Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for Jan. 25, 2019
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Big walleyes are being caught during the day in 25 feet or more on the mud, gravel, and basin areas. During the evening hours, get away from the crowds in 16 feet and you’ll catch walleyes as well. You’ll hook a few more of the lake’s bigger perch on the north-end breaks during the daytime hours.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – St. Alban’s Bay continues to produce walleyes in 20 to 24 feet, as is the Banana Flat and Rock Pile Flat. Work the top during low-light periods or off the edges during midday hours. Walleyes also can be had on the rock points of Lake Mille Lacs in 18 to 22 feet of water during the day or 12 to 15 feet of water when anglers are fishing at night.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anglers are reporting a walleye/sauger mix from the main basin in 28 to 32 feet during the day or 15 to 22 feet early and late. On the Rainy River and Four Mile Bay, there have been reports of morning/evening walleye action. At the Northwest Angle, good fishing continues, but walleyes are sliding a bit deeper. There’s been sauger, perch, pike, tullibees and eelpout mixed in from 24 to 29 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Lake Minnetonka is producing panfish and pike over 18 to 24 feet in Gray’s Bay, Carson’s Bay, and the North Arm. A few walleyes are coming out of Wayzata Bay or the east side of the big island on Minnetonka in 20 to 24 feet during low-light periods. Look for suspended crappies on Lake Independence over 35 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleye action has slowed a bit, with a few decent reports coming from the 20- to 30-foot structure during the morning and evening hours. Northern pike are being taken in Stuntz Bay over 10 to 12 feet. The west end of Ely Island is producing perch in 18 to 20 feet.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Perch reports have been mainly slow with the recent cold. Walleyes and northern pike are being caught in 20 to 24 feet, but it’s important to stay on the move as much as possible and work structure.
Anglers are sorting through their perch and those that stay on the move are putting together a nice bunch of fish off Sand Point in 6 to 10 feet or north of Goose Island in 6 to 12 feet. On the south end, the Claybanks and Red Rocks areas are producing perch in 6 to 12 feet. Walleye action has been spotty with the best reports coming from low-light periods on the breaks and humps in Walker Bay in 18 to 30 feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleye anglers continue to favor the Birch Point area in Sand Bay where the walleye bite is best in the morning. A plain hook and bobber with a minnow or jigging spoons are both working in 30 to 32 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over 20 to 25 feet as are northern pike in shallower water throughout Black Bay. Anglers are getting to more remote areas, with adequate snow and some frigid weather favoring trail grooming.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Very simple presentations and smaller hooks have been key. The best walleye bite is still happening during low-light periods since the water is unusually clear for this time of year. Spread out as much as possible in 12 to 14 feet. Reports have indicated that some keeping-size perch and a few more crappies are showing up in catches too.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
JR’s Corner Access (320) 290-3838
Twin Cities Metro
Sucker minnows and tip ups are being used for northern pike on the weed edges of Battle Creek Lake, Powers Lake, and Beaver Lake. Big Marine Lake is producing a mixed bag of panfish in 14 to 18 feet. The St. Croix River, Bald Eagle Lake, and White Bear Lake are giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods in 25 feet or more.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike in 10 to 15 feet on Whaletail Lake and Lake Zumbra. Lake Sarah is producing sunfish in 10 to 14 feet, while a mixed panfish bag is coming off Hydes Lake in 12 to 16 feet.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Prior Lake is kicking out crappies and sunfish in 15 to 25 feet and northern pike on the north end in 10 to 18 feet. Hit Lake O’Dowd for northern pike in 5 to 10 feet, and the island area on Crystal Lake is producing crappies in 10 to 15 feet.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Sunfish are biting well during the day in 11 to 14 feet of water in areas like Waconia Bay, Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef, and the weedline in Wagener’s Bay. Crappies can be found in similar areas during the evening, with some starting to bite a little deeper too. There have been some nice northern pike caught with sucker minnows around the same areas the sunfish and crappies have been biting. Walleyes have bitten away from traffic and noise in the late evening in 14 to 20 feet of water.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods in Betsy Ross Bay or the north end of Lake Ida and on Lake Miltona in 20 to 35 feet. You’ll find sunfish and crappies in 10 to 15 feet in Christopherson’s Bay on Ida, Lake Geneva, Lake Darling, and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Northern pike action has picked up in less than 10 feet on Geneva and in Christopherson’s Bay on Ida. Lake Mina and Brophy Lake started kicking out panfish in shallow water.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Look for crappies and sunfish in the north bay on Lake Sylvia in 10 to 12 feet or over 16 to 20 feet on Lake John, Pleasant Lake, Granite Lake, Rock Lake, and Indian Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 16 feet on Lake Marie, Lake Francis, Sugar Lake, and Maple Lake, but walleye reports have been limited.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Look for sunfish during the day in 10 feet and suspended crappies over 20 feet during the evening hours at East Lost Lake, Blanche Lake, Walker Lake, Fish Lake, and Wall Lake. Walleye action has been slow, but sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the 15-foot weedlines of Otter Tail Lake, Turtle Lake, and Fiske Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
The Bemidji area picked up around seven inches of snow between Monday and Tuesday, so keep that in mind if venturing off the plowed roads. The walleye and perch bite slowed a bit with the extremely cold weather this past week. Look to Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet for a few walleyes and decent numbers of perch in 18 to 30 feet. Lakes such as Wolf, Grace, and Gull are producing a mixed bag of crappies and bluegills.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Blackduck Lake continues to produce perch in 10 to 12 feet or on the 18- to 20-foot mud. Island Lake is giving up walleyes and perch in 18 to 20 feet as well. Look to Gull Lake for bluegills and a few crappies in 18 to 20 feet.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Walleyes are being caught with shiner minnows on Round Lake in 22 to 35 feet and Gull Lake in 25 to 38 feet. Northern pike remain active on North Long Lake, Cullen Lake, and the south end of Gull in 10 to 14 feet. Cullen, Nisswa Lake, and North Long are giving up crappies in 25 to 30 feet and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleye and panfish reports have been minimal, but the cold weather has kept many anglers off the ice. Look to Cass Lake or Pike Bay Lake for perch on the sand grass areas in 6 to 8 feet.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
Hit the south end of Chisago Lake for panfish and northern pike in 8 to 11 feet. The Pancake Island area and back bays on South Center Lake are giving up walleyes and northern pike. Hit the Dinner Bell area on South Lindstrom Lake for panfish and walleyes in 10 to 13 feet. Crappies remain suspended and active over 22 to 26 feet on North Center Lake, while Big Green Lake is producing walleyes, northern pike, and panfish in 7 to 13 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Look to Clearwater Lake for suspended crappies over 40 feet and some sunfish in 14 feet or more on Milford Lake. Walleye reports have been limited to an occasional fish off Serpent Lake during the evening hours in 21 to 25 feet. Rainbow trout are being caught during the morning hours with small jigging spoons and waxworms over 8 to 15 feet (tight to the shores) or over deep water at Manuel Pit, Yackey Pit, and Huntington Pit.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Crappies and sunfish are being caught on Lida Lake, Little Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, and Big Floyd Lake in 10 to 15 feet. A few walleyes are hitting small sucker minnows during low-light periods in 20 to 25 feet at Big Detroit Lake and Lake Sallie. Northern pike remain active on most lakes, hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 20 feet.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
A few crappies can be had during the evening hours on glow jigs at Fish Lake in 15 feet. The Park Point area in Duluth Harbor is giving up some walleyes in 8 feet, and Rice Lake continues to produce northern pike in 6 feet.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
Look to Green Lake for a few crappies over 20 feet during low-light periods and sucker minnows are producing northern pike at Fremont Lake in 7 to 10 feet. Blue Lake and Mitchell Lake are giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 14 feet.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
Lake trout are hitting tubes on Snowbank Lake or bucktails at Burntside in 30 to 50 feet. Look to Grassy Lake for crappies and sunfish over 20 feet. Rippin’ Raps or small tubes are producing rainbow trout at Miner’s Pit – look for suspended fish throughout the water column from 10 to 40 feet. A few walleyes are being caught with shiner or rainbow minnows on Shagawa Lake in 20 to 30 feet.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Budd Lake is producing perch, yellow bass, and crappies in 18 to 21 feet, while Hall Lake and Lake Sisseton are giving up yellow perch and crappies in 18 to 21 feet as well. Look for perch in 4 to 6 feet on North Silver Lake or 13 to 15 feet on Big Twin Lake.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Crappies and sunfish are hitting on French Lake over 30 feet, while Roberds Lake is producing crappies, perch, and white bass in 15 to 25 feet. Shields Lake is kicking out a mixed bag of panfish. Good-sized northern pike are being caught on tip-ups and sucker minnows along the weed edges of both Cedar Lake and Roberds.
John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Lake trout are hitting minnows on Trout Lake in 30 to 40 feet, Greenwood Lake in 25 to 35 feet, and Gunflint Lake in 40 to 45 feet. Look for rainbow trout on Mink Lake in 15 to 20 feet, Leo Lake in 18 to 25 feet, and Kimball Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Waxworms are working best. South Fowl Lake is kicking out walleyes in 4 to 6 feet, as is Poplar Lake in 12 to 15 feet and Crescent Lake in 10 to 15 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GREY EAGLE AREA
Maple Lake continues to produce sunfish and a few crappies, to the left of the access, in 10 to 12 feet. You’ll also find a mixed bag of panfish on the north end of Pine Lake in 12 to 15 feet, while St. Anna Lake (Rooney Lake) is giving up sunfish as well. A few walleyes and crappies can be had during low-light periods at Big Birch Lake on the 18- to 22-foot structure.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
Bluegills are hitting early in the morning on Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, and the bays of Woman Lake in 15 to 20 feet. You’ll find suspended crappies over 18 to 25 feet during the evening hours on Birch, Pleasant, Stoney Lake, Mule Lake, and Webb Lake. Walleye action has been slow, but northern pike are being caught with sucker minnows on Pine Mountain Lake in less than 12 feet of water.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
You have to stay on the move, but you’ll find suspended crappies over 38 feet on Lake Wabedo. Bluegills are hitting in 10 to 12 feet on Mable Lake and Lake Inguadona in the 8- to 10-foot weeds. Walleye action is limited to a few fish off Little Boy Lake during the evening hours in 16 to 22 feet.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Mud Bay on Lake Washington is producing bluegills in 6 feet, while the sand flats between Grassy Island and Third Point are giving up walleyes in 24 feet. Hit German Lake for suspended crappies over 25 feet – or the 10- to 12-foot weedline for northern pike. On the west end of Big Jefferson Lake, you’ll find crappies over 20 to 25 feet and bluegills in 15 to 18 feet.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Hit Ann Lake, Knife Lake, and Fish Lake for sunfish during the day and crappies at night in 7 to 9 feet. Ann also is producing northern pike on sucker minnows fished in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Perch and some bluegills continue to be caught around the island on the south end of Big Stone Lake in 12 feet. Use an aggressive bait such as a spoon or rattle bait to draw them in and then slow down with tungsten jigs and waxworms in order to catch more fish.
Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Crappies and sunfish are being found slightly suspended over 20 to 22 feet on Fish Hook Lake, Big Mantrap Lake, and the Crow Wing Chain. Walleye reports have been limited, but you’ll catch northern pike on Long Lake and Fish Hook in 10 to 14 feet.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
You’ll continue to find bluegills in 12 to 16 feet and suspended crappies over 25 to 30 feet on Star Lake, Rush Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Height of Land Lake. Walleye action has really slowed, but northern pike continue to hit in less than 15 feet on most lakes.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
The recent cold snap has limited fishing activity from boats on the Mississippi River. Minnows are producing crappies, perch, and walleyes through the ice in the Maiden Rock area of Lake Pepin in 10 to 13 feet. The docks in Baypoint Bay are giving up panfish as well.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Cedar Island Lake started giving up crappies in 18 to 25 feet, and Rice Lake is producing crappies in 15 to 25 feet. Sunfish continue to hit on Becker Lake in 8 to 14 feet, while Eden Lake is producing a mixed bag of panfish in 20 feet. The deep holes on Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island are giving up channel catfish.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
Sunfish and crappies continue to be caught on the Glenwood side of Lake Minnewaska in 12 to 14 feet. Work from the fish hatchery area to the Lakeside Ballroom. A few walleyes are being caught with setlines and shiner minnows on Minnewaska, overnight, in 14 to 17 feet.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
The north and south ends of Lake Shetek are giving up walleyes and crappies in 5 to 8 feet. Wood Lake, Dead Coon Lake, and Lady Slipper Lake are producing walleyes in 4 to 7 feet. Perch remain active over 8 to 15 feet on East Twin Lake, and Lake Lac qui Parle is kicking out some walleyes and crappies in 5 to 10 feet.
Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880
Additional snow during the past week has made it difficult to get around on some lakes if roads aren’t plowed. Anglers are getting around on Bitter Lake and catching walleyes and perch in 20 to 25 feet. Reports from Lake Waubay and other area lakes have been limited.
Sportsman’s Cove (605) 345-2468
Walleyes are being caught on the flats, Dock Hagen’s area, and Six Mile Bay in 10 to 15 feet The bite has been more sporadic than a week ago. Perch anglers have experienced good days and slow days as well, and those willing to be mobile have caught better numbers of jumbos. Look to East Bay, Black Tiger Bay, and East Devil’s Lake in 30 to 50 feet.
Eye Hangers Guide Service (701) 230-7080
Setlines and minnows are out-producing spoons for walleyes at Lake Wapogasset in 12 feet, Half Moon Lake in 15 to 30 feet, and Butternut Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Northern pike and sunfish are being taken in 6 to 8 feet on White Ash Lake, while crappie reports have been limited. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 6 to 12 feet at Big Round Lake and East Balsam Lake.
Country Store (715) 268-7482
Look for crappies and sunfish suspended over the deep basin areas of Nelson Lake and Smith Lake. Walleyes are hitting spoons and setlines with shiner minnows during low-light periods at Lake Lac Courte Oreilles, Grindstone Lake, and Round Lake in 23 to 28 feet. Tip-ups and shiner minnows are producing northern pike in 6 to 12 feet on the Chippewa Flowage and Nelson.
Hayward Bait & Tackle (715) 634-2921