LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Crappies are being found suspended over 30 feet of water or more on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Sunfish are sitting along the deep weeds of Medicine or Phelp’s Bay and Black Lake on Lake Minnetonka. Look for scattered walleyes from 20 to 60 feet on Minnetonka and Independence during low-light periods. A few northern pike are being taken with sucker minnows in 17 feet of water on most lakes in the area.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake are producing sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet. You’ll also catch walleyes during the evenings around the island and rocky areas of Bald Eagle in 15 to 20 feet. Big Carnelian Lake is giving up a mixed bag of panfish in 7 to 25 feet, as are Lake Jane and Demontreville Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Forest Lake is a safe bet for northern pike in 10 to 18 feet and the Bayport area of the St. Croix River is kicking out walleyes.
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
Look to Rietz Lake for sunfish in 12 to 16 feet and Lake Susan in 10 to 16 feet. The Belle Plaine and Henderson areas of the Minnesota River are producing walleyes, while northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 8 to 14 feet on Pierson Lake and Lake Zumbra. Crappie reports have been limited this week.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Center Reef is producing sunfish and crappies in 13 to 15 feet of water and Pillsbury Reef is giving up crappies in 17 to 25 feet – look for the majority of these fish to be suspended. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Center Reef in 11 to 15 feet and a few walleyes can be had at night north of Center Reef toward Kegg’s Reef in 16 to 20 feet. Look to Waconia Bay for sunfish and northern pike in 9 to 12 feet.
Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
A few walleyes are being caught during the evening hours in 18 to 25 feet on Clearwater Lake and Sugar Lake. Crappie action has been best on Buffalo Lake, Granite Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Clearwater in 25 to 40 feet; look for suspended fish. Lake John, Lake Marie, Granite, and Pleasant are giving up a few sunfish in 10 to 18 feet.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
Hit the A-Frame area for sunfish in 8 to 12 feet or 18 to 20 feet for walleyes and crappies on Chisago Lake. The south bay on Green Lake is kicking out panfish and pike, while Lindberg Point is producing crappies in 16 to 18 feet. The channel on Little Green Lake is holding crappies and South Lindstrom Lake continues to produce walleyes in 12 to 20 feet. On South Center Lake, crappies are being caught in 17 to 26 feet, as are sunfish in 8 to 13 feet. The Nelson’s Island area on North Center Lake is producing crappies as well.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Crappies are suspended and most active at night over 50 feet on Lake Ida, 20 feet on Little Maple Lake, and 18 to 20 feet on Lake Pulaski. Northern pike are an easy catch at Beebee Lake in 10 feet, Charlotte Lake is producing bluegills, and Silver Lake is giving up perch and crappies in 16 to 18 feet. Look to Eagle Lake in 15 to 17 feet for crappies and walleyes, while open-water fishing on the Mississippi River has been excellent for smallmouth bass.
Monticello Bait & Tackle (763) 295-1187