Open-water anglers continue to find a few walleyes on Gull Lake in 28 to 40 feet of water. Anglers fishing from shore also are hooking a few walleyes at the Gull Dam and Hole in the Day Bay. A few ponds and small lakes have as much as 4 to 6 inches of ice, and there were a few people working these smaller fisheries for panfish already, but it's not advised, especially with the recent warmup.
The small lakes have some ice on them, but nothing that's safe to walk on at this point. The warm weather this week has done little to speed up the arrival of the ice fishing season.
A few anglers snuck on the ice and kicked up a few walleyes near the mouth of the Ash River over the weekend. With the warm weather earlier this week, that has ended.
The open-water fishing season came to a quick end as the extremely cold weather arrived. There hasn't been much ice forming, although the shorelines do have some limited ice. It's not much ice, so if it warms up again there could still be some anglers fishing open water in this area later this week.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Ice has formed all the way across the Rainy River as far east as Birchdale. Although it's not safe to walk on, there's also as much as three inches of ice reported near the Wheeler's Point area. The inlets and bays around the southern shoreline are freezing over, including Zippel Bay. At the Northwest Angle/Islands area, ice has begun to form, and most local residents have been using wind boats for transportation.
There's nothing to report from open-water anglers, but the appearance of ice in a few bays and along shorelines has got people thinking about ice fishing very soon.
A few of the bays and shorelines are covered with ice, so the open-water fishing has come to an end.
The deeper holes of the Mississippi River are giving up walleyes. Jigs tipped with minnows have been the ticket when worked very slowly.
Most of the lakes do not have ice on them yet, but open-water fishing activity has been nonexistent.
Shoreline ice started to form over the weekend, but the main lake is still wide open. Even so, it was too cold over the weekend for anyone to fish.
ST. CLOUD AREA
A few of the smaller lakes and most ponds were ice-covered as of this writing. That could change if the warm weather persists. The bigger lakes that aren't frozen over are holding quite a few buffleheads and various other northern ducks.
NORTHEAST METRO -- The warm weather earlier this week got a few people back on the St. Croix River. The majority of walleyes and sauger being caught have been hitting a jig-and-minnow presentation in deeper water. The key is to work vertically, very slow, and use large minnows.
NORTHWEST METRO -- The warm weather earlier this week brought out a few die-hard open-water anglers. The majority of them were walleye fishing with limited success.
LAKE MINNETONKA -- The few die-hard anglers who were fishing open water ended their season with last weekend's cold spell. Most outdoor enthusiasts have turned their thoughts to deer hunting and the upcoming ice fishing season.
Green Lake continues to produce walleyes in deep water for the few open-water anglers who continue to venture out.
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