Reno Lake, Lake Louise, Lake Darling, and Lake Mary are safe
bets for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water throughout the day.
You’ll find a few crappies mixed in with the sunfish on these
lakes. There’s been some evening crappie action in 30 to 35 feet of
water on Lake Miltona and Lake Le Homme Dieu again this week. These
fish remain suspended as high as 10 feet from the bottom.

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


Clearwater Lake continues to produce a few sunfish in 12 to 14
feet of water and crappies in 25 to 30 feet. Look to the north bay
on Sugar Lake for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 16 feet of water.
You’ll find suspended crappies in the deep holes, straight out from
the access on Cedar Lake. Lake John, Pleasant Lake, and Lake Sylvia
are other lakes that should start producing panfish in the next
couple of weeks.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Look for suspended crappies on West Battle Lake in 18 feet of
water. Sunfish and crappies continue to bite on Elbow Lake in 12 to
14 feet of water, and the northeast side of Otter Tail Lake is a
safe bet for perch in 25 feet of water. On Mollie Stark Lake,
anglers are finding a mixture of tulibees and sunfish at a variety
of depths.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


The majority of sunfish are coming from four to 10 feet of
water, while the bulk of the crappie action is occurring in four to
23 feet of water. As a general rule, slide shallower during
lowlight periods of the day with waxworms or Eurolarvae on small
glow jigs. Productive lakes this week have been Nisswa, Round,
Mission, and Roy.

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


Jumbo perch are biting very well on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake
in 26 to 30 feet of water. Better areas on Cass have been Stoney
Point, Tom’s Bar, South Star Island, and Leroy’s Bar. Look for
crappies on Lower Sucker Lake in 20 feet of water and on Kitchi
Lake, around the powerlines, in 30 feet of water. Grace Lake is the
area’s best bet for bluegills in 26 feet of water.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Kroon Lake is giving up a few crappies during the evening hours
in 22 to 24 feet of water. Sunfish continue to be caught with ease
on most area lakes in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look to North Center
Lake, South Center Lake, and Chisago Lake for better numbers
throughout the day. Small jigs tipped with a waxworm or Eurolarvae
has been the best bet for bigger fish in recent days.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Serpent Lake, Big Mahnomen Lake, and Mission Lake are giving up
crappies during lowlight periods of the day in eight to 14 feet of
water. Sunfish continue to be caught, but big fish have been
difficult to find. Look to lakes such as Blind, Perry, Nokay, and
Kego, but plan on sorting through numbers of small fish in order to
keep a meal.

Oars n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912


Crappies and bluegills continue to hit glow jigs tipped with a
minnow or waxworm in eight to 16 feet of water. The late afternoon
hours have been best, with Crystal Lake, Prairie Lake, Little
Detroit Lake, Round Lake, Floyd Lake, and Little Pelican Lake
providing the best numbers.

Dick Beardsley’s Guide Service


Hunt Lake continues to provide good numbers of crappies and
bluegills during the afternoon hours in 20 feet of water. There’s a
decent morning bite for bluegills in the shallow bays of Shields
Lake. Jump around until you hit a school of bigger fish. French
Lake and Lake Mazaska have kicked out a few crappies each day as
the sun sets as well.

Faribault Bait and Tackle (507) 334-2768


The evening hours have provided crappie anglers with a decent
bite on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake and Big Splithand Lake in 18 to 20
feet of water. Pooles Bay on Lake Pokegema and Jay Gould Lake are
worth checking for bluegills in six to 10 feet of water. Jay Gould
is producing some good-sized perch as well. On the north end of
Bowstring Lake, look for suspended crappies over 25 feet of water.
These fish have been most active during lower light periods of the

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838


There’s plenty of sunfish and crappies on the north end of the
lake, but getting them to bite has been difficult. Anglers are
seeing fish on their electronics in 17 to 22 feet of water, and
there’s a spurt of activity each day as the sun goes down, but most
don’t want to eat. Light line, small jigs, and grass shrimp will
increase your odds of putting fish on the ice.

Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181


Baker’s Bay and Third Point on Lake Washington started giving up
some good-sized perch and a few sunfish. Look to Kansas Lake for
perch as well. There’s a night bite for crappies on Madison Lake in
22 to 25 feet of water, while St. James Lake continues to kick out
bluegills in six feet of water, on top of the thick weedbeds.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


There’s a good evening bite for crappies on Lake Minnewawa in
six to eight feet of water. Aitkin Lake is providing the area’s
only sunfish action and there is a few good-sized perch mixed in
with them. Most of these fish are biting early and late in the day
in eight to 10 feet of water.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382


Eagle Lake is producing bluegills in 14 feet and crappies in 25
feet of water. Look for the crappies to be suspended and most
active during the evening hours. Sunfish continue to bite on
Straight Lake during the early morning hours in 12 to 14 feet of
water. Expect to find suspended crappies on Big Mantrap Lake in 25
feet of water as well.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


Pearl Lake is giving up sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water. Look
to East Lake and Becker Lake for a mixture of sunfish and crappies
in eight to 16 feet of water. The 30- to 40-foot holes on Horseshoe
Lake continue to produce crappies and catfish. Grand Lake is a safe
bet for sunfish, but you have to get in the pockets of the thick
weeds for the bigger fish.

Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567


Lake Levin and Lake Villard are kicking out a few sunfish in 10
feet of water. On Lake Minnewaska, the Glenwood end is producing an
occasional flurry of crappie activity in 15 feet of water after

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

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