Metro Area Fishing Report – May 16th, 2014
Crappies are being found in three to six feet at White Bear Lake and in the marinas on the St. Croix River. Anglers fishing from shore at Lake Phalen are catching crappies and northern pike. Demontreville Lake and Olson Lake are giving up crappies along the shorelines and in most shallow bays. Look for walleyes on the St. Croix to hit a jig and minnow or crankbait along the current breaks.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
The only walleye report worth noting is happening at the creek mouths of the Minnesota River near Chaska and Carver with a jig and minnow. Crappie action has improved along the shorelines of Lake Bavaria, Whaletail Lake, Hydes Lake, and the south end of Lake Minnewashta. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in eight feet on Steiger Lake, Lake Zumbra, and Lake Auburn.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Minnows are producing crappies and leeches are turning sunfish in six to 10 feet throughout Waconia Bay. A few walleyes are being taken during the evening hours on crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches in three to eight feet off Harm’s Point, the Carp Trap, and Claybanks area.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the weed edges of Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, Lake John, Cedar Lake, and Granite Lake. Crankbaits also produced a few walleyes on Clearwater in four feet. Crappie action has been very good in the shallow bays of Cedar, Clearwater, John, Lake Sylvia, and French Lake.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Cold water is to blame for a slow start to the walleye season on area lakes. The channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake continues to produce numbers of panfish. The vegetation on Chisago is a safe bet for northern pike with sucker minnows.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334