Metro Area Fishing Report - October 19th, 2012
Crappies continue to be caught over 15 to 20 feet in the Bayport and Hudson areas of the St. Croix River. A jig and minnow is turning a few walleyes on the Mississippi River and large sucker minnows are producing muskies on the 10-foot weedlines of Forest Lake. A few deer are being taken by archery hunters, but duck and pheasant hunting reports have been poor.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Muskies are hitting sucker minnows on the shallow rocks and remaining weed edges of Lake Waconia. Hit Lake Parley for crappies in 18 feet and a few walleyes are coming off the reefs of Waconia in 18 to 20 feet. Pheasant hunting started on a slow note, but duck hunters are seeing more mallards and a few wood ducks remain in the area.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Brown’s Bay and Wayzata Bay continue to produce walleyes via minnows in 26 to 30 feet of water. Muskie action has improved with large minnows near weedy areas in 10 to 20 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the deep weed edges and bass are being found from the shorelines out to 15 feet. Hunting action has been limited to a few geese being shot in the area.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Crappies and sunfish are being found suspended over eight to 14 feet on Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Look for walleyes to be most active during the afternoon hours on Clearwater and Lake Sylvia in eight to 16 feet. Northern pike and bass continue to be caught on most lakes with minnows or crankbaits. There are a few pheasants being shot in the area, but many hunters expected the opener to produce more birds since the corn is mostly gone. Duck hunters are finding some divers on the lakes and puddle ducks remain in the shallow ponds that still hold water.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Walleyes are being caught on crankbaits on the west side of South Lindstrom Lake in 10 to 18 feet or with jigs and minnows on the north side in eight to 16 feet. The channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom is producing walleyes via crankbaits during low-light periods. The mouth of the channel is kicking out crappies as well. Trolling crankbaits in eight to 14 feet on South Center Lake has produced northern pike. A few pheasants have been shot and duck hunters are shooting more divers on the bigger bodies of water.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334