Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – February 26th, 2016
Crappies are suspended and hitting over 20 to 30 feet on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, and Lake Geneva. Start looking to the shallow weed flats on most lakes for sunfish, and a few walleyes continue to come off Reno Lake and Lake Miltona during low-light periods in 17 to 20 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Walleye reports have been non-existent, but sunfish continue to be caught in 15 to 18 feet of water on Lake Marie and Lake John. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet of water on Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Indian Lake. Crappie action has slowed with a few fish being found suspended over 20 feet or more on Granite Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Pleasant.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
A few walleyes continue to be caught with shiner minnows in 20 to 30 feet of water at West Battle Lake and Otter Tail Lake. Look for crappies and sunfish in 15 to 19 feet on East Lost Lake, Blanche Lake, and Star Lake. Northern pike are being caught with sucker minnows on the 12- to 17-foot weedlines of West Battle, Otter Tail, and Clitherall Lake. A few tullibees have started being found suspended over 40 feet of water on Mollie Stark Lake and Clitherall.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Lake Bemidji continues to provide quality perch action on the 40-foot mud areas and some walleyes in 32 feet along the sand/mud transition areas. Northern pike remain active along the shallow weedlines of most lakes, while crappies and sunfish have started hitting on Garfield Lake in 18 to 22 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Perch action has been more consistent this week on Round Lake, Island Lake, and Blackduck Lake in 6 to 10 feet or the 20- to 30-foot mud. Look for suspended crappies over deep water at Gilstead Lake, Gull Lake, and Medicine Lake, while bluegills are hitting over 20 to 24 feet on Pimushe Lake and Gull.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
The north end of Gull Lake continues to produce walleyes in 22 to 26 feet on shiner minnows. North Long Lake, Round Lake, and the south end of Gull are worth hitting for crappies in 12 to 26 feet, depending on the lake. Look for northern pike in 12 to 20 feet on Cullen Lake, Gull, or North Long, while Nisswa Lake, North Long, and Round are giving up sunfish in 8 to 12 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
There’s some decent walleye action during the evening hours on North Cedar Bar and Deadman’s Bar on Cass Lake in 12 to 16 feet. You’ll find perch on top of the bars in 8 feet on Pike Bay Lake and Cass; work the sand/weed areas. Lower Sucker Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 20 feet and crappies are being found suspended over 30 to 35 feet on Wolf Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Sunfish are biting in 6 to 12 feet at Chisago Lake, South Center Lake, and Green Lake, while Centerville Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 12 to 14 feet. Shiner or sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 8 to 12 feet at North Lindstrom Lake, South Center, and Chisago. Walleye reports have been limited to a fish or two each night in 12 to 18 feet on Green or Chisago.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
The 10- to 15-foot weed edges on Serpent Lake and Bay Lake are producing northern pike. There’s some evening crappie action at Nokay Lake in 30 feet or more and on Bay in 16 to 18 feet. Look for sunfish in 20 to 25 feet at Milford Lake and Wolford Lake or in 5 to 10 feet at Rogers Lake. Rainbow trout are most active in the mornings at Manuel Pit about 15 to 20 feet down over 100 feet of water.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Walleye action has been slow, but a few crappies and sunfish are being found in 17 to 19 feet at Little Detroit Lake, Severson Lake, Big Detroit Lake, Floyd Lake, Deadshot Bay, and Little Cormorant Lake. Anglers also are finding some tullibees suspended over deep water on Long Lake, Lake Melissa, and Pelican Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
A few northern pike continue to be caught on sucker minnows in less than 8 feet of water at Rice Lake and Fish Lake. Look for crappies at Island Lake in 20 feet, Boulder Lake in 15 feet, and by the dam on Fish in 16 to 18 feet of water; Fish also is producing bluegills in 12 feet. Some Kamloops are being caught by shore anglers in the French River area of Lake Superior.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Some walleyes and crappies continue to be caught during low-light periods on Blue Lake and Green Lake in 14 to 17 feet. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 7 to 9 feet on Baxter Lake and Little Elk Lake. Anglers fishing from shore on the Mississippi River are catching smallmouth bass.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Fishing has been slow and the number of people venturing out has dropped way off. That’s likely due to poor ice conditions that include deep snow, slush, and inconsistent ice depths.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Perch have started hitting again on Cannon Lake in 8 to 10 feet, while sunfish and crappies are biting on Cedar Lake in 10 to 17 feet. Lake Mazaska is giving up a few crappies over 25 feet and look to Circle Lake for crappies and perch in 10 feet. Shields Lake is providing the area’s best sunfish action along the 10- to 12-foot bars.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Jigs and chubs are producing some walleyes at South Fowl Lake in 6 feet and Lake Saganaga or Seagull Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Lake trout are hitting ciscoes or minnows in 25 to 40 feet at Greenwood Lake, 40 to 45 feet at Clearwater Lake, or Daniels Lake and Loon Lake in 35 to 45 feet. Waxworms are producing rainbow trout in 14 to 20 feet on Leo Lake, 15 to 20 feet at Mink Lake, and in 12 to 20 feet on Trout Lake. Splake action also remains strong at Musquash Lake in 8 to 14 feet and Birch Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Wear a good pair of boots; there’s a lot of slush on area lakes.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The north and south ends of Bowstring Lake are producing crappies and perch in 20 to 24 feet, while Grave Lake and Bass Lake are giving up bluegills in 7 to 20 feet. Hit Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake for crappies in 20 to 40 feet or Little Cutfoot Sioux for a mixed bag of panfish in 20 feet. Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama and Big Splithand Lake are producing sunfish and crappies in 20 to 24 feet. Lake trout remain active on Canisteo Pit and you’ll catch stream trout on Moonshine Lake, Kraemer Lake, and Tioga Pit.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
Crappies and sunfish are hitting on the north basin of Big Birch Lake, while St. Mary’s Lake is giving up crappies over 40 to 50 feet of water. Northern pike are being taken on sucker minnows at Big Swan Lake and Buck Lake. The north end of Big Sauk Lake is producing a few sunfish and crappies and an occasional walleye is being caught at Cedar Lake, Mound Lake, and Big Birch during low-light periods.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Walleye action has been slow throughout the area, but some crappies are being caught on Woman Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Birch Lake for keeping-sized perch in 10 to 12 feet and Four Point Lake or Child Lake are worth looking at for sunfish in less than 12 feet.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Walleyes have been difficult for fishermen to find, while sauger and perch action has only been slightly better. Whitefish and eelpout have bitten most consistently with an occasional pike in the mix as well. There hasn’t been enough good fishing reports to gain any details on spots or depths; the few fish being caught have been spread out.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Perch remain active on Lake Hanska in 8 to 10 feet of water and the Second Point area of Lake Washington is giving up a few walleyes in 16 to 18 feet of water. The north end of Washington is also producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water and Lura Lake is giving up perch and crappies in 8 feet of water.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Fishing reports have been spotty, but good for perch, bluegills, and crappies on Big Stone Lake. The evening hours have been best in 13 feet from the islands to Mallard Point. Walleye action is improving on Big Stone near Mallard Point in 14 feet and the north end in 3 to 6 feet.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Long Lake is giving up a few walleyes during the evening hours in 24 to 28 feet and northern pike continue to be caught in 14 to 16 feet at Big Mantrap Lake. Look for bluegills on the Crow Wing Chain in 12 to 14 feet or Big Toad Lake in 14 to 16 feet of water. Big Mantrap is producing crappies over 30 feet during low-light periods
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
RED WING AREA
The warmer weather has allowed more anglers to fish from boats on the Mississippi River. Walleyes and saugers have both been hitting jigs tipped with plastics or minnows below the dam in 8 to 20 feet of water. Anglers on the ice are finding crappies and sunfish off the dock edges in Baypoint Bay.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
The trout bite at Foster Arend Pond remains decent in 10 to 12 feet and Willow Creek Reservoir is producing a mixed bag of panfish. Look to Lake Zumbro during low-light periods in 15 to 22 feet for a few walleyes and crappies. Northern pike and panfish are hitting in 12 to 14 feet at Silver Creek Reservoir. The ice has deteriorated since last week’s warm weather and rain, so approach the lakes in this area with a bit more caution.
Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
A few walleyes and crappies are biting on Lake Koronis and Rice Lake in 15 to 20 feet, while the north and south ends of Long Lake are giving up crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Hit Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Koronis for northern pike and the deep holes throughout the Sauk River Chain are giving up catfish. Becker Lake and Schneider Lake are worth noting for sunfish in 6 to 9 feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Sunfish have started moving shallower, 8 to 12 feet of water, on most lakes in the area. Green Prairie Lake is giving up crappies in deeper water and some bigger crappies can be caught overnight on Fish Trap Lake and Lake Alexander.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
The bite has been pretty difficult this week with no walleye action at all reported off area lakes. A few crappies and sunfish are being caught on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska, but anglers are really working for them.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 30 feet on the north end of Eagle Lake, in 18 to 20 feet on Diamond Lake, and on the east end of the big island on Nest Lake. A mixed bag of panfish can be had in 18 to 25 feet on Willmar/Foot Lake and in 20 feet on Norway Lake. The northeast and northwest corners of Green Lake continue to produce a few crappies and sunfish in 20 to 25 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Fishing action has slowed down, especially for walleyes. Some perch are being caught in 4 to 6 feet on Island Lake and Lake Benton in 6 to 8 feet. The warm weather and rain have caused many of the accesses to start getting beat up.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880