Metro Area Fishing Report – December 28th, 2012
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Anglers are finding four to six inches of ice on Lake Minnetonka and walking to their fishing spots. Look to the bigger bays for walleyes in 16 to 22 feet during low-light periods and to the weedlines of most small bays for panfish. On Medicine Lake, sunfish and northern pike are hitting in 16 to 18 feet throughout the day.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Ice conditions have improved, but walking to most spots is still the best option. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike in six to 10 feet on Lake Jane, Demonterville Lake, and Tanners Lake. White Bear Lake is giving up a few crappies in 15 feet and Bald Eagle Lake is kicking out walleyes during low-light periods in 16 to 18 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Crappies have started hitting during the evening hours at Lake Parley in 15 feet and Hydes Lake in 12 feet. Angling and spearing for northern pike has been strong in shallow water on Lake Zumbra and Lake Auburn. Anglers are now finding ice thick enough to walk on at most lakes.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Most anglers continue to walk out onto the ice, but a few fish houses are now being set up on the lake. Ice depths continue to vary from five to eight inches across the lake. A few walleyes have come off Cemetery Reef during the evening hours in 20 to 24 feet of water, mainly on setlines and shiner minnows. The 11-foot weed edge in Waconia Bay is producing sunfish, although some sorting is required to put together a batch of decent fish.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Hit the west side of Clearwater Lake for walleyes in 14 to 20 feet during the evening hours. Sunfish continue to hit in 10 to 15 feet on Clearwater, Lake Marie, and John Lake. Northern pike action has improved with tip-ups and shiner minnows in 12 to 17 feet on Pleasant Lake and Clearwater. Six to eight inches of ice is common on most lakes with thicker ice reported in certain spots of the aforementioned lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297