Sunfish and crappie bite shows signs of improvement
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – The best perch reports continue to come off the deep
edges of the mud flats in 32 to 38 feet of water. Small jigs tipped
with waxworms are working better than jigging spoons. A couple
spots to start are the Blue Jug Flat and Boot Flat, but most mud
areas are holding some perch.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – There’s some jumbo perch hitting on the deep rocks near
Seguchie Point and Brown’s Point. The deep water, down to 38 feet,
continues to hold perch off the mud flats. Small jigs tipped with
Eurolarvae or waxworms have produced bigger fish during midday
hours. The key is to move until you hit a pod of jumbos. Tullibee
reports have been nonexistent.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The walleye bite has been pretty inconsistent this week with
fish scattered between 12 and 31 feet. Shallower depths are more
productive during lowlight periods of the day, while the midday
hours are best spent in deep water. Limits of walleyes have been
much more common from the Northwest Angle in 16 to 20 feet of
water. Crowduck Island, Oak Island, and Little Oak Island all are
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
The best perch bite is taking place during the morning hours
from Stoney Point towards Goose Island in nine feet of water.
Tullibee action is slow, but look for Shingobee Bay to start
producing panfish soon.
Walker Bait Company (218) 547-2248
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The southeast corner of Medicine Lake is kicking out sunfish in
eight feet of water. Crappies continue to be caught suspended on
Lake Independence over 32 feet of water. Look to the northern bays
of Lake Minnetonka for numbers of small sunfish.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The deep drops off Dry Weed Island and the American Narrows are
safe bets for walleyes. Sand Bay has been best for walleyes during
the morning hours in 30 to 32 feet of water. Ciscoes are producing
numbers of northern pike in the Rainy Lake City area.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The north end humps gave up a few more perch this week in 25 to
30 feet of water. Look to Center Bar, Moses Bar, and Sugar Bar in
20 to 38 feet of water for perch as well. A green or gold jigging
spoon with a minnow head continues to work best.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
TWIN CITIES METRO
The St. Croix River is producing crappies in 18 to 20 feet and
some good-sized silver bass in shallower water. Crappies are being
found suspended over 20 to 30 feet of water on lakes such as Big
Marine, Bald Eagle, and Big Carnelian. Sunfish continue to be
small, but very active on Little Lake, Lake Peltier, and Rush Lake
in eight to 10 feet of water.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
The bay on the northeast side of Lake Minnewashta is producing
sunfish in 12 feet of water. Look to Duck Lake and Eagle Lake for
sunfish in eight feet of water as well. Pillsbury Reef on Lake
Waconia and Hydes Lake are the area’s best options for numbers of
crappies. On Whaletale Lake, several crappies over two pounds have
been caught to the right of the access in 14 to 16 feet of
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Panfish action has been limited to the north ends of Lake
Victoria and Lake Geneva. These fish are most active during the
morning and evening hours in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Look for perch on Otter Tail Lake in 10 feet or 40 feet of
water, with better numbers of big fish coming from deep water.
There’s some crappies coming off the Highway 1 side of Walker Lake.
West Battle Lake remains a safe bet for crappies during the evening
hours in 20 feet of water. South Turtle Lake continues to produce
sunfish in 14 feet of water. Waxworms have been the ticket for
tullibees on Pickerel Lake and Clitherall Lake in 35 to 40 feet of
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Perch are scattered, but active on Blackduck Lake in six to 14
feet or 20 to 22 feet of water. Bluegills and crappies continue to
hit on Gilstead Lake and Lake Rabideau in 14 to 18 feet of water.
Lowlight periods of the day have provided bigger fish.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
Crappies are being found suspended over 18 to 30 feet of water.
Glow jigs and Eurolarvae are producing sunfish in six to 16 feet of
water. Lakes worth noting this week are Round, Nisswa, Hubert, and
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Tom’s Bar, Stoney Point, and the break between Star Island and
Cedar Island are producing perch on Cass Lake. You’ll also find
active perch on the hump in front of the public access on Pike Bay
Lake. Most of these fish are hitting in seven to 28 feet of water
on both lakes. There’s a good midday bite for crappies and
bluegills on Big Lake.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831
The weed edges of North Center Lake are holding sunfish in eight
to 10 feet of water. South Center Lake is a safe bet for sunfish
throughout the day in eight to 10 feet of water. Crappies continue
to be suspended over 25 to 30 feet of water on Chisago Lake and you
will find sunfish on Chisago in shallower water during midday
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Blue Lake and Baxter Lake are producing sunfish during the day
in seven to 11 feet of water. Crappies continue to be found
suspended during the evening hours on Green Lake over 20 feet of
water and on Elk Lake in 14 feet of water.
Tails and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The north and south ends of Bowstring Lake are producing
crappies in 20 feet of water. Look to Spider Lake for crappies with
minnows in 24 feet of water. A mixed bag of panfish can be had on
Sugar Lake by Remer in 18 to 25 feet of water. Swan Lake is kicking
out good-sized bluegills in 24 to 27 feet of water during lowlight
periods of the day.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
Rapids Tackle (218) 326-9838
Bluegill and crappie reports have been limited, but look to
lakes such as Birch and Pleasant to start giving up fish soon.
Perch have bit best on Woman Lake on the 16-foot rock edges.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
Sunfish and crappies are being pulled with regularity from Green
Leaf Lake in 11 to 18 feet of water. Ripley Lake started kicking
out good-sized sunfish in 11 feet of water this week. Look for
numbers of small crappies off Belle Lake in 15 feet of water.
The Outpost (320) 587-8177
Namakan Lake is producing walleyes on small glow jigs and
minnows in 22 to 28 feet of water. Reef edges with gravel bottoms
are holding bigger concentrations of fish. Pike continue to hammer
sucker minnows in the shallow bays that offer some current flow
nearby. Crappie action has been ‘hit and miss’ with Namakan and
Kabetogama providing limited flurries of action.
Gateway Store (218) 875-2121
Sunfish continue to be most active on the north end during
lowlight periods of the day in 18 to 20 feet of water. Crappies
also have been sluggish with a few fish coming from 40 feet of
water off Battle Point and in Schultz’s Bay.
Fisherman’s Corner (320) 859-2181
There’s an evening-hour crappie bite in the narrows of Madison
Lake in 30 to 35 feet of water. Squirrel’s Nest Point on Lake
Washington is kicking out sunfish and crappies in 12 feet of water.
Last week’s warm weather caused some issues with the ice and 10
inches of snow this week didn’t help matters, so caution is advised
on local lake.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
Waxworms are producing tullibees on the northwest end of Big
Sandy Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water. Bellhorn Bay and the narrows
on Big Sandy continue to provide steady crappie action in 12 to 14
feet of water. Sunfish and crappie activity also has improved on
Lake Minnewawa in 12 feet of water.
Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382
There has been a steady sunfish bite on Lake Constance in 10 to
12 feet of water. Look to the north end of Little Maple Lake in 10
feet of water for sunfish as well. Sucker minnows are turning good
numbers of channel catfish on the Mississippi River.
Shuman’s Outdoor Sports
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Waxworms are producing bluegills on Fish Lake, the Crow Wing
Chain, and Straight Lake in 14 feet of water. Big Mantrap Lake and
the Upper Crow Wing lakes are safe bets for crappies during the
evening hours in 20 to 25 feet of water. Look for the bigger fish
to be suspended.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Crappie action was slow last weekend. Wind and constantly
changing weather patterns were to blame. A few fish were caught
earlier this week, but limits have been rare.
Rogers Campground (218) 647-8262
RED WING AREA
Until this week’s snow, the walleye and sauger bite was very
good on the Mississippi River. Most of the bigger saugers were
coming from 17 to 25 feet of water, while walleyes were found in
five to 10 feet of water, closer to shore near the mouth of
Baypoint Park. Hair jigs or Knuckleball jigs tipped with plastics
or fathead minnows were working best.
Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111
ST. CLOUD AREA
Horseshoe Lake is giving up a few crappies during the evening
hours in 20 to 22 feet of water. You can expect a mixed bag of
‘eating-sized’ crappies and sunfish from Pearl Lake in eight to 15
feet of water. Grand Lake remains a safe bet for panfish, as does
Cedar Island Lake, although the majority of them continue to be
Corky’s Gas & Bait (320) 251-1567
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look for suspended crappies over 44 feet of water in the
Dutchmen’s Creek area of Big Sauk Lake. Three-to-a-pound sunfish
continue to be caught on the north end of Sauk as well. Fairy Lake
is kicking out sunfish and crappies in eight feet of water and
crappies are cruising just below the ice on Guerney Lake in 13 feet
of water. Lake Villard is producing sunfish in 12 feet, as is the
north end of the narrows on Big Swan Lake. Sunfish action also has
improved on Long Lake, straight out from the public access.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155
Sunfish reports have been poor in the area. The Glenwood end of
Lake Minnewaska is kicking out good-sized crappies after dark. Most
of these fish have been suspended and hitting glow jigs tipped with
minnows in 17 feet of water.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Sunfish and crappie action has been ‘sporadic’ again this week.
The fish being caught remain in 10 to 15 feet of water on lakes
such as Florida, Nest, Norway/Games, and Willmar/Foot.
Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097