is producing sunfish, crappies, and northern pike in 12 to 14 feet. Hit Maple Lake in 13 to 15 feet during the day for crappies.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239

VIRGINIA AREA

Rainbow trout are being found suspended throughout the water column and usually over deep water on Gilbert Pit, Ore-B-Gone Pit, Kinney Pit, and Mott Pit. Smaller lake trout also can be found suspended and taken on spoons at Grant Pit.
Lucky Seven General Store                 (218) 741-3617

WARROAD AREA

Walleyes and a few saugers are being caught in 19 to 24 feet on this end of Lake of the Woods. The most consistent reports are coming from the Springsteel area, DNR Reef, and south tip of Buffalo Bay during the morning and late afternoon hours.
Riverside Bait & Tackle 
(218) 386-1200

WILLMAR AREA

Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 15 to 20 feet at Diamond Lake, Norway Lake, and Willmar/Foot Lake. Perch, northern pike, and a few walleyes can be had at South Long Lake in 10 feet and the north end of Eagle Lake is producing crappies and walleyes. Look for suspended crappies and sunfish on Green Lake over 25 to 30 feet and northern pike action has picked up on most lakes in less than 14 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports 
(320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Crappies, northern pike, and a few walleyes are being caught on Lake Lac qui Parle in 8 to 12 feet during the evening hours. Look for a few walleyes during low-light periods on Lake Shetek in less than 8 feet. 
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

WINONA AREA

Lake Winona continues to produce sunfish and crappies in 8 to 12 feet and the  Frontenac area of Lake Pepin is producing saugers and a few walleyes. Look for perch around the Wilcox area off the Mississippi River and a few walleyes or sauger have been caught below the Trempeleau Dam and Lock and Dam #5 on the river.
West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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