Topwater baits are turning muskies on the weedlines of Lake Elmo and White Bear Lake. Hit the 12-foot weedline of Bald Eagle Lake for crappies or Demonterville Lake and Beaver Lake for bass. Floating jigs tipped with leeches are turning walleyes on the St. Croix River in eight to 12 feet and the deep pockets of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers are holding flathead catfish.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
You’ll catch northern pike on spoon plugs and crankbaits in six to 20 feet at Lake Auburn and Piersons Lake. Topwater baits are turning bass at Whaletail Lake and the weedlines of Lake Zumbra are giving up bass and northern pike. Sunfish action has been best at Auburn and Lake Parley in six feet or less. The deep pockets on the Minnesota River are producing flathead catfish via sucker minnows.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Look for sunfish on the southeast shore, Pillsbury Reef, and Center Reef in seven to 14 feet. Bass fishing remains strong with plastics in the 12- to 16-foot weeds on Kegg’s Reef and Cemetery Reef. Muskie action has been best with blade baits in 12 to 14 feet on Nelson’s Flat, Kegg’s and North Reef. A few walleyes are hitting during low-light periods in 20 feet or more.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Leeches and fathead minnows are producing bass, northern pike, and an occasional walleye in Brown’s and Wayzata bays over 18 feet. Sunfish are scattered and you have to do some sorting to put together some bigger fish on the weedlines, while muskies are most active on the inside weedlines chasing crankbaits and spinnerbaits.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
A few walleyes continue to be caught during low-light periods with live bait off Lidberg’s Point and the Girl Scout Camp areas of Green Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake and South Center Lake. Bass fishing has been excellent on all lakes and Sunrise Lake continues to kick out northern pike on sucker minnows in 12 to 16 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334