Panfish bite improves as shorelines become exposed
LAKE MILLE LACS
The 28-foot rock areas and mud flat edges are producing a few
perch on the west side of the lake. The north end sand breaks and
mid-depth rock piles on the south end also have produced some
good-sized perch. The bite has been somewhat inconsistent with the
key being to stay on the move and pick off fish here and there.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The reefs and mud flats on the south shore continue to produce a
mixed bag of fish in 22 to 32 feet early and late in the day. At
the Northwest Angle, walleyes and sauger can be had around Little
Oak Island in 24 to 30 feet throughout the day. Ice on the Rainy
River remains intact and still favorable for ice fishing.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Crappie action is improving in Shingobee Bay in 25 to 30 feet.
Look for sunfish in Shingobee and Miller’s Bay over 10 to 15 feet
of water. Sand Point is giving up a few good-sized perch in nine to
12 feet, and tullibee action remains slow. Look to the deep water
off Stoney Point to produce a fish.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The south side of Medicine Lake is worth noting for sunfish in
eight to 10 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 40 feet of water
on Lake Sarah. The Black Lake area of Lake Minnetonka is giving up
sunfish and crappies in eight to 10 feet of water.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Look for walleyes off Birch Point in 30 to 32 feet and over 20
to 24 feet in the Rainy Lake City area. The morning and evening
hours have been best; use jigging Rapalas. The bigger northern pike
are hitting off Cranberry Island and Rainy Lake City in 18 to 20
feet. The best crappie action is taking place on the Canadian side
of the lake.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The bars continue to produce perch in 20 to 30 feet of water.
Moses Bar, Sugar Bar, and Moxes Hole are worth checking. The north
end humps have kicked out fish in 20 to 26 feet, as well. Jigging
spoons and minnow heads are triggering bigger perch.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226
TWIN CITIES METRO
Crappie action remains strong on Big Marine Lake in 20 to 25
feet. The Bayport area of the St. Croix River continues to produce
crappies, as well. Lake Peltier and Linwood Lake are safe bets for
sunfish in eight to 10 feet. Look to Rush Lake for a mixed bag of
panfish during the morning and evening hours.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Pierson Lake is giving up sunfish in eight to 12 feet of water.
Look to the north side of Lake Waconia for sunfish and crappies in
12 to 20 feet during low-light periods of the day. Lake Parley is a
safe bet for sunfish in 14 feet and a few crappies have been pulled
off the points of Lake Riley during the evening hours.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Sunfish action has picked up on most lakes in eight to 12 feet
of water. Lakes such as Brophy, Geneva, Smith, Mary, and Le Homme
Dieu are all producing fish. Crappie action is a bit slower,
although the evening hours have provided steady action throughout
the Le Homme Dieu Chain, over 20 to 24 feet.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
The 30- to 40-foot hole of Clearwater Lake continues to produce
crappies during the evening hours. The deep holes of Pleasant Lake
are safe bets for crappies, as well. Sunfish have become active in
eight to 12 feet on lakes such as Clearwater, Cedar, Sugar, and
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Look to Battle Lake and South Turtle Lake for sunfish and
crappies in 15 to 17 feet. Star Lake started giving up sunfish
early and late in the day in seven feet of water. On Rush Lake,
you’ll find numbers of panfish in 10 feet throughout the day.
Tullibee reports are starting to come in from the deep water of
Pickeral Lake, Mollie Stark Lake, and Otter Tail Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Glow jigs tipped with Eurolarvae are producing sunfish in six to
16 feet on lakes such as Nisswa, Round, and Hubert. Crappie action
has picked up in nine to 24 feet during low-light periods on Lake
Margaret, Round, and Nisswa. A few good-sized perch are coming off
Gull Lake in 20 to 24 feet.
S & W Bait & Tackle (218) 829-7010
Home of Walleye Dan’s Guide Service
Sunfish action remains strong in eight to 10 feet at South
Center and North Center Lake. The 30-foot hole on Chisago Lake
continues to produce crappies during low-light periods. Crappies
also can be had on Kroon Lake in 23 to 26 feet and off Sunset Point
on South Center in 12 feet of water. Look to the Eagle’s Nest area
of Chisago Lake for numbers of sunfish in eight to 12 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
With some ‘hole hopping’ you’ll put together a nice bunch of
sunfish and crappies on East Rabbit Lake. Black Hoof Lake is worth
noting for panfish in eight to 12 feet as well. Cedar Lake has a
strong bite during the day for crappies, while Bay Lake and Serpent
Lake are better during low-light periods for crappies. Mary Lake,
Little Black Hoof Lake, and Mahnomen Lake also are worth checking
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Big and Little Splithand lakes are producing bluegills and
crappies in 19 to 24 feet. You’ll also find a mixed bag of panfish
on Hill Lake in 35 to 40 feet. Tioga Bay and Poole’s Bay on Lake
Pokegama are kicking out sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Rice Lake and
Spider Lake are giving up crappies during low-light periods in 26
feet of water, as is Bowstring Lake in 22 to 29 feet. Bass Lake is
a safe bet for bluegills in four to 16 feet.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281
There’s some evening crappie action on Duck Lake in six feet of
water. Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington continues to produce crappies
in 16 to 20 feet, and some sunfish in eight feet, throughout the
day. On German Lake, small jigging Rapalas remain the best bet for
crappies in 18 to 22 feet during low-light periods.
The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Fish Hook Lake is kicking out sunfish in 18 to 25 feet. The Crow
Wing Chain is a safe bet for sunfish in 12 to 16 feet and some
crappies in deeper water. Crappies also are being found suspended
over 30 feet of water on Big Mantrap Lake during the evening hours.
Minnows are producing bigger crappies.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Crappie action has improved in 10 to 13 feet, with pink and glow
Power Bait or minnows producing best. Limits have been taken off
the rocks and humps west of Mort’s Landing and on the rock piles
south of West Wind. If you find them, these fish will bite
throughout the day.
Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Look for sunfish in eight to 12 feet on Becker Lake, Cedar
Island Lake, and Pearl Lake. Look to Long Lake and Browns Lake for
sunfish as well. Horseshoe Lake is producing crappies in 16 to 19
feet. Rice Lake might be worth checking for crappies in 20 to 22
feet during low-light periods of the day.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248