Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for Jan. 11, 2019

Great Eight


East – Walleyes continue to bite well in most areas, with 20 feet or more being best during the day on the mud, gravel, and other deep structure locations. Get away from the crowds on shallow structure and you’ll hook walleyes during low-light periods as well. Isle Bay, Cove Bay, and Wahkon Bay are producing northern pike and the north end has produced better numbers of jumbo perch.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes continue to be caught in St. Alban’s Bay during the day in 18 to 24 feet or 14 to 16 feet during low-light periods. The 12- to 14-foot rock points also have been productive during the evening hours. Anglers with snowmobiles and side-by-sides are getting to the main lake mud flats and the walleye bite has been very good for those hitting the mud.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleyes and sauger are being caught from 19 to 31 feet and most anglers are now finding the most success in 27 feet or more, jigging with one line and use a deadstick on the other with a lively minnow. There are some fish being caught during the morning/evening hours in 13 to 18 feet and electronics are helpful with some larger fish suspended. Resort roads are open for a variety of vehicle sizes. Stretches of the Rainy River and Four Mile Bay are still unsafe with heavier than normal current. At the Northwest Angle, a mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, perch, pike, tullibees and eelpout are being caught in 18 to 26 feet. Snowmobile trails from the south shore to the Angle are marked and open. 

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


Crappies are being caught after dark in 19 to 21 feet, and sunfish are going during the day in 19 feet throughout Carson’s Bay, Spring Park, and North Arm areas of Lake Minnetonka. Crappies and small walleyes remain active on Lake Independence over 35 feet. Hit Medicine Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in 22 feet, while a jig and fathead minnow is producing a few walleyes in 24 feet on Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The morning and evening hours have been best for walleyes on the main lake reefs in 20 to 28 feet –spoons and minnow heads or setlines with minnows are both working. Northern pike spearing and angling has been decent throughout the shallow, weedy bays such as Stuntz, Larson, and Everett. Crappie reports have been limited over the past week.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Anglers are sorting through their perch, but catching plenty of fish on the 15- to 25-foot breaks. Look for walleyes on the main lake bars and humps in 20 to 25 feet – stay on the move. Northern pike remain active on the shoreline breaks in 10 to 12 feet or in 20 feet or more on the main lake structure.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


Walleyes are being caught on the south shore humps and reefs in 18 to 24 feet, but the anglers catching the most fish have remained mobile or stayed well past sunset. The 40- to 50-foot humps in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes, again during low-light periods. You’ll also pluck some walleyes during the evening hours in 18 to 22 feet or the 12- to 14-humps around Templar Point, Fisher’s Point, and the Breezy area. Sand Point is giving up some walleyes and perch in 9 to 12 feet, although you have to sort through numbers of small perch.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Sand Bay continues to be the most popular area for walleyes early and late each day in 25 to 30 feet of water. Some crappies are being pulled from this area as well, but they tend to be suspended in 20 feet or so. The National Park Service has been able to stake the green trail from Frank’s Bay through to Gold Portage improving access for snowmobiles and portable gear. The trail also is staked through Kabetogama and Ash River and onto Crane Lake, and known pressure ridges have been marked. Trails in the National Park will not be groomed until the partial government shutdown is resolved. 

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Walleye action has been hit and miss and success depends where you’re at. The bite has picked up a bit since the first of the year and anglers doing best are getting away from the crowds. The majority of walleyes are coming from 8 to 12 feet on spoons or setlines with plain hooks and shiner minnows. Low-light periods continue to best with some spurts of activity overnight as well.

Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128

JR’s Corner Access (320) 290-3838

Twin Cities Metro


Crappies are hitting early and late each day on Lake Parley in 14 to 16 feet and Whaletail Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows and tip ups on Parley and Lake Zumbra in 10 to 12 feet. Look for sunfish on Lake Susan in 10 to 12 feet, while walleye action is slow. 

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Northern pike reports have been strong with sucker minnows throughout Waconia Bay, Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef, and Wagener’s Bay in 11 to 15 feet. These areas are producing sunfish and some crappies as well in less than 15 feet. A few walleyes are being caught between the two marinas and Cemetary Reef in 16 to 20 feet during low-light periods.

Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



You’ll find crappies in the 10- to 12-foot weeds of Little Mary Lake and over 12 to 20 feet on Lake Darling. Look for walleyes to be most active during the evening hours on Lake Miltona in 18 to 22 feet and Lake Reno in 12 to 16 feet.

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


Sunfish, crappies, and northern pike are being caught off the north access of Pleasant Lake in 6 to 12 feet. Hit Sugar Lake and Clearwater Lake for northern pike in 12 to 16 feet. Clearwater also is a safe bet for suspended crappies over 20 feet and some walleyes in 16 to 22 feet. Granite Lake is producing sunfish in 10 to 14 feet and crappies over 20 to 30 feet.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Crappies and sunfish are hitting in 10 to 15 feet on West Battle Lake, Fish Lake, Rush Lake, Wall Lake, East Lost Lake, and Walker Lake. Walleyes are biting, but only during short windows early and late each day in 25 to 40 feet at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle, Rush, and Wall. Tip ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the 15- foot weeds of South Turtle Lake and West Battle. 

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


With all the snow last week, there is starting to be some slush forming on area lakes so keep that in mind if your getting off the plowed ice roads. Walleye and perch fishing has been good on Lake Bemidji, Lake Andrusia, Lake Plantagenet, and Big Lake. Look for fish off the shoreline breaks in 12 to 18 feet, but better numbers are coming off the deep, mid-lake humps and bars in 20 to 30 feet. Lakes such Grace, Gull, Turtle, and Wolf are best for crappies and bluegills in 12 to 20 feet. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


Walleyes and perch are being caught on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 12 feet or Island Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Look for crappies on Gilstead Lake over 25 to 35 feet, while Gull Lake is turning bluegills in 20 to 22 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


North Long Lake and Nisswa Lake are producing crappies during low-light periods in 8 to 18 feet, while sunfish are hitting in less than 10 feet on Nisswa, North Long, and Lake Edwards. The main part of North Long and Round Lake are producing some walleyes in 21 to 23 feet early and late each day. Look for northern pike to hit suckers on North Long or the south end of Gull Lake in 8 to 10 feet. 

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


The east and west sides of Pike Bay Lake are kicking out numbers of perch in 6 to 8 feet. You’ll also find perch and walleyes in less than 10 feet on Cass Lake. Work the underwater points on Wolf Lake for crappies or Grace Lake for crappies and walleyes in 24 to 28 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


The Eagle’s Nest area on Chisago Lake is producing walleyes and pike in 7 to 10 feet. Crappies, walleyes, and pike are hitting in 7 to 13 feet on Big and Little Green lakes. The Dinner Bell area on South Lindstrom Lake is kicking out panfish and walleyes in 8 to 13 feet. You’ll find suspended crappies at night over 24 feet on North Center Lake, while the Pancake Island area on South Center Lake is giving up walleyes, crappies, and pike in 10 to 16 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Nokay Lake, Serpent Lake, and Rabbit Lake are producing walleyes in 21 to 24 feet early and late each day – setlines with minnows are working best. Look to Bay Lake in 25 to 35 feet, Big Mahnomen Lake in 15 to 20 feet, and Nokay in 30 feet or more for crappies. You’ll find a few sunfish mixed in with the crappies on Mahnomen. Pike remain active on Serpent, hitting sucker minnows along the 15- to 20-foot weeds.

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


Walleyes continue to hit on Big Detroit Lake and Lake Sallie in 15 to 20 feet. Little Detroit Lake is kicking out sunfish in 12 feet and crappies over 15 to 18 feet. Big Floyd Lake is producing a mixed bag of panfish and walleyes in 18 to 20 feet, while Lake Melissa is kicking out crappies and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Crappies are hitting on Fish Lake during the evening hours in 15 to 18 feet. Look for walleyes and northern pike on Rice Lake in less than 6 feet. The Park Point area on the St. Louis River continues to give up nice walleyes in 6 to 8 feet. 

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Sunfish and crappies are being caught at Little Elk Lake in 13 feet of water or Blue Lake and Green Lake in 20 feet of water. Tip ups and sucker minnows are the ticket for northern pike on Fremont Lake and Little Elk in 7 feet of water.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Lake trout are being taken with blade baits or tubes at Trout Lake and Knife Lake over 30 to 80 feet. Shagawa Lake started producing jumbo perch and walleyes in 20 to 30 feet. Look to Grassy Lake for suspended crappies over 20 feet or Bass Lake over 30 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows, smelt, and alewives at Birch Lake and Armstrong Lake in less than 10 feet. Snowbank Lake is producing a few walleyes in 30 to 50 feet.

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358


Crappies, sunfish, and yellow bass are hitting in 19 to 21 feet on Hall Lake and Budd Lake or 14 to 16 feet on Sisseton Lake. Tuttle Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 4 feet on small minnows or spoons, as is Fox Lake in 15 to 18 feet. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Look to the Orwell Reservoir for crappies and walleyes early and late each day in 11 feet. Hit Wall Lake for crappies or sunfish and an occasional walleye in 11 to 16 feet, while Jewett Lake is producing crappies in 15 to 22 feet. Pelican Lake in Ashby is producing walleyes and crappies in 8 to 12 feet throughout the day.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050


Fishing reports have been very limited due to another round of measurable snow that hit the area early this week. Depths vary, but an additional 10 to 24 inches fell on top of what was already deep snow. Anglers will likely have a difficult time getting around on lakes in this region over the next week.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


A few walleyes are being caught on Birch Lake, Woman Lake, and Baby Lake during the evening hours in 18 to 20 feet. Look to Pleasant Lake for bluegills in 15 to 17 feet or Stoney Lake and Little Birch Lake for crappies in 18 to 22 feet. Hit Pine Mountain Lake for northern pike in less than 12 feet.

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


Lake Inguadona and Big Boy Lake started producing bluegills in 8 to 12 feet. Crappies are hitting during low-light periods on Lake Wabedo over 35 to 40 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on Big Boy and Little Boy Lake during the evening hours in 16 to 20 feet with setlines and shiner minnows. 

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


Look to Knife Lake for sunfish in 9 feet, while sunfish and crappies are being caught west of the island on Fish Lake. Ann Lake is kicking out crappies and sunfish in 7 to 9 feet and northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows around the island on Fish as well.

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


Look for perch around the islands on the south end of Big Stone Lake in 12 to 13 feet. You’ll catch bluegills in this area during the late afternoon hours as well. Going into this weekend, call ahead for lake conditions. Ice depths are fine, but anglers were dealing with quite a bit of slush on the lake early this week.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


A few walleyes continue to come off Fish Hook Lake in 21 to 32 feet during low-light periods. The Crow Wing Chain of Lakes are producing bluegills in 12 to 14 feet of water and suspended crappies over 28 to 30 feet of water. Look to Big Toad Lake for bluegills in 10 to 12 feet of water. Northern pike remain active on Big Mantrap Lake, Long Lake, and Fish Hook in 14 feet of water.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Walleyes are being taken with rattle baits or setlines and shiner minnows at Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake in 8 to 16 feet during low-light periods. Look to Star Lake, Rush Lake, Dead Lake, and Big Pine for suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet and sunfish in 8 to 24 feet. 

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


Walleyes are being caught on Lake Koronis in 7 feet or 22 to 30 feet. Hit Rice Lake for crappies, most of which are suspended over 22 to 25 feet. Eden Lake started giving up sunfish and crappies in 10 to 23 feet, while Horseshoe Lake is producing walleyes overnight in 12 to 28 feet. The deep holes on Cedar Island Lake and Horseshoe are giving up channel catfish. On Clear Lake, crappies are hitting during low-light periods over 20 to 25 feet. 

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Sunfish and crappies are hitting on the north end of Lake Osakis in 12 to 19 feet. Look to Smith Lake and the east shore or northwest corner of Maple Lake for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. The area south of the Battle Point access on Osakis is holding crappies over 35 to 50 feet, as is Long Bridge Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Hit the southeast side of Maple in 18 to 24 feet, and Latimer Lake in 18 feet for crappies during the evening hours.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Sunfish and crappies continue to be taken on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska in 12 to 15 feet. Look to Lake Villard for sunfish in 15 feet, while an occasional walleye or two are taken overnight in 15 feet on Minnewaska. 

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Diamond Lake is producing crappies and a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Look to Big Kandi Lake and Lake Lillian for perch or Solomon Lake and Lake Minnetoga for walleyes in less than 10 feet. Willmar/Foot Lake is worth noting for a mixed bag of panfish in 15 to 20 feet, while the north end of Eagle Lake is producing crappies over 15 to 20 feet. The northwest corner of Green Lake started producing panfish as well.

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


A few walleyes and crappies continue to be caught on Lake Lac qui Parle in 5 to 10 feet. The north end of Lake Shetek is producing walleyes and crappies in 5 to 8 feet. Hit East Twin Lake in 8 to 15 feet and West Twin Lake in 4 to 6 feet for perch. Lady Slipper Lake and Wood Lake are giving up a few walleyes in 5 to 7 feet. 

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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