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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 - 4-11-18
Rainy Lake Fishing Report - Update Weekly
Lake Mille Lacs Fishing Report - 3-2-18
Kabetogama-Ash River Fishing Report - 1-26-18
Devils Lake, North Dakota Fishing Report from Woodland Resort

Minnesota Statewide Fishing Reports
INFO AS OF 4-20-18

Northeast Minnesota

International Falls - Rainy Lake & the Rainy River

International Falls area anglers are taking advantage of the warmer weather and trying to catch one of the giant sturgeon lurking in Rainy River. Sturgeon are strictly catch-and-release at this time. The best advice for catching a sturgeon is to locate a deeper hole in the river then drop down some worms and minnows on a well-weighted circle hook. Please handle sturgeon with care. The Rainy River is a great example of a recovering fishery. The Rainy River is also giving up plenty of northern pike and smallmouth bass. 800-325-5766; www.rainylake.org

Duluth - Lake Superior, St. Louis River and inland waters

The inland lake ice is beginning to show wear and tear at the boat launches and shorelines. Anglers must use extreme caution when venturing out. Those having the most success are drilling lots of holes and hole hopping with electronics to locate fish. The vegetative areas in 8 to 12 feet of water have been best, especially when using soft plastics on small jigs. The St. Louis River remains very quiet except for the freighters in the shipping channels. High winds and storms created 18 foot swells on Lake Superior last weekend. Obviously, few anglers attempted fishing. Only spectators could be seen taking pictures, and an occasional gutsy surfer. Boats should be launching and shorelanders casting by this weekend. Smelters will also head out shortly when coho salmon and kamloops will be popular. Most north shore streams are still iced-up, but should be fishable in the very near future. Many anglers are hoping for a rush of Lake Superior steel head up the rivers. 800-438-5884; www.visitduluth.com

Grand Rapids

Fishing is heating up! Area lakes still offer ample ice fishing opportunities, but the current warm temperatures will soon limit vehicle travel. Panfish are moving into the shallows, with the best crappie and bluegill fishing now on the edges of the weeds in 6 to 12 feet of water. Morning and evening hours remain the most productive times but daytime angling will heat up shortly. Currently, the best approach is a brightly colored (orange, pink, yellow, and green) tungsten jig tipped with wax worms or euro larva -- jigs tipped with plastics are also turning fish. Perch anglers are also having success, with lots of yellow perch coming from 4 to 12 feet of water on the flats. Smaller, rattling jigging spoons and jigging raps tipped with fatheads are turning the most fish. Staying mobile has been important due to active schools of fish, and warm days are perfect for keeping up with the schools! www.visitgrandrapids.com

Northwest Minnesota

Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River

Rainy River sturgeon fishing has been excellent, with lots of large fish reported. For the most action, hit a deeper hole and drop a sturgeon rig (18 inch leader, 60 pound test line and a 5/0 circle hook) with a crawler/shiner mix and a 4 to 5 ounce no-roll sinker. Large northern pike are coming from the pre-spawn areas and shallow bays of Lake of the Woods. Live suckers, large smelt and “hot dogs” are working well. Minnows and other live bait must be authorized through local bait dealers. Please note that auger extensions are still needed. There are reports of large cracks developing on Lake of the Woods, and the ice roads have been closed to vehicles. Anglers must make safety the priority! 800-382-FISH; www.lakeofthewoodsmn.com

Detroit Lakes

Some ice anglers continue to chase tullibees, crappies and sunfish on Detroit Lakes area lakes. While the ice remains unusually thick for this time of year, temperatures will climb this weekend causing the snow covered lake ice to turn wet and slushy. Also keep in mind that as the ground warms, ice will pull away from the shorelines. Next week may be the end of the ice fishing season for this area, especially since ice can be very unpredictable after extended warm temperatures. 800-542-3992; www.visitdetroitlakes.com

Central Region

Otter Tail Area Lakes

While plenty of ice remains for ice fishing, it’s time to start thinking about open water fishing. Check your boats and gear -- the fishing opener is right around the corner! 800-423-4571; www.ottertailcountry.com

Isle/Onamia - Lake Mille Lacs

Check out the Mille Lacs Lake Web Cams to see what remains of the ice at various resorts and lake accesses around the lake. 888-350-2692; www.millelacs.com

Southern Minnesota

Lanesboro - Southeast Bluff Country trout streams

As of Thursday, April 19, fisheries staff reported that the South Branch Root River was off in color with a normal water flow. Melting snow will cause most streams to turn increasingly turbid this weekend. Still, the weather will be beautiful! Check the Minnesota Stream Flow Report for the most current conditions. 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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