Msg 1 Posted: 07:24 AM 12/21/06 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA |
The 12- to 20- foot weed edges on lakes such as Le Homme Dieu, Ida, Miltona and Mary are producing walleyes. Shiner minnows have worked best during the evening hours. Look to Pocket Lake, Lake Geneva, Mary and Le Homme Dieu for panfish in 10 to 14 feet. Northern pike reports have been minimal.
Northern pike and crappies will bite in 12 to 20 feet at Pleasant Lake, Clearwater Lake, Lake John and Granite Lake. Clearwater is producing sunfish in 12 to 16 feet, mostly in pockets of deeper bulrushes. Walleyes have bit during lowlight periods in 14 to 18 feet at Clearwater, Cedar Lake and Sugar Lake.
Jigging spoons or setlines and shiner minnows are providing walleyes in 17 to 27 feet at Battle Lake, 12 to 35 feet on Otter Tail Lake and 17 to 20 feet at Rush Lake. Eagle Lake, Walker Lake and Wall Lake are giving up walleyes in 17 feet. There's evening crappie action in 17 to 20 feet on lakes such as West Battle, Stalker, Clitherall, Elbow and Ten Mile. Check South Turtle and East Lost lakes for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet.
Walleyes are hitting during lowlight periods on Lake Bemidji in 18 feet. Lake Irvine is giving up good-sized perch in 18 to 20 feet. Look to Lake Plantagenet for walleyes and perch all day in 24 feet of water. The shallow weedlines of Wolf Lake and Bemidji are safe bets for northern pike. Turtle Lake is the best option for bluegills in eight feet of water.
The six- to 20- foot breaks and weedlines of Blackduck Lake hold perch and walleyes. Rabideau Lake is giving up bluegills and crappies in 14 feet. Shallow weedlines of Blackduck will produce northern pike.
Ice depths vary from three to 12 inches. Walleyes are hitting shiners and rainbows in 17 to 38 feet at Gull Lake and North Long Lake. Sucker minnows are triggering big northern pike on the south end of Gull in 10 to 14 feet. Crappie action has improved on the area's smaller lakes over 18 to 22 feet.
CASS LAKE AREA
Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake are producing limits of perch in six to 10 feet of water. The pods of bigger perch are concentrated on the sand and weed flats. Walleye action is strong at Cass during lowlight periods on the 18- to 20- foot gravel areas. Panfish action is slow, but numbers of northern pike can be had on the steep breaks of Pike Bay.
Work the south end of Chisago Lake for panfish in eight to 10 feet. Sunset Point on South Center Lake is producing daytime sunfish and nighttime crappies. South Lindstrom Lake is a safe bet for crappies in 14 feet. Sucker minnows are producing northern pike at Sunrise Lake in eight feet. Area ice conditions are fine for foot travel.
Pelican Lake and Serpent Lake remain the best bets for walleyes in 20 to 27 feet. West Rabbit Lake and Lake Edwards also have kicked out walleyes, mainly during the evening in 16 to 20 feet. Sunfish and crappies have been active in 14 to 18 feet on Big Mahnomen Lake, Upper Dean Lake, Perry Lake and Black Hoof Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under tip-ups on most lakes in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Eight inches of ice has taken hold on most lakes. Setlines and chubs are triggering walleyes in 10 to 12 feet at Boulder Lake and Fish Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in six feet of water on Rice Lake. Panfish action remains slow.
Crappies and walleyes are being pulled from Blue Lake over 18 feet. Look to Elk Lake for walleyes and crappies during the evening in 11 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are providing northern pike action on the northeast corner of Fremont Lake.
Four inches of ice is reported on some lakes, while skim ice and open water still exists in other areas. Fathead minnows are producing good-sized perch at Iowa Lake in three feet of water. Look to Cedar Lake for walleyes and pike in three feet as well.
Walkable ice exists, but you have to watch where you're going. The first bay on Shields Lake is producing bluegills and crappies in six to eight feet. Work the weed pockets in less than 10 feet on Cedar Lake for walleyes during the evening. The bars of French Lake have produced walleyes as well. Sucker minnows are providing northern pike action along the weedlines of Kelley Dudley Lake.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Most small lakes have about four inches of ice, but the big lakes such as Saganaga and Gunflint have open water. Lone ice fishing reports have come off Tom Lake where a few walleyes have been caught in 10 to 15 feet.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
There's evening walleye action on lakes like Moose, Pokegama, Trout and Wabana. Crappies hit at sunset on Bowstring Lake in 23 to 26 feet, Little Splithand Lake in 20 feet, and Loon Lake in 16 to 20 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are a safe bet for pike on the 12-foot weedlines of Big Ball Club Lake.
Fatheads and shiner minnows on blue-glow jigs will trigger walleyes on Birch Lake in 18 feet. Pine Mountain Lake is a safe bet for walleyes during the evening. Panfish reports have been limited except bluegill action on Brockway Lake in seven feet.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST Jigging spoons are producing walleyes in 19 feet of water on the Three Mile gravel. Look to Sloppy Joe's for walleyes in slightly deeper water. Lowlight periods are most productive. The best perch reports are coming off Big Point in 14 feet. Seven inches of ice is in place as far out as Three Mile, but it varies beyond that area.
WEST You'll find eight inches of ice in St. Alban's, Wigwam and Garrison bays, but less past Seguchie Point. There's been no activity on mud flats, but there are walleyes being caught in the bays during the day in 20 to 22 feet. Look shallower, primarily on the first break, during lowlight times. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are best.
There was open water on the main portion of Lake Minnetonka as of Tuesday morning. Walleye activity has picked up during the evening with glow jigs and minnows along the 15- to 18- foot weedlines that are close to shore. These locations will produce pike using tip-ups and sucker minnows at midday as well. On Medicine Lake, shiner minnows are producing pike and walleyes in 17 to 25 feet.
Reports have been limited due to little ice. Pike angling and spearing is improving in the shallow bays where there's enough ice for houses and ATVs. Limits of 2- to 5-pound fish are common. A few shallow-water walleyes have been taken on tip-ups, but crappie reports have yet to be heard. The big lake has three to five inches of ice with some slush.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of walleyes and sauger are being pulled from 20 to 24 feet. Gold or glow-colored jigs are the preferred lures with Buckshots and Demons also triggering fish. The majority of walleyes are 14 to 17 inches with trophy-sized walleyes reported daily from most resorts.
Shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 20 to 22 feet off Battle Point. The shallow weeds of Town Bay are holding northern pike. Look to Schultz's Bay for crappies and the north end bay is worth checking for sunfish in 20 to 22 feet early and late in the day.
Walleyes are hitting during the evening in 18 to 24 feet on Lake Vermilion. Pelican Lake continues to produce walleyes in six to 25 feet as well. Ice conditions are improving with five to eight inches in most bays. The Tower end of the lake is seeing some houses set, but still use caution on the main part of the lake.
Waconia Bay is kicking out sunfish during the day and walleyes and crappies at night in seven to nine feet. The Pillsbury Reef area is worth noting for crappies in 15 to 18 feet. Cemetery Reef and Anderson's Reef also may be worth checking for walleyes during lowlight periods. Six to nine inches of ice is reported in these areas, but there's less in other locations so caution is advised.
Four-wheelers are in use across the lake as eight inches of ice is reported. Northern pike and good-sized perch are being caught at the mouth of the Mississippi River. Walleye action has been good during the evening on the humps and sunken islands in 20 to 24 feet.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Look to the Pine Point area for perch during the day and walleyes at night in 12 to 14 feet. Kabekona Bay also has provided steady walleye action during lowlight periods in 16 to 18 feet. Shingobee Bay is producing sunfish and crappies in 18 to 21 feet. Watch the ice conditions in certain areas of Walker Bay on Leech Lake. Some steady walleye and northern pike activity has been reported from Garfield Lake in 17 feet of water.
Mud Bay and Baker's Bay on Lake Washington are producing panfish in 12 feet. Look to Lake Elysian for walleyes in eight feet. Lake Hanska has produced walleyes during the evening in six feet and jigging spoons have been the best option on both lakes. Ice conditions are fine for foot travel.
Ice depths vary greatly on all lakes. Some crappies have been pulled from Lake Minnewawa in 23 feet and the 12- to 14-foot weed edges of Minnewawa will provide northern pike. Walleye reports have been limited, but sunfish are being caught at Aitkin Lake in 12 to 16 feet.
There's evening walleye and crappie action on Buffalo Lake in 12 to 18 feet. Look to Lake Ida, Big Lake and Deer Lake for pike in eight to 12 feet. On Julia Lake, panfish and walleyes are hitting near the channel in 12 to 18 feet.
Numbers of good-sized perch and a few walleyes are being pulled from the south end of Big Stone Lake. Best area has been from the islands to Ortonville in 10 feet. Marsh Lake is producing 14- to 16-inch walleyes in two to four feet. Look to Nelson's Slough for perch in 10 feet.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Setlines and fatheads or jigging spoons and minnow heads have been the ticket for walleyes in 17 to 27 feet at lakes such as Fish Hook, Potato, Upper Bottle and Lower Bottle. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 14 feet on Big Mantrap Lake. The Crow Wing Chain remains the best option for bluegills in 10 to 12 feet.
Sand Bay has about six to 10 inches of ice and jigging spoons are turning walleyes during the evening hours in 28 to 30 feet. Northern pike action has been slow and much of the main lake remains wide open.
Jigging spoons are producing walleyes during lowlight periods in four to eight feet. A few crappies have been caught on the east shore in 12 feet. The east shore also has produced northern pike in four to eight feet.
RED WING AREA
When boat anglers can get on the Mississippi River, the sauger bite has been good. The best area has been below the dam with a jig and minnow in 15 to 25 feet. There is ice fishing between the docks in Baypoint Park. The panfish bite is strong in eight to 12 feet. Ice is limited and as of Tuesday morning, Lake Pepin was completely open.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Look for walleyes on Rice Lake, Lake Koronis, Grand Lake and Cedar Island Lake in 16 to 30 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike on Horseshoe Lake and Rice Lake in shallow water. A few crappies can be had during the evening on Rice in 20 to 25 feet and Horseshoe in 20 feet.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Dutchmen's Creek area and Red Barn Bay on Big Sauk Lake are producing crappies in 35 feet. Look to Lilly Lake in 23 to 25 feet and East Long Lake in 13 to 18 feet for sunfish.
There's consistent evening walleye action on Lake Minnewaska along the 12- to 15-foot weed edges. Eating-sized perch can be had in the same areas during the day. On the Glenwood end of Minnewaska, you'll find active sunfish in 12 to 14 feet during the day.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST Tip-ups and shiner minnows are providing northern pike action in eight to 10 feet at Beaver Lake, Lake Jane, White Bear Lake and Big Marine Lake. Sunfish can be had in 10 to 12 feet at Jane and Forest Lake, while Big Marine and Bald Eagle Lake are providing crappie action in 15 to 20 feet. Expect six to eight inches of ice in the areas being fished.
WEST The east side of Eagle Lake is kicking out sunfish in 13 feet of water. Look to Hydes Lake for a few crappies during the evening hours in eight to 13 feet. Shiner minnows continue to trigger northern pike on the 12- to 14- foot weed edges of Lake Minnewashta and Lake Auburn. Six to eight inches of ice is reported where anglers have been fishing.
SOUTH There's still some open water and about five inches of ice on a handful of lakes. Walleyes have been hitting shiner minnows in six to 15 feet of water at Lake Nokomis and Lake of the Isles during lowlight periods. Panfish and northern pike action is slow.
Look for crappies and walleyes from Ringo Lake in less than 15 feet. Willmar Lake is producing walleyes and crappies in 10 to 14 feet, while Long Lake is a safe bet for perch and walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. On Lake Wagonda and Big Kandi Lake, walleyes and perch can be had in less than 10 feet.