Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for Jan. 18, 2019

Great Eight


East – Most anglers continue to find good walleye action on the mud flats during the day in 24 to 30 feet or the shallow rock piles and points during low-light periods. There’s been some jumbo perch caught on the mud and north end sand breaks, mainly along with the walleyes. The south end bays continue to kick out some good-size northern pike on sucker minnows in 10 to 15 feet.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes are hitting best overnight throughout St. Alban’s Bay in 18 to 24 feet and the 12-foot rocks. During the day, stay on the move over 16 to 24 feet. Some fish are coming off the mud flats as well, deep during the day and on top during low-light periods. A few perch and northern pike are mixed in with the walleyes. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Anglers continue to catch good numbers of walleyes and saugers on the south end in 28 to 31 feet during the day, with a morning/evening bite in 15 to 22 feet. Electronics remain helpful as some larger fish are coming through suspended. At the Northwest Angle, walleye, sauger, perch, pike, tullibees, and eelpout are all coming out of 17 to 26 feet. Crappies are being caught on the Ontario side over 30 feet of water.

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


Walleyes are hitting in 24 to 30 feet during low-light periods in Wayzata Bay, Crystal Bay, and the west end on Lake Minnetonka. Crappie action also is best during low-light periods in these areas. Carson’s Bay and the North Arm on Minnetonka are kicking out sunfish in 21 to 28 feet. Look to Lake Independence for walleyes in 35 feet and northern pike on Medicine Lake in 18 to 20 feet.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes remain active on the 19- to 25-foot reefs at the mouth of Pike Bay, around Ely Island, and Fish House Reef. Setlines and shiner minnows or small sucker minnows are working better than spoons. Spearing for northern pike has been better than angling in Stuntz Bay over 10 to 13 feet and crappie reports have been limited. 

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Perch reports have been best on the 14- to 16-foot sand flats east of Horseshoe Bar and west of Bena Bar. The tops and edges of most main lake humps are producing some walleyes, but the majority of walleyes are coming off the sand as well. Northern pike have been active throughout the lake, typically mixed with the walleyes and perch.

Lake Winnie Resort Association                   


Anglers are sorting through numbers of small perch, but coming up with decent bunches of keepers off Sand Point in 9 to 12 feet or Boy Bay and Agency Bay in slightly deeper water. Walleyes continue to be caught, but reports have been best from those on the move, fishing overnight, and getting away from the crowds. The main lake points, flats, and reefs have been productive in 14 to 22 feet and the deep humps in Walker Bay are producing fish as well.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Ice conditions have improved, allowing anglers to reach more areas of the lake. The Birch Point area of Sand Bay continues to be a popular spot and walleyes are hitting spoons or plain hooks with minnows under bobbers during the morning hours. Some anglers are getting out to other structure and finding crappies suspended over 20 to 25 feet. The Park Service has staked the green trail from Franks Bay through to Gold Portage and marked the known pressure ridges. 

International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766


Bigger fish have continued to be caught, and as the season progresses this could really get fun. Fishing last weekend was spotty with some anglers doing well and some struggling. The walleyes are there, as most people are seeing plenty of fish on their electronics, they’re just not all on a major feeding frenzy right now. The best bite has been north of center bar or a half mile off the south shore, especially during low light periods. Anglers spreading out with tip ups are catching more walleyes and there’s a pretty good perch bite in 12 to 14 feet.

Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128

JR’s Corner Access (320) 290-3838

Twin Cities Metro


Look to Big Marine Lake for walleyes in 25 to 30 and crappies over 15 to 20 feet. The 14- to 18-foot weedline on White Bear Lake is producing crappies, and you’ll catch walleyes in 35 to 40 feet here during low-light periods. The Bayport area of the St. Croix River is kicking out crappies over 35 to 40 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Sunfish and crappies are hitting on Hydes Lake in 12 to 16 feet, while crappies are biting on Swede Lake in less than 10 feet. Northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows on Whaletail Lake and Lake Zumbra in 10 to 15 feet. Lake Sarah is worth hitting for sunfish in 10 to 14 feet, and walleye action has been spotty.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Sunfish remain active in the 11- to 15-foot weeds of Wagener’s Bay, Pillsbury Reef, Center Reef, and Waconia Bay. Crappies are being found in the same areas or off the 15- to 17-foot weeds during low-light periods. Sucker minnows are turning numbers of northern pike in the 11- to 15-foot weeds as well. The best chance to catch walleyes is overnight or getting away from the crowds in Wagener’s Bay, Pillsbury and Center Reef. Waconia Bay has pumped out a few walleye as well, as is Cemetery Reef in 14 to 22 feet.

Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



Walleye action has been limited to a few fish during low-light periods on Reno Lake in 14 to 16 feet and Lake Miltona in 11 to 14 feet or 30 feet and deeper. Lake Geneva and Lake Darling are producing crappies and sunfish on the 8- to 12-foot sand flats, while Lake Reno and Lake Mary are giving up panfish in 13 to 15 feet. 

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


Crappies and sunfish are hitting on Pleasant Lake, Lake John, Granite Lake, Rock Lake, Indian Lake, and Silver Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Look to Pleasant, Clearwater Lake, and Sugar Lake for a few walleyes during the evening hours in 18 to 26 feet. Northern pike remain active on Lake Francis, Lake Marie, Sugar Lake, and Maple Lake in 12 to 16 feet.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Look for walleyes on Otter Tail Lake and Rush Lake in 20 to 25 feet or West Battle Lake in 30 to 35 feet. Crappies and sunfish remain active over 15 to 17 feet on West Battle, Rush, and Walker Lake. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 15 to 20 feet on Otter Tail, Fiske Lake, and North Turtle Lake. 

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Not much has changed since last week. There is still slush on some area lakes so beware of that if your getting off the plowed roads. Walleyes have started to pick up again on Lake Bemidji along the shoreline breaks in 12 to 18 feet or the deeper bars in 24 to 34 feet. Grace Lake and Lake Plantagenet also are kicking out some walleyes during low-light periods. Look to Gull Lake and Wolf Lake for a mixed bag of crappies and bluegills. 

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172


The 18- to 20- foot mud areas on Blackduck Lake and Island Lake are kicking out a few walleyes and numbers of good-size perch. Look to Gull Lake or Pimushe Lake for some bluegills and crappies in 16 to 20 feet. Northern pike remain active on most lakes in less than 15 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Gull Lake is kicking out walleyes in 20 to 32 feet, while North Long and Round Lake are producing fish in 15 to 25 feet. Look for northern pike to hit sucker minnows in 7 to 15 feet on Cullen Lake, Gull, and North Long. Crappies are sitting over 8 to 20 feet on Nisswa Lake, North Long, or Gull and you’ll find sunfish in less than 10 feet on most lakes.

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


Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake continue to provide consistent perch action in 6 to 8 feet. Walleyes are being caught with setlines and shiner minnows late in the day and after dark on the bars and shoreline breaks of Cass in 8 to 12 feet, while panfish reports have been limited.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              


Rainbow trout are hitting small spoons tipped with plastics or waxworms on Manuel Pit, Huntington Pit, Section Six Pit, and Yackey Pit – look for suspended fish over deep water or sight-fish them in less than 8 to 15 feet along the shorelines. Walleye reports have been quiet with a few fish coming off Serpent Lake in 18 to 25 feet during the evening hours. Look for crappies on Big Mahnomen Lake in 15 to 20 feet and the north end of Clearwater Lake over 35 to 40 feet. Farm Island Lake started producing crappies and sunfish in 25 feet, while northern pike remain active on the southwest end of Nokay Lake and Black Bear Lake.

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


Floyd Lake, Little Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, and Cotton Lake are kicking out crappies and sunfish in 10 to 15 feet. Walleyes continue to be caught on Lake Sallie and Big Detroit Lake in 18 to 22 feet – spoons or setlines are both working during low-light periods. Sallie and Cotton are producing numbers of northern pike on tip ups and sucker minnows in 12 to 20 feet.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Rice Lake continues to produce northern pike, panfish, and a few walleyes in less than 6 feet. Look to Fish Lake for crappies in 18 to 20 feet at night and Boulder Lake is giving up some walleyes in 10 feet early and late each day – glow jigs are working best on both lakes. 

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


There’s a decent crappie bite during the day at Green Lake in 17 to 20 feet. Sucker minnows have been the ticket for northern pike on Fremont Lake in 7 to 10 feet. Look to Mitchell Lake and Eagle Lake for sunfish and crappies over 14 to 20 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Lake trout are being caught with tubes in 30 to 50 foot in neck down areas or humps on Snowbank Lake and Burntside Lake. Look for rainbow trout about 10 to 15 feet below the ice on Miner’s Lake, splake and rainbows on Tofte Lake, and splake on Hanson Lake – small spoons and waxworms are working well. Sunfish are biting in the back bay on Basswood Lake in less than 10 feet, and a few walleyes are coming off Snowbank and Burntside in 30 to 50 feet with glow jigs and shiner minnows.

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358


Crappies have started hitting on Fox Lake over 20 to 25 feet, and Upper Dean Lake is kicking out northern pike in 12 to 15 feet. Work the 20- to 22-foot humps on Thunder Lake for walleyes during the evening hours, while Lawrence Lake is giving up sunfish in 12 to 15 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Perch action has picked up on North Silver Lake in 4 to 6 feet and Big Twin Lake in 13 to 15 feet. Yellow bass and crappies remain active in 18 to 21 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Crappies remain active during low-light periods on Wall Lake in 12 to 15 feet and Pebble Lake in 20 to 26 feet. Walleyes are hitting on the Orwell Reservoir in 12 to 14 feet and throughout the main basin on Lightning Lake. Hit the shallow weeds on Norway Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Wall for sunfish and northern pike.

Little Chief Outpost (218) 998-5050


Lake trout are being caught with frozen smelt or minnows on Greenwood Lake in 18 to 25 feet of water, Gunflint Lake in 22 to 30 feet of water, or Daniels Lake and Duncan Lake down in 25 to 30 feet of water. Look for walleyes in 8 to 14 feet of water on Two Island Lake, and Elbow Lake in 6 feet of water. Mink Lake is giving up rainbow trout in 12 to 18 feet of water on waxworms or frozen minnows. 

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Pine Lake by Upsala started giving up crappies in 15 to 18 feet of water and northern pike in less than 8 feet of water. The north end of Big Swan Lake is kicking out crappies in 28 to 30 feet of water and sunfish in 16 to 18 feet – do not drive through the narrows. Anglers are catching one to three walleyes a night with shiner minnows on Big Birch Lake in 18 to 30 feet. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405


Birch Lake, Stoney Lake, Mule Lake, Portage Lake, and Pleasant Lake are kicking out bluegills in 14 to 18 feet and crappies over 18 to 22 feet. You’ll pull a walleye or two from 20 to 25 feet on Woman Lake during an evening sit, and Pine Mountain Lake is kicking out a few bigger northern pike.

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


Ice conditions continue to be slushy, so fishing and snowmobiling activities remain limited to snow packed areas. Anglers have reported a good perch bite on the mud in 28 to 32 feet. Walleyes are hitting best during the early morning and evening hours on the edges of reefs. Some days a shiner under a bobber is working best and other days a Jigging Rap or rattle spoon tipped with a minnow head is working. 

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Look for suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on Lake Wabedo, and a few bluegills are coming off Big Boy Lake in 14 feet. Webb Lake is kicking out crappies and bluegills during the evening hours in 18 feet, while a few walleyes have bit at night on Little Boy Lake.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252


On Madison Lake, northern pike, bass, and bluegills are being caught in East Bay over 6 feet, Church Bar is giving up crappies in 20 to 25 feet during the afternoon hours, and walleyes are biting in the narrows in 18 to 25 feet. Avoid the deep hole area, south of the narrows on Madison due to thin ice. On Lake Washington, Baker’s Bay is producing bluegills in 18 feet, while crappies and walleyes are coming off Third Point in 24 feet. Look to the west end of Lake Francis for panfish, pike, and a few walleyes in 6 feet or the sunken island in 20 to 25 feet. 

Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Sunfish remain active on Knife Lake and Fish Lake in 7 to 9 feet. There’s a decent crappie bite during the evening hours and northern pike are hitting  sucker minnows during the day on Ann Lake in 8 to 10 feet.

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


The islands area on the south end of Big Stone Lake continues to produce perch in 12 feet. Small spoons or tungsten jigs tipped with spikes are turning the majority of fish. Walleye action is slow, but there are some nice bluegills mixed with the perch.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Crappies are being found suspended on Big Mantrap Lake over 20 to 24 feet, Duck Lake in 18 to 20 feet, and Boulder Lake over 18 to 24 feet. Northern pike remain active on Portage Lake, Crow Wing Chain of Lakes, and Pickeral Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Look to Fish Hook Lake for bluegills in 8 to 10 feet, while a walleye or two is caught on Potato Lake and Fish Hook early and late each day in 20 to 25 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


You’ll hook a walleye or two each evening in 16 to 22 feet at Big Pine Lake, Star Lake, and Rush Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 30 feet or more and bluegills in 12 to 16 feet on Big Pine, Rush, Height of Land Lake, and Star.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


A slow-presented jig tipped with minnows or plastics is producing walleyes and sauger during the afternoon hours, below the dam on the Mississippi River, in 10 to 15 feet. Anglers on the ice are catching walleyes, sauger, perch and crappies in the Maiden Rock area of Lake Pepin in 12 to 14 feet.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Look to Becker Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Pearl Lake, and Eden Lake for sunfish and crappies in 8 to 14 feet. A few walleyes continue to be caught near the islands on Lake Koronis and the deep holes throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes are producing channel catfish.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975


Sunfish continue to bite well on Lake Osakis, but you have to sort through numbers of small fish on the north end in 18 to 21 feet – crappie action also is strong here. Hit the east and west ends of Maple Lake for sunfish and crappies in 12 feet, while Smith Lake is producing sunfish in 13 feet. The north-central portion of Little Sauk Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in 12 feet and the north point on Guernsey Lake is kicking out crappies in 14 feet. Look to Big Sauk Lake and Osakis for a few walleyes during low-light periods in 15 to 35 feet. Northern pike continue to hit on Osakis, Little Sauk, and Guernsey along the 8- to 12-foot weeds.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Green Prairie Lake and Beauty Lake are giving up a few crappies and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Look to Pierz Lake for crappies and Lake Alexander for an occasional walleye during low-light periods. The 14- to 16-foot weeds on Alexander also are giving up some good-size northern pike on sucker minnows.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


The Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska continues to provide steady sunfish and crappie action in 12 to 15 feet. Walleye reports have been minimal from Minnewaska, but northern pike are an easy catch in 12 to 20 feet. Sunfish also are being caught on Lake Villard in 15 feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


A few walleyes are coming of Lake Kasota in less than 10 feet, while Big Kandi Lake is producing perch in 6 feet. Diamond Lake started giving up crappies in 15 to 20 feet, and Eagle Lake is a safe bet for northern pike.

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


Walleyes are being caught at Dead Coon Lake and Sham Lake in 4 to 6 feet or Lady Slipper Lake and Wood Lake in 5 to 7 feet. Lake Lac qui Parle continues to produce walleyes and crappies in 5 to 10 feet. East Twin Lake is kicking out perch in 8 to 15 feet, and the north end of Lake Shetek is worth hitting for walleyes and crappies in 5 to 8 feet.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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