Look to the northwest corner of French Lake for crappies and walleyes in 25 to 30 feet. Cannon Lake is giving up perch and walleyes in 10 feet, and Roberds Lake started giving up panfish in 18 to 20 feet. On Lake Mazaska and Circle Lake, crappies have been biting over 12 to 14 feet.
Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341
RED WING AREA
Walleyes and sauger are being caught in boats on the Mississippi River; jigs tipped with plastics or minnows are working during the day in 18 to 20 feet or during low-light periods in 10 to 12 feet. Ice fishing reports have been limited in the backwater areas, but should improve now that the cold returned and better ice is again forming.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
Rainbow trout are hitting waxworms or plastics in 6 to 8 feet on Foster Arend Pond. Crappies and sunfish are mixed together and at times suspended over 16 to 22 feet on Chesterwoods Pond, Lake Zumbro and Willow Creek Reservoir.
Hooked on Fishing (507) 282-4982
The ice is improving since the cold weather returned, but ice fishing continues to be limited to the back bays for northern pike and panfish. Expect more areas to be accessible by this weekend. Small boats are being used below the various dams on the Mississippi River with some walleye success reported.
West End Bait (507) 452-6241