Metro Area Fishing Report - July 27th, 2012
Sunfish are being found in six to 12 feet at Square Lake, Lake Jane, and White Bear Lake. Look for northern pike to hit minnows on Beaver Lake and Demonterville Lake. Muskie action has been limited, but bass are hitting plastics on the weedlines of most lakes. Vertically fishing a jig and minnow has produced walleyes in the deep holes of the St. Croix River near Hudson. White Bear and Bald Eagle Lake are giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods in 16 to 22 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Northern pike continue to hit spoon plugs and crankbaits in eight to 15 feet at Lake Auburn, Pierson Lake, and Hydes Lake. Whaletail Lake and Auburn are producing bass via plastics, while sunfish action has slowed. Catfish and a few walleyes are being pulled from the deeper holes of the Minnesota River.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Bass are hitting plastics or spinnerbaits in the reeds on the northwest side, the north-shore weedlines in six 10 feet, and the Rock Dock area on the west side. You’ll find bass, sunfish, and crappies on Pillsbury Reef in 11 to 14 feet and muskie action is slow. A few walleyes are being caught during low-light periods with a jig and leech in 12 to 18 feet on North Reef and Anderson’s Reef.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Northern pike are hitting spoon plugs or sucker minnows in 12 to 18 feet on Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, French Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Look for sunfish in eight to 10 feet on Clearwater, Lake John, Sugar Lake, and Lake Marie. Bass fishing has been best in the deep weeds, or “slop” areas, of most lakes, and muskie anglers on Sugar are reporting more action on bucktails. Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish from Clearwater in 20 to 24 feet on crankbaits or spinners and crawlers.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Sunfish are hitting consistently on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, North Center Lake, and South Center Lake. Bass continue to hit spinnerbaits and plastics on most lakes, but Chisago seems to be giving up better numbers of big fish. Walleye reports have been limited, but sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 12 to 16 feet on Green Lake and Sunrise Lake.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Look for bigger sunfish and bass on the deep weedlines of Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, Medicine Lake, and Lake Sarah. Spinnerbaits thrown on top of the weed flats at Minnetonka are turning northern pike. A few accidental walleyes have been caught on the deep weedlines in the bigger bays of Minnetonka during low-light and muskie action remains slow.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227