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- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)
3-16 - For crappies, try West Battle, Rush and Stalkers lakes in 15-20 feet of water. Sunfish are biting on Bass and Fish lakes in about 10-15 feet of water. Tullibie action has picked up on Mollie Stark and Clitherall lakes. Give us a call for a daily report!
- Veire's Mini-Mart
Dave, 117 E Benton St, corner of Hwy 75 and 14 (507-368-4204)
Please call Dave for a fishing report!
- Timberline Sport & Tackle
Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd. (218-835-4636)
3-16 - A mixed bag of crappies and perch are biting on Blackduck Lake in 10-15 feet of water. Perch are also biting on Round Lake in 10-12 feet of water. Gull Lake has been producing some panfish action in about 15-20 feet of water. Stop in or call for daily reports!
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Jason Freed, Toby Kvalevog, Jeff Andersen (1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665)
Anglers in the area have found the panfishing this year to be very good on many other smaller lakes. Areas to concentrate on for these lakes are the deeper basins or along breaklines with vegetation close by. Smaller tungsten jigs and jigging spoons tipped with a plastic or waxworm is a safe bet any time during the winter for these fish.
- Minnesota Fishing Guide Service
www.minnesotaguideservice.com - www.minnesotaicefishhouserental.com
Captain Josh Hagemeister (218-732-9919, 320-291-0708)
Late ice panfish action has started! Look for steep breaks near future spawning areas. Crappies have been coming from depths between 10-23 feet throughout central Minnesota. Glow jigs and waxies have been the most consistent. Plastics have been decent, but the waxies or minnows win again. Bluegills are hanging of deep edges in the 25 foot range as well. They have been heavily suspended - some only 6-7 feet below the ice. Use your electronics to spill the beans. Now that the lakes are snow covered, the mid-day bite has improved in most clear water situations. Look for the fish to be just outside the first drop-off near the spawning grounds. Lotsa Fish! Lotsa Fun!
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)
3-16- Crappies are biting on Little Green and the south end of Chisgao in 10-12 feet of water. Crappies and sunnies are biting on North and South Lindstrom lakes in 10-15 feet of water. Give us a call for daily reports!
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)
3-16- Kamloops and coho are biting for shore anglers on Lake Superior. Call us for locations. Fish Lake is producing crappies and bluegills in 10-15 feet of water. Give us a call or stop in for daily reports!
- 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)
Lake trout continue to captivate anglers' attention on Burntside and Snowbank Lakes. A good number of trout have been taken from both in recent weeks, and the action should continue right on through the end of the season on April 1st. Most successful anglers have been bringing fish out of the holes by active jigging, whether it be spoons like Slender Spoons PK's Flutter Fish or Tinglers and Tumblers, and soft plastic jigging lures such as tubes from Gitzit and Berkley, or other soft paddle tail baits. These are active presentations where one must keep the bait moving, and work the water column from bottom to top, with some fish chasing the baits from the very bottom in fifty feet or so, all the way up to just below the ice. For the more laid back angler, a frozen smelt or live, small, sucker fished right on the bottom under a tip-up or dead stick seems to be doing the trick. Crappie anglers are now taking to the ice as well as temperatures become more moderate. The weather is important as anglers should stay mobile when fishing crappies, as the schools tend to move around more at this time of season rather than holding in one spot that can be fished from a portable or permanent ice shack. One can use a shack as a place to warm up, but the best way to approach the fish is to be mobile, and drill as many holes as you're comfortable doing. Some folks are having moderate success with the local sunfish populations on lakes like Armstrong, One Pine, Johnson, Low, and East Twin. This action should heat up as well as the season progresses and temps begin to become more comfortable. Small jigs tipped with minnow heads or waxies have been working well.
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Caleb Garoutte, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
3-12-The forecast is looking good this week and we should melt some snow! Right now getting around on the ice is pretty inconsistent. Some areas are very easy with trucks and ATV's but some areas are tough with slushy and/or deeper snow. We could use some good sunshine to make water and get it flowing down.
Fishing has been good across the area lakes for panfish. Birch, Webb, Pleasant, Mule, and many smaller lakes have been hitting decent. The fish still haven't moved too shallow, but they're getting a little more aggressive. 15-20' is where most action is coming right now.
Tullibee are biting fairly well in the early morning and afternoon on Leech. It should just get better and better as the snow melts on the ice. Get out in that deep 40' water and watch for fish halfway up the column. Waxies with smaller/heavy jigs is the way to go and make them chase it - Tullies love chasing jigs up and down the water column. This next weekend should be in much better shape with the warm temps this week. It will likely get sloppy, getting around should be much easier.
Casey from Reef Runner Rentals and Voyageur park lodge is starting to move his houses onto the mud in preparation for what should be a fantastic late season perch bite. We have some monster jumbo perch on Kab and the fishing can be fast and furious! And don’t forget about our great crappie fishing. Rumor has it they are biting but you need to explore a little to find them. Generally the area around Ash River is a great place to start. Snowmobiling and fishing aren’t the only activities to take advantage of in Voyageurs National Park right now. Snow shoeing, cross country skiing, the park service sledding hill and skating rink are just a few things to keep you busy in our winter wonderland. We also have winter camping for the brave ones! It is absolutely beautiful out there right now. Load up the bus and come visit us in Gods country! Gateway General continues to offer the most up to date reports as well as carrying all your ice fishing and Snowmobiling needs.
- Gateway Store kabfishingreport.com - gatewaygeneral.com
Jason and Robyn Cooper, US Hwy 53 & Co Rd 122, 30 miles south of Int'l Falls-Canadian border (218-875-2121)
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)
3-19- Fishing reports all over the board this week. Some anglers filling the bucket, while others getting just enough for dinner. Lots of little fish to sort through with a lot of small fish in the system. Some trophy eyes showing up again this week. Electronics very helpful. Resorts are out in 24-33' and continue to make final pushes shallow. Glow pink spoons with some gold working best. Many big pike being caught in shallower water. Live suckers the best, but hard to get. Auger extensions still needed. Fish houses on ice through March 31st, walleyes open through April 14, pike open all year.
Rainy River still pushing out some big walleyes in the morning/evening with an occasional sturgeon. Open water 7.5 miles east of Birchdale, Possibility that smaller boats will push over ice near Franz Jevne this weekend, only time will tell.
The NW Angle fishing continues to be solid. Walleyes and saugers in traditional areas with some pike in shallower. 17-19 feet during low light times and 21-25 feet during the day. Pink, white and gold spoons tipped with a shiner/chub head or tail. Crappies still being caught in good numbers. A complete list of lodging, ice fishing packages and sleeper houses are available through March at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
- Sportsman's Lodges, Lake of the Woods, Rainy River - www.sportsmanslodges.com (1-800-862-8602)
3-16-The Bite - Single red hooks, gold jigs, pink/blue Clam rattle spoon and red Glo Shots tipped with a minnow or two some guests said worked well for them mainly dead sticking was the best approach this week. Although, I wouldn't count out jigging. It is always a good idea to do a mix of jigging and dead sticking and see what works for you. Lots of saugers, nice 15"+ walleyes, few eelpout, perch and more tullibees and pike this week than we have been seeing in previous weeks. Best depth has been 17'-30'. The guides have been running and gunning chasing after active schools. Electronics help! This is the last weekend for our sleepers but we will continue to have day houses out for a few more weeks, give us a call 800-862-8602.
Walleye season is open through April 14 on Lake of the Woods. Once we end our ice fishing season we will be getting ready to hop in boats on the river. During the time walleye season is closed, there is an abundant amount of trophy size lake sturgeon and northern pike moving around in the river and bays. Fun time of year!
Ice Conditions - We lost some snow this week, but not changes in the ice conditions. We have 40-50 inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel. We run off of our private access. If you are looking to venture out on your own, there are a number of plowed roads in the area. Be sure to stay on marked trails and roads and check current conditions with the road maintainer before venturing out, conditions vary.
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LAKE OF THE WOODS
- Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge, NW Angle/Oak Island, MN - www.oakislandlodge.com (800-772-8411)
3-16 - Last week in the Islands. This weekend will be our last weekend at Sportsman's Oak Island Lodge for this ice fishing season. Our sister property, Sportsman's Lodge will be have ice fishing available for a few more weeks. Thanks everyone who visited us this season. We always enjoy seeing old friends and making new ones. Soft water fishing is just around the corner, we hope to see everyone again soon.
The Bite - This week depths in 21'-27' around structure using plain hooks, gold jigs, Glo Shots and small spoons tipped with a minnow has been the best approach for catching walleyes and saugers. Guests have also been catching an occasional perch, tullibee, perch, pike and eelpout. The most aggressive bite has been between 8am -10am and 2pm-4pm. Mix of vertical jigging and dead sticking. Electronics help!
We have 40+ inches of ice in the areas we fish and travel.
Ice Road from Young’s Bay to Oak Island
The ice road is in good shape. Follow the signs and take a ride. It is about 10 miles out.
Time to book your spring and summer trip.
Come visit the islands this spring and get into some hot soft water action. Spring lodging specials available May 11-25! Contact us today.
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)
2018 is looking to be a great season for fishing! Time to start dreaming of open water and chasing fish with the boat! But until then there are perch and panfish to be caught! Drilling lots of holes is the key to success. Smaller baits and shallow water are good tips this time of year. Always ask at the bait shop for more details. We still have a few cabins open for the opener and some weeks during the summer. So come enjoy Leech Lake with us this summer!
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - (320-630-1761)
Tullibies are being caught in the mud in deeper water. Terry's has roads to the flats. Dickie's has roads out to the perch bite. Platte, Sullivan, Shakopee, Knife and Anne have a great panfish bite going. Move around to find the panfish. Chris has guide trip openings! Please call Chris anytime for up-to-the-minute fishing reports. Listen to Chris and Stan live for a weekly fishing report from 5-6 pm Saturdays on Outdoor Adventures on www.twincitiesnewstalk.com (iheart Radio)! Or listen to the podcast!
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)
3-16-Minnetonka, Sarah and Independence have been providing crappie action in the weeds. Fish are moving more shallow now. Give us a call for updates!
MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service
March Fishing Outlook
Red Wing Pool 4 - With below average temperatures this Februarys an icy grip is held on the northland. The ground will be long in warming up for this March, and so the melt of the snow pack and the subsequent rise in river level should be delayed until later March.
March is a transition period of pre melt to post melt. Techniques before the melt are often much deeper and more main channel than post melt when currents increase and fish are forced out of the heavy flow.
In early March the venerable jig and minnow is a great bet to catch sauger and walleye from 18 to 34 feet deep. Walleye must be a minimum of 15” to keep. Saugers have no size restriction. Often anglers follow their conscience and release the clearly shown full of eggs females to spawn. Jig sizes in the ¼, 5/16, and 3/8 are often all you will need. Instead of a minnow a smaller plastic worm will often produce great and better results than minnows. Ringworms, flukes, and twitchtails in natural colors are proven producers.
When the water rises everything changes. Fish shallower in 8 to 18 feet. Often trollers working a three-way rig and original Rapalas cover ground to find fish in the main channel here its 20 to 24 fow. Also this is when the casters like to work plastics and blade baits to shallow holding walleye. Pool four is a very dynamic fishery in March it’s a fun and challenging fishery to test your skills on.
You won’t be alone. There are normally one or two hugely busy weekends, where anglers are getting their boat out to make sure everything is operational and too enjoy the bite. The scene settles down and becomes more fishable.
Everts Resort (www.evertsfishingresort.com) located in Hager City, WI is always a valuable resource in bite conditions and river tackle.
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Josh Severtson, www.smokeyhills.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
Sunfish/Crappie - Spread out from lake to lake in 18'-30'. Looking for a small tungsten jig tipped with a Northland "impulse plastic" or waxie/crappie minnow for best luck!
- Steve's Bait www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400, 320-563-1400)
Steve's Bait offers everything you need to be successful on Lake Traverse!! From the hot jig or plug, to the Best LIVE BAIT to be had within 75 miles!!! Pop, water and snacks will also be available! Lodging is also available at our Fishin' Hole Lodge, along with ice fishin packages. Good luck on the water!! Take a Kid Fishin! You can also check us out on Facebook!
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)
3-1-Our bait shop and main access will be closed for the season after Sunday, March 4th. We will keep an alternate access lane open (where we launch boats in the summer) for a limited time depending on ice and snow conditions (Drive at your own risk). Also, after Sunday, March 4th we will not be plowing any more lake roads. We appreciate those of you that joined us for a great winter on Lake Waconia. It sure was nice to have good ice all season and good fishing action too!
Don’t forget to get your 2018 fishing license before heading out for spring ice fishing! Also, fish houses must be removed from lakes on Monday, March 5th. With a forecast with temps in the upper 40’s this weekend, with rain/snow coming Sunday into Monday, we recommend getting ahead of the weather by removing your fish house early if possible. Ice on the main lake is currently in great shape. With the warmth melting the snow and potential rain, we expect a lot of water, especially in plowed roads. Our access currently is still in good shape as well, but we expect it to worsen this weekend.
Thanks again! The Mase’s and Staff
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- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, firstname.lastname@example.org, (218-327-2312)
Look for perch action to heat up no! The crappie and bluegill fishing has been decent on Little Cutfoot and there have been scattered reports of northern pike spearing success north in the bay of Third River and at the mouth of Sugar Lake. Get out and enjoy the winter fishing opportunities that Big Winnie has to offer.