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- Ben's Bait & Tackle
Bennet or Craig Stich, Junction of Hwy 78 and 210 (218-864-5596)
There are 3-4 inches on smaller lakes like Blanche and Silver. Anglers just started walking out, not safe yet as of late November. Give us a call anytime for an update!
- Veire's Mini-Mart - Visit our Facebook Page
Dave, 117 E Benton St, corner of Hwy 75 and 14 (507-368-4204)
Give Dave a call for an update! A few out ice fishing, walking.
- Timberline Sport & Tackle
Carl Adams, Junction of Hwy 71 and Blackduck Lake Rd. (218-835-4636)
Area ice average about 5 inches on smaller lakes. Some walking out, a few riding ATVs. Red has about 4-6 inches of ice as of late November with some anglers catching walleyes. Should be a great ice fishing season on Red! Please call for updates. Deer season was okay, with mostly smaller bucks taken.
- Leisure Outdoor Adventures - www.leisureoutdooradventures.com
Toby Kvalevog and Jeff Andersen, 1-855-LOA-HOOK or 1-855-562-4665
The Lakes in the Brainerd area are just starting to lock up. A few anxious anglers were on the ice this past weekend, but more will be venturing out as we near Thanksgiving and the first week of December. Typically the early ice bite is "the time" for walleyes in the area. Gull, Round, North Long, and Pelican typically all have decent early ice walleye bites. Focus your efforts on those prime feeding periods along the first shoreline break with a jigging spoon and shiner or fathead and a dead stick with a lively minnow. Tip ups can also be a great secondary line to use. The panfish bite can also be good early on. Go back and find anywhere where there is still good "green" weeds. Try one of the new Clam tungsten jigs or Maki plastics to hole hop and search out those crappies and panfish. Look us up this winter if you are interested in a guided ice fishing trip, ice house rentals on Leech Lake, and monster pike fishing trips up on Lake of the Woods. Leisure Outdoor Adventures 1-855-LOA-HOOK.
- Frankie's Live Bait and Marine - www.frankies.net
Brad, Corner of Hwy 8 and CR 77 (651-257-6334)
We are making ice! Bays and channels have ice, but still be very careful. Pike action great on tip-ups. Try south end of Green, or the channel between Chisago and South Lindstrom.
- Marine General - www.marinegeneral.com
1501 London Road, on the edge of Lake Superior (218-724-8833)
About 4-5 inches on Boulder Lake, catching crappies and perch. Hunter Lake 4-5 inches also. Should be great within a week or so. Call for updates anytime!
- 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)
Another ice season is upon us and anglers are chomping at the bit to get out on the hard water. We cannot stress enough to exercise caution at this time of year. There isn't a fish out there risking your life for. Every year we hear the reports of how many guys have died in pursuit of a bucket of fish. So, with that in mind, we are hearing folks here locally that are having some success. Right now there have been guys fishing One Pine and Birch lakes with some moderate catches. Currently they say that there is four to five inches of ice where they were fishing the shallow bays. This is by no means a blanket coverage, as we know that there can be a wide variation of ice thickness due to either wind effect, vegetation, and the much feared, moving water or springs. So please be careful out there if you absolutely must get the jump on the season. Always carry a life jacket, and spud bar or chisel to check the ice as you go, and a good pair of ice picks should the unthinkable happen and you break through. Remember, there is a lot of winter ahead of us and there will be plenty of time and much thicker ice in the future.
- Fish On Bait & Sport www.habitatnow.com
Kyle, 201 S Franklin St, 2 blocks south of stoplights in Glenwood (320-634-3667)
AREA LAKES APPEAR TO BE ICED OVER!! With the cold temps, area lakes appear to be iced over. Overnight low temps should be making some good ice. It is still very early so be careful! Early ice is always a great time for walleyes on Minnewaska so I would expect to see a lot of activity over the next few weeks. Many will be heading out after the gills and crappies as well. It's a little early for giving any detailed fishing reports and ice conditions, so check with us as needed. We will have all the favorite bait on hand as well as a full line of tackle...along with advice and destinations to try. Also stop by or email us for access and lake conditions. We also have the "Habitat Outlet Store" well stocked with some of the most diverse and high quality food plot and native prairie seeds for habitat development. Many people planting "fall food plots" right now. Also visit the Habitat Outlet on line at www.HabitatNOW.com for all your spring and fall habitat needs. Fish On! Kyle
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Jim Tuller, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)
Things have been pretty quiet around here the last several weeks on the fishing front. Most guys have been working on deer hunting, but there have been a few holdouts on the water up until this week. Fishing had been pretty decent, but the weather made it pretty unenjoyable.
In the last few days, many of the area lakes locked up with ice completely. Some of the smaller lakes have been frozen for as long as a week or more. Most of the bigger lakes like Webb, Stony, Pleasant, and Baby only just comletely froze over in the last couple days. Last reports were that Leech, Ten Mile, and Woman are holding out with open water still.
Guys have been heading up to Red Lake for some action already, and it sounds like they are doing well up there already. Fisherman have also started hitting some of the smaller lakes in the area as well for panfish. Towards the end of this week we should be getting more reports!
- 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)
Ice is forming nicely now on Kabetogama (11/26/13). A few have ventured out and have come back with some nice fish. Three inches plus in most areas – by next week we will be in great shape. Please call ahead and check out the www.kabfishingreport.com site for more up-to-date information. Start Making Plans, Hope to see you Soon, Phil & Ellen Hart
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)
We are ice fishing and fishing is great! A solid 8-9 inches of ice on the Zippel Bay, Bostic Bay, Morris and 4 Mile Bay is perfect for heading out on foot or with ATV's and snowmobiles. Trails are marked out on the lake up to 3 miles or about 20' of water with about 7 solid inches of ice. Use resort marked trails when venturing out for safety! Resorts do have lodging available, and permanent houses are predicted to be out later this week! Fishing has been good 15-19 feet of water. Use a pink/gold stop sign or solid gold jig tipped with a minnow. Fish 4-8 inches off bottom.
The Rainy River has 4-6 inches of ice in many spots. Trails have not been marked so be cautious when venturing out. Do not go out on river if you are not sure of ice or area. Fishing has been good from 10-13 feet of water. Use bright colors tipped with a minnow.
Up at the NW Angle ice continues to build. 3-5 inches is most common around most islands, with the inlet up to 6". Safety first! Again, work with resorts marking trails. For the latest ice and fishing updates, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LakeoftheWoodsMN. For lodging and all other info, www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com
Lake of the Woods Resorts
- Anderson's Resorts - www.andersonsleech-lake.com
Tim, (1-800-516-0077) (1-800-516-0077)
Leech Lake is mostly iced over right now... all except Walker Bay (not safe yet). But it is a good sign. The Narrows are one of the best starting points for winter fishing, walleyes and perch, jig/minnow. Steamboat Bay and Sand Point are good spots to try spearing when safe. Leech Lake has had a good year of fishing. We are looking forward to a great winter fishing season also! Let's hope for a good cold snap with no snow to get things safe. Thanks for all the visitors to our area! Have a great holiday season!
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - www.kuduksguideservice.com (320-630-1761)
Mille Lacs is still open as of late November. Some skim ice across the bays. Smaller area lakes have a little ice, a few venturing out, but it's not safe. Be careful. Please call Chris anytime for an up to the minute report!
- Wayzata Bait & Tackle
Tim or Bob, half mile west off I-494 on Hwy 12 (952-473-2227)
Ice skimmed over on small lakes, big lakes open, very windy. Should be a couple weeks to ice. Call anytime for a report!
MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service www.croixsippi.com
Now that the St. Croix River is iced up, I migrate south (though not as far as I would like!) to fish Pool 4 of the Mississippi River, this is openwater boat fishing for walleye and sauger all winter. I launch at Everts Resort (www.evertsfishingresort.com), it is a wonderful river walleye oasis, providing water not to launch the boat all year. During December much of the fishing is vertical jigging and dragging jigs. Usually a solid bite is found both dragging jigs in 13 to 17 feet of water and vertical jigging the deepwater. Plan on fishing soft plastics. Ringworms and paddletails work very well, as do as fathead minnows on plain jigs or bucktails, we use Suffix elite mono 6-pound test and Limit Creek LCS69MLF rods. Believe it or not cranks also do well on handlines and three way set ups. Both crankbait presentations are on floating Rapalas. Troll slow. This winter fishing is weather related as freezing your tail off is not too fun, so planning these trips are completely weather related. River stage is 4.04, a normal low water level common in winter, at the Red Wing Lock and Dam. Report from Turk Gierke at Croixsippi Guide Service. www.croixsippi.com
- Smokey Hills Outdoor Store, Nathan, www.smokyhillsoutdoorstore.com
19143 US HWY 71 N, Park Rapids, MN (218-237-5099)
The north winds are blowing and the cold air has already made some good ice on our shallow lakes in the Park Rapids area. Be very cautious if you are planning on venturing out on the ice, know the lake and know where the springs and moving water are located. We have ice picks available at a reasonable price and we recommend that you own a set for early ice. The pike fishing has been excellent and the classic steel leader, 4/0 hook, weight and sucker minnow will produce the best results. Find the still standing cabbage weed in 10 to 14 feet of water and “dangle” your minnow a foot or two over the weed cover and wait for the strike. LureTech™ Wolfie™ tungsten jigs are now available for purchase and when tipped with a wax worm, they are most likely to put some fillets in the frying pan. Another week of this cold weather and we will have good ice to take advantage of. For more up to date ice and fishing reports, give us a call at the store. Be safe out there!
- Wheaton Service & Bait www.wheatonservice.com
Neighbor Steve, 912 Broadway, Wheaton, MN (320-563-1400)
Lake Traverse has a thin coat of ice on it, much to thin for any kind of travel. With any luck, by the 7th of December, we'll be in on that early ice walleye bite all ice fisherpersons look forward to. December is sure to fantastic on Lake Traverse. Steve Nelson, owner wheaton service, Wheaton mn.Best Bait In Town! Western mn 's Aluma Lite fishouse dealer! Sleeper house, and day house rentals on lake Traverse. Spear house rentals on Mud lake. Wheaton Service on facebook!
Mase's In Towne Marine - www.intownemarina.com
Cindy, corner of Lake and Elm (952-442-2096)
We will open when there is walkable ice. Please visit our web site or call anytime for an update!
- Walleye Visions - www.mnfishingconnections.com
Tom Neustrom, 21622 Airport Rd, Grand Rapids, email@example.com, (218-327-2312)
We are starting to see signs of the frozen period on Big Winnie and in a week or so there should be fishable ice several places. Third River area should have enough ice for the traditional opening of northern pike spearing season and there may be some areas that may give up some early season perch and walleye activity. Be extremely careful always on ice, but especially this time of year. Some of the smaller lakes in the area have as much as 4 inches of ice, but that all depends on which lakes got early ice. Foot travel is the only thing that should be considered. Stop by the Ice Force Booth at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show December 6, 7, and 8 and let me show you all the products represented by the Ice Force Team. Travel safe and see you then.