Msg 1 Posted: 07:46 PM 02/14/07 (CST)
Northern pike continue to hit shiner minnows along the weedlines of most lakes in the area. Sunfish and crappie action remains steady in 12 to 16 feet of water on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Lake Mary and Maple Lake. A few big walleyes have been pulled from 30 to 40 feet of water on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida, but the walleye bite has been limited.
Suspended crappies are being found over 40 feet of water on Pleasant Lake. Pleasant also is a safe bet for pike in 14 to 20 feet. Granite Lake is producing crappies in 25 feet as is the north bay on Lake Sylvia. Look to the deep holes of Clearwater Lake for crappies and the 12- to 14-foot weedlines for northern pike. Dan's Lake and Indian Lake are worth noting for panfish and northern pike.
Otter Tail Lake is producing walleyes and good-sized perch in 18 feet of water. Look for pike in 15 to 20 feet on Otter Tail as well. Crappie action remains strong on Battle Lake in 15 to 20 feet after dark. A few walleyes also can be had in 20 to 24 feet. South Turtle Lake is kicking out sunfish and pike in 17 feet, as is Ellingson Lake in slightly shallower water.
Walleye and perch action remains strong on Lake Bemidji in 20 to 25 feet of water. Northern pike are cruising the shallows of Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. Spearing and angling both have been productive in less than 10 feet of water. Panfish action has picked up on several area lakes in 10 to 16 feet of water during the day.
Limits of walleyes continue to be caught on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 12 feet or 18 to 20 feet of water. Lowlight periods of the day have been best with jigging spoons and setlines both working well. Panfish reports have been limited, although the cold weather hasn't allowed many anglers to pursue them.
The north end of Gull Lake, Whitefish Lake, and Round Lake are producing walleyes in 18 to 32 feet of water. Golden shiners or rainbow minnows on a plain hook have worked best. Crappie fishing is good in 12 to 22 feet at Gull, Lake Margaret, Roy Lake and Nisswa Lake. Look to the south end of Gull for pike in eight to 24 feet.
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes continue to be caught on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. During the day, 20 to 25 feet has been best, while the 15- to 20-foot sand bars have been more productive during lowlight periods. Jumbo perch are being found on Pike Bay in 10 to 12 feet or 25 to 40 feet. Panfish reports from area lakes have been slow.
There's some evening walleye and crappie action on South Lindstrom Lake in 22 to 28 feet. Little Green Lake is kicking out crappies in 10 to 12 feet, while the south end of Chisago Lake and North Center Lake continue to produce panfish in eight to 10 feet. On Kroon Lake, crappies remain active over 22 feet and Sunrise Lake is always a safe bet for northern pike.
Jigs and small minnows continue to produce walleyes during lowlight periods in 20 feet on lakes such as Serpent and Pelican. Look to Perry Lake, Black Hoof Lake, Little Black Hoof Lake, Hay Lake, Upper Dean Lake and Bass Lake for panfish. Small glow jigs and Eurolarvae have worked best. Northern pike can be had on the nine- to 15-foot weed edges of most lakes with big shiner minnows and quick-strike rigs.
Glow jigs tipped with small minnows or waxworms are turning crappies during the evening hours on lakes such as Little Cormorant, Little Detroit, Lizzie, Melissa, Cotton, Prairie and Big Floyd. There's some midday bluegill action on the aforementioned lakes as well. The best walleye report is coming off Pelican Lake in 18 to 22 feet with jigging spoons.
Sunfish are hitting in seven to nine feet on Elk Lake, while Lori Lake is providing a mixed bag of panfish throughout the day. You'll find suspended crappies over 21 to 25 feet on Green Lake and Spectacle Lake. Tip-ups and shiner minnows continue to trigger pike in seven feet of water at Fremont Lake.
Crappies and an occasional walleye are coming off Hall Lake in 20 to 22 feet during the early morning hours. Budd Lake is giving up a few crappies early and late in the day in 14 to 16 feet. Walleye and pike action has been limited.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Sugar Lake near Remer is producing crappies in 30 feet, as is Bowstring Lake over 20 to 26 feet of water. Sunfish action has improved on Bass Lake in 12 to 16 feet, Cutfoot Lake in 20 to 27 feet, and in Poole's Bay on Lake Pokegama in 12 feet of water. A few walleyes can be had during lowlight periods on Trout Lake in eight feet and Pokegama in 15 to 35 feet. Northern pike remain active in shallow water on lakes such as Wabana, Pokegama and Sugar. Pit Lake remains a safe bet for lake trout in deep water with spoons, tubes or setlines and shiner minnows.
Work the soft-bottom areas in 36 to 42 feet with glow jigs and minnows for walleyes. Spearing and angling both have been productive for pike in six to 12 feet or tip-ups and large minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water. Crappie anglers have an occasional good day in 35 to 40 feet. A small jig and minnow is working best on these suspended fish.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST -- The Agate Bay area is producing perch in 30 feet of water. Jigging spoons and minnows have worked best. Walleye action is limited mainly to big fish on the mud and gravel areas in 26 to 30 feet. The best bite of the day continues to take place at sunset and beyond.
WEST -- The tops and edges of the mud flats remain the best bet for walleyes in 22 to 32 feet of water. The Seven Mile, Eight Mile and Seguchie's Flat have produced the most fish early and late in the day. Perch have started to bite a bit better in deep water. Some consistent catches were reported off the Seven Mile in 30 to 32 feet during the day.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Tip-ups and shiner minnows are triggering northern pike on the 10- to 12- foot weedlines of Lake Minnetonka. Walleye reports have been limited, but crappies continue to be caught on Lake Independence over 28 feet. Look to Lake Sarah for panfish in 18 to 20 feet as well. Anglers finding the most success are bringing a variety of baits and jig color combinations with them.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleye action has been more sporadic this week, but walleyes and sauger continue to be pulled from 24 to 32 feet. Better areas have been from Pine Island to Bridges Island and the Zippel Bay area. The Clementson area of the Rainy River is kicking out walleyes in 14 to 18 feet during lowlight periods of the day. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes, sauger, and perch remain active on the 20-foot reefs during midday hours.
Northern pike and a few walleyes are coming off Two Mile Bar in 12 feet of water. Some big perch also have come from Town Bay in 12 feet. The north end access area is producing sunfish and crappies in 15 feet of water. The evening hours have been best.
During the day, look for walleyes in 28 to 33 feet of water, but slide up to 14 feet during lowlight periods. Large minnows fished tight to the bottom have produced the most fish areas with soft bottoms. Some good-sized pike also have been caught during the day in deep water. Crappie action remains slow.
Setlines and shiner minnows are producing walleyes off Harm's Point during the evening hours in nine to 13 feet. Look to West Center Reef for sunfish, crappies and pike in 10 to 14 feet of water. The nine- to 12-foot milfoil edges on the north side of the lake continue to be a safe bet for panfish. Crappies continue to be found suspended over 25 feet of water off Pillsbury Reef. In Waconia Bay, you'll find good-sized crappies, sunfish and northern pike along the main weed edge.
The majority of good-sized perch are coming from 30 to 33 feet, on or near structures. The south end of Highbanks, Moxes Hole, Moses Bar, Horseshoe Bar and the Snaghole continue to produce the most numbers during the day. Walleye activity has been limited and the recent cold front seems to have slowed the pike bite as well.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Last week's cold front has limited the bite and the number of anglers on the ice. With some warm weather, look to the humps in Walker Bay or Sand Point for walleyes during the evening hours. Pine Point has continued to produce perch in six to 14 feet of water. Crappie and sunfish activity also has slowed in recent days.
German Lake is kicking out crappies during the evening hours in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Loon Lake in seven feet and Madison Lake in 12 feet for walleyes. Baker's Bay and Mud Bay on Lake Washington continue to produce bluegills in 10 to 14 feet. The shallow breaks on Lake Francis are worth noting for northern pike.
Crappies and walleyes are hitting during the evening hours on Buffalo Lake in 16 to 24 feet. Look to Big Eagle Lake for walleyes and a few crappies in 10 to 16 feet. Bluegill action has picked on the south shore of Big Maple Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. You'll also hit some crappies here after dark.
Setlines and minnows are producing perch and a few walleyes at the LaGunna Beach area of Big Stone Lake in 12 feet of water. Long Tom Lake is worth noting for crappies in 10 feet during the evening hours.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleye action is slow, but northern pike remain active on Long Lake and Fish Hook Lake in 14 feet of water. Fish Hook also has kicked out some nice bluegills in 10 feet during the day. Crappie action has been best on Big Mantrap Lake over 30 feet during the evening hours.
There's some evening walleye activity in 26 to 36 feet near American Narrows, Grindstone Island and the Rainy Lake City area. Jigging spoons and setlines both have worked this week. Ciscoes continue to trigger pike in the Rainy Lake City area over 20 to 28 feet. Crappie reports continue to be poor.
Walleye action continues to be strong during the day, often peaking at sunset in 13 feet of water. Limits of crappies also have been caught with more regularity in 13 feet. On the north end, the Hillman and West Wind areas have been productive and on the south shore, the Sunny Beach and Mort's Landing areas have been best. Glow jigs and minnows continue to work best.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Becker Lake, Brown's Lake, Grand Lake and Pearl Lake are providing steady panfish action in eight to 14 feet of water. Walleye action is slow, but northern pike are an easy catch in less than 12 feet on most lakes. Look to the deep holes of Horseshoe Lake for catfish.
The 12-foot weedlines throughout Lake Minnewaska continue to produce northern pike. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are working best. Sunfish action remains strong in 12 feet on the Glenwood and Starbuck ends of Minnewaska. Crappie and walleye action is slow throughout the area.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST -- The Bayport area of the St. Croix River started producing crappies during lowlight periods. Look for some evening walleye action in 20 to 24 feet on lakes such as Phalen, Jarvis and Clear. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing pike in 10 to 12 feet at Forest Lake, Big Carnelian Lake and White Bear Lake. Sunfish action has improved in 12 to 15 feet on Lake Peltier and Square Lake.
WEST -- Sunfish are hitting in seven to 14 feet at Eagle Lake, Lake Parley, Pierson Lake and Stieger Lake. There's some decent morning action for northern pike in 10 to 12 feet on Lake Minnewashta and Lake Auburn. Hydes Lake is kicking out a few crappies in 13 feet, as is Lake Riley in 17 feet during lowlight periods.
Tip-ups and large minnows are producing northern pike off Miller's Point on Lake Sakatah. Clear Lake continues to produce sunfish and crappies in 15 feet during the morning hours. There's a shallow pike bite, four to eight feet, on Lake Tetonka early and late in the day.
A few walleyes and good-sized perch can be had on Long Lake in 10 to 13 feet. Walleyes continue to be caught on Green Lake in 30 feet or deeper during the evening hours. The northeast corner of Green is giving up panfish in 20 feet of water. Small walleyes and keeping-sized perch can be had off Diamond Lake in 16 to 20 feet. On Lake Wagonda and Big Kandi Lake, walleyes and perch are biting in 10 feet of water.