Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — Feb. 3, 2017
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Anglers seem to be catching more big walleyes than small fish over the past week. The deep mud and gravel have been productive during the day and evening hours in 24 to 30 feet. Perch are being found in the bays over 12 feet or on the main lake basin areas in 30 feet or more. The deep water areas are holding tullibees as well.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleyes remain active on most mud flats – work the top edge during low-light periods and the deep edge during midday hours. A few jumbo perch and northern pike are being found on the mud flats as well. Walleyes also can be had in St. Alban’s Bay during the day in 22 to 24 feet or as shallow as 12 feet in the evenings. Tullibee action is picking up off the deep sides of Sherman’s, Seven Mile, and Eight Mile flats.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anglers using the old one/two punch of jigging spoons and deadsticks are catching walleyes and sauger in 29 to 31 feet – colored glow lures are working best. There’s some morning and evening walleye action on the Rainy River, but work through a resort and don’t venture off the mark trails. At the Northwest Angle, perch, sauger, and walleyes continue to bite in 21 to 30 feet during the day or in the 14- to 16- foot current areas in the evenings. Slab crappies are being caught on the Ontario side over 30 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
It’s been a slow bite on area lakes for all species. Anglers are seeing fish on their electronics, but it’s been tough making them bite. Experiment with different jigs and spoons for walleyes and crappies in 30 feet or more on all lakes. The best sunfish option is to work 10 to 15 feet on the small bays of Lake Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleye action continues to be pretty consistent on the edges of the reefs or back side of Ely Island in 25 to 28 feet. The mouth of Cantil Bay also is giving up walleyes in 28 feet. Northern pike are being taken from most bays in less than 16 feet.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Perch continue to be found in the same locations such as Horseshoe Bar, Hunter’s Hump, Snaghole Bar, Moses Bar, and North Moses Bar in 16 to 18 feet or 30 to 34 feet. A few walleyes continue to be mixed in, but not big numbers and northern pike action has been strong across the lake.
Walleye action has been sporadic, but Walker Bay is giving up fish near Sand Point and Cedar Point in 10 to 14 feet. A few walleyes also are being caught on the main lake rocks in 17 to 22 feet. Look for perch on the east side and north of Goose Island in 8 to 12 feet – stay on the move.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes and crappies are biting during the morning hours throughout Sand Bay. Access points to other areas of the lake is difficult due to slush. The ice road was closed early this week, but snowmobile trails remain open.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Some groups did exceptionally well last weekend, while others really strugged to find walleyes. The 13- to 15- foot mud flats and 8- to 12- foot gravel bars have been producing the most fish.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
Northern pike remain active on Lake Auburn and Pierson Lake hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet. Walleye and crappie reports have been limited and Lake Susan is producing sunfish in 14 to 16 feet.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Northern pike and sunfish are being caught in 11 to 15 feet in Waconia Bay and on Center Bar. Look for crappies over 20 to 22 feet in Wagener’s Bay or 14 to 16 feet on Pillsbury Reef. Anglers fishing overnight continue to catch a few walleyes in 17 feet on Kegg’s Reef, North Reef, and North Center Reef.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Lakes such as Ida, Miltona, Geneva, Carlos, and Le Homme Dieu continue to give up a few walleyes in 23 to 30 feet during low-light periods. Look for suspended crappies on Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, Reno Lake, and Geneva over 20 to 30 and sunfish in 8 to 12 feet. Northern pike remain active in the 8- to 12- foot weedbeds on most lakes.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Setlines seem to be working best for walleyes in 16 to 25 feet on Granite Lake, Sugar Lake, and Clearwater Lake. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 30 feet at Rock Lake, Pleasant Lake, Lake John, Lake Sylvia, Clearwater, and Granite. These lakes are giving up some sunfish in 12 to 14 feet as well, and northern pike remain active in 12 to 14 feet on most lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes are biting best during low-light periods on Otter Tail Lake in 15 to 20 feet and West Battle Lake in 28 to 45 feet. Sunfish and crappies are being found in the 10- to 15- foot weeds on Fish Lake, West Battle, and Stalker Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 15 to 20 feet at West Battle, South Turtle Lake, and Fiske Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Perch action remains consistent throughout Lake Bemidji on the mud flats in 20 to 40 feet. Walleye action is slow, but Lake Julia and Campbell Lake are giving up bluegills in 15 to 18 feet. The hump in the middle of Lake Plantagenet is producing an occasional walleye and a few perch.
Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781
Perch reports have improved a bit over 10 to 15 feet on Island Lake, Blackduck Lake, and Round Lake. Crappies and bluegills continue to bite in 15 to 20 feet early and late each day on Pimushe Lake and Gull Lake. A walleye or two can still be caught during low-light periods over 16 to 22 feet on Island and Blackduck.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
The better walleye action has moved shallower since last week, with 14 to 28 feet now best on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Whitefish Lake. Sunfish are being taken in 8 to 10 feet on Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long, while crappies are most active during low-light periods at Round Lake and North Long in 10 to 20 feet. Northern pike are hitting larger minnows in 10 to 12 feet on North Long, Whitefish, south end of Gull, and Pelican Lake.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Crappies are being caught over 30 to 35 feet on Wolf Lake and walleyes are being caught during low-light periods, on the bars, in 8 feet at Pike Bay Lake. Work Deadman’s Bar and North Cedar Bar on Cass Lake for walleyes in 8 to 10 feet or the sand flat on the southwest corner of the lake for perch.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Crappies and sunfish are biting in 6 to 15 feet on Chisago Lake, Little Green Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake. Shiner minnows are producing northern pike on the south end of Big Green Lake, and a few walleyes continue to be caught on the deep flats of South Center Lake. Hit North Center Lake for crappies during the evening hours in 15 to 25 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Sunfish are hitting on Milford Lake in 15 to 20 feet and June Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Look to Black Hoof Lake in 20 to 23 feet and Bay Lake in 30 feet or more for crappies. Northern pike continue to be taken with tip-ups and sucker minnows on Nokay Lake, Serpent Lake, and Upper Mission Lake along the 12- to 18- foot weedlines. Walleye reports have been limited to an occasional fish off Serpent or Nokay in 28 to 35 feet. Trout action remains strong on Manuel Pit and Huntington Pit with small spoons and wax worms from shallow to deep water.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Sunfish are being found on the shoreline breaks of Height of Land Lake and Lake Melissa. Meadow Lake is the area’s best bet for crappies during low-light periods. Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, Lake Lizzie, and Melissa are giving up northern pike in 15 to 20 feet on large sucker minnows.
Quality Bait and Tackle
Crappies continue to hit on Fish Lake in 15 feet during the afternoon and evening hours. Walleyes are being caught out from the airport in the Duluth Harbor over 8 feet and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at Rice Lake in 6 feet. Anglers fishing from shore with crawlers or Looper Bugs are catching coho salmon and a few Kamloops near the French River.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Green Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 20 to 25 feet during low-light periods. Green also is producing crappies in 17 to 20 feet, while Little Elk is worth noting for crappies and a few walleyes in 11 feet. Sunfish are biting in 14 to 16 feet at Blue Lake, and Mitchell Lake started giving up crappies early and late each day.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Crappies remain active over 30 feet on Lawrence Lake and Molten Lake is giving up northern pike in 12 to 15 feet. Sunfish have started hitting on the west side of Big Thunder Lake in 18 to 20 feet and Lake Esquagamah is giving up walleyes after dark in 20 to 25 feet on shiner minnows.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Big Twin Lake is producing perch in 15 to 20 feet, while Budd Lake and Lake Sissiton are giving up crappies and bluegills in 15 to 20 feet. Hall Lake is worth noting for crappies in 15 to 18 feet as well.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Look to Cannon Lake for a few perch and walleyes on the 10- foot rock bars. Roberds Lake is producing walleyes in 18 feet and Cedar Lake is producing northern pike and sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Union Lake is worth noting for perch and northern pike in 4 feet, while the south end of Shields Lake is kicking out sunfish and a few crappies in 12 to 15 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
A few walleyes are being caught on South Fowl Lake in 4 to 6 feet and Saganaga Lake or Seagull Lake in 30 to 40 feet. Lake trout are hitting at Greenwood Lake in 20 to 25 feet, Trout Lake in 45 to 55 feet, and Duncan Lake in 45 to 50 feet. Rainbow trout are hitting wax worms at Leo Lake in 12 to 15 feet and Mink Lake or Kimball Lake in 10 feet. Esther Lake is producing splake in 8 to 12 feet, as is Musquash Lake in 12 to 18 feet -– wax worms are best.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleye action has been slow, but angling and spearing for northern pike has been exceptional on most lakes. You’ll find bluegills and crappies on Big and Little Splithand lakes and Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama. Look for crappies in 30 to 40 feet on Hill Lake, while Bowstring Lake is kicking out crappies in 20 feet and perch in shallower water. Big Jay Gould Lake and Tioga Bay on Pokegama are producing perch as well. Crappies and bluegills are being caught on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 20 to 40 feet and Little Cutfoot Sioux over 20 feet. Lake trout remain active on Bluewater Lake, Caribou Lake, and Canisteo Pit and stream trout continue to be caught on Taylor Lake, Moonshine Lake, Lucky Lake, and the Tioga Pit.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Crappies continue to be caught over 24 to 26 feet on McCormick Lake and McQuade Lake in 18 feet. Stream trout are being caught on the Kinney Pit over 25 to 28 feet with preserved or dead minnows. Hit Side Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in 15 feet and walleye action has been slow.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
The 30- to 38- foot structure areas on the main basin are producing jumbo perch, sauger, and a few walleyes early and late each day. Spearing for northern pike has been good in the bays, as has angling on the main lake in 25 to 30 feet.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Crappies are being found suspended over 40 feet on Lake Wabedo and Mitten Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in 23 to 26 feet. Hit Big Boy Lake for walleyes in 28 to 32 feet and the Bear Island area on Leech Lake is producing walleyes in 8 feet. Girl Lake is giving up sunfish in 16 feet, while a few crappies are being found at the river mouth on Lake Inguadona.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Look to Madison Lake for suspended crappies over 40 feet and the west end of Lake Francis is producing sunfish and crappies in 10 to 14 feet. German Lake and Big Jefferson Lake are giving up crappies and a few walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. The west end of Big Jefferson has kicked out several good-sized northern pike as well.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
The north end of Knife Lake is producing sunfish, perch, and crappies during the late afternoon hours in 5 to 8 feet. Hit the island area on Fish Lake for sunfish in 5 feet, while Pomroy Lake is kicking out northern pike in shallow water.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Perch and bluegill action continues to be good on Big Stone Lake, but these fish are moving so it’s important to stay on the move with them. The islands on the south end, Bayview and Schmidt’s Landing areas have been the best spots this week in 11 to 13 feet. There’s also been a better bite with wax worms.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes are coming off Potato Lake, Fish Hook Lake, and Long Lake in 20 to 25 feet during low-light periods. Northern pike are a safer bet on Long and Fish Hook in 12 to 14 feet with sucker minnows. Panfish reports have been slow, although Fish Hook is producing some bluegills in 12 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Crappies and sunfish are being caught on Little McDonald Lake, McDonald Lake, Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Big Pine Lake from 12 feet out to the deeper holes – look for suspended fish the deeper you go. Little Pine Lake and Big Pine are producing a few walleyes after dark in 8 to 12 feet.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Crappies, sauger, and a few walleyes are being pulled from the Maiden Rock area of Lake Pepin in 10 to 14 feet. The harbors are giving up panfish and the bays off the river are producing northern pike. Boat anglers are catching walleyes and sauger from Red Wing to the dam on the Mississippi River in 10 to 12 feet. A jig tipped with plastics or minnows continue to work best.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
An occasional walleye is caught in 10 to 25 feet and crappies are being found suspended over 18 to 25 feet at Rice Lake. Upper Spunk Lake is producing sunfish in 22 to 25 feet and Eden Lake is giving up sunfish as well. The deep holes throughout the Horseshoe Chain are worth hitting for channel catfish, and look to Cedar Island Lake for suspended crappies over 25 feet.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crappies are biting at Long Bridge Lake in 14 feet and Maple Lake in 22 feet and sunfish remain active on Villard Lake, Smith Lake, and Maple in 10 to 12 feet. The north end of Lake Osakis started giving up crappies and sunfish in 18 to 22 feet – freshwater shrimp work better here. Sauk Lake continues to give up walleyes in 8 to 10 feet, but it’s important to get away from the crowds. Sauk also is giving up crappies in the Graystone Golf Course area in 20 feet, while Sauk, Smith, Long Bridge, and Guerney Lake are producing northern pike.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
You’ll pluck sunfish and a few crappies on the north end of Beauty Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Thoroughfare Bay on Lake Alexander is giving up crappies and the main lake structure here is producing an occasional walleye. Hit Pierz/Fish Lake for crappies in 14 to 20 feet, while Platte and Sullivan lakes started giving up sunfish in less than 8 feet.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
A few walleyes are being caught by anglers staying overnight on Lake Minnewaska in 18 feet. Look for suspended crappies on Long Lake near Morris over 14 feet during the evening hours. Northern pike remain an easy catch with tip-ups and sucker minnows on Minnewaska in 12 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
The northwest and northeast corners of Green Lake are giving up some crappies over 20 to 40 feet and sunfish or northern pike in 16 to 20 feet. Crappies and an occasional walleye is pulled from Norway Lake in 15 to 20 feet or Willmar/Foot Lake in 20 to 30 feet. Lakes such as Andrew, Florida, and George also have produced sunfish, but not with much consistency. Big Kandi Lake and Lake Lillian are worth hitting for perch in less than 10 feet.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
Lake Sarah continues to kick out perch and walleyes in 4 to 10 feet. Wood Lake is giving up perch in 5 to 8 feet, while Lake Benton and Dead Coon Lake are producing perch and walleyes in 4 to 7 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on Lake Shetek, Lady Slipper Lake, and School Grove Lake in less than 6 feet as well.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880