MN: With a few exceptions, panfish reports have been limited Issue: 9

Big Six


East – Perch action remains strong if the weather is stable for two
or three consecutive days. The bigger perch and numbers of
tullibees continue to be found off the structure in 25 feet or more
during the day. The mid-depth rocks also will produce perch when
the sun is out and don’t forget about the crappies and sunfish in
Isle Bay.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Perch and tullibees are being found off the edges of the mud
flats in 30 to 34 feet. Waxworms and red Eurolarvae seem to be
working best for numbers, while spoons and minnow heads will
produce bigger fish. A few more perch have been taken in 26 to 29
feet off Seguchie Point and Brown’s Point.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleye action has been sporadic, but saugers are biting at a
consistent pace. Many walleyes are coming through suspended over 30
to 35 feet and the afternoon has been best with gold or
colored-glow jigs and spoons. At the Northwest Angle, 24 to 30 feet
has been most productive for walleyes and sauger.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Perch action has improved quite a bit since last week. The best
reports are coming from 10 to 14 feet north of Goose Island, the
Meadows, First Duck Point, GrandVu Flats, and Sand Point. An
occasional crappie report is coming off Shingobee Bay, but the bite
has not been consistent.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


There hasn’t been much to report from panfish anglers. There seems
to be activity on Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake, and Lake Sarah,
but the fish being caught have been small and not very numerous.
Work the weedlines for sunfish and the deeper holes for crappies,
which tend to be suspended.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Jigging spoons are producing walleyes and pike at the American
Narrows in 32 to 36 feet. Northern pike also have been active in
Sand Bay in 30 to 33 feet. Walleye anglers are using snowmobiles to
hit the reefs on the east end of the lake and doing well in 35 feet
or more.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The best perch action during midday hours is in 25 to 35 feet. If
it’s cloudy or during the morning and evening hours, you’ll want to
work 15 to 20 feet. Areas worth noting this week include the
Snaghole, Hunter’s Hump, the north-end humps, Sugar Bar, and the
rocks and humps off Raven’s Point.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


Crappies remain active on the St. Croix River, near Stillwater, in
30 to 32 feet. Big Carnelian Lake is producing crappies over 30 to
40 feet and on White Bear Lake crappies are hitting in 10 to 15
feet. On Big Marine Lake, you’ll find crappies in 15 feet and at
Centerville Lake you’ll find sunfish and crappies in eight to 10

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Sunfish continue to be caught on Lake Parley in 15 feet throughout
the day. Look to Lake Susan for sunfish in 14 feet early and late
in the day. On Whaletail Lake, you’ll hit crappies with minnows in
16 to 18 feet during the evening hours.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Wagener’s Bay is producing sunfish and crappies in 16 to 24 feet.
Crappies also are being found suspended over 20 feet or more off
the reefs such as Pillsbury and Center. The 10- to 15-foot
weedlines adjacent to Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef are holding

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



You’ll find sunfish and a few crappies suspended over 20 to 22 feet
at lakes Darling, Le Homme Dieu, and Geneva. Lake Miltona started
giving up sunfish in eight to 10 feet and Lake Mina is worth noting
for sunfish and crappies. On Maple Lake, crappies and sunfish are
hitting in 12 to 15 feet.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle

(320) 763-3255


Crappies and sunfish can be had in 20 to 22 feet at Lake John, in
12 to 22 feet at Clearwater Lake, and in 15 to 20 feet at Lake
Sylvia. Look for suspended crappies over 25 to 30 feet at Pleasant
Lake and over 30 feet at Mink Lake. At Lake Marie, sunfish are
biting in 15 to 20 feet.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Crappies and sunfish continue to be found suspended over 20 to 25
feet at South Turtle Lake, Lake Blanche, East Lost Lake, West Lost
Lake, Severson Lake, and East Battle Lake. Look for tullibees to be
suspended over deep water at Mollie Stark Lake and Lake Lida.
Flashers and waxworms seem to be the best presentation.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


The 20- to 40-foot holes of lakes Hattie, Grant, Big Wolf, and
Garfield are giving up a few crappies during low-light periods.
Bluegills are suspended over 20 to 25 feet at Grace Lake and perch
action has been best on Lake Bemidji with minnows in 20 to 30

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads or waxworms are turning
perch on Blackduck Lake in 15 to 18 feet. Crappies are suspended
and active over 28 to 30 feet during low-light periods on Gilstead
Lake. The best bluegill options are Pimushe Lake in 20 feet and
Gull Lake in 15 to 18 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Rosy red minnows continue to work best for crappies during
low-light periods on the south end of Gull Lake and Lake Margaret.
Eurolarvae is working best for sunfish on the weedlines of Nisswa
Lake, Cullen Lake, and Pelican Lake during the morning and
afternoon hours.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218)


The main lake and south end of Chisago Lake are giving up sunfish
in four to 15 feet. You’ll also find sunfish on Sunrise Lake in six
to eight feet and plenty of small ‘gills at Green Lake in six to 10
feet. Crappies are most active during the evening hours in 22 to 24
feet on the north end of North Center Lake and near Benson’s Island
on South Center Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Crappies are hitting glow jigs and minnows on the north end of Bay
Lake, the deep water on Nokay Lake, and in 14 feet on Big Mahnomen
Lake. Mahnomen, Little Rabbit Lake, Crooked Lake, and Milford Lake
are safe bets for sunfish. Work the deeper edges of any shallower
weed area. There also has been some decent-sized perch coming off
Mahnomen and Little Rabbit.

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


Crappies and sunfish seem to be active on most area lakes. Work
glow jigs and minnows for crappies and waxworms for sunfish in 14
to 16 feet. The bite seems to peak just before dark on most lakes,
although crappies can be had after the sun sets.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708


Sunfish are hitting on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of lakes
Severson, Height of Land, Big Detroit, Floyd, and Tamarack.
Crappies are biting during low-light periods in 18 to 20 feet at
Big Detroit Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, Upper Cormorant Lake, Big
Pine Lake, and Little Pine Lake. Waxworms and jigs or small jigging
spoons and waxies are producing tullibees over the deep water of
Long Lake.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Crappies are hitting minnows during the evening at Fish Lake in 18
to 20 feet. You have to do some sorting, but you can put together a
meal of keeping-sized perch at Pike Lake in 13 feet. The Duluth Bay
on the St. Louis River is kicking out a few crappies in 10 to 12

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Panfish action has been somewhat limited although Blue Lake is
producing crappies over 20 feet and bluegills in shallow water.
There’s no problem catching crappies at Elk Lake in 11 feet, but
most have been small.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


Small spoons continue to produce the majority of lake trout at
Burntside Lake. These fish have been slightly suspended over 45 to
55 feet. Snowbank Lake also gives up an occasional lake trout from
deep water and panfish reports have been nonexistent.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Minnows are producing crappies at Mitchell Lake over 38 to 40 feet.
Look to Lawrence Lake during the evening hours for crappies in 20
feet. Eagle Lake is the best option for sunfish during the morning
and afternoon hours.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Waxworms and minnows are turning crappies at Fox Lake in 12 to 15
feet. On Amber Lake, minnows are the ticket for perch and crappies
in 12 feet. Lake Sissiton is kicking out bluegills and perch in 12
feet and Tuttle Lake is giving up a few crappies in six feet. The
perch bite on North Silver Lake remains strong in three to six
feet, but plan on sorting through numbers of small fish.

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


Crappies, sunfish, and perch remain active at Shields Lake in 12 to
14 feet. There’s a decent crappie bite at French Lake over 25 to 30
feet and Cedar Lake is kicking out crappies and sunfish in 12 to 18
feet. Perch are active throughout Cannon Lake in eight to 12

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Lake trout are being caught on jigs tipped with minnows or jigging
spoons and minnows. Look for suspended fish on Clearwater Lake over
45 to 55 feet, over 50 to 60 feet at West Bearskin Lake, at 35 to
45 feet on Mayhew Lake, and over 30 to 40 feet at Birch Lake. Ice
flies and waxworms are producing rainbow trout and splake in 12 to
17 feet at Mink Lake and in 18 to 23 feet at Leo Lake. On Musquash
Lake, splake remain active in 18 to 26 feet and a jig and minnow
will trigger walleyes at Lake Saganaga in 45 to 60 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Crappie action continues to be strong in 20 to 25 feet at Big
Cutfoot Sioux Lake. Little Cutfoot is kicking out bluegills in 20
feet and there is some open-water bluegill action at the power
plant on the Mississippi River. Crappies and perch are hitting
minnows on Bowstring Lake in 20 to 26 feet early and late in the
day. You’ll find a mixed bag of panfish on Lake Pokegama in 15 to
28 feet.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Child Lake started producing sunfish and crappies during the
morning and evening hours. Look for crappies on Ten Mile Lake in 13
to 22 feet during low-light periods. Ox Yoke Lake is giving up a
few crappies and look to Pleasant Lake and Birch Lake to start
producing panfish as well.

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


Work the south end of Madison Lake for sunfish and crappies in 12
feet. The north end of Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is producing
sunfish in 12 feet. Perch continue to be caught in 12 to 16 feet on
Big Jefferson Lake and Duck Lake is worth noting for crappies over
14 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Not much has changed here, which means looking for crappies during
low-light periods on Big Sandy Lake in 18 to 20 feet of water and
on Lake Minnewawa in 22 feet of water. A few anglers have started
looking for tullibees and although the bite was better than last
week, numbers of them are still tough to find. Look for suspended
fish over deep water.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits

(218) 426-3382


You’ll find suspended crappies and bluegills over 14 feet at
Portage Lake. Minnows are producing crappies, most of which are
suspended over 30 feet, at Big Mantrap Lake. Waxworms are
triggering bluegills throughout the Crow Wing Chain in 14

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


The north and northwest ends of Cross Lake are kicking out sunfish
in 15 to 18 feet of water. Glow jigs also are producing crappies on
Cross during the day in 19 to 21 feet. There’s an evening crappie
bite on the southwest side of Knife Lake in 11 to 13 feet of water.
The west side of Lake Pokegama is producing sunfish in 16 to 18
feet and the north end is giving up crappies in 19 to 24 feet –
both species of fish are biting during midday hours. You’ll find
crappies suspended over the 50-foot hole on Goose Lake and West
Rush Lake is giving up crappies over 25 to 30 feet.

Red’s Bait & Tackle (320) 629-1154


Anglers fishing from boats are catching walleyes and sauger below
the dam on the Mississippi River. Bright-colored, 3/8-ounce hair
jigs tipped with fathead minnows are working best in 12 to 14 feet
of water. Ice fishermen are catching northern pike in 10 feet of
water at Baypoint Park and panfish around the docks here. Work the
Lake City area of Lake Pepin for walleyes during the evening

Ike’s Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Crappies are being found suspended over 18 to 20 feet of water at
Lake Koronis. Koronis also is producing some sunfish in 12 feet and
whitefish in the deep holes behind the islands. A few crappies can
be had during the evening hours at Browns Lake and Long Lake in 20
to 25 feet and at Rice Lake over 20 feet of water.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Crappies remain active on the north and south ends of Sauk Lake
during midday hours over 28 to 40 feet. Look to Maple Lake for
sunfish and crappies in 14 to 17 feet, mainly along the weedlines.
On Long Bridge Lake, you’ll find crappies and sunfish in 14 to 17

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Fishing activity has been very limited throughout the area. The
only decent report worth noting is coming off the Glenwood end of
Lake Minnewaska where crappies and sunfish can be had in 12 to 15

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle

(320) 239-2239


Panfish action has been limited, but there isn’t a lot of people
chasing them. The best sunfish reports are coming off Lake Tetonka,
near the swimming beach, in 10 to 15 feet. The west end of Lake
Francis also is kicking out sunfish in 10 to 14 feet.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


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