Msg 1 Posted: 09:18 AM 04/26/06 (CST)
Look to the north ends of Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Carlos, Lake Geneva and Lake Darling for crappies. Flu Flu's or Cubby jigs are working best. Most anglers report a few sunfish mixed in with the crappies and the majority of fish are being caught in two to six feet of water.|
Crappies and sunfish are being found in the shallow bays and channels on most lakes. Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, Cedar Lake and Lake Sylvia are the area's best options for bigger fish in two to four feet of water.
The culvert area on Ten Mile Lake started producing crappies on minnows this week. The best sunfish reports are coming off Bass/Elbow Lake in four to six feet of water. Small jigs tipped with waxworms have worked best.
The ice went out last weekend and the shallow bays and shorelines are holding a few crappies and bluegills. Rat Finkies and waxworms are turning the majority of fish in less than six feet of water. Look for perch on Lake Bemidji in four to six feet of water. Small jigs and crappie minnows are turning bigger fish. Sucker action has been very good with nightcrawlers in most creeks and small rivers.
The ice went out of area lakes in a hurry and the crappie bite started almost immediately. Small jigs and minnows are working best in the shallow bays and shorelines of Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake. A few perch have been caught in the shallows of Blackduck Lake on minnows and jigs.
Crappie action has been very good in six to 10 feet of water. White, pink or chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows and waxworms have been most productive. The Bar HarborDock and pier by Bar Harbor on Gull Lake has produced fish. The shallow bays and shorelines on Lake Margaret, North Long Lake and Lake Hubert also have provided steady panfish action.
You'll find sunfish and crappies in every bay on Chisago Lake. Crappies continue to be caught at a good pace in shallow water on South Center Lake with minnows. A mixture of panfish can be had along Highway 8 on South Lindstrom Lake as well. Small leeches, minnows and waxworms all have produced fish this week.
The ice is out and crappies have just started showing up in the narrows of Fish Lake. Smelt began running this week, with the best reports coming from the Lester River. Wind has limited coho salmon fishing this week on the north shore of Lake Superior.
Flu Flus tipped with minnows or waxworms are providing consistent panfish action throughout the area in less than six feet of water. Crappie action has been particularly good on lakes such as Green, Blue, Fremont and Elk. Look to the Mississippi River with crawlers for catfish.
The channel between Amber Lake and Hall Lake started producing crappies. Wonder Bugs and minnows have been the hot presentation. You'll also find steady crappie activity at the power plant on George Lake. Bluegill reports have been limited.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The ice is out and crappie anglers are beginning to find fish in shallow water. Lake Wabana, Lake Pokegama and Jay Gould Lake are producing decent numbers of fish. Sucker action has been very good in most creeks and the smelt started running during the early part of the week on several lakes.
Crappie activity remains consistent in the shallows of Lake Washington, Stella Lake and Belle Lake. Small jigs tipped with waxworms are producing sunfish in two to four feet of water on Green Leaf Lake, Stahls Lake, Lake Minnie Belle and Ripley Lake.
LAKE MILLE LACS
The ice is out and crappies are showing up in the shallows. Most boat harbors are producing fish, with the Malone Island area and Twin Bay providing the best numbers. Small jigs and minnows in less than eight feet of water have worked best.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Crappies continue to be caught, but the bigger fish seem to be pushed out of the shallows. The best reports are coming from Wayzata Bay and Carson's Bay in 10 to 15 feet of water on Lake Minnetonka and from the bays on Lake Independence and Medicine Lake. Sunfish are being found in the shallows throughout the area.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The ice is quickly deteriorating, but remains quite evident throughout the bays and main lake. Once the bays do open, look for the northern pike bite to be very good. The catch and release sturgeon season also remains an attraction on the Rainy River.
A few crappies and sunfish have been pulled from the creek area of Miller's Bay. The channel on the east side of the lake also is worth noting, although it has yet to give up a lot of numbers.
Tube jigs and minnows are turning crappies in the shallow water of Waconia Bay. Small jigs and waxworms will produce sunfish in this area throughout the day. Sunfish and crappies can be had in most channels and north end shorelines.
The ice is off the main lake, so look for perch to start showing up in the shallows. Work the sandy or rock-covered shorelines and points in four to eight feet of water with a jig and minnow.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The lake is completely ice-free so look for crappies, bluegills, and perch to start showing up in the shallow bays. Shingobee Bay, the channels, and boat harbors should start producing in three to six feet of water.
The Buckmaster's Bridge area of Madison Lake is producing crappies during the afternoon hours. Look to the west end of Lake Francis for sunfish and crappies in shallow water. There's also some consistent crappie activity taking place in Crystal Lake during the evening hours. Nightcrawlers are turning numbers of channel catfish on the Minnesota River.
Sucker fishing has kept most anglers busy in the creeks and small rivers in this area. Crappie action has yet to start, but look to Big Sandy Lake and Lake Minnewawa to start producing fish in shallow water soon.
The east side of Pelican Lake is a safe bet for crappies. Catfish action remains strong on the Mississippi River with nightcrawlers and sucker minnows working best. Look to Lake Constance for crappies in five feet of water, while the shallows of Little Eagle Lake are worth noting for crappies and sunfish.
The lake is ice-free and a few northern pike are being caught in shallow bays. Crappies have yet to show in shallow water, but Black Bay would be a good place to start looking. Nightcrawlers are turning suckers in most creeks.
If you can keep the walleyes off your hook, there are crappies to be caught out from Hillman's RV Park in six to eight feet of water. Small jigs and minnows are working best and look for these fish to continue moving closer to shore.
RED WING AREA
Bright-colored jigs tipped with minnows or plastics have started producing big walleyes in the rip-rap areas close to shore on the Mississippi River. Saugers continue to hit in 18 to 30 feet of water from the Head of the Lakes to the dam. The shallow rocks and Pier area of Lake Pepin are safe bets for crappies and smallmouth bass.
ST. CLOUD AREA
You'll have to sort through some small fish, but crappies and sunfish are biting throughout the area. Most fish are coming from three to six feet of water on lakes such as Koronis, Horseshoe, Rice, Grand, Pearl and Cedar Island. Look to the north ends and bays of these lakes to be holding bigger fish.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Hunter's Bay on Big Birch Lake started producing sunfish in three to eight feet of water. Bailey's Bay on Big Sauk Lake is a safe bet for sunfish as well. Hennington's Bay on Fairy Lake is giving up a mixture of sunfish and crappies during the afternoon hours.
Two areas on Lake Minnewaska, Starbuck Marina and Fish Hatchery Bay, continue to provide limits of crappies and a few sunfish. Most of these fish remain in two to six feet of water. The north side of Pocket Lake also is worth noting for crappies during the evening hours.
The Bayport Beach area of the St. Croix River is producing crappies in 10 to 30 feet of water. On the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix, you'll find steady crappie action in the Stillwater Bridge area. Big Carnelian Lake started giving up sunfish and crappies in 10 to 15 feet of water. TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO - Small jigs and minnows are producing crappies in two to six feet of water on White Bear Lake, Bald Eagle Lake, Big Marine Lake and Lake Elmo. The best bets for sunfish are the shallows of Lake Peltier and Little Lake. The channels on Lake Gervais and Lake Phalen are producing a mixed bag of panfish.
WEST METRO - The north end of Lake Bavaria is providing steady crappie action, as are the shallow shorelines of Whaletail Lake. Hydes Lake and Steiger Lake are worth noting for panfish in less than eight feet of water as well.
SOUTH METRO - Cut baits have been the ticket for catfish on the Mississippi River. White bass and walleyes also can be had at the mouth of Minnehaha Creek on the Mississippi. Small panfish have started hitting in the shallows of Lake Nokomis, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet.
Sunfish and crappies are biting very well in the shallows on lakes such as Nest, West Norway, Florida, Diamond and Andrew. Small jigs tipped with minnows or waxworms have worked best in three to six feet of water.