Metro Area Fishing Report – February 15th, 2013
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Tip-ups and sucker minnows were turning northern pike on the 15- to 18-foot weed edges of Lake Minnetonka. A few walleyes also can be had on Minnetonka after dark in 30 feet or more. You’ll find suspended crappies and sunfish over 30 feet on Lake Sarah, over 40 feet on Lake Independence, and over 25 to 30 feet on Medicine Lake.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The 15- to 20-foot rock piles on White Bear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake are giving up walleyes during low-light periods. Look to the St. Croix River for crappies during the day in 35 feet. At night, you’ll hook crappies in 20 to 30 feet on White Bear and Bald Eagle. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are being used for northern pike at Lake Jane and Demonterville Lake in 10 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Minnows are producing perch on Middle Twin Lake in 20 to 22 feet. Northern pike continue to be caught with sucker minnows at Schmidt Lake and Parker’s Lake, while the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Eagle Lake are worth hitting for walleyes early and late each day. You’ll also find crappies suspended over 25 feet at Eagle during low-light periods.
Johnson’s Bait and Tackle (763) 383-8830
Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike at Lake Minnewashta in eight to 14 feet. Look for crappies in 14 feet at Hydes Lake or in 12 to 14 feet at Lake Parley. On Eagle Lake, sunfish and crappies are biting in 15 feet.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Look for sunfish during the day and crappies at night in nine to 15 feet on Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef, and in Waconia Bay. The 10- to 14-foot weedlines off Center and Pillsbury are producing northern pike as well. A few walleyes are being caught after dark on setlines and fatheads in 13 to 18 feet on Cemetery Reef, Keggs Reef, and North Reef.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Crappies and sunfish are biting behind the island on Clearwater Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 24 feet at John Lake and Granite Lake. The 12- to 14-foot weeds of most lakes are holding northern pike, walleye reports have been poor, and sunfish are hitting in 12 to 16 feet at John and Maple Lake.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Big shiner minnows are producing good-sized northern pike on the south end of Chisago Lake and Little Green Lake in six to eight feet. The south end of Chisago also is giving up sunfish in four to 10 feet. There’s some evening crappie action at South Center Lake and South Lindstrom Lake in 18 to 22 feet and a daytime crappie bite at Kroon Lake in 20 to 22 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334