Statewide Minnesota Fishing Report – May 6th, 2016

ALEXANDRIA AREA

You’ll find crappies and some sunfish in 1 to 4 feet at Lake Ida, Lobster Lake, Rachel Lake, Reno Lake, Oscar Lake, and many of the area’s smaller bodies of water. The evening bites has been best since water temperatures are highest.

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

ANNANDALE AREA

Sunfish and crappies are being caught in the shallow, black-bottom bays at Sugar Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake Sylvia, Pleasant Lake, Lake John, and Maple Lake. 

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE AREA

Crappies and sunfish are being found in 10 feet; out from those shallow spots that will be productive as soon as the water warms a few more degrees. Look to Blanche Lake, Elbow Lake, Fish Lake, and the bays on West Battle Lake to produce the most fish.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

Although crappies have not moved shallow, some are being caught in 12 to 14 feet or deeper at Middle Sucker Lake and Lake Beltrami. Look for these fish to move shallow on both lakes and most others by the weekend as water temperatures climb.

Taber’s Bait (218) 751-5781 

BLACKDUCK AREA

Some crappies are being caught in 4 to 6 feet on certain lakes, but with the warmer weather this week, most should start producing fish. Blackduck Lake, Gilstead Lake, and Gull Lake among other bodies of water should be providing consistent crappie action by the weekend.

Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA 

Plastics and minnows have been providing consistent crappie action in shallow water near Bar Harbor on Gull Lake, Roy Lake, Lake Margaret, Whitefish Lake, and Pelican Lake. Generally, most bays and traditional spring locations are now holding panfish. Warm weather will increase action.

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

CASS LAKE AREA

Look for crappies in the 12- to 14- foot weeds in Dick’s Bay and Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake or the north arm of Kitchi Lake; these fish should move shallower soon. You’ll find bluegills in the shallow bulrushes on Kitchi, as well, and the 6-foot sand/weed areas on Cass are worth hitting for perch.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA   

Sunfish have been hitting in 4 to 9 feet on South Center Lake, Chisago Lake, Big Green, and Little Green lakes, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake. Crappie action has been best in 3 to 6 feet on Chisago and South Lindstrom.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

Crappie action has been very good in 5 to 9 feet in Hunter’s Bay and the Battle Point area on Bay Lake, the west side of Black Hoof Lake, and White Pine Bay or the Peterson Creek area on the Deerwood end of Serpent Lake. Look for sunfish in 3 to 5 feet on Little Rabbit Lake, Lower Mission Lake, and Clearwater Lake.

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

DETROIT LAKES AREA

Crappie action has picked up in 2 to 7 feet, especially when the sun comes out for a few hours each day. Look to Big Cormorant Lake, Sour Lake, Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, Floyd Lake, and Middle Cormorant Lake. Sunfish reports have been limited at this point in time.

Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248

DULUTH AREA   

You’ll find crappies in less than 6 feet on Fish Lake and Island Lake. Salmon are being found suspended over 30 to 40 feet in the Park Point and Two Harbors areas on Lake Superior. Trolling with small stickbaits is working best for the cohos and kings.

Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094

EAST CENTRAL MN

Crappie action has been slower than last week; they most likely moved deeper with the cool weather, but they should move back in. Sunfish have continued to bite in 4 to 6 feet at Blue Lake, Little Elk Lake, Green Lake, and Baxter Lake.

Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985

ELY AREA

A few guys are starting to look for crappies in shallow water, but the bite has been slow. Water temperatures are slowly starting to climb, and given the forecast for the next week, everyone is expecting a good start to the walleye season next weekend.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

EMILY AREA 

There hasn’t been much for fishing reports as crappies continued to be difficult to find early this week. With the warm weather arriving, look for these fish to start moving shallow on most lakes.

Redding Sports and Spirits  (218) 763-2191

FAIRMONT AREA

Crappie action continues to be consistently good with minnows or plastics along the shorelines of Budd Lake, Lake Sissiton, and George Lake. Walleyes are still being caught at Tuttle Lake in 4 to 6 feet, but the bite has slowed down some since last week.

Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225

FARIBAULT AREA

Crappies are being caught on Shields Lake in 8 to 10 feet, and Cannon Lake is worth hitting for perch and crappies in 6 to 8 feet. Look to Cedar Lake for crappies in 4 to 6 feet, while Circle Lake is producing crappies and perch in 8 feet.

Nagel’s Live Bait (507) 334-8341

GRAND MARAIS AREA

There’s still some ice floating around, but most lakes are now ice-free. Steelhead action is at its peak on the Brule River, Cascade River, and Flute Reed River. Most fish are being caught on yarn flies or spawn sacs. 

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA 

The shallow bays on Lake Wabana and Bass Lake are producing crappies. You’ll find sunfish and crappies in the shallow bays of Big Splithand Lake and Lake Pokegama. These bites are just starting and should improve this week with warmer weather expected. Sucker action has been very good on the Mississippi River and Prairie River.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA 

Crappies are just starting to move shallow on area lakes. As water temperatures continue to warm, lakes such as Woman, Webb, Birch, Pleasant, Little Birch, Child, and others will start giving up crappies in 2 to 6 feet.

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

HIBBING/CHISHOLM AREA

Although crappie reports were limited early this week, anglers have started looking to many of those traditional spring spots. As the water warms, the dark-bottom, shallow areas on Echo Lake, McCormick Lake, and Dewey Lake should have spots worth trying.

Lucky 7 General Store (218) 254-7168

MADISON LAKE AREA

Lake Washington is producing sunfish and crappies in 6 to 10 feet, as is Little Jefferson Lake in 6 feet. German Lake is giving up panfish in shallow water, and you’ll find a mixed bag of panfish on the west side of Lake Francis in less than 8 feet.

White’s Corner Bait (507) 243-4464

McGREGOR AREA 

Some crappies have started showing up in shallow water, but most anglers aren’t finding numbers of fish. Look for this to change this weekend as water temperatures should climb on lakes such as Minnewawa and Big Sandy.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382

MORA AREA

Crappie action has been slow, but sunfish are being caught in the shallow bays of Knife Lake, Ann Lake, Fish Lake, and Quamba Lake. Look for the crappies to follow suit.

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

ORTONVILLE AREA

With the warmer weather, walleye action is picking up on Big Stone Lake from Rocky Ledge to Schmidt’s Landing in 3 to 6 feet. A jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech are working best, especially during the evening hours and after dark. The docks and shoreline areas on Big Stone have started to give up sunfish and crappies, as well.

Artie’s Bait (320) 839-2480

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Look for crappies at Island Lake (North), Big Toad Lake, and Big Mantrap Lake in less than 6 feet. The Straight River is giving up some brown trout on spinners or nightcrawlers; work the deep banks and holes. 

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099

PERHAM AREA

Anglers fishing from shore and in boats are now finding crappies and sunfish in shallow water on most lakes. Better reports this week have come off Loon Lake, Little McDonald Lake, Big McDonald Lake, Sybil Lake, Big Pine Lake, Rush Lake, and Buchanan Lake. 

Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355

RED WING AREA

Walleye action has picked up again on the Mississippi River in the Wisconsin Channel from Evert’s Resort to Lake Pepin. Hair jigs or crankbaits are working best on the current seams and edges in 10 to 14 feet. White bass are hitting jigs along the shorelines below the dam, and channel catfish have bitten more consistently in the main river channel.

Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334

ROCHESTER AREA

Crappies continue to hit on Lake Zumbro in 10 to 15 feet, and Willow Creek Reservoir is giving up crappies in 5 to 10 feet. Look to Chesterwoods Park for crappies and bluegills in 5 to 8 feet. The Wilcox area of the Mississippi River is producing panfish, and Foster Arend Pond is giving up rainbow trout and small panfish.

Hooked On Fishing (507) 282-4982

ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA  

Panfish reports were pretty limited during the past week, but the bite should improve with the warmer weather this week. Look to the bays, channels, culverts, or bridges on lakes Koronis, Rice, Long, Cedar Island, and Horseshoe to start producing sunfish and crappies again with the warmup.

Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The north end of Lake Osakis and south side of Hagen’s Long Lake are producing crappies in 8 to 10 feet, but look for these fish to keep moving shallower. You’ll also find shallow crappies on Fairy Lake, Long Bridge Lake, Sauk Lake, and East Long Lake as soon as water temperatures climb a bit more.

Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155

STAPLES/LITTLE FALLS AREA

Last week’s cool weather seems to have slowed the crappie bite, which had been pretty good. With this week’s warm weather, look to the shallow bays and shorelines of Fish Trap Lake, Lake Shamineau, and Lake Alexander for bigger and better numbers of fish.

Da Fishin’ Hole (320) 631-0056

STARBUCK AREA

Numbers of sunfish continue to be caught, but you do have to sort through some small fish near the Starbuck Marina on Lake Minnewaska. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska is giving up a few crappies in 10 to 12 feet, while panfish reports from other lakes have been limited.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

VIRGINIA AREA

Although water temperatures remained low early this week, anglers have started looking for crappies in shallow water. Success has been limited, but should improve as it continues to warm.

Lucky Seven General Store (218) 741-3617

WATERVILLE AREA

If the sun is out, you’ll find crappies and some sunfish in the lagoons and to the right of the swimming beach on Lake Tetonka. The east side of Lake Sakatah is producing sunfish in shallow water, while Clear Lake and Lake Francis are providing a mixed bag of panfish in less than 6 feet.

Axel’s Tackle Box (507) 362-4444

WILLMAR AREA

Water temperatures dipped again last weekend, but some panfish are being caught; it should only improve as water temperatures spike. Look to the bays and shorelines of Diamond Lake, Lake Andrew, Nest Lake, and Elkhorn Lake to provide consistent crappie and sunfish action. 

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

WINDOM/MARSHALL AREA

Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes in 4 to 6 feet on the shoreline of Lake Hendricks. Bullheads continue to be caught in shallow water at Russel Lake, Lake Yankton, and Rock Lake. Start looking to Fox Lake and Bloody Lake for crappies; a few have been caught, but it should get better this week with the warmer weather.

Borch’s Sporting Goods (507) 532-4880

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