Water temperatures remain cool, resulting in limited panfish action – Northwest Reports
Crappie action is best when the sun is out and the water warms a bit. Look to the shallows of Reno Lake, Oscar Lake, and the bays throughout the Le Homme Dieu Chain. Sunfish seem to be hitting in shallow water on most lakes, but there’s quite a bit of sorting of small fish taking place. Turkey hunters are reporting mixed results, but the birds being registered seem to be heavier than last year.
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
Sunfish are in three feet and crappies in five to seven feet when the sun is out. Lakes worth noting include Wall, Rush, Clitherall, Fish, Blanche, and at the culvert on Ten Mile. Minnows and waxies have worked on small plastics or FluFlus.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
The majority of crappies continue to be found deep, seven to 14 feet of water, due to cool water. Lakes such as Melissa, Sallie, Big Detroit, and Deadshot Bay have been most productive in this area. Look for these to move shallower as the water warms.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
PARK RAPIDS AREA
The cool weather has limited crappie action, although the “fill area” on Long Lake continues to produce some fish. Water levels on the Straight River remain manageable and the deeper holes are holding brown trout, most of which are being caught with nightcrawlers.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281