By Dan Johnson

Walleye fans are icing good numbers of fish in a variety of areas on Minnesota’s Upper Red Lake.

“You might say the bite is scattered, because the fish are everywhere,” reports veteran guide and Lindy pro staffer Jonny Petrowske, proprietor of Red Lake Remote Ice Fishing.

“Guys are getting a lot of 14-inch walleyes with a few crappies mixed in, from 13- to 14-foot depths on our standard deep-water trough bite,” he says. “But we’re finding that as the latest snowstorm approached, and then once the snow-cover hit the lake, the fish really began slamming up shallow again.”

The latter bite has been good at night along long, tapering sand bars in around 8 feet of water.

“It’s not classic walleye structure,” he admits. “But the gently sloping sand is producing consistent action for eater-size 16-inch fish, plus lots of photo fish in the protected slot, which runs from 17 to 26 inches.”

It’s worth noting that the deep trough bite gives up more fish during the day, while rocky structure has been kicking out fish during shorter bite windows around sunrise and sunset.

Wherever he finds the fish, Petrowske favors a glow-red Lindy Rattl’n Flyer Spoon tipped with a minnow head.

“Fish it aggressively and keep it moving,” he advises. “Always fish a second line with a minnow on a plain hook for fish that come in to check out the jig but aren’t quite ready to hit the active presentation.”

Pike action has been a bit more sporadic.

“Some days they’re on fire, then we get two or three slow days,” he said. “Calm, high-sky days seem to get them going.”

Quarter- to 3/8-ounce Lindy Slick Jigs tipped with a minnow or soft-plastic trailer are the hot ticket right now, he adds, noting that Golden Shiner and Clown are top color choices for hooking into gators topping the magical 40-inch mark.