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Current Fishing Reports on Up North Outdoors.

MINNESOTA - LAND OF 10,000 Lakes - Get out on the Water!
Lake of the Woods Fishing Report - 12-11-17
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - Update Weekly
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 12-1-17
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 12-14-17
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 12-8-17

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

Staff at Voyageurs National Park ask that anglers, skiers and snowmobilers use extreme caution while the ice continues to form -- when in doubt, stay off the ice. There is insufficient ice to start staking the lake trails. For the most up-to-date information on Voyageurs’ ice and trail conditions check Voyageurs National Park’s website. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org

Grand Rapids

Cooler temperatures have finally arrived and the ice is growing thicker each day. Overnight temperatures should remain cold for a while so area lakes should all be frozen within a week. Many of the smaller lakes in the Grand Rapids area have 4 to 6 inches of ice. Several anglers that have thoroughly tested the ice are venturing out for panfish and taking nice numbers. Crappies are coming from 20 to 30 feet of water on lakes north and west of Grand Rapids. Foot travel remains best for getting around on the ice. In the next few weeks, consider Loon, Big and Little Splithand, Little Cutfoot, Bass, Cottonwood, and Long lakes. Bring a good supply of wax worms, euro larvae and small minnows, but soft plastics replicating live bait are also producing crappies, bluegills and perch. Newly strung light line, such as #4 test line, is highly recommended. Northern pike spearing has been good on the Third River Flowage, Little Balsam, and several smaller lakes in the Grand Rapids area. www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Lake of the Woods has varying ice conditions currently. The resorts continue to assess ice conditions and measure ice thickness trying to identify the best ice. The back bays are frozen over with a range of 4 to 10 inches of ice in many areas. Some northern pike action is being reported in the back bays. The Rainy River has a skim of ice across it with only a few open areas remaining. At the Northwest Angle, some local anglers are using ATVs to travel on marked trails. Resorts continue to check ice conditions and mark trails, with ice houses to be brought out very soon. Frequent updates can be found on the Lake of the Woods Tourism facebook page. 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Park Rapids

The current cold snap is building ice. While most of the smaller lakes now have walkable ice, there is a lot of unstable ice on the larger lakes — anglers must use extreme caution when venturing out! Anglers search for panfish on the shallow lakes will do well at the shallow weed flats in 5 to 10 feet of water. Slightly deeper waters at the edge of the remaining weedlines have been good for northern pike and walleye. Drill a series of holes along the drop-off and set a tip-up while “hole-hopping” with a small jig and a waxworm for the bluegills and crappies. Do not waste your time fishing the deep holes for crappies since it is too early. 800-247-0054; www.parkrapids.com

Detroit Lakes

The cold front that started Tuesday will last through the weekend, and this should help build back at least 3 to 4 inches of ice in the Detroit Lakes area. High winds cleared off most of the snow that had fallen on the lakes so ice development won’t be affected by a blanket of snow. Ice thickness continues to vary greatly from lake to lake. The best ice is on the shallow basin lakes. Crappies, sunfish, northern pike and some walleye are being pulled from the weeds and from 8 to 14 foot depths by anglers walking out onto the shallow lakes. Please check ice conditions often as you venture out, and try to stick to the first breaks of the shallow waters. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Otter Tail Area Lakes

Temperatures have turned colder and the dusting of snow has blown off the lakes in Otter Tail Lakes Country. Without the snow’s insulating factor, the more shallow lakes that had already iced over will build additional ice quickly. Anglers must still use extreme caution on the shallower lakes, and check the ice often using a chisel or chipping bar. Once decent ice is located, head for the weeds for panfish. If the panfish aren’t on the weedy flats, look at the deep holes or open areas near weed flats and weedy island areas. Once panfish are located, don’t be surprised if you catch a northern pike or largemouth bass. For walleye, consider fall and early summer hot spots, and use large minnows such as suckers and shiners. Tipping a spoon with a minnow head is always a good option in early December. Walleye are aggressive this time of the year, so rattles, larger spoons and jigging raps should work well. 800-423-4571; www.ottertailcountry.com

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

As of last Friday, Dec. 1, it appeared that some areas of Lake Mille Lacs had actually lost ice due to unseasonably warm temperatures. A few anglers continued to walk out onto Cove, Wahkon and Isle bays, but it was necessary to check ice thickness often while traveling out. Only northern pike were being reported. During the middle of week, some anglers were launching their boats in the Garrison area! Colder temperatures have arrived and Mille Lacs should build ice rapidly. The new winter fishing regulations went into effect Dec. 1. Anglers may keep 1 walleye measuring 20 to 22 inches, or one longer than 28 inches. For more information on Lake Mille Lacs regulations, check out the DNR's Lake Mille Lacs news release from Nov. 3. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

As of Monday, Dec. 4, fisheries staff reported that most area rivers and streams were clear with a normal water flow. There were reports of good “midging” activity over the weekend. Please note that Carley State Park, and Trout Run through Saratoga, Troy and Bucksnort are not open for angling, and will not open until Jan. 1, 2018. Southeast stream trout maps are available under “Area Highlights” on the Lanesboro area fisheries web page. 800-944-2670; www.lanesboro.com


Anglers may obtain fishing licenses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by dialing 1-888-665-4236, or accessing DNR License Sales.

The information in this report is provided courtesy of Explore Minnesota Tourism.



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