Msg 1 Posted: 12:11 PM 01/05/07 (CST)
By Outdoor News|
The Associated Press - Thursday, January 04, 2007
Walleyes continue to hit setlines and shiner minnows at sunset along the 15- to 20-foot weedlines and breaks on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Miltona, Lake Mary and Lake Ida. Sunfish and crappies also have bit best during lowlight periods in 10 to 14 feet at Pocket Lake, Lake Geneva and Lake Carlos.
Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake are producing a few walleyes during the evening hours in 18 to 24 feet. The mid-depth weedlines at Pleasant Lake, Lake John, Sugar Lake, French Lake and Granite Lake are providing steady pike action. Numbers of sunfish are easy to locate in 10 to 14 feet on Clearwater, Sugar, and John but you will have to sort through some small fish. Crappie reports have been limited to the deep holes of Clearwater and Granite lakes.
Walleyes are hitting on Otter Tail Lake in 18 to 20 feet during lowlight periods of day. There's some midday perch action on Otter Tail in 14 feet as well. Walker Lake, Wall Lake and East Battle Lake are giving up walleyes in 16 to 20 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 18 to 20 feet of water on Ethal Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Rush Lake, Stewart Lake and the narrows on East Lost Lake are safe bets for sunfish. The shallow weedlines at Clitherall Lake, Long Lake and Otter Tail are producing northern pike.
Gull Lake, Pelican Lake and Round Lake remain the area's best walleye options. The majority of fish have been caught during lowlight periods in 18 to 28 feet. Gull, Round, Lake Edna and North Long Lake are giving up northern pike in six to 18 feet. Panfish action has been limited again this week. Rosy reds and glow jigs have triggered a few crappies in 15 to 23 feet at North Long and Gull.
CASS LAKE AREA
A few walleyes can be had on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake in 25 to 30 feet. Work the 12- to 14-foot breaks of Pike Bay for perch. The weedlines of Allen's Bay on Cass are worth noting for northern pike. Panfish are being caught in 12 feet of water at Midge Lake and Grace Lake.
Sunset Point on South Center Lake and the south end of Chisago Lake are producing sunfish and crappies in six to eight feet of water. There's an evening walleye and crappie bite at South Lindstrom Lake in 12 to 23 feet. Kroon Lake started giving up crappies during the evening hours in 21 feet as well. The six- to eight-foot weeds are holding good numbers of northern pike at Sunrise Lake.
Walleye action on Serpent Lake has turned up a notch this week. Pelican Lake continues to provide steady walleye action as well, primarily with shiner or rainbow minnows. Lakes such as Perry, Little Black Hoof, Mahnomen, Black Hoof and Black Bear are worth noting for panfish. Minnows under a tip-up have provided consistent northern pike action at most lakes.
Ice depths vary with 10 to 16 inches reported on most lakes. There's a short window of opportunity for walleyes at sunset on Big Cormorant Lake in 18 to 30 feet of water. Lakes such as Melissa, Sallie, Pelican, Detroit, Lizzie and Crystal have produced a few walleyes as well. Waxworms are triggering panfish in the green weed pockets of Little Detroit Lake, Round Lake, Floyd Lake, Cotton Lake and Big Toad Lake.
Boulder Lake and Fish Lake are worth noting for walleyes in 12 feet of water during lowlight periods of the day. Setlines and chubs have worked better than jigging spoons. Panfish continue to be tough to find, but there is plenty of northern pike action in the area. Look to Rice Lake for a few bigger fish in less than eight feet of water.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
There have been some walleyes and lake trout caught in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The best reports were coming off lakes such Little Trout, Duncan, and Rose. Along the Gunflint Trail, look to Cascade Lake and Pike Lake for a few walleyes in less than 20 feet of water. Ice conditions on the bigger lakes are still not good so use caution.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Bowstring Lake is producing walleyes and crappies during the evening hours in 18 to 21 feet of water. Lakes such as Wabana, Trout, Pokegama and Sugar also are worth noting for walleyes in 19 to 30 feet. You'll find bluegills on Pokegama in 21 feet and on Bass Lake in 12 feet of water. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 25 feet on Little Splithand Lake, Loon Lake, Rice Lake and Gile Lake. Northern pike are an easy catch on all lakes.
Shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 23 feet and northern pike in shallow water at Birch Lake. Birch also has provided steady sunfish action in 25 feet. Pleasant Lake is giving up sunfish and crappies in 12 feet. Child Lake and Five Point Lake are worth noting for sunfish in eight to 10 feet.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - Some limits of walleyes are being caught on the mud flats over 18 to 25 feet. Fish over 20 inches also remain active, especially during lowlight periods of the day. Perch action remains strong in the bays, although you will have to sort through some small fish. The best reports are coming from eight to 15 feet of water. ATVs are recommended for travel.
WEST - With varying ice conditions, ATVs continue to be the best travel option on this end of the lake. The edges of the flats are holding fish in 22 to 26 feet of water. Jigging spoons are working best early and late in the day on Seguchie's Flat, Sherman's Flat and the Seven Mile. A few good-sized perch also can be had from the flats.
Four inches of ice and up to nine inches of heavy, wet snow on top of it has limited fishing opportunities. Ice conditions were not in very good shape as of Tuesday morning. A handful of anglers is walking out and catching a few walleyes in 17 to 22 feet.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The most consistent bite along the south shore is taking place in 20 to 26 feet during the morning hours. Limits of 14- to 16-inch walleyes remain an easy catch. At the Northwest Angle, 22 to 25 feet has been key for walleyes. The Oak Island area bite has been strong in 19 to 24 feet early and late in the day.
There's some evening walleye action off the north end access and Battle Point in 20 to 24 feet. Setlines and shiner minnows have worked best. Panfish are scattered with a spurt of activity at sunrise and sunset each day. The north end bay is the best option in 17 to 20 feet. Northern pike continue to run in shallow water.
Walleyes can be had on the 20- to 30-foot saddles, humps and sharp breaks. Lowlight periods have been best with setlines and chubs or rainbow minnows working best. Pike remain active on the eight- to 14-foot weedlines. Crappies have started showing up in "The Hole" of Niles Bay about 10 feet off bottom.
Not many anglers have traveled beyond Waconia Bay due to ice conditions. Fortunately, the bay has produced a mixed bag of fish including walleyes, sunfish and crappies. The best action is taking place along the nine- to 12-foot weed edges. Foot travel is recommended throughout the lake.
The best perch reports are coming from 24 to 30 feet. The bigger fish are tight to the bottom off Center Bar, the sunken humps or sunken islands. Walleyes can be had during the last hour of daylight in 22 to 25 feet on the islands and humps. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are keeping pike anglers busy on the shoreline breaks and weedlines. Expect 14 to 16 inches of ice.
LEECH LAKE AREA
ATVs are the safest travel option with seven to 10 inches of ice throughout the lake. Sand Point is kicking out perch during the day in 20 to 23 feet. Walleyes have bit best during the evening hours in 25 to 28 feet of water. The breaks just outside Horseshoe Bay and Sand Bay have been most productive. In Shingobee Bay, look for steady bluegill action in 12 to 14 feet.
Northern pike action has improved in the shallow weeds of Black Bay. Sand Bay is the best bet for walleyes during lowlight periods in 28 to 34 feet. Shiner minnows and glow jigs are working best, while snowmobiles and ATVs remain the safest travel options.
The ice is in great condition with up to 15 inches reported. Walleyes and pike have bit consistently during lowlight periods of the day in six to 12 feet of water. A few crappies have been found now that anglers are venturing further out on the lake.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Northern pike and panfish are biting well in six to 16 feet on Pearl Lake and Goodner Lake. Stonegate Bar and the far west end of Lake Koronis are producing walleyes in 22 to 30 feet. Look to the 24-foot hole on Rice Lake for crappies, while the deep holes of Horseshoe Lake are safe bets for catfish and crappies.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Shiner minnows are triggering some walleyes on the south end humps and bars of Big Birch Lake in 21 to 23 feet of water and on Big Sauk Lake in 18 to 24 feet of water. Look to Lake Villard for sunfish in eight feet and on the north end of Lilly Lake for sunfish and crappies in 20 to 23 feet. Big Sauk, Big Birch, Westport Lake and Smith Lake are the area's best bets for northern pike.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST - Northern pike are very active on lakes like Battle Creek, Beaver, Demonterville, White Bear and Bald Eagle. The evening hours are producing some walleyes and crappies at Lake Jarvis, Big Marine Lake and Bald Eagle Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Look to Little Lake and Lake Peltier for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water. Five to seven inches of ice is the norm on most lakes.
WEST - Crappies continue to be caught during the evening hours on Hydes Lake in eight to 13 feet of water. Northern pike can be had with shiner minnows on the 10- to 12-foot weed edges of Lake Minnewashta, Pierson Lake and Lake Auburn. Walleye action remains slow, but you will find a few good-sized sunfish at Eagle Lake in 12 feet of water.