Metro Area Fishing Report – April 25th, 2014
As of Tuesday morning, most small bays were ice-free, but three-quarters of the main lake remained covered with ice. A few crappies have been caught on tiny baits in the small, shallow bays with muddy bottoms although no big numbers of panfish are showing up.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Ice conditions deteriorated quickly over the past week, and what’s left is black and floating and expected to be off this weekend or early next week. Start looking to those traditional channels and bays for crappies as soon as the water warms a bit. Turkey hunters have fared well and most have been pleasantly surprised with the number of birds they’re seeing.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Ice is gone on most lakes and what’s left should be gone by the weekend. Anglers in boats have started catching crappies on the shallow weed flats of White Bear Lake with plastics or minnows. Boat harbors and shallow channels on the St. Croix River are producing crappies and white bass. Water levels have risen on the Mississippi River so walleye action is best in backwater or current break areas.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
The small lakes are open and most big lakes are expected to be ice-free by the weekend. Turkey hunting reports have been favorable and most hunters are saying the birds really got active as soon as the snow melted.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
About one-third of the lake had ice on Tuesday, but it is expected to be out by this weekend. The marina will be opening soon for the season so check the website for hours and the exact date it will open.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
The wind is shifting the ice that remains and it looks as though most lakes will be ice-free by this weekend or early next week. There has been a handful of turkeys registered and most hunters report seeing good numbers of active birds.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334