Metro Area Fishing Report – January 4th, 2013
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The smaller bays have eight to 10 inches of ice, while the big lakes and bigger bays average six inches. On Lake Minnetonka, walleyes are hitting setlines and shiner minnows in 20 feet at night in Wayzata Bay, Brown’s Bay, and Smiths Bay. Black Lake, the North Arm and Maxwell Bay on Minnetonka are kicking out panfish in 12 to 18 feet. Look for northern pike to hit sucker minnows in 14 feet at Medicine Lake.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
You’ll find numbers of sunfish and northern pike in 12 to 16 feet on Demonterville Lake, Lake Jane, and Olson Lake. Crappies are suspended and active during low-light periods on Big Marine Lake in 10 to 15 feet. The Bayport area of the St. Croix River is kicking out a mixed bag of fish including walleyes, bluegills, and crappies.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sunfish action has picked up at Cedar Lake in eight feet or on Lake Minnewashta in 20 feet. You’ll find crappies hitting glow jigs and minnows at Hydes Lake in 12 feet during low-light periods. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike in less than eight feet at lakes Zumbra, Auburn, and Bavaria.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Setlines and minnows are providing the best walleye activity after dark on Center Reef in 14 feet and the Claybanks area in 18 feet. The weedlines in Waconia Bay continue to hold numbers of northern pike and sunfish. Look for crappies to be slightly suspended over 16 to 18 feet on Anderson’s Reef and over 12 to 16 feet on Pillsbury Reef.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 30 feet at Lake John and Buffalo Lake, over 30 feet at Clearwater Lake, 50 feet at Pleasant Lake, and 16 to 20 feet at Lake Francis. Sunfish and northern pike are hugging the 12- to 18-foot weed edges on John, Clearwater, and Lake Marie. Walleye action has been best during the evening hours in 14 to 22 feet on Clearwater, Francis, Sugar Lake, and Lake Sylvia.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
You’ll find sunfish and northern pike on the south end of Chisago Lake in five feet. Look for walleyes during the evening hours in the channel between Chisago and South Lindstrom Lake in eight feet. Crappies are hitting during low-light periods in front of the hospital on South Lindstrom in 18 to 22 feet, on Chisago in 24 feet, or on the north end of North Center Lake in 20 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334