Crappies are hitting minnows in 7 to 9 feet on Cedar Lake and Cannon Lake is giving up walleyes on minnows in 5 to 7 feet. Look to Lake Mazaska for crappies and sunfish in 8 to 10 feet, and to Cannon for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Northern pike and crappies are hitting in 8 to 12 feet on Hunt Lake.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
RED WING AREA
Crankbaits, jigs and plastics, or hair jigs are producing walleyes and a few saugers from the Head of the Lakes and north of it on the Mississippi River in less than 12 feet. The log jams in the back channel areas are holding crappies in 6 feet. A good waterfowl opener is expected with plenty of teal, wood ducks and mallards being seen this week.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
Water levels have dropped on the Mississippi River and walleyes are being caught below dams and channel areas with a jig and minnow. The slack water and backwater areas are producing panfish, while sucker minnows are turning catfish and northern pike on the rip/rap. Fly fishermen are finding good success for trout during the catch-and-release season.
West End Bait (507) 452-6241