Metro Area Fishing Report – July 5th, 2013
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Working the weeds is your best option for walleyes, northern pike, bass, and panfish on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Look for walleyes on the 20-foot weed edges, bass and panfish in the shallow weeds, and northern pike on top of the weed flats. Muskies seem to be most active during low-light periods on the inside and outside weed edges of Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Spinnerbaits or minnows are producing bass and northern pike in six to 10 feet at Demontreville Lake, Silver Lake, and Bald Eagle Lake. Bald Eagle also is giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods on leeches in 12 to 16 feet. Sunfish action has been best in six to eight feet on Lake Phalen, while Big Marine Lake is worth noting for crappies in the 10- to 12-foot weeds.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 12 to 14 feet of water at Steiger Lake, Lake Zumbra, Lake Minnewashta, and Lake Auburn. You’ll still find some sunfish along the shorelines, but most have moved out to eight feet or deeper on Auburn and Lake Bavaria. Spinnerbaits thrown in the shallow weeds will produce bass on most lakes.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Bass and sunfish are being found along the shorelines out to the eight- to 12-foot weedlines in Waconia Bay and southeast side of the lake. A few walleyes are being caught during the evening/night hours in 10 to 14 feet on Anderson’s Reef and Kegg’s Reef, while muskies are chasing small bucktails and topwater baits on the shallow weed edges.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Spinners or live-bait rigs tipped with fatheads or leeches are turning walleyes in 15 to 22 feet on Clearwater Lake and Granite Lake. Sunfish are biting in six to 12 feet on Clearwater, Lake John, Cedar Lake, Sugar Lake, and Lake Sylvia, while bass continue to hit around the docks and shallow weeds of most lakes. Northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits or sucker minnows in 10 to 14 feet on Clearwater, Sylvia, and Pleasant Lake.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Sunfish action remains strong in six to 10 feet on South Lindstrom Lake, Chisago Lake, and Sunrise Lake. Bass are hitting plastics and spinnerbaits on the emerging weedlines of Chisago and northern pike are taking sucker minnows at Sunrise. Walleye action has been best during low-light periods on Chisago and South Center Lake in 12 to 18 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334