Fatheads are producing walleyes on Clearwater Lake in eight to 14 feet of water. You'll also find some crappies suspended over the deep holes of Clearwater.
Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake continue to give up walleyes during the evening hours. A jig and minnow or crankbait has worked best in six to 10 feet of water.
Open water fishing has ended, and a few people had started walking out on the ice in a few secluded bays prior to the warm up.
Anglers continue to fish for walleyes, but reports of success have been limited.
The nice weather has allowed anglers to continue fishing on open water. Walleyes are being caught on minnows in shallow water on Hall Lake. The same presentation will trigger walleyes in the deep holes of the Blue Earth River.
Woman Lake is kicking out a lot of walleyes in 14 feet of water. Minnows have worked best throughout the day.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Trolling crankbaits on the rock points and reefs in six to 18 feet of water during the day has produced walleyes. The number of night anglers has dropped off this week.
Minnows will produce some walleyes during the afternoon and evening hours in shallow water. Look to the channels and receding weed areas to be holding the most fish.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Fishing on the main lake has ended, but boats continue to be seen on the Rainy River. The best walleye reports are coming from 12 to 18 feet with jigs and shiner minnows.
Muskie fishing has been excellent on the lake. Several fish were taken between 41 and 55 inches this week. Most of these fish are being caught in 18 to 26 feet of water by trolling 14-inch Jakes and Grandmas. Walleye reports have been limited.
The warm weather over the weekend brought out a few anglers, most of whom found limited success on the main lake. Cutfoot Sioux Lake or the Highbanks area on Winnie are giving up some fish in 12 to 18 feet of water.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Muskie anglers continue to do well on the shallow rocks and weeded areas that remain. The key is to fish slow with some form of tullibee-styled bait.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
The accesses and small bays were ice-covered earlier this week, putting an end to any thoughts of open water fishing.
RED WING AREA
The dam area of the Mississippi River continues to provide the best walleye and sauger action in 14 to 18 feet. Sonars or hair jigs tipped with minnows are working best. Some bigger walleyes are being caught on plastics closer to shore.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
There's some evening walleye action on Lake Koronis, close to shore, with crankbaits or minnows.
Walleyes continue to be caught on crankbaits at Lake Minnewaska. The majority of fish are hitting shallow-running crankbaits along the edges of the bulrushes.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST - A jig and minnow will produce crappies, walleyes, sauger and white bass on the St. Croix River. The I-94 bridge and area north of Stillwater have been best.
WEST - Look to Lake Waconia for walleyes during the evening hours in shallow water. Work the shoreline breaks or reef edges with a jig and minnow or crankbait. Minnows also will produce crappies at Hydes Lake in 18 feet of water.
Green Lake is producing walleyes in 60 to 70 feet during the day. Other lakes to try are Eagle, Diamond and Norway.
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