What's New
Fishing Menu
Ice Fishing Menu
Hunting Menu
Travel Menu
Weather Watcher

About Us
Contact Information

Current Fishing Reports on Up North Outdoors.

MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 3-6-18
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - Update Weekly
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 3-2-18
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 1-26-18
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 3-23-18

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

Rainy Lake walleye anglers continue to focus on Sand Bay where walleye are being taken on live bait early in the day. A few crappies are coming in along with the walleye. Tip-up fishing for large northern pike has been popular around the mouth of Black Bay. While you can still get hot spots on Rainy Lake, most walleye anglers have turned their attention to the Rainy River. Currently, the river is open 7 miles to the east of Birchdale. It won’t be long until the accesses and launches near International Falls will open up, allowing anglers a chance to fish this section of open water. Please note that the walleye season remains open until April 14, 2018 on this border water. The Rainy River is also best if you’re hoping to catch a monster sturgeon (catch-and-release at the time). 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org

Duluth - Lake Superior, St. Louis River and inland waters

The inland lakes are giving up lots of nice panfish, and the bite should remain good until ice-out. Some of the best places to fish are those with undisturbed waters and little angling pressure. Crappies can be found at the soft bottom basins, and bluegills are holding in shallower waters with vegetation. Small tungsten jigs tipped with soft plastics continue to be best. Dead-sticking a snare rod or float will also work well. Please practice catch-and-release with the largest fish – allowing them to reproduce will help keep the population healthy. On the north shore of Lake Superior, angling pressure is on the rise. Anglers are long-rodding for coho salmon and loopers at the river mouths. When the launch site on Lake Superior open up, likely next week, anglers will head out by boat to troll. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Grand Rapids

Anglers continue to do well when ice fishing on a variety of lakes in the Grand Rapids area. Several lakes offer excellent tullibee populations, including Little Bass, Big Winnibigoshish, Big Splithand, Trout, Wabana and Moose. These fish are excellent fighters, and they are great when smoked or pickled. A good depth finder is essential since most tullibee will suspend from 2 to 15 feet off the bottom -- depths of 25 to 40 feet seem to be the best place to start. Once a school of tullibee has been located, drop a small 1/16 ounce tungsten jig tipped with either euro larvae or wax worms – this is the same basic rig used for crappies and sunnies when ice fishing. Another deadly combination is a flashy spoon with a 10 inch dropper, and a small spoon with wax worms or euro larvae. Remember, tullibee respond well to flash and smell. www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Recent Lake of the Woods fishing reports have been very inconsistent. Some anglers are having lots of success with the walleye, while others are getting just enough for dinner. The majority of fish have been small, although some trophy-size fish are being reported. Glow pink spoons with some gold are working best. And electronics are very useful. The resorts have placed their fish houses over 24 to 33 feet of water, headed for shallower waters. Many large northern pike are being pulled from the shallows. Live suckers have been best, but they have been hard to come by. Auger extensions are still needed when not working through a resort. Fish houses are allowed on the ice through March 31st, and the walleye season remains open through April 14. The Rainy River continues to give up large walleye during morning and evening hours, with an occasional sturgeon also being reported. Open water exists just east of Birchdale, and it is possible that anglers will be able to push smaller boats out over ice near Franz Jevne this weekend. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Bena - Lake Winnibigoshish

As of late last week, the Raven’s Point area on Lake Winnibigoshish is giving up lots of perch in a variety of locations: depths of 10 to 15 feet of water, 22 to 24 feet of water, and in 15 to 20 feet at the main lake bars. Perch will soon move into shallower waters. Anglers will want to check with local resorts and bait shops to find out which lake roads remain open and if there are any areas to avoid on the ice. www.lakewinnie.net

Park Rapids

The spring bite has begun for ice anglers. The female sunnies and crappies are especially hungry as they nourish their developing eggs. Look for these fish to be suspended on the steeper drop-offs just outside the shallow spawning bays where they will be after ice out. Tiny jigs tipped with micro plastics or wax worms will produce just about any fish at this time of the season. Crappie minnows will work as well, but are more time consuming than they are worth. Focus on the 12 to 25 foot depths for the most action. As the snow begins to melt on top of the ice, try to fish just under the bottom of the ice sheet. 800-247-0054; www.parkrapids.com

Detroit Lakes

The ice in the Detroit Lakes area should remain fishable for at least another week or two based on the thickness of the ice and the forecast for the next ten days. Anglers are now finding crappies and sunnies in the shallow waters. Tullibee can still be found suspended over deep water. Mornings will be easier for travel on area lakes due to freezing temperatures overnight. Expect some slushing in the afternoon and evening, especially if the sun is shining. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

On the northeast side of Lake Mille Lacs, there are areas with more than 36 inches of ice and no soft ice on top. Reports indicate a good jumbo perch, walleye and tullibee bite. Throughout Lake Mille Lacs, the crappies and bluegills are moving into shallower waters. For the most panfish action, fish areas with invasive milfoil where fish, small minnows and insects take cover. The milfoil can usually be found in depths of 5 to 16 feet. The easiest way to locate stands of milfoil is to drill a shallow hole and watch for pieces of milfoil to rise to the surface, or just drop a camera down and take a look. Since the milfoil can hold all sizes of fish, anglers should use a medium-size walleye spoon with a large minnow head to discourage the small fish. It can take patience to catch the larger fish, but it is generally worth it. Don’t be surprised if you take an occasional bass and northern pike. Please note that some roads are no longer being plowed, and road and trail signs are being removed. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Southern Minnesota

Red Wing - Mississippi River

Good numbers of quality walleye are coming from the open waters of the Mississippi River near Red Wing. The water level and flow are low, and the water clarity is high. Walleye are responding best to jig and minnow combinations, whether casted, dragged or vertically jigged. Due to the water clarity, try to keep the presentation away from the boat and a bit deeper than usual. For the most action, fish during lowlight hours or on cloudy days. Please remember that the water is extremely cold making hypothermia a risk -- anglers as asked to please wear a floatation device. 800-498-3444; www.redwing.org

Winona - Mississippi River/Lake Pepin

Walleye anglers report a good bite at the Lock & Dam on the Mississippi River. 507-452-0735; www.visitwinona.com

Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

As of Wednesday, March 21, fisheries staff reported that the South Branch Root River was muddy with a high water flow. They noted that the melt had slowed due to freezing temperatures most nights. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing DNR License Sales.

The information in this report is provided courtesy of Explore Minnesota Tourism.

Return to Main

Up North Outdoors, Inc.
Interested in: Advertising with UpNorthOutdoors.com
Copyright® 2016 Up North Outdoors Inc.