Jay Gould Lake started kicking out perch and northern pike right
off the island, in eight to 14 feet of water. The narrows of
Cutfoot Sioux Lake continue to provide consistent crappie action
late in the afternoon and into the evening. Look to Splithand Lake
for crappies and walleyes in 22 feet of water. On Sugar Lake, the
crappie bite is just starting to pick up in 28 feet of water. Most
lakes in this area are safe for ATV and snowmobile traffic.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Walleye, perch, and crappie action has been relatively slow
during the past week. The few walleyes being caught are coming from
30 to 38 feet of water during the late afternoon and evening hours.
Northern pike have continued to run in shallower water throughout
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Crappies are suspended and hitting during the evening hours in
Schultz’s Bay and at the north end of the lake in 30 feet of water.
Walleyes are hitting fatheads along the weeds of Schultz’s Bay as
well. Sunfish action has picked up a bit in the Head of the Lakes
area in 15 to 20 feet of water.
Osakis Bait (877) 450-4647
The narrows and Miller’s Point on Madison Lake are kicking out a
lot of crappies in 18 to 22 feet of water. Lake Francis also has
provided consistent crappie action in 10 to 12 feet. The rock pile
on Madison Lake is kicking out walleyes in 20 to 22 feet of water.
Look to Second Point on Lake Washington for walleyes in 20 feet of
water during the evening hours.
Lake Sports (507) 243-3838
The southeast side of Lake Oliver is producing numbers of
crappies and perch in 12 to 14 feet of water. The north end of Big
Stone Lake is giving up some good-sized perch in seven to 10 feet
of water. Lake Waubay on the South Dakota side is keeping perch
anglers satisfied with the number and size of the perch being
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
The best walleye bite in this area is on Fish Hook Lake in 21
feet of water. Look to Big Mantrap Lake in 12 feet of water for
northern pike. Bigger sucker minnows have produced larger pike.
Tenth Crow Wing Lake is kicking out some nice bluegills in 10 to 14
feet of water. Look to Big Mantrap for the area’s best crappie bite
over 35 feet of water. These fish have been suspended.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Little Pine Lake, Big Pine Lake, and Rush Lake are producing
walleyes in 12 to 20 feet of water. Large fathead minnows have
worked best during the evening hours. Northern pike are hitting
sucker minnows on most area lakes in 10 feet of water. Panfish
reports continue to be limited throughout the area.
Northside Bait & Convenience (218) 346-3153
The crappie bite has been hit and miss during the past week.
Some evenings produce limits of fish, while others provide very
limited action. One trend that continues is that the fish being
taken have been good-sized. Small minnows and glow jigs seem to be
working best. Don’t overlook the northern pike bite here. The same
areas which produce crappies also have provided numbers of big
Rogers Campground (218) 647-8262
ST. CLOUD AREA
Crappie action on Horseshoe Lake has slowed, although the
evening bite is worth checking out in 20 to 24 feet of water. There
are walleyes also being caught here but the majority of them have
been somewhat small. Look to Rice Lake for better numbers of
keeping-size walleyes in 16 to 22 feet of water during early
morning and evening hours. Northern pike action has really picked
up on Pearl Lake and Grand Lake in eight to 15 feet of water.
Sunfish have been tough to find on most area lakes.
Mark’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Big Swan Lake started giving up bigger crappies in 25 to 30 feet
of water. Look for suspended crappies in Red Barn Bay on Sauk Lake
over 28 to 40 feet of water. Long Bridge Lake is providing numbers
of good-sized sunfish, but remember that you can only keep five
fish here. The best walleye reports are coming off Sauk Lake in 28
feet of water. The key here is to fish tight to the deeper
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
Sunfish continue to hit at a very good pace in eight to 12 feet
of water on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska. Crappie anglers
are finding fish in slightly deeper water during the evening hours.
Look to the west side of Lake Reno for a few walleyes again this
week in 15 feet of water.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
The St. Croix River is kicking out crappies and sauger in 30 to
35 feet of water. The crappies have been suspended, while the
sauger roam tight to the bottom. Expect eight to 10 inches of ice
on the river at the present time. Look to Big Carnelian Lake for
crappies in 20 to 25 feet of water and northern pike in 10 to 12
feet. Bigger minnows have produced much bigger pike here. Square
Lake gave up a few rainbow trout in eight to 12 feet of water over
the weekend. This bite will only get better in the weeks ahead.
Numbers of northern pike in the seven- to nine-pound class are
hitting on most area lakes at a good pace.
Brothers Bait and Tackle (651) 430-2554
Green Lake is kicking out walleyes in 30 to 40 feet of water. On
Norway Lake, anglers are finding numbers of sunfish and crappies in
15 feet of water. Foot Lake and Big Kandi Lake are safe bets for
perch and crappies in eight to 10 feet of water. Look to Diamond
Lake for consistent walleye action in six feet of water during the
Hwy. 71 Baits and Sports (320) 235-4097