Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but getting them to bite has been difficult on Forest Lake, Lake Owasso, and Jarvis Lake. The High Bridge area on the St. Croix River is producing smallmouth bass and Lake Phalen is giving up northern pike via sucker minnows. Largemouth bass are hitting plastics at Bald Eagle Lake and Demonterville Lake.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sucker minnows are turning good-sized flathead catfish in the deep holes of the Minnesota River. Hit the shorelines with topwater during low-light periods or the deep weeds with plastics for bass at Steiger Lake, Lake Wasserman, and Ann Lake. Spoon plugging is producing small northern pike at Lake Auburn and the 11- foot weed edge at Lake Sarah is worth hitting for crappies.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
You’ll find numbers of bass along the shorelines, but the bigger fish are hitting plastics in the 15- to 20-foot weed areas. The bigger sunfish also are being found in deep weeds, 16 to 18 feet, throughout the day. Muskies seem to be getting more active on top of the weeds chasing mostly bucktails and northern pike continue to hit spinnerbaits on top of the weed flats.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Sunfish are hitting in 12 to 18 feet on Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Sugar Lake. Deep-running crankbaits are turning walleyes in 20 to 25 feet at Lake Pulaski or in 16 to 22 feet at Clearwater and Sugar. Bass and northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits and crankbaits on the deep weedlines of most lakes and Sugar is giving up a few muskies on top of the weed flats via bucktails.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297