Msg 1 Posted: 03:10 PM 05/23/06 (CST)
Look to Lake Mary, Oscar Lake and Chippewa Lake for walleyes in 10 to 18 feet of water. Shiner minnows are producing the majority of fish. Crappies are biting in the three- to five-foot bulrushes on Lake Carlos, Lake Darling and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Northern pike action has been consistent along the weed edges of most lakes.|
The bars on Clearwater Lake are kicking out walleyes in seven to 24 feet of water. Fathead minnows or leeches are working best. Lake John is giving up a few big walleyes in 18 feet of water. Look to Granite Lake and Cedar Lake for walleyes during the evening hours in 12 to 24 feet of water. Panfish action has slowed in the shallows, but a few fish have been caught on Sugar Lake, Cedar and Clearwater. Clearwater Lake also is the best bet for bigger northern pike in 12 to 14 feet of water.
There's steady walleye activity on lakes such as Silver, Walker, Otter Tail and Rush in 12 to 14 feet of water. Shiner minnows have worked best. Star Lake is giving up quite a few walleyes on leeches in 15 feet of water. Northern pike action has been slow, but crappies and sunfish are hitting in 10 feet of water on Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake and Stalker Lake.
A jig and shiner minnow is producing walleyes on Lake Bemidji and Lake Irvine in six to 12 feet of water. After dark, Rapalas or slip bobbers and leeches have produced fish in shallower water. The south bay on Lake Plantagenette is giving up walleyes in six to 12 feet of water as well. Panfish continue to hit in shallow water on most lakes and northern pike are inhaling shiner minnows along the weedlines of area lakes.
Blackduck Lake is producing walleyes in 10 to 14 feet of water. Look to Island Lake for walleyes in 10 to 12 feet with shiners or fathead minnows. Jigs and Twister Tails have turned walleyes and northern pike on the Blackduck River inlets and outlets. Panfish reports have been slow in recent days.
Gull Lake has been the most consistent spot for walleyes in 13 to 23 feet of water. North Long Lake and Lake Edward also have kicked out fish at similar depths on Lindy Rigs and leeches or minnows. Some good-sized northern pike have been caught in shallow water on spot tail shiners at North Long, Gull and Pelican Lake. Look for crappies in four to eight feet of water on Lake Hubert, Lake Margaret and Round Lake.
CASS LAKE AREA
Cass Lake, Lake Andrusia, Kitchi Lake and Pike Bay Lake all are producing walleyes in 12 to 20 feet of water on a jig and shiner minnow. Crappies and bluegills can be had in 12 to 14 feet of water in Allen's Bay on Cass. Tube jigs have produced bigger fish. The north end gravel areas of Cass and Pike Bay are worth looking at for perch, while northern pike action has been hot on Little Wolf Lake and Grace Lake.
The majority of walleyes being caught are coming from 15 to 20 feet of water on North Center Lake, South Lindstrom Lake and South Center Lake. The weed edges of Green Lake are providing numbers of northern pike, and panfish continue to be pulled from the docks and emerging weedbeds on most lakes.
Trout Lake is producing walleyes on Rapalas in five to 10 feet of water. Look to Nokay Lake and Serpent Lake with shiner minnows and leeches for a few walleyes in slightly deeper water. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows on the inside weed edges of most lakes. Crappie action remains strong on Clearwater Lake, Black Hoof Lake, Bay Lake and Serpent Lake in four to eight feet of water during the evening hours. The Portsmouth Pit and Pennington Pit are giving up numbers of trout on Rapalas.
Walleye reports have been scattered with no real consistency taking place anywhere. The best bet is a minnow or leech in 10 to 35 feet of water on lakes such as Lizzie, Crystal, Pelican, White Earth, Sallie, Island, Big Toad and Round. Crappie and sunfish action continues to be very good in the shallows of most lakes.
Sucker minnows are producing walleyes on Island Lake in 25 feet of water. Whiteface Lake is giving up walleyes in shallow water on minnows. Northern pike are biting throughout the area, but panfish reports have been limited.
Blue Lake is kicking out walleyes in 14 to 18 feet of water. On Green Lake, 12 feet of water has been best for walleyes. Leeches and shiner minnows have worked best on both lakes. Look to the weed edges of Elk Lake with minnows for northern pike. The Rum River is a safe bet for walleyes and northern pike, while panfish remain active in shallow water on most lakes.
Northern pike are hitting Twister Tails at the George Lake dam and on South Silver Lake. Walleye action is going strong on Hall Lake and Budd Lake in 14 to 16 feet of water. There's an evening crappie bite in five feet of water at the water treatment plant on Budd Lake.
Leeches or Rapalas are producing walleyes in the channels of Cannon Lake in four to eight feet of water. On Roberds Lake, leeches are turning the majority of walleyes in 12 to 14 feet of water. Minnows, spoons and crankbaits all have provided steady northern pike action on Cedar Lake while panfish reports have been limited.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
A jig and shiner minnow is producing walleyes on the Mississippi River, Splithand Lake in 12 to 16 feet, Sugar Lake in seven to 16 feet, and on Sand Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Panfish action has been slow, but small northern pike can be caught on most lakes.
Woman Lake is kicking out walleyes on shiner minnows in 16 feet of water. On Pine Mountain Lake, jigs and shiners are producing walleyes in 12 to 14 feet of water. Stoney Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 18 to 20 feet and Birch Lake is giving up a few big walleyes in 25 feet of water. There's been some nice crappies caught in shallow water on Birch as well. There's a strong night bite for walleyes in six feet of water on Ten Mile Lake. Most of these fish are hitting Rapalas. Crappies are hitting in the shallows of Ten Mile throughout the day.
Tom Cod Bay and Peterson Bay are giving up walleyes in four to 10 feet of water. Slip bobbers and minnows, Beetle Spins or jigs and minnows have worked best. Better numbers of keeping-sized walleyes and saugers have been caught in 20 to 26 feet of water on the wind-swept sides of the sand bars. Numbers of northern pike under five pounds have been caught throughout the lake on a variety of presentations.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - Live bait rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches produced walleyes on the north end sand in 17 to 20 feet of water. The 12-foot rocks around Spider Island, Outer Twin Island, Hawkbill Reef and Agate Bay Reef are safe bets for walleyes with slip bobbers and leeches. Limits have been common.
WEST - Limits of walleyes are being caught on Lindy Rigs and leeches in 17 to 22 feet of water in St. Alban's Bay during the daytime hours. Slip bobbers and leeches are the best producer of fish during the evening hours off the rock points in 14 feet of water. There's also quite a few walleyes coming off Curley's Flat and Seguchie's Flat.
Leeches and slip bobbers have been the ticket for walleyes along the 12- to 18-foot weed edges. Look for the weeded areas near channels to be holding bigger concentrations of fish. Northern pike are very active along the weed edges and sunfish are hitting ice flies tipped with waxworms in six feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Jigs or spinner rigs tipped with minnows have provided steady walleye action in 15 to 20 feet of water. The best spot has been just outside the Gap during the afternoon hours, with 14- to 17-inch fish being most common.
Six to 18 feet of water has been best for walleyes on Moon Bar, Miller's Point and the Four Mile. Leeches and nightcrawlers have worked best on Lindy Rigs or jigs. Crankbaits are turning some fish during the evening hours on top of the bars. Northern pike seem to biting throughout the lake and a few crappies have been pulled off the points in 12 to 14 feet of water.
During lowlight periods, walleyes can be had in eight to 15 feet of water. Midday fish are most active in 18 to 35 feet of water. Large minnows have worked best with leeches providing a secondary bait option. Expect to find northern pike and some perch mixed in with the walleyes.
The swimming beach area is providing steady walleye activity in 10 to 15 feet of water with leeches or shiner minnows. Walleyes also are being caught in six feet of water during the evening hours on Shad Raps at the carp trap. Crappies and sunfish are biting very well in the shallows of Waconia Bay.
Raven's Point, Mallard Point, Stoney Point, the Highbanks and bird houses area are giving up walleyes in eight to 14 feet of water. A jig and shiner minnow is working best throughout the day. Numbers of northern pike and some good-sized perch can be had in the same areas.
A jig and minnow is producing numbers of walleyes in eight to 15 feet of water. Squaw Point, Duck Point and Moore's Point have been most consistent. Perch action has been good in six to nine feet of water off Minnesota Island and Pine Point. Look to Shingobee Bay in six feet of water for crappies.
Miller's Point, Church Bar, and the narrows on Madison Lake are producing walleyes in 10 to 16 feet of water. Baker's Bay on Lake Washington is worth noting for walleyes in 34 feet of water. On Lake Elysian, anglers are finding walleyes in six feet of water during the evening hours. The shallow water on Crystal Lake continues to produce crappies and the shallow bays on Lake Washington are a safe bet for sunfish. Little Jefferson Lake is the area's best option for northern pike.
Big Sandy Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 14 feet of water. A jig and shiner minnow is working best. Look for crappies and sunfish in four to 12 feet of water on Lake Minnewawa. Round Lake is kicking out crappies in 13 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting minnows on the Prairie River and Big Sandy Flowage.
The best midday bite on Big Stone Lake is taking place from Shady Beach to Mallard Point in 14 feet of water. Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches have worked best. There's also some evening walleye action along the shorelines and docks with slip bobbers and leeches. The Coral Bridge area of the Minnesota River is kicking out some walleyes and you'll catch northern pike on sucker minnows below the Highway 75 dam on the Minnesota River.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Minnows have been the ticket for walleyes in eight to 12 feet of water on Island Lake and Eagle Lake. Look to Big Sand Lake and the Fish Hook River for a few walleyes as well. The shallows of Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake are notable for crappies, while northern pike seem to be hitting minnows on most lakes.
The majority of the eating-sized walleyes are hitting minnows in Sand Bay and in the east end of the lake in 30 to 40 feet of water. Rapalas are producing bigger walleyes in six to eight feet of water in Black Bay. Sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike in Tillson Bay and a few crappies are being found suspended in Sand Bay.
Live bait rigs or jigs tipped with minnows are producing walleyes throughout the lake in three to eight feet of water. More popular areas have been the Tamarack River, Shotley Brook and rocks west of Mort's Dock. Northern pike and a few big crappies can be had in these areas as well.
RED WING AREA
Three-way rigs with plugs or willow cats, a jig and willow cat, or leadcore presentations are working best for walleyes on the Mississippi River. The best reports are coming from the back channels, wing dams, and rip rap areas in 10 to 18 feet of water. The shallow rock piles of Lake Pepin are turning out smallmouth bass and good-sized crappies.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Rice Lake is giving up walleyes on leeches and minnows in 18 to 22 feet of water. Look to the channels and bridge areas of the Sauk River Chain of Lakes for walleyes in six to 10 feet of water. These fish are hitting minnows or Shad Raps. Horseshoe Lake is kicking out a few walleyes in 10 to 12 feet of water as is Lake Koronis in 10 feet of water. The weed edges of Grand Lake, Pearl Lake and Pleasant Lake are producing numbers of northern pike. Long Lake and Cedar Island Lake continue to give up small panfish.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Shiner minnows are turning walleyes in 12 to 16 feet of water off Hooper's Hill and the narrows of Big Sauk Lake. Little Birch Lake and Big Birch Lake also have produced walleyes in 11 to 13 feet of water. Panfish action remains strong at the narrows and in Bailey's Bay on Big Sauk in two to four feet of water. Trolling presentations have provided consistent northern pike action along the weed edges of Fairy Lake and Lilly Lake.
The points and swimming beach areas of Lake Minnewaska are kicking out a few walleyes in eight to 10 feet of water. The south end of Big Mary Lake is worth noting for walleyes in 12 to 15 feet of water as well. Small panfish continue to be caught in the shallows bays and marinas of Lake Minnewaska.
Shad Raps have been turning the majority of walleyes and sauger on the St. Croix River. Look for bigger fish in 18 to 20 feet of water. The Bayport area of the St. Croix is a safe bet for crappies in 12 to 15 feet of water.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO - Walleyes are being caught on minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water on Clear Lake, White Bear Lake, Big Marine Lake and Jarvis Lake. Northern pike are scattered along the weed edges of Big Carnelian Lake and White Bear. Look to Bald Eagle Lake for crappies in six to eight feet of water.
WEST METRO - The creek mouth on Lake Parley has been giving up good numbers of walleyes on a jig and minnow combination. Sucker minnows fished along the weedlines of Lake Auburn and Pierson Lake have been the best producers of northern pike. The shallow vegetated areas on Stieger Lake and Lake Auburn are providing the area's best sunfish action.
Sabre Lake is giving up quite a few walleyes in 10 feet of water. On Lake Tetonka, leeches have worked well for walleyes in 13 to 16 feet of water. Spoons or sucker minnows have been the ticket for northern pike along the weed edges of Lake Sekatah.
Lakes such as Norway, Florida, Solomon, Ringo, Long and Green have been giving up a few walleyes at various depths, although 10 to 15 feet of water seems to be key. There's a night bite taking place for walleyes on Big Kandi Lake and Diamond Lake in less than 10 feet of water. Shiner minnows have been the bait of choice in this area. Northern pike are hitting on most lakes, while Nest Lake and Lake Andrew continue to produce sunfish in shallow water.