LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
You’ll find skim ice up to 4 inches on most bays and small lakes, with the main portions of the bigger lakes remaining ice-free on Tuesday morning. A few people have walked on the areas that froze first and remained capped, but fishing reports have been limited.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Anglers are reporting 5 to 6 inches of ice on the area’s small lakes and northern pike are being caught at Mud Lake and Demontreville Lake in 13 to 15 feet. Crappies are hitting glow jigs and minnows at night in 15 feet on Demontreville as well. For the most part, people have just started walking on most lakes.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
The snow that was on top the ice has melted away so most bays and small lakes had 3 to 5 inches of ice early this week. Ice depths are thinner on the big lakes, but should improve with this week’s cooler weather. There will be spots to fish this weekend, although caution is advised.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
The marina will be opening for the winter season on Friday, Nov. 28. Mase’s staff will be checking ice conditions prior to that and posting ice depths on their website before opening Friday morning.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
You’ll still find pockets of open water on the big lakes, with up to 6 inches of ice reported on some bays and small lakes. For the most part, fishing has been limited as most anglers are just starting to check ice conditions throughout the area.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
The channels, small lakes, and bays have 4 to 7 inches of ice, but a little open water remains on the big lakes and deep water areas. The best bite so far is taking place in the channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake where northern pike, panfish, and a few walleyes are hitting in 8 to 10 feet.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Last weekend’s rain and warm temperatures didn’t improve ice depths, but it didn’t seem to damage it, either. Anglers continue to walk on several of the area’s small lakes where 4 to 6 inches of ice is being found, but thin ice remains on some big lakes. Fishing reports have been limited as most people are just starting to venture out.
Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187