Panfish starting to generate more interest among anglers

Big Six


East – The deep mud and gravel is producing walleyes and perch in
20 to 30 feet. The perch bite has been best during the day, while
walleyes are most active at sunset and after dark. Perch and
northern pike can be had in Cove Bay, Wahkon Bay, and Isle Bay in
15 to 17 feet. Most resorts are now allowing vehicle traffic to the
flats and roads have been marked.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – The best perch reports are coming from the deep rocks, 26 to
28 feet, off Brown’s Point and Seguchie Point. Look for walleyes in
St. Alban’s Bay during low-light periods in 16 to 20 feet. Hit the
tops and edges of the mud flats such as Seguchie, Sherman’s, and
the Seven Mile for walleyes as well. Snowmobiles and ATVs are being
used to hit the mud flats.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


There’s a bit more coaxing involved this week, but walleyes and
sauger continue to bite. Jigging spoons or a plain hook and minnow
are working best in 32 feet. Many walleyes, especially those over
25 inches, are showing up suspended, so electronics really help at
this point. There is a shallower bite, 18 to 20 feet, early and
late in the day as well. At the Northwest Angle, the walleye and
sauger bite has been best early and late in 17 to 21 feet and
during mid-day hours in 27 to 29 feet. You’ll catch crappies in
this area as well.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


The walleye bite on the deep humps in Walker Bay has slowed and the
fish that are hitting have been small. Better numbers of
keeping-sized walleyes are being taken on the 12- to 22-foot break
between Sand Point and Cedar Point or off Stoney Point in 15 to 20
feet. Catching nice perch involves a lot of moving around in the
Little Hardwood, Big Hardwood, and Duck Point areas between nine
and 12 feet.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Look for northern pike on top of the 15- to 18-foot weed edges,
while crappies and sunfish are most active in the small bays over
eight to 15 feet on Lake Minnetonka. You’ll pluck a few walleyes
off the weedlines out to 28 feet at Minnetonka as well. Medicine
Lake is kicking out northern pike in 12 feet and sunfish in 15 to
18 feet. On the east and west ends of Lake Independence, crappies
and small walleyes are biting in 17 feet.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes are most active during low-light periods in the Rainy Lake
City area in 12 to 14 feet. Look for northern pike near Cranberry
Island and Rainy Lake City in 10 to 12 feet. The McIntyre Island
area is kicking out walleyes during the evening hours in 32 to 34

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Perch action has improved at the south end on South Moses Bar and
Hunter’s Hump in 17 to 25 feet, depending on the time of day.
Walleyes are mixed with the perch, while northern pike are hitting
setlines and spoons in 17 to 36 feet. On the west side, Raven’s
Point and Sugar Point are giving up walleyes and perch in 15

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro


Crappie action remains strong in the Bayport area of the St. Croix
River in 30 to 40 feet. Big Carnelian Lake is producing crappies in
25 to 30 feet and the Mahtomedi side of White Bear Lake is kicking
out walleyes in 20 feet. Lake Peltier is giving up sunfish and
crappies in 10 feet or less, while lakes Jane and Demonterville
continue to produce northern pike and bass via tip-ups and sucker
minnows in eight to 10 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421


Northern pike continue to be taken on sucker minnows at Lake
Minnewashta and Lake Bavaria in 12 to 14 feet. Look for crappies at
Whaletail Lake in 12 to 16 feet and Spring Lake in 18 to 20 feet.
Sunfish remain active on Lake Sarah in 18 feet and Rietz Lake in 12
to 16 feet.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Sunfish and northern pike action has picked up in nine to 13 feet
on Center Reef, Pillsbury Reef, and in Wagener’s Bay. Crappies are
hitting during low-light periods in the deep hole near Pillsbury
Reef and on Center Reef in 10 to 12 feet. Walleye action is limited
to a fish or two each night on the reefs.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096



The Edgewater Park Fishing Pier and Shoreland Beach areas of
Fountain Lake are producing crappies, sunfish, and perch – mainly
on waxworms. Walleyes are hitting setlines and fathead minnows
during low-light periods at Albert Lea Lake in less than five

Albert Lea Convention & Visitors Bureau

(800) 345-8414


Anglers are catching enough crappies to stay interested during the
evening hours in 20 to 25 feet at Lake Le Homme Dieu and Lake
Carlos. Walleye action also has slowed with a few being taken on
shiner minnows and setlines during low-light periods at Reno Lake
in 12 to 16 feet and Lake Miltona in 15 to 25 feet. On Lake Mary,
sunfish and crappies are being caught in 10 to 14 feet.

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


Walleyes are hitting setlines and fatheads in 14 to 24 feet at
Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, Sugar Lake, and French Lake. Look
for suspended crappies over 30 feet at Pleasant, French,
Clearwater, Lake John, Granite Lake, and Lake Francis. A few
sunfish can be had at Clearwater, John, and Lake Marie in 15 to 20
feet. Northern pike are being angled and speared at Clearwater,
Pleasant, Marie, John, and Indian Lake in 12 feet or less.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


Walleyes are biting sporadically at Otter Tail Lake in 15 to 25
feet or in eight feet during low-light periods. You’ll also find a
few ‘eyes at West Battle Lake in 20 to 40 feet and Silver Lake in
15 to 25 feet. Northern pike action is strong with sucker minnows
at North Turtle Lake, Otter Tail, and West Battle along the 15-foot
weeds. Look for suspended crappies on West Battle over 24 feet,
while Fiske Lake and Clitherall Lake are giving up sunfish and
crappies in 17 to 24 feet – mainly on blue jigs and waxworms. Perch
continue to be caught at West Battle and Otter Tail in 10 to 15
feet with fathead minnows.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


Lake Bemidji is producing walleyes in 20 to 22 feet and perch in 26
to 30 feet. On Lake Plantagenet, you’ll find walleyes in 16 to 20
feet and perch in 20 to 25 feet. Crappies are being found suspended
over 25 feet at Lake Paposke and Lake Beltrami during the evening
hours. The east side of Bemidji continues to provide spearers with
plenty of action.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Walleyes and perch are hitting jigging Rapalas or flashy spoons at
Blackduck Lake in five to eight feet. Island Lake is worth noting
for perch in 15 to 25 feet, but waxworms have worked best here.
Look to lakes Rabideau and Pimushe for suspended bluegills and
crappies over 15 to 20 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


Tip-ups and sucker minnows are triggering northern pike in 10 to 12
feet at Gull Lake, Lake Edward, and North Long Lake. Sunfish action
has been best in less than 10 feet at Nisswa Lake, Round Lake, and
Gull with glow jigs and eurolarvae. Rattle spoons tipped with
rainbow minnows or fatheads are turning walleyes in 14 to 32 feet
in Steamboat Bay on Gull, Highway 371 Bay on North Long, or Round
and Pelican Lake. Crappies are showing up suspended in 12 to 28
feet at Roy Lake, Long Lake, and Round.

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


The shallow sand areas of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake are producing
perch – look for bigger fish to hit minnows in six to eight feet.
Allen’s Bay on Cass continues to produce northern pike for spearers
and anglers in less than 10 feet. Hit Midge Lake and Grace Lake for
bluegills in eight to 10 feet.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831


Sunfish remain active on the six- to eight-foot weedbeds of Chisago
Lake, the channel between Chisago and South Lindstrom Lake, or
North Center Lake. The best crappie option is to fish after dark
with minnows on Chisago in 20 to 24 feet or Kroon Lake in 22

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


You’ll hit crappies with glow jigs and minnows during the day at
Upper Dean Lake and during low-light periods on Bay Lake and Nokay
Lake in 20 feet. Milford Lake and Bass Lake are producing bluegills
in 14 to 20 feet, while Horseshoe Lake and the Crooked Lake Chain
have been giving up northern pike in eight to 15 feet. Look to
Pelican Lake and Serpent Lake in 21 to 28 feet with setlines and
rainbow minnows for walleyes during the evening hours.

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


Franklin Lake is giving up walleyes in 18 feet and panfish in 15
feet. Lakes Melissa and Big Detroit are kicking out crappies and
sunfish in 12 to 15 feet and a few walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. Look
to Severson Lake for panfish in 10 to 12 feet, while Height of Land
Lake is giving up walleyes in 20 feet and sunfish in 14 feet. Big
Cormorant Lake is giving up walleyes in 18 to 20 feet and sunfish
in 12 feet. Spearing and angling for northern pike remains
consistent on all the aforementioned lakes.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


The Duluth Harbor on Lake Superior continues to produce walleyes,
crappies, and northern pike in eight to 10 feet. On Boulder Lake,
spoons and minnow heads are producing walleyes during the evening
hours in 10 feet or less. Crappies are hitting minnows at Fish Lake
in 15 feet and Caribou Lake in 16 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows
are triggering northern pike at Rice Lake in six feet. Look for
perch to hit minnows at Pike Lake from 10 to 25 feet.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Walleye action is limited to a few fish off Back Bay at Basswood
Lake and panfish reports remain poor. Lake trout are hitting
ciscoes at Snowbank Lake and spoons on Burntside Lake over 50 to 60
feet and look for suspended fish. A few big northern pike have been
caught with tip-ups at Burntside as well in 20 to 30 feet.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Perry Lake started producing sunfish in 14 feet and Ruth Lake
continues to kick out northern pike, near the island, on sucker
minnows in 10 to 12 feet. The north end of Kego Lake also is a safe
bet for pike in 10 feet, while shiner minnows are working for
walleyes on the northwest end of Eagle Lake in 18 to 20 feet. The
west side of Washburn Lake is producing crappies in 22 feet during
low-light periods.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Hit Fox Lake with minnows during the afternoon hours in 15 to 18
feet for perch and crappies. Lake Sissiton started giving up
bluegills in 15 feet and Clear Lake continues to produce perch and
a few walleyes in less than six feet. On Hall Lake, minnows are
turning perch, crappies, and the occasional walleye in 15 to 20

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


Panfish are hitting at French Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water, while
Roberds Lake is giving up perch and an occasional walleye in 16 to
18 feet. On Cedar Lake, you’ll hit a few crappies and Hunt Lake is
worth noting in 20 to 24 feet for perch and sunfish. Look to Kelley
Dudley Lake for sunfish and northern pike along the 15-foot weed

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


Lake trout are suspended and hitting spoons or ciscoes at Greenwood
Lake over 30 to 45 feet or 60 to 80 feet of water, and at Duncan
Lake and Moss Lake over 20 to 35 feet. Small spoons or ice flies
tipped with waxies are turning splake at Musquash Lake in six to 16
feet, Shoe Lake in 12 feet, and Esther Lake in six to 10 feet of
water. Small spoons also are producing rainbow trout in eight to 18
feet at Trout Lake and 12 to 18 feet at Muckwa Lake. Walleye action
picked up again at Binigami Lake in 12 to 16 feet, Crocodile Lake
in 10 to 16 feet, and Homer Lake in 20 to 23 feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280


Crappies and sunfish are being caught during the afternoon and
evening hours at Big and Little Splithand lakes in 18 to 22 feet
and Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 18 to 25 feet. Tioga Bay and Poole’s
Bay on Lake Pokegama are producing panfish in 14 to 30 feet, while
Big Rice Lake is giving up crappies in 16 to 25 feet. You’ll find
perch and crappies in 18 to 25 feet at Bowstring Lake and the
area’s biggest pike continue to come off Pokegama in 20 feet. A few
walleyes remain active during low-light periods in 13 to 40 feet at
Pokegama, Trout Lake, Sugar Lake, Deer Lake, and Lake Wabana.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


The 10- to 12-foot weedlines of Woman Lake and Birch Lake are
producing sunfish and crappies. Angling and spearing has kept
northern pike fishermen busy on Woman and Webb Lake. You’ll also
find crappies tight to the bottom in 20 feet on Webb.

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


Northern pike action has been excellent for spearing and angling
around Sponge Island, Moxie Island and in the bays such as Daily
and Mud. Further east, anglers are finding walleyes, sauger, and
perch in 26 to 32 feet of water. Work the island reefs and mouths
of Blind Ash Bay and the Ash River. Glow jigs and small minnows
have been the best presentation.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


A few walleyes continue to hit during low-light periods on Lake
Hanska and Scotch Lake in shallow water. Baker’s Bay on Lake
Washington started giving up sunfish in 22 feet, while Third Point
on Washington is worth hitting for crappies and walleyes in 20
feet. Crappies remain active out from the DNR Landing on Madison
Lake in 15 feet. Look to Big Jefferson Lake for crappies and perch
in 18 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228


Crappie action has been strong with minnows during the evening
hours in Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy Lake. Tip-ups and sucker minnows
are producing northern pike in 10 to 12 feet at Lake Minnewawa and
you will hit some crappies here during low-light periods in 20 to
22 feet of water. Waxworms have started to produce tullibees, most
of which are suspended over the deep holes of Big Sandy.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382


Walleye action has slowed, but a few continue to be taken during
low-light periods in the Meadowbrook area of Big Stone Lake in 10
feet. The Peninsula area of Big Stone continues to produce perch in
10 to 12 feet. Look to Lake Traverse for walleyes and Lake Lac qui
Parle for crappies during the evening hours. Anglers fishing below
the Highway 75 dam on the Minnesota River are catching walleyes and
northern pike in five to seven feet.

Bud’s Bait (320) 839-2480


A few walleyes continue to come off Fish Hook Lake and Potato Lake
in 28 to 30 feet during low-light periods with setlines and fathead
minnows. Look to Long Lake in eight to 12 feet and Big Mantrap Lake
in 14 feet for northern pike. Crappies are being found suspended
over 25 to 30 feet during the evening hours at Lake Belle Taine and
the Crow Wing Chain. The Crow Wing Chain, Belle Taine, Portage
Lake, and Upper Twin Lake are kicking out bluegills in 12

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281


At Cross Lake and Lake Pokegama, you’ll find sunfish and crappies
in 18 to 20 feet and a few walleyes during the morning hours in 12
to 16 feet. East Rush and West Rush lakes are giving up crappies in
20 to 22 feet and northern pike in five to 10 feet – sucker minnows
are working best for pike. Look to Knife Lake for crappies and
northern pike in 11 feet and to the 40-foot hole on Goose Lake for
suspended crappies.

Red’s Bait & Tackle (320) 629-1154


The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but some limits are being caught
in 14 to 15 feet around the lake. A jig and minnow head is
producing more fish than setlines. There has been quite a few perch
being caught and anglers are sorting through them for their keepers
and northern pike action remains steady throughout the lake.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Anglers are walking out to the Methodist area of Lake Pepin and
catching walleyes and sauger on the 20-foot clambeds. With boats,
vertically-presented jigs and plastics are producing walleyes
toward the dam on the Mississippi River in 20 to 25 feet during the
day or six to eight feet in the evenings.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


A few walleyes can be had at Rice Lake and Lake Koronis during
low-light periods in 12 to 20 feet. Look for crappies on Grand Lake
in 12 to 16 feet, at Cedar Island Lake and Horseshoe Lake in 20
feet, and at Rice and Koronis in 20 to 30 feet. Goodner Lake and
Pearl Lake are producing sunfish in 12 to 14 feet. Rainbow trout
are hitting waxworms and ice flies on Mud Lake in less than eight

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Look for sunfish at Smith Lake in 12 to 16 feet and to Lake Osakis
for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 20 feet. The north end of Sauk
Lake continues to produce crappies in 28 to 36 feet and look for
suspended fish – this area will produce a few walleyes as well in
16 to 36 feet. Long Bridge Lake continues to kick out crappies in
14 to 17 feet during the evening hours.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Solomon Lake started giving up a mixed bag of panfish and walleyes
in shallow water. Lakes Florida and Games are safe bets for panfish
and northern pike in 15 to 20 feet. A few walleyes continue to come
off Green Lake during low-light periods in 18 to 20 feet with
setlines and small minnows.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports

(320) 235-4097


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