The sunfish and crappie action has been hit and miss. You’ll
find better numbers of fish in 17 to 24 feet of water. Look for the
majority of sunfish to be tight on the bottom, while the crappies
will suspend several feet off bottom. Employ small, green jigs
tipped with Eurolarvae or grass shrimp.
Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181
The east bay on Madison Lake started producing bluegills in six
to nine feet of water. The key: Find areas within the bay that
offer green weeds. Mud Bay on Lake Washington is producing crappies
at night and small sunfish during the day.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
The northwest end of Big Sandy Lake started producing tullibees
in 25 to 30 feet of water. The crappie bite remains strong on Lake
Minnewawa in 14 feet of water. The early morning and evening hours
have provided better action.
Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382
Panfish have been tough to locate, with the exception of a
limited perch bite on Nelson Lake in 10 feet of water. Across the
border into South Dakota, the north end of Lake Waubay continues to
produce perch and walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water. Pickeral Lake
is worth noting for crappies in 18 to 20 feet of water on the South
Dakota side as well.
Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480
The best crappie bite in recent days has taken place well after
dark. Anglers who stay a bit longer in the evening seem to be
finding better numbers of fish, after the masses leave. Red glow
jigs tipped with minnows are still working better than anything
else. Access and roads are still in driving shape, but that could
change with a few days of warm weather.
Rogers Campground (218) 647-8262
RED WING AREA
Boat traffic has been strong on the Mississippi River, but the
bite has been slow in recent days. The rocks in the Bay Point area
have given up the most walleyes and sauger in 24 feet of water.
Hair-tied jigs tipped with a minnow are working best. A few days of
warm weather could really spark the bite in other areas of the
Four Seasons Bait Shop (651) 388-4334
ST. CLOUD AREA
Sunfish and crappies continue to be caught throughout the area,
but the majority of them have been small. Lakes such as Grand,
Pearl, East, and Cedar Island are all producing smaller panfish in
eight to 14 feet of water. The deep holes of Horseshoe Lake
continue to produce a few crappies and quite a few catfish. Jigging
spoons tipped with minnows or chicken liver are turning the
majority of cats.
Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Numbers of smaller crappies continue to be caught from Red Barn
Bay on Big Sauk Lake in 25 to 30 feet of water. The sunfish bite
has picked up on Maple Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. The north
end of Swan Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in 30 feet of
water. Look for suspended fish here, about six feet off bottom. The
north side of Lake Villard is giving up a few sunfish in 10 to 12
feet of water.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
There’s been a bit more sunfish activity on the Glenwood end of
Lake Minnewaska. You have to do a lot of hole hopping, picking off
fish in 10 to 12 feet of water. The crappie bite has also improved
from a week ago. They’ve been mixed in with the sunfish during the
day, but look slightly deeper as the sun goes down. Glow jigs
tipped with larvae have been the best bet for crappies.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Look for active sunfish and crappies on Big Carnelian Lake in 12
to 14 feet of water. Big Marine Lake and Demonterville Lake are
producing a few sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look for
crappies a bit deeper on these lakes. The ice is holding up well on
the St. Croix River and the crappie bite is worth checking out in
the Bayport area. These fish remain suspended over 30 to 40 feet of
water, and are most active during lowlight periods of the day.
Brothers Bait and Tackle (651) 430-2554
Scattered reports continue to come in for sunfish. Look to North
Long Lake, Florida Lake, Lake Calhoun, and Monson Lake in less than
14 feet of water. The evening hours continue to provide decent
crappie action on Foot Lake, Games Lake, and Norway Lake in 12 to
15 feet of water.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097