Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016
A few walleyes continue to come off Lake Miltona in 24 to 30 feet and Reno Lake in 10 to 15 feet during the evening hours. Crappies are being caught during low-light periods at Lake Mary in 9 to 11 feet, Maple Lake in 18 feet, Lake Ida in 20 to 24 feet, and Lake Geneva in 18 to 20 feet. Look for a mixed bag of panfish on Smith Lake in 18 to 25 feet and Lake Darling in 12 to 18 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Look to Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake for walleyes in 20 to 30 feet; jigging spoons and deadsticks with shiner minnows are both working. You’ll find crappies on the north end of Maple Lake in 20 feet, the 15-foot flats on Pleasant Lake, and on Lake Francis in 15 to 20 feet. Rock Lake, Indian Lake, and Lake Marie are producing sunfish in 10 to 18 feet.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are biting during low-light periods in 15 to 25 feet on Otter Tail Lake, Clitherall Lake, and West Battle Lake. Sunfish and crappies are being found over 12 to 17 feet on West Battle, Clitherall, and South Turtle Lake. You’ll find northern pike on the 15- to 20-foot weeds of Donald Lake, Fiske Lake, and Otter Tail.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes and perch continue to hit on the north and south ends of Lake Bemidji in 20 to 22 feet. Walleye action has slowed on Lake Plantagenet, but you’ll find a few in 18 to 20 feet. You’ll also hook a few walleyes on Lake Andrusia in 15 feet and Turtle River Lake in 18 feet. Kitchi Lake is kicking out crappies over 25 to 30 feet during low-light periods and sunfish are going on Gull Lake in 12 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Island Lake is giving up walleyes and perch in 18 to 20 feet, while Blackduck Lake is producing walleyes, perch, and crappies in 15 to 22 feet. Gull Lake continues to provide a mixed bag of panfish in 18 to 21 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
The north end of Gull Lake is producing walleyes in 24 to 28 feet, as is North Long Lake in 26 to 30 feet. North Long also is giving up crappies in 16 to 24 feet and sunfish in 8 to 10 feet. Nisswa Lake and Cullen Lake are kicking out sunfish in 8 to 12 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Hit Pike Bay Lake with shiner minnows during the evening hours in 8 to 10 feet or in 25 to 30 feet during the day for perch and walleyes. Wishbone Bar on Cass Lake is giving up a few walleyes, Wolf Lake is producing crappies in 30 feet, and Midge Lake is kicking out panfish and northern pike in 10 feet.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Look for crappies in 6 to 17 feet on North Center Lake, while the 6- to 15-foot vegetation on Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish. Spearing for pike remains strong on most lakes and a few walleyes can be had during the evening hours in 10 to 17 feet on Chisago, North Center, and Green Lake.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Small spoons tipped with waxworms are turning rainbow trout in 5 to 15 feet or 80 feet or more at Manuel Pit and Huntington Pit. The flooded timber on Sagamore Pit and Huntington is holding northern pike, as are the 8- to 15-foot weed edges on Serpent Lake and Black Lake. Hit Bay Lake for crappies in 17 to 20 feet during the evening hours or look for sunfish at Milford Lake in 22 to 26 feet and Mahnomen Lake in 12 to 20 feet.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught during low-light periods in 18 to 20 feet at Lake Melissa, Upper Cormorant Lake, and Big Cormorant Lake. Crappies remain suspended over 20 to 22 feet of water and sunfish can be had along the weedlines of Floyd Lake, Sour Lake, Deadshot Bay, and Little Detroit Lake. There’s no problem catching pike with sucker minnows on most lakes in 12 to 18 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
A few walleyes and crappies continue to come out of Fish Lake in 12 to 14 feet, and Rice Lake is giving up northern pike in 5 feet. On Caribou Lake, pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 feet, and crappies are biting in 15 feet during the evening hours. Hit the harbor area near Park Point on the St. Louis River for walleyes in 8 to 10 feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
Small spoons tipped with waxworms are turning rainbows and splake on Tofte Lake and rainbow trout on Ennis Lake in 10 to 20 feet. Burntside Lake is kicking out a few walleyes and lake trout in 17 feet. Hit Lake Shagawa for walleyes in 17 feet and Snowbank Lake for eelpout and lake trout over 60 feet.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Crappies have started hitting on Eagle Lake in 17 feet, and Ruth Lake is kicking out walleyes over 20 feet during the evening hours. Look to the north side of Lake Esquagamah for crappies in 20 to 25 feet, and northern pike remain active on Upper Dean Lake in 12 to 15 feet; tip-ups and sucker minnows are working best.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crappies, sunfish, and perch are being taken in 14 to 18 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. These lakes also are giving up a few walleyes during the evening hours in 12 to 18 feet, while Amber Lake is kicking out crappies in 12 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Look to the 30-foot hole on French Lake for walleyes and crappies or Cedar Lake for pike and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. On Cannon Lake, walleyes and perch can be had on the 10-foot rock piles. Crappies are coming out of Lake Mazaska over 20 to 30 feet and Shields Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Jigs and chubs are turning lake trout on Daniels Lake over 25 feet, while ciscoes are working best on Lake Saganaga and Seagull Lake in 40 to 50 feet. On Trout Lake, waxworms are producing rainbow trout in 15 to 20 feet and chubs are turning lake trout over 45 feet. A few walleyes are being caught in 18 feet at Hungry Jack Lake or in 6 feet at South Fowl Lake.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Panfish continue to be caught in 20 to 25 feet on Big Splithand and Little Splithand lakes. Look for crappies and sunfish in 20 to 22 feet on Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake and suspended crappies over 25 to 35 feet on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake. There’s also been some evening walleye action in 16 to 30 feet on Lake Wabana and Lake Pokegama.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows on Big Birch Lake in 10 to 22 feet; the bigger fish seem to be coming from the shallower water. Hunter’s Bay on Big Birch is producing sunfish and the north end of the lake is giving up crappies over 30 to 40 feet. Look to Pillsbury Lake for crappies and sunfish in 12 to 20 feet, while Kings Lake is worth hitting for crappies over 20 feet or more. Hit the north end of Swan Lake for crappies and sunfish, St. Mary’s Lake for crappies in 20 to 25 feet, and Little Birch Lake for walleyes in 18 to 25 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Walleye reports have been limited to an occasional fish caught during low-light periods on Woman Lake and Pleasant Lake in 16 to 22 feet. Panfish action also has been slow with some limited reports coming off Webb Lake, Birch Lake, and Long Bay on Ten Mile Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Crappie action has picked up on Dewey Lake over 27 feet, Shoepack Lake in 12 to 16 feet, and Side Lake in 23 feet. The trout opener was mostly slow, with just a few rainbow trout caught on Judson Pit and Kinney Pit.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Jumbo perch along with some saugers and walleyes are being caught in 26 to 34 feet of water. Glow jigs tipped with rainbow minnows seem to be working best, although smaller jigging spoons will turn fish as well. Tip-ups with small sucker minnows are turning northern pike in many bays or the first break adjacent to them.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Sunfish and crappies are hitting off the north landing on Lake Washington in 12 to 16 feet of water. Eagle Lake continues to produce walleyes in 8 feet of water during low-light periods of the day and Lura Lake is kicking out perch in 6 to 8 feet. Look to Lake Hanska for a few walleyes in 8 to 10 feet during the evening hours.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
The recent cold snap has slowed the bite and kept many anglers off area lakes. Once the weather improves look to Knife Lake and Lori Lake for panfish, or Quamba Lake for northern pike and panfish in 7 feet.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Perch anglers continue to find success on the southern end of Big Stone Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water and toward the north end around Rocky Ledge. Red spikes and jigs or small spoons and minnow heads are working best. Walleye reports remain limited, but look to shallower water on Big Stone – 6 to 8 feet of water.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are being taken on Fish Hook Lake with rainbow minnows in 21 to 23 feet. Hit 12 to 14 feet for northern pike on Big Mantrap Lake, the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes, Long Lake, and Fish Hook. The Crow Wing Chain also is giving up sunfish in 12 feet during the day and crappies over 30 to 40 feet during the evening hours.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Jigging spoons or setlines with shiner minnows are turning walleyes in 12 to 18 feet or 30 to 35 feet on Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in 12 to 16 feet at Dead Lake, Star Lake, and Rusche Lake. Northern pike remain active in less than 10 feet on Big Pine and Little Pine.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Fishing action has been pretty limited since the cold weather set in. The Frontenac area of Lake Pepin is producing a few sunfish and the Methodist Point area on Pepin is producing an occasional walleye in 18 to 20 feet. Fishing reports off the Mississippi River also have been poor.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
SAUK CENTRE AREA
The north end of Sauk Lake is producing crappies, most of which are suspended over 36 feet. You’ll find crappies on the south end of Lake Osakis in Town Bay over 24 feet. Smith Lake continues to produce a mixed bag of panfish in 12 to 14 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
A few walleyes are being taken during low-light periods on Lake Alexander and Fish Trap Lake in 16 to 21 feet. Crappies remain somewhat active on Green Prairie Lake and Beauty Lake is kicking out panfish and northern pike in 14 feet.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
A few walleyes are being caught with shiner minnows in 14 to 18 feet on Lake Minnewaska or in 18 to 22 feet for those anglers fishing overnight. Bottle Bay on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska is giving up some sunfish in 12 to 15 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Last weekend’s trout opener was slower than normal, but some splake, lake trout, and rainbows were caught. Jigging spoons are working best for these suspended fish over deep water at Lake Mine Pit, Ore-B-Gone Pit, and Gilbert Pit. Walleye and northern pike reports have been slow.
Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617
Sunfish, crappies, and northern pike are being caught in 10 to 15 feet at Clear Lake by Waseca, German Lake, and Cedar Lake. The big lakes such as Sakatah and Tetonka still have varying ice depths so there hasn’t been many anglers on them.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444
A few walleyes can be had in 5 to 9 feet on the prairie lakes such as Big Kandi, Minnetoga, Wagonda, and Elizabeth. Green Lake also is kicking out some walleyes in 25 to 30 feet and Willmar/Foot Lake is producing a mixed bag of panfish and pike in 10 to 15 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Island Lake and Lake Shakaton are producing perch in 4 to 8 feet, while Lake Hendricks is giving up crappies, pike, and a few walleyes in 6 to 10 feet. Hit Lake Shetek and Rock Lake for walleyes in 5 to 7 feet early and late each day.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880