Metro Area Fishing Report – July 18, 2014


With no-wake restrictions still in place, fishing pressure has been light. The few fish being caught are scattered from the shorelines out to 15 feet on most lakes, with bass and sunfish biting most consistently. The channels on Lake Minnetonka are giving up a few crappies during the morning and evening hours as well. 

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The Prescott and Stillwater areas of the St. Croix River are producing saugers in 16 to 20 feet on hair jigs and fatheads. Bucktails are raising muskies on the St. Croix and off the points of Bald Eagle Lake. Look for walleyes to hit leeches in 22 to 25 feet at Bald Eagle, Big Marine Lake is producing bluegills, and White Bear Lake is kicking out crappies in 15 to 20 feet. Plastics continue to produce bass at Olson Lake and Demontreville Lake.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421


You’ll hit crappies with minnows in 15 to 19 feet of water and bass in the weeds with topwater  baits at Whaletail Lake. Pierson Lake is giving up northern pike on spoon plugs or crankbaits in 16 to 18 feet of water. Hit Lake Zumbra and Lake Susan for sunfish in 8 to 10 feet, while the Minnesota River has started producing  catfish via sucker minnows and nightcrawlers.  

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022


Northern pike reports have improved with sucker minnows on Pillsbury Reef and Center Reef in 12 to 14 feet of water. You’ll find sunfish, crappies, and bass along the south shore, Pillsbury, North, and Kegg’s reefs in 10 to 14 feet. A few muskies are being raised with bucktails on the weedlines and walleyes are hitting in 9 to 12 feet on Center, Anderson’s, and Stone reefs.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096


Walleyes are hitting leeches and fatheads in 15 to 20 feet on Cedar Lake and Clearwater Lake. The fishing pier on Pleasant Lake and the 12-foot weedline on Lake John are providing steady panfish action. Most lakes are giving up bass, while sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedlines of Lake Sylvia and Lake Francis.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


The 9-foot weedlines of Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, and South Center Lake are producing panfish. Look for walleyes and bass in 10 to 15 feet off Nelson Island on North Center Lake, Holts Point on South Center Lake, and off Lindberg Point on Green Lake in 14 to 20 feet.  

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Sucker minnows are triggering catfish, smallmouth bass, and walleyes near the power plant on the Mississippi River. Locke Lake started giving up walleyes and sunfish, while the weedlines on Lake Maria are holding northern pike, crappies, and bass. Hit Birch Lake for sunfish or Lake Ida for pike and sunfish along the weedlines. On Eagle Lake, sucker minnows are producing northern pike and sunfish remain shallow.

Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187


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