Walleyes and northerns continue to bite on Gull, Round, Pelican, Edwards and North Long lakes. Use shiners or rainbows on a Buckshot Rattle Spoon in 35 to 40 feet of water during the day -- more shallow at night, 15 to 25 feet. Panfish are active on Upper Gull, Cullen, Margaret, Round and North Long. Use waxies or Eurolarvae for bait.
Reports of good trout fishing are coming from Trout and Roosevelt lakes. Jigging suspended shiners has been effective. Walleye fishing has slowed, though crappie and sunfish anglers are finding their quarry while using crappie minnows, waxies, or Eurolarvae on small ice jigs.
Perch continue to hit in the shallow water near Tamarack Point and Bowen's Flat. Many of the bigger perch have been weed related. The best walleye reports are still coming from the north shore.
The cold weather has surprisingly turned the perch action up on Leech Lake. Anglers willing to move around a bit are finding numbers of true jumbo perch in 12 to 14 feet of water. Walleye reports have been a bit more scattered. Walker Bay continues to be one of the better spots with prime time taking place at sundown.
In the east, high winds and cold temperatures reduced the mobility of anglers, reducing the catch of walleyes over the weekend. Good perch reports are coming from the deep water, including the deep mud flats and deep gravel bars. Perch are hitting Swedish Pimples tipped with a minnow head or whole minnows.
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