Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for Feb. 1, 2019
LAKE MILLE LACS
Walleye fishing continued to be good last weekend, despite the cold weather. Fish were caught on or near the mud flats, gravel, and rock. Those should remain quality options. Look deep during the day and on top of structure at low-light periods. Most resorts shut their road systems down early this week due to the wind and cold, but they should be ready to go by Friday with improved weather conditions expected.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Despite very cold temperatures last week, the walleye and sauger bite stayed consistent on the south shore with jumbo perch, tullibees and eelpout mixed in. Key depths have been 25 to 32 feet and some big walleyes were suspended. On the Rainy River, there’s been some reports of morning/evening walleye action on the river and Four Mile Bay. The area around International Bridge in Baudette is not safe due to construction of the new bridge. At the Northwest Angle, a mixed bag of walleyes, sauger, perch, pike, tullibees and eelpout are coming from 24 to 29 feet. There has been crappies caught over deep water, too.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Prior to the extreme cold and wind early this week, Gray’s Bay, Carson’s Bay, and North Arm of Lake Minnetonka were producing sunfish and crappies in 18 to 24 feet. Walleye action has slowed, but you’ll find suspended crappies over 30 to 35 feet on Lake Independence.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Persistent cold weather seems to be the culprit for a slower walleye bite. That, combined with strong winds early this week, also meant fishing pressure has been minimal. As weather conditions improve, look for active walleyes on the reefs or other structure in 20 to 32 feet.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleye and perch action has slowed some since last week, but the weather hasn’t allowed anglers to move around much. Off-road travel also has become difficult with more snow and strong winds causing issues. The bars and flats are still the best option for perch in 14 to 16 feet and the walleyes being caught are coming off the bars in 15 to 20 feet.
Walleyes continue to bite best after dark on structure or shoreline breaks in 16 to 30 feet. Since last weekend, weather conditions haven’t allowed anglers to move around so those with permanent houses have been taking what they can get. Perch reports also have been limited, but look to the Sand Point, Pine Point, and Goose Island areas in 6 to 14 feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Setlines are producing more walleyes than spoons in 30 to 32 feet around Birch Point in Sand Bay. Northern pike and crappie reports have slowed, although the cold weather really limited the number of people fishing for them last weekend and early this week.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
Walleye reports have been spotty, but some people are still having some success with small, subtle presentations during the morning and evenings. Anglers catching better numbers of walleyes have been using tip ups and spreading them around their permanent houses. Plow trucks will be out in force late this week with better weather expected. Road systems should be open in all areas for this weekend.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
JR’s Corner Access (320) 290-3838
Twin Cities Metro
Walleye action has been limited to a few fish coming off Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake at night in 25 to 30 feet. Northern pike continue to be taken with sucker minnows on the 10- to 12-foot weed areas of Powers Lake and Beaver Lake. Panfish action has been slow, but fishing pressure for them has been minimal due to the weather.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Once the weather improves, look for crappies and sunfish on Hydes Lake in 12 to 16 feet. You’ll catch northern pike with sucker minnows in 10 to 15 feet at Hydes, Whaletail Lake, and Lake Zumbra.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
With the snow and strong winds earlier this week, roads were blown shut, but they should be ready to go for travel by Friday and the rest of the weekend. Look for sunfish in Waconia Bay, Wagener’s Bay or on Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef in 11 to 14 feet. These areas also are holding crappies in deeper water, which are most active during low-light periods. Get away from the crowds at night and work structure in 14 to 20 feet for a few walleyes.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Look for sunfish and crappies in 22 feet on Lake Darling or 8 to 15 feet on Lake Geneva and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Christopherson’s Bay and Betsy Ross Bay on Lake Ida and Lobster Lake are giving up panfish in 6 to 15 feet. Lobster Lake is producing sunfish in 6 to 8 feet, while northern pike and sunfish have been hitting on the north end of Lake Carlos.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Once the weather allows anglers to move around again, it will be worth looking for sunfish in 12 to 16 feet and crappies in 15 to 20 feet on Lake John, Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Pleasant Lake, Granite Lake, and Indian Lake – basically the same lakes that were producing panfish before the wind and cold arrived. Sucker minnows are the ticket for northern pike in 12 to 16 feet at Maple Lake, Sugar Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Clearwater.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Shiner minnows or small suckers are producing walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 20 to 25 feet, West Battle Lake in 35 to 40 feet, and Rush Lake in 25 to 30 feet. You’ll find sunfish in 10 to 15 feet and crappies suspended over 15 to 20 feet at East Lost Lake, West Battle, and Wall Lake. Northern pike are being caught in the 15- to 20-foot weeds on Otter Tail, Donald Lake, and Fiske Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
The extreme cold weather last week and even colder weather early this week has really cut down on fishing activity. This area also received another 5 to 7 inches of snow and with the wind you need to stick to any roads that are open or bring a snowmobile The cold has slowed down the walleye and perch action on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet, which was pretty good.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
This area received more snow since last week so it is a bit more difficult getting around on some lakes. Look to Island lake for walleyes and perch in 18 to 20 feet. Gull Lake and Gilstead Lake are kicking out some bluegills and crappies in 18 to 22 feet. Perch are being caught on the deep mud or 10 to 12 feet on Blackduck Lake.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Shiner minnows should produce walleyes on Gull Lake and Round Lake in 22 to 35 feet during low-light periods. Look to Nisswa Lake, Cullen Lake, and North Long Lake for crappies in 25 to 35 feet or sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Shiner or sucker minnows are the ticket for northern pike in 12 to 15 feet at Cullen, Gull, and North Long.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
After a few days of cold, windy weather limited fishing activity, most roads are expected to be open by this weekend. Walleyes and panfish are hitting in the Dinner Bell area of South Lindstrom Lake in 10 to 13 feet. Hit the south end of Chisago Lake for crappies, sunfish, and northern pike in 8 to 11 feet. A mixed bag of panfish and northern pike is coming off Big Green Lake in 7 to 13 feet, and you’ll run into suspended crappies over 22 to 26 feet on North Center Lake.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Rainbow trout are hitting best during the morning hours along the shorelines in 7 to 15 feet at Manuel Pit, Huntington Pit, and Yackey Pit. During the day, you’ll find trout suspended high in the water column over deep water. A few walleyes are coming off Serpent Lake, Clearwater Lake, and Nokay Lake in 20 to 25 feet.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Small sucker minnows on setlines or slow-presented spoons continue to produce a few walleyes in the evenings and after dark on Big Detroit Lake and Lake Sallie in 20 to 25 feet. Look for crappies and sunfish in 10 to 15 feet on Lake Melissa, Lida Lake, Big Floyd Lake, and Little Detroit Lake.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Lake trout are being caught in 30 to 50 feet with tubes on Snowbank Lake or bucktails at Burntside Lake – some fish are being taken with dead smelt on the bottom as well. Look to Bass Lake for suspended crappies over 30 feet. Miner’s Lake is producing stream trout on small tubes or Rippin’ Raps. Chub Lake is a safe bet for brook trout with small tubes.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Northern pike are being taken on tip ups and sucker minnows on Eagle Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Ruth
Lake is kicking out crappies during the evening hours in 20 to 22 feet, while some sunfish are coming off Fox Lake in 15 to 18 feet.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
Hall Lake and Budd Lake are producing crappies and yellow bass in 15 to 20 feet. Budd and Sisseton Lake have been best for bluegills in 15 to 20 feet as well. Walleye action has been slow.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
Most reports indicate that anglers were seeing fish on their electronics, but the bite has slowed. Once the weather stabilizes, look to Roberds Lake for crappies, perch, and white bass in 15 to 25 feet. French Lake should be a safe bet for crappies and sunfish in 30 feet, while sucker minnows will turn northern pike on Cedar Lake.
John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Low temperatures and strong winds limited fishing activity for most people early this week. A few brave anglers have gone out and caught lake trout with minnows in 20 to 30 feet on Trout Lake and Greenwood Lake or Sea Gull Lake in 25 to 35 feet.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
Prior to the strong winds and extremely cold temperatures early this week, anglers continued to catch crappies over 18 to 25 feet during low-light periods on Mule Lake, Stoney Lake, Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Webb Lake. Bluegills also were active in 15 to 20 feet on Woman Lake, Birch, and Pleasant. Walleye and northern pike action continues to be slow.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
MADISON LAKE AREA
Fishing pressure has been minimal over the past week due to the weather. Once it improves, hit German Lake for crappies over 20 to 25 feet or northern pike in 10 to 12 feet. Mud Bay on Lake Washington was producing bluegills in 6 feet, while Big Jefferson Lake is worth hitting for crappies in 20 to 25 feet and bluegills in 15 to 18 feet.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Knife Lake, Ann Lake, and Fish Lake continue to produce crappies at night and sunfish during the day in 7 to 9 feet. Look to Ann with sucker minnows for northern pike in 8 to 10 feet.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Fishing reports have been limited since last weekend due to the weather. Northern pike remain active in 10 to 14 feet on Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake – sucker minnows are working best. Look for a mixed bag of panfish over 20 to 22 feet at Big Mantrap Lake, the Crow Wing Chain, and Fish Hook.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Most bites have slowed and fishing activity has been limited since the arrival of strong wind and cold air. As conditions improve, look for sunfish in 12 to 16 feet and suspended crappies over 25 to 30 feet on Rush Lake, Dead Lake, Star Lake, and Big Pine Lake.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look west of Diamond Point on Sauk Lake for crappies over 35 to 39 feet. Crappies also are hitting in the Head of the Lakes area on Lake Osakis in 18 to 21 feet and Long Bridge Lake in 16 to 18 feet. You’ll find sunfish in 18 to 21 feet on Osakis, Maple Lake in 12 feet, and Big Swan Lake in 9 to 15 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155