Wind, rain, and lower temps limit panfish action in most areas – Metro Area Report

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

There hasn’t been a lot of people fishing due to the weather and the crappie bite seems to be limited as a result of the weather as well. It’s been tough to find a pattern, which means one day they might be deep and suspended, but the next afternoon you’ll find crappies shallow if it warms. Generally speaking, look shallow when the sun is out or late in the day and work deep on those cool, cloudy days.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

NORTHEAST METRO

The cool weather has kept fishermen off the lakes and the panfish from moving shallow. You’ll find crappies on White Bear Lake in 12 to 15 feet and Demonterville Lake in five to 10 feet. The Anderson Window’s Bay on the St. Croix River has produced some crappies in shallower water.  Walleye action remains fair at the Ford Dam on the Mississippi River with crankbaits or a jig and minnow.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sucker minnows or cutbait started producing catfish in the deeper holes of the Minnesota River. Panfish action has slowed since the cool weather arrived. Once it warms look to the shallows of lakes Bavaria, Whaletail, and Steiger for crappies or lakes Auburn, Minnewashta, and Red Rock for sunfish.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

The most consistent crappie and sunfish action is taking place throughout Waconia Bay in six to nine feet. A few crappie reports also came in early this week from Wagener’s Bay and the carp trap area in six to 10 feet. Minnows and waxies on small jigs will both produce fish.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
www.intownemarina.com

ANNANDALE AREA

When the sun is out and the water warms a few degrees you’ll find crappies and sunfish in the bays, channels, or harbors of Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Sugar Lake, Cedar Lake, and Pleasant Lake. When it cools, you’ll find panfish on these lakes in slightly deeper water in areas adjacent to the shallow spots.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297    www.littlejimssports.com

CHISAGO AREA

When the sun stays out and the wind is calm for a few days, crappies do move into the shallows. Dinner Bell Bay on South Lindstrom Lake and the channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom have produced the most fish. Kroon Lake and the north end of North Center Lake also produce crappies, but it’s all driven by the weather conditions.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

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