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CrappieKeith's blogs, pictures and recent posts
Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:53 PM 03/30/07 (CST)


A few anglers were on the lake last weekend and found moderate success fishing for perch. By Monday night, most shorelines were pulled away too far to access the lake. Resort accesses also are closed.

Johnson's Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry's Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


The best walleye action is close to Pine Island in 22 to 24 feet. Look for the bite to move closer to shore as the fish stage to spawn. On the Rainy River, a few boats showed up in the limited open water areas between Loman and Birchdale. Look for the ice to recede quickly, providing open water opportunities on the Rainy by the weekend.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Plan on walking and call ahead for ice conditions by this weekend. The best perch reports are coming from the Narrows, Sand Point, and behind Bear Island in 10 to 15 feet. Panfish reports from Shingobee Bay have been limited and the tullibee bite has been slow. Look to the deep water off Stoney Point and Pine Point for the most tullibees.

Reed's Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Ice fishing has ended as the shorelines and bays have quite a bit of open water. No lake in the area is accessible, but a few open water anglers are looking for crappies. By the weekend, the channels and aerated dock areas should be worth checking for panfish.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The ice was in 'excellent' shape earlier this week and the walleyes were cooperating. Limits of keepers and numbers of big walleyes are being caught during lowlight periods in 36 to 40 feet throughout the lake. A few limits of crappies are being pulled from Sand Bay in 28 to 32 feet of water, while ciscoes continue to trigger big pike in the Rainy Lake City area over 12 to 18 feet.

Loon's Nest (218) 286-5850


Most resort accesses are closed, limiting anglers to public accesses. Watch the shorelines, ice is pulling away quickly. You'll sort through small fish on shoreline structure, but there's a perch bite in 10 to 12 feet. Work shoreline areas near Third River, West Winnie Campground, and Bowen's Flats.

Pines Resort and Campground

(218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226



Area lakes are opening up fast, bringing a quick close to the ice fishing season. Most small lakes now have open water on them, which should provide some open water crappie action within the next week or so. The big lakes still have ice covering them, but most of them are open along the shorelines.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle

(651) 777-2421


Shorelines have opened and several small bodies of water were free of ice as of Monday morning. Open water anglers should find crappies soon. Look to the culvert area on the north end of Grace Lake and the culvert on the west side of Lake Zumbra to be the first spots to produce panfish.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022



You still could walk on a handful of lakes in the area early in the week, but most shorelines have begun to deteriorate to the point where ice fishing options are very limited. By next week, the shallow bays on lakes such as Geneva, Mary, and Pocket might be worth checking for open water panfish action.

Christopherson's Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255


Ice fishing opportunities are no longer an option. While ice still covers most lakes, the shorelines are in poor condition. If the warm weather continues, look to the bays or channels of Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lake Sylvia to be the first to provide open water crappie action.

Little Jim's Bait (320) 274-5297


As of Tuesday morning, anglers were walking or using ATVs on most lakes. Battle Lake is kicking out crappies in 15 to 17 feet and some sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. You'll find sunfish straight out from the access on South Turtle Lake in 17 feet. West Lost Lake and Star Lake are providing steady sunfish action in 10 feet. Tullibees are being found suspended over 25 to 35 feet on lakes such as Pickerel, Mollie Stark, and Star.

Ben's Bait Shop (218) 864-5596


The ice on most lakes was in good shape early this week and the panfish bite continues to be strong throughout the area. Some access areas are starting to get beat up so it would be a good idea to call before this weekend, especially if it stays warm or rains during the week.

Bluewater Bait and Sports

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

Kobilka's Sporting Goods (218) 751-6000


Ice conditions are 'day-to-day' with ATVs or walking the safest travel options. Perch continue to be caught on Blackduck Lake in shallow and deep water. Bluegill action remains consistent on Rabideau Lake and Gilstead Lake in 10 to 14 feet. Pimushe Lake is kicking out ‘gills as well in 20 feet.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636


If there's a lake you can still get on, the crappie and sunfish activity has been very good in shallow water throughout the area. The ice is deteriorating quickly around the edges of most lakes so call before venturing out. Most backwater and channel areas will start producing crappies within a week to ten days if the warm weather continues.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912


The shorelines are starting to pull away so this might be the last weekend of ice fishing. Hit Boulder Lake and Comstock Lake in 12 feet of water for crappies. Fish Lake is producing some good-sized bluegills in 10 feet. On Lake Superior, trolling with spoons or stickbaits near the surface of the Two Harbors area has produced cohos and loopers. Shore fishermen at the river mouths further north past Two Harbors also are hooking Kamloops on spawn sacs.

Chalstrom's Bait (218) 726-0094


Many small lakes are wide open while floating ice remains on the larger bodies of water. Open water anglers have started fishing the channels for crappies and bullheads with no success.

Master Sport and Bait (507) 235-5225


The shorelines of most lakes were in good enough shape for ATVs early in the week. That could change by this weekend so call ahead. Crappies continue to be caught on Bowstring Lake in 22 to 28 feet. Look to Bass Lake for bluegills in six to 20 feet and to Big Splithand Lake for crappies and sunfish over 20 feet of water. Crappie action remains consistent during the evening hours on Spider Lake in 26 feet.

Ben's Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


The shorelines have taken a beating in recent days, although there was quite a bit of ice fishing activity last weekend. Depending on the weather this week, there's a chance you might be able to sneak one more weekend on the ice in this area. Look to Pleasant Lake for suspended crappies over 26 feet of water. The bays of Woman Lake and shallow areas of Lindsey Lake might be worth noting for bluegills if the ice holds.

Swanson's Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176


The shorelines and pressure ridges are becoming more challenging with each warm day. A few walleyes, crappies, and pike have been caught on Namakan Lake, but overall, success has been limited. The Ash River/Kabetogama Lake area also produced a few crappies.

Gateway Store (218) 875-2121


Limits of good-sized crappies are coming off the north end access area in 18 feet of water. The bigger fish are hitting during lowlight periods of the day. Sunfish also can be caught on the north end of the lake in 10 to 12 feet of water during the day. The shorelines are beat up, but walking is still an option.

Fisherman's Corner (320) 859-2181


The ice is holding up well and ATVs are still an option for travel. The Crow Wing Chain of Lakes continues to provide consistent crappie action during lowlight periods in 20 feet of water. Waxworms are producing numbers of bluegills at Straight Lake in 14 feet.

Delaney's (218) 732-4281


ATVs were an option early this week, but the shorelines were 'getting tough' around most access points. Crappie reports varied with some limits being taken out of the Hillman access area in 10 to 13 feet. Red glow jigs continue to provide the most action.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657


All of the accesses are open on the Mississippi River. Blue, black, and white plastics have produced a number of big walleyes in the shallow rip-rap areas near the dam. Limits of sauger also have been taken below the dam on bright-colored hair jigs and minnows fished between 15 and 18 feet of water.

Ike's Bait and Tackle (651) 388-2111


The ice fishing season is over. The shorelines are open and the ice that remains is black and deteriorating daily. If the melt continues through the week, look for the channels and culvert areas on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes to start producing crappies soon.

Mike's Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Anglers were walking on area lakes at the start of the week, but call for ice conditions by this weekend. Sauk Lake is no longer an option for travel. If it holds, lakes such as Maple, Fairy, and Lilly are providing steady panfish action in less than 10 feet of water.

Fletcher's Bait (320) 352-2155


The Fish Hatchery area of Lake Minnewaska is producing crappies during the evening hours and sunfish during the day in 12 to 15 feet of water. Walking out was advised early in the week, so call before venturing out on the water this weekend.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239


Several small lakes are just about open and most shorelines have deteriorated. Open water crappie action should start soon. Look to the shallow bays and shorelines of West Norway Lake, Nest Lake, and Willmar Lake to be the first areas producing panfish.

Brad's 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 03:09 PM 03/30/07 (CST)
A quick word on metro area ice...

There ain't none, or atleast very little. I haven't seen any ice since before last weekend.

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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:26 PM 03/30/07 (CST)
Thanks, CK!

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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 03:39 PM 03/30/07 (CST)
These reports are usually a few day old and thing change.
I use them in general not specific terms .
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:46 PM 03/30/07 (CST)
Still at least a foot of ice on The Gunflint Trail. No rain here today either. We could sure use it.

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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:21 PM 03/30/07 (CST)
A foot, huh? Sounds like you might have a couple weeks of fishing yet.

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