When is the best time to go fishing? Here in the north woods, every day is the best day. Our area contains a wide range of lakes with varied depths, shoreline structures, and a wide range of fish species. Seasoned anglers know success requires patience and a willingness to try different techniques. If you have a youngster in the group, they will most likely catch the biggest fish - it always happens. So, maybe no technique is a good strategy too. For those interested in learning about lake structure, water quality, or creel surveys we encourage you to visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Lake Finder page. Area lakes will either be found in St. Louis or Lake County. Minnesota Fishing Regulations
Weekly Fishing Report
January 18, 2022 - Report provided by Arrowhead Outdoors
Lake Trout - Opening weekend was an excellent weekend for many lake trout anglers. Almost all anglers reported graphing multiple trout, over the course of the day and many reported limiting out the first day. Anglers found active lakers in the usual 30-50 feet of water, around sunken islands, large main lake points, and neck down areas. Blue and pink bucktails, large spoons, and tube jigs, all actively jigged, caught good numbers of trout. Some anglers reported only catching trout on live bait, fished on the bottom, under a tip-up, so be sure to always fish two lines when lake trout fishing.
Stream Trout - As usual, stream trout anglers had little issue catching their limit of trout on opening day. Small tungsten jigs, tipped with a wax worm accounted for many of the best catching reported. After opening day, trout were very shy of baits, but anglers adjusted and continued to catch fish. Small tungsten jigs tipped with either wax worms or single salmon egg, ever so lightly jigged, got bites. Jig too aggressively and trout would turn their noses up at it and swim away. Shallow areas with timber, produce the most trout for anglers.
Walleye - Walleye anglers have begun to catch a few walleyes. Anglers have been reporting that they are finding active walleyes in 20-23 feet of water, largely close to deep basins. Minnows fished under rattle reels have been tough to beat. Bite windows continue to be all over the place, but evening and after dark has been the best for anglers.