Minnesota Fishing Report

DSC09134Walleyes seem to have established two patterns: a preference for a minnow on a jig or rig in the deeper waters off sharp breaks, and long-lined jigs with minnows in the shallow waters on the main lake flats. Big Detroit, Island, Sallie, Lida, Pelican and Cormorant lakes have all been producing good numbers. Bass have been active near the shallow, healthy weeds, with Floyd, Cotton and McDonald lakes turning above average-size fish the last two weeks. Smallmouth bass action has been good on the rocks and at the sharp break weed edges on Lida, White Earth, Island and Cormorant lakes. Please note that smallmouth bass are now catch-and-release only until Feb. 23, 2014. Muskie anglers are doing well when using live suckers under bobbers in 12 feet of water on Big Detroit and Pelican lakes, with many fish over 50-inches reported last week. Lots of crappies have been found suspended off the sharp breaks close to the weed flats. Sunfish anglers report good size and nice numbers off Tamarack, Height of Land, Shell and Rock lakes.