Msg 1 Posted: 12:56 PM 06/02/06 (CST)
Panfish are shallow and active on most lakes. Topwater baits and plastic jerk baits are producing numbers of largemouth bass in the shallow weeds of most lakes as well. Spinners and leeches now are turning the majority of walleyes in this area. Look to the deep weedlines on lakes such as Mary, Reno, Miltona, and Le Homme Dieu for the most active fish.|
A jig and minnow is providing steady walleye action on Clearwater Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. Granite Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lake Sylvia also have produced walleyes in slightly deeper water. Bass are hitting a variety of plastic presentations along the shallow weeds and shorelines of most lakes. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows along the 12- to 14-foot weed edges of Lake John, Pleasant Lake, Cedar, and Clearwater. Sunfish are very shallow and active along the sand-covered shorelines of area lakes.
Shiner minnows or leeches are the best bet for walleyes on West Battle Lake in 18 to 24 feet of water and at Otter Tail Lake in 14 to 18 feet. Spinnerbaits have been the best option for bass in the shallow weeds of most lakes. Sunfish are hitting in the shallows of Eagle Lake, Deer Lake, Dead Lake, and West Battle. Clitherall Lake and Elbow Lake are providing the areas best crappie action in four to six feet of water.
Leeches or nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Lake Plantagenette and Lake Bemidji in 20 to 25 feet during the day. Shad Raps have provided better action during the evening hours in 10 to 15 feet of water. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits or topwater presentations on area lakes, but look to Big Lake for better numbers of large fish. Panfish are biting on many lakes in two to three feet of water.
Blackduck Lake is a safe bet for walleyes with leeches and nightcrawlers in 10 to 14 feet of water. The Blackduck River also has provided consistent walleye activity with a jig and shiner minnow. The shallow weeds and shorelines of Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake are providing numbers of crappies and bluegills. Bass are shallow and active on most lakes throughout the day.
Leeches and shiner minnows continue to provide steady walleye action in 12 to 16 feet of water on Round Lake, Gull Lake, and North Long Lake. Sucker minnows also will produce numbers of northern pike along the weed edges of these lakes, while largemouth bass are biting very well in the shallows of most fisheries. Look for consistent panfish action in shallow water on lakes such as Gull, Margaret, Nisswa, and Round.
CASS LAKE AREA
A jig and shiner minnow or live bait rig and leech are the best bets for walleyes along the 10- to 20-foot breaks of Cass Lake, Pike Bay Lake, Lake Andrusia, and Kitchi Lake. Some of these fish can be had in shallower water during the evening hours. Crappie action remains strong in the shallow weeds of most lakes, while Allens Bay on Cass continues to hold good-sized bluegills. Bass are biting on most of the areas smaller lakes, while Andrusia is the best bet for northern pike.
The bass season started very well on most lakes. Spinnerbaits thrown along the vegetated shorelines have worked best and look to Chisago Lake for better numbers of big fish. There's some evening walleye action to be had with leeches in 16 to 18 feet of water on lakes such as North Center, South Center, and South Lindstrom. The shallow shorelines of Chisago are kicking out sunfish and you'll find plenty of crappies at Kroon Lake in 12 feet of water. Bass, bluegills, and northern pike have bit well on Sunrise Lake.
The bass season started particularly strong on most lakes with plastics or spinnerbaits producing the majority of fish. Minnows and nightcrawlers continue to fool walleyes in 20 to 26 feet of water on Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake. Crappie and sunfish action is worth noting in the shallows of most lakes. Look to the Pennington Pit and Huntington Pit for trout. Rapalas or Power Bait has worked best.
Consistent walleye reports continue to come from Rice Lake, Island Lake, and Fish Lake from 10 to 28 feet of water. The St. Louis River started giving up a few more walleyes this week as well. Look to Rice Lake and Fish Lake for panfish in less than eight feet of water. The majority of salmon and lake trout action on Lake Superior is taking place near the surface with stickbaits.
Leeches now are producing the majority of walleyes in 17 to 22 feet of water at Green Lake and Blue Lake. Shallow water crappie action is going very strong on Fremont Lake and Lake Dianne. Bass and northern pike are an easy catch along the weedlines of most lakes with spinnerbaits or live bait presentations.
Big crappies have been caught in three to five feet of water at Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. Leeches are the best option for walleyes on Hall Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Sunfish now are being caught under or near the shallow docks of most lakes and bass reports have been limited during the first few days of the season. FARIBAULT
Topwater baits or plastics have provided consistent bass action in the shallow weeds of Cedar Lake and Lake Mazaska. Sunfish also can be had in the shallow weeds of most lakes, but look to Roberds Lake and Mazaska for bigger fish. Leeches are producing a few walleyes on Cannon Lake in six to 10 feet of water and on French Lake in 17 feet. French Lake and Kelley Dudley Lake remain the best options for northern pike, while crappies continue to be caught on Cedar Lake and Lake Mazaska.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
A jig and minnow combination consistently is producing walleyes between 12 and 15 feet of water on Homer Lake and Northern Lights Lake. Devils Track Lake is kicking out a few good-sized smallmouth bass in shallow water. Sucker minnows continue to provide steady northern pike activity on Elbow Lake.
Splithand Lake, Deer Lake, Bowstring Lake, and Lake Pokegama are the best bets for walleyes. Depths vary at each lake, but 12 to 16 feet is a good starting point with shiner minnows or leeches. Smallmouth and largemouth bass can be had on area lakes with plastics or spinnerbaits working best in shallow water. Pooles Bay on Pokegama remains a safe bet for crappies in shallow water.
Birch Lake is kicking out crappies in shallow water and walleyes in 12 feet. Rapalas have been the ticket for walleyes during lowlight periods of the day at Ten Mile Lake, Stoney Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Woman Lake. Largemouth and smallmouth bass action has been strong with plastics on Ten Mile, Birch, and Pleasant lakes. Sunfish are very active in the shallows of most fisheries.
Walleyes are hitting leeches early and late in the day at Collinwood Lake in 16 feet of water and Lake Washington in eight to 10 feet. Rapalas also have turned a few walleyes at night in front of the campground on Lake Ripley. Work the shallows of Lake Minnie Belle for sunfish and the weedlines of Ripley for northern pike. Bass reports have been limited.
The big bays are giving up walleyes during lowlight periods of the day. The majority of walleyes are being caught on leeches along the 19- to 22-foot weedlines. Bass seem to be hitting anything thrown at them in less than six feet of water, while spinners and sucker minnows have been the ticket for northern pike along any inside weed edge. Look for crappies to be suspended over 26 feet of water and numbers of good-sized sunfish in shallow water.
Crawlers have started producing walleyes on the Half Mile Bar in 18 feet of water. Some good-sized crappies have been pulled from the 12-foot weed edges. Look for sunfish to be scattered throughout the Half Mile Bar in 15 feet of water. Northern pike and bass have been an easy catch throughout the weeded areas of the lake.
Walleyes are hitting during the day along the sharp, 26- to 35-foot breaks. During lowlight conditions, eight to 14 feet of water remains most productive. Panfish and bass are very active in shallow water, while northern pike are an easy catch in the shallow and deep weeded areas.
Slip bobbers and leeches are providing steady walleye action along the 12- to 18-foot weed edges near the swimming beach and Keggs Reef. Bass action has been good in deep and shallow water with a variety of presentations. Look to the shallow weeds and bulrushes of Reinkes Bay for sunfish and you'll find crappies along the 10- to 12-foot milfoil edges. Northern pike are active and scattered in the weeded areas of the lake.
A jig and shiner minnow remains the best option for walleyes along the west side points in eight to 12 feet of water, from the Highbanks area to Duck Pass in eight to 10 feet of water, and off Little Stoney Point in less than 12 feet of water. Leeches and live bait rigs are turning a few bigger walleyes on the main lake bars. Expect northern pike and some keeping-sized perch to be found with the walleyes.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anchoring and jigging with a shiner minnow continues to produce walleyes at the Morris Point Gap in 16 to 24 feet of water. A few fish have started hitting crankbaits during the evening hours in slightly shallower water. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are hitting spinner rigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers in 16 to 20 feet of water. Work the various island drop-offs for better numbers of fish.
A jig and shiner minnow continues to turn walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water during the day in Walker Bay, Agency Bay, Portage Bay and near Minnesota Island. These fish do move closer to shore during the evening hours on Leech Lake. Millers Bay and Shingobee Bay continue to kick out crappies and sunfish in shallow water and bass activity has been best along the shallow rice beds of Leech.
Look to Lake Washington for crappies in 10 feet of water and numbers of sunfish near the docks. Walleyes are hitting leeches at Lake Elysian in eight to 10 feet of water. With a northwest wind, Madison Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bass are shallow and active on most lakes, but Lake Washington tends to give up better numbers of good-sized fish.
Walleyes continue to hit leeches and minnows below the dam on Big Sandy Lake. Work the weedlines of Big Sandy and Lake Minnewawa with minnows for northern pike. Bass reports have been slow, but there is some consistent sunfish activity in shallow water on Lake Minnewawa.
East - Midday hours are best spent on the mud flats or north end sand breaks. Live bait rigs tipped with leeches or nightcrawlers are producing fish in 18 to 20 feet on the sand and in 30 to 35 feet on the mud. Slip bobbers and leeches on the shallow rock reefs and points continue to provide the best walleye activity during the evening hours.
West - Spinner rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers have started turning the majority of daytime walleyes on the mud flats. Work the deep edges of Seguchies Flat, Shermans Flat, and the Seven Mile Flat in 30 to 34 feet of water. Evening walleye activity continues to be strong on the rock points with slip bobbers and leeches and you'll still hit some fish in St. Albans Bay.
Bass and northern pike are hitting at a good pace on lakes such as Ida, Eagle, Big, and Beebe. Crankbaits are producing walleyes during the evening hours at Briggs Lake, Lake Julia, Rush Lake, and Beebe. Look to the Mississippi River for smallmouth bass, a few walleyes, and numbers of catfish. Lakes such as Beebe and Ida are safe bets for sunfish in shallow water.
Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are producing walleyes in 12 feet of water on Big Stone Lake. The Mallard Point and Hartford Beach areas have been most consistent. The Minnesota River near Odessa is kicking out catfish and northern pike. Look to Artichoke Lake for walleyes and crappies in eight to 10 feet of water.
Nightcrawlers are turning walleyes on Fish Hook Lake in 16 feet of water. Sucker minnows worked along the weed edges of Long Lake and the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes are a safe bet for northern pike. Bass are shallow and hitting spinnerbaits on area lakes, while Big Mantrap Lake is providing the areas best crappie action in six feet of water. Look to the Crow Wing Chain in two to four feet of water for bluegills.
Saginaw Bay has provided steady walleye action in 10 to 12 feet of water. Sand Bay and Jackfish Bay also have given up fish in eight to 10 feet of water. Black Bay is the best bet for crappies in shallow water and numbers of small northern pike can be had along the weedlines. Smallmouth bass reports have been limited.
Walleyes continue to hit a jig and minnow presentation in six to eight feet of water. Crappies also can be had at these depths with a slip bobber and minnow combination. A few reports of good-sized northern pike have been heard from the inlet and outlet areas of the lake.
The 16-foot weedlines along the Golf Course area of Sauk Lake continue to produce walleyes. Leeches are turning walleyes on McCormick Lake in shallow water as well. Little and Big Birch lakes are worth noting for walleyes in 16 to 19 feet of water. Work the shorelines of Fairy Lake and Sauk for panfish, while sucker minnows are providing steady northern pike action along the weedlines of most lakes. Little Birch is kicking out smallmouth bass and largemouth bass seem to be hitting on most lakes.
Walleyes are hitting off the points and sand bars of Lake Minnewaska in 10 to 12 feet or 20 to 24 feet of water. A spinner rig tipped with a minnow or leech is working best. Long Lake is a safe bet for numbers of small walleyes, while the weedlines of Pelican Lake are holding northern pike. Bass action has been excellent throughout the area and look for sunfish to be very shallow on most lakes.
NORTHEAST METRO - The Afton area of the St. Croix River is producing walleyes and saugers. Most of these fish are hitting crankbaits or leeches in 15 to 20 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the weed edges of White Bear Lake and Big Marine Lake and sunfish are an easy catch in the shallows of Lake Peltier. The bass seasons started strong with good reports coming from the shallow weeds of Demonterville Lake and Lake Jane.
WEST METRO - Sunfish are biting well in the shallows of lakes such as Auburn, Stieger, and Minnewashta. On Lake Bavaria, crappies and sunfish are biting in the shallows. Plastics are producing bass on most lakes, but look to Lake Zumbra and Minnewashta for bigger fish. Spinnerbaits tipped with small sucker minnows are turning northern pike along the weed edges of Lake Auburn, Lake Riley, and Lake Susan.
The bass season started with a bang in the shallow water of most lakes. There's some evening walleye action in shallow water on Diamond Lake, Willmar Lake, Long Lake, and Ringo Lake. Panfish are shallow and active on most area lakes and look to the shallow sand areas of Green Lake for smallmouth bass.