Crappies are being caught during the evening hours in 10 to 14
feet on lakes Reno, Ida, Darling, Le Homme Dieu, and Mary. Sunfish
action also is improving on these lakes along the eight- to 10-foot
weed edges. No reports of tulibee action have been reported.

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


Sunfish are being taken from eight to 12 feet on Clearwater
Lake, Cedar Lake, Pelican Lake, Lake John, and Lake Marie. Crappies
continue to be found deep and suspended on most lakes during the
evening hours. Clearwater, Pleasant, and Sylvia are your best
crappie options in 30 feet or more.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Sunfish are hitting in 15 feet on lakes such as Blanche, Upper
Cormorant, Dead, and Star. Fathead minnows are turning perch on
Otter Tail Lake in nine feet. Look for crappies in 15 to 20 feet on
South Turtle Lake, West Lost Lake, and Battle Lake. Tulibees are
being found suspended over 50 to 70 feet at Star and Otter Tail

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Look for bluegills in the five- to 10-foot vegetation of Grant
Lake, Grace Lake, and Lake Hattie. Spoons and minnow heads continue
to produce perch on the north side of Lake Bemidji in 35 to 40 feet
and on Pike Bay Lake in eight to 10 feet. Minnows are the ticket
for crappies during low-light periods in the deep holes of Portage
Lake, Kitchi Lake, and Lower Sucker Lake.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Bluegills and crappies remain active on Gull Lake in 14 to 20
feet and on Pimushe Lake in 10 to 30 feet. Look to Rabideau Lake
for bluegills in 10 to 15 feet during the morning hours. Perch are
scattered, but active, and hitting small spoons tipped with
waxworms on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 22 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Panfish action continues to be decent on many lakes. Leading the
way again this week is Gull Lake, Lake Margaret, Roy Lake, Nisswa
Lake, and Round Lake. Low-light periods tend to be best and the
bigger sunfish and crappies continue to be suspended up to five
feet off bottom.

S & W Bait/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010


The south end of Chisago Lake is producing sunfish in eight feet
during the day and crappies at night in 15 to 18 feet. The Pancake
Island area of South Center Lake is kicking out sunfish in eight to
10 feet, as is North Center Lake in nine to 12 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Look for sunfish in 10 to 20 feet on Little Rabbit Lake, East
Rabbit Lake, Perry Lake, Mahnomen Lake, and Bass Lake. Crappie
action is best during the evening hours in 15 to 25 feet on lakes
such as Cedar, Greer, Adney, Bay, and East Rabbit. Small glow jigs
tipped with waxies, larvae, and minnows will all work.

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


Anglers are reporting some lake trout success at Trout Lake over
30 to 60 feet. Sunfish and crappies are being caught on most lakes
in 14 to 30 feet during the afternoon and evening hours. Small glow
jigs tipped with waxworms, larvae, or minnows have all worked.

Crosslake Holiday Sports

(218) 692-2708


Panfish action is best during the morning and evening hours in
10 to 20 feet. Generally speaking, the sunfish are tight to the
bottom, while the majority of crappies are suspended. Look to
Severson_Lake, Sour Lake, Lake Sallie, Floyd Lake, Big Detroit
Lake, and Lake Melissa to be your best options. Tulibee action also
remains strong over 30 to 40 feet on Long and Loon lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Minnows and glow jigs continue to produce crappies on Fish Lake
in 15 feet and at Island Lake in 22 feet. Most of these fish are
taken during low-light periods. Bluegill activity remains very
limited with just a few fish coming off Fish Lake in eight to 10

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Dead sticking with ciscoes has worked best for lake trout on
Snowbank Lake where fish are being found suspended over 60 feet. On
Burntside Lake, jigging has worked best for lakers during the
evening hours over 30 to 50 feet. Crappie action is limited, but
look to Garden Lake and Farm Lake to produce a few.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


There hasn’t been a lot of people fishing, but crappies continue
to be found shallow on Fox Lake and Amber Lake. Big Twin_Lake is
producing perch and crappies in six to eight feet mainly with
minnows during the morning hours.

Hall Lake Cabins Bait & Tackle (507) 235-5225


Lake trout are hitting jigging Rapalas over 30 feet on Duncan
Lake and over 25 to 30 feet on Daniels Lake. On Lake Saganaga,
Swedish Pimples are working best for lakers over 60 feet. Lake
trout also remain active over 50 feet on Gunflint Lake, where
ciscoes are working best. Waxworms are triggering rainbow trout on
Kimball Lake in 15 to 20 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Crappies are hitting during low-light periods on Bowstring Lake
in 19 to 27 feet. Look for bluegills off Big and Little Cutfoot in
18 to 24 feet. Bass Lake continues to produce bluegills in eight to
13 feet. On Lake Pokegama, you’ll find bluegills in 14 to 30 feet,
crappies over 36 feet, and good-sized perch in eight to 12 feet.
Jigging spoons and minnow heads are triggering splake at Larson
Lake and Erskine Lake in 20 to 40 feet.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Ox Yoke Lake started giving up crappies in 12 to 15 feet. Lakes
such as Island and Five Point are worth hitting for panfish in 12
feet. On Woman Lake, a jig and minnow is producing some nice perch
in 16 feet during the morning hours.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176


Sunfish action has slowed, but the north end remains the best
option in 20 to 24 feet early and late in the day with freshwater
shrimp. There’s some evening crappie action in 32 to 36 feet off
the Four Mile Bar, Johnson’s Bar, Banana Bar, and Coon Point.

Matt’s Bait (320) 859-2181


Lake Washington continues to produce sunfish and crappies in
seven to 12 feet just off the north access. The east bay on Madison
Lake is worth hitting for panfish in less than six feet. Panfish
also can be had during the morning hours in 10 to 14 feet on
German_Lake and Lake Francis.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Sunfish action is very slow, but crappies are keeping anglers
busy. The best reports are coming off Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy
Lake during the evening hours with glow jigs and minnows. The deep
hole on the north end of Big Sandy also is giving up tulibees
throughout the day.

Willey’s Sport Shop (218) 426-3382


You have to sort through some small perch, but the Meadowbrook
area of Big Stone Lake continues to produce some keepers in 12
feet. The best bite in this area is taking place on Lake Traverse
where the 10- to 12-foot rocks continue to produce nice bluegills.
Reports from the South Dakota lakes have been minimal this

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


Look for suspended sunfish and crappies on Fish Hook_Lake over
20 feet. You’ll also find suspended crappies on Blue Lake over 35
feet. Straight Lake, Tenth Crow Wing Lake, and Eleventh Crow Wing
Lake are producing sunfish in eight to 14 feet.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


With the walleye season closed, angler numbers have dropped.
Some crappies have been found along the east shore out of Hillman’s
and West Wind in 13 to 14 feet. Red glow jigs and minnows remain
the best option. A few “keeping-sized” perch also can be had in 12
to 14 feet along the east end.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


Ice fishing is pretty much done on the Mississippi River, but
open-water fishing remains very good below the dam. Anglers are
catching more sauger than walleyes, mainly in 18 to 25 feet.
Bright-colored hair jigs and fathead minnows continue to work best.
Look for some of the access points on the Minnesota side to open

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Crappies are being caught during the evening on minnows in 16 to
18 feet on Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island Lake. Crappies are
active behind the islands on_Lake Koronis in 20 feet. On Rice Lake,
the crappies are biting in 15 to 20 feet, but most are small. Eden
Lake continues to produce crappies in 16 to 20 feet during lowlight
periods. Look for sunfish in eight to 12 feet at Grand Lake, Pearl
Lake, Becker Lake, and Cedar Island.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Maple Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in 12 feet. Look to
Fairy Lake in six to eight feet and Lilly Lake in 30 feet for
crappies and sunfish. Crappie action is good on Sauk Lake. Work Red
Barn Bay over 40 feet and the Graystone Golf Course area in 22 feet
after dark.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


The sunfish bite continues to draw attention on Lake Minnewaska.
There is still some fish being taken on the Glenwood end of
Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet, but it hasn’t been as consistent as
previous weeks. The crappie bite has not yet started on Minnewaska
and there isn’t many people looking for them.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


There hasn’t been many people fishing this week. The only action
worth noting is taking place on Lake Tetonka where crappies and
sunfish are biting in 15 to 20 feet off the swimming beach and Best

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Crappies and sunfish are being taken off Norway Lake in 15 to 22
feet. Look for suspended crappies over 20 feet on Willmar/Foot
Lake. Eagle Lake is worth noting for perch in 15 feet during midday
hours. Lakes such as Solomon, Florida, Nest, and Andrew are all
giving up panfish, but finding good-sized sunfish and crappies
remains difficult on them.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports

(320) 235-4097

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