Msg 1 Posted: 09:43 AM 11/21/07 (CST)
Clearwater Lake is a safe bet for walleyes when the weather allows anglers to get out. Look to the traditional first-ice spots to be holding fish in 17 to 22 feet of water.|
The smaller lakes and ponds are skimmed with ice so a few more nights of cold weather are needed for walkable ice to form.
Theres still plenty of open water to fish, but most anglers are waiting for ice to develop.
A handful of die-hards has kept their boats out of storage and continued to catch walleyes at Gull Lake in 20 to 30 feet of water with shiner minnows. Some shorelines and bays have started to develop ice, but the lack of cold weather has kept the process from developing as quickly as most would like.
Walleyes continue to be caught in the channel and current areas of lakes that offer moving water. Many of this fishing is taking place from shore near culverts with minnows.
Ice has yet to form and a few anglers continue to catch muskies on large minnows in the shallows of Big Detroit Lake.
Theres still plenty of open water to fish but most anglers are waiting for ice, which has yet to develop.
A few anglers continue to endure the cooler temperatures and find active walleyes. Lakes such as Shagawa, White Iron and Fall are top choices followed by smaller lakes like Little Long and One Pine.
There is no ice to speak of and most open-water anglers have put their gear away for the year.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Some skim ice has started to form on the shorelines and bays of the smaller lakes, but hunting remains the primary focus in this area.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
With the deer season wrapped up, the focus is now on the upcoming ice-fishing season. At this point, that appears to be on hold for at least the next week. While ice has formed in the bays and along shorelines it hasnt been cold enough to completely cap any "fishable" body of water.
Everyone is patiently waiting on ice, which has yet to develop. It just hasnt been cold enough for the areas small lakes or even the bays to completely ice over.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Fishing reports have been few and far between. A few determined anglers continue to brave the cold and catch walleyes. Most are being taken by trolling crankbaits in six feet of water along the rocky shorelines.
The only fishing to report is for muskies. Large sucker minnows remain the ticket for muskies on lakes such as Minnetonka, Independence, Calhoun and Harriet. Most anglers are waiting for ice.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
If you can withstand the cold, limits of walleyes remain an option on the Rainy River. A jig and minnow is working best. Skim ice has formed on the creeks and smaller bays.
The lake is wide open, but open-water anglers have called it a year.
Fishing news is pretty slim although "a couple of guys" went out this week and caught walleyes in 32 feet. The muskie bite remains "below par" for this time of year.
Fishing reports have been nonexistent and there isn't any ice forming. Some skim ice has developed on the shorelines, but several nights of cold weather are needed for the lake to cap over.
LEECH LAKE AREA
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on the points and traditional first-ice locations. A few ducks are scattered throughout the bigger bodies of water and skim ice has formed on the small ponds and backwater lakes.
Minnow sales have been minimal, but the Minnesota River and Madison Lake continue to produce walleyes for those who brave the cold.
Fishing reports have been nonexistent, but it wouldnt take more than a few cold nights for ice to form.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few guys continue to do quite well for muskies on Big Mantrap Lake with live bait. Ice had formed on some of the small lakes only to disappear with the warmer weather earlier this week.
The open-water gear has been put away with the exception of some walleye die-hards on the Rainy River. Here, a jig and minnow is turning fish at the mouth of the Little Fork River.
Ice has yet to form. This could change quickly with a few nights of cold weather and calm wind, so most anglers cant have the ice come quick enough.
RED WING AREA
Limits of walleyes and sauger continue to be pulled from 15 to 22 feet below the dam on the Mississippi River. Sonars or jigs and minnows have been best. Expect some big cats mixed in and the docks in Baypoint Park are producing crappies.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
You could still get a boat in on any lake earlier this week, but most anglers have hung it up for the year. Some of the bays and shorelines are showing limited ice.
Ice had yet to take hold earlier this week, but the lakes are close. A few nights of cold weather is all it would take to cap this area over.
TWIN CITIES AREA
Northeast Metro - The St. Croix River continues to kick out walleyes and sauger in 18 to 20 feet. Jigs and minnows or three-way rigs and crankbaits are working best. Muskies also remain active at Bald Eagle Lake and White Bear Lake with sucker minnows working better than anything else.
West Metro - Fishing reports have been nonexistent and will remain that way until there's enough ice to walk on.
A few guys are fishing walleyes from shore, but most are waiting for ice.