Fishing Report - Jan. 14
LAKE MILLE LACS
East — This area received more rain than snow last week so getting around is not an issue – check with a resort before venturing out. Perch have to be sorted, but anglers are putting together decent catches in 15 feet or less with jigging spoons. Walleye action has been best during the evening in 20 feet or more on gravel and mud flats. Jigging spoons and hole hopping has produced the most fish.
West — The mud flats such as Seven Mile, Eight Mile, and Seguchie’s continue to produce walleyes. Work the tops early and late in the day and as deep as 32 feet during midday periods with jigging spoons. The rock points have produced a few walleyes and these areas seem to be holding decent numbers of perch. You’ll also find plenty of tullibees on the deep side of the mud flats. Roads should be open for vehicle traffic to most mud flats by this weekend.
LEECH LAKE AREA
About 20 inches of snow fell last week so it has limited travel on the lake and fishing action as well. Conditions seem to be better on the main lake than in Walker Bay and a few roads have started to be developed on the big part of the lake. There is some slush to deal with so call ahead before just going out.
Birch Point continues to produce walleyes and a few crappies in 32 to 34 feet. The Grindstone Island area also is kicking out walleyes in 38 to 42 feet. Jigging spoons and minnow heads or setlines and minnows have both worked on the walleyes. The Rainy Lake City area started producing good-sized northern pike in shallow water.
You’ll find perch on the south end of Horseshoe Bar and the sunken island in 22 to 30 feet. These areas also give up walleyes during the afternoon and evening, most of which are hitting jigging spoons. Tip-ups and minnows have provided steady pike action in these locations as well. This area received about 15 inches of snow last week so anglers are now forced to stay on the plowed roads.
Shiner minnows or rainbow minnows are working best for walleyes on the north end of Gull Lake, Round Lake, and Pelican Lake in 14 to 28 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the south end of Gull, North Long Lake, Lake Margaret, and Lake Edwards in 10 to 22 feet. Look for crappies in eight to 22 feet at Gull, North Long, and Margaret. Sunfish reports have been best off Nisswa Lake, North Long, and Gull in less than 14 feet.
A few walleyes are coming off the Crosby end of Serpent Lake in 24 to 28 with setlines and shiners. Crappie and sunfish activity is strong with Milford Lake, Little Rabbit Lake, Mahnomen Lake, Upper Dean Lake, and Perry Lake kicking out fish on glow jigs tipped with waxies or minnows. Northern pike have been active for spearers in shallow water and along the deep weedlines of Lower Mission
Eagle Lake started producing crappies in 18 to 20 feet during the day. Shiner minnows are turning walleyes on the south end of Molten Lake in 16 to 18 feet during the evening hours. Tip-ups and sucker minnows have been the ticket for consistent northern pike action at Greer Lake in 12 to 14 feet.
This area received about a foot of snow and it has caused quite a bit of slush to develop. Anglers are getting on Pleasant Lake and catching sunfish with waxworms in the northwest bay over 12 to 15 feet. You’ll also find suspended crappies on Webb Lake over 30 feet during low-light periods.
Lake Minnewawa and Rat Lake are giving up crappies in 14 to 18 feet during low-light periods. Look for an occasional walleye off Big Sandy Lake and Minnewawa in 18 to 24 feet. Setlines and shiner minnows are working best early and late in the day. Northern pike and sunfish reports have been poor.