Metro Area Fishing Report - August 31st, 2012
Northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits in 12 to 14 feet of water at Demonterville Lake and Lake Jane. The weedlines on White Bear Lake are producing bass and an occasional walleye, while the deep pockets of the St. Croix River are giving up catfish. Trolling crankbaits has produced several nice-sized tiger muskies at Lake Elmo this week.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sucker minnows or nightcrawlers are producing flathead and channel catfish in the deep holes of the Minnesota River. Work the weed edges of lakes Zumbra and Stieger with sucker minnows for bass and northern pike. Topwater baits are turning bass at Whaletail Lake, while lakes Auburn, Piersons, and Parley are kicking out sunfish in six to 12 feet of water. At Hydes Lake, spoons and crankbaits are producing northern pike in eight to 12 feet of water.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Crappies and sunfish are being pulled off Keggs Reef and Pillsbury Reef in 10 to 14 feet. Muskie action is picking up with jerkbaits turning fish on Red’s Reef, Anderson’s Reef, and North Reef. Bass fishing remains strong with jigs and plastics working best on the 12- to 16-foot weedlines on most reefs. A few walleyes are coming off Keggs and Anderson’s reefs in 14 to 20 feet during low-light periods on jigs and minnows.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Ripping big baits on the deep weedlines has triggered muskies on Lake Minnetonka. Minnetonka also is giving up pike via spinners and suckers in 12 to 14 feet, sunfish on the shorelines out to 18 feet, and numbers of bass on spinnerbaits or small sucker minnows. A few walleyes can be had with floating jigs and fatheads in the bigger bays over 20 feet during low-light periods on Minnetonka as well. Work the weedlines of Lake Sarah for crappies and 20 to 22 feet on Lake Independence with floating jigs and minnows for walleyes.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Shad Raps are turning northern pike in 12 to 18 feet at Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake. Look for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and suspended crappies over 15 to 18 feet on Chisago as well. You’ll find bass in the slop, deep rocks, and around docks at South Lindstrom, Chisago, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Sunrise Lake is producing panfish, bass, and northern pike in 10 to 12 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334