The entire north end of the lake is kicking out sunfish and
crappies, but you need to stay on the move. Don’t plan on catching
a lot of fish if you sit in one hole all day. Better numbers of
larger fish have been caught by the people drilling a lot of holes
and moving around. The best depths have been 20 to 24 feet of water
from the north end access up to the Head of the Lakes area.
Osakis Bait (877) 450-4647
LA CRESCENT AREA
There are sunfish and crappies just starting to bite on the
backwaters of the Mississippi River. Look to backwater areas such
as Lake Onalska, Lawrence Lake, and the Goose Island Recreational
area. The main channel of the river has produced sauger and a few
Tri State Bait and Tackle (800) 259-2361
Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is producing good-sized sunfish
in 12 feet of water. Clear Lake is also a safe bet for sunfish in
15 to 20 feet of water. The narrows on Lake Madison is giving up
crappies in 18 feet of water early and late in the day. German Lake
has produced crappies, too.
Lake Sports (507) 243-3838
PARK RAPIDS AREA
There’s a lot of snow and slush on the lakes here, so snowmobile
travel is the way to go. Look to Fourth Crow Wing Lake for sunfish
in 12 to 14 feet of water. There have been some nice bluegills
coming off Big Mantrap Lake in 14 feet and the bigger crappies have
started hitting here in deeper water at night.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Some anglers are catching limits of crappies and other people
aren’t. Some days are also better than others according to most
anglers. The best reports are still coming from 14 feet of water
during the evening hours. Expect some real nice whitefish mixed in
with the crappies. Roads are plowed on the lake, so getting to the
most productive areas hasn’t been a problem.
Rogers Campground (218) 647-8262
RED WING AREA
The dam area continues to produce plenty of open water walleye
and sauger activity on the Mississippi River. The Baypoint Corner
area is a safe bet for a few bigger walleyes and you should also
expect more walleyes than sauger here. The Covil Park area of the
river has provided bigger walleyes as well.
Four Seasons Bait Shop (651) 388-4334
ST. CLOUD AREA
Cedar Island Lake is giving up a few sunfish in 6 to 8 feet of
water. The area around the big island has been best, with the best
action taking place just before dark. Look for suspended crappies
on Horseshoe Lake, just off the Highway #22 access. Some of these
fish have been good-sized. Eden Lake and Browns Lake have produced
numbers of smaller crappies as well. A mixed bag of sunfish and
crappies are coming off Pearl Lake in 10 to 14 feet of water.
You’ll have to sort through some small fish here.
Mark’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567
SAUK CENTRE AREA
The north end of Sauk Lake is still producing limits of crappies
during the evening hours in 24 to 50 feet of water. The roads are
plowed open here. Maple Lake should also be looked at for crappies
in 22 feet of water. The narrows on Smith Lake is giving up enough
sunfish to keep things interesting.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
There are a few sunfish coming off the north end of Lake
Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet of water. The other area lakes have
been tough to get on with the deep snow and slush.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
The Bayport area of the St. Croix River is kicking out limits of
good-sized crappies in 35 feet of water. Look to Big Carnelian Lake
for a few crappies in 14 to 25 feet of water. This bite should only
Brothers Bait and Tackle (651) 430-2554