LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Walleyes are hitting a live-bait rig and minnow in 19 feet at Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence. The edges of the deep weed flats on Minnetonka are giving up muskies, mainly on CowGirls or large sucker minnows. Sucker minnows also are turning pike on Minnetonka in 12 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Big suckers are producing muskies in 10 to 12 feet on the St. Croix River, White Bear Lake, and Bald Eagle Lake. You’ll also find suspended crappies over 22 to 28 feet on the St. Croix and Lake Elmo has given up several big northern pike in less than 10 feet.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Large sucker minnows are triggering muskies in 10 to 12 feet at Lake Waconia. The Minnesota River continues to give up a few walleyes, and trolling spoons or crankbaits in eight to 14 feet on Lake Auburn has produced pike. Pheasant hunting is poor, but duck numbers are better.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Clearwater Lake remains the area’s best walleye option with minnows in 12 to 22 feet. Bass, sunfish, and northern pike continue to bite in 10 to 14 feet on lakes Sylvia, Sugar, John, and Clearwater. Look for suspended crappies over 18 to 30 feet on Clearwater and Cedar Lake. Pheasant hunting remains poor, but geese and a few northern ducks have moved into the area.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Minnows are turning walleyes in 18 to 20 feet or 10 to 12 feet near Nelson’s Island and the north end of North Center Lake. The channel between Big Green and Little Green lakes and the one on Chisago Lake are giving up walleyes during low-light periods.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334