Metro Area Fishing Report – August 1st, 2014
You’ll find a mixed bag of walleyes, bass, and northern pike on the outside weed edges in 15 to 20 feet. A jig and minnow is turning a few walleyes at night in the channels over 12 feet. Look for suspended crappies on top of the milfoil and sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. Muskie reports remain limited but should pick up as the water continues to warm in 16 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Big Marine Lake and White Bear Lake are producing sunfish and crappies in 8 to 10 feet. The sauger bite has picked up in the Prescott area of the St. Croix River in 16 to 18 feet with spinners and crawlers or jigs and minnows. Bass and northern pike are hitting spinnerbaits on the weedlines of Demontreville Lake. Muskies are chasing BullDawgs or bucktails at Bald Eagle Lake in 15 to 18 feet and the St. Croix in 6 to 12 feet
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Sunfish remain active at Lake Auburn and Pierson Lake in 8 to 10 feet and you’ll hit northern pike on both lakes in 10 to 12 feet with crankbaits. Look to Steiger Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike and bass, while topwater baits are producing bass on Whaletail Lake during low-light periods. Catfish action has picked up in the deep holes and a few walleyes are hitting at the creek mouths on the Minnesota River.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Look for sunfish on the south side of Wagener’s Bay in 5 to 8 feet or on Cemetery Reef in 9 to 12 feet. Walleyes are being taken with a jig and leech in 12 to 16 feet during low-light periods on Center Reef, North Reef, and Pillsbury Reef. Muskie reports have been best with bucktails on the north side of the island or swimming beach area, bass are on the deep weedlines off most reefs, and crappies are suspended over 15 feet in Wagener’s Bay.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Walleye action is limited to low-light periods in 15 to 20 feet on Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake. Crappies and sunfish are hanging on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Sugar Lake, Lake John, Pleasant Lake, Lake Sylvia and Clearwater. Look for bigger bass and northern pike on the deep weedlines of most lakes.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Walleyes continue to hit in the evenings on the deep weedlines of South Lindstrom Lake. Panfish action remains consistent in 6 to 12 feet on Green Lake and South Center Lake. South Center also is giving up bass along the deep weedlines during the day and in the slop during low-light periods. Pitch crankbaits in the 12- to 14-foot weeds on Green or in the weed pockets of Sunrise Lake for northern pike.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Minnows or crawlers have been producing walleyes and smallmouth bass on the Mississippi River. Look for suspended crappies over deep water at Ramsey Lake, and the deeper weedlines on Lake Ida are giving up crappies and sunfish. Northern pike and walleyes have been caught in the evenings at Lake Pulaski in 24 feet, while the weedlines of Lake Mary are holding crappies and pike. On Birch Lake, bass, walleyes, and northern pike have been hitting in 22 to 24 feet.
Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187