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Metro Area Fishing Report – December 26th, 2014

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

The small bays on Lake Minnetonka such as Carson’s and Black Lake were producing crappies and walleyes in 10 to 19 feet, but ice conditions deteriorated over the weekend with all of the rains. A few crappies and walleyes are coming off Lake Independence in 18 feet during the evening hours, while Medicine Lake is producing sunfish and pike in 10 feet and crappies over 30 feet. You still have to watch the ice, especially in channel and deep water areas with inconsistent ice from 3 to 9 inches reported.   

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

NORTHEAST METRO

Look for crappies and sauger over 30 feet in the Bayport area of the St. Croix River. Shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 20 to 30 feet at Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake, while tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 15 to 20 feet on lakes Jane, Demontreville and Phalen. On Lake Peltier and Centerville Lake, perch and pike are hitting in 15 to 20 feet.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle                    (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Sunfish continue to hit in 12 to 14 feet on Red Rock Lake or 8 to 12 feet on Lake Wasserman. Look to lakes Auburn, Minnewashta and Zumbra with tip-ups and sucker minnows for northern pike in 10 to 14 feet. 

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Wagener’s Bay is producing crappies in 18 to 20 feet, while Pillsbury Reef and Center Reef are giving up mixed bags of panfish in 11 to 14 feet. Walleyes started hitting during low-light periods on Pillsbury Reef in 12 to 14 feet. In Waconia Bay, sunfish are biting in 8 to 10 feet and there’s some evening crappie and walleye action in 12 to 14 feet.

Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

ANNANDALE AREA

Lake Marie and Lake John are giving up sunfish and crappies in 18 to 22 feet. Crappies have started hitting on Buffalo Lake and Lake Ramsey in 20 to 30 feet during the afternoon and evening hours. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike along the weedlines of most lakes. A few walleyes are being caught in 16 to 22 feet on Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake and Lake Sylvia during low-light periods.  

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

CHISAGO AREA

Panfish and northern pike are hitting along the 6- to 10- foot weeds on Chisago Lake from the Eagle’s Nest to the A-Frame. The north end of North Center Lake is producing walleyes on shiner minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Hit both sides of the channel on Green Lake for panfish and northern pike, while crappies are being found suspended over 20 feet of Lindberg Point on Big Green Lake. Hit Hazelton Bay on South Center Lake for crappies and sunfish in 10 to 15 feet.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

MONTICELLO AREA

Hit the weedy areas for northern pike or 20 feet of water for crappies on Little Maple Lake. The main sand bar on Buffalo Lake is producing walleyes and crappies at night, and Beebe Lake is a safe bet for panfish and walleyes in less than 15 feet. Crappies are suspended over 20 to 25 feet on Burtrum Lake, Lake Ida is giving up northern pike in shallow water, and Lake Constance is providing a mixed bag of panfish. 

Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187

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