LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Crappies and sunfish are being found in 10 to 14 feet in the North Arm, Crystal Bay, and Spring Park Bay on Lake Minnetonka. A few walleyes have been caught during low-light periods in 30 feet at Medicine Lake and you’ll find pike in 14 feet here as well. Work the 14- to 19-foot weed edge on Medicine and Lake Sarah for sunfish and crappies. The small lakes have 10 to 13 inches of ice, while ice depths vary greatly from three to 12 inches on bigger bodies of water.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Eight to 14 inches of ice is common on area lakes. Sunfish reports remain strong off Rietz Lake and Lake Susan in 12 to 14 feet. The back side of Whaletail Lake is kicking out crappies in 14 to 18 feet and Lake Zumbra is a safe bet for northern pike in 10 to 14 feet with sucker minnows.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
You’ll find 12 to 14 inches of ice in most areas, but less in some spots. There’s a good daytime bite for crappies and sunfish in Waconia Bay over 10 to 12 feet, but you have to sort through some small fish. Walleye action has been best between the two marinas in Waconia Bay during low-light periods in 12 to 14 feet.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Look for sunfish in 15 to 20 feet of water, and suspended crappies over 20 to 40 feet of water on lakes John, Pleasant, Francis, and Clearwater. Walleyes continue to be caught in 16 to 24 feet at Clearwater, Pleasant, Buffalo Lake, Sugar Lake, and Lake Sylvia, while pike spearing has been consistent on most lakes. Vehicles have started being used with 12 to 17 inches of ice reported.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Crappie action has been strong around the islands on West Rush Lake and the bottom side of the breaks on East Rush Lake at sunset and beyond. There’s a morning and evening crappie bite over 15 to 25 feet at Horseshoe Lake and Fish Lake. Look to the structure on both Rush lakes for walleyes and northern pike. A foot of ice is common throughout the area.
Fish Lake Bait (651) 674-4734