Water temperatures remain cool, resulting in limited panfish action – Metro Area Reports
Jigs tipped with minnows or small plastics are producing walleyes in the Prescott area of the Mississippi River and white bass on the St. Croix River. Minnows are the ticket for crappies on the 10- to 15-foot weed edges of White Bear Lake and in eight to 10 feet at Demonterville Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Lake Minnewashta and Hydes Lake are giving up crappies in 12 to 14 feet. On Lake Bavaria, you’ll catch crappies with minnows along the shorelines. Suckers are producing catfish in the deep holes of the Crow River and Minnesota River. Look to Red Rock Lake for sunfish in less than six feet. Turkey hunters started the season with decent results as most seemed to see a fair number of birds.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Waconia Bay continues to produce crappies from the shorelines out to 10 feet. The carp trap area also has kicked out crappies in six to eight feet. Minnows and waxworms are both working for crappies. Look for sunfish in eight to 12 feet throughout Waconia Bay, but they move shallower when the sun is out.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Crappies are in the six- to 10-foot weeds on Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence. You’ll find sunfish in the shallow bays and along the shorelines.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
While sunfish remain shallow on most lakes, inconsistent weather moves crappies in and out of shallow water. When the sun is out look to lakes Sylvia, Sugar, Clearwater, John, Cedar, and Maple in less than six feet. If it’s cool and cloudy these fish tend to hang outside these areas in six to 10 feet. Most turkey hunters are seeing birds and decent activity, although the overall harvest from the first season appeared down a bit.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Crappie action continues to be driven by the weather, which means it’s good when the sun shines and not so good when it’s cool and cloudy. The channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake is still producing the most fish on minnows. The north end of North Center Lake, Kroon Lake, and the bay on South Lindstrom also have produced crappies in four to eight feet of water.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334