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MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 4-22-14
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - 2-25-14
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Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 4-15-14
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Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 4-12-14

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

The Ron Hall Access at International Falls is open and quite a few anglers have already launched their boats there to fish walleye in the swifter waters below the dam. The access at Nelson Park at Birchdale just opened, allowing access to some good stretches downstream. River walleye are responding best to spinner rigs tipped with shiner minnows. This is the last of the ice fishing on Rainy Lake with conditions deteriorating rapidly. Colder temperatures this weekend will extend the chance of getting out a little bit longer, and there can be a strong walleye and northern pike bite as ice out approaches. However, please put safety first. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org

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

The current warm, windy and sunny days are creating very pleasant conditions for ice anglers. Those that are heading out are reporting some large lake trout, especially on the warmer days. A few ice anglers are having luck over water about 40-50 feet deep where the fish have been aggressive. Use dead ciscos or live minnows, and get your lure as close to the bottom as possible. Northern Pike are also responding well to minnows, as well as most types of lures, and they always seem to be hungry. One angler recently pulled a 6-pound pike out of Poplar Lake, near the Mid-Gunflint trail area. The fish was suspended in roughly 15 feet of water. For the most action, use a spoon tipped with a minnow. The walleye season remains open, and walleye anglers are having success on Elbow Lake, located just up the Gunflint Trail. On one family outing, a couple of walleye were pulled from this shallow, rock bottomed lake. One little angler brought up a whitefish too! For the most walleye, use gold or pink jigs tipped with a minnow in roughly 12-18 feet of water. www.visitCookCounty.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

The walleye season remains open until April 14 on Lake of the Woods, and the pike season is continuous. Anglers continue to give great reports, with lots of hot spots filling limits of walleye, sauger and perch this week. At Arnesen's, 16 Mile, Long Point, and Zippel Bay, work 19-22 feet of water during morning and evening hours, and depths of 31-33 feet during the day. Pink/white, pink/gold, bubble gum, and green/white have been the best colors for tackle, especially when tipped with a minnow. Morris Point and the Lighthouse Gap up to the Canadian borderline have also been producing in 22-26 foot depths during day, and in 15-20 foot depths during low light hours. For the most fish, use gold or pink tackle tipped with a minnow, especially during morning and evening hours. Northern pike fishing has been good in 8-10 feet of water near Zippel Bay and Graceton. Try depths of 9-12 feet moving east towards Bostic Bay, 4 Mile Bay and The Gap. Tip-ups with live sucker minnows or dead herring/ciscoes are best. The Rainy River is open approximately 3 miles east of Birchdale, with open water showing at the Franz Jevne Rapids. Fishing is good for anglers using gold or glow jigs tipped with minnow in the shallow pockets in depths of 10-12 feet. Up at the Northwest Angle, fishing also remains good, with lots of walleye, sauger, perch and pike being reported. If you decide to venture out, please work through the resorts. Snowmobiles and ATV's are allowed on the lake. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com


Late-ice fishing is definitely underway, with a strong spring meltdown. Fresh water is running into the lakes and this will revitalize the shallows and allow the perch, crappies and sunnies to move shallow to do some serious feeding before the ice goes out on the lakes. Perch are one of the first species to move shallow because they spawn almost immediately after ice-out. Huge schools of perch will roam the shallows to feed, looking for minnows, crayfish and anything else they can find to eat. Perch like large flats because they offer more food options and more room to roam. Areas with rocks, standing weeds or chara covered bottom offer different opportunities and perch may concentrate on the flats. Perch often start out on the edge of the flats close to deep water, moving further from the deep edge of the flats as they search out the best feeding opportunities as ice-out approaches. Sunfish also move to the weed flats at this time, searching out areas with standing weeds and shallow mud. Sunfish will eat minnows, but their main food sources are usually insects, which hatch out of the mud. Wild rice or lily pads are areas frequented by sunfish at late-ice because of the bottom types where the plants like to grow. Both sunfish and perch may go into extremely shallow water at late-ice, with anglers able to sight fish and see the fish moving through under their holes. Crappies usually hold on the edges of the structure, preferring deep reeds or areas with deep water close to shore; these fish like the option to retreat from the shallows quickly if they feel threatened by predators or if a cold front forces them out of the shallows. 877-250-5959; www.visitbemidji.com

Detroit Lakes

As of April 8, 26-30 inches ice was reported on most Detroit Lakes area lakes. Panfish anglers were still having lots of success in the shallow weed areas. Height of Land, Toad, Rock, Shell, Tamarac and Melissa lakes have all produced nice numbers over the last week or two. With the thaw, there has been some slop to contend with in certain areas. The ice on the smaller ponds was starting to pull away from shorelines. Small jigs or jigging spoons tipped with waxies or minnows have been producing the most panfish. Tullibee catches have been coming from Long Lake near Vergas, as well as Otter Tail Lake. These fish have been found suspended over deep basin areas, hitting bright and high flash spoons tipped with bait. Ice fishing was expected to be an option for the next week or so. Always check with local bait shops and resorts before heading out as ice conditions can change quickly this time of year. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Otter Tail Lakes Country

Please note that the lakes in Otter Tail Lakes Country are starting to thaw. Anglers that have recently ventured out report perch being taken during the day, and walleye being pulled through the ice around 4 p.m. Perch have been responding best to shinners and creek chubs on glow hooks worked in roughly 18-25 feet of water. Some fish, however, have recently been pulled from depths of more than 40 feet. Perch may also respond to fatheads. Crappies and sunnies have been holding at 18-20 feet of water on lakes throughout the Otter Tail Lakes Country. Tullibee have been found in depths of 25-35 feet. 800-423-4571; www.ottertailcountry.com

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro -Southeast Bluff Country Trout Streams

As of April 10, clear and normal conditions were reported for Forestville Creek, Duschee Creek, Gribben Creek, South Branch Root River at Forestville State Park, and Winnebago Creek. Somewhat off conditions and a normal water flow were reported for Crooked Creek and the South Branch Root River at Lanesboro. The Whitewater Stream & River system was mostly slightly cloudy, with a normal flow. Blue Winged Olives were hatching nicely at around 1-3 p.m. on April 9, and there were reports of Dark Hendricksons. Great fishing was reported last weekend for areas with better than muddy water. As updates on stream conditions become available, they are posted on the Southeast Minnesota Stream Conditions web page. Before traveling, please check out the new detailed fishing easement maps. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com

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

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