Msg 1 Posted: 07:24 AM 02/02/07 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA |
Crappie and sunfish activity has picked up on lakes Victoria, Geneva, Darling, Carlos and Le Homme Dieu. Lake Latoka has produced some big walleyes in 25 to 32 feet and you will find some evening walleye action in slightly deeper water on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Northern pike have started biting very well in six to 12 feet on most lakes.
Numbers of northern pike and a few walleyes can be had in 16 to 22 feet at Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, Sugar Lake and Granite Lake. Sunfish are biting in 12 to 14 feet on Clearwater, Lake Marie, Indian Lake, Lake John and Sugar Lake. Expect some evening crappie action in 20 to 25 feet on Lake Sylvia, Clearwater, French Lake, Limestone Lake and Lake Francis.
Look for walleyes in 10 to 14 feet or 30 to 40 feet on West Battle Lake and Rush Lake. Walleyes also continue to be caught during lowlight periods at Pickerel Lake in 18 to 30 feet and on Wall Lake in 18 to 22 feet. West Battle also is kicking out crappies in 20 feet. Sunfish can be had in less than 14 feet at West Leaf Lake, the south end of Wall and Ellingson Lake. Northern pike have become active along the weedlines of Clitherall Lake, Long Lake, North Turtle Lake, Otter Tail Lake and West Battle. Otter Tail also is worth noting for perch in eight to 35 feet.
On Lake Bemidji, perch can be had during the day in 28 to 30 feet and walleyes continue to bite during lowlight periods in 17 to 23 feet. Look to Lake Plantagenet and Lake Irvine for steady perch action in 28 to 30 feet as well. Sunfish continue to bite on Lake Pimushe, while tip-ups and sucker minnows are triggering pike on Bemidji and Turtle Lake in 12 to 14 feet.
Perch are hitting minnows in 18 to 20 feet at Blackduck Lake. There's some evening walleye action on Blackduck in 10 to 18 feet of water. Gilstead Lake remains the best bet for panfish in 13 to 20 feet throughout the day.
Small shiner minnows continue to produce walleyes at two depths: 15 to 22 feet or 28 to 38 feet on lakes such as Gull, North Long, Whitefish and Round. Tip-ups and medium-sized sucker minnows are providing a consistent pike bite on the south end of Gull and the main portion of North Long. Steady panfish action is reported in 15 to 23 feet with glow jigs at Nisswa Lake, Round, North Long, Lake Margaret and Roy Lake.
A limit of crappies and one or two walleyes a night can be had on South Lindstrom Lake in 28 feet. The south end of Chisago Lake is worth noting for sunfish and crappies in eight to 10 feet. Look to North Center Lake for panfish in 12 feet, while Kroon Lake continues to produce crappies in 22 feet. Sunrise Lake remains a safe bet for pike in 12 to 14 feet.
Northern pike have been active on most lakes and easily caught with tip-ups and minnows in eight to 22 feet. Walleyes have been most active during lowlight periods on lakes such as Pelican, Serpent and Whitefish. Light line and small jigs are triggering panfish in 10 to 16 feet at Little Black Hoof Lake, Black Hoof Lake, Big Mahnomen Lake, Perry Lake, Upper Dean Lake and East Rabbit Lake.
There's evening walleye action on the nine- to 15-foot rock reefs of Boulder Lake. Look to Pike Lake during the evening for walleyes in 14 feet and you will find active perch during the day in 12 to 20 feet. There's a late evening crappie bite at Caribou Lake in 15 feet and perch can be had here during the day in shallower water. The recent cold snap has limited Kamloops fishing along the north shore.
Look for suspended crappies over 22 feet on Spectacle Lake. Elk Lake continues to produce panfish in 12 feet of water. Green Lake is a safe bet for numbers of small crappies. Northern pike action has picked up near the island in seven feet of water at Fremont Lake and in seven to 11 feet at Elk Lake.
The shallows of South Silver Lake are producing northern pike. Look to Hall Lake for crappies and an occasional walleye in 18 to 20 feet. Budd Lake is producing some crappies during lowlight periods in 14 to 16 feet of water.
Crappies continue to be found suspended over 35 to 45 feet of water on French Lake. Setlines and small shiner minnows are producing walleyes in eight to 12 feet at Circle Lake. The eight-foot weedlines of Lake Mazaska are safe bets for bluegills and pike. The weedlines of Kelly Dudley Lake also have provided steady pike action.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Lake trout continue to be caught on ciscoes over the deep structure of Lake Saganaga, Seagull Lake and Gunflint Lake. Some walleyes also have been caught on Seagull in eight to 20 feet. Waxworms and small jigs are triggering rainbow trout in shallow water on lakes such as Mink, Kimball and Kemo.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes can be had during lowlight periods in 15 to 25 feet on lakes Wabana, Trout, Sugar and Pokegama. McCavity Bay on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake and Bowstring Lake are kicking out crappies over 24 to 28 feet. Spider Lake has provided steady crappie action in 20 feet. Look to Bass Lake in 10 to 12 feet and Big Cutfoot in 20 feet for bluegills. Pike are hitting on most lakes and lake trout are suspended over deep water on Pit Lake, Big Trout Lake and Bluewater Lake.
Minnows or waxworms are producing perch on the 16-foot breaks of Woman Lake. Whitefish have started showing up suspended over 20 feet on Ten Mile Lake. A few sunfish and crappies can be had in 12 to 14 feet on Ten Mile, Pleasant Lake and Birch Lake.
There's evening action for walleyes, sauger, and perch in 28 to 32 feet. You'll find crappies at this depth suspended six to 10 feet off bottom. Small sucker minnows and tip-ups have worked for pike in 12 to 16 feet.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Northern pike are cruising tight to the 10- to 12-foot weedlines and can be had with tip-ups and shiner minnows throughout Lake Minnetonka. A few walleyes continue to be caught during the evening hours in 24 feet in Wayzata and Brown's bays. Red glow jigs have been the ticket for suspended crappies over 28 feet on Lake Independence. Look to Lake Sarah for crappies and sunfish in 18 to 24 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are being caught in 13 to 15 feet along the south shore during lowlight periods. Saugers and walleye also have been pulled from 25 to 32 feet with jigging spoons. The reefs west of Big Island and the Garden Island area have been consistent deep spots. The reefs throughout the Northwest Angle continue to provide steady walleye activity, as does the Rainy River in 14 to 17 feet.
Crappies have bit best well after dark in Schultz's Bay over 30 to 35 feet. Some good-sized perch and small walleyes are coming from 30 feet on Bauer's Bar and Half Mile Bar. Sunfish action is slow and limited to some lowlight action in 20 to 24 feet on the north end of Osakis. Smith Lake has been better for sunfish in 30 feet of water.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST Walleye and perch action has been limited, especially during midday hours. The majority of fish caught during the day have been over 20 inches with some slot fish taken well after sunset. The deep mud and gravel are best in 24 to 32 feet of water. Setlines and shiners have worked best after dark.
WEST If you stay mobile and do a lot of hole hopping you'll catch walleyes. Some limits continue to be taken on top of the mud flats during lowlight periods in 22 to 24 feet. Midday hours are best spent off the edges in 30 or more feet. The Inner Eight Mile, Seven Mile, Sherman's and Seguchie's are all worth checking. Perch action has been limited.
Perch action has picked up in 21 to 28 feet. These areas also will produce some walleyes during the evening. Sunfish are hitting tiny jigs tipped with waxworms in weedy areas of most small bays. Crappie reports remain limited, but you will find northern pike on the sharp breaks and deeper rock piles.
The 10- to 12-foot weed edges in Waconia Bay are producing numbers of panfish. Look to Anderson's Reef in 10 to 14 feet for walleyes and panfish. You'll find suspended crappies off Pillsbury Reef over 21 to 25 feet. Numbers of northern pike and a few walleyes can be had with shiner minnows on weedlines in Wagener's Bay and Waconia Bay.
Look for perch on the main lake structure in 27 to 32 feet. Some of the bigger fish are coming off setlines and fathead minnows. Better areas this week have been the south end of Highbanks, Moses Bar, Horseshoe Bar, Center Bar, Sugar Bar and the Snaghole. Walleye action has slowed, but northern pike continue to be caught in 20 to 25 feet.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The perch bite has been exceptional on Leech. Pine Point and the Walker Narrows have produced limits of good-sized perch in six to 14 feet. Some walleyes continue to be caught early and late in the day off Sand Point in 14 to 20 feet. You'll also find walleyes on the 30- to 35-foot humps in Walker Bay. Look to Shingobee Bay for crappies over 25 to 30 feet and Garfield Lake remains a safe bet for bluegills in less than 12 feet of water.
Look to Baker's Bay on Lake Washington for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 14 feet. German Lake is producing some crappies, while Scotch Lake is worth noting for a few walleyes in eight to 10 feet. Lake Francis is a safe bet for northern pike in shallow water.
Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing pike in six to 12 feet on Big Sandy Lake and Lake Minnewawa. North Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy is producing crappies in 14 to 30 feet, but better numbers of big crappies are coming from Minnewawa in 12 to 18 feet. Shiner minnows have triggered an evening walleye bite in Bellhorn Bay in 15 to 20 feet.
Look for crappies in 20 to 25 feet on Constance Lake and Little Eagle Lake. The island area of Buffalo Lake is producing small walleyes and crappies in 15 to 20 feet. Northern pike have become very active on Big Lake in 12 to 14 feet.
The south end of Big Stone Lake is producing perch in 10 feet and you'll find some walleyes in the LaGunna Beach area during the evening in 12 to 14 feet. Little Long Lake has produced walleyes in six to eight feet of water. An occasional walleye report is heard from the north end of Lake Traverse as well.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Setlines and fatheads are turning walleyes in 30 feet of water on Fish Hook Lake. Look to Long Lake with sucker minnows for pike in 12 feet. Bluegills can be had in 14 feet on the Crow Wing Chain and in 12 feet on Fish Hook Lake. Look for suspended crappies over 30 feet on the Crow Wing Chain and over 25 feet on Big Mantrap Lake.
Jigging spoons continue to turn walleyes in 30 to 34 feet throughout Sand Bay and in 26 to 28 feet of water in the Rainy Lake City area. Ciscoes also have triggered some bigger pike in the Rainy Lake City area. Walleyes have started hitting during the evening hours off Grindstone Island in 36 to 40 feet and a few crappies can be had in the smaller bays.
Red glow jigs produce limits of walleyes in six to 14 feet. Crappie action has picked up along pressure ridges in 11 to 13 feet. Better areas have been out of Hillman's, West Wind and Sunny Beach. Big pike are caught with walleyes and crappies; the best chance for a trophy pike is from the Tamarack River area.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
A few walleyes can be had on Lake Koronis in 14 to 30 feet.Look to Becker Lake for sunfish in eight to 10 feet, while Brown's Lake is producing panfish in 10 to 25 feet. Pearl Lake is giving up numbers of panfish and pike in 12 to 14 feet as is Grand Lake in slightly shallower depths. Deep holes of the Horseshoe Chain are kicking out catfish.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crappies are an easy catch in the Dutchmen's Creek and Diamond Point areas of Sauk Lake in 39 to 41 feet. Tip-ups and shiner minnows are turning pike in seven feet at Westport Lake and on Sauk in eight to 12 feet. Sunfish and walleye action is slow.
The Glenwood and Starbuck ends of Lake Minnewaska are kicking out sunfish in 12 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows have produced plenty of northern pike throughout Minnewaska along the 12-foot weedlines.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST A few walleyes can be had with setlines and shiner minnows during the evening hours. The best reports are coming from 15 to 25 feet on lakes such as Clear, Bald Eagle and Forest. Tip-ups and sucker minnows have been triggering a strong northern pike bite in 10 to 12 feet at Demonterville Lake, White Bear Lake, School Section Lake and Forest. Look to Little Lake and South Center Lake for panfish in 10 feet of water.
WEST Look for crappies during lowlight periods on the north end of Lake Riley in 17 feet and at Hydes Lake in 13 feet. Sunfish are being caught in 14 feet on Eagle Lake and in seven to 10 feet on Lake Parley. Pierson Lake and Stieger Lake are worth noting for panfish as well. Northern pike have been very active in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Minnewashta and Lake Auburn. At Courthouse Lake, trout continue to be caught during lowlight periods in 12 to 14 feet with waxworms or Power baits.
Sunfish and crappies are hitting at a good pace in 15 feet at Clear Lake. Northern pike and a few walleyes can be had during the evening on Lake Tetonka in four to eight feet of water. Miller's Point on Lake Sakatah also is worth noting for pike throughout the day.
Lake Wagonda and Big Kandi Lake are producing walleyes and perch in 10 feet. You'll find walleyes scattered between 10 and 40 feet on Green Lake and there are panfish to be had on Green in 20 feet. Eagle Lake and Nest Lake are safe bets for panfish and pike in 10 to 14 feet throughout the day.