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BATTLE LAKE
- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)

Sunfish and crappies are biting on Stalker, Blanche and Walker in 15 feet of water. Tullibee action has picked on Star and Ida lakes. Call us for updated reports!

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LAKE BENTON
- Veire's Mini-Mart
Dave, 117 E Benton St, corner of Hwy 75 and 14 (507-368-4204)

Call us for current ice fishing conditions!

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BLACKDUCK AREA
- Timberline Sport & Tackle
Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd. (218-835-4636)

Perch and walleyes are being caught Blackduck in 15 feet. Crappies and bluegills are biting in 15-20 feet on Pimushe and Gull. Gilstead is producing crappies in 20-25 feet. Give us a call for current ice conditions.

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BRAINERD AREA
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Jason Freed, Toby Kvalevog, Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)

The walleye bite remains sporadic on the lake.  When we are able to get some consistent weather patterns the bite seems to pick back up and then the cold fronts can slow it back down.  On the Main Lake, continue to seek out new spots that haven't been touched.  Key in on high percentage areas such as pinch points, inside turns along breaklines, or under water points and edges on main lake reefs.  18-25ft are good areas to start, but don't be afraid to go deeper depending on the conditions.  Jigging spoons such as flutter type baits or rattle baits are all working tipped with a minnow head, but when the bite has been tougher the dead sticks have been best. 

In Walker Bay, focus on deeper humps in 25-30ft of water.  It seems the steeper edges of these humps are often times better than the gradual sides, but once again key in on high percentage areas on the structure.  The shallow bite near Cedar has been sporadic, but can be really good this time of year if you are able to get set up and be there when the fish move through.  

The perch bite has been improving as well.  Still alot of sorting to be had.  Try looking anywhere between 5-12 ft of water.  That is alot of area on Leech, but look for sand/weed transitions or any greed weeds.  1/8th oz jigging spoons packed full of euro larvae or a minnow is a great search tactic.  Drill alot of holes and keep on moving until you connect.  Look to West Goose Flats, Hardwoods, and the Duck Points as well Agency Bay for possible starting locations.. 

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CHISAGO CITY
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)

Sunfish, crappies and pike are hitting on the south end in 10-12 feet and west end in 15 feet on Chisago Lake. North and South Center lakes are producing a few walleyes. Give us a call for current ice conditions.

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DULUTH
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)

St. Louis River is giving up walleyes and crappies in 12 feet. Crappies biting 15-20 feet on Fish and Whiteface. Island Anglers fishing near shore on the north shore of Lake Superior are catching Kamloops and cohos in the French River area with spawn bags, nightcrawlers, or wax worms.

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ELY
- Babe's Bait and Tackle - BabesBaitEly.com
500 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, MN, first business on the left as you are entering town of Ely from the west on Hwy 169 (218-365-6930)

3-20-Lake trout season is rapidly coming to an end here in Minnesota and some anglers have seen some good succes catching these tackle testing fish. Burntside, Snowbank, and Basswood Lakes have definitely been placed on the list of go to places to target the species. Active jigging has proved to be the best method to achieve success. Stream trout action has been sporadic, but some anglers have managed to catch at least a few on Miners, Tofte, and High and Dry lakes.
Crappie fishing has been somewhat disappointing when compared to past seasons, although there have been some reports of decent catches. Live minnows suspended above the bottom where the fish are beginning to congregate seems to be most effective.
A word of caution. Lake ice conditions are still good on most lakes in the area, but accessing some where moving water is present can be challenging. With the advent of warmer weather,it is only a matter of time when one might have to hang up the ice gear for another season. We have been fortunate here in the north country, as other parts of the state currently have no fishable ice.

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HACKENSACK
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Caleb Garoutte, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
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2-19 -We got another surprise batch of SHINERS!  Also, some smaller sucker minnows were delivered as well!

We have a SALE on Extra Large Sucker Minnows, with some Decoys for $1 EACH while supplies last (Regularly priced from $1.75 to $2.50 each).

Our hours this Saturday and Sunday are 7 am to 6 pm.  The Access will be available to ATV’s and those walking this weekend.  

Due to much warmer February weather than usual with diminishing ice conditions, we are sad to announce our Bait Shop and Access will be closing for the Season after 6 pm Sunday, 2/19/17. 


Thank you for great winter season on Lake Waconia!

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KABETOGAMA-NAMAKAN
- Gateway Store kabfishingreport.com - gatewaygeneral.com
Phil & Ellen Hart, US Hwy 53 & Co Rd 122, 30 miles south of Int'l Falls-Canadian border (218-875-2121)

2-27-Well, folks, the hard water season for most gamefish has closed on Kabetogama. Perch, Crappie and Rough Fish season remains open. Kab has and is still enjoying a good perch bite, plus tullibee and whitefish have been active. The ice road on kab remains open and provides good access for anglers between the Kab and Ash River Visitor Centers. Namakan, a Canadian Border lake, remains open to the seasons that are closed on Kabetogama(Northern and Walleye) through April 14th. It sure would be nice and make sense to have Kab fall under border water regulations, for continuity and law enforcement. That’s a complaint from many visitors. Not much crappie bite to date, but should kick in soon, as the days get longer and water temp rises. Snowmobile trail across Kab has been groomed, not a lot of snow, but ride able. Land trails are ride able, but need snow to soften them up. Still lots of time to fish on the hard surface. Keep those ice fishing rods handy for your next visit!

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LAKE OF THE WOODS
- Lake of the Woods Area Tourism Bureau - www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com
near Junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 172 in Baudette, (1-800-382-FISH)

3-27- Ice is good in some areas of main lake but bad in areas with moving water / springs. All resort / outfitter access's are closed to vehicles but some are open to four-wheelers. side by sides, and snowmobiles including Morris Point, Long Point, Dales's and Arnesen's, which still has fish houses available as well.  As always, use a resort or outfitter road for safety as they are monitored daily.  Walleye bite has been good with many keepers among smaller fish. Fish are aggressive and having a flasher is helpful.  Jigging spoon tipped with minnow head or tail and a dead stick with a plain hook or small ice jig and minnow are doing good.  Key depth  17-33 ft.  Best colors glow pink/red and gold. Tip up fishing for pike on fire.  Many flags of northern pike in back bays and reefs.

Rainy River spring fishing is ON!  The Rainy River is open all the way to Wheeler's Point. Birchdale, Frontier, Vidas, and Timbermill landings are open to all boats. Wheeler's Point will be open in a day or so.  Walleye fishing has been excellent. Many eater walleyes so far with a few monsters. Right now a 1/2 - 3/4 ounce jig is enough to get to the bottom while tipped with 1 or 2 frozen shiners. Pink, orange and gold are hot colors. Many sturgeon being boated as well.  Daily open water progress on Rainy River at http://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/rainy-river/

Up at the NW Angle, ice conditions are unstable as current areas are opening up quickly.  Travel with caution. Many resorts using airboats at this point.  Fish houses on LOW can stay on ice through March, walleyes/saugers through April 14th.  Pike and crappies open all year for LOW MN.  Resorts and resort fishing guides at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.   Please remember to "Keep It Clean" and remove trash from ice and access points.

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LEECH LAKE
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)

2-26-Come fish Leech Lake with us today, tomorrow and forever! We are in the closed season for pike, walleye and bass, so it means panfish and whitefish time! Perch numbers are high right now, the large ones are hard to find. Crappies and sunfish in the shallow bays are fun to chase. I personally have not chased the whitefish out on Stoney Point but there are many that do and do very well! Keep Leech Lake in mind this year! We would like to show you how good this lake is! May is wonderful, June is so much fun! Bass and walleye! Summer is pike, muskie and panfish time, then September-October is when the big ones get caught! We are able to keep 4 walleyes, and sounds like 10 pike this year! Come enjoy it with us!

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MILLE LACS
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - (320-630-1761)

2-27-Tullibie and perch are biting on Mille Lacs! Keep moving to find the fish. For up to the minute ice conditions call Chris anytime or stop by your local bait store. Panfish have been biting on smaller area lakes such as Platte, Sullivan, Shakopee, Knife and Ann. Work the edge of the weedlines for best results. For fishing reports and current conditions listen to Chris and Stan on Outdoor Adventures on iHeart Radio.

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LAKE MINNETONKA
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)

Walleyes are biting in deeper water on Minnnetonka and Independence during the evening hours. Crappies are also biting on Independence. Medicine is producing panfish and northern pike in 15-20 feet.

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MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
www.croixsippi.com

(651-208-2811)

2-27-Mississippi River near Red Wing, Minnesota
March is the month where walleye and sauger fishing can be fantastic. Weather conditions can affect the bite though as the cold temperatures of early March can shut down a good bite.
As March progresses toward April the warmer temps are more stable and the bite becomes more dependable.
This is the time to get real good-sized walleye as they weigh heavy this time of year - ten pounders will be caught! Saugers also are receptive, but most anglers concentrate on the walleye.
An angler can catch fish many ways from trolling deep to casting shallow or drifting in between.
Casting depths are from 2 – 10 feet, Drifting is from 12 to 26, and trolling from 16 to 28 these are good general depth ranges.
When the shallow bite is poor the trollers usually do well – they troll Rapala Original Floaters on Wolf River Rigs.
The majority of the fishermen target the dam area and there are other places to fish that hold walleye and sauger. These other locations will also receive fisherman’s attention but far less than the dam area.
Popular baits are plastic worms with the ringworm being the best. These ringworms can be cast or drifted. Usually follow the old standby color guide of- bright colors on sunny days and go neutral/clear/dark on the overcast. Actually many different plastics will work, but the ringworm is a proven bait. Other angler’s choose minnows as bait and do well; they either use jig/minnow or hair jig and minnow.
Looking over my notes from previous years, this year we have much higher water right now than I have found in previous years.
River water levels are at stage 8.2. Practically speaking the river is four to 5 feet higher than normal. Flow is up then of course and water clarity decreased. This decrease in clarity helps the day bite. I always launch at Evert’s resort as they have a great “on the water “ bait shop with lures specific to the river that are very hard to find.

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PARK RAPIDS
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Josh Severtson, www.smokeyhills.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)

https://www.facebook.com/SmokeyHills/

Smokey Hills

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LAKE TRAVERSE
- Wheaton Service & Bait    www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400)

2-27-Well, the ice season here on Lake Traverse has come to an end early, the good news is that Lake Traverse opens for walleye on April 22! Wheaton Service and The Fishin Hole Lodge offer Lodging and guiding packages for Walleye, Catfish, or just fish in general! All full day guided packages come with a SHORE LUNCH cooked over an open fire! It doesn't get any better! Lake Traverse has the highest net count on walleye in the state of Mn. The Catfish fishing on Lake Traverse may be World Class, average cats we boated last year were 10 pounds! Check us out at wheatonservice.com or Wheaton Service, or The Fishin Hole Lodge on FB, or give us a call at 320 563-1400 and set up a guided fishing outing today! Take a Kid Fishin!

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WACONIA
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)

We got another surprise batch of SHINERS!  Also, some smaller sucker minnows were delivered as well!

We have a SALE on Extra Large Sucker Minnows, with some Decoys for $1 EACH while supplies last (Regularly priced from $1.75 to $2.50 each).


Due to much warmer February weather than usual with diminishing ice conditions, we are sad to announce our Bait Shop and Access will be closing for the Season after 6 pm Sunday, 2/19/17. 


Thank you for great winter season on Lake Waconia!

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WINNIBIGOSHISH
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, tom@mnfishingconnections.com, (218-327-2312)

If you want ice, we’ve got it. This will be a good season for ice fishing opportunities on Big Winnie. With good ice conditions anglers are starting to be seen on several areas of the big lake. Northern Pike spearers have been doing well in the Third River Area and the weed beds along the south near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Thickness of ice varies, but most conditions are favorable for ATV and snowmobile travel. Six to eight inches of ice are common and safety should always be a priority. As in years past if you are chasing walleyes the humps and bars will be your best bets especially early and late in the day. Depths of 18-23 feet are prime locations and outside edges should be critical spots to fish. Spoons with a minnow head like the VMC Tumbler and Tinglers are usually my first choices fished close to the bottom and paying close attention to my electronics for a walleye to come sniffing into the bait. Perch fishing will be good on the shallower rocks on the north side and look for the crappie bite to be good on Big and Little Cutfoot. Small VMC Tubby jigs with wax worms or plastics will be good for crappies and bluegills. Keep moving until you find active fish.

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VEKTOR FISH & GAME ACTIVITY TABLES TM
Computerized 2017 by Vektor TM

Tables indicate peak fish and game feeding and migration times. Major periods can bracket the peak by an hour before-hour after. Minor peaks- 1/2 hour before and after.Adjusted for daylight savings time.

MARCH 2017
1 08:01 01:46 08:31 02:16
2 02:16 08:31 09:46 03:16
3 03:01 09:01 11:16 04:16
4 03:46 09:31 - - 05:31
5 01:46 10:31 - - 07:01
6 08:16 03:31 12:31 08:16
7 09:31 04:16 02:01 09:31
8 10:16 04:46 03:16 10:16
9 10:46 05:16 04:16 11:01
10 11:16 05:46 05:01 11:31
11 11:46 06:01 - - 05:31
12 06:31 12:01 12:16 06:16
13 06:46 12:31 06:46 12:46
14 07:01 01:01 07:31 01:16
15 01:31 07:31 08:16 01:46
16 01:46 07:46 09:01 02:31
17 02:16 08:01 10:01 03:16
18 02:31 08:31 - - 04:01
19 12:16 08:46 - - 05:16
20 03:31 09:16 - - 06:46
21 11:31 03:46 - - 08:01
22 09:31 04:01 01:31 09:01
23 10:01 04:16 02:46 09:46
24 10:31 04:46 03:46 10:31
25 11:01 05:01 04:31 11:01
26 11:31 05:31 05:16 11:46
27 - - 05:46 06:16 12:01
28 06:16 12:16 07:01 12:31
29 12:46 06:46 07:46 01:16
30 01:31 07:16 08:46 02:01
31 02:16 07:46 09:46 02:46

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