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BigBite
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:18 PM 04/20/05 (CST)
Another report...

Crappies and sunfish continue to bite throughout the day in shallow water. Pink and white jigs tipped with minnows or waxworms are producing the most fish. Lakes such as Oscar, Lobster, and Geneva have provided steady action again this week.

ANNANDALE

Work the northern bays, channels, and shorelines for crappies and sunfish. The fish in this area have been tight to the shorelines in less than three feet of water and bit best during midday hours. Cedar Lake, Clearwater Lake, Sugar Lake, Lake Sylvia, and Pleasant Lake have been providing the most consistent panfish action.

BATTLE LAKE

The lakes are open in this area and the crappie bite is getting better every day. Currently, Battle Lake is kicking out crappies in shallow water. The mouth of the big bay on Star Lake also is holding crappies in five feet of water. Look for them to move into the bay if the warm weather persists.

BEMIDJI

The small lakes in this area have been open since last week and Lake Bemidji completely opened Monday night. Despite the early ice-out, crappie anglers are just starting to find a few fish in shallow water.

BLACKDUCK

All lakes are ice-free in this area, and there are crappies starting to show up in the shallow bays on most small lakes. Minnows and jigs are turning crappies on Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake in three to six feet of water.

BRAINERD/NISSWA

North Long Lake is providing consistent crappie action in 10 feet of water. Flu-Flu's tipped with minnows or small leeches have worked best this week. Pelican Lake and Lake Hubert are producing crappies in shallower water as well. Look to Upper Gull, the channel by Bar Harbor, and Wilson Bay on Gull for crappies in two to four feet of water. Expect to find sunfish mixed in with the crappies on the shallow locations.

CASS LAKE

The ice went out over the weekend on Cass Lake, and the area's small lakes have been open for about one week. Panfish action has been slow to develop, but look to the shallows on Midge Lake and Kitchi Lake to be the first spots to produce crappies.

CHISAGO

Jigs tipped with waxworms or minnows are producing crappies in the Pancake Island area of South Center Lake. Sunfish and crappies continue to be caught on waxworms on the south end of Chisago Lake. Work the shallow bays on North Center Lake and Little Lake for crappies and sunfish as well.

CROSBY

The spring panfish bite is just getting started with a handful of shallow bays and shorelines producing crappies and an occasional good-sized sunfish. Look to lakes such as Blind, Perry, Black Hoof, and Serpent for better numbers of fish in three to six feet of water.

CROSS LAKE

The ice went out last Saturday on the area's bigger lakes. Crappie anglers are catching fish in the shallow bays with small minnows and jigs. The evening hours have provided the best bite on Crosslake and Rush Lake.

DULUTH

The ice went out on the inland lakes last weekend, and crappie anglers have begun to look for fish in the shallows. Although the bite has been slow, look to Fish Lake as the first spot to produce fish very soon. The majority of Kamloops are now being caught in the rivers. Spawn sacs and yarn-tied hooks have produced fish, and the Sucker River has kicked out the most numbers in recent days. You'll still find cohos at the mouths of the rivers and the smelt run is just starting.

EAST-CENTRAL

Ridgewood Bay on Elk Lake is producing numbers of small crappies. Look to the shallows of Fremont Lake and Blue Lake for better numbers of nice crappies in three to six feet of water. White and red jigs tipped with minnows have been the best presentation, especially for bigger fish.

FAIRMONT

The power plant area on George Lake continues to produce sunfish and crappies. Look to the shallow shorelines on Perch Lake for crappies as well. Amber Lake is a safe bet for bullheads and there is a few crappies starting to show up in the shallows. Look to the channel between Amber Lake and Hall Lake to start holding crappies soon.

FARIBAULT

The bays on Shields Lake and Cedar Lake started producing bluegills this week. There isn't much of a shallow crappie bite at this point, but you will find them along the 10- to 12-foot weedlines on Lake Mazaska. The white bass action has been very good at the mouths of the feeder creeks on the Cannon River. Jigs and Twister Tails have worked best.

GRAND RAPIDS

Sylvan Bay on the Mississippi River started giving up crappies this week. Look to the shallow bays on Little Splithand Lake and Lake Pokegama for crappies as well. The only bluegill bite in the area continues to take place at the power plant near Cohassette.

HACKENSACK

The ice is out, but crappies have yet to move shallow. Traditionally, the northwest bay on Pleasant Lake, the north end bays on Birch Lake, and Lundstrom Bay on Ten Mile Lake are the first to produce fish.

HUTCHINSON

Crappie anglers continue to find fish in the shallow bays and channels on Stahls Lake, Lake Marion, Belle Lake, and Lake Minnie Belle. Pink or black jigs tipped with a minnow are producing bigger fish. Sunfish can be had on these same lakes with waxworms, although the majority of them continue to be small.

LAKE OSAKIS

The inlets and north end bay started giving up a few crappies and an occasional sunfish. Flu-Flu's tipped with minnows or Eurolarvae are working best in two to five feet of water.

LAKE MILLE LACS

As of Tuesday morning, the only ice left was on the north end of the lake. It was floating and deteriorating quickly. Small minnows and jigs are producing crappies in Izaty's Harbor, Isle Bay, and the Father Hennepin area. The bigger fish are being caught in less than five feet of water during the afternoon.

LAKE MINNETONKA

The crappie bite has been very good throughout the lake in six to eight feet of water. The shallow bays, harbors, and channels are holding numbers of crappies and sunfish, but the bigger fish are being caught on top of the weedbeds. A jig tipped with minnows or waxworms has been the best presentation.

LAKE OF THE WOODS

There's still ice on the main lake, but many bays are open. The ice that remains is melting rapidly as temperatures reached the 60-degree range again this week. Look for Zippel Bay to provide the first open water northern pike action of the spring.

LAKE VERMILION

There's a consistent crappie bite in the shallow water of Elbow Lake. The Pike River tributary also is providing steady crappie action. The ice is off Lake Vermilion so look for the crappies to start biting in Black Bay very soon.

LAKE WACONIA

The crappie bite really picked up this week in Waconia Bay. Pink tube jigs or Flu-Flu's tipped with a minnow are working best in three feet of water. The pencil reeds on the north side of the lake also are worth trying for crappies.

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The entire lake is open. The ice went out over the weekend so the perch should be shallow, although there hasn't been anyone fishing them. Look to the points along the west side of the lake to be holding schools of jumbos in four to six feet of water.

LEECH LAKE

The ice went out Monday, and panfish anglers are starting to look for crappies. Work the small lakes in this area first, then look to the shallow bays and harbors on Leech to start producing crappies, too.

MANKATO

The back side of Baker's Bay on Lake Washington is providing consistent crappie action in six feet of water. Look to the "sawmill" area on Big Jefferson Lake with white tube jigs and minnows for crappies as well. Orange jigs and minnows have been the ticket for crappies on German Lake this week. On Crystal Lake, you'll find the biggest crappies in this area, but numbers of them have been tough to locate.

McGREGOR

Sunfish and crappies are biting on Lake Minnewawa and Big Sandy Lake in 10 feet of water. Minnows have worked best, and you will find some eating-sized perch mixed in with the crappies. Many anglers have been busy in area creeks where nightcrawlers are producing numbers of suckers.

MONTICELLO

Crappie action remains strong with minnows being the preferred bait. Lakes such as Pelican, Julia, Rush, Eagle, and Maple have produced limits of fish in two to five feet of water. Sunfish are biting well on Eagle Lake and Buffalo lake in shallow water as well.

ORTONVILLE

Anglers fishing from shore on Long Tom Lake and the north end of Big Traverse Lake are finding crappies in shallow water. Small jigs and minnows have worked best. On Big Stone Lake, silver bass are hitting a variety of presentations in four to eight feet of water.

PARK RAPIDS

Anglers fishing from shore on Long Lake are catching crappies on black and yellow jigs tipped with a minnow. Lake Belltaine also has produced crappies in less than five feet of water. The trout season is going well as numbers of brown trout are pulled from the Straight River. Most of these fish are in the 12-inch class and being caught on plain hooks and nightcrawlers.

RAINY LAKE

Black Bay is ice-free so look for the crappie bite to start very soon in less than six feet of water. The main lake ice is melting quickly and should be gone as soon as this weekend, which is about 10 days sooner than most years.

RED WING

The walleye bite has been more sporadic this week on the Mississippi River. The action at the dam has slowed, and there are now more fish being caught downriver. Sonars or a jig and minnow have worked well in 10 to 12 feet of water.

ST. CLOUD

A combination of sunfish and crappies can be had in the shallow bays of Horseshoe Lake, Becker Lake, and Cedar Island Lake. The creek areas of Grand Lake are holding crappies, and there are crappies being caught on Pearl Lake in 11 feet of water. The north bay on Rice Lake has provided steady crappie activity in four to six feet of water.

STARBUCK

Starbuck Marina on Lake Minnewaska continues to produce crappies. Stay tight to the docks with minnows in less than five feet of water.

TWIN CITIES

NORTHEAST METRO - Crappies continue to be caught in shallow water on Beaver Lake, Lake Peltier, Rush Lake, and Lake Jane. The channels on Round Lake and Lake Phalen are worth trying for crappies as well. Sunfish also are biting on Peltier and Rush in three feet of water on waxworms.

SOUTHWEST METRO - The north side of Lake Bavaria is kicking out crappies as is Lake Parley in three to five feet of water. Lake Minnewashta and the north side of Lake Auburn are the area's best bets for sunfish in shallow water. Minnows are working best on the crappies, while waxworms have been the ticket for sunfish and jig color doesn't seem to matter.









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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 03:32 PM 04/20/05 (CST)
Another great post BigBite. I've been getting these from you about once every other week. I am sure everybody in the forum appreciates it, right folks???



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:33 PM 04/20/05 (CST)
I definitely appreciate it!
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 03:34 PM 04/20/05 (CST)
Me Too! Keep them coming!


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:35 PM 04/20/05 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:36 PM 04/20/05 (CST)
Don't post much, but had to get on here to show my appreciation too.
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:37 PM 04/20/05 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 04:49 PM 04/20/05 (CST)
Of course we love it! other than I am going crazy on the sunny daze..



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 04:56 PM 04/20/05 (CST)
Yes I do!!!!!

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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 05:21 PM 04/20/05 (CST)
w0rd ya hurd!!!!

Now THAT'S what I call a fishing report!!!

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