Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Geneva, and Lake Darling are worth
looking at for panfish in 20 to 25 feet of water. The bigger
walleyes have started hitting on Lake Carlos, Lake Ida, Lake
Miltona, and Lake Letoka in 27 to 33 feet of water. Look to the
shallow weeds on most area lakes for numbers of northern pike.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255


Rainbow trout are hitting at a good pace on Mud Lake in four to
14 feet of water. Wax worms on small jigs are working best here.
Look to Lake Francis for crappies during the evening hours in 15
feet of water. The north end of Cedar Lake and Lake John are worth
looking at for sunfish. Pleasant Lake is a safe bet for northern
pike and Clearwater Lake is the area’s best bet for walleyes in 18
to 25 feet of water.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Ottertail Lake is producing a few walleyes and numbers of perch
in 17 feet of water. West Lost Lake and East Lost Lake are safe
bets for good-sized sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. The crappie
bite on Battle Lake has picked up in 18 feet of water. Look for a
few walleyes here in 24 feet of water as well.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Look to Wilson Bay, White House Bar, Center Bar, Squaw Point,
Dutchman’s Bar, and Hole in the Day Bay for walleyes on Gull Lake.
During the day you’ll find active fish in 18 to 40 feet of water,
but slide up shallower at night. A few walleyes and northern pike
can also be had on lakes such as Round, Pelican, Edwards, North
Long, and Margaret. For panfish look to the Cullen Chain, Upper
Gull Lake, Nisswa Lake, North Long, Edwards, and Pelican in 12 to
14 feet of water.

S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010


The perch bite on Cass Lake continues to go strong in 10 to 12
feet of water around South Star Island, North Cedar Bar, and the
Roadside Park area. Look to Pike Bay Lake for walleyes and perch in
12 to 14 feet of water. These fish have been weed-related. Northern
pike are becoming more active along the breaklines of Cass, Pike
Bay, and Lake Andrusia.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Kroon Lake is producing crappies during the day in 26 to 28 feet
of water. Little Lake is worth looking at for sunfish in 12 to 14
feet of water. The crappie bite on South Lindstrom Lake continues
to go strong at night in 24 to 26 feet of water. The south end of
Chisago also is producing sunfish and crappies. Little Green Lake
offers a solid crappie bite right out from the boat landing. On
Sunrise Lake, expect a consistent northern pike and sunfish bite in
eight to 12 feet of water.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Strawberry Lake started giving up walleyes on the 18-foot rock
piles. Big Detroit Lake is kicking out walleyes on shiner minnows
in 19 to 36 feet of water. Smaller shiner minnows have worked best.
The best bets for panfish are Lake Melissa and Lake Sallie in 14 to
24 feet of water. Northern pike are biting at a good pace on most
area lakes in 10 to 12 feet of water.

Early Bird Bait & Tackle (218) 847-9038


Crappies have started to bite more consistently in 30 to 34 feet
of water. These fish have been suspended and hitting minnows and
glow jigs. Walleye action has slowed with a limited bite taking
place during the evening hours. The best northern pike reports are
coming from 12 to 16 feet of water on the outside weed edges.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


The sunfish bite continues to improve on the north end of the
lake in 15 to 18 feet of water. Grass shrimp and wax worms have
worked best. Crappie action has slowed, with the evening bite
offering the best bet in 40 to 50 feet of water. Walleye action has
been slow, but the perch bite on the south end of the lake is a
safe bet in 10 to 17 feet of water.

Osakis Bait (877) 450-4647


Look to Lake Washington for crappies and sunfish in 15 to 30
feet of water. The bigger crappies have been suspended. Madison
Lake also is providing crappies during the evening hours. Look to
German Lake for panfish in 12 to 15 feet of water early and late in
the day.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Some evenings are simply better than others. On the nights they
bite, the fish have been good-sized and active well after dark in
15 feet of water. There has been some limited daytime action as
well, but the prime bite has been later in the day.

Rogers Campground (218) 647-8262


Limits of sunfish still are being caught in 10 to 12 feet of
water on Lake Minnewaska. The hard-bottom areas of the Glenwood and
Starbuck ends of the lake are giving up a few walleyes in 15 to 20
feet during low-light periods of the day.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Lake Calhoun is giving up sunfish in shallow water, six to 10
feet. Green Lake is kicking out walleyes in 22 feet of water during
the evening hours. Eagle Lake is a safe bet for a few walleyes and
crappies in 30 to 40 feet of water. Lakes Norway, Games, and Andrew
all have produced sunfish and crappies over the past few days.

Hwy. 71 Baits and Sports (320) 235-4097

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