Muskie action has been incredible in 14 feet with sucker minnows under a float producing the biggest fish. Walleye reports also have improved during the evening hours. Minnows fished in and around the channels or on the deep side of the green, standing weeds in 18 to 24 feet are producing. Look for crappies in the channels or the mouth of the channels during the evening hours.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Muskies are being caught on 12-inch sucker minnows along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines on White Bear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. A jig and minnow is the ticket for walleyes in 15 to 25 feet on the St. Croix River. Duck hunting has been best in any of the backwater areas of the Mississippi River, and there are some divers in the mix.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Lake Waconia continues to give up a few walleyes on minnows in 18 to 22 feet. Northern pike also remain active, hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Steiger Lake and Lake Zumbra. Pheasant and duck hunting reports have been light, but archery hunters are reporting that bucks have become more active.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
On Green Lake, walleye action has been best in the channel at night or off Lindberg’s Point in 10 to 20 feet with minnows. Crappies are being caught in 14 to 16 feet at South Lindstrom Lake and North Lindstrom Lake. Work the weed edges with sucker minnows for northern pike on North Center and South Center lakes. Hunting reports have been poor with corn limiting pheasant success and little movement with ducks.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Crappies and walleyes are being found on rock structure in 22 to 28 feet on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake or on the deeper breaks of the Mississippi River. The weeds on Nokay Lake are giving up sunfish and bucktails are producing northern pike on the Sagamore Pit and Huntington Pit. Grouse reports continue to improve with the leaves coming down, while the area rivers are holding wood ducks, mallards, and teal.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912
EAST CENTRAL MN
Crappies are scattered between 8 and 20 feet on Blue Lake and Green Lake. Look to Little Elk Lake with sucker minnows or crankbaits for northern pike in 7 to 12 feet. Smallmouth bass and walleye reports are favorable off the Mississippi River and Rum River. Waterfowl hunters are seeing more geese than ducks.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop
Look to Lake Ida for crappies over 30 feet, sunfish in 20 feet, and northern pike or bass along the shorelines. On the Mississippi River, smallmouth bass and walleyes are being caught on medium-sized sucker minnows – boat- and shore-fishing options both exist here. Waterfowl hunters are reporting very few ducks, while the majority of geese in the area are using spots to feed in town that aren’t huntable.
Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187