Metro Area Fishing Report – September 6th, 2013
Hit the inside and outside weed edges from eight to 15 feet for panfish and bass. Northern pike are hitting spinners and minnows over the top of the weeds during the day and a few muskies have been seen chasing topwater baits in these areas during low-light periods. A spinner rig tipped with a fathead or small sucker minnow is the ticket for walleyes on the 15- to 20-foot weed areas.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
A jig and minnow or crankbaits are producing walleyes in the Hudson area of the St. Croix River in 12 to 35 feet. Smallmouth bass also remain active here and hitting plastics in 16 to 20 feet. Work the weedlines and docks for largemouth at Lake Jane and White Bear Lake. Bone Lake and Forest Lake are kicking out bluegills in eight to 14 feet, while topwater baits are triggering muskies on the St. Croix in less than 14 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sunfish have been hitting in 17 feet of water at Lake Riley and in 12 feet at Pierson Lake. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Lake Auburn and Pierson, while topwater baits are producing bass on top of the lily pads at Whaletail Lake. On Steiger Lake, bass and pike are hitting sucker minnows on the shallow weed edges. There hasn’t been much for success reported from goose hunters during the first few days of the season.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
The main-lake reefs such as Center and Pillsbury continue to produce sunfish and crappies in 12 to 16 feet. The deep weedlines off most reefs are holding bass, while bucktails are triggering muskies during low-light periods on the reefs in 12 feet or the six- to eight foot cabbage and reed areas. Walleye reports have been limited to a few bigger fish caught at night with minnows off the deep weedlines.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096