Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Jan. 12, 2018

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS        

East – Walleyes are being caught, but there really isn’t one pattern or area that’s producing more fish than the other. Look for better numbers of fish early and late each day, and get away from the crowds. Large minnows on setlines seem to be producing more fish on the mud flats and gravel bars. Jumbo perch are being caught in 28 feet or more on the north/northeast side of the lake. Northern pike reports have been best in the bays, but bigger fish are hitting on main-lake structure. Tullibee reports also have picked up in 28 feet or more on the main-lake basin areas.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Look for walleyes in the bays along the 18- to 22-foot breaks during the day and shallower at night. The mud flats also are producing fish. Work the deep sides during the day and slide on top during low-light periods. Sherman’s, Curley’s, and Seguchie flats have been best during the past week. Look for tullibees off the mud flats in 28 feet or more. Northern pike continue to hit large sucker minnows in Garrison Bay in 8 to 14 feet.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Walleyes continue to spread out, and resorts and guides are making the push to deeper water. Deadsticks are still hot in most areas for sauger, but walleyes are preferring jigging spoons or lures with a rattles. The bite for walleyes continues to be good in 15 to 18 feet during the morning and evening, while 25 to 31 feet is better for mid-day sauger and walleyes. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting in 22 to 28 feet, with sauger and perch in water deeper than 26 feet.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA    

Look for walleyes on Lake Minnetonka in 20 to 25 feet during the evening hours. Deadsticks and minnows are working best. A few walleyes are coming off Lake Independence, on deadsticks and shiners in 30 feet during low-light periods. Northern pike are being taken on tip ups and sucker minnows on the weedlines of most lakes. A few sunfish are being caught off the weedlines of Medicine Lake, Lake Sarah, and Minnetonka. Crappies are biting at night in 20 to 30 feet. Look for suspended fish on Minnetonka, Medicine, and Sarah.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

Anglers are catching walleyes on the reefs in 20 to 25 feet out from the McKinley Park access. The reefs on the north side of Ely Island also are producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet. Northern pike are being taken in Stuntz Bay in less than 10 feet, while crappie reports have been slow.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

You’ll find perch in 18 to 22 feet on the Snaghole Bar area and Horseshoe Bar in 30 to 32 feet. On the west side, perch reports have been best in 8 to 12 feet throughout the day. Walleye action has slowed a bit, but you’ll still find some bigger fish active during low-light periods on Snaghole or the big sunken island north of Muskie Bar. Northern pike continue to be taken with tip-ups in most areas where you’ll find perch.

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Walleye reports have been best off the north and south ends of Walker Bay in 25 to 35 feet. The Sand Point area is giving up a few walleyes and the occasional keeping-size perch in 10 to 12 feet. Main-lake walleye reports have been limited to a few fish on the 12- to 20-foot structure.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE     

Jigging with a minnow is working early and late in the day in about 25 feet of water in Sand Bay for walleyes and sauger. There are some crappies roaming around this area, too. In Black Bay, northern pike are being taken with larger minnows and plain hooks. The National Park snowmobile trail across Black Bay to Kabetogama is open, providing more access to people with portable gear.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766

RED LAKE

The recent cold fronts slowed the action a little, but while spotty, limits of fish are still being caught on the 13- to 14-foot-plus mud flats or 7- to 12-foot sand and gravel bars during at low-light periods. Deadsticks are out-performing spoons, and there are still quite a few pike reports and some keeper perch in the mix.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

The Bayport area of the St. Croix River is producing crappies, silver bass, and a few walleyes in 25 to 30 feet. Northern pike, bass, and crappies are hitting on Demontreville Lake in 11 feet, while Olson Lake started giving up some walleyes in 10 feet. Look to the Bellaire Beach area on White Bear Lake for northern pike in 15 feet during the day and some walleyes or crappies in 10 to 15 feet at night.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Look for crappies and northern pike on Whaletail Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Pike also can be had on Lake Zumbra and Pierson Lake with tip-ups and sucker minnows in 8 to 12 feet. Rietz Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish in 12 feet, and look to Eagle Lake for crappies in 12 to 16 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Prior Lake is giving up sunfish in 10 to 15 feet, crappies in 25 to 30 feet, walleyes in 10 to 25 feet, and northern pike in 10 feet. Look to Lake O’Dowd for walleyes and crappies in 15 feet, while Carls Lake is producing panfish in 8 to 10 feet.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

The 10- to 15-foot weedlines in Wagener’s Bay and Center Reef are producing sunfish during the day. Look for crappies at night in 10 to 18 feet on Pillsbury Reef and Center Reef. Center also is producing pike in 9 to 15 feet, while walleyes are hitting best during low-light periods in 18 feet on the north end of Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef, and Cemetery Reef.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Crappies are being caught during the evening hours on Smith Lake in 25 to 30 feet, Lake Le Homme Dieu in 20 to 25 feet, and Lake Mary in 12 feet. A few walleyes also can be had at night on Reno Lake in 10 to 15 feet or Lake Miltona and the Le Homme Dieu Chain in 22 to 30.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Look for sunfish in 10 to 20 feet and suspended crappies over 20 to 40 feet at Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, Granite Lake, Maple Lake, and Lake Sylvia. A few walleyes have been caught during low-light periods in 16 to 24 feet on Sugar Lake, Pleasant, Clearwater, and Sylvia. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 10- to 17-foot weeds of Clearwater, Granite, Maple, Lake Francis, and Lake John.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Look for walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 15 to 22 feet and West Battle Lake in 15 to 24 feet or 35 to 48 feet. Crappies are suspended over deep water on Rush Lake, Buchanan Lake, and the narrows on Pelican Lake. Sunfish are biting in 10 to 17 feet at Blanche Lake, Rush, Buchanan, and West Battle. Spearing and angling for northern pike has been best in 12 to 15 feet on Otter Tail, North Turtle Lake, Norway Lake, and South Turtle Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Lake Bemidji continues to provide good walleye action, especially during low-light periods. The shoreline breaks are still producing fish, but so are the midlake humps and bars in 12 to 35 feet. Jigging spoons and minnow heads have been working well. Many of those same walleye spots also are producing perch. Lake Plantagenet is kicking out walleyes and perch in 18 to 27 feet, and northern pike action is good off the deeper weeds on Big Bass Lake. Look to Midge, Gull, and Wolf lakes for some crappies and bluegills.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Walleyes and perch remain active on Blackduck Lake in 12 to 15 feet, while the 20-foot mud on Blackduck is giving up bluegills and crappies. Gull Lake is producing bluegills in 20 feet, and crappies, walleyes, and perch can be had on Island Lake in 20 to 24 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

The north end of Gull Lake started giving up walleyes in 17 to 26 feet, while North Long Lake, Cullen Lake, Lake Margaret, and Nisswa Lake are producing crappies in 15 to 18 feet. North Long and Nisswa also are giving up sunfish in 15 feet, and northern pike remain active on North Long and the south end of Gull in 8 to 16 feet.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Walleye action has slowed, but a few fish continue to be caught during the day on the 12- to 16-foot rocks of Cass Lake, Pike Bay Lake, and Lake Andrusia. The 30-foot mud areas on Kitchi Lake, Midge Lake, and Wolf Lake are giving up crappies, while Pike Bay is producing perch along the 10- to 12-foot weeds.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA   

The south end and channel area on  Chisago Lake are producing panfish and northern pike in 10 to 12 feet. Work the 8- to 14-foot points on South Lindstrom Lake for panfish, walleyes, and northern pike. The back bays on North and South Center lakes are giving up panfish, pike, and walleyes in 8 to 14 feet, while the south end of Green Lake is holding suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Crappies are hitting on the north end of Clearwater Lake over 40 feet, the north end and middle basin areas of Crooked Lake in 18 to 35 feet, and Upper Dean Lake in 17 feet. Look to Little Black Hoof Lake in 10 feet and Little Rabbit Lake in 22 to 25 feet for sunfish. A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods on the bars of Serpent Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Northern pike remain active on Upper Dean and Perry Lake in 10 to 12 feet.

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Walleye action has picked up on Lake Sallie in 25 feet, and crappies are being caught at Height of Land Lake and Lake Melissa over 15 to 20 feet. Hit Little Detroit Lake for sunfish in 8 to 10 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

Pontoon Bay on Fish Lake is producing crappies in 15 feet, while Boulder Lake is giving up walleyes and northern pike in 12 feet. Look to Rice Lake in 6 feet for northern pike, and the Duluth Harbor off Park Point is giving up nice walleyes in 8 feet during the early morning hours.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

You’ll find perch and crappies on Stanchfield Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Eagle Lake started giving up crappies in 14 to 20 feet, and Fremont Lake is worth hitting for northern pike in 7 feet. Look for a few walleyes on Green Lake and Blue Lake in 17 feet during the evening hours.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappie and yellow bass action remains strong in 16 to 20 feet at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Hit Big Twin Lake for perch, and Cedar Lake is a safe bet for northern pike in less than 6 feet.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Crappies and some walleyes are being caught on French Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Cedar Lake is giving up sunfish and northern pike in 15 to 18 feet, while Roberds Lake continues to produce panfish and a few walleyes in 20 to 24 feet. Hit Lake Mazaska for walleyes in 8 to 12 feet during the day. Cannon Lake is producing perch in 8 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Lake trout are hitting frozen smelt at Daniels Lake over 20 to 25 feet and Duncan Lake in 25 to 30 feet. South Fowl Lake is giving up walleyes in 5 feet, as is Devil Track Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Look to Elbow Lake for perch in 4 to 6 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GREY EAGLE AREA

Look to the north end of Big Birch Lake for a few walleyes in 18 to 35 feet and suspended crappies over 40 to 45 feet. Twin Lake started producing crappies in 15 to 18 feet, and the north end of Big Swan Lake is giving up crappies in 25 to 30 feet and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet. Most area lakes are kicking out northern pike in less than 12 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

Birch Lake, Portage Lake, and Broadwater Bay on Woman Lake are producing bluegills in 12 to 16 feet and crappies and sunfish in 18 to 22 feet later in the day. A few walleyes continue to be pulled from 18 to 20 feet on Birch Lake, Woman, Baby Lake, and Little Boy Lake. Northern pike action remains strong on tip-ups and sucker minnows on the weed flats of Pleasant Lake, Birch, and Woman.

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

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

Crappies continue to be caught on Long Ear Lake over 15 feet and Shoepack Lake in 8 feet early and late each day. Side Lake is producing northern pike in 10 feet and walleyes in 20 to 22 feet.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

LONGVILLE AREA

Lake Vermilion by Remer is producing crappies in 23 feet, and Grave Lake is kicking out a few walleyes in 16 to 20 feet. The 10-foot weeds on Big Boy Lake are producing crappies and a few bluegills. Look to Lake Inguadona for northern pike in less than 10 feet and Mable Lake for bluegills in 12 to 14 feet.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MADISON LAKE AREA

You’ll find suspended crappies over 25 to 30 feet on Madison Lake and walleyes in 19 to 22 feet. The east bay on Madison is producing sunfish and northern pike in 6 feet. Baker’s Bay Lake Washington is a safe bet for bluegills, while Third Point is worth hitting in 20 to 25 feet for walleyes and crappies. On Lake Francis, the Carpenter’s Point area is giving up bluegills and pike in 6 feet or crappies over 30 feet of water.

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

McGREGOR AREA 

Northern pike are being caught with tip-ups and sucker minnows on the weed edges of Big Sandy Lake. Walleyes are being caught off the public access on Lake Minnewawa during low-light periods. Crappie action has picked up on both lakes during the morning and evening hours in 15 to 25 feet.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382

MORA AREA

Sunfish and crappies are hitting in 5 to 9 feet at Ann Lake, Fish Lake, Mud Lake, Lake Quamba, and Knife Lake. You’ll have to sort through some small fish. Walleye and northern pike action has been slow.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

The key to catching perch on Big Stone Lake is to keep moving until you hit a pod of fish. They are tightly isolated, but active once you find them. Hit the south end, Kramer’s area, and Mallard Point in 10 to 12 feet. There’s an occasional walleye in the mix.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Fish Hook Lake, Potato Lake, and Long Lake are giving up walleyes during low-light periods in 16 to 24 feet. The Crow Wing Chain is a safe bet for northern pike with sucker minnows in 12 feet, and you’ll find suspended crappies over 25 to 30 feet. Fish Hook continues to give up bluegills in 12 to 14 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Walleyes continue to hit on Big Pine Lake in 18 to 20 feet or on the humps during low-light periods. Northern pike remain active on most lakes in less than 12 feet, and look for panfish in 8 to 14 feet on Star Lake and Dead Lake.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Perch and walleyes are being caught in the Maiden Rock area of Lake Pepin in 14 to 18 feet. The marinas and bays off the main lake and Mississippi River are producing panfish. The river is moving slowly, and boat ramps are ice-free, but reports have been slow.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Walleyes are being caught on Sauk Lake, but you need to get away from the crowds in 16 to 45 feet. Crappies continue to be caught on the north end of Lake Osakis in 18 to 22 feet, as are sunfish in 8 to 10 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on Osakis in 18 to 20 feet during the evening hours. Look to Lake Latimer, straight out from the access, for crappies and an occasional walleye. Smith Lake is worth noting for sunfish in 9 to 13 feet and crappies in 24 to 28 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Hit Nokasippi Lake and the “thoroughfare” area on Lake Alexander for crappies. The main part of Alexander is producing walleyes in 16 to 22 feet. Look to Beauty Lake for panfish in 8 to 10 feet. Northern pike seem to biting on the weed edges of most lakes.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

A few walleyes continue to be caught during the evening hours or overnight on Lake Minnewaska in 18 to 20 feet. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska is giving up sunfish during the day and crappies at night in 15 feet. Northern pike action remains strong here as well in 8 to 10 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Look to Lake Francis for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 15 feet. The swimming beach area on Lake Tetonka is producing panfish in 12 to 14 feet. Northern pike action has slowed, and Lake Elysian is giving up a few walleyes in less than 10 feet.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 213-1873

WILLMAR AREA

Anglers are catching perch and a few walleyes in less than 10 feet on lakes Wagonda, Big Kandi, Lillian, Minnetoga, and Elizabeth. Willmar/Foot Lake is producing panfish and a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet, while Diamond Lake and Eagle Lake are giving up panfish in 20 feet. Look to Norway Lake for walleyes and crappies in 15 to 20 feet or to lakes Florida and Andrew for pike and panfish in 10 to 15 feet. Walleyes are scattered from 10 to 40 feet, but active during low-light periods on Green Lake.

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Hit Lake Sarah for perch and walleyes or lakes Rock, Goose, and Dead Coon for walleyes in 5 to 7 feet. On Lake Lac qui Parle, walleyes, crappies, and pike are hitting in 5 to 15 feet, and Wood Lake is producing walleyes in 5 feet. Sanderson Slough is worth noting for perch in 3 to 5 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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