Minnesota Fishing Report

Now that the severe cold snap has passed through, ice measurements have grown to 9-12 inches thick on most area lakes. While snow cover ranges from 8-12 inches deep, the frigid temperatures have helped solidify most of the slush. Truck travel is expected on most area lakes by Christmas. Walleyes and perch have been biting in 18-30 feet of water off the shoreline breaks. Jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads have been best. The fish have been most active 4 – 5:30 p.m. Sunfish and northern pike have been active in the weeds. Some crappies are biting over the weed tops, but schools of fish remain out over the soft bottom and deeper water areas. Please note that if you are traveling off the ice trail you must check ice conditions often. Also, please stay away from current areas and always check before crossing any ice heaves.