Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report – April 13, 2018

Great Eight


East – Fishing pressure remains light despite good shorelines and main lake ice conditions. Acccess options are limited now that most resorts have shut down until open water arrives.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Ice fishing on the lake continues to go well. The reefs near Arnesen’s and Long Point are producing some nice keepers, and some big walleyes are being caught along Pine Island. Ice roads are all different with some open to trucks, some only ATV/snowmobiles, and some closed. Call ahead and work through a resort or outfitter. Big pike are being caught in pre-spawn areas on live suckers and big smelt. On the Rainy River, fishing was difficult last weekend as overnight temperatures were in single digits. Birchdale and Frontier landings are open to all boats and nice walleyes are being caught.

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


Sunfish and crappies have started moving shallower on Lake Minnetonka – start looking to those areas that traditionally produce fish shortly after ice-out in 8 to 10 feet. Medicine Lake is giving up a few sunfish in 8 feet, and some crappies are being found in 18 to 22 feet on Lake Independence.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Fishing pressure continues to be light even though the lake still has a lot of ice on it. The few anglers heading out are using ATVs and looking for crappies, but success continues to be limited.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Despite thick ice conditions and the fact that trucks remain a travel option, very few people have been on the lake. Resorts have closed their accesses so anglers are limited to public access points – fishing reports have been nonexistent.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


There’s been a few reports of perch being caught in Sucker Bay and some tullibees coming off Stoney Point, but very few anglers have been on the lake. Track vehicles are still suggested for travel.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


The fishing focus in International Falls has shifted to the Rainy River. All the nearby accesses are open and although it’s been a bit cold, anglers have been doing well anchoring over about 15 feet of water and jigging with a minnow. Emerald shiners are always a good bet for river bait. The Ron Hall access in International Falls has been one of the better spots.

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Fishing pressure continues to be limited and the few people going out aren’t catching many crappies. The only consistent report is that there’s still a lot of ice.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

Twin Cities Metro


It seems as though most anglers have given up fishing for the season, even though ice fishing opportunities still exist. Shoreline conditions have improved from a week ago, locking back up, and allowing people to get out. Few anglers have been out.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


The shorelines have improved since last week, firming up and allowing for foot travel on most lakes. The few anglers taking advantage of it are going to Lake Waconia for crappies and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022



The northeast corner of Reno Lake and Little Mary Lake continue to produce sunfish and crappies in 8 to 12 feet of water. Some crappies are being caught during low-light periods on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, and Lake Geneva in 15 to 18 feet of water. ATVs continue to be used on most lakes.

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


Walking out or ATV use remain options on most lakes. Angler numbers have been dropping as this winter drags on. Still, there are panfish reports still coming in, and panfish have been biting best in 6 to 10 feet of water on Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Pleasant Lake, Lake John, Silver Lake, and French Lake.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Sunfish continue to hit in 8 to 12 feet on Stalker Lake, Fish Lake, and West Battle Lake. Look to West Battle for crappies in 18 to 24 feet, while some tullibees continue to be taken over 30 to 35 feet at Mollie Stark Lake and Clitherall Lake.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


There really isn’t much to report from this area. For the most part, anglers have put away their ice fishing gear and are waiting for open water. Open water won’t happen anytime soon as most lakes still have 30-plus inches of ice.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Blackduck Lake is producing perch, bluegills, and crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Look to Gull Lake for crappies and bluegills in 12 to 16 feet. Fishing activity has dropped way off despite plenty of main lake ice and shorelines that have remained intact.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Snowmobiles and ATVs continue to be used throughout the area. Look to Cullen Lake, Nisswa Lake, and North Long Lake for panfish in 8 to 15 feet. Tullibees continue to be caught on the north end of Gull Lake over 30 to 40 feet.

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


Even though you can still travel on any lake via ATV or snowmobile, and in some cases trucks, there hasn’t been enough people fishing to put together a report. If one was so inclined, they should be able to find perch in shallow water on Cass Lake. Lakes such as Wolf and Kitchi would also be likely options for crappies.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


The shorelines are in fine shape and most lakes still have in excess of 30 inches of ice. Despite that, it appears most anglers have simply given up on the winter fishing season and the lack of people has resulted in poor fishing reports.

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


Crappies and sunfish continue to be caught in 10 to 12 feet on Floyd Lake, Deadshot Bay, and Little Detroit Lake. Tullibees remain active, with most being found suspended over 30 to 45 feet on Star Lake and Long Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Kamloops action remains strong in the McQuade Harbor and French River areas on Lake Superior. Looper Bugs tipped with waxworms under a float or nightcrawlers drifted off bottom have been working best. Ice fishing reports have been limited to a few sunfish and perch off Fish Lake in 10 feet of water.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Most shorelines have opened or refroze with a thin skim of ice. The few anglers that got out last weekend reported 15 to 18 inches of honeycombed ice. Some channels also have opened, but fishing pressure remains light.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


The lakes remain locked tight and main lake ice was showing few signs of a spring thaw early this week. Despite the favorable conditions, there hasn’t been anyone fishing – most anglers seem content waiting for open water.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Fishing pressure has been very light even though area lakes are showing no signs of a spring thaw. A few anglers are going to the border lakes such as Saganaga, Gunflint, and South Fowl, where there is an open season for walleyes still, with limited success.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Bluegills continue to be caught on Bass Lake in 6 to 12 feet of water, while crappies and bluegills are being caught on Big Splithand Lake and Little Cutfoot Sioux Lake over 18 to 20 feet. Tioga Bay on Lake Pokegama remains a safe bet for panfish in 15 to 25 feet, and Jay Gould Lake is producing perch in 10 to 13 feet. Trucks and ATVs are still being used.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


The north end of Long Lake, by the Hub Supper Club, continues to produce  sunfish in 6 to 8 feet, while the south end is giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet. The 8-foot weeds on the northwest end of Maple Lake are holding sunfish and the north end of Swan Lake is kicking out sunfish in 8 to 10 feet and crappies over 15 feet.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


There’s no problem getting out on area lakes, but the number of people fishing has been limited. The few going are catching a mixed bag of panfish during the morning hours in 16 to 18 feet at Birch Lake, Webb Lake, Portage Lake, Mule Lake, and Pleasant Lake.

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


Lake and shoreline conditions remain favorable with no signs of deteriorating ice early this week. A few anglers have been fishing for crappies.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168


Stream and river conditions are clear making for good fishing options. Blue-winged olives or caddis nymphs are the preferred presentations this week for trout. Brown trout reports have been best off Camp Creek, Trout Run Creek, South Fork River, and South Branch River. Rainbows and browns also are being caught below the dam in Lanesboro.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101


Perch action has improved in 8 feet on the north side of Government Point and the mouth of Lantern Bay on Woman Lake. Crappies and bluegills are hitting in 6 to 8 feet on Lake Inguadona, while the shallow weeds on Moccasin Lake are holding crappies. Hit Big Sand Lake in 6 to 22 feet for a mixed bag of panfish, Boy Lake is giving up bluegills in 12 to 14 feet, as is Swift Lake in 14 to 17 feet. As of Tuesday morning, trucks were still being used on most lakes.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


The shorelines and accesses remain intact, but angler participation is minimal. The few heading out are going to Lake Minnewawa or Big Sandy Lake where a few panfish are being caught in 12 to 14 feet.

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


The few anglers venturing out are walking or using ATVs. The lack of people has resulted in almost no fishing reports and those going are struggling to find panfish.

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


Big Stone Lake still has 24 to 26 inches of ice, but fishing pressure continues to be very light. Some accesses are beat up, but the current situation is not looking good for next weekend’s Minnesota/South Dakota border walleye opener.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 25 feet on Big Mantrap Lake. Sixth Crow Wing Lake is kicking out sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and Potato Lake is producing panfish in 12 to 14 feet. Fish Hook Lake is giving up crappies in 18 to 24 feet and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Walleyes, including bigger numbers of larger fish, and more saugers this week than last are hitting on the Mississippi River. A jig and minnow or blade baits are working best – work 14 to 18 feet for numbers of fish and along the shorelines for bigger walleyes.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


The few anglers that continue to fish are finding a mixed bag of panfish in 10 to 14 feet on Eden Lake, Browns Lake, Cedar Island Lake, and Rice Lake. Some shorelines actually improved since last week with the cold weather, but you have to be careful around those that have been heavily used throughout the season.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Crappies and sunfish are hitting grass shrimp on Lake Osakis in 16 to 18 feet. Crappies also are being found suspended over 30 to 40 feet on Osakis. The north end of Fairy Lake is producing sunfish in 8 to 10 feet and the northwest corner of Maple Lake continues to give up sunfish in 10 feet.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Crappies are being caught out from the Fish Hatchery, as are sunfish in the Glenwood Beach area of Lake Minnewaska – both in 14 feet. Even though trucks were still beng used early this week, the number of people fishing has been minimal.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


ATVs or foot travel remain viable options on area lakes, but the number of people fishing continues to be minimal, almost nonexistent. It appears most anglers have given up on the ice fishing season and are waiting for the open water season to begin.

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

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