Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – April 29th, 2016


The bite has slowed a bit with the change in weather, but crappies continue to be caught in shallow water at Reno Lake, Lobster Lake, Mill Lake, and Lake Ida. Tube jigs or small jigs and minnows under a float are the way to go. 

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


Crappie reports have been up and down, especially this week with the cool and windy conditions. Once the sun comes back out and shallow-water areas warm up, lakes such as Clearwater, Cedar, Sugar, Pleasant, Sylvia, Granite, and John should again all kick out crappies in less than 6 feet.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297


With the cool and cloudy weather this week, crappies and sunfish have been found deeper – in 12 to 15 feet of water on most lakes. Once the sun comes back out these fish will again move shallow with Silver Lake, Bass/Elbow Lake, the culvert on Ten Mile Lake, and Wall Lake channel all worth hitting.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


It’s just been too cold for any big push of panfish into shallow water on area lakes. A few crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 18 feet on Turtle River Lake and these fish will move shallow as soon as water temperatures warm.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 


Poor weather conditions have kept water temperatures low and prevented most anglers from getting out and fishing this week. Expect panfish action to quickly improve as soon as some consistent, warm weather arrives.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636


Panfish reports have been slower this week, mainly due to cool, wet, and windy conditions. With improved weather, the bays or shorelines on Nisswa Lake, Roy Lake, Whitefish Lake, and the channels on Gull Lake will again produce crappies and sunfish.

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


Crappies and sunfish are being found in 1 to 8 feet of water during the morning and evening hours. The crappie and sunfish bite has been best when the sun is shining. Look to Chisago Lake, Green Lake, North Center Lake, South Center Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake with a small jig and minnow or waxworm combination.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334


Crappies and sunfish bit well last weekend in shallow water, but the cool weather has slowed the bite this week. As soon as it warms again lakes such as Bay, Serpent, Little Rabbit, Black Hoof, Nokay, Clearwater, and the backwaters on Milford Lake and the Mississippi River should all continue to produce panfish.

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


Sunfish and crappies were biting in shallow water before the cool weather, but it’s been slow since. As the weather improves and water temperatures climb, hit Middle Cormorant Lake, Severson Lake, Sour Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, and Floyd Lake in 2 to 6 feet for panfish.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248


Some crappies are starting to be caught in shallow water at Fish Lake and Island Lake, but this will only improve as the weather does. Heavy rain early in the week has pushed better numbers of Kamloops and some steelhead into the local rivers. Look to the Knife, Lester, Sucker, and the mouth of the French River as go-to spots.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094


Look for panfish in 7 to 14 feet of water if it’s cloudy or in less than 6 feet when the sun comes out for a day or two. The best reports continue to come off Blue Lake, Green Lake, Little Elk Lake, and Fremont Lake.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985


The ice went out last weekend throughout the area, but fishing pressure has been light. It’s time to start  looking to the bays on some of the small lakes for crappies as the water starts to warm.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744


Poor weather conditions have limited fishing activity and dropped water temperatures this week. Once the sun reappears and water temperatures spike, there should be plenty of panfish moving back into the shallows.

Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191


Crappies are being caught with minnows and small jigs by shore anglers at Lake George, Lake Sissiton, and Budd Lake. Tuttle Lake continues to produce walleyes on jigs and plastics or minnows under floats in 4 to 6 feet.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225


Fishing reports have slowed since the cool weather arrived, but Circle Lake is giving up crappies and perch in 8 to 10 feet of water. The campground area on Shields Lake and Cedar Lake are giving up crappies and sunfish in 7 feet, as is Hunt Lake in 12 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341


When the sun is out, crappies do move into the shallows. Unfortunately, most of this week has been cold, wet, and windy so that’s limited success for panfish. The most noteworthy spots have been in the bays on Lake Pokegama, but even that has slowed with the poor weather this week.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


The bays on Mound Lake continue to produce crappies, as is the creek mouth on Little Birch Lake. The north end of Big Swan Lake is giving up crappies, while the bays or mouth of the bays on Big Birch Lake are worth hitting for crappies as well.

Nancy’s Bait and Tackle (320) 285-2405


Before the cold weather returned, crappies and some sunfish had started biting in shallow water. As the water warms up once again, look for them to return on lakes such as Birch, Little Birch, Webb, Girl, and Child.

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


Look for crappies in 3 to 5 feet on German Lake and Little Jefferson Lake. Baker’s Bay on Lake Washington is giving up crappies, while the Minnesota River started giving up better numbers of flathead and channel catfish.

White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464


Crappie and sunfish action has been slow since last weekend. Once the cool weather arrived, the shallow-water bite shut down. Look to Knife Lake or Fish Lake once the shallows start to warm again.

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


A jig and minnow combination is turning walleyes along the shorelines and docks on Big Stone Lake. The north half of the lake up from Mallard Point has kicked out the most fish. Walleyes also are being caught in these areas after dark on a slip bobber and leech and silver bass have become active in shallow water as well.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480


The shallow bays on Fish Hook Lake, or shallow areas of Island Lake (North), and Big Toad Lake are giving up some crappies and bluegills. The key has been to fish on the warm, sunny days when the water temperatures increase. The bite for crappies and bluegills alike has been tough when the sun isn’t out. Turkey hunters continue to find good success and see plenty of birds.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099


Panfish action has been slow since the cold weather arrived early in the week. Prior to that, crappies and sunfish were being found in shallow water on Big Pine Lake and Little McDonald Lake so look to those as the weather improves.

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355


There’s been a switch from jigs to crankbaits on the Mississippi River. Trolling crankbaits has produced walleyes in 12 to 16 feet from Red Wing up to the dam. Hit the backwater bays for panfish as well.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334


Crappies have moved shallower, along the 5- to 10-foot shorelines areas of Lake Zumbro. Trout continue to be caught on the Root River, but the water has cleared a bit making the bite somewhat more difficult. Look to the backwaters of the Mississippi River for panfish and northern pike.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982


The bridges, bays, and culverts on Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, Cedar Island Lake, Long Lake, and Horseshoe Lake are giving up sunfish and crappies during the afternoon hours when the sun is out. This week has been slower, but it’s been cool, cloudy, and windy so the bite should pick up as soon as it warms again. Turkey hunters continue to find good numbers of birds throughout the area.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Look for crappies in 8 to 10 feet when it’s cloudy and up shallower when the sun is out. Hagen’s Long Lake, Bailey’s Bay on Sauk Lake, and the north end or Battle Point areas of Lake Osakis remain safe options for panfish. 

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155


Crappies are being found in shallow water on most lakes when the sun shines, highlighted by good numbers of fish in the bays of Lake Alexander, Fish Trap Lake, and Lake Shamineau. The Mississippi River is worth hitting for carp and suckers, while turkey hunting reports remain favorable as well.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056


Leeches or waxworms are producing sunfish in the Starbuck Marina on Lake Minnewaska. You have to do some sorting here. Crappies are biting best on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska in 8 to 10 feet out from the Lakeside Ballroom and in Fish Hatchery Bay. Anglers fishing from shore at Rachel Lake also are catching crappies.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Look to the lagoons in less than 4 feet or swimming beach area in 10 to 14 feet of water on Lake Tetonka for good numbers of crappies. Lake Francis and Clear Lake are kicking out a few crappies as well, but they have been smaller. All three lakes have been more productive if the sun is out.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444


Crappies and sunfish had started being caught in shallow water, but the return of cool weather has pushed a lot of them back out. Once the sun comes back for a few days and water temperatures again climb in the shallows, panfish action should pick up in Dogfish Bay on Diamond Lake, Lake Andrew, Nest Lake, Lake Florida, Lake Henderson, and Elkhorn Lake among others.

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


Some walleyes are being caught on  leeches or fatheads on Lake Henderson in 4 to 6 feet. Anglers fishing from shore at Russel Lake and Lake Yankton are catching bullheads. A few crappies are being found on Yankton as well. Most are staged out from the culvert so they should move shallow as soon as the water warms.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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