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

Sunfish have been biting on Star Lake on the south side. Tullibies best on Molly Stark in 25-30 feeet. Or try Clitherall on the south side in the bay by the south access, waxworms working well. Crappies hitting on Hancock and West Battle in 15-20 feet of water. Try crappie minnows or waxworms.

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

Ice conditions are great, about 20 inches nice clear ice with about 4 inches snow. People are driving out on area lakes. Anglers are catching a few walleyes on Lake Benton and also some perch. Best technique is bobber fishing with minnows. On Lake Shetak walleyes are also biting, most anglers are bobber fishing with minnows, a few are jigging.

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

Anglers are catching some perch on Blackduck. For bluegills, try Pimushe or Gull. Smaller area lakes have been producing some fish. Give us a call for an update with the changing weather this time of year.

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

Look for sunfish and crappies floating around deeper spots located next to spring spawning areas. Some days they are 20-30 deep, and other days they can be found right next to the  weeds. A small jig and plastic combo has been the best for me. I like the plastic because you don’t waste time re-baiting the hook. Driving conditions are pretty good on most lakes. A four-wheel drive truck will get you to any spot. Get out and go fish, the weather is nice! 

Fishing in the Walker area has been excellent. perch fishing On leech is on fire we are catching fish anywhere from 3 to 7 feet of water, site fishing with a Clam drop Jig iwith either a small minnow or Maki plastic. The crappie Fishing has also been a very good with most of the fish out in the basin. Same mobile run and gun search game.

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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)

Sunnies and nice crappies are being caught on Chisago and South Lindstrom in the deeper water. Try from 18-24-30 feet of water. Give us a call anytime for updates!

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

At Brighton Beach on Lake Superior anglers have been catching lakers, herring, whitefish. Using looper bugs and waxie for herring and whitefish. Still about 10 inches of ice as of late March. Call for updates!

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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)

Most folks are now chasing crappies and sunnies with moderate success. Fall Lake leads the way with some 14+ inch crappies being taken from the Boundary Waters half of the lake, mostly from the East end of Mile Island in about 20' of water. Dead stick with a minnow, or active jigging with small tube or Gulp baits on a tiny jig have been the secret to filling out a limit of these slabs. East Twin and Low Lakes have also rewarded anglers with good numbers of both crappies and sunnies a bit shallower at about 12 feet of water. Smaller impoundments such as Johnson, One Pine and Bass Lakes have been turning out good numbers of panfish although they tend to run smaller on average. Some anglers are fishing the Border Lakes such as Basswood with reasonable catches of both walleyes and northern pike. Most of the walleyes have been hitting chubs or Chubby Darters in sixteen to twenty-five feet of water. Travel has been relatively easy when sticking to the sled trails throughout the area as these runs are firmly packed snow. Ice is still good throughout with more than thirty inches in most places. It's time to start prepping your gear for the upcoming fishing opener May 10th.

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GLENWOOD
- Fish On Bait & Sport www.habitatnow.com
Kyle, 201 S Franklin St, 2 blocks south of stoplights in Glenwood (320-634-3667)

MINNEWASKA LAKE CONDITIONS EXCELLENT!!  The lake and access conditions on Minnewaska are excellent for this time of year...26 to 30 inches of ice with around 6 to 8 inches of snow cover.  With the high winds during snow events, most of the snow has been blown off the lake leaving great conditions to get around.  Accesses are in great condition as well with roads going out to some of the more popular spots.  Sunfish and crappie bite has been steady...we have freshwater shrimp and red larvae as the most popular baits.  Pike and bass have also been very active as usual.  Walleye bite has been good and there are good sized perch being caught in various spots.  Weather conditions are improving which should increase the fishing as well.  We will have all the favorite bait on hand as well as a full line of tackle...along with advice and destinations to try...fish house rental available.  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 looking at "spring 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

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HACKENSACK
Swanson's Bait & Tackle - www.swansonsbait.com
Jim Tuller, Hwy 371 on the north end of Hackensack (218-675-6176)

The perch have really fired up over the last week to two weeks! Even with this colder weather setting it, fishermen have still found good numbers of fish, and size! We've seen a good amount of 12-14" fish coming through over the last week. We had a great day yesterday ripping small Rapala Jigging Raps right under the ice. SHALLOW WATER! Though they are finding some fish in 6-12' of water, most of the successful fishermen are hitting 4-6' of water; this is counting the ice! 3' of ice, and 3' of water or less and those big jumbos are cruising right under. Be aware that drilling holes will scatter the schools of perch, and it will take a minute or two for them to work back into the area. Drill a bunch of holes once you're getting in the zone, and walk from hole to hole to pick off the jumbos. As soon as a hold slows down, move on! Tullibee action has started some, but it has been pretty minimal thus far. We're expecting it to pick up once the warmer weather sets in a little more consistently. Not many guys hitting them out there yet. We're planning on making a run up there later this week and we will report back. Crappie action has been hot on a handful of smaller lakes in the area, but the fishermen are understandably tight lipped on locations. Fishing pressure on these smaller lakes can have a very big impact. The fish are still in deep water, but the fish are aggressive, and the bigger slabs are starting to show up more now.

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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)

4-14-14 - Some spring-like temperatures are beginning to be the norm here, our snow is all but gone, snow banks, wooded areas and full shade are the only areas holding snow. The lake surface stiffens up at night and daytimes the lake surface softens with standing water. Ice thickness is variable throughout Kab and Namakan ranging from 28” to 40” and we appear to lose ice each day. As of this weekend the walleye season closed on all lakes inland and border till the Spring Opener, May 10th. Folks seeking crappies have a tough going due to fast changing ice conditions. Last reports were spotty with some action happening in some of the Spring crappie holes. Extreme caution should be taken if you venture out on the ice, some open pockets of water exist just as pressure ridges do in the winter. Ice out dates or hunches welcome, this writer has chosen May 8, 2014. Sure hope I’m spot on or close.

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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)

Walleye season closes April 14 and opens again May 10th.  On the ice, nice walleyes and saugers still the norm this week with a few perch and tulibees. In front of Graceton Beach and towards Morris Point Gap and Lighthouse Gap 16-18 or 20-22. Using Gold or pink tipped with live minnow. Pike are ready to run, try 8-10 near Zippel Bay or Four Mile Bay tipped with live sucker minnow.  Use resorts for info before venturing out, snowmobile or ATV traffic only.

On the Rainy River. Birchdale and Frontier accesses open to all boats.  The river channel is open in front of Vidas landing but still 10' of shore ice. Open water goes just west of Clementson. Sturgeon fishing is open.  Catch and release now through April 23, keep season opens April 24th.  Info at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/river-fishing.

Up at the NW Angle, walleye fishing this past week was good.  The pike bite is also active for those still getting out on the ice.  Pike season open all year at LOW and Rainy River.  Info on lodging and spring fishing at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

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

Great news up here on Leech Lake! New relaxed slot 20 to 26, so we get to keep an extra 2 inches. Leech Lake is the place to plan your fishing and family vacations. As for today the perch bite is on (but don't think you can just drill one hole) so grab a few friends and a couple augers and come enjoy these longer days! So plan a trip up for opener or any time this summer. Stop by and see up at the big sportshow row 600 midway! Looking forward to a great summer!

Fishing in the Walker area has been excellent. perch fishing On leech is on fire we are catching fish anywhere from 3 to 7 feet of water, site fishing with a Clam drop Jig iwith either a small minnow or Maki plastic. The crappie Fishing has also been a very good with most of the fish out in the basin. Same mobile run and gun search game.

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MILLE LACS
- Chris Kuduk's Guide Service - www.kuduksguideservice.com (320-630-1761)

On Mille Lacs, anglers are catching tullibies on 1 Mile and 3 Mile and catching tullibies and perch at 7 Mile. Roads are plowed out from Dickie's. Call for updates! On the south end at Isle Bay, crappies and sunnies are biting near Chapman's. Platte and Sullivan also producing crappies. Call Chris for an up to the minute report!

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

Ice fishing season is coming to a close, some anglers still catching sunnies in 8-10 feet of water on 3 feet of ice. But most anglers are waiting for open water season. Call us for updates!

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MISSISSIPPI - ST. CROIX
- Turk Gierke, Croixsippi Guide Service www.croixsippi.com
(1-800-929-1801)

April fishing on the Mississippi River on Pool Four is good for both eating sized walleye and sauger in the 15 to 19 inch range and trophy sized picture fish in the 9 to 11 pound class.  Naturally these trophy fish are not as numerous as eaters, however every Spring many anglers catch these lunkers. The high water is a result from spring rain and snow melt. What the high water does is concentrate year class fish in current breaks, these current breaks are normally shallow, 2 to 15 feet deep.  Here is where the big ones are cast to from an anchored position.  The eater fish are in the same places but normally on the breakline to the deep water. Many presentations take fish, in fact at this time of year I have seen more differing presentations catch fish than on any body of water I have fished. In April anglers troll three ways, handlines, leadline troll, drag jigs, miller rigs,vertical jig - plastics, blade hairs, mimnows, jigging raps, and dubuque rigs. Plus cast all these rigs that are vertical jigged. However don't be too confused because when in doubt a jig and minnow vertically drifted works better than most. I mentioned the above because options do exist.  Two notiable local baitshops have must have hair jigs, bait, and hard to find gear like Miller rigs, alternative sized jigs, and Limit Creek Rods the shops are Everts and Four Seasons. Pool Four is a continuous walleye and sauger season. Generous six fish limit with a 15 inch walleye minimum requirement. Sauger any size to keep.  

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

As the temperatures are predicted to rise into the 50’s over the course of the next week, the bite will be progressively more active in the Park Rapids Area. The lakes will re-oxygenate as the sun melts the surrounding snow and ice. The panfish bite has gone from lazy to crazy in the course of a few days. Northland’s™ “Rippin’ Shad” will attract the active crappie. You will find them moving into shallower waters to feed. Optimum depth is 14 feet and the time of day will be less important as the melt water continues to energize the fish. Attach a minnow head or wax worm to the front treble of the “Rippin’ Shad”, they will attack the lure head first. Go to the sand flats to find a bucket full of massive pre-spawn perch. Drilling multiple holes may be necessary to find the randomly swimming schools. Depths of 4 to 10 feet will hold the lion’s share of the jumbo perch. Any of the size #12 or #14 tungsten jigs such as the Northland™ “Mooska Jig” tipped with a wax worm will do the trick. In early spring you will often find the bluegills feeding alongside the jumbo perch. If you aren’t finding success on the sand flats for bluegill, just move to slightly deeper water 14 to 20 feet of water. Stop by the store for lake specific hot spots and hot tips. We look forward to serving you soon!

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

With the Walleye season closed and a good Perch bite on Big Stone Lake, the month of March had little fishing pressure on Lake Traverse. Gills on mid lake rock piles made for some fun fishin. Not uncommon to ice an 11" gill! The Boarder water opener is quickly approaching, April 19th. Looks like we will be ice fishin the opener again this year.Bring on the open water. Wheaton Service, Western mn Aluma Lite fish house dealer. Wheaton Service offers Guide fishing on Lake Traverse and Big stone lake, Lets go fishin! 320 563-1400 steve, owner Wheaton Service

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

We want to thank all of our customers for another good ice fishing season on Lake Waconia.  We closed our shop for the winter season March 2nd.  We will leave our access open for use while we're closed, but will not be keeping it plowed after the 2nd.  The access will be shut down if there is too much March snow or when it deteriorates after Spring warmth.  Our Spring shop hours will resume when the ice is off the lake. Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you when there is open water!

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

Hopefully the temperatures will continue rise as anglers come to Big Winnie for the annual spring perch bite. The fishing has been good with several limits being taken of late. Several resorts have plowed roads and with the crusting of the snow getting around has improved. Depths of 10-20 feet, especially on the west side has been good. You may have to sort at times, but the action has been good and reports of several 10-11 inch keepers have been common. Small spoons with several larvae, a minnow head, or a number 3 Jigging Rap have been baits of choice. Try the North side of Zoomers Bar and several of the rock humps on the north side, about ½ to 1 mile off of Pigeon River. The warmth of the sun is making being on the ice a pleasure. Be safe and see you at the N/W Sport Show. Stop and see me at the Daiwa and Rapala booths on Friday and Saturday.

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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.

APRIL 2014
1 01:01 06:31 08:01 01:16
2 01:31 07:01 08:46 02:01
3 02:01 07:16 09:46 02:31
4 02:16 07:46 11;01 03:16
5 03:01 08:01 - - 04:16
6 08:16 01:01 - - 05:31
7 10:31 02:31 - - 07:01
8 09:16 03:01 01:31 08:16
9 09:31 03:31 02:46 09:01
10 10:01 03:46 03:46 09:46
11 04:01 10:16 04:31 10:16
12 04:31 10:46 11:01 05:01
13 04:46 11:16 11:31 05:46
14 05:16 11:46 - - 06:16
15 12:01 05:31 07:01 12:16
16 12:31 06:01 07:46 12:46
17 01:16 06:31 08:46 01:31
18 01:46 07:01 09:46 02:16
19 02:31 07:31 11:01 03:01
20 03:46 08:16 - - 04:16
21 09:31 12:31 - - 05:31
22 11:46 01:31 - - 07:01
23 08:31 02:31 01:46 08:16
24 09:16 03:01 03:16 09:16
25 03:31 10:01 04:16 10:01
26 04:01 10:31 10:46 05:01
27 04:31 11:16 11:31 05:46
28 05:01 11:46 - - 06:31
29 12:01 05:31 07:16 12:16
30 12:31 05:46 08:01 12:46


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APRIL 2014

1 6:55am 7:40pm
2 6:53am 7:41pm
3 6:51am 7:42pm
4 6:49am 7:43pm
5 6:47am 7:45pm
6 6:45am 7:46pm
7 6:44am 7:47pm
8 6:42am 7:48pm
9 6:40am 7:50pm
10 6:38am 7:51pm
11 6:36am 7:52pm
12 6:35am 7:53pm
13 6:33am 7:55pm
14 6:31am 7:56pm
15 6:29am 7:57pm
16 6:28am 7:59pm
17 6:26am 8:00pm
18 6:24am 8:01pm
19 6:22am 8:02pm
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21 6:19am 8:05pm
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23 6:16am 8:07pm
24 6:14am 8:09pm
25 6:12am 8:10pm
26 6:11am 8:11pm
27 6:09am 8:12pm
28 6:08am 8:14pm
29 6:06am 8:15pm
30 6:05am 8:16pm

 

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