LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Walleyes are hitting minnows at night in 24 to 28 feet in Brown’s Bay and Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka. Look to Lake Independence with minnows in 15 feet for walleyes as well. Bass remain scattered along the deep weedlines and hitting spinnerbaits on most lakes. A few crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 18 feet, and you’ll find improved muskie action on the weedy points of Minnetonka. Most people shot a few ducks opening morning, but reports have been limited since.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Muskies are hitting spinnerbaits and topwater baits at White Bear Lake, Bald Eagle Lake and the St. Croix River. Northern pike and bass can be had with crankbaits on the weedlines of Green Lake and Lake Phalen. A few walleyes continue to come off the St. Croix in 20 feet or more, while the weedlines of most lakes are holding panfish. Duck and archery hunting reports have been limited.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Walleyes have been hitting minnows around the reefs on Lake Waconia in 18 to 22 feet. Look for northern pike to hit spoons in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Minnewashta, Lake Zumbra and Lake Auburn. Sunfish reports have improved on Minnewashta in 12 feet and Lake Sarah in 10 to 18 feet. The duck opener went well with many limits of teal, mallards and wood ducks shot in a short amount of time.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
The waterfowl opener went well for most groups with teal, mallards, wood ducks and geese shot in good numbers. Walleyes are taking minnows on Cedar Lake and Clearwater Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Crappies have started suspending over deep water on Lake Sylvia, Sugar Lake and Clearwater. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are producing northern pike and bass on the deep weedlines of Clearwater, Cedar, Pleasant Lake and Lake John.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Limits of ducks were shot early on opening weekend, but hunting slowed as the sun got higher. The channel on Chisago Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in 7 to 10 feet and there’s a midday crappie bite on South Lindstrom Lake and Chisago over 24 feet. Walleyes are hitting minnows in 13 to 16 feet on North Center Lake and in 10 to 12 feet on South Center Lake. Northern pike and bass are an easy catch with spinnerbaits along the weedlines of most lakes.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334