Metro Area Fishing Report - September 14th, 2012
Walleye action has improved a bit with fatheads in 20 to 25 feet off the main weedlines. Look for bass and sunfish to be scattered from the shorelines out to the deeper weed pockets throughout the lake. There has been a spurt of muskie activity with topwater baits during low-light periods or with large blade baits ripped through the weeds during the day. Northern pike continue to hit spinners and sucker minnows on the weed tops in 12 to 16 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The deep holes of the Minnesota River continue to produce catfish. Spoon plugs or sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 10 to 16 feet at Lake Zumbra and Pierson Lake. Bass are hitting plastics along the shallow weeds of Zumbra, while Lake Parley and Lake Bavaria are giving up sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Goose hunting has been a bit better this week and Youth Waterfowl Day was a success with teal and wood ducks providing most shooting opportunities.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Muskie action has picked up with crankbaits along the weedlines on the south shore in 13 feet. Bass fishing has been strong with crankbaits or plastics on the mid-depth weedlines and shorelines. Walleye fishing has improved a bit at night with crankbaits or slip bobbers and minnows at the Claybanks on the east shore or Cemetery Reef, North Reef, and Kegg’s Reef. Look for sunfish throughout the vegetation in Waconia Bay.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Minnows or crawlers are turning walleyes at Clearwater Lake and Sugar Lake in 14 to 22 feet. Look for sunfish in 12 to 18 feet on Clearwater, Lake Sylvia, and Lake John, while Clearwater and Pleasant Lake are giving up crappies, most of which are suspended over 14 to 20 feet. Muskie reports off Sugar have been limited, but northern pike are active on the weedlines of most lakes. Youth waterfowl hunters found a good mix of puddle ducks in the area and goose hunters continue to do well in the right fields.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Bass continue to hit in the slop, shallow weeds, deep weeds, and around docks at South Center Lake, Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and North Center Lake. You’ll find sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and suspended crappies over 15 to 20 feet on Chisago. A few more walleyes have started hitting minnows during low-light periods on Chisago in 14 to 18 feet. Northern pike action is strong with minnows or crankbaits in 12 to 16 feet on South Lindstrom and Chisago. Goose hunting reports have been mixed and Youth Waterfowl Day was a pleasant surprise with teal and wood ducks in most bags.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334