Water temperatures remain cool, resulting in limited panfish action – North Central Report

LAKE MILLE LACS

The water hasn’t warmed enough to drive crappies into the bays and harbors. Anglers do catch a few fish in the afternoon and evening hours if the sun is out in Isle, Cove, and Wahkon bays, but no big numbers at this point.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Several reports of sturgeon over 65 inches are being reported with many other fish in the high 50- to low 60-inch range also being caught. Some of the biggest fish are being taken in 40 feet or more at the mouth of the Rainy River on nightcrawlers. Pike action is improving in the shallow portions of most bays.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau  (800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Water temps in most channels and harbors were between 46 and 51 degrees early this week and there hasn’t been many crappies showing up. It seems most anglers catch a few fish, but no numbers. There’s been perch activity with a jig and minnow in six feet or less in the narrows.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

RAINY LAKE

Sturgeon action has been decent on the Rainy River with the bigger fish coming from 20 feet or more. Northern pike anglers are starting to find fish in the bays off the main lake such as Jackfish and Black – most of them have been shallow and hitting minnows.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Not much to report until the walleye season gets under way. There hasn’t been enough people on the lake to get a handle on the shallow perch bite.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

BEMIDJI AREA

Panfish action remains inconsistent although there are sunfish being pulled from the inlet and outlet areas of Wolf Lake and some crappies that continue to move in and out of shallow water depending on the weather. Grace Lake also is producing panfish, but they, too, are moving in and out due to inconsistent weather. Sucker fishermen are starting to find success in the area’s creeks and small rivers.
Bluewater Outdoors (218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Panfish action continues to be inconsistent as water temperatures remain cool. When the sun comes out for any length of time the bays, channels, and harbors on Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Pelican Lake have been best for crappies and sunfish.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010

CROSBY AREA

Lakes such as Black Hoof, Adney, and Bay are producing crappies in six to nine feet of water on plastics, minnows, or waxies fished beneath a float. There’s been a fair amount of bluegill action in the channels of Milford Lake and the backwaters of the Mississippi River near Green’s Point.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle                     (218) 546-6912

HACKENSACK AREA

Water temperatures remain cool so the crappie and bluegill action has been slow. Even the small lakes and shallow bays aren’t holding any numbers of good-sized panfish, but that could change quickly with some warm weather.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA

Turkey hunters had some success during the first season, especially during the first weekend. Panfish reports remain sporadic with lakes such as Koronis, Rice, Cedar Island, and Horseshoe giving up crappies and a few sunfish in less than six feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

You’ll find sunfish and crappies hitting in shallow water when the sun is out for a few days  in Henington Bay on Fairy Lake and Bailey’s Bay on Sauk Lake. There’s also some crappies coming from the shallows of Long Bridge Lake when the sun shines.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

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