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Metro Area Fishing Report - December 12th, 2014

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Crappies and a few walleyes can be had in the evenings on Lake Minnetonka in Carson’s Bay over 19 feet or Black Lake and Seton Lake in 10 feet. Long Lake and Medicine Lake also are giving up crappies and sunfish in 19 feet, while Medicine Lake is producing northern pike on sucker minnows in 15 feet.  

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

NORTHEAST METRO

Walleyes are hitting in 16 to 18 feet as are panfish in 12 to 15 feet on White Bear Lake. On Lake Jane, pike are biting in 10 to 14 feet and you’ll find crappies in slightly deeper water. Look for crappies and sauger between Hudson and Stillwater on the St. Croix River. Demontreville Lake is producing pike and sunfish in 12 to 14 feet and Mud Lake is giving up northern pike on tip-ups and suckers in 12 to 15 feet. 

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Look to Cedar Lake for crappies and sunfish in 12 feet and Red Rock Lake for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike at Lake Auburn in 10 feet. 

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Northern pike are being caught in Waconia Bay and Wagener’s Bay over 11 to 13 feet with tip-ups and sucker minnows. There’s some evening walleye action in Waconia Bay in 12 to 14 feet or in 15 to 18 feet between the two marinas. Look for crappies and sunfish in Waconia Bay and on Pillsbury Reef in 11 to 14 feet. 

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

ANNANDALE AREA

A few walleyes are biting in 18 to 26 feet on lakes Sylvia, Granite, Pleasant, Cedar, and Clearwater. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 30 feet on Lake John or over 25 to 40 feet on Clearwater and Pleasant. A few sunfish can be had in 8 to 14 feet on John and Lake Marie.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

CHISAGO AREA

Panfish, northern pike, and walleyes are hitting in the 6- to 12-foot weeds out from the hospital on South Lindstrom Lake. Work the Nelson’s Island area of North Center Lake in 10 to 14 feet for crappies and an occasional walleye. The channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom continues to give up bluegills, while crappies can be had off Holt’s Point in 14 to 16 feet or Needle Point in 7 to 10 feet on South Center Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

MONTICELLO AREA

Crappies have started hitting on Collinwood Lake during the middle of the day and Little Eagle Lake is producing crappies and sunfish just off the weedlines. On Buffalo Lake, crappies and walleyes are hitting during the morning hours out from the courthouse. Sunfish, crappies, northern pike, and a few walleyes can be had on Beebe Lake in 8 to 12 feet. Panfish action also has been strong on Burtrum Lake not far off shore and Pelican Lake is worth hitting for sunfish and crappies in 3 feet.

Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187

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North West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northwest Minnesota Fishing Report - December 12th, 2014

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Walleyes are hitting during low-light periods on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida in 17 to 20 feet. On Lake Darling, walleyes and northern pike can be had in 18 to 20 feet. Hit Maple Lake and Lake Mary for crappies in 15 to 18 feet, while sunfish have started biting in 8 to 12 feet on Lake Louise, Lake Chippewa, and Chrsitopherson’s Bay on Ida.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle       (320) 763-3255

BATTLE LAKE

Walleyes are hitting setlines and shiners or spoons at Otter Tail Lake in 12 to 18 feet, West Battle Lake in 30 to 35 feet, and at the narrows on Pelican Lake. Crappies and sunfish are biting at Stalker Lake, Fish Lake, and Star Lake in 10 to 15 feet. Otter Tail and Donald Lake are safe bets for pike with sucker minnows in 15 to 20 feet. 

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

DETROIT LAKES

Walleye action has been best in 17 to 20 feet on lakes Melissa, Sallie, Big Detroit, Big Cormorant, and Little Cormorant. Look for sunfish tight to the weeds in 12 to 14 feet and crappies over 18 to 20 feet on Big Detroit, Melissa, Sour Lake, and Height of Land Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Look for walleyes during the morning and evening hours in 12 to 18 feet on Lower Twin Lake, Potato Lake, Long Lake, and Fish Hook Lake; fatheads or shiner minnows are working best. The Crow Wing Chain of Lakes is giving up northern pike and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and crappies over 15 to 18 feet.  

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

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North East Minnesota Fishing Reports

Northeast Minnesota Fishing Report - December 12th, 2014

DULUTH AREA

Shiner minnows have been the hot walleye bait on Boulder Lake in 10 feet and Island Lake in 12 to 15 feet. Rice Lake is giving up walleyes and northern pike in 6 feet and a few crappies can be had during low-light periods at the narrows on Fish Lake over 14 to 16 feet.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

ELY AREA

Most lakes have 10 to 12 inches of ice, but there hasn’t been a lot of people fishing. Most anglers have just started to venture out with a few returns of decent northern pike action in the bays of Birch Lake.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Walleyes have started hitting on South Fowl Lake in 6 feet, Devil Track Lake in 4 to 10 feet, Cascade Lake in 10 to 12 feet, Deeryard Lake in 6 to 8 feet, and Elbow Lake in 4 to 6 feet. Northern pike spearing also has been strong on Devil Track in 2 to 6 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

MORA AREA

Knife Lake is kicking out crappies in 8 to 10 feet and Fish Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in 6 to 8 feet. Look to Ann Lake for walleyes and crappies in 6 to 9 feet during the evening hours. Chubs are turning northern pike at Knife in less than 8 feet.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151

VIRGINIA AREA

Waxworms are producing buckets of smelt over 60 feet of water on the Gilbert Pit. Sucker minnows and tip-ups are providing consistent northern pike action on Murphy Lake and Pleasant Lake. The local walleye bite has been slow, with most reports coming off this end of Lake Vermilion.

Lucky Seven General Store                 (218) 741-3617

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North Central Minnesota Fishing Reports

North Central Minnesota Fishing Report - December 12th, 2014

LAKE MILLE LACS 

East - Walleye reports have been limited, but look to the outer edges of the reefs during the day in 16 to 20 feet and in shallower during low-light periods. Perch continue to be caught in the bays over 10 to 15 feet. Some sorting is required, but nice fish are being found. Northern pike are easy to find in the bays or just outside them in 10 to 15 feet for anglers and in shallower water for spearing.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West - Walleye action has been best in Garrison Bay, St. Alban’s Bay, and Wigwam Bay in 12 to 20 feet depending on the time of day. Northern pike also are active in these bays over 12 to 15 feet, while perch reports have been limited. 

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Anglers are weeding through numbers of small fish, but putting together limits of walleyes and sauger in the process. Reports have been best in 25 to 28 feet out from Pine Island or 22 to 26 feet towards Long Point and Zippel Bay – 13 to 17 inches of ice being reported. There’s also been some consistent walleye action in 14 feet after 4 p.m. each day. On the Rainy River, walleyes are hitting best during the morning and evenings in 14 to 17 feet. At the Northwest Angle, you’ll find 12 to 14 inches of ice off Young’s Bay and Angle Inlet and 10 inches near the islands. Resorts have houses out and the bite has been decent.   

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH

LAKE VERMILION

Walleyes and perch are hitting in 26 to 28 feet throughout Big Bay and the Ely Island area is producing walleyes in 25 feet. Crappie action has been slow, but northern pike spearing has been excellent in Greenwood Bay, Larson Bay, and Stuntz Bay.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Perch action has been best at the mouth of the river towards Sugar Bay on the west side in 6 to 9 feet. This area has provided consistent northern pike action as well. Walleye reports also have been favorable during the evening hours in 20 to 25 feet of water. 

Lake Winnie Resort Association

LEECH LAKE

Look for walleyes on the humps in Walker Bay over 20 to 30 feet, but watch the ice due to varying depths. The Pine Point area has more consistent ice and walleyes are being caught in 10 to 14 feet of water. A few perch are being caught in the Sand Point area; you have to do some sorting in order to put together a mess of bigger fish.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250

RAINY LAKE

The Birch Point area is producing walleyes and northern pike in 20 to 25 feet. The Rainy Lake City area is giving up a few walleyes and northern pike in 10 to 15 feet. Ice depths vary from 7 to 14 inches throughout the lake. 

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

RED LAKE

Walleyes continue to hit spoons during the day and setlines and shiners at night in 8 to 10 feet or 12 to 14 feet. Reports have been consistent off the south, east, and north ends of the lake; there’s been a few good-sized pike in the mix as well.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

BEMIDJI AREA

Walleyes are hitting best during the morning and evening hours in 12 to 18 feet on Lake Plantagenet or 18 to 21 feet on Lake Bemidji. You’ll find suspended crappies over 25 to 32 feet on Medicine Lake and sunfish in 20 to 24 feet on Turtle River Lake.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

A few walleyes can be had on Blackduck Lake during the evening hours in 18 feet and Island Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Perch reports in the area have been limited, but bluegill and crappie action has improved on Gull Lake and Pimushe Lake in 18 to 22 feet of water.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Look for walleyes on the Highway 371 end of North Long Lake in 18 to 20 feet, Round Lake in 14 to 24 feet, or Gull Lake in 18 to 28 feet. Sunfish action has been best in 10 to 14 feet on Round and Nisswa Lake and a few crappies are being caught during low-light periods in 12 to 28 feet on North Long, Round, and south end of Gull.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Northern pike continue to be active in less than 12 feet throughout Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake. At Pike Bay Lake, walleyes and perch can be had during the day in 18 to 20 feet or in 8 to 10 feet during the evening hours. Hit Middle Sucker Lake for bluegills and Lower Sucker Lake for crappies.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CROSBY AREA

Crappie reports have been favorable on  Nokay Lake in 27 feet, Little Rabbit Lake in 25 to 28 feet, and Perry Lake in 16 feet. Look for a few sunfish off Mahnomen Lake in 10 to 12 feet, while walleyes are hitting during low-light periods on Serpent Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Northern pike action has been consistent on the weed edges of most lakes.  

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912

EAST CENTRAL MN

Crappie action has improved in 24 to 26 feet on Blue Lake and Green Lake or in 16 feet at Eagle Lake. Baxter Lake is giving up panfish and northern pike in 8 to 10 feet, while northern pike are an easy catch with sucker minnows on the 7- to 14-foot weedlines of most lakes.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop 

(763) 856-3985

EMILY AREA

Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Upper Dean Lake in 12 feet and Goodrich Lake is producing crappies in 12 to 14 feet during the evening hours. Look for sunfish on the north end of Lawrence Lake in 15 feet and a few walleyes can be had on the east side of Roosevelt Lake in 18 feet.

Redding Sports and Spirits                     (218) 763-2191

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Crappie action has been consistent during the evening hours over 20 to 27 feet on Bowstring Lake, Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Big and Little Splithand lakes, and in the bays of Lake Pokegama. Walleyes also are hitting during low-light periods in 12 to 30 feet on lakes Wabana, Pokegama, and Big Splithand. Angling and spearing for northern pike has been very good on most lakes in less than 12 feet.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Jigging spoons or shiner minnows are turning walleyes during low-light periods in 16 to 22 feet on Birch Lake, Woman Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Crappies are being found suspended over 16 to 23 feet on Pleasant and Webb Lake, while sunfish are being taken out of 10 to 15 feet on Birch and Broadwater Bay on Woman.  

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

GREY EAGLE AREA

Walleyes continue to hit shiner minnows in 18 to 20 feet on Mound Lake, while Maple Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in 8 to 12 feet. Kings Lake is a safe bet for crappies and walleyes during the evening hours and St. Mary’s Lake is giving up crappies over 25 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike at Swan Lake in 10 to 12 feet and Bass Lake is giving up panfish and a few walleyes early and late each day.

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

McGREGOR AREA

Crappies are hitting on Lake Minnewawa during the evening hours, while Big Sandy Lake is producing walleyes and crappies during the morning hours in less than 14 feet. On Rat Lake, a few sunfish and northern pike can be had in 8 to 12 feet. 

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits             (218) 426-3382

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Crappies are being caught in 15 to 20 feet on Lake Koronis and Rice Lake, 10 to 12 feet on Pearl Lake, and 15 to 17 feet on Horseshoe Lake. A few walleyes can be had during the evening hours on Rice and Koronis in 15 to 25 feet, while northern pike have been active in shallow water on most lakes. 

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Crappies continue to hit on the north end of Lake Osakis in 28 to 40 feet, the Hooper’s Hill area of Sauk Lake in 22 feet, Long Bridge Lake in 12 to 17 feet, and Guerney Lake in 12 to 15 feet. A few walleyes can be had on the south side of Big Birch Lake in 20 to 24 feet and south end of Sauk in 18 to 22 feet during low-light periods. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Long Bridge and Smith Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Look for sunfish on Lady Lake over 20 to 24 feet. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

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Southeast Minnesota Fishing Report - December 12th, 2014

RED WING AREA

Northern pike continue to be caught with tip-ups and sucker minnows in the backwaters off the Mississippi River in 2 to 6 feet. These areas are producing a few panfish as well, and open-water walleye action remains strong on the river. Work a jig tipped with minnows or plastics below the dam in 16 feet.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

Most lakes now have 5 to 8 inches of ice. Look to Willow Creek Reservoir for panfish in 10 to 12 feet or to Chesterwoods Pond for crappies in 9 to 12 feet. On Lake Zumbro, walleyes and crappies are hitting during low-light periods in 20 to 22 feet. Late-season goose hunters are reporting good numbers of birds and a lot of success.

Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982

WINONA AREA

Spoons or setlines and minnows are producing a few walleyes and northern pike in the secondary sloughs and harbors off the Mississippi River. The backwaters and harbors also are holding panfish and the depths vary in these locations from 3 to 25 feet, depending on the area you work. 

West End Bait (507) 452-6241

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South West Minnesota Fishing Reports

Southwest Minnesota Fishing Report - December 12th, 2014

FAIRMONT AREA

Ice conditions have not improved much since last week, with 3 to 7 inches being found on area lakes. The north side of Lake Sissiton is producing crappies and bluegills in 11 to 15 feet, as is Budd Lake in 15 feet. Fox Lake started giving up a few walleyes, and Hall Lake is a safe bet for walleyes, perch, and crappies in 15 to 20 feet. 

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

MANKATO AREA

Look to the narrows on Madison Lake for suspended crappies during the evening hours over 18 to 20 feet. The Third Point and Grassy Island areas of Lake Washington are giving up walleyes and crappies during low-light periods in 12 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

ORTONVILLE AREA

The Meadowbrook and Mallard Point areas of Big Stone Lake have been most consistent for perch in 12 to 14 feet. Look for walleyes starting at Hartford Beach and further north on Big Stone. A few walleyes are being caught on Lake Traverse and Lake Lac qui Parle is giving up walleyes and a few crappies. 

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480 

STARBUCK AREA

Walleyes continue to hit rattling spoons or setlines and shiner minnows throughout Lake Minnewaska in 14 to 18 feet or 24 to 28 feet. Look to the Glenwood end of Minnewaska for crappies during the evening hours in 14 to 16 feet. Walleyes also can be had on Lake Pomme de Terre in 8 to 12 feet, Long Lake in 12 to 14 feet, and the east side of Reno Lake in 14 to 16 feet.     

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle               (320) 239-2239

WATERVILLE AREA

Ice conditions have deteriorated over the past week due to heavy snow and warm temperatures in this area. Most ice-fishing options have come to an end and with warm weather expected this weekend, ice conditions will likely get even worse on every lake in this area.  

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Walleyes and crappies are biting in 10 to 15 feet on Willmar/Foot Lake and 15 to 20 feet  on the south end of Eagle Lake. Work 6 to 9 feet on Big Kandi Lake for perch, Lake Elizabeth for walleyes and crappies, or East Solomon Lake for walleyes. The southeast end of Diamond Lake is producing walleyes and panfish, while the 20- to 30-flats on Green Lake are giving up walleyes. Johnson’s Point on Norway Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 5 to 15 feet and a mixed bag of fish including panfish, walleyes, and northern pike can be had in 10 to 20 feet on lakes Florida and Andrew.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Ice depths vary from 7 to 10 inches depending on the lake and area being fished. Jigging spoons are working best for walleyes in 5 to 7 feet on Lake Lac qui Parle, Lake Benton, Lake Shetek, and Dead Coon Lake. Late-season pheasant hunters are finding success, with most reports indicating a “fair” number of birds.  

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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