The walleye bite has slowed, but the fish being caught have been
big, 24 inches or bigger. Look to Le Homme Dieu, Lake Ida, Lake
Miltona, and Lake Carlos in 25 to 30 feet of water with shiner
minnows. Lake Geneva, Smith Lake, and Lake Mary continue to produce
a few crappies during the evening hours. Look to Smith Lake for a
few sunfish as well in 12 feet of water.

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


Sugar Lake is kicking out a few walleyes in 14 to 26 feet of
water. Look to Clearwater Lake for walleyes during the evening
hours in 14 to 24 feet of water. Granite Lake, Lake Francis, and
Lake Sylvia also have produced a few walleyes in 20 feet of water.
Moose Lake, Lake Ramsey, and Clearwater Lake should be noted for
sunfish, while the deeper holes of French Lake, Dans Lake, and Lake
Francis are the area’s bet bets for crappies. Pleasant Lake, Maple
Lake, and Lake John are providing consistent northern pike action
10 to 12 feet of water.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Otter Tail Lake is producing bigger walleyes in 24 to 26 feet of
water on shiner minnows. Look for a few perch here in 18 feet of
water as well. Clitherall Lake and Turtle Lake are worth noting for
northern pike, although there aren’t a lot of big fish being
caught. Crappie reports have been minimal, with the exception of
Norway Lake, which continues to produce fish.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Walleye action is still surprisingly consistent on Gull Lake,
North Long Lake, and Pelican Lake in 22 to 51 feet of water. Shiner
minnows and glow jigs have been the hot bait in recent days. Look
to Upper Gull Lake, Lake Margaret, and Nisswa Lake for steady
crappie action in 12 to 24 feet of water. Northern pike remain an
easy catch on most area lakes.

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


Shiner minnows are turning walleyes during low-light periods of
the day on Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake. Perch action is consistent
on most area lakes that offer them, in 10 to 30 feet of water.
Midge Lake, Lake Andrusia, and Kitchi Lake are turning out panfish
along the weed edges.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


The north end of North Center Lake is producing crappies in 18
to 20 feet of water. Crappie anglers also are doing well on Chisago
Lake in 28 to 30 feet of water near the A-Frame and Eagle’s Nest.
Look to the “Dinner Bell” area of South Lindstrom Lake during the
evening hours for consistent crappie action as well.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Rattling spoons tipped with minnow heads are producing a few
walleyes on Whitefish Lake and Pelican Lake in 24 to 30 feet of
water. Expect a few big northern pike to hit on these same lakes in
six to 14 feet of water. Crappies are being found suspended 14 to
18 feet down in deep water on several of the area’s smaller

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708


The big pike remain active in the shallows of Boyer Lake. Look
to Bass Lake and Severson Lake for sunfish and crappies in 15 feet
of water. Little Detroit Lake and Big Detroit Lake are the area’s
best bets for walleyes in 15 to 24 feet of water.

Early Bird Bait & Tackle (218) 847-9038

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