Metro Area Fishing Report - August 24th, 2012
A jig and minnow is turning walleyes in 20 to 30 feet and smallmouth bass in shallower water on the St. Croix River. Look to Big Marine Lake for sunfish in 17 to 20 feet and to Lake Phalen for northern pike. Muskies continue to be raised with bucktails and crankbaits in shallow water on the St. Croix, Bald Eagle Lake, and White Bear Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Fatheads are producing a few walleyes during the evening hours on North Reef and Kegg’s Reef in 16 to 20 feet. Panfish remain active in 10 to 15 feet along the weedlines on Center Reef and Anderson’s Reef. Look to the north end of the lake for northern pike and the bulrushes scattered throughout the lake for bass. The few muskies being seen are coming off the reefs during low-light periods.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Find some weeds in 14 to 18 feet of water on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake and you should find plenty of sunfish and bass. Muskies and northern pike have started to chase bucktails, topwater baits, and sucker minnows on or around the mid-depth weed flats. Walleye action remains slow with just a few caught from 20 feet or more on crawlers or fatheads in the bigger bays during low-light periods.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleyes are taking minnows, crankbaits, and crawlers in 14 to 22 feet at Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Bass and northern pike action has been excellent on the deep weedlines of most lakes with spinnerbaits or crankbaits, but muskie action on Sugar was slower this week. Look for sunfish in 10 to 16 feet at Clearwater, Sugar, Sylvia, Lake John, and Pleasant Lake.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297