MANKATO - On Washington, perch are hitting at Baker's Bay in 10 feet of water during the morning hours. For crappies, move to 17 feet. There is a crappie night bite going on Madison Lake in 15-25 feet. Duck Lake also producing crappies at the 11- to 15-foot weedline. St. James still has a good sunfish bite on the top of the weeds in 6 feet of water.
WABASHA - Below the Alma Dam, sauger and walleye are being caught on 3/4- to 1/2-ounce Killer jigs (in black or purple) tipped with a minnow. Perch and bluegill bite is fair to good so far. Pike are taking sucker minnows at the Nelson Wisconsin Dike Rd.
BLACKDUCK - Some nice perch reported caught on Blackduck. Best lakes for crappies have been Gilsted, Rabideau, Pimusche and of course, Red Lake.
WINNIBIGOSHISH - The weather was almost balmy last weekend, but don't put the auger away just yet. There is still a lot of ice fishing, don't get the boat out for right now. This may be one of those years that the early walleye fishing on the Rainy River might not happen until the last week (season closes April 14). Big Winnie has been giving up nice catches of perch and with the added mobility, fishermen are getting to spots that haven't been fished all winter. The main drop off Highbanks has given up some good size perch all the way south to Moxies Hole. Check 20-28 feet and keep moving. Try the deep rocks off the Big Rockpile, approximately 3/4 mile south in 18-24 feet. Buckshot rattle spoons, Swedish pimples, and small jiggin' raps are all good choices to find active fish. Crappie fishing has still been day to day on Big and Little Cutfoot with a more consistent bite ahead.