Warm weather takes its toll on lake conditions statewide – Metro Area Report


Ice fishing has come to a quick end. The shorelines have pulled away and most accesss points have opened far enough that people can’t get on any lake. The ice has started to soften and look black, which is an indication that it’s going to go out sooner than normal.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Ice has deteriorated quickly on area lakes with most shorelines open beyond repair. By this weekend, several small lakes may be ice-free. The only fishing of note is on the Mississippi River where the bigger walleyes started hitting a jig and minnow presentation.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421


The shorelines and channels have started to open and by this weekend there should be plenty of spots to fish open water close to shore or in the bays.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Walking or ATVs will be the only option by this weekend, but the shorelines should hold up for at least one more weekend of fishing. Sunfish action has picked up in eight to 12 feet at Lake John, Clearwater Lake, Indian Lake, Lake Marie, and Granite Lake. Crappies are suspended in 20 to 25 feet at Clearwater, Granite, French Lake, and Pleasant Lake. Look for them to slide shallower very soon.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297    www.littlejimssports.com


As of Tuesday, people were getting on the ice. That could change by the weekend. North Lindstrom Lake is giving up sunfish  in six to 12 feet as is the channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake in five to eight feet. The Nelson’s Island area on North Center Lake is producing crappies in 18 to 20 feet during the evening.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

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