Msg 1 Posted: 06:57 AM 03/07/07 (CST)
Panfish action is spotty, although the recent snow has kept many anglers from chasing them. Look to lakes such as Le Homme Dieu, Geneva, Mary and Carlos for crappies in 18 to 22 feet. Sunfish tend to be shallower with lakes such as Brophy, Smith, Maple and Mary providing the best opportunities.|
The 40-foot hole on Clearwater Lake is giving up a few crappies during the evening hours. Granite Lake, Pleasant Lake and Lake Sylvia are other crappie options in 18 to 22 feet. The best sunfish reports are coming from 12 to 14 feet on Lake Marie, Lake John and Clearwater.
Crappie action remains strong on Battle Lake in 17 feet of water. Flu Flus and small minnows are working best. Look to South Turtle Lake for crappies and sunfish in 15 to 17 feet. On Otter Tail Lake, fatheads are producing perch in seven to 11 feet. West Lost Lake is a safe bet for small sunfish in 12 feet of water. The tullibee bite is just starting in the deep holes of Clitherall Lake and Otter Tail.
Glow jigs tipped with rosy red minnows or waxworms are producing crappies in 12 to 30 feet at Round Lake, Lake Margaret and Gull Lake. Look for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet on Nisswa Lake, North Long Lake and Round Lake. Look to Gull for some good-sized perch in 15 to 30 feet.
North Center Lake is producing crappies during the evening hours in 15 to 20 feet. Sunrise Lake is a safe bet for sunfish and crappies in 14 to 18 feet, as is the south end of Chisago Lake in eight to 12 feet of water. Lakes such as Little Green, Kroon, and South Lindstrom are worth checking for panfish in the upcoming weeks.
Crappies seem to be hanging in the deep holes next to weedy areas on lakes such as Mahnomen, Black Hoof, Bay, Eagle and Serpent during the evening hours. You'll find sunfish on the same lakes in the weeds and on Little Rabbit Lake, East Rabbit Lake and Little Black Hoof Lake. A few jumbo perch have been caught in the brush piles of East Rabbit.
Until the snow hit, Boulder Lake was producing crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look to Island Lake for crappies in slightly deeper water. Caribou Lake and Fish Lake might be the best bets for bluegills in coming weeks. There is some ice fishing taking place on Lake Superior for herring and cohos, but the wind dictates when anglers have been able to get out.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Sugar Lake near Remer is producing crappies in 28 feet. Look to Rice Lake in 20 feet and the north and south ends of Bowstring Lake for crappies in 25 to 27 feet. Big Cutfoot is kicking out sunfish in 19 to 21 feet and some crappies over 25 to 28 feet of water. Sunfish action also has picked up on Bass Lake in 12 feet. The perch have started hitting on Big Jay Gould Lake and Lake Pokegama in 12 to 20 feet and the area trout bite remains strong.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - Perch reports are scattered with some fish being caught deep and some shallow. The south side of Hennepin Island is kicking out perch in 26 feet as is the Three Mile Reef in slightly deeper water. Look to the bays in eight to 12 feet for more numbers, but you will have to sort through more small perch in these areas. Jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads or waxworms are working best.
WEST - The best perch reports are coming off the mud flats in 28 to 34 feet. Sherman's Flat, the Seven Mile and Seguchie's Flat are producing the most numbers. Most deep mud areas are giving up perch, but you have to stay on the move until you locate a school of jumbos.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The eight- to 12-foot weed edges of Lake Minnetonka are holding sunfish and a few crappies. Look for suspended crappies over 35 feet of water during the evening hours on Lake Independence. On Lake Sarah, you'll find a mixed bag of sunfish and crappies in 23 to 27 feet early and late in the day.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are most active during the mornings and sauger seem to bite best in the late afternoon. Bright jigging spoons are working best with the hottest action taking place in 14 to 18 feet at the Morris Point area. Walleyes and sauger also have bit well seven miles out from Pine Island in 28 to 32 feet. The Oak Island area of the Northwest Angle continues to provide steady walleye action in 24 to 30 feet of water.
The weedline throughout Waconia Bay is a safe bet for sunfish and crappies. The northwest side of the lake continues to give up some good-sized crappies between 20 and 22 feet of water. Nelson's Flat and Pillsbury Reef are worth noting for bigger fish. These areas are holding sunfish in 10 to 14 feet as well.
Numbers of perch are not a problem, but the recent snow has shut down the majority of big fish. With the snow cover, there's a good chance these fish have moved shallower into 20 to 24 feet. Horseshoe Bar, Moses Bar and the Snaghole are worth noting in 24 to 40 feet. The flats south of Raven's Point also have produced some perch in 15 feet of water.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Many of the small lakes in this area have started producing panfish in 12 to 14 feet of water. Look to Shingobee Bay on Leech in 14 to 20 feet of water for bluegills and crappies very soon. The best perch reports from Leech are coming from Sand Point and Pine Point in 10 to 12 feet of water throughout the day. Jigging spoons are producing bigger perch.
Bluegills and crappies continue to be caught on Pelican Lake in eight to 10 feet of water. Look to Sugar Lake and Little Maple Lake for panfish in eight to 14 feet. Indian Lake is kicking out crappies in 18 to 24 feet during lowlight periods and the deep holes of Ramsey Lake are holding suspended crappies.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Some sunfish are being caught in 12 to 14 feet on the Crow Wing Chain and Fish Hook Lake. Look for suspended crappies during the evening hours over 30 feet on Big Mantrap Lake where minnows and glow jigs are working best.
There's a consistent early morning walleye bite in Sand Bay over 32 feet of water. The American Narrows and Grindstone Island areas are kicking out walleyes in 36 to 38 feet. The Rainy River is providing steady walleye action as well during lowlight periods. Ciscoes or large sucker minnows are triggering northern pike in the Rainy Lake City and Cranberry areas in 20 to 30 feet.
The recent snow has limited crappie action this week. A few fish continue to be caught in 13 feet of water. Better areas have been out about four miles from West Wind, Mort's Landing, Sunny Beach and Hillman's.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Look to Becker Lake, Pearl Lake, Grand Lake, Cedar Island Lake and Brown's Lake for sunfish in eight to 12 feet of water. Crappie action is limited to a few fish off Rice Lake and Horseshoe Lake in 20 feet or more. The deep hole of Horseshoe is worth noting for catfish.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Work the south end of Sauk Lake for crappies in 40 to 45 feet during the evening hours. Sunfish action has been limited due to the snow on area lakes, but Lilly Lake, Fairy Lake, Little Birch Lake and Sauk are worth checking in eight to 12 feet. STARBUCK AREA
The crappies starting hitting out from the Fish Hatchery on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska in 15 feet of water. The Glenwood end also is giving up some sunfish in 12 feet.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST - The Bayport area of the St. Croix River continues to give up crappies during lowlight periods of the day. Look for suspended crappies over 28 to 32 feet of water on Big Marine Lake and Bald Eagle Lake. Although you have to do some sorting, sunfish are biting at a steady pace in 12 to 14 feet on lakes such as Peltier, White Bear, Little, and Forest.
WEST - On Lake Parley, crappies are hitting in 16 to 20 feet of water and there are sunfish going to the right of the access in 14 feet of water. The south end of Eagle Lake continues to give up sunfish in 12 feet and numbers of small sunfish can be had on lakes such as Red Rock and Mitchell in 12 to 14 feet of water.