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Local Fish Report for Jan. 14

Rainbow trout
Rainbow trout

Our fishing expert, Jon Muhich of Buck’s Hardware, says Saturday, the 15th, TROUT season opens outside the BWCAW. It’s already open inside.

WALLEYES are always slow in the winter. However if you need a couple of lakes to try, Hungry Jack reported a little action in 18 to 25 feet of water in the flats using Swedish Pimples and jigs tipped with a fathead. Devilfish Lake was also reporting action at around 15 to 22 feet using jigs and minnows. A lot of small ones but eaters were mixed in with them. Homer reports a few fish, nicer size but had to work hard for them in 19 to 27 feet of water using shiners on a plain hook.

As far as LAKE TROUT go, inside the BW anyway, those who went to Rose had decent luck. Although they started deeper they ended up finding fish in the 22 to 28 foot range. Nice eaters. They were using spoons tipped with a minnow. Daniels also reported some nice action in 17 to 25 feet or so. Spoon or jig tipped with a minnow. Also, there’s been a report of some slush on the lake but pretty good overall.

If you’re looking for some PERCH, Elbow is still producing some nice ones. Chubs or waxies seem to be the bait of choice.
Most people seem to be waiting for this weekend to search out their favorite BROOKIE, RAINBOW or SPLAKE lake. Now is when the real fishing starts.

F.Y.I. concerning slush, we’re only hearing of a few lakes with slush and even those aren’t all bad. Bearskin has very little, Birch and Daniels have a little more but there is nothing on Moss. So enjoy yourselves this week and be careful this weekend as there will be a lot more people on the lakes than the past few weeks.