Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – Feb. 2, 2018
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Big walleyes are being caught off the deep mud and gravel in 28 feet. There’s some evening walleye action on the 12-foot rock edges. Tullibees are biting in the deep basin areas. Some jumbo perch have been taken in 25 to 32 feet. Northern pike continue to hit throughout the lake at a variety of depths.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Look for walleyes off the edges of the mud flats during the day or on the tops and edges during low light. Staying mobile has been a key to catching fish. The rock points have produced walleyes at night in 10 to 12 feet and during the day in 19 to 25 feet. Tullibee reports have picked up off the mud flats in 28 to 32 feet and some jumbo perch are being caught in 32 to 34 feet.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A cold front moved in, which made walleyes a bit more lethargic, with the best reports coming from 24 to 32 feet of water along the south shore. Walleyes also are being caught near Long Point in slightly deeper water and on the reefs near Rocky Point. The shallow morning and evening bite continues to put some walleyes in buckets. The Rainy River is pushing out some nice walleyes and an occasional sturgeon during the productive morning and evening hours. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting in 18 to 21 feet of water, while sauger and perch are biting in 25 to 28 feet of water. Crappies continue to be found suspended over 28 to 32 feet of water on the Ontario side.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Carsons Bay, Phelps Bay, and the North Arm of Lake Minnetonka are producing sunfish during the day and crappies in the evening over 15 to 18 feet. Black Lake on Minnetonka is giving up crappies in 8 feet as well. Northern pike continue to be taken with sucker minnows on most lakes in 15 feet, and a few walleyes are being caught on the big bays of Minnetonka in 25 to 35 feet. Look to Lake Independence for crappies and small walleyes in 35 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleye action remains strong during the morning and evening hours off the main lake reefs in 20 to 25 feet. Spoons and dead sticks are both producing fish. Look for northern pike at the mouth of Everett Bay and in Stuntz Bay in 9 to 15 feet.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Perch are hitting in 17 to 20 feet or 20 to 24 feet throughout the lake. Moses Flats, east side of Horseshoe Bar, Moses Bar, Hunter’s Hump, and Snaghole Bar have been some of the better spots this week. Good numbers of walleyes are being caught along with the perch, and northern pike remain active in most areas.
Walleye action has been sporadic – they bite one day but not the next. The best action is taking place at night in 20 to 25 feet throughout the main lake or on the 18- to 20-foot breaks in Walker Bay. Perch are being caught, but you will have to sort through quite a few small fish in 12 to 15 feet in Agency Bay or the 6- to 10-foot sand grass areas off Sand Point and Pine Point.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleye and sauger continue to be most active early and late each day in 25 to 30 feet. Glow jigs and minnows on dead sticks are producing the majority of fish in Sand Bay. Black Bay remains the best place hit for northern pike in less than 15 feet.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
The 13- to 14-foot mud flats continue to be the most productive walleye spots with some low-light action in shallower depths. Dead sticks are still producing the most fish, with some hitting jigging spoons as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128
Twin Cities Metro
The weedlines on Big Carnelian Lake are producing walleyes and crappies during low-light periods. Hit Demontreville Lake in 10 to 12 feet for northern pike and crappies. The St. Croix River continues to produce silver bass, crappies, and a few walleyes in 30 to 35 feet. Look to Lake Jane for panfish and pike in 10 to 15 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Prior Lake continues to produce sunfish and crappies in 15 to 20 feet and some walleyes during low-light periods in 22 to 28 feet. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 12-foot weedlines of Lake O’Dowd, while the north end of Spring Lake remains a safe bet for panfish in 18 to 20 feet.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Northern pike and sunfish are hitting on the 10- to 15-foot weeds in Waconia Bay or on Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef. Crappie action has been best during the evening hours on Center and Pillsbury in 15 to 18 feet. You’ll catch walleyes at night if you stay away from the crowds on North Reef, Kegg’s Reef, and north of Center Reef in 15 to 18 feet.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Some walleyes are being caught after dark on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida in 30 to 40 feet or at Reno Lake in 20 to 24 feet. Christopherson’s Bay on Ida is producing crappies in 7 to 10 feet or over 20 feet. Look to Lake Darling during the evening hours for crappies in 7 to 10 feet or 24 to 28 feet. A few crappies continue to be caught at night in 20 to 24 feet on Lake Le Homme Dieu as well.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Look for suspended crappies in 20 to 22 feet on Silver Lake or Lake Francis, and over 25 to 35 feet on Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, Maple Lake, and Granite Lake. Sunfish are hitting in 10 to 15 feet on Lake Sylvia and Maple, while a few walleyes continue to be caught in 20 to 25 feet on Clearwater and Sugar Lake. Pelican Lake continues to produce northern pike in 6 to 9 feet.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught on West Battle Lake in 38 to 42 and Otter Tail Lake in 22 to 26 feet. Look to Silver Lake, Elbow Lake, and Fish Lake for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet and West Battle is producing crappies in 16 to 20 feet during low-light periods. Clitherall Lake, Donald Lake, and Otter Tail are safe bets for northern pike in 20 to 24 feet.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Lake Bemidji continues to kick out walleyes and perch. Low-light hours are best in 20 to 25 feet but a midday bite is happening in deeper water as well. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are working well. Lake Plantagenet is producing a few walleyes along with perch in 25 to 35 feet. Lakes such as Gull, Grace, Grant, and Midge continue to produce crappies and bluegills.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
You’ll find perch in 10 feet or on the deep mud and walleyes in 10 to 14 feet at Blackduck Lake. Island Lake is producing walleyes in 18 to 22 feet and perch in 10 to 12 feet or 20 feet or more. Perch and walleyes also can be had in 10 to 14 feet on Round Lake. Look for bluegills on Gull Lake and Pimushe Lake in 18 to 24 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Tullibees are being caught on the north end of Gull Lake over 30 to 40 feet. Lake Edwards, Nisswa Lake, and North Long Lake are producing crappies in 14 to 24 feet. Look for sunfish on Upper Gull Lake, North Long, and Nisswa in 8 to 10 feet. Edwards, North Long, the south end of Gull, and Pelican Lake are giving up walleyes in 20 to 28 feet. The south end of Gull, North Long, and Cullen Lake are safe bets for northern pike in 8 to 16 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
The main lake bars on Cass Lake are producing perch throughout the day and walleyes during low-light periods in 8 to 12 feet. Crappies continue to hit on the north arm of Kitchi Lake during the day in 12 to 14 feet or on the 30-foot mud at night. You’ll also find suspended crappies at the Two Points area on Wolf Lake over 30 feet. The deep water in Allen’s Bay on Cass is producing tullibees.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
The Eagle’s Nest and A-Frame areas on Chisago Lake are producing sunfish and crappies in 12 feet – you’ll also find suspended crappies over 30 feet here. The south end of Green Lake is kicking out panfish and northern pike in 9 to 14 feet, while the points on North and South Lindstrom lakes are producing panfish and a few walleyes. Hit the Nelson’s Island area on North Center Lake for panfish and pike or the Pancake Island area on South Center Lake for sunfish and pike.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Big Detroit Lake is producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet and sunfish remain active on Little Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, and Floyd Lake in 5 to 15 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 20 feet on Rock Lake and Melissa. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in less than 12 feet on Lake Sallie, Big Detroit, and Little Detroit.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Northern pike continue to be caught on sucker minnows at Rice Lake in 6 feet – a few walleyes and crappies can be had here as well. Fish Lake is giving up crappies in 18 feet and some walleyes in 10 feet, while Boulder Lake is producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Green Lake is giving up crappies and walleyes in 25 to 30 feet, and Blue Lake is producing sunfish in 14 to 17 feet or crappies over 17 to 24 feet. Little Elk Lake is kicking out crappies and northern pike in 10 feet, while Fremont Lake is producing northern pike in 7 to 10 feet. The Briggs Lake Chain is a safe bet for walleyes and crappies in low-light.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Walleyes are hitting in 17 to 22 feet on Shagawa Lake, and Burntside Lake is giving up a few lake trout over 70 feet. On Snowbank Lake, walleyes and lake trout are being caught over 40 to 70 feet.
The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744
Crappies and yellow bass remain active in 15 to 18 feet on Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Look to Cedar Lake for northern pike and a few walleyes in 6 feet, Sissiton for bluegills in 15 feet, and to Big Twin Lake for perch in 12 to 20 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Cedar Lake is giving up crappies and northern pike in 12 to 18 feet, while Cannon Lake is producing perch in 8 feet. Crappies and sunfish have started hitting at Shields Lake in 12 feet. Look for crappies and northern pike in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Mazaska, and French Lake is kicking out crappies and a few walleyes in 20 to 24 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Walleyes are being caught on South Fowl Lake in 6 feet, Seagull Lake in 25 to 30 feet, and Gunflint Lake in 30 to 35 feet. Lake trout are being found suspended on Duncan Lake at 25 feet, Loon Lake at 40 to 45 feet, Greenwood Lake at 20 to 40 feet, and Saganaga Lake at 35 to 40 feet. Waxworms are producing rainbow trout on Leo Lake in 15 to 18 feet, Mink Lake in 18 to 22 feet, and Trout Lake in 8 to 12 feet. You’ll catch splake with waxworms in 12 to 18 feet on Musquash Lake and Esther Lake in 12 to 15 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Perch and crappies are biting on Bowstring Lake in 19 to 26 feet, and Little Splithand Lake is producing crappies in 26 feet. Sunfish and crappies are hitting on Big Splithand Lake in 20 feet or Bass Lake in 7 to 20 feet. Tioga Bay and Poole’s Bay on Lake Pokegama are giving up panfish in 15 to 30 feet, while walleyes are being found on the 16- to 28-foot humps and bars on Lake Wabana and in 18 to 30 feet at Sugar Lake. Taylor Lake is giving up rainbow and brook trout, Tioga Pit is producing rainbows, and Canisteo Pit or Caribou Lake have been best for lake trout.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
GREY EAGLE AREA
You’ll find suspended crappies over 40 to 45 feet and walleyes on the 20- to 35-foot structure on Big Birch Lake. The north end of Big Swan Lake is producing sunfish in 8 to 10 feet and crappies over 20 feet, while the south end has been best for northern pike in 10 to 12 feet. The northeast corner of Long Lake, by the Hub Supper Club, continues to produce sunfish in 8 feet, and Maple Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 15 to 20 feet.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Some walleyes are being caught on Birch Lake, Pine Mountain Lake, and Woman Lake in 18 to 22 feet during the evening hours – dead sticks and shiner minnows are working best. There’s also some evening crappie action in 18 to 24 feet on Birch, Webb Lake, Mule Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Bluegills are being found in 15 to 22 feet at Birch, Mule, Broadwater Bay on Woman, and Brockway Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Crappies continue to hit over 25 feet on Dewey Lake and Long Ear Lake in 18 feet. On Side Lake, northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows in 18 feet, and the Kinney Pit is producing rainbow trout and crappies over 30 feet.
Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168
Fishing action has been slow and the sunfish, crappies, and perch being caught on the backwater areas of the Mississippi River have mostly been small. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning some northern pike in these backwater areas throughout the day, but they also have run on the small side.
Shorty’s Bait Shop (507) 767-4908
Perch and walleyes are hitting on the 28- to 35-foot mud or edges of most rock points and reefs. Being mobile has been key to staying on the most active fish. Morning or late afternoon hours have been best. Spearing and angling for northern pike is going strong in most bays and shallow structure areas.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Woman Lake is giving up perch in 25 to 30 feet in Hunter’s Bay, and Broadwater Bay is producing crappies in 14 to 16 feet. Blackwater Lake is giving up crappies, most of which are suspended over 30 feet. Walleye reports are slow, but Little Boy Lake is giving up a few in 23 feet during low-light periods. Lake Inguadona continues to give up sunfish in 8 to 12 feet.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Look to East Bay on Madison Lake for panfish and northern pike in 6 feet. Crappies and walleyes are hitting in the narrows on Madison in 20 to 22 feet. German Lake started producing crappies and bluegills in front of Beaver Dam in 14 to 16 feet. On Lake Francis, crappies and bluegills are hitting off Carpenter Point and near the sunken island in 12 feet.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Low-light periods continue to be productive for walleyes and crappies on Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake in 16 to 24 feet. Sunfish action has been slow, but northern pike are being caught with sucker minnows on most lakes in 12 to 16 feet.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Sunfish and crappies are hitting on Knife Lake and Ann Lake in 8 to 15 feet. Walleye action is slow, but northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows in 7 to 10 feet on Knife, Ann, Fish Lake, Lake Pokegama, and Quamba Lake.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crappie action has improved on Big Mantrap Lake and Lake Belle Taine in 24 to 26 feet. Look to Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake for a few walleyes in 18 to 22 feet. Big Mantrap is producing northern pike in 10 to 14 feet, and bluegills have started hitting on Height of Land Lake and Portage Lake in 8 to 12 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Look for suspended crappies over the deep holes on Big Pine Lake and Rush Lake. A few walleyes continue to be caught on Big Pine in 15 to 20 feet, sunfish action is slow, and northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes in less than 12 feet.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Anglers fishing in boats on the Mississippi River are catching walleyes during the evening hours in 15 feet and saugers during the day in 22 to 25 feet – jigs tipped with minnows or plastics are doing the trick. On the ice, the Lake City side of Lake Pepin is giving up walleyes, sauger, and perch in 16 to 18 feet.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Rice Lake continues to produce crappies in 15 to 24 feet during low-light periods. Look to Eden Lake for crappies in 8 to 25 feet, and Pearl Lake is giving up crappies in 14 to 16 feet. Horseshoe Lake, Schneider Lake, and Cedar Island Lake are worth noting for walleyes in 8 to 20 feet and suspended crappies in over 20 feet or more. The deep holes on Horseshoe started giving up channel catfish.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
A few walleyes continue to hit during low-light periods on Sauk Lake in 20 to 40 feet, and crappies are being caught here in the Dutchmen Creek and Red Barn Bay areas in 32 to 44 feet. On Lake Osakis, crappies and sunfish continue to hit on the north end in 16 to 19 feet, while sunfish are biting on Lilly Lake in 18 to 24 feet or Maple Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Westport Lake is giving up northern pike on shiner minnows in 7 feet just out from the outlet, and Lake Latimer is producing crappies in 18 to 24 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA
Look for crappies and sunfish on Nokasippi Lake in 13 feet and for suspended crappies over 25 feet on Fish Trap Lake. A few walleyes continue to hit during low-light periods on Lake Alexander in 25 to 35 feet. The deep holes on the Mississippi River are producing walleyes, and Beauty Lake is giving up crappies in 15 feet.
Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056
Plain hooks and minnows are producing good numbers of walleyes at night on Lake Minnewaska in 16 to 18 feet. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska continues to produce sunfish and crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Look to Little Mary Lake for sunfish in 6 to 8 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
A few perch are being caught in 10 to 14 feet on Big Kandi Lake and Lake Lillian, while Eagle Lake started giving up crappies in 25 feet. A few walleyes are hitting at night in 10 to 12 feet on Long Lake, Ringo Lake, and East Solomon Lake. Hit Willmar/Foot Lake for panfish and a few walleyes in 20 feet or the west side of Nest Lake for pike, crappies, and an occasional walleye. Panfish also are being caught in 10 to 15 feet of water on Lake Andrew and Florida Lake.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
The walleye bite has slowed quite a bit since last week, but with this week’s full moon, it could pick up again. Look to lakes such as Rock, Current, Shetek, Sarah, and Wood for walleyes in less than 9 feet. Crappies are being found on Shetek in less than 8 feet or Bloody Lake in 9 to 11 feet.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880