Msg 1 Posted: 12:07 PM 05/08/07 (CST)
Crappie action has picked up in the shallows, but the bigger females have yet to show up. Catching numbers of fish with minnows is not a problem on Lake Le Homme Dieu, Darling Lake, Lake Geneva and Pocket Lake. Expect sunfish to be mixed with the crappies in less than 5 feet of water.|
Crappies and sunfish continue to move in and out of the channels and bays on most lakes. The bigger fish are being found in 8 to 10 feet at the mouths of these areas. Lakes such as John, Clearwater, Pleasant, Cedar, Sugar, Augusta, Sylvia and Granite are worth noting. The bigger sunfish are being taken on small jigs, while minnows continue to work best for crappies.
Pink jigs and minnows are producing crappies in 4 to 8 feet of water at Bass Lake, Elbow Lake and Battle Lake. Look for sunfish on Stalker Lake, as well as the aforementioned fisheries.
With the ice just going out late last week, panfish anglers have just begun checking their traditional panfish spots. Lakes such as Pimushe, Midge and Rabideau usually are the first to provide crappie and sunfish action in shallow water.
The entire area is now ice-free and there is some crappie action occurring in shallow water. Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake have been producing the most fish in 1 to 5 feet using small jigs and minnows. These lakes also will produce bluegills, as will Big Lake.
Crappies and sunfish are being caught with consistency from the bays of North Long Lake, Pelican Lake, Round Lake and Nisswa Lake. The best crappie reports are coming from the Bar Harbor area and ditch off Squaw Point on Gull Lake.
CASS LAKE AREA
The entire area is ice-free and there are some perch hitting in the shallow weeds of Cass Lake. Crappie and bluegill reports have been limited. A few more days of warm weather should move the fish shallow on most lakes.
The afternoon and evening hours continue to produce sunfish and crappies. Work the docks, channels and bays of Chisago Lake, North Center Lake, South Center Lake and South Lindstrom Lake for bigger fish. Plastics, waxworms and minnows are all triggering panfish.
Minnows and plastics have been the ticket for crappies in shallow water. Milford Lake, Turner Lake, Bay Lake, Mahnomen Lake and Serpent Lake are safe bets. Sunfish can be had with small leeches or waxworms in less than 6 feet of water on Mahnomen, Perry Lake and Little Rabbit Lake.
Crappie and sunfish action has picked up in the shallow bays of most lakes. The majority of fish being caught are males, which means the larger females should be in the shallows within the next week - if it remains warm. Lakes such as Little Detroit, Big Detroit, Cotton, Floyd, Big Pine and Little Pine currently are providing the best action.
The ice is completely gone and some crappies have been caught in the shallows of Boulder Lake. The 8- to 10-foot weed areas of Fish Lake have given up bluegills. The smelt run has been poor, but trolling small stickbaits has produced cohos at the river mouths of Lake Superior. Look to the Lester River and Sucker River for Kamloops; use spawn sacs.
Dark-colored jigs are producing good numbers of crappies on the north end of Blue Lake. Green Lake continues to produce crappies in shallow water during the evening hours. Look to the shallow bays and shorelines of Elk Lake for sunfish and crappies.
The filtration plant on Budd Lake is holding crappies, most of which are hitting minnows. The channel between Amber Lake and Hall Lake is worth noting for crappies in 4 feet of water. Look for some good-sized perch and crappies under the bridge at Tuttle Lake. Sunfish action remains slow.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
There is limited ice on the big bodies of water, but most small lakes are open. The Cascade River and Brule River have produced steelhead and Kamloops. Spawn sacs have provided the best action in recent days.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
There's some consistent crappie action during the evening hours in the shallow bays of Lake Pokegama, Spider Lake and Lake Wabana. The bays and warm water discharge area of the Mississippi River are providing the area's best sunfish action. The sucker run is on, which has provided a lot of fun for shoreline anglers and spearers in most creeks.
The north end bays of Birch Lake are worth noting for bluegills and crappies. Consistent panfish action also is being reported from the bays of Ten Mile Lake, Five Point Lake and Child Lake. The bigger fish tend to be more active during the afternoon and evening hours.
The ice is expected to be out by this weekend. Crappies continue to be hung up in deep water, but will move to the shallows soon if ice-out continues to move forward. The walleyes are moving into their spawning areas already and should be done well before opening day.
LAKE MILLE LACS
The ice went out last weekend and there's some crappie activity being reported. Look to Isle Bay and Wahkon Bay in less than eight feet. Many of the channels and boat harbors are holding crappies, as well. Small jigs and minnows are triggering the majority of the fish.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The best crappie reports from Lake Minnetonka are coming from the weed edges, outside the big bays in 10 to 15 feet of water. Slip bobbers and minnows are working best on these suspended fish. Most bays throughout Minnetonka are giving up sunfish in less than six feet. Crappies also are being caught in good numbers in six to eight feet of water at Lake Sarah and Medicine Lake.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Some ice remains on the main lake, but it's expected to be completely off by the weekend or early next week. The only fishing to report is some steady northern pike action in the bays where the ice has been out for a while.
LAKE OSAKIS AREA
The creek on the north end of Lake Osakis started producing sunfish and crappies. Anglers also have found some crappies suspended over 12 to 14 feet this week on Osakis. Lakes such as Maple, Smith and Victoria started giving up panfish in shallow water as well.
Vermilion was ice-free on April 27. Lake levels remain low, despite rising about 6 inches since ice-out. Crappies have started to show up in Black Bay. Small jigs tipped with minnows are the ticket. Look to the narrows and Wolf Bay for crappies during the next couple of weeks, as well. The sucker run really kicked into high gear this week. They're in creeks, rivers and lake inlets.
Crappies and sunfish continue to be found in three to five feet throughout Waconia Bay. Some panfish have been caught in 8 to 10 feet during the morning hours. Crappie action also has picked up in Wagener's Bay and the Peterson Creek area in less than six feet of water.
The ice completely went off the lake last week. Fishing reports have been nonexistent due to the lack of anglers, but look for the bays and shallow structure to produce perch and crappies soon.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The entire lake was free of ice as of late last week. Some perch are being found in 12 feet of water at the narrows between Walker Bay and the main lake. Crappie and bluegill action has yet to begin. Look to Shingobee Bay or the channels and harbors to be the first spots holding panfish.
You'll find suspended crappies over 14 to 20 feet of water on Madison Lake. The west side of Lake Francis is a safe bet for sunfish in five to seven feet. Mud Bay, Baker's Bay and the Grassy Island area of Lake Washington continue to provide steady panfish action in 8 to 14 feet. The shallows of Jefferson Lake are kicking out a mixed bag of panfish on small jigs.
The channel on the north shore of Lake Minnewawa is giving up crappies in six feet. Look to Big Sandy Lake for a few crappies in shallow water as well. Sunfish reports have been limited, but look to Aitkin Lake to start producing fish within the next week.
Sunfish action has been limited, although a few fish have been caught in shallow water on Pelican Lake. The crappie bite remains strong in seven to 12 feet on lakes such as Maple, Big, Mitchell and Constance. Sucker minnows and nightcrawlers are producing channel catfish on the Mississippi River.
There's an excellent evening walleye bite on Big Stone Lake. The shorelines have produced a lot of fish on slip bobbers and leeches. The daytime action also has improved in eight to 10 feet for anglers fishing with live bait rigs and spinner rigs. Good reports of midday walleye action are coming from the islands, Lagunna Beach, Hartford Beach, Cameron Cove and the Meadowbrook area. The dam area on the north end of Lake Traverse continues to produce walleyes as well.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A jig and minnow combination is the ticket for crappies in shallow water. Most lakes are now producing fish, but Big Mantrap, Fish Hook, Long and the Crow Wing Chain have produced the most numbers. Bluegill action continues to be slow in the shallows. Nightcrawlers and plain hooks have produced quite a few brown trout on the Straight River.
There isn't much ice left, and what's on the main lake continues to float and deteriorate quickly. Sturgeon are keeping anglers busy on the Rainy River, and the northern pike bite has been good in the shallow bays. No crappie action from any of the bays has been reported.
Most of the ice is off the main lake. The little that does remain is floating and is diminishing rapidly. There's not much crappie action to report, but a few more days of warm weather should drive them toward the shorelines, bays and channel areas.
RED WING AREA
Trolling crankbaits has started to trigger walleyes and sauger on the Mississippi River. The majority of fish are coming from 12 to 14 feet at the Head of the Lakes area and high bridge area. Ike's hair jigs tipped with minnows continue to turn some walleyes and sauger near the dam in 18 to 25 feet. Panfish action has picked up in the backwaters of the river as well.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Sunfish continue to be caught in the shallows of Horseshoe Lake, Cedar Island Lake, Pearl Lake, Eden Lake and Lake Koronis. The shallow crappie bite has been limited. Most of the crappies being caught are coming from 10 to 12 feet of water, near the bays and channels. Long Lake is providing the best crappie bite right now.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Look to Hennington's Bay on Fairy Lake for sunfish and crappies in less than 6 feet of water. A few sunfish are starting to be pulled from Hunter's Bay on Birch Lake, but not with any consistency. There are some crappies coming off the lower end of Sauk Lake during the evening hours in shallow water. The shallow bays of Swan Lake also produced a few crappies this week.
Crappies and sunfish continue to hit at a good pace on Lake Minnewaska during the afternoon and evening hours. Fish Hatchery Bay and the Starbuck Marina are both safe bets for panfish in less than 6 feet of water. Jigs and minnows also are producing crappies on the northeast corner of Reno Lake.
Jig and minnow combinations are providing steady walleye action on the St. Croix River. The docks that are scattered up and down the St. Croix are holding crappies as well. Most lakes are now producing panfish in shallow water. Waxworms, plastics and minnows are working best.
TWIN CITIES AREA
NORTHEAST - Crappies remain active in shallow water and are being caught with minnows and small jigs. Lakes such as Big Marine, Jane, Big Carnelian and Bald Eagle are all producing fish. The docks along the St. Croix River are holding crappies as well. For the most part, waxworms also will produce sunfish on these lakes.
WEST - Small jigs and minnows are triggering plenty of crappie activity in shallow water. Look to lakes such as Whaletail, Hydes and Bavaria in less than 8 feet. Sunfish action has been a bit slower, with some fish being pulled from the shorelines and bays of Lake Zumbra and Stieger Lake with waxworms.
Plastics continue to produce numbers of striped bass on the Cannon River. Look to the swimming beach area of Lake Tetonka for sunfish and crappies in 4 to 6 feet. Panfish and some striped bass can be had at the Morris Town Dam as well.
Crappie action continues to be consistent in shallow water. Lakes such as Diamond, Andrew, Elkhorn, North Long, Norway, Florida and Nest are safe bets for numbers of fish. A few more bigger sunfish have started showing up in the shallows of these lakes as well.