Metro Area Fishing Report – January 25th, 2013
The recent cold front has limited fishing activity so once the weather stabilizes, look deeper and keep moving for fish. That means looking for walleyes in 30 feet or more during low-light periods in the bigger bays. Crappies are now suspended over 20 to 30 feet and the deep weedlines in most bays are worth hitting for sunfish and northern pike.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Pike continue to be taken on tip-ups and sucker minnows on the shallow weedlines of Lake Jane, Demonterville Lake, and Big Marine Lake. Walleye and crappie action has been strong in the deep hole on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River near Bayport. At Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake, anglers are catching walleyes in 20 to 25 feet and crappies in 15 to 20 feet during low-light periods.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Northern pike are being taken on sucker minnows and tip-ups at Lake Auburn and Lake Zumbra in 12 to 14 feet. A few crappies can be had on Lake Bavaria in 14 feet and Hydes Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in 15 feet. The deeper holes on the Minnesota River near Belle Plaine are worth noting for walleyes.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
The 10- to 13-foot weedlines near Pillsbury Reef and Center Reef are giving up sunfish, crappies, and northern pike. You’ll also find panfish and northern pike in 10 to 12 feet throughout Waconia Bay. Look for walleyes to be most active at night on North Reef and Kegg’s Reef in 16 to 20 feet.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Sunfish are hitting on Lake Marie, Lake John, and Indian Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Crappies continue to be found suspended over the deep holes of Clearwater Lake, Maple Lake, Pleasant Lake, Granite Lake, and John. Look for walleyes on Clearwater, Lake Sylvia, Pleasant, and Sugar Lake to be most active in 16 to 24 feet during low-light periods. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike on the 14- to 16-foot weedlines of most lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Before the cold front hit last weekend, panfish action was good and should be again once the weather improves. Chisago Lake is worth hitting for sunfish in six feet and crappies in 20 to 22 feet. You’ll also find a mixed bag of panfish at the Nelson’s Island area of North Center Lake. Crappies are most active during the evening hours in 25 feet on South Center Lake or in 20 to 24 feet at Kroon Lake and South Lindstrom Lake.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334