Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Look for walleyes in 18 feet of water on Reno Lake or 18 to 24 feet on Lake Miltona. Lake Geneva is producing walleyes in 18 to 24 feet and crappies in shallower water. You’ll also find crappies on Lake Darling in 24 to 27 feet and Little Mary Lake in 6 to 10 feet, while Christopherson’s Bay on Lake Ida is producing sunfish.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 50 feet of water at lakes Sylvia, Granite, Francis, Pleasant, and Indian. Sunfish are shallower, 18 to 20 feet of water, at Lake John, Lake Marie, and Clearwater Lake. An occasional walleye comes off Clearwater in 22 to 30 feet of water and the 14-foot weedlines on Cedar Lake, Pleasant, John, Francis, Marie, and Indian are producing northern pike.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet at Otter Tail Lake and 30 to 35 feet on West Battle Lake. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of most lakes. Crappies and sunfish are being caught in 12 to 16 feet on Star Lake, Donald Lake, and East Lost Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleye reports remain favorable during the day in 22 to 30 feet and during low-light periods in 8 to 15 feet on Lake Bemidji. The 25- to 42-foot mud on Bemidji is producing plenty of perch. Look for sunfish in 22 feet and crappies in 25 to 30 feet on Walker Brook Lake or hit Little Buzzle Lake for crappies in 25 to 35 feet. 

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

A few walleyes continue to be caught during low-light periods at Blackduck Lake, Island Lake, and Gull Lake in 7 to 9 feet of water or 18 to 25 feet of water. Hit Blackduck for perch in 10 feet, while crappies and sunfish are biting at Gull in 15 to 20 feet and Pimushe Lake in 20 to 25 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Walleyes continue to hit on the north end of Gull Lake in 26 to 34 feet of water and North Long Lake in 24 to 34 feet. Northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows at North Long, Gull, and Pelican Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Fish the low-light periods for crappies on North Long in 18 to 24 feet, Cullen Lake in 28 feet, and Nisswa Lake in 24 feet. Look for sunfish on Nisswa, North Long, and Round Lake around 12 feet.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleye action has been best during the evening hours in 25 feet on Cass Lake and the east shore of Pike Bay Lake. Both fisheries are also giving up perch in 20 to 25 feet. Crappies are biting during the evening hours on Wolf Lake in 30 feet and in Allen’s Bay on Cass over 30 to 35 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

Sunfish are being caught in 6 to 13 feet of water on Chisago Lake, North Center Lake, South Center Lake, and Green Lake. These lakes also will give up a few walleyes during the evening hours in 11 to 17 feet of water. Northern pike can be had with shiner or sucker minnows in 8 to 11 feet at North Lindstrom Lake, North Center, and Chisago. The 14- to 20-foot humps on South Lindstrom Lake are giving up sunfish and crappies during the afternoon hours.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Crappies remain active during the evening hours along the weedlines of Bay Lake, 30 feet of water or deeper at Crooked Lake, and in 15 to 20 feet of water on Upper Dean Lake. Look for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet of water on Crooked or 20 to 24 feet at Milford Lake. Shiner minnows are producing northern pike in 8 to 12 feet of water on Serpent Lake or 15 to 20 feet of water at Rabbit Lake. Rainbow trout continue to be found suspended over 100 feet of water or more on Huntington Pit and Manuel Pit.

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

A few walleyes are being caught on Big Cormorant Lake, Upper Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit Lake, and Lake Melissa in 20 to 25 feet of water. Crappies and sunfish are hitting together in 15 to 20 feet of water on Floyd Lake, Severson Lake, Height of Land Lake, Tamarac Lake, Sour Lake, and Melissa. Northern pike action remains strong on most lakes throughout the area, and a few tullibees are being found on area lakes over deep water.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Crappies continue to hit at Island Lake in 20 to 22 feet of water and Whiteface Lake in 14 to 16 feet. A crappie/bluegill mix can be had on Fish Lake in 16 feet, while Rice Lake is giving up a few pike in less than 6 feet. 

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Look to Eagle Lake for sunfish and crappies, Blue Lake for crappies, and Baxter Lake for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. An occasional walleye continues to be caught during low-light periods at Green Lake in 17 feet or Little Elk Lake in 10 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing pike in 7 to 11 feet on most lakes again this week.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

There just haven’t been many people fishing over the past week so reports have been limited to a few northern pike and lake trout off Snowbank Lake in 25 feet of water. Burntside Lake is producing smaller lake trout in 50 to 52 feet of water as well.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

Walleyes have started hitting during the evening hours in 18 to 20 feet at Molten Lake and Kego Lake is producing northern pike on sucker minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water. Look to Goodrich Lake for crappies in 15 to 20 feet during the evening hours and the north end of Island Lake is kicking out sunfish in 20 to 22 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Amber Lake started giving up walleyes and crappies in 11 to 14 feet of water and Clam Lake is producing perch in 4 feet. Walleyes and crappies also can be had in 18 to 20 feet at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton during low-light periods. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

A few crappies continue to come from Roberds Lake over 30 feet; most are suspended about 12 feet down. Hit Cedar Lake for sunfish, crappies, or northern pike in 15 feet and the northwest corner of French Lake is producing panfish over 30 feet. Cannon Lake is giving up a few perch in 10 feet and the backside of Lake Mazaska is worth noting for crappies in 15 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Walleye reports have been best off Two Island Lake in 14 to 18 feet of water or Pike Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water. Spoons or ciscoes are turning lake trout at Greenwood Lake over 45 to 55 feet, Daniels Lake in 40 to 50 feet, and Lake Saganaga in 30 to 45 feet. Look to Mink Lake and Trout Lake for rainbow trout in 15 to 20 feet. Slush has become an issue on many lakes in this region, so watch we’re you’re traveling via snowmobile.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

Crappies and sunfish are hitting over 18 to 21 feet of water on Big Splithand Lake and in Tioga Bay or Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama in 13 to 25 feet of water. The north and south ends of Bowstring Lake are producing crappies in 24 feet of water. On Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, crappies are suspended over 30 feet and bluegills are providing a consistent bite in 14 to 18 feet. Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake is producing a mixed bag of panfish in 20 feet. Smelt are turning lake trout over 60 to 70 feet at Canisteo Pit, Bluewater Lake, and Caribou Lake. Hit Tioga Pit, Kraemer Lake, and Taylor Lake for stream trout. 

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA 

Walleyes have been extremely tough to find and although some panfish are being caught, the bite has been anything but consistent. Look for crappies in 18 to 25 feet or sunfish in 12 to 16 feet at Pleasant Lake, Birch Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Webb Lake, and the bays on Woman Lake.

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

LAKE KABETOGAMA

Anglers are finding jumbo perch, sauger, northern pike, and a few walleyes in a small area just off the main ice road. Minnows and setlines are working best in 28 to 38 feet of water most days. A few crappies have started showing up suspended about 8 feet off bottom in this area as well.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121

MANKATO AREA

Perch and crappies are hitting in 8 feet at Lura Lake, while Lake Hanska continues to produce perch in 8 to 10 feet of water. A few fishermen continue to catch walleyes during the evening hours between Second Point and Third Point on Lake Washington in 16 to 18 feet. The north end of Washington is worth noting for panfish in 12 feet as well.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

MORA AREA

Panfish reports have been slow throughout the area. Anglers seem to be seeing plenty of fish on their electronics, but getting them to bite has been difficult. Look to Knife Lake in 6 to 8 feet of water or Ann Lake in 5 to 7 feet of water for sunfish and crappies. But the bite has been tough.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151

ORTONVILLE AREA

Perch continue to bite on Big Stone Lake, but it has definitely been more of a morning and evening bite this week. Look towards Meadowbrook to Mallard Point in 12 to 14 feet of water with small jigs and red spikes. Walleye action throughout the area has been slow, but there are some crappies and sunfish being caught in these same areas.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleye action has been slow with an occasional fish coming out of 27 to 29 feet on Fish Hook Lake or Long Lake in 30 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at Lake Belle Taine in 16 feet and Potato Lake in 14 to 16 feet. The Crow Wing Chain continues to give up bluegills in 10 to 12 feet and Big Mantrap Lake is producing crappies over 30 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 8 to 16 feet at Rush Lake, Dead Lake, and Little McDonald Lake. Walleye action is slow with an occasional fish coming off Big Pine Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Start looking for suspended tullibees over deep water on Long Lake and Little Pine Lake.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Walleye fishing on the Mississippi River continues to be slow and there hasn’t been many boats and fishermen on it. Ice fishermen are catching panfish in the back channels by Wabasha and northern pike on tip-ups and suckers in the Baypoint Park area.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

Lake Zumbro is giving up crappies during low-light periods of the day in 15 to 25 feet of water, while Silver Creek Reservoir is giving up northern pike, sunfish, and crappies in 12 to 14 feet of water. The Weaver Bottoms area on the Mississippi River is producing northern pike in 10 feet of water and you’ll find rainbow trout just below the ice or panfish in 10 to 12 feet at Foster Arend Pond.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

A few crappies continue to be caught by fishermen at Browns Lake, Eden Lake, Long Lake, and Cedar Island Lake in 18 to 25 feet of water. Northern pike are being taken with tip-ups and sucker minnows on Lake Koronis, Rice Lake, and Horseshoe Lake in 8 to 16 feet. Fishermen are catching an occasional walleye on the bars of Koronis in 20 to 25 feet of water or at Rice in 18 to 25 feet. 

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Look for crappies on the north end of Lake Osakis, Guerney Lake, Latimer Lake, and Big Sauk Lake, while sunfish have started biting on the north end of Osakis in 21 feet of water, Fairy Lake, Smith Lake, and Maple Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. You’ll catch a walleye, or maybe two, each evening on Osakis and Big Sauk in 18 feet. Northern pike are hitting shiner minnows at Guerney, the north bay and town bay on Osakis, or Long Bridge Lake in 12 to 14 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

A few crappies and walleyes continue to be caught during low-light periods on Lake Alexander and Fish Trap Lake in less than 20 feet of water. Look for crappies on the weed edges of Platte Lake and Green Prairie Lake.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

VIRGINIA AREA

Walleye, northern pike, and panfish fishing action have all been slow in the area. The only noteworthy fishing report is coming off Ore-B-Gone/Gilbert Pit for smelt, lake trout, and an occasional rainbow trout. These fish are scattered throughout the water column and it is worth noting that slush has started to form on area lakes so anglers are finding that getting around is a more difficult proposition.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617

WILLMAR AREA

Anglers are seeing more fish on their electronics than they’re catching. Look to Diamond Lake and Norway Lake for crappies and sunfish in 15 to 20 feet of water. Nest Lake is producing panfish in 20 to 30 feet of water, while Willmar/Foot Lake is producing panfish and northern pike in 14 to 20 feet of water. Some panfish continue to be caught on the northeast and northwest corners of Green Lake in 20 to 25 feet.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Lake Lac qui Parle continues to produce crappies – and also a few walleyes – in 8 to 11 feet of water. Look to Lake Shetek for walleyes in 8 feet of water during low-light periods of the day, while fishermen are catching perch at Sanderson Slough and Lake Hendricks in shallow water.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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