Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – April 15th, 2016

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Another week of cold weather has done little to jump start the spring crappie bite. Some fish had moved into shallower water, but they’ve been tough to find with water temperatures remaining cool. With warm weather expected and a spike in water temperatures as well, many shallow bays and lagoons – those traditional spring spots – could hold crappies within the next couple of days.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

There hasn’t been anything to report other than some sucker action in the small creeks and rivers in the area, but even that has slowed with the cold weather last weekend and early in the week. Any channel or mud-covered, shallow bay should start producing crappies as soon as water temperatures spike a few degrees.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

A few crappies are being caught in the channel at Wall Lake and the culvert on Ten Mile Lake, but that’s been it for panfish action. Most anglers expect an improved bite in shallow water on area lakes by this weekend with warm weather arriving.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

The shorelines have opened and although area lakes were still covered with ice early this week it is deteriorating fast. With warm weather in the forecast, the ice is expected to be gone within the next week.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

The shorelines on most lakes have opened, but some were still tight to shore early this week. Although there hasn’t been anyone ice fishing, it’s going to take another week or more for ice-out to happen. It could be accelerated with an extended stretch of warm weather, which was expected to arrive this week.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

All lakes are now wide open, but water temperatures remained cold early this week and that has limited panfish action. With warm weather expected to arrive this week, start looking to those channels, piers, shallow bays, and ditches to be holding crappies soon.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

Any ice that was left early this week was floating and being pushed with the wind. The small bays and lakes are wide open and with nice weather this week, any remaining ice is expected to be gone by this weekend.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831              

CHISAGO AREA   

With warm weather finally returning, crappie and sunfish action should kick into high gear as soon as this weekend. There were some panfish shallow prior to the cold weather so it shouldn’t take much for them to return to the bays and shorelines as soon as water temperatures start to climb.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Even with the cold weather, a few anglers have been looking to those traditional spring spots, but success has been limited. Panfish action should improve quickly with warmer weather expected throughout the week.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Although crappie action has been slow due to cold air and water temperatures, that’s expected to change this weekend. It’s not going to take but a few degrees of warmer water to get these fish going in their traditional spring spots. Look to the small bays and channel areas that opened earliest to be holding crappies first.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

There’s still some ice hanging on the inland lakes; it really didn’t deteriorate much since last week with the cold weather. But with a forecast calling for warmer weather, the ice that remains is expected to deteriorate quickly. Kamloops and some coho salmon continue to be caught by anglers in boats and by those fishing from shore along the stretch of Lake Superior.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Panfish reports slowed last weekend, mainly due to the cold air and wind that limited the ability to fish and causing a drop in water temperature. A few days of sunshine and higher temperatures should allow for a quick push of panfish into the shallows on area lakes so start looking to those bays and channel areas.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

Not much has changed with ice conditions, which means there was still plenty of it covering area lakes early this week. Expect a sudden change and with warm weather expected, the ice should deteriorate fast, but it’s going to take a bit longer in this region.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

The good news is that the ice gone; the bad news is that it’s been too cold for water temperatures to climb since last week. As a result, there still wasn’t anything to report for a panfish bite early this week, but that will change as soon as water temperatures start to climb.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

You’ll still catch crappies in shallow water on Amber Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton, although the bite actually slowed since last week due to a drop in water temperature. This action will quickly improve as water temperatures  should climb with the warmer weather throughout this week. Walleyes continue to be caught in shallow water on jigs and plastics at Tuttle Lake along the Minnesota/Iowa border.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Fishing pressure has been light due to the cold weather, but some crappies, sunfish, and perch are being caught below the dam on the Cannon River. With air temperatures expected to climb this week, start looking for panfish to move into the shallow areas on most lakes soon.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

With the border walleye season now closed, there really isn’t anything to report on the fishing front. Early this week, ice conditions had not deteriorated, although that is expected to change by this weekend with more spring-like weather expected to arrive. 

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

The ice that remains in the area is slowly melting away and anything that remains is floating and being chewed up by the wind. Given the look of the ice early this week, there’s a good chance the entire area could be ice-free within the next week.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

GREY EAGLE AREA

There hasn’t been anyone fishing over the past week because of the cold weather. That will change fast with better weather expected and crappies should finally start moving into their traditional spring locations. 

Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405

HACKENSACK AREA 

There was still ice on a few lakes early this week, but the wind was chewing it up and moving it. With nice weather predicted throughout the week, any remaining ice should be gone by this weekend, so start looking for crappies to move shallow.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

You could still see ice on most lakes early this week, but it’s black and steady winds have taken care of a lot of it despite the cool weather. With warm weather in the forecast, there’s a good chance the majority of lakes could be wide open within the next week.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

MADISON LAKE AREA

Anglers are expecting the crappie bite to improve a lot by this weekend with warm weather in the forecast. The ice has been gone for a couple of weeks, but it just hasn’t been warm enough to allow people to get out and fish or for the crappies to move shallow.

White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

MORA AREA

Another week of cold weather has put a damper on any spring crappie-fishing options. A return of warm weather should kick the shallow panfish bite into high gear with Knife Lake and the Ann River likely worth hitting first.

Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Last week’s cold weather limited fishing activity, as well as the bite. The weather was too cold for panfish to move into shallow water and for people to actually fish for them. That should change by this weekend with water temperatures expected to climb quickly with the warmer weather.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Crappies were still tough to find early in the week likely due to less-than-ideal water temperatures. Everyone seems excited for the warm weather that’s forecasted this week, as it should push better numbers of crappies into shallow water on most lakes.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Walleye and sauger action has been slower than most people would like on the Mississippi River, but that could be the result of cool water. As of earlier this week, the water temperature on the river was still 43 degrees. The bite, especially for bigger fish, could really improve by this weekend given that a few days of warm weather are expected leading up to it.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

The Wilcox area of the Mississippi River continues to produce some perch, walleyes, and sauger in 10 feet of water. You’ll find crappies over 18 to 25 feet of water on Lake Zumbro, but look for these fish to move into shallower water as the water warms. Trout continue to be caught by shore anglers at Foster Arend Pond.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

Panfish reports in the area continued to be slow with the cool weather and water. The shorelines, bays, and channel areas on Long Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, and Horseshoe Lake should all start producing crappies with a quick jump in water temperature.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

Fishing reports in the area continued to be light with the cold weather over the past week. Some anglers have been trying for panfish and suckers, but they’ve been tough to find. Look for an improved bite  in shallow water with better weather forecasted.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

The small creeks and tributaries continue to hold suckers and the Mississippi River is producing some catfish and carp. Panfish action continues to be slow in the shallow-water areas, but that’s expected to change soon as a result of the nice weather in the forecast.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Water temperatures dropped on lakes in the area in the past week and that’s slowed the limited crappie bite that did exist. Once it warms up, look to Starbuck Marina and Fish Hatchery Bay on Lake Minnewaska to start kicking out better numbers of panfish.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

VIRGINIA AREA

Many shorelines remained intact and there was a lot of main-lake ice early this week. Hopefully, they’ll pop loose with the warm weather that’s expected to arrive this week. Ice-out might be another week to 10 days away here.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617

WATERVILLE AREA

Sunfish continue to be caught in the lagoons on Lake Tetonka, while the Hidden Cove Park area on Tetonka is giving up some crappies. With warm weather coming this week, panfish action should greatly improve in the shallow-water portions of lakes.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Crappie action has been slow and there hasn’t been many people fishing due to the cold weather. Look for panfish to move shallow, probably by this weekend, with much warmer weather expected.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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