Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — Jan. 13, 2017
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Walleyes remain active during the evening hours on most shallow reefs. Midday hours are best spent on the deep mud and gravel and it’s important to stay on the move in order to pick off those aggressive fish. The bigger perch are being found in 25 feet or more with some jumbos coming out of the bays as well.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleyes continue to hit in most bays and on rock points over 10 feet after dark or in 18 to 24 feet during the day. Anglers with ATVs are traveling to the mud flats and catching walleyes as well. Work the tops and edges during low-light periods and off the sides in deeper water during the day. There has been some jumbo perch mixed in and a few pike coming out of the bays.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes and sauger continue to bite best in 24 to 31 feet along the south shore. Jigging spoons and setlines are both producing fish. There’s a morning and evening walleye bite on the Rainy River as well. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes and sauger are being consistently pulled from 19 to 28 feet. Slab crappies are hitting on the Ontario side over 28 feet or more and you’ll find walleyes here in 22 to 28 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Walleyes are being found in 24 to 36 feet in Cook’s Bay and Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka or on Lake Independence in 36 feet. Carson’s Bay and Black Lake on Minnetonka are giving up crappies and sunfish in 14 to 18 feet, while Medicine Lake is producing sunfish in 10 and crappies in over 30 feet. Northern pike are roaming the weed edges on most lakes and being taken with sucker minnows.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Look for walleyes on the reefs in 25 to 30 feet out from McKinley Park – staying mobile has been key. Stuntz Bay, Larson Bay, and Everett Bay have been kicking out northern pike in shallow water.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Perch reports have been best in 17 to 20 feet or 25 to 30 feet towards Hunter’s Hump and on Snaghole Bar. On the west side, perch are being found on the shoreline breaks in less than 10 feet or on River Bar and Sugar Bar in deeper water. Northern pike action has picked up in most areas holding perch and walleye reports have been limited.
Look for walleyes in 18 to 22 feet during the day or in 14 to 18 feet during low-light periods on the main lake reefs – Big Rock and Huddle’s are good starting points. Perch require some sorting, but they are biting in 8 to 12 feet off Sand Point, Pine Point, and in the Walker Narrows. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedline in Sucker Bay.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
The Birch Point area in Sand Bay is producing walleyes and a few crappies in 20 to 30 feet. Northern pike reports have been best in the Rainy Lake City area and mouth of Black Bay.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
The unstable weather hasn’t helped the walleye bite much. Generally, some people are doing well and others are struggling. The 14- to 15-foot mud seems to be most consistent and anglers that stay on the move seem to be catching more fish.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Northern pike have started hitting sucker minnows on Lake Auburn and Lake Zumbra in 10 to 12 feet. There’s an evening crappie bite on Lake Wasserman in 12 to 14 feet with glow jigs and minnows.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Look for sunfish in 11 to 18 feet in Waconia Bay, Center Reef, and Pillsbury Reef. There’s some evening crappie action over 13 to 15 feet in Wagener’s Bay, Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef. Walleye action has been best overnight with setlines and shiner minnows on the reefs in 14 to 17 feet. Look to Waconia Bay and Wagener’s Bay for northern pike.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
A few walleyes are hitting during the evenings on Reno Lake in 11 to 13 feet and on Lake Miltona in 18 to 25 feet. Lake Le Homme Dieu is giving up crappies over 18 to 22 feet and bluegill action has been slow.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
An occasional walleye can be had during low-light periods in 20 to 24 feet on Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake. Look for crappies over 18 to 22 feet on Clearwater, Pleasant Lake, Lake Sylvia, Lake John, and Little Maple Lake. Sunfish reports have been limited, but northern pike remain active in 10 to 15 feet on most lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Look to Otter Tail Lake in 15 to 20 feet and West Battle Lake in 35 to 45 feet for walleyes. Crappies and bluegills are biting on North and South Turtle lakes and Bass Lake near Underwood in 12 to 15 feet. Hit Clitherall Lake, Otter Tail, and West Battle with sucker minnows for northern pike over 15 to 20 feet.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Walleyes and perch are being found on Lake Bemidji off the main lake bars – look as deep as 32 feet for perch and as shallow as 16 feet for walleyes during low-light periods. On Lake Plantagenet, walleyes are coming out of 18 to 22 feet and perch are hitting in less than 15 feet. Campbell Lake is giving up crappies in 22 feet and Gull Lake is producing bluegills in 18 to 22 feet.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
A few walleyes continue to hit during the evening hours on Island Lake and Blackduck Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Look to Pimushe Lake and Rabideau Lake for crappies and bluegills in 20 to 22 feet. Perch also can be had off Blackduck in 10 to 12 feet during the day.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
You’ll find walleyes in 17 to 28 feet on North Long Lake and Round Lake or 17 to 36 on Gull Lake – rainbows or shiner minnows are working best. Crappies are hitting in 8 to 12 feet on North Long, Lake Edwards, Roy Lake, Nisswa Lake, and Lake Margaret. Look for sunfish in 8 to 10 feet at North Long, Nisswa, and Cullen Lake, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 8 to 15 feet on Gull and North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Anglers continue to catch a walleye or two during low-light periods on Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake along the 8- to 10-foot bars. You’ll find some nice perch mixed in at both spots, but panfish reports have been limited. Spearing and angling for northern pike has been strong in Allen’s Bay on Cass.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Crappies and sunfish continue to be found in over 6 to 12 feet in the bays of Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and North Center Lake. A few walleyes can be had on shiner minnows during the evening hours on Chisago in 10 to 12 feet, while Green Lake remains a safe bet for sunfish and northern pike.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Look for crappies over 30 feet and walleyes in 17 feet on Bay Lake or on Nokay Lake in 24 to 30 feet – evening hours have been best. The Crosby end of Serpent Lake is giving up walleyes during low-light periods in 22 to 24 feet. Hit Upper Dean Lake in 17 feet, Milford Lake in 22 to 26, and Crooked Lake in 18 to 20 feet for panfish and northern pike during the day.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
The few walleyes being caught are sitting suspended over 25 feet on Lake Melissa and Big Cormorant Lake. Crappies also are showing up suspended over 25 to 30 feet on Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Franklin Lake. Sunfish reports have been light with a few fish coming out of Little Detroit Lake in 10 to 12 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
The Duluth Harbor area on Lake Superior is producing walleyes and jumbo perch in 8 to 10 feet. Look to Pontoon Bay and the Highbanks area on Fish Lake for crappies, while Boulder Lake is giving up walleyes and crappies in 10 feet. On Rice Lake, walleyes, northern pike, and perch are biting in 5 feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Look for suspended crappies and an occasional walleye over 22 to 25 feet on Blue Lake. Little Elk Lake is giving up crappies and northern pike in 9 to 11 feet, while Blue is producing sunfish in 12 to 15 feet. Crappies also can be had during the evening hours on Green Lake in 17 to 20 feet.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
The northwest side of Lake Esquagamah is giving up crappies during low-light periods in 20 to 25 feet. Look to Eagle Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in 12 to 15 feet, and Kego Lake started giving up walleyes near the island in 18 feet of water.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Crappies continue to hit on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton in 15 to 20 feet. Big Twin Lake is kicking out perch in 14 to 18 feet and a few walleyes can be had on Hall and Amber Lake after dark.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Roberds Lake is producing crappies, sunfish and a few walleyes in 20 to 22 feet, while crappies remain active on French Lake over 25 feet. Look to Cedar Lake for crappies and sunfish in 15 to 20 feet and to Shields Lake in 15 feet for crappies and sunfish.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are being caught on Devil Track Lake in 12 to 15 feet, Poplar Lake in 8 to 12 feet, and at Two Island Lake in 10 feet – small jigging spoons are working best. Look to Daniels Lake and Duncan Lake with smelt for lake trout at about 30 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
There’s some evening walleye action in 16 to 30 feet on lakes Wabana, Trout, and Sugar. Look to Bowstring Lake for perch in 13 feet and crappies over 20 feet, while Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish over 20 to 35 feet. The bays on Lake Pokegama are producing bluegills and pike in 13 to 30 feet and walleyes in the evenings over 20 to 40 feet. Big and Little Splithand lakes are giving up panfish in 20 feet.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Crappies and bluegills are being found suspended over 30 feet on many of the area’s small lakes. Pine Mountain Lake is producing a few walleyes in 20 to 30 feet during the day or in 15 feet in the evenings. Tip-ups and shiner minnows are producing northern pike on the weed edges of Child Lake and Baby Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Deep snow has caused slush to develop in many areas of the lake so anglers have been limited to where they can travel. Jumbo perch, sauger, and northern pike have bit better than walleyes with most fish coming out of 28 to 35 feet. The best northern pike reports continue to come from the bays in 8 to 15 feet.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Bluegills and crappies are being caught with some consistency in the shallow weeds of Lake Ingudona and Little Rice Lake. Walleye action has been a bit off with a few fish biting during low-light periods on the mid-lake humps of Woman Lake.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Walleyes and crappies are being caught off the north shore access or Church Bar on Madison Lake in 17 to 23 feet. Third Point on Lake Washington is producing crappies over 25 feet, while German Lake is giving up crappies in 12 to 16 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies on Duck Lake in 20 to 25 feet and the west end of Lake Francis is worth noting for crappies.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Fishing reports have been mostly inconsistent for most species. A few crappies and sunfish are being caught during the afternoon hours on Knife Lake and Fish Lake in 6 to 8 feet, but it’s not an everyday bite.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
You’ll find a good perch bite as well as a few crappies and bluegills on Big Stone Lake. Most of the reports are now coming from the south to mid-lake areas of the lake in 12 feet. Anglers that stay on the move tend to put together better catches of fish.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods on Big Pine and Little Pine lakes in 18 to 30 feet. Panfish action has really slowed, but northern pike are being found in the shallow weed areas of Rush Lake, Big Pine, and Little Pine.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
The walleye bite has been “on and off” at Lake Pepin. The fish that are being caught are coming off the Maiden Rock side in 10 to 15 feet. The harbors and bays are giving up a few panfish and anglers in boats on the Mississippi River are catching walleyes below the dam on plastics in 10 to 20 feet.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Lakes such as Horseshoe, Cedar Island, Rice, and Koronis are giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods in 10 to 25 feet. Crappies and channel catfish are being found suspended over the deep holes throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. Hit the 18- to 23-foot hole on Rice for crappies and look for suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on Koronis.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Fish Trap Lake started giving up crappies and a few walleyes, while Lake Alexander is kicking out some walleyes as well. Look to the north end of Beauty Lake for sunfish and Green Prairie Lake is worth noting for panfish in shallow water.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Walleye action has been sporadic at best with some fish coming off Lake Emily in 6 feet during low-light periods and off Lake Minnewaska in 20 to 22 feet for those anglers staying overnight. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska is giving up a few sunfish in 12 feet and some crappies over 15 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Northern pike action has been good for angling and spearing in shallow water on Lake Sakatah and Lake Tetonka. The swimming beach and Antl’s Bay on Tetonka also is giving up crappies, sunfish, and perch. You’ll pluck a few walleyes from 17 to 20 feet during low-light periods on Tetonka.
Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873
Big Kandi Lake is giving up perch, Lake Wagonda is kicking out walleyes, and Lake Elizabeth is producing crappies and walleyes all in less than 10 feet. Hit the east side of Diamond Lake for panfish in 15 to 20 feet. On Green Lake, walleyes are being caught in 25 to 30 feet on the northwest and northeast corners of the lake and the Lone Tree area is giving up panfish. Hit Norway Lake in 15 feet for crappies and walleyes, South Long Lake in 10 feet for perch, walleyes, and northern pike, or Willmar/Foot Lake for crappies over 20 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Hit Lake Shetek in 7 to 9 feet for walleyes, perch, and crappies or Wood Lake for walleyes in 6 to 9 feet. The Norwegian Creek area of Lake Benton is producing perch and walleyes, while the evening hours have been best for walleyes on Yankton Lake in 5 to 7 feet.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880