Msg 1 Posted: 11:06 PM 05/05/06 (CST)
Rain limited the number of people fishing and pushed crappies deeper. Six to 10 feet of is the best bet on lakes Carlos, Darling, Geneva and Le Homme Dieu. A jig and minnow or tube jig is best for bigger fish. Small lakes are giving up sunfish in shallow water.|
With stable weather, look for sunfish to move shallow on Cedar Lake, Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, Pleasant Lake and Lake John. Bigger crappies are deeper and are reed or weed related. Lake Sylvia, Clearwater, Cedar and Sugar are good bets for crappies.
Some good-sized perch are being pulled from the shallows of Lake Bemidji. Twister Tails or small jigs and minnows are working best. Most small lakes are producing crappies in three to five feet of water and sucker action has been very good in the creeks.
Blackduck Lake is producing perch in nine feet of water. Most fish are hanging around reed edges and hitting minnows. Crappies are hitting in the shallows. Gilstead Lake is one of the best options for bigger fish.
Crappies will hit plastic jigs and minnows in shallow water. The Gull Lake channels, Green Lake and both ends of North Long Lake have produced fish. Look for sunfish to hit small jigs and waxworms at the Gull Lake narrows, Lake Margaret and Hubert Lake.
CASS LAKE AREA
The perch are shallow and along reed edges of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. A slip bobber and minnow is best in three to seven feet. Crappies are in 10 to 20 feet of water in the bays of Cass and Kitchi Lake. Look for bluegills tight to the shoreline in Allen's Bay on Cass, Grace Lake, Lake Pimushe, Moose Lake, Big Lake and Midge Lake.
Most docks and bays are holding sunfish and crappies, but bigger fish are found close to docks. Chisago Lake, South Lindstrom Lake, North Center Lake and South Center Lake are the best options in three to eight feet of water.
Crappies are biting in the shallows of most lakes. Minnows and small jigs have been the hot ticket on Milford Lake, Lake Adney, Rabbit Lake, Black Hoof Lake and Serpent Lake in less than eight feet of water. A few more sunfish have been found this week in four to six feet of water on many area lakes.
The big crappies are deep. Once the weather warms, look for them in the shallows with jigs and minnows. Lakes like Cotton, Franklin, Crystal, Cormorant, Prairie, Little Bemidji, Little Detroit, Sallie, Melissa and Big Toad are notable.
The Highbanks area of Fish Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. Steelhead action on the Sucker River is strong with fish being taken on yarn flies and spawn sacs. Anglers trolling crankbaits on Lake Superior are hooking coho salmon, which are close shore and feeding near the surface.
The north side of the island on Fremont Lake is a safe bet for crappies in three to nine feet of water. The narrows on Blue Lake have produced nice crappies and look to the shallows of Elk Lake for numbers of smaller crappies. Jigs and minnows have worked best.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Nightcrawlers are producing suckers in the creeks. The rain and wind has limited panfish action, but look for it to improve as the weather does. The shallows of Long Lake and the boat harbor on Lake Pokegama are worth checking for crappies. Look to the shallows of Big Splithand Lake for bluegills.
Sunfish and crappie action has mostly been very good. Most fish continue to come from three to six feet of water on small jigs tipped with waxworms or minnows. Stoney Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Five Point Lake, Woman Lake, Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake all have provided consistent reports.
Three inches of rain slowed the shallow crappie bite. Once the sun comes out for a few days look to Belle Lake, Stahls Lake and Lake Stella to produce panfish in three to five feet of water.
Water temperatures have risen and the walleye spawn is on. Anglers are eagerly waiting the walleye season to begin. Crappie action has been very slow with just an occasional fish showing up in shallow water.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Last weekend's rain pushed most crappies out of the shallows. With some sun, look for them to return in four to eight feet of water. The Isle public access area, Father Hennepin Island, Malone Island, Izaty's Harbor and channels and boat harbors should hold fish.
Those anglers who've gone out are finding crappies in shallow and deep water. The shallow bite is in the bays in eight to 10 feet of water, but look for numbers of big crappies on the outside edge in 10 to 15 feet of water. Sunfish continue to be scattered throughout the bays in less than six feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Northern pike are hitting in most bays. Ciscoes or artificial baits are working in eight to 12 feet of water. Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay are worth noting. Sturgeon action is strong in the Rainy River, where nightcrawlers continue to turn fish when hung on the bottom.
Cooler temps, wind, and rain limited crappie fishing last weekend. Those who ventured out found fish in Black Bay in two to four feet of water. Small hair jigs tipped with crappie minnows have worked best.
Crappies have moved slightly deeper. The Waconia Bay area is the best bet, but most fish are being caught in eight to 10 feet of water. Small jigs and minnows have worked best in front of the marina docks. A few fish are coming off the west side of the lake.
Perch anglers may want to look shallow near the mouth of the Mississippi River or along points. A small jig and fathead minnow should produce fish in six to 10 feet of water.
LEECH LAKE AREA
There haven't been many anglers looking for panfish. Work northern bays on small lakes, while Shingobee Bay shallows are worth checking for panfish this time of year.
Crappies are being caught on Lake Washington in 12 to 16 feet. Jigging Rapalas or small jigs and minnows worked vertically have produced most fish. Duck Lake is a safe bet for crappies in 13 feet, as is the Buckmasters Bridge area of Madison Lake in three to six feet of water.
Minnows or waxworms have been hot for crappies in the Big Sandy Flowage. Waxworms have turned sunfish on Lake Minnewawa in four to six feet of water. The afternoon has provided consistent action.
Sunfish and crappies have been caught off the public access on Lake Constance. Maple Lake is providing the best crappie bite in three to seven feet. Look to the Mississippi River for catfish and suckers.
The walleye season began with mixed reviews on Big Stone Lake. The best bite is in the evening in four feet of water. A jig and minnow or slip bobber and leech is best. During the day, fish were in eight feet of water and the south end of the lake is best.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Rain and cool weather slowed the panfish bite. A few days of sunshine should crank it up. Look to shallow bays and shorelines of Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake for crappies in three to four feet and sunfish in six feet.
Ciscoes, crankbaits, and spoons are turning northern pike near shorelines of Tillson Bay. A few crappies have been caught in the shallows of Tillson and Black Bay. Sturgeon activity on the Rainy River is good with nightcrawlers producing the majority of fish.
Crappie reports are limited and the few fish being caught are mixed in with a lot of walleyes. Small jigs and minnows worked in six to eight feet of water is working best.
RED WING AREA
Rain and higher water has slowed the walleye and sauger bite on the Mississippi River. A jig and minnow worked slow is best. Look for saugers in 20 to 30 feet of water, while most walleyes will be shoreline related and in less than eight feet of water.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Scattered panfish reports are coming from lakes like Koronis, Goodner, Rice, Cedar Island, Horseshoe and Grand Lake. Most fish have been small since rain hit last weekend, but they continue to be found in shallow bays. Look for the bigger fish to setting up in slightly deeper water, mainly eight to 10 feet.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look to Fairy Lake for crappies in five to six feet of water. Hunter's Bay on Big Birch Lake continues to produce a few sunfish in four to six feet of water. Bailey's Bay on Big Sauk Lake is a safe bet for sunfish as well.
You'll have to sort, but there's sunfish and crappies to be caught. Look to Fish Hatchery Bay and the Starbuck Marina on Lake Minnewaska in six to eight feet. Small jigs tipped with minnows or waxworms are best.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO - The St. Croix River has produced sauger, walleyes, and white bass from Stillwater to Prescott. Work the deep bars in 15 to 25 feet of water with Shad Raps or leeches and live bait rigs. Crappies can be had on White Bear Lake and Big Marine Lake in six to eight feet.
WEST METRO - Look to the south end of Lake Riley for crappies and sunfish in six feet of water. White jigs and minnows are producing crappies in shallow water on Lake Minnewashta and Whaletail Lake. Hydes Lake and Lake Zumbra are giving up a few panfish as well.
Rain limited angler numbers, but with some sunshine, look for the panfish bite to heat up in shallow water. Lakes like Norway, Games, Nest, North Long, Florida and Andrew are producing in three to seven feet.