LAKE MILLE LACS
East – ATVs continue to be viable travel options and should be through the weekend with the cooler weather. Tullibee reports remain good east of the Tullibee Hole in 25 to 32 feet and some fish are being caught off the mud flats in deeper water as well. Northern pike fishing remains an option in most bays with sucker minnows in 10 to 14 feet.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Anglers are using ATVs to hit the mud flats such as Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and Seguchie’s. Tullibees have bit best with the occasional pod of jumbo perch showing up as well. Garrison Bay continues to kick out northern pike in 8 to 14 feet. It’s worth noting that there is a pressure ridge that can’t be crossed from the west side of the lake.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Ice fishing continues through some resorts, while others have pulled their houses – rely on and work through a resort this time of year. Most ice roads are now limited to snowmobile or ATV use and portable shelters. Reports have been mixed off Pine Island with some walleyes coming out of 26 to 28 feet. The Morris Point area is producing walleyes and northern pike in 26 to 28 feet during the day or 14 to 18 feet during the mornings and evenings. On the Rainy River, the Nelson Park Landing is open and ice-free and the river is now open almost two miles east of Frontier Landing or 6 miles west of Birchdale. Boats are currently averaging 20 to 25 walleyes each day, the water temperature is about 34 degrees, and a jig and minnow is the preferred presentation. Resorts are still fishing at the Northwest Angle with a good walleye bite early and late each day on the south end of Oak Island in 20 to 26 feet. Crappie action on the Ontario side also continues to be strong.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The channels are open and the majority of shoreline ice has pulled away 50 to 60 yards on most lakes. The ice that remains is starting to move a bit and blacken, but it looks as though it might be around for at least another week to 10 days.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Ice conditions remain favorable for fishing, but walleye, perch, and crappie action continues to be slow. There just hasn’t been enough people on the lake to get any type of report, good or bad.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
ATVs should remain an option through this weekend, primarily at accesses on the west side of the lake. Perch are biting in 9 to 12 feet off Raven’s Point, Mallard Point, Sugar Point, Rich’s Townsite, West Winnie Campground, Tamarac Point, and the Bowen’s area. Stay on the move for bigger fish.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
ATVs continue to be used, but the shorelines are starting to pull away, limiting access to some areas. You also have to watch for some pressure ridges and cracks on the main portion of the lake. Fishing pressure has been limited and the perch bite has been inconsistent. You have to sort through quite a few small fish in the narrows and Sand Point areas in less than 9 feet. Tullibee action also remains slow this week.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Northern pike have started hitting better in the Rainy Lake City area and just before you hit it. Most fish are biting in 10 to 15 feet on ciscoes and sucker minnows. Walleye reports have been limited throughout the lake despite favorable ice conditions for vehicle and ATV travel.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Cooler temperatures have kept the ice solid, but angler traffic has been limited. Perch can be caught in most areas of the lake, but most people are chasing crappies on the north-side mud flats in 14 to 15 feet.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128