Cold and wind push panfish to deeper water on many lakes - Northwest Report
Tube jigs or FluFlus tipped with minnows are producing crappies over two to five feet in the bays of lakes Mary, Pocket, Le Homme Dieu, and Darling. You will catch sunfish with waxworms in these areas as well.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Minnows, waxies, and small leeches are producing crappies and bluegills in the bays over six feet of water or less. Lakes worth noting this week include Rush, Clitherall, Fish, and Blanche. Look for this shallow pattern to improve on more lakes as the water warms.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Crappies and sunfish were just starting to move into their traditional spring locations on most lakes. But as the weather turned colder early this week, they headed back out to deeper water. Until it warms again, you’ll find panfish in 10 to 12 feet as they stage outside these shallow spots on lakes Melissa, Sallie, Big Detroit, and Big Cormorant.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
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Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake are producing crappies and bluegills in less than six feet, mainly on waxworms. Some of the best crappie action is with minnows in deeper water, 10 to 15 feet, at Straight Lake and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
If the sun is out and it warms up you’ll find crappies in the shallows of Big Pine Lake. The panfish were just starting to bite prior to the cold snap earlier this week, but they have since moved deeper and become more difficult to find. Look to those traditional shallow spots once the weather again warms.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355