Msg 1 Posted: 01:39 PM 03/31/05 (CST)
Crappie and sunfish action improved during the past week. Most fish have moved shallow, less than 12 feet, and they seem to be biting best early and late in the day. Lakes such as Ida, Le Homme Dieu, Geneva, Victoria, Darling, and Mary all are producing panfish at a steady pace. These fish are biting on a variety of baits including wax worms, Eurolarvae, and small minnows. The deep hole on Lake Ida continues to provide a few tulibees.|
Look for sunfish and crappies in nine to 12 feet of water on Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, and Lake Sylvia. Glow jigs tipped with Eurolarvae have turned bigger fish. Indian Lake also is a safe bet for sunfish in 10 feet of water, but the majority of them have been small.
Blue or red jigs tipped with minnows are producing crappies on West Battle Lake in 11 to 13 feet of water. Look for a combination of sunfish and crappies on South Turtle Lake, Rush Lake, and Dead Lake in 11 feet of water. Star Lake started producing panfish just outside the big bay in 10 to 12 feet of water. Tulibees continue to come from deep water and have been found suspended on lakes such as Otter Tail, Pickerel, and Clitherall. Use wax worms and panfish jigs.
Big Lake started producing bluegills and crappies in six to eight feet of water. Look to Lake Pimushe for nice bluegills in 14 to 18 feet of water; there are some good-sized perch coming off Blackduck Lake in 18 to 20 feet of water. Gilstead Lake is a safe bet for crappies in 25 to 30 feet of water, while bluegills and crappies continue to bite on Rabideau Lake in shallower water.
Panfish action has improved off the weed edges in six to 16 feet of water. The crappies seem to be relating to the deeper weeds, while the majority of sunfish are more shallow. Lakes such as Round, Hubert, and North Long, are producing fish.
Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake continue to produce limits of perch at a variety of depths. The bigger perch are coming from seven to 12 feet of water during midday hours, while 25 to 35 feet is the best bet late in the afternoon. Look for crappies and sunfish on Big Lake and Lake Pimushe during the morning hours in 10 to 14 feet of water.
The panfish bite has taken off in shallow water on most area lakes, but none have been more productive than South Center Lake for numbers of nice sunfish and crappies. The Pancake Island area has been most productive in eight to 10 feet of water throughout the day.
Upper Mission Lake is producing crappies and sunfish just before dark in eight to 10 feet of water. Look to Milford Lake for crappies in 20 to 30 feet of water just before dark each day. On Rabbit Lake, crappies continue to be suspended and active over 22 to 33 feet of water. Several lakes are producing sunfish in shallow water as well. Lakes such as Clinker, Black Hoof, and Little Mahnomen are all safe bets in less than 10 feet of water.
Look to the shallow weed pockets for sunfish and crappies throughout the day, although the best bite is taking place during low-light periods. Lakes such as Round, Floyd, Cotton, Little Pelican, Prairie, Crystal, Little Detroit, and Big Toad have all produced fish. The area tullibee bite also is worth noting. Look for suspended fish over deep water on Lake Lida, Long Lake, Rose Lake, and Cotton Lake.
Recent winds have blown ice back into the north shore so Kamloops fishing has been shut down until it blows out again. Minnows are turning crappies on Island Lake in 15 feet of water during the evening hours. Look to Caribou Lake for crappies and bluegills in 12 to 14 feet of water. Pike Lake is a safe bet for eating-sized perch in 20 feet of water. Look for minnows to produce bigger fish throughout the day.
Minnows continue to produce crappies on Green Lake in 18 to 20 feet of water early and late in the day. On Ann Lake, you'll find crappies in 17 feet of water and quite a few sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Small minnows and glow jigs are producing crappies during the evening hours on Hunt Lake. The bigger fish seem to have moved from deep water and are now relating to the shallow weed edges. Sunfish and crappies continue to bite on Shields Lake in five to nine feet of water and on Lake Mazaska in six to eight feet of water.
Look for suspended crappies on Little Splithand Lake over 18 feet of water. You'll also find active crappies in the 20-foot hole located in the middle of Bowstring Lake. Look for crappies on the south end of Little Sugar Lake in 20 feet of water and some nice sunfish in 10 to 15 feet. The 12- to 15-foot weed edges on Graves Lake are still kicking out bluegills. The key is to find patches of green weeds. Work the north end of Bowstring Lake for crappies as well, while the east and west shores are producing perch in shallow water.
LAKE MILLE LACS
The majority of perch continue to come from 30 feet of water or more, with an occasional jumbo coming off the shallow rocks in 12 to 14 feet of water. The best deep-water spot on the east side continues to be Blue Jug Flat in 34 to 36 feet of water. On the west side of the lake, Seguchie's Flat and Sherman's Flat are your best options. Stay off the edges of the flats, get away from the crowds, do a lot of hole-hopping, and you should hook some perch with small jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Along the south shore you'll find active walleyes and sauger in 30 to 35 feet of water during midday hours. The Morris Point area has been a key spot late in the day over 15 to 18 feet of water. At the Northwest Angle/Islands area, walleyes can be had on the reefs near Bridges Island and Garden Island. Look for jumbo perch in the Stoney Point area as well. Northern pike action has improved in eight to 12 feet of water in Zippel Bay. As of Tuesday morning, the Rainy River was open three to four miles from Birchdale.
The majority of big perch continue to be caught in 28 to 32 feet of water on jigging spoons and minnows. Moses Bar and North Moses Bar have provided the best fishing in terms of numbers during midday hours. Early and late in the day, concentrate on the shoreline breaks off Mallard Point and Raven's Point. The key is to fish the sharp break that runs from 25 to 30 feet of water.
Perch action continues to be limited with an occasional school of fish showing up off the points in 12 to 15 feet of water. The bigger fish are most active during the morning hours, and they seem to prefer a jigging spoon and minnow head combination. Look to Hardwood Point and Sand Point to produce the most fish.
You'll find crappies suspended over 35 to 40 feet of water on Lake Independence. These fish have been biting throughout the day on glow jigs and small minnows. The 12- to 15-foot weed edges on Lake Minnetonka are giving up a mixed bag of crappies and sunfish. Eurolavae and wax worms on No. 12 jigs have worked best. On Medicine Lake, you'll find numbers of sunfish in 10 to 15 feet of water, but plan on sorting through quite a few small fish.
Sunfish and crappie action is improving. The key is to get away from the crowds and look for suspended fish. Anglers who choose to do a lot of hole-hopping are putting limits of fish on the ice, even during midday hours. Grass shrimp are a must. Without this bait, you'll see fish on your electronics, but most will not bite.
Baker's Bay on Lake Washington is producing crappies in 17 feet of water and bluegills in six to eight feet of water throughout the day. Work the tops of the 6-foot weedbeds on St. James Lake for bluegills as well. The best crappie reports are coming off Madison Lake. Look for suspended fish over 30 feet of water in the narrows and the east bay.
Rat Lake started kicking out nice sunfish in six to 12 feet of water. Aitkin Lake and Lake Minnewawa also have produced sunfish, just not as consistently as a week ago. The big portion of Big Sandy Lake is a safe bet for tulibees. Wax worms and panfish jigs are producing these suspended fish over 25 to 35 feet of water.
Catching numbers of bluegills and crappies is not a problem on most lakes, but finding good-sized fish has been. The best bet for bluegills continues to be Fish Hook Lake, Third Crow Wing Lake, and Sixth Crow Wing Lake in 11 feet of water. Look for suspended crappies on Big Mantrap Lake over 25 feet of water.
The reefs off Saginaw Bay and Blueberry Island are producing walleyes during the evening hours in 30 to 40 feet of water. Low-light periods of the day also have provided steady walleye action in Sand Bay over 30 to 33 feet of water. While northern pike action has slowed, the crappie bite is improving. The best reports are coming from Stoke's Bay where crappies are suspended over 30 to 35 feet of water.
The crappie bite has been inconsistent for some anglers, but the right spot will produce a limit in no time at all. Red glow jigs and small minnows are working best in 14 feet of water. There were a few more fish caught during daytime hours this week, but most are still biting after dark.
RED WING AREA
Look for walleyes and sauger below the dam on the Mississippi River. Most of these fish are being caught in 10 to 30 feet of water. Just start at the dam and work your way deeper until you hit a school of fish. Better presentations in recent days have been hair jigs and fathead minnows, vertically jigged blade baits, or plastics. Water temperatures are currently between 36 and 38 degrees below the dam.
Schneider Lake, East Lake, and Cedar Island Lake are kicking out crappies and sunfish in six to nine feet of water. These fish have been hitting better during midday hours. On Pearl Lake and Grand Lake, look for crappies and sunfish in less than 10 feet of water during the morning and late afternoon hours.
Look to Fairy Lake for numbers of three-to-a-pound sunfish in six to eight feet of water. You'll also find quite a few half-pound crappies mixed in with them. Although the sunfish bite on Lake Villard has been inconsistent, you'll still find fish in 10 feet of water. The Dutchmen's Creek area on Big Sauk Lake continues to produce crappies after dark in 38 feet of water. The east side of Lake Mary just started giving up sunfish in eight feet of water.
The panfish bite continues to be slow on Lake Minnewaska. There are a few good-sized perch being caught in the Starbuck Beach area of Minnewaska in 15 feet of water. Devil's Lake is providing the area's best sunfish action in less than 10 feet of water.
NORTHEAST METRO - Small minnows and wax worms are producing crappies during low-light periods of the day. Look to Bald Eagle Lake and Big Marine Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water for bigger numbers of fish. Lakes such as Jane and White Bear are safe bets for sunfish in less than 10 feet of water; just don't expect numbers of big fish. Lake Peltier is providing a few bigger sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water for anglers who put in their time.
SOUTHWEST METRO - Lake Waconia started producing crappies during the evening hours in 20 to 22 feet of water off Pillsbury Island. On Lake Minnewashta, you'll find numbers of sunfish in eight to 12 feet of water. The north side of Lake Parley is kicking out sunfish in eight feet of water. Reitz Lake is a safe bet for bigger crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. Small minnows and glow jigs have worked best during mornings, evenings, or on cloudy days.
Norway Lake is still the best bet for sunfish and crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look to Nest Lake, Games Lake, Foot Lake, and Willmar Lake for a few panfish in less than 10 feet of water. Eagle Lake started giving up perch in less than 10 feet of water.