Msg 1 Posted: 07:04 AM 04/29/06 (CST)
The afternoon and evening hours have been best for crappies in four to eight feet of water. Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Darling, Lake Geneva and Lake Carlos are providing steady action. Look to the bays on most small lakes in this area to be holding fish as well.|
You'll still find crappies in the shallows of Lake Augusta and Lake Sylvia, but they've moved deeper on many lakes. Sunfish remain shallow and active on lakes such as Cedar, Clearwater, Pleasant, Sugar and Sylvia. Wax worms and small jigs are producing the majority of fish.
Look for crappies in Pelican Bay on Otter Tail Lake, the culvert on Ten Mile Lake and the southwest bay of Stalker Lake. Steady sunfish action is being reported from the shallows of Deer Lake.
Bluegill and perch action has been limited, but crappies have been hitting in shallow water. Look to the shorelines of Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake with small jigs and minnows for the area's biggest and most concentrated fish.
Crappies and sunfish remain shallow and very active. Small minnows, panfish leeches and worms are working best on jigs in four to six feet of water. Gull Lake, North Long Lake, Lake Margaret and Pelican Lake are producing the most fish.
CASS LAKE AREA
If the sun is out, a jig and minnow are producing perch in 30 feet of water on Cass Lake. With cloud cover, drifting with a jig and minnow has worked best in four to eight feet of water.
Panfish continue to be caught in the bays, but some of the area's bigger crappies have started relating to docks. Tube jigs and minnows are working very well for crappies, while wax worms remain the best option for sunfish. Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, South Center Lake and North Center Lake all have produced fish.
Work the bays and shorelines of Rabbit Lake, Serpent Lake, Blackhoof Lake, Clinker Lake and Lake Adney for crappies. The bigger fish are hitting jigs and minnows in four to six feet of water. Sunfish action has been slow.
Crappies continue to be found in eight to 12 feet of water, while sunfish are being caught in the shallow bays. Lakes such as Little Detroit, Prairie, Franklin, Sallie, Floyd, Little Bemidji, Crystal and Little Pelican are all producing fish.
Panfish action is just getting started as a few crappies begin to be taken in the shallows of Fish Lake. The bigger story has been the salmon bite along the north shore of Lake Superior. Trolling stickbaits along the shallow points has produced quite a few cohos and a few kings.
Crappies and sunfish are still biting, although the number of good-sized fish has decreased. Look to the shallows of Green Lake, Fremont Lake and Elk Lake. Use Flu Flu's and minnows or wax worms.
The channel between Amber Lake and Hall Lake is kicking out crappies and bullheads. The turkey season has gone well with a few birds registered each day, highlighted by a 29-pound tom.
The channel on Cannon Lake started producing bluegills this week. Shields Lake and Roberds Lake are the area's best options for crappies in shallow water.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Smelt continue to be taken along the shorelines of Lake Pokegama. The harbor on Pokegama is producing crappies, as is the north bay on Long Lake. The best bet for bluegills is still the power plant area of the Mississippi River.
Crappie and sunfish action really took off last weekend. Most lakes are now kicking out panfish in less than five feet of water. Minnows and wax worms are working best on Birch Lake, Pleasant Lake, Woman Lake, Webb Lake and Five Point Lake.
The panfish bite has slowed a bit this week. Some anglers blame the cold front and others believe many of the crappies may have moved from the shallows. Lakes worth checking include Stella, Belle and Stahls.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Crappie action remains consistent during the afternoon hours in shallow water. Small jigs tipped with minnows are turning fish in four to six feet of water at the Malone Island canal and Izaty's Harbor.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Northern pike have started hitting ciscoes and large minnows in the bays. Sturgeon anglers are finding success on the Rainy River and shorelines of the main lake. Nightcrawlers and sucker minnows have worked best on the bottom.
A few crappies and sunfish have been taken, but the bite has yet to be close to consistent. Work the shallow creek mouths and backwater areas.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Orange jigs tipped with minnows have been the ticket for crappies in eight to 10 feet of water. The bays of Lake Minnetonka have provided much of the action. A few more sunfish have been caught in recent days on ice flies and wax worms in four to six feet of water.
Tube jigs and minnows, or jigs and minnows under bobbers have been the ticket for crappies in the shallows of Waconia Bay. Expect a few good-sized sunfish to be caught on wax worms as well.
There isn't much fishing taking place as most anglers await opening day of the walleye season. It might be worth looking for perch at the mouth of the Mississippi River or along the west shoreline in four to six feet of water.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Panfish anglers have started fishing their traditional spots with small jigs and minnows or wax worms. Look to the shallows of Shingobee Bay for perch and crappies in two to six feet of water. The northern bays on most smaller lakes have started producing crappies, too.
Duck Lake is producing crappies in 13 feet of water. The Buckmasters Bridge area of Madison Lake is giving up crappies in two to four feet of water. Jigging Rapalas have been the ticket for crappies on Lake Washington in 12 to 18 feet of water.
Minnows and wax worms are turning crappies in four to six feet of water on Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake.
The mouth of the Little Fork River on the Rainy River is providing steady sturgeon action. Crawlers seem to be working best. Crankbaits have been the ticket for northern pike along the shorelines, while crappie activity remains slow.
If you can keep the walleyes off your hook, catching crappies is not out of the question. The best reports are coming from six to eight feet of water.
RED WING AREA
Bigger walleyes are still being caught off wing dams close to shore, while sauger have been most active in 18 to 30 feet of water on the Mississippi River. Jigs tipped with plastics or large willow cats have been the hot baits, but sonars are turning fish as well.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Bailey's Bay on Big Sauk Lake is producing sunfish in four feet of water. Look to the east bay on Sauk for crappies. Hunter's Bay on Big Birch Lake also is providing steady sunfish action in two to six feet of water.
The Starbuck Marina and Fish Hatchery Bay on Lake Minnewaska continue to produce sunfish and crappies. Fish are being caught in four to six feet of water.
Look for crappies around the bridges and shoreline breaks of the St. Croix River in 10 to 20 feet of water. Panfish also can be had on Carnelian Lake, Koon Lake and Boot Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO - Crappies continue to be caught on tube jigs or minnows in four to eight feet of water. Lakes such as White Bear, Big Marine and Big Carnelian are worth checking.
WEST METRO - Anglers are finding more crappies than sunfish in four to eight feet of water. Small tube jigs and minnows are turning the majority of fish during the afternoon hours. Look to the west sides of Lake Zumbra, Lake Bavaria, Hydes Lake and Eagle Lake.
SOUTH METRO - Walleyes and white bass are being caught on jigs and minnows at the mouth of Minnehaha Creek. Channel catfish are hitting cutbaits above the Ford Dam on the Mississippi River. Small sunfish and crappies are an easy catch along the shorelines of Lake Nokomis and Lake Calhoun.
Numbers of sunfish and crappies are not a problem to find. These fish remain shallow and active on Diamond Lake, Lake Florida, Nest Lake, Norway/Games Lake and Lake Andrew.