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Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report — Jan. 18, 2023

Great Eight

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Fishing pressure has been somewhat light, mainly due to deep slush. Those going out are catching walleyes late in the day on shoreline structure in 15 to 18 feet. If you can get to it, the deep-end gravel is giving up walleyes and some bigger perch in 24 to 30 feet. Lake conditions remain difficult with slush limiting where anglers can get to. Resorts are adapting to the situation and getting some roads open, but travel off them is nearly impossible unless you have some type of tracked vehicle. Work through a resort.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811 www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Fishing pressure has been light, mainly due to lake conditions. There are walleyes being caught on the rocks in St. Alban’s Bay and off the points in 18 to 20 feet. A few anglers on snowmobiles or ATVs with tracks have been going to the mud flats and catching walleyes in 22 to 25 feet late in the day. Varying ice depths, deep snow, and slush continue to limit travel on this end of the lake.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430 www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Numbers of small walleyes and sauger are being sorted through, along with some eaters, slot fish, and trophy walleyes in 30 to 36 feet of water. Jigging with a small spoon and piece of minnow has been effective and on your second line, use a live minnow set anywhere from 6 inches to 2 feet off of bottom. Eelpout, pike, jumbo perch, tullibees, and a few crappies and sturgeon have been in the mix. Reports have been similar to last week on the Rainy River with a mixed bag of walleyes and sauger being caught during the morning and evening hours. Ice conditions vary on the river with current, so work through a resort or outfitter for safety. At the Northwest Angle, a nice mix of walleye sizes and some big pike are being caught. There have been some nice crappies caught on the Ontario side around the islands.

Lake of the Woods Tourism

Bureau (800) 382-FISH www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Crappies and sunfish are going in Carson’s Bay, North Arm, Phelp’s Bay, and Black Lake on Lake Minnetonka in 18 to 22 feet. A few walleyes are being caught in 28 to 30 feet with deadsticks and fatheads late in the day on Excelsior Bay, Wayzata Bay, and Brown’s Bay on Minnetonka. Crappies are being found suspended over 30 feet on Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake is producing pike in 15 to 18 feet on sucker minnows and tip-ups. Walking out or snowmobiles remain the best travel options due to deep snow and slush.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

LAKE VERMILION

The reefs around Birch Island, Ely Island, and mouth of Pike Bay out from McKinley Park have been giving up walleyes. The morning hours have been best in 25 to 30 feet with deadsticks and minnows or glow spoons.

Roads have been plowed to these locations, but off-road travel is still an issue due to slush.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes are being caught most consistently during low-light periods on deadsticks and fatheads on the main-lake bars in 15 to 20 feet. There is some daytime walleye activity, structure-related, in 25 to 30 feet as well. Anglers willing to drill holes and stay on the move seem to be catching a few more fish. Perch remain scattered, some mixed with the walleyes, and others being found in 15 to 18 feet. Again, stay on the move to find more numbers and pods with bigger perch. Lake conditions are good, with some off-road travel issues, so work through a resort.

Lake Winnie Resort Association www.lakewinnie.net

LEECH LAKE

Walleye action has been slower in Walker Bay this week, but the main lake has been producing some fish. Small sucker minnows are working best in the Bear Island area, Pine Point area, or main-lake humps and structure in 10 to 15 feet. Some anglers are finding bigger perch in 8 to 14 feet off Goose Island, Sand Point, and Cedar Point. Eelpout remain active during the evening hours on the main lake in 18 to 26 feet. Trucks are being used, but stick to the plowed roads. There’s slush in spots. It’s gotten better, but off-road travel remains an issue in some areas.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

Walleyes are hitting small shiner minnows on deadsticks in 28 to 35 feet. There have been some big pike caught on the same structure with shiners or small sucker minnows. Perch are beginning to show up over the mud basins in 28 to 32 feet. Anglers are experiencing better lake travel now that much of the slush has frozen.

RainyDaze Guide Service (218) 290-6102

RED LAKE

For this time of the year, walleye activity has remained pretty solid. Not everyone is catching piles of fish, but limits do continue to show up with some consistency. Resorts and outfitters continue to move to new areas, and they seem to be staying on fish. The rocks on the south shore, 6 to 8 miles out on the north shore, and deep water to the east have all produced walleyes, along with some perch, pike, and crappies. Deadsticks are working best early and late in the day with some fish hitting overnight as well in 13 feet of water.

West Wind Resort (218) 647-8998

JR’s Corner Access (320) 290-3838

Twin Cities Metro

WEST METRO

You’ll catch sunfish during the day and crappies each evening on Wasserman Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Lake Minnewashta continues to produce sunfish and crappies in 17 to 20 feet. Hit Lake Parley for sunfish over 12 feet. Bigger fish have been suspended. Trucks are being used on a few bays and lakes, but anglers are mostly limited to walking out with slush issues on lakes throughout the area.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

SOUTH METRO

Upper Prior and Lower Prior lakes continue to produce crappies during low-light periods in 15 to 17 feet. There’s also an evening crappie bite at Cedar Lake in 12 feet. Prior is giving up sunfish during the day in 15 feet, while northern pike are taking suckers in 6 to 10 feet on Lake O’Dowd and Orchard Lake. Local lakes have a lot of slush on them, so most anglers continue to walk out.

Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096

LAKE WACONIA

Crappies are being caught during low-light periods on Pillsbury and Center reefs in 15 to 18 feet, while sunfish are going over 12 to 15 feet in Waconia Bay, Pillsbury Reef, and Center Reef. Suckers are producing northern pike in 12 to 15 feet in Wagener’s Bay, Waconia Bay, and on Pillsbury Reef. A few walleyes are biting at night in Waconia Bay and Center Reef in 15 to 18 feet. Trucks are being used, but travel is difficult off any plowed roads due to slush.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096 www.intownemarina.com

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Crappies and sunfish are active and suspended over 20 to 30 feet early and late each day on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Geneva, Lake Darling, and Lake Ida. An occasional walleye or two are caught, mainly overnight with deadsticks, on the 18- to 20-foot structure throughout Lake Miltona, Ida, and Reno Lake. Northern pike are being taken with tip-ups and shiner minnows in 10 to 15 feet at Darling and Little Mary Lake. Avoid any snow drifts and you should have no problem getting around on area lakes with trucks.

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

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Look for bigger crappies and bluegills to be suspended over 20 to 25 feet on Fish Lake, Silver Lake, Clitherall Lake, Stalker Lake, and South Turtle Lake. A few walleyes are being caught at night with shiner minnows in 15 to 35 feet at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, Silver, and Stalker. Tip-ups and suckers are producing pike in the 15- to 20-foot weeds on West Battle, Rush Lake, and Otter Tail. Avoid any drifts on area lakes and you can get around with trucks, ATVs, and snowmobiles.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

There are a few plowed roads on Lake Bemidji, and if you stay on them you’ll be able to move around. But do not get off of them unless you have a track vehicle or snowmobile due to pockets of deep slush and varying ice depths, especially on the north end. The Lavinia access was closed off early this week because of poor ice conditions. There is a walleye bite going with jigging spoons during the early morning and late afternoon hours in 12 to 18 feet on Bemidji. A few walleyes and perch are also coming off of Lake Plantagenet.

Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172

BLACKDUCK AREA

Bluegills and crappies continue to be caught on Gull Lake, Blackduck Lake, and Island Lake in 15 to 20 feet. You’ll also find a mixed bag of panfish on Rabideau Lake in 15 to 18 feet and Gilstead Lake over 25 to 30 feet. A few walleyes are being taken on spoons or deadsticks and fatheads during the evening hours at Island and Round Lake in 15 to 20 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Rainbows and shiner minnows are producing walleyes in the late afternoon hours over 18 to 28 feet at Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Pelican Lake. Crappies are being found suspended in 12 to 22 feet during low-light periods on Gull, Nisswa Lake, North Long Lake, and Lake Edward. Sunfish are going in 8 to 12 feet at Nisswa, North Long, and Pelican. Sucker minnows are turning pike in less than 12 feet on Gull, Edward, and North Long. Ice depths vary and while trucks are being used on some lakes, ATVs or snowmobiles are the best travel options.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Bigger perch are being caught on Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake in 7 to 9 feet or 18 to 25 feet . They’re moving, so move around with them. Walleye action has been slow, with a few fish being caught at night in 18 to 25 feet on Cass. Look to Big Lake, Grace Lake and Kitchi Lake for a mixed bag of panfish along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines. Some crappies are being found suspended over deep water as well. Roads have been plowed, and trucks are being used on most lakes. Just avoid any drifts.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831 sunsetcove-resort.com

CHISAGO AREA

Walleyes are being caught during low-light periods on hard-bottom areas throughout Green Lake, Chisago Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake in 14 to 17 feet. Look for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet and crappies in slightly deeper water on the south end of Chisago, South Lindstrom, and South Center Lake. Sucker minnows are producing pike and bass in the 10- to 14-foot weeds on most lakes. Truck use is very limited due to deep snow and slush. Most anglers continue to walk out or use snowmobiles on local lakes.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Rainbow trout are hitting small spoons and wax worms during the morning hours on Manuel Pit, Section Six Pit, and Yawkey Pit. Look for suspended fish over 60 feet or more. You’ll find suspended crappies over 20 to 25 feet (a few deeper) on Crooked Lake, Bay Lake, Nokay Lake, and Little Rabbit Lake. Hit Milford Lake for sunfish in 14 to 20 feet, and a few walleyes are coming off Serpent Lake during the late-evening hours over 20 to 30 feet. There is a lot of slush on area lakes, but snowmobiles and ATVs are being used, along with some limited truck use on some lakes if roads are plowed.

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

A few walleyes are being caught with spoons early and late each day on Big Cormorant Lake, Lake Sallie, Lake Melissa, and Big Detroit Lake in 17 to 22 feet. Crappies are being found suspended over 25 feet or more on Sallie, Melissa, and Big Detroit. Look to Height of Land Lake for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet. Trucks are being used on many lakes, but there is inconsistent ice and slush on some lakes, so you need to watch where you’re going.

Quality Bait & Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA

Walleyes and perch are being taken with spoons on Boulder Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Rice Lake continues to produce pike on sucker minnows in 6 feet. Walleyes and crappies remain active over 8 to 12 feet in the Park Point area of Duluth Harbor. Lake trout reports have been mixed from lakes up the Gunflint Trail, but Mayhew Lake and Gunflint Lake seem to be most productive over 25 to 35 feet with deadsticks and small sucker minnows. There’s still some slush on area lakes, but snowmobiles are being used on most.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST-CENTRAL MN

Fishing activity has been limited due to deep snow and slush. Walking out is the only option on most lakes. A few crappies and sunfish are being caught on Blue Lake, Little Elk Lake, and Green Lake in 14 to 17 feet.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

A few lake trout are being caught on tubes and spoons around the points and sharp breaks in 30 to 50 feet on Burntside Lake, Snowbank Lake, Trout Lake, Bass Lake, and Knife Lake. Rainbow trout are being found on Miner’s Lake about 10 to 15 feet below the ice and on Tofte Lake in less than 15 feet. High Lake and Glacial Pond #2 are producing brook trout in less than 10 feet around downed trees. Spoons and wax worms are turning brown trout on Dry Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Hit Eagle’s Nest Two Lake, Birch Lake, and Shagawa Lake with shiner minnows or spoons for walleyes in 10 to 15 feet during the evenings and after dark. Work the current areas in less than 10 feet with sucker minnows for northern pike on Fall Lake and White Iron Lake. Trucks, ATVs, and snowmobiles are all good to go on area lakes, according to reports from across the area.

Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358

FAIRMONT AREA

Yellow bass continue to be caught on small spoons or tungsten jigs tipped with spikes in 10 to 15 feet on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton. Look to Cedar Lake in less than 6 feet for northern pike and an occasional walleye. Trucks were starting to be used, but after some rain early this week, ATVs are the best way to get around.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT/SHIELDSVILLE AREA

Sunfish are being caught on Lake Mazaska in 20 to 25 feet, while Cedar Lake is producing crappies, sunfish, and a few walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Roberds Lake started giving up sunfish, northern pike, and an occasional walleye in 15 to 22 feet. This area received quite a bit of rain since last week, so slush has increased on most lakes, and getting around has become more difficult.

Lake Country Convenience & Bait (507) 334-9711

GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA

Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake continues to produce crappies and bluegills in 25 feet. Hit Bowstring Lake for crappies in 25 feet or more and for walleyes and perch in 12 to 15 feet. Round Lake is kicking out perch and walleyes in 8 to 15 feet. The points and humps in 30 to 60 feet are producing lake trout on spoons at Caribou Lake and Bluewater Lake. Avoid the snow drifts and you can get around with an ATV or truck on area lakes.

Fred’s Live Bait (218) 246-8710

GREY EAGLE AREA

Crappies remain active on Two Rivers Lake during the evening hours, while Big Birch Lake is giving up crappies over 40 feet or more and some walleyes in 18 to 25 feet. Cedar Lake is producing walleyes on shiner minnows in 18 to 25 feet. Pine Lake started giving up crappies and sunfish in 12 to 15 feet. Big Birch and Pine are both producing pike in shallow water. On the north end of Swan Lake, crappies are going during low-light periods in 25 to 30 feet, while St. Mary’s Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies over 20 to 25 feet, straight out from the access. Trucks are being used on some lakes, but not everywhere, and slush continues to be an issue on most.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA

You’ll find suspended crappies during the evening hours over 20 to 30 feet Birch Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Stony Lake, Pleasant Lake. Look for bluegills in 15 to 20 feet on Birch, north side of Pleasant, and Mule Lake. A few walleyes are being caught early or late each day on Baby Lake in 20 to 22 feet on shiner minnows. Trucks are now being used on most lakes.

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

HUTCHINSON AREA

Lake Washington continues to produce crappies during low-light periods, and Lake Marion is giving up crappies and a few walleyes in shallow water. Ripley Lake continues to produce crappies and a walleye or two each evening in 6 to 10 feet. Look to Green Leaf Lake for crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Trucks are being used where roads have been plowed, but slush is limiting where people can get to on many lakes.

The Outpost Inc. (320) 587-8177

LANESBORO AREA

Water levels have risen a bit on local streams and rivers due to recent rains, but they remain clear and fishable. Brown trout have been most active with consistent midge hatches. Scuds, nymphing with light indicators, and small, black streamers are turning the majority of trout.

Root River Rod Company (507) 467-2101

LONGVILLE AREA

Look for suspended crappies over 24 to 30 feet on Wabedo Lake, Long Lake, and Girl Lake. A few bluegills continue to be caught on Lake Inguadona in 8 to 10 feet and Boy Lake in 8 to 14 feet. Woman Lake is giving up perch in 12 to 15 feet along with a few walleyes and eelpout each evening in 14 to 18 feet. Vehicles are now being used on most lakes, and ATVs are an option as well.

The One Stop (218) 363-2252

MORA AREA

Sunfish and crappies are being caught on Knife Lake, Lake Eleven, and Ann Lake in 8 to 10 feet. Walleye action is slow, but sucker minnows are turning pike at Knife and Ann in less than 10 feet. Trucks are being used on lakes with roads, but off-road travel or lakes without any trails are difficult to get around on due to slush, according to area anglers.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

Bluegills, perch, and some crappies continue to be caught from the basin areas, 11 to 13 feet, on Big Stone Lake. Get away from the crowds, stay on the move, and you’ll come across pods of more active and bigger fish. Tungsten jigs and spikes are working best. Trucks are being used throughout the lake.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes are being caught on the 12- to 18-foot weedlines and structure at Fish Hook Lake, Long Lake, and Potato Lake. You’ll find suspended crappies over 20 to 30 feet on Toad Lake, Lake Belle Taine, and the Crow Wing Chain. Sucker minnows are turning pike along the 8- to 12-foot weedlines on Boulder Lake, Fish Hook, and Spider Lake. Look for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet or suspended over 20 to 25 feet on the Crow Wing Chain, Island Lake, and Toad. Trucks are being used on most lakes, but there are snow drifts and slush on most that need to be avoided.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Look for bluegills in 12 to 16 feet and suspended crappies over 22 to 30 feet on Star Lake, Dead Lake, Rush Lake, and Big Pine Lake. The few walleyes being caught are hitting during low-light periods in 15 to 25 feet on Little Pine Lake and Big Pine. Trucks are being used throughout the area.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Bright-colored spoons or Jiggin’ Raps are producing sauger and a few big walleyes on Lake Pepin. Most fish are being caught along channel seams in 13 to 20 feet. There has been some boat traffic on the Mississippi River and sauger are being caught along current seams with Dubuque Rigs or jigs and plastics.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA

Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet or more at night on Cedar Island Lake and Rice Lake. Horseshoe Lake is giving up an occasional walleye and a few crappies at night in 18 to 25 feet. Overall, there hasn’t been much activity on local lakes. Deep snow, varying ice depths, no roads, and slush continue to make travel difficult throughout the area.

Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Crappie action picked up during the evening hours on Fairy Lake in 25 to 35 feet, the Diamond Point and Dutchman’s Creek areas on Sauk Lake over 35 to 40 feet, Little Sauk Lake in 14 to 18 feet, and Lily Lake and the southeast corner of Maple Lake over 25 to 30 feet. Sunfish continue to be caught on the north end of Lake Osakis in 18 to 21 feet, Maple in 9 to 13 feet, and Fairy in 23 feet. On Osakis, shiner minnows are turning walleyes on the bars and humps in 18 feet and Three Mile Bar in 12 feet. Sauk is giving up a few walleyes at a variety of depths. Just get away from the crowds during low-light periods.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

There’s some evening crappie activity on Nokasippi Lake in 11 to 13 feet and Pepin Lake in 20 feet. A few walleyes are being caught each evening on Lake Shamineu and below the Blanchard Dam on the Mississippi River. Trucks are being used on lakes throughout the area.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Hit Lake Emily with deadsticks and fathead or shiner minnows for northern pike and a few walleyes in less than 6 feet. The Glenwood side of Lake Minnewaska is producing panfish, pike, and a few walleyes in 14 to 18 feet. The Starbuck side of Minnewaska is giving up a few wall eyes in 12 to 20 feet at night.

Little Mary Lake is worth hitting for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet. Trucks are being used on lakes throughout the area.

Last Cast Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

School Grove Lake and Lady Slipper Lake are giving up a few walleyes, perch, and crappies in 7 feet.

Cottonwood Lake is worth hitting for perch in 6 to 7 feet, and the south side of Lake Shetek is giving up an occasional walleye and a few crappies in 6 feet. There are pockets of slush, but trucks are being used on most lakes.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

South Dakota

WEBSTER AREA

The basin area on the south end of Waubay Lake is producing perch in 25 to 30 feet. Anglers doing best are staying on the move. The middle of Waubay has been best for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet early and late each day. Bitter Lake is giving up walleyes in 16 to 22 feet, but most remain on the small side. Dry Lake 2 is worth hitting for northern pike.

Sportsman’s Cove (605) 345-2468

North Dakota

DEVIL’S LAKE

The most active perch are being found in the trees over 15 to 20 feet. Others are deep, 35 to 42 feet, in Black Tiger Bay, Creel Bay, and East Devil’s Lake. These fish are less active with short windows of better feeding activity. Walleyes continue to be caught on the humps, points, and flats in 7 to 20 feet. Stay on the move until you locate a pod of aggressive fish. A few roads are plowed in Creel Bay and out from the casino, but tracked vehicles are needed to move around most of the lake.

Eye Hangers Guide Service (701) 230-7080

Wisconsin

AMERY AREA

Bear Trap Lake is producing small crappies over 18 to 20 feet, and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the Apple River in 6 to 8 feet. Big Round Lake is giving up a few sunfish and crappies on its 8- to 10-foot weed edges. Fishing pressure continues to be limited with inconsistent ice thickness, snow, and slush preventing anglers from getting on most lakes unless they walk or have some type of tracked vehicle.

Country Store (715) 268-7482

HAYWARD AREA

There just haven’t been enough people fishing to garner any reports. Lake conditions are not good with varying ice depths and slush preventing anglers from getting out. Trucks are not an option, even snowmobiles are getting stuck, and the few people venturing out are walking and finding it tough to move around.

Hayward Bait & Tackle (715) 634-2921

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