Msg 1 Posted: 10:13 PM 01/26/07 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA |
Lake Ida is producing small walleyes, while Lake Miltona is producing bigger fish during the evening hours in 19 to 23 feet. Some good-sized perch and small walleyes have been pulled from Reno Lake as well. You'll find suspended crappies, after dark, on Lake Le Homme Dieu over 15 to 18 feet. The area's best bets for sunfish are lakes Geneva and Victoria in 10 to 12 feet of water.
A few walleyes continue to be caught in 18 to 22 feet during the evening hours at lakes such as Clearwater, Pleasant, Granite and Sugar. Lakes Marie, Indian and John are kicking out sunfish in 12 to 14 feet, while crappies continue to be found suspended in 22 to 24 feet at Clearwater, Pleasant, John, French Lake, Limestone Lake, Lake Francis and the north bay of Lake Sylvia. Dan's Lake continues to give up crappies and pike, while the 12- to 14- foot weed edges of Pleasant, John, Clearwater and Francis are safe bets for pike.
Walleyes and perch can be had on Otter Tail Lake at two depths: 12 to 24 feet or the 35-foot humps. Look to West Battle Lake for walleyes in 20 to 35 feet or to Clitherall Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Crappies can be had during lowlight periods on West Battle over 18 to 22 feet, while sunfish continue to be pulled from 10 feet of water at Ellingson Lake, Wall Lake and Rush Lake. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 15 to 20 feet on Clitherall, West Battle, Otter Tail and North Turtle Lake.
Some decent perch numbers and an occasional walleye have been pulled from Lake Plantagenet and Lake Bemidji in 20 to 24 feet. Panfish and northern pike action has really slowed, but look to lakes such as Grace and Beltrami to start giving up crappies and sunfish soon.
Perch continue to be pulled from Blackduck Lake in water as shallow as six feet or as deep as 25 feet. A "walleye or two" can be had each evening on Blackduck in 16 to 20 feet. On Island Lake, look for walleyes and perch in 14 to 18 feet of water. Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake remain the best options for panfish in 12 to 30 feet.
Walleyes remain active during lowlight periods in 18 to 35 feet on Gull Lake and Round Lake. Glow jigs tipped with waxies, Eurolarvae or rosy red minnows are triggering panfish on Upper Gull Lake, Lake Margaret, Nisswa Lake and the south end of Gull. Large minnows are the ticket for pike on lakes such as Gull, Round and the big portion of North Long.
CASS LAKE AREA
Spotty walleye action is reported on the 30- to 35-foot flats of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Jumbo perch are hitting on Pike Bay in 20 to 25 feet and on the 10- to 12- foot sand and weed flats of Cass. Big pike also have been taken in the shallow perch locations. Look to the evening hours for crappies on Sucker Lake and Grace Lake is kicking out a few bluegills.
Look for walleyes north of the swimming beach on South Lindstrom Lake in 12 to 20 feet. Panfish can be had on the south end of Chisago Lake and off Sunset Point on South Center Lake in six to 12 feet. Sunrise Lake and the south end of Chisago are kicking out numbers of pike in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Look for crappies and sunfish on lakes such as Cedar, Mahnomen, Bay, Perry, Little Black Hoof and Black Bear. There's a chance of snagging a walleye on these lakes with your panfish gear as well. Walleyes are being caught during lowlight periods on the south shore of Pelican Lake, the Crosby end of Serpent, Roosevelt Lake and the Whitefish Chain. Northern pike are being taken along the outside edge of most weedy bays on area lakes with small sucker minnows.
Fathead minnows continue to produce walleyes during the evening hours at Boulder Lake in eight to 10 feet. Minnows also have triggered perch on Pike Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water. Look to Caribou Lake, after dark, for crappies in 15 feet.
Crappie action remains strong at Spectacle Lake in 17 to 25 feet and at Green Lake in 22 feet of water. Work the 12-foot humps of Blue Lake for sunfish during the morning and afternoon hours. Walleye and pike action remains limited.
Hall Lake is kicking out crappies and a few walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. Look to Budd Lake during the evening hours for a few crappies in 16 feet. Sunfish and northern pike action has dropped off in recent days.
Crappies continue to be found suspended over 30 to 40 feet of water on French Lake. Some muskies also have been taken with large minnows over this deep water on French. Kelly Dudley Lake is a safe bet for pike, while Shields Lake is worth noting for bluegills in eight to 10 feet of water.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Ciscoes continue to be the best bet for suspended lake trout over the deep holes of Gunflint Lake and Clearwater Lake. Smaller baits are triggering rainbow trout in shallower water at Deer Yard Lake. Mink Lake continues to produce rainbows as well. Walleye action has tapered off, but Pike Lake is worth noting for good-sized perch.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Look to Lake Pokegama for walleyes in 15 to 23 feet early and late each day. The 18- to 24-foot humps of Trout Lake have produced walleyes as well. There's some lowlight crappie action on the north end of Bowstring Lake and Poole's Bay on Pokegama is worth noting for bluegills in 14 feet. Splithand Lake continues to kick out bluegills, while the Windego Arm of Pokegama is the area's best option for pike.
Sunfish can be had in 18 feet of water during the day on lakes such as Ten Mile, Pleasant and Birch. Look for crappies in these areas during the evening hours. Walleye and northern pike reports remain limited from the area.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST The best walleye reports continue to come from the deep mud and gravel during the morning hours. Look to the Boot, Sliver, Three Mile Gravel and Midget Flat with jigging spoons in 25 to 32 feet. The Three Mile also has produced some fish in 20 feet during lowlight periods. Perch action has slowed, although some good-sized fish have been taken near Hennepin Island in 24 feet of water.
WEST The mud flats are producing walleyes throughout the day in 28 to 34 feet. Lowlight periods are best spent on top of the mud in 22 to 26 feet of water. Jigging spoons and setlines both are triggering fish. Look to the Eight Mile Flat, Sherman's Flat and Seguchie's Flat for the best bites. Perch reports have been limited to an occasional fish mixed between walleye bites on the mud.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The 12-foot weedlines of Lake Minnetonka, Medicine Lake and Lake Independence are safe bets for northern pike. There's some evening walleye activity in Wayzata Bay of Minnetonka and on Lake Independence over 20 to 24 feet. Work the tops of the weed flats in eight to 10 feet for sunfish on Medicine Lake. You'll find suspended crappies on the west side of Independence over 24 to 28 feet.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anglers are finding a mixed bag of fish in 34 feet of water off Pine Island. The walleye/sauger bite remains balanced, with the bite switching throughout the day. Pink and blue glow jigs tipped with minnows are producing the majority of 14- to 17-inch walleyes and a few more large fish have been taken in recent days. Glow jigs and minnows also are providing steady walleye and sauger action at the Northwest Angle. The best reports are coming off the rock reefs over 20 to 25 feet.
Hit the Half Mile Bar in 20 to 25 feet for small walleyes and some good-sized perch. Coon Point is producing some crappies during lowlight periods in 30 to 40 feet of water. Pike are an easy catch along the shallow weedlines scattered throughout the lake. The best sunfish reports, and there is some sorting involved, have come from the north end access area in 20 to 22 feet of water.
The key to walleye success is hitting the evening bite in 22 to 28 feet of water. Another key is to find structure such as sharp breaks, humps and sunken islands as they tend to be holding more fish. Some very nice pike have been taken in the shallows of the narrows and a few crappies have been caught in recent days in semi-shallow depths.
Walleyes, crappies, pike and sunfish continue to be caught off the weedlines of Waconia Bay. Cemetery Reef and Red's Reef have produced a few walleyes and crappies in 18 to 20 feet of water. The late afternoon and evening hours have been most productive in all areas.
The cloudy days have been much better for bigger perch. Horseshoe Bar, Moses Bar, Center Bar and the humps have been most productive in 28 to 32 feet. The humps and tops of the bars produced more walleyes in recent days in 18 to 22 feet. Numbers of northern pike continue to be found on the main lake bars in 25 to 30 feet of water.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Look for walleyes on the Walker Bay humps in 20 to 32 feet and off Sand Point in 12 to 24 feet. Sand Point and Pine Point are providing consistent perch action with jigging spoons in 11 to 14 feet. The 30- to 50- foot holes of Walker Bay are giving up numbers of eelpout. Look to Shingobee Bay and Pumphouse Bay for bluegills in five to seven feet and some crappies over 21 feet.
Second Point and Third Point on Lake Washington are producing crappies in 15 to 20 feet. The humps of Lake Hanska are worth checking for walleyes during lowlight periods. Mud Bay on Washington is kicking out bluegills in 10 feet of water, while the shallow weedlines of Lake Francis continue to give up northern pike.
Look to Pleasant Point on Lake Minnewawa for crappies and pike in six feet of water. The main portion of Big Sandy Lake also has produced numbers of northern pike in 20 feet of water. Walleyes and sunfish have been tough to locate this week.
There's some evening walleye and crappie action on Buffalo Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water. Constance Lake is worth noting for crappies over 12 to 15 feet. Look to Big Lake for pike and Mitchell Lake continues to provide consistent sunfish and crappie activity in 20 feet of water.
Look to the Goose Island and Stanton Point areas of Big Stone Lake for walleyes. The majority of fish have come from 12 to 14 feet during the evening hours and there are some good-sized perch mixed in. You'll also find perch at the power plant intake area of Big Stone in 10 feet of water. Little Long Lake has produced walleyes in seven feet and Long Tom Lake is kicking out crappies in 10 feet during the evening hours.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleye action has slowed in recent days, but northern pike continue to hit on Big Mantrap Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Little Mantrap Lake is kicking out bluegills in 12 feet of water, while Straight Lake and the Crow Wing Chain remain safe bets for crappies over 12 to 16 feet.
Setlines and shiner minnows are the best bet for evening walleye action over 30 feet of water in Sand Bay and the American Narrows area. The Rainy Lake City Area started giving up better numbers of good-sized pike this week in 25 to 28 feet. Crappie action remains slow in most bays.
The pressure ridge areas along the east and south shores have provided the best crappie action in 13 feet of water. Walleye activity has slowed a bit in deeper water, but plenty of fish are being pulled from six to eight feet. Red glow jigs and minnows remain the best option. Northern pike action also remains strong throughout the lake.
RED WING AREA
Tip-ups and sucker or shiner minnows are producing pike on the Frontenac Pond in seven feet of water. On the Mississippi River, panfish continue to be pulled from the docks at Baypoint Park and Coville Park in eight feet with small plastics, minnows or waxworms.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Sunfish continue to keep anglers busy on lakes such as Cedar Island, Pearl, Becker and Grand in eight to 14 feet. Look for crappies on the aforementioned lakes, as well as Rice and Horseshoe in slightly deeper water. The shallow bays and weedlines of Rice Lake have produced some nice pike, while an occasional flurry of walleye activity takes place during the evening hours on Lake Koronis over 20 to 30 feet of water.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Limits of crappies continue to be caught during the evening hours on Sauk Lake. The Dutchmen's Creek area and the deep hole off the west end of Diamond Point have been most productive in 39 to 41 feet. A few walleyes also have been taken on Sauk during lowlight periods in 12 to 15 feet of water. Look to Big Birch Lake for walleyes in 16 to 35 feet. Sunfish action has been limited to Lilly Lake in 27 feet and the flat north of the narrows bridge on Sauk in seven to nine feet.
Northern pike action has improved with tip-ups and sucker minnows in 12 feet on Lake Minnewaska. The Glenwood end of Minnewaska continues to produce sunfish during the day and crappies during lowlight periods in 15 feet of water. Walleyes continue to be caught in 16 feet on Minnewaska, but the majority of them have been somewhat small.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST Shiner minnows are triggering numbers of northern pike in 12 feet of water on lakes such as White Bear, Big Marine, School Section and Bald Eagle. Look for walleyes and suspended crappies in 20 to 25 feet on White Bear, Bald Eagle and the north end of Big Marine Lake. Sunfish continue to bite on most lakes, but look to Little and Bone for bigger fish in 12 feet.
WEST Waxworms, Eurolarvae and power baits are producing numbers of rainbow trout in 12 to 14 feet at Courthouse Lake. The north side of Lake Parley is worth noting for walleyes and sunfish in 13 feet and Eagle Lake is giving up sunfish in 14 feet of water. Hydes Lake remains a safe bet for crappies during the evening hours in 13 feet. Northern pike are hitting large minnows in 12 feet of water off Nagley's Point on Lake Minnewashta and off the swimming beach on Ann Lake.
Perch, sunfish and crappies all can be had in 12 to 17 feet on Lake Tetonka. Hatchery Bay on Tetonka has produced numbers of pike for anglers and spearers in shallow water. There's an evening walleye bite taking place in eight to 12 feet on Scotch Lake. The area's best sunfish reports are coming off Clear Lake in 15 feet of water.
Look to Diamond Lake for walleyes, perch, and crappies in 20 feet of water. Green Lake is worth noting for walleyes and crappies in 20 to 30 feet. On Long Lake, you'll find walleyes and perch in eight to 12 feet during lowlight periods. Lakes such as Norway, Games and Nest are producing panfish and pike in 10 to 14 feet.