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Fishing remains good, and snowmobiling has been a blast, especially on area lake trails. Anglers have been able to move around the lakes easily via ice roads, pulling portables with sleds or wheelers to reach their favorite spots. Walleye, perch and sauger are being pulled from depths of roughly 30 feet. Northern pike spearers and anglers using tip-ups are taking good-sized pike on live bait worked in 12-20 feet of water. Walleye anglers are taking fish on ice jigs and spinner hooks tipped with crappie minnows or chubs. The crappie bite has been more off than on, with crappie anglers often taking perch or sauger instead.


Fishing remains excellent throughout the area. Anglers are taking limits of rainbow and lake trout from several area lakes, with an occasional brook trout mixed in. While crappie numbers have also been good, anglers are looking forward to the increase in action that occurs later in the season. A few lakes have been productive, with slabs up to 16-inches being reported. And some 40-plus inch northern pike continue to be taken by both spearers and anglers using sucker minnows. \

Cook County: Lutsen-Tofte, Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, and Grand Portage

Trout action has been amazing. Lake trout are hitting spoons and minnows on many area lakes. On Duncan Lake, up the Gunflint Trail, fish are active in 25-40 foot depths. Greenwood Lake, just north of Grand Marais, is usually great for lake trout, with fish being pulled from 20-35 foot depths on spoons, minnows, and ciscoes. Kemo Lake is also giving up lake trout on jigs and minnows. Rainbow trout anglers are taking fish from depths of 12 feet on Trout Lake, with waxworms on flies, and jigs with minnows working best. On Kimball Lake, use the same approach in 8-18 feet of water. Anglers fishing Birch Lake are taking nice-sized rainbow trout on waxworms and minnows worked in roughly 18 feet of water. Walleye have been finicky, but some anglers are pulling fish from East Twin Lake. Off the Caribou Trail on Tait Lake, both walleye and northern pike are coming in on spoons, minnows, and spoons with waxworms worked in 8-18 foot depths.

Northwest Minnesota
Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

On Lake of the Woods, anglers are having the most success fishing shallower waters, with fish coming from 25-33 foot depths. Limits continue to be taken on stop signs and jigging spoons in gold, red, pink, and glow-in-the-dark colors. A fish finder has been especially helpful. Up at the Northwest Angle, the best fishing has occurred in 27-29 feet of water, with anglers taking a good mix of walleye, sauger and perch, along with an occasional northern pike. Most of these fish are sticking close to the bottom, with a few found suspended roughly 5 feet off the bottom on cloudy days. And some anglers have reported good lake trout action. The snowmobile trail from Sportsman's to Oak Island remains in great shape, as do the trails from Wheeler's to Warroad and Wheeler's to Baudette--it is highly recommended to remain on the trail due to some rough conditions off the trails.

Bena -Lake Winnibigoshish

On Lake Winnibigoshish, perch action has been inconsistent, with fish coming from 6 foot depths one day, and 32 foot depths at the mud the next day. For the most fish, use minnows at the North Humps down through the Mud Hole. Also try the shore drops at Moxey's Hole and Snag Hole. The Mississippi and Third River mouths can be counted on for some perch, and anglers report that while the window of time may be shorter it has also been more frequent throughout the day. River and Sugar bars are giving up fish during morning hours in 12-16 feet of water. The walleye bite has been fair, with larger fish being caught. Areas to check out include up at the shore breaks in 13 feet of water, on top of Long Bar in depths of 12 feet, and at a few of the humps northwest of the Third River Bar. The northern pike bite remains very good, with most humps and shore drops producing fish for anglers using tip-ups and sucker minnows set 3-6 feet off bottom in 14-24 feet of water. The ice remains in good shape, with very little snow on top.

Walker - Leech Lake

Leech Lake will be the site of the 33rd Annual International Eelpout Festival from today through Sunday, February 19th! Don't miss Minnesota's finest display of ice antics and revelry! Recent cool temperatures have added several more inches of good ice, with lakes averaging at least 20 inches of ice. There is a serious ice heave on the north end of Walker Bay that generally runs east and west and is currently limiting travel from the Walker Area up to the Sand Point area. Those wanting to fish the north end of Walker Bay should travel north of Walker several miles on State Highway 371 and 200 and use the Public Access on the north side of the bridge that connects Walker Bay to Kabekona Bay. Anyone fishing for eelpout this weekend should use a jigging lure that glows in the dark, tip it with the head of a minnow, and shine your camera flash or other types of light on the lure to make in glow. Drop your line down near the bottom, jig, and wait for the elusive, carnivorous, bottom feeding eelpout to attack!
Detroit Lakes

Ice conditions are good throughout the area, and travel remains easy due to very little snow cover. Anglers are excited about this weekend's mild and stable weather forecast which should lead to an increase in action. The evening walleye bite has been best, with some nice numbers despite a fairly short window of activity. Perch, sunfish, and crappie action remains very good, with the most active bites on Cotton, Little Detroit, Melissa, Tamarac, Rock, and all of the Cormorant lakes. Small jigs or jigging spoons tipped with a waxworm or small minnow have been the key to success. And don't miss all of the Polar Fest activities taking place in Detroit Lakes through Sunday, February 19. 1-800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region
Few reports are available due to current warm temperatures causing changes in ice conditions in many areas.

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

On Lake Mille Lacs, walleye are coming from 23-25 feet of water at the mud flats during morning hours and at dusk. The walleye seem to move from the top edge of these flats to the deeper, bottom edge of the flats as the day progresses. This bottom edge is also where perch are beginning to show up, along with the tullibee. Anglers are having the most success using small jigging spoons, such as pimples, frostees, and fire eyes, in darker colors. Greg's Flat, 7-Mile and The Boot are all producing fish. The gravel bars are also giving up fish at similar depths and times as at the mud flats. Anglers pursuing perch and tullibee are doing well using waxworms, magotts and shrimp. Some northern pike action continues to be reported from Isle, Cove and Wahkon bays. 1-888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Twin Cities Greater Metropolitan vicinity
Few reports are available due to current warm temperatures causing changes in ice conditions in many areas.

White Bear Area Lakes

White Bear Lake currently has 16 inches of ice on average. Anglers are catching walleye on the south side of the Island near Bald Eagle. Crappies are biting at the weeds in roughly 14-16 feet of water. For walleye, hit depths of 17 feet or deeper towards Mahtomedi.

Southern Minnesota
Few reports are available due to current warm temperatures causing changes in ice conditions in many areas.

Rochester -Southeast Minnesota Lakes and Rivers

The stream trout bite remains good on area streams! For a list and maps showing designated winter trout fishing streams, visit the Minnesota DNR Winter Trout Streams page.

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