Msg 1 Posted: 10:11 AM 05/28/06 (CST)
Live bait rigs tipped with shiner minnows, leeches or nightcrawlers have produced walleyes in 12 to 17 feet of water. Lakes worth noting include Mary, Oscar, Chippewa and Le Homme Dieu. Panfish anglers continue to do well in shallow water on most lakes for sunfish and crappies.|
A minnow and jig is producing walleyes in 18 to 28 feet of water on Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake Sylvia, Lake John and Granite Lake. Sucker minnows will produce northern pike on the 14-foot weedlines on these lakes as well. Sunfish and crappies are being found shallow on most lakes.
Walleyes continue to be caught on a jig and shiner minnow in 14 to 20 feet of water at Rush Lake, Big Pine Lake, Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake. Crappie action remains strong in the shallows of Elbow Lake, Clitherall Lake and Blanche Lake. South Turtle Lake is the best option for northern pike, while sunfish remain active in the shallows of Deer Lake.
Walleye action remains very good with leeches or shiner minnows on Gull Lake, North Long Lake and Round Lake. Look for northern pike to hit sucker minnows in six to 18 feet of water on most lakes, while panfish are biting in the shallow weeds throughout the area.
CASS LAKE AREA
The seven- to 20-foot breaklines are producing walleyes during the day. Work the shallow, current flow areas during the evening hours, and a jig and shiner minnow is working best. Look to Cass Lake, Lake Andrusia, Kitchi Lake and Pike Bay Lake for walleyes. Allen's Bay on Cass is a safe bet for bluegills in shallow water and the reeds of most lakes are now holding crappies.
Look for walleyes on South Lindstrom Lake in 12 to 17 feet, the north end of North Center Lake in 12 to 16 feet, and in front of the A-Frame on Chisago Lake in 10 to 16 feet of water. Leeches and minnows are turning the majority of fish. Northern pike and bluegills are very active on Sunrise Lake, while Kroon Lake is the area's best option for crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Walleyes are hitting a jig or live bait rig tipped with minnows or crawlers in 22 to 27 feet of water on Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake. There's an evening crappie bite on Serpent Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water in the Peterson Creek area. Power Baits or Rapalas have been the ticket for trout at the Pennington Pit and Huntington Pit.
Leeches and minnows are turning walleyes in 10 feet of water at Fish Lake and Boulder Lake. Island Lake also has given up walleyes, but in 30 feet of water. Caribou Lake and Fish Lake are worth noting for bluegills in six feet of water. The best lake trout and coho salmon reports are coming from the south end of Lake Superior with stickbaits trolled in the top 30 feet of water.
Look to Green Lake for walleyes in 14 to 22 feet of water and Elk Lake in seven to 11 feet of water. Blue Lake is the area's best option for panfish in shallow water and northern pike seem to be hitting minnows along the weedlines of most lakes.
Lindy Rigs and leeches are producing walleyes during the evening hours in 12 to 14 feet of water on Hall Lake and Budd Lake. Crappie action remains strong in three to six feet of water at the power plant on George Lake and the water treatment plant area of Budd Lake. Northern pike have been aggressively hitting minnows on most lakes.
The bridge area of Cannon Lake is kicking out walleyes in four to six feet of water. Limits of walleyes have been caught on jigs and minnows on Circle Lake in eight to 10 feet of water. Look to the shallow weeds of Hunt Lake and Lake Mazaska for crappies, while northern pike are an easy catch with sucker minnows on Cedar Lake and Kelley Dudley Lake.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Cool weather has limited walleye action, but a few fish have been caught in shallow water on Lake Saganaga and Gunflint Lake. The evening hours have been best with a jig and minnow. Northern pike have been most active in 10 to 12 feet of water at Elbow Lake.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The south end rock piles of Bowstring Lake are holding walleyes and crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. Shiner minnows have produced walleyes at Splithand Lake in 12 feet. Swan Lake and Deer Lake have started producing walleyes as well. Poole's Bay on Lake Pokegama is giving up crappies and numbers of small northern pike can be had from most lakes.
Leeches and nightcrawlers are providing steady walleye action on Pleasant Lake in 18 to 22 feet of water and at Kidd Lake in 15 feet of water. Leeches have provided the best bite on Birch Lake in 25 to 27 feet, while a jig and shiner minnow is key on Webb Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water. The shallow water crappie bite remains strong on lakes such as Ten Mile, Child and Webb.
The wind-driven shorelines have been best for walleyes with a jig and minnow combination. Look for sand and gravel bottom areas to be holding the most fish. Minnows and artificial presentations are providing steady northern pike action in less than 10 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch in the shallow sand areas of the lake.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - Nightcrawlers have started turning more fish on the north end sand in 18 feet of water. Slip bobbers and leeches are still the ticket on the shallow rocks during the evening hours. Look to Spider Island, Big Point, and Shaw's Point as the best rock spots. A slowly presented live bait rig is producing walleyes on the deep edges of the mud flats.
WEST - Sherman's Flat, Seguchie's Flat and the Seven Mile Flat are producing walleyes between 31 and 35 feet of water. Live bait rigs tipped with nightcrawlers or leeches are working best. The same presentation is providing steady action between 16 and 25 feet of water in St. Alban's Bay. The evening bite remains strong on the shallow rock points and reefs with slip bobbers and leeches.
Work the bigger bays for walleyes with leeches and nightcrawlers in 28 to 30 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting spinners and minnows along the 14- to 16-foot weed edges. Look for crappies to be suspended over deep water and sunfish are scattered, but active, in two to 20 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Reports from the south shore indicate limits of walleyes being caught in 17 to 23 feet of water while anchored and jigging. The Morris Point Gap has been the most consistent area. At the Northwest Angle, the 16- to 18-foot breaks off Oak Island are kicking out walleyes by casting crankbaits or drifting spinner rigs.
A variety of live bait options is producing walleyes on Four Mile Bar in 16 to 30 feet of water and on Moon Bar in six to 12 feet of water. Panfish reports remain limited, but northern pike are an easy catch throughout the lake.
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes along the 25- to 30-foot breaks during the evening hours. Look for leeches and crawlers to start turning fish this week with warmer weather. Crappies are stacking up in Black Bay, Wolf Bay and the Wakemup Narrows.
Crappies can be found in weeds in about 12 feet of water. Kegg's Reef and Reinke's Bay are worth noting. Look to the southeast corner of the lake for walleyes and crappies with leeches in 12 to 16 feet of water. These fish tend to move shallower during the evening hours. The shallow bays remain the best option for sunfish.
Although a few big walleyes have been caught on the deep bars, the majority of fish continue to be caught from six to 10 feet of water on a jig and shiner minnow. Little Stoney Point to the town side access has been good, so has the bird houses area, Tamarack Point and points along the west side of the lake. Numbers of northern pike and perch have been mixed in with the walleyes.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The majority of keeping-sized walleyes are coming from 15 to 23 feet of water during the day and 15 to 17 feet during the evening hours on Leech Lake. A jig and shiner minnow is the best bet in Walker Bay, Agency Bay and the north side of Minnesota Island. Look to Portage Bay in 15 to 20 feet of water for bigger walleyes. Garfield Lake has provided steady walleye action as well. The best crappie reports are coming from Miller's Bay and Shingobee Bay on Leech in six to 15 feet of water.
The flowage areas of Big Sandy Lake are giving up walleyes with minnows. Lake Minnewawa and Rat Lake are safe bets for panfish in shallow water. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike along the weed edges of most lakes.
A jig and minnow on the Mississippi River is the most consistent bet for walleyes. Briggs Lake and Julia Lake also have given up a few walleyes in eight to 14 feet of water. Look to Locke Lake with leeches for walleyes in 12 feet of water. Buffalo Lake remains the area's best bet for crappies in shallow water.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Minnows are providing steady walleye action on Big Sand Lake in 16 feet of water and at the Crow Wing Chain in 12 feet of water. Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake have provided steady northern pike activity, while the shallow weeds on Long, Fish Hook and Crow Wing Chain continue to produce crappies.
On the main lake, walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow combination in the Siene River and Kettle Falls areas. The mouth of the Little Fork River has provided consistent walleye action on the Rainy River as well. Northern pike are inhaling minnows and crankbaits along the weeded shorelines near Black Bay.
Anglers have managed limits of crappies in six to eight feet of water near Roger's Campground and Mort's Dock. Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow in the same depths throughout the lake. The wind usually dictates what end of the lake you can fish more than the bite.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Panfish action has picked up in the shallows of most lakes and northern pike are hitting minnows along the weed edges of Big Sauk Lake, Black Oak Lake and Big Birch Lake. Little Birch Lake and the area below the dam on Sauk Lake remain the best bets for walleyes.
Minnows have been the ticket for walleyes on Lake Minnewaska at two depths, 10 to 12 feet or 25 feet of water. Long Lake is producing walleyes in eight feet of water, as is Reno Lake in 15 feet, and the Chippewa River near Benson has kicked out some fish this week as well. The best bet for panfish remains the Starbuck Marina on Lake Minnewaska.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO - Bald Eagle Lake and Big Marine Lake are giving up crappies in 15 to 20 feet of water. The St. Croix River is a safe bet for walleyes and sauger, while there's some evening walleye activity with jigs and minnows on Clear Lake and Bald Eagle in 15 to 20 feet of water. Northern pike are being taken along the weed edges of Demontreville Lake, White Bear Lake and Big Marine. Sunfish have moved into two to eight feet of water on lakes such as Peltier, Linwood and Bone.
WEST METRO - Slip bobbers and fathead minnows have been turning walleyes on Lake Parley in 12 to 14 feet of water. Parley has provided steady sunfish action in four to six feet of water as well. The north end of Lake Minnewashta is kicking out sunfish in four feet of water and some crappies in 10 feet. Look to Lake Auburn for sunfish in six feet of water. Trolling crankbaits along the weed edges of Lower Auburn Lake has produced numbers of northern pike.
Green Lake is producing walleyes in 30 to 40 feet of water. On lakes such as Solomon, Ringo, Long, Diamond, Willmar and Florida you'll find active walleyes during the evening hours along the shorelines or creek mouth areas. Panfish have begun to move shallow with the best reports coming off Lake Andrew, Florida Lake, Nest Lake and Willmar Lake.