Metro Area Minnesota Fishing Report - September 28th, 2012
Crappies continue to be plucked off the 10- to 12-foot breaks on Lake Jane. Muskie anglers are hooking fish on the weedlines of Lake Elmo with large sucker minnows and a few walleyes and crappies are being taken on the St. Croix River over 20 to 30 feet. There were a handful of decent duck reports off the St. Croix on opening day, but for the most part it’s been slow.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Bass fishing remains consistent with plastics or jigs on Lake Bavaria, Lake Minnewashta, and Lake Zumbra. Northern pike action has picked up with spoons on the weedlines of Pierson Lake. Duck hunting success depended where you were, with the smaller bodies of water holding the majority of ducks. Teal, wood ducks, mallards, and geese provided what many considered the best opener in several years. A 160-class buck was registered this week and hunters are seeing better deer movement.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Muskie anglers are reporting a lot of follows in shallow water, but they won’t commit to a bait. Sunfish continue to bite along the weedlines and bulrushes in Waconia Bay, while bass fishing remains strong in these locations as well. The marina will be closing on Oct. 7 until ice covers the lake.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Walleyes are hitting minnows and spinners on Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake in 14 to 24 feet. Sunfish are biting in 12 feet at Clearwater, Sylvia, and Sugar as well, while crappies are starting to show up suspended over deep water. Spinnerbaits are producing northern pike and bass on most lakes in 10 to 16 feet. Sugar also is giving up a few muskies in shallow water. Duck hunters shot a lot of wood ducks and mallards with a few teal in most bags as well.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Needle Point on South Center Lake is producing crappies in 12 feet. Chisago Lake remains the area’s best option for bass and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. A jig and minnow started turning walleyes at night in the channel of Green Lake in four to eight feet. Troll crankbaits on the north end of North Center Lake in 12 to 16 feet for northern pike. Opening day of the duck season was better than Sunday, but most hunters report shooting good numbers of wood ducks and teal.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Hit the 10- to 16-foot weedlines with minnows and you’ll hook a mixed bag of fish. Walleyes, muskies, northern pike, crappies, and bass all seem to be weed-related, although none of the aforementioned species have bit consistently. It’s been basically pitching a weed edge to see what it will give up.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227