Minnesota Outdoor News Fishing Report for May 10, 2019
LAKE MILLE LACS
Fishing pressure continues to be light, but there should be some crappies showing up in the shallow bays and harbors as water temperatures continue to climb. And the pressure should pick up once the season opens Saturday.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
As of Monday, there was miles of open water with some ice patches still floating around. Walleye and sauger populations are strong and the go-to presentation will be jig and frozen shiners this weekend. On the Rainy River, sturgeon and northern pike fishing has been excellent. For sturgeon, a 4- to 6-ounce no-roll sinker, sturgeon rig, and a few nightcrawlers or combination of crawlers and frozen emerald shiners are producing fish. Northern pike are being caught in the shallow bays. At the Northwest Angle, any remaining ice should be gone by the weekend.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The afternoon and evening hours have been best for crappies in 6 to 8 feet in Wayzata Bay, Black Lake, and Tanager Bay on Lake Minnetonka. The north side of Lake Sarah and west side of Lake Independence have started producing crappies as well.
Wayzata Bait ((52) 473-2227
Fishing presence has been limited but there should be no issues with ice on the opening day of the walleye season. Anything that was left early this week was minimal and should be gone before the weekend.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
The lake has been ice free for more than one week and expectations are that there should be plenty of walleyes in shallow this weekend.
Anglers have started to find some crappies in the shallow lagoons or bays. Most of the better reports are coming out of Boy Bay and Sucker Bay in less than 8 feet. With some stable, bright weather expect the crappie bite to keep improving in most bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
A few anglers have started looking for crappies in some of the bays, but the have yet to move in – there could be some opportunities this weekend if the weather cooperates.
International Falls CVB (800) 325-5766
The lake has been open long enough and the spawn is completed so everything looks promising for a strong start to the walleye season. Look for the majority of fish to be shallow and shoreline related.
Mort’s On Upper Red (218) 647-8128
JR’s Corner Access (320) 290-3838
Twin Cities Metro
Big Marine Lake, White Bear Lake and Lake Peliter are producing crappies in 8 to 12 feet. Look for these fish to start moving into shallow water as water temperatures climb. White bass and eating-size walleyes are being taken with jigs and minnows in the Prescott area of the St. Croix River
Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421
The marina is now open and ready to go for the fishing opener. There has been some good crappie action reported from the bays and this lake should only get better as water temperatures climb in the shallows.
Mase’s In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096
Whaletail Lake and Wasserman Lake started giving up crappies in shallow water. There’s been a few sunfish mixed in the shallows on these lakes, but most are still being found in 6 to 10 feet on area lakes.
Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022
Crappie reports have started to improve and the bite seems to peak during the afternoon and evening hours in the shallow bays of most lakes. Look to Cedar Lake and Prior Lake as two likely spots for crappies right now.
Prior Lake Bait & Tackle (952) 447-6096
Crappies and some sunfish are being caught from boats and by anglers fishing from shore. Most fish are coming from the bays or shorelines in less than 6 feet at Reno Lake, Lake Victoria, Lake Geneva, Lake Darling, Lake Le Homme Dieu, and Lobster lake,
Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255
With water temperatures warming up, the shallow bays and channels are giving up better numbers of crappies. Lakes such as John, Cedar, Clearwater, Maple, French, Sugar, and Sylvia have all produced fish. Generally, anglers are finding crappies on most lakes in shallow water.
Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297
BATTLE LAKE AREA
Work the shallow bays and shorelines for crappies and sunfish with better action being found during the afternoon and early evening hours in less than 6 feet. Better reports early this week have come off Rush Lake, Fish Lake, Bass/Elbow Lake, West Battle Lake and Clitheral Lake.
Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596
Cool water temperatures seem to be preventing much of a shallow-water crappie bite on area lakes. Look for a big push of panfish into those traditional spring spots as soon these areas warm a bit more.
Dick Beardsley Guide Service (218) 556-7172
Crappie reports have improved with most fish coming from 6 to 10 feet, just outside the more traditional, shallow locations. If the sun pops out for any extended period of time, they are being found shallow as well. Lake Beltrami and Gilstead Lake have been two better spots this week.
Timberline Sports and Tackle (218) 835-4636
Crappie and sunfish action has improved on many small lakes, bays, harbors and channel areas. They seem to be moving in and out of the shallows as the weather changes, but when the sun is out, they move in and bite well.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218) 829-7010
CASS LAKE AREA
Panfish action has been slow as water temperatures remain cool, even in shallow water. There’s been anglers hitting the various bays, but reports indicate that the panfish had not moved in as of early this week.
South Center Lake, Chisago Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake are providing good panfish action during the afternoon and evening hours. Anglers are starting to locate crappies in shallow water on most lakes, as these areas continue to warm.
Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334
Crappie and a few sunfish are being found in the bays and along shorelines in 3 to 5 feet at Serpent Lake, Bay Lake, north end of Clearwater Lake, Greer Lake, and Island Lake. The backwaters of the Mississippi River are kicking out decent numbers of sunfish and an occasional crappie as well.
Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6921
DETROIT LAKES AREA
Anglers are fishing from shore and catching crappies and sunfish at Long Bridge Lake and Cotton Lake. Lizzie Lake and Lake Melissa are producing primarily crappies in less than 5 feet – you can fish from shore here as well.
Quality Bait and Tackle (218) 844-2248
Fish Lake and Rice Lake are giving up a few crappies in 2 to 5 feet. On Lake Superior, anglers are trolling Fire Tiger colored stick baits in the Park Point area and catching coho salmon, brown trout, and a few lake trout.
Chalstrom’s Bait (218) 726-0094
EAST CENTRAL MN
The channel on Briggs Lake or the shallow location on Little Elk Lake and Blue Lake are giving up some crappies. Look for more lakes to start producing panfish as water temperatures improve on those traditional shallow spots.
Tales and Trails Sport Shop (763) 856-3985
The shallow, mud bays on Farm Lake, South Farm Lake, and Garden Lake are giving a few crappies, but most people just started looking for them. The ice is off area lakes and a few days of warm weather should kick the crappie bite into high gear. The late ice out should make for excellent laker fishing when lakes open.
Arrowhead Outdoors (218) 365-5358
Crappies are just starting to show up in shallow water, although some fish are being found just outside the bays if the sun isn’t shining. Look to Lake Emily, Lawrence Lake, and West Fox Lake as good starting points.
Redding Sports and Spirits (218) 763-2191
The channels between Hall Lake, Amber Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sisseton continue to produce yellow bass and crappies in 4 feet. A jig tipped with minnows or plastics are turning walleyes at Tuttle Lake in 4 to 6 feet.
Sommer Outdoors (507) 235-5225
When the sun shines and water temperatures spike during the afternoon hours, crappies and some sunfish are being found along the shorelines or shallow bays of Cedar Lake, Roberds Lake, Lake Mazaska, and Circle Lake.
John’s Bait & Tackle (507) 332-6787
FERGUS FALLS AREA
The small lakes and bays continue to provide decent crappie and sunfish action. Safe bets this week have been North Turtle Lake, Wall Lake, Swan Lake, and Norway Lake in less than 6 feet.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
There was still quite a bit of ice on the lakes up the Gunflint Trail early this week, while others have now opened. Anglers should expect to find some ice for this weekend’s fishing opener, but there will be lakes to fish walleyes on. Spawn sacs and yard-tied hooks are producing steelhead on the Brule River, Poplar River, and Cascade River.
Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280
GREY EAGLE AREA
Crappies have started hitting in shallow water in Hunter’s Bay or the channels on Big Birch Lake and in less than 6 feet on Mound Lake and Swan Lake. Green Prairie Lake near Staples is producing some sunfish in shallow water as well.
Nancy’s Bait & Tackle (320) 285-2405
GRAND RAPIDS/DEER RIVER AREA
Water temperature remains cool so the spring crappie bite has been slow to develop. Look to many of those traditional spring spots to start holding crappies with a few days of warm, bright weather.
Crappies are being caught in 8 to 10 feet on some lakes during midday hours and the shallow bays during the late afternoon and evening hours – once water temperatures climb. Better reports this week have come off Birch Lake, Moccasin Lake, Mule Lake, and Pleasent Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176
You’ll find crappies and bluegills in the pughole between Lake Wabegon and Little Boy Lake. Otter Bay and Lake Bay on Woman Lake are kicking out crappies, while most lakes have produced some crappies in shallow water.
The One Stop (218) 363-2252
MADISON LAKE AREA
Crappies are going well on Lake Washington in 4 to 6 feet, the east side of Madison Lake is kicking out crappies and sunfish in less than 6 feet. The west side of Lake Francis is giving up a mixed bag of panfish as well.
Corner Bait (507) 243-4464
Crappie reports have been somewhat light, but fish have started showing in the shallow bays and shorelines on Big Sandy Lake and Lake Minnewaska. The lake afternoon and early evening hours seem to be the most productive in less that 6 feet.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits (218) 426-3382
Crappie action really improved in 3 to 5 feet with minnows at Knife Lake and the Ann River. Look to Mud Lake to start producing crappies shallow.
Jerry’s Sport & Bait Shop (320) 679-2151
Walleyes continue to be caught on the north end of Big Stone Lake, but there seems to be fish transitioning to the south end, based on better reports coming from it this week. Jigs tipped with plastics or minnows remain the best option in 4 to 8 feet of water. Largemouth bass and silver bass action have picked up along the shorelines as well.
Artie Bait (320) 839-2480
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Panfish action is best on those warm, sunny days in shallow water when it warms up. Lakes such as Boulder, Fifth Crow Wing, Long, and Fish Hook are giving up crappies and some sunfish in less than 6 feet. If they aren’t in the bays or along shorelines, look to slightly deeper water just outside the shallow areas.
Delaney’s (218) 732-4281
Smokey Hills Outdoors (218) 237-5099
Crappies and a few sunfish are being caught in the shallow bays of Star Lake, Dead Lake, and Rush Lake. Early this week, anglers were starting to find some crappies in shallow water on most lakes.
Gene’s Sport Shop (218) 346-3355
RED WING AREA
Anglers continue to catch walleyes the Mississippi River, but the bite has been better down river at the Head of the Lakes and Wisconsin channel area. Most fish are coming from less than 1 feet on crankbaits or live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers and leeches. Crappies have started showing up in the bays and harbors as well.
Four Seasons Sports (651) 388-4334
RICHMOND/ST. CLOUD AREA
Crappie and sunfish action has really picked up in the shallow bays or lagoons of Upper Spunk Lake, Mud Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Becker Lake, Lake Koronis, Clear Lake, and Rice Lake. Catfish action also is strong in shallow water throughout the Sauk River.
Channel Marine and Sports (320) 597-5975
SAUK CENTRE AREA
The evening hours have been best for crappies in shallow water on Fairy Lake. The northwest bay on Maple Lake or the south bay on East Long Lake are kicking out crappies and sunfish in less than 6 feet.
Fletcher’s Bait Shop (320) 352-2155
Crappies and sunfish continue to be caught by the Starbuck Marina on Lake Minnewaska. Crappies also are going in 7 to 9 feet on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska between Fish Hatchery Bay and the Old Lakeside Ballroom.
Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239
Work the bays and shallow shorelines for crappies and sunfish. The afternoon hours have been best on lakes such as Elkhorn, Foot, Nest, Diamond, Andrew, and Norway. Most lakes are now giving up some sunfish or crappies in shallow water.
J-and-J Highway 71 Bait and Tackle (320) 235-4097