Look for suspended crappies over 30 to 36 feet of water on Lake
Geneva and Lake Miltona during low-light periods of the day. On
Reno Lake, you’ll find crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. Sunfish
are very active during the afternoon hours on Lake Louise and Lake
Darling in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look to Smith Lake and Lake Mary
for crappies and sunfish in less than 10 feet of water as the sun
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
The north bay on Sugar Lake and the south end of Cedar Lake are
still producing crappies late in the day. Most of these fish are
coming from 12 to 16 feet of water. On Clearwater Lake, you’ll find
crappies suspended over the 30- to 40-foot holes throughout the
day. Catching sunfish hasn’t been a problem on most lakes, but
finding good-sized fish has been difficult. Look to Clearwater,
Cedar, Sugar, and Lake Sylvia in 12 to 16 feet of water.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
West Battle Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in 12 to 17
feet of water. Blue or red jigs tipped with wax worms or small
minnows are working best. On South Turtle Lake, you’ll find sunfish
and crappies in 16 feet of water. Rush Lake also has produced quite
a few panfish in recent days. Perch action remains strong on the
flats of Otter Tail Lake with fathead minnows. Better numbers of
big perch are relating to the deep edges of these flats.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Look to Blackduck Lake for perch in 14 to 18 feet of water.
These fish should start to move into the shallows very soon.
Bluegill action has been slow, but Rabideau Lake should be worth
checking out over the next several weeks. Expect the bigger fish to
be roaming in less than 12 feet of water.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Sunfish and crappies can be had during low-light periods of the
day on several area lakes. Work the 10- to 14-foot weedlines on
Nisswa Lake, the Merrifield end of North Long Lake, and Round Lake
for better numbers of good-sized panfish. Small, colored-glow jigs
tipped with Eurolarvae have been turning the majority of fish.
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
The bigger perch are staging along the sand flats on Cass Lake
in 10 to 20 feet of water. Look for them to move even shallower in
the next several weeks. Pike Bay Lake and Lake Andrusia also are
producing jumbo perch in 10 to 12 feet of water. There’s a good
bluegill bite taking place in 12 to 15 feet of water on Midge Lake
and Grace Lake. Crappie action also has been very good in 20 to 30
feet of water on Lower Sucker Lake and Kitchi Lake as the sun sets
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
North Center Lake is still kicking out limits of sunfish in 10
to 12 feet of water. The Pancake Island area on South Center Lake
is providing steady sunfish action in five to 10 feet of water as
well. Look for crappies on Kroon Lake, during the evening hours, in
22 to 26 feet of water. Glow jigs and small minnows have turned
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
There have been some nice crappies coming from Upper Mission
Lake in four to 10 feet of water. Look for the bigger fish to be
cruising right under the ice. You’ll find scattered crappies at a
variety of depths on Little and Big Mahnomen Lake. The sunfish
being caught at this point continue to be small from most lakes.
Kego Lake, Blind Lake, and Nokay Lake are safe bets for numbers,
but you’ll have to sort through a lot of small fish.
Oars n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
Glow jigs tipped with small minnows or wax worms are producing
crappies early and late in the day. Find the edges of the green
weeds on lakes such as Prairie, Lizzie, Round, Lida, and Little
Pelican and you should find active crappies. Bluegills are biting
in the open pockets of the weeds. Little Cormorant Lake, Little
Detroit Lake, Round Lake, Crystal Lake, and Floyd Lake all have
produced nice bluegills this week.
Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service www.fishingscene.com
Green Lake continues to be the best bet for crappies in 22 to 25
feet, early and late in the day. On Elk Lake, you’ll find sunfish
in the two, 12-foot holes throughout the day. Blue Lake is still
kicking out sunfish in 18 feet of water.
Tails and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
You’ll find some consistent crappie action on Budd Lake. These
fish are being caught by the water treatment plant in 12 to 18 feet
of water. Amber Lake is worth noting for crappies in 12 feet of
water, while South Silver Lake is the area’s best bet for sunfish
in six to eight feet of water.
Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225