Metro Are Fishing Report - August 2nd, 2012
The 10- to 12-foot weedline on Lake Jane is giving up crappies and bass. You’ll also find crappies suspended in 11 to 13 feet on White Bear Lake. The deep holes of the St. Croix River are giving up a few walleyes, but overall, walleye reports are poor. The south side of Mud Lake is worth noting for northern pike and muskie anglers are seeing more fish than they’re catching on lakes such as White Bear and Bald Eagle.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sucker minnows are turning northern pike at the fishing pier on Steiger Lake, as are spoon plugs in 15 to 20 feet at Lake Auburn and Pierson Lake. Topwater baits seem to be best for largemouth bass at Whaletail Lake, Lake Bavaria, and Auburn. Look for sunfish on the 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Lake Zumbra and Lake Minnewashta.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
The weedlines adjacent to or on most main-lake reefs are now holding bass and sunfish. The pencil reeds on the north side also are worth noting for sunfish. Muskie and walleye action continues to be unusually slow and a few pike are being caught on the weedlines in Waconia Bay and Pillsbury Reef.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Walleye reports have been limited to a few evening fish taken off Clearwater Lake with nightcrawlers or crankbaits in 20 to 25 feet. Sunfish action remains strong in eight to 12 feet at Sugar Lake, Lake John, Lake Sylvia, and Clearwater. Look for bigger bass in the deep weeds of most lakes and spoon plugs continue to trigger northern pike in 15 to 18 feet on Clearwater, French Lake, and Pleasant Lake. A few muskie anglers are raising fish during low-light periods on Sugar, but it’s been tough to make them commit.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Bass continue to hit spinnerbaits or plastics on Chisago Lake and South Center Lake. Northern pike action is going strong with sucker minnows at Green Lake and Sunrise Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Look to the deep weedlines of Chisago, South Center, and North Center Lake for sunfish during the morning and evening hours.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Sunfish and bass are being plucked from the 16- to 18-foot weedlines of Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, Medicine Lake, and Lake Independence. Walleye and muskie action remains slow, but northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits on top of the weed flats at Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227