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Msg 1 Posted: 02:43 PM 12/10/07 (CST)
ALEXANDRIA AREA |
Ice depths vary from two to seven inches on all lakes. The small lakes are offering the most ice, but this area received eight to 10 inches of snow last weekend with another two to five inches expected this week. This could create problems with the ice, so call before you go. Little Mary Lake and Lake Reno have had a few anglers on them.
Anglers have begun walking on Clearwater Lake and catching a few walleyes and crappies. Look to Dans Lake for crappies and Lake Edwards for a few walleyes. Some of the larger lakes still have pockets of open water, but the small lakes and bays have as much as six inches of ice.
Look for walleyes and perch on Otter Tail Lake in 10 to 14 feet in front of Graystone. Anglers are walking on West Battle Lake and finding a few walleyes and panfish on the first break. Sunfish are biting on West Lost Lake in 10 feet and Spitzer Lake is producing some panfish in eight feet. This area received 10 to 12 inches of snow last weekend and there was an additional three inches on the ground Tuesday morning. The snow has caused slush to develop on many large lakes so caution is advised.
Ice had started to form nicely on most lakes and there had been some angling and spearing on the small lakes. But heavy snow has caused water to soak through the surface, limiting travel on most lakes.
Most lakes have six to nine inches of ice. The perch bite has been very good on Blackduck Lake in eight to 14 feet and some walleyes have been caught in 14 to 20 feet. Look to Gilstead Lake and Rabideau Lake for panfish. ATVs are being used, but deep snow is causing travel issues on most lakes.
Ice is limited on most of the big lakes, but the bays and small lakes have five to six inches on them. Walleyes are being caught on Round Lake and North Long Lake in 18 feet of water. Upper Gull Lake and Jones Bay on Pelican Lake are producing panfish and a few walleyes in shallower water. Fish houses have started being pulled out onto these areas, but with the additional snow this week, caution is advised due to the potential of slush.
The channels and bays are seeing anglers on them where five inches of ice seems to be the norm. Theres an evening crappie bite in the hole in front of Whispering Bay on South Center Lake. The south end of Chisago Lake is producing sunfish and northern pike during the daytime hours. Walleyes and crappies also have started hitting in front of the Dinner Bell on South Lindstrom Lake over 18 feet of water.
Most lakes have good foot-travel ice with as much as eight inches found on the small lakes and bays. Crappies have started hitting on Blackhoof Lake and Perry Lake during the evening hours. Northern pike also are active on most lakes, while reports remain limited.
The small lakes and bays have five to 10 inches of ice, ATVs are being used, but the snow is piling up and could start creating slush. Walleye action has picked up on Deadshot Bay of Big Detroit Lake in 18 feet. Find the weed edge in this bay and you should find panfish as well. On Island Lake, panfish and walleyes are being caught in 16 to 18 feet.
Anglers are walking out on four to six inches of ice, but 14 inches of snow last weekend is causing slush to develop on the lakes. Fish Lake and Boulder Lake are kicking out walleyes in 10 feet during low-light periods. Look to Rice Lake and Fish Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in eight to 10 feet of water.
Elk Lake is producing crappies and pike in six to seven feet. Fremont Lake is a safe bet for pike in four to six feet. On Baxter Lake, youll find sunfish and crappies in 11 feet. These lakes have four to six inches of ice, but the ice is much thinner on most other area lakes so use caution.
Ice fishing is just getting started. The small lakes are safe enough for foot travel and even some large lakes have as much as four inches of ice. Dont misconstrue this as a blanket thumbs up since thin ice still exists on many lakes.
Cedar Lake and Iowa Lake are producing walleyes and perch where five inches of ice has formed along the shoreline breaks. Caution is advised on the big lakes and main portions of many fisheries due to thinner ice conditions. If snow is avoided this week, look for more areas to become accessible soon.
This area missed most of last weekends snow so the ice is in good shape. Anglers are walking on four to five inches of ice and catching fish. Karderliks Bay on Shields Lake is producing crappies in 18 feet and northern pike in shallower water. Bulrush Bay on Lake Mazaska is a safe bet for sunfish and there is some shallow water walleye action on the Twin lakes.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Theres a little bit of ice and a lot of snow. A few people have begun checking the ice, but the deep snow has prevented the thin ice from getting much thicker. More than 12 inches of snow hit this area last weekend.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
There were people fishing on four to six inches of ice last weekend. But heavy snow caused slush to develop, making travel on most lakes difficult. Very few fishing reports were reported due to the snow and slush.
A few people had begun fishing on four inches of ice last week, but 10 inches of snow put a quick end to that last weekend. Slush and water is now an issue on most lakes where walkable ice had formed.
Limited ice and 12 inches of snow have slowed the fishing and spearing activity. A few bays, such as Tom Cod, Duck, and Irwin will withstand portable shelters but caution is advised. Northern pike reports have been limited and the traditional first-ice walleye spots have yet to be reached.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East The entire lake is capped, but fishing is limited to the bays, where six to nine inches of ice has formed. Some decent-sized perch have been caught in shallow water although the majority of them have been small. Look for some of the close to shore, main-lake structure to be accessible soon.
West This end of the lake is covered with ice, but there hadnt been anyone on it as of Tuesday morning. With another week of cold weather and limited snow, anglers may begin walking out very soon.
Most lakes iced over Monday night. A few areas that froze earlier have three to four inches of ice and a handful of anglers has begun walking out on the bays and small lakes. No reports back as of Tuesday morning concerning a bite.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
As of Tuesday morning, Four Mile Bay had seven inches of ice and there were a few limits of walleyes caught. Morris Point has five to seven inches of ice, Zippel Bay is at five to nine inches, and main-lake ice varies from six to nine inches. Look for the main lake to see anglers on it by this weekend.
The north-end bay is producing walleyes in 12 to 16 feet or 20 to 24 feet. Youll find crappies suspended in front of Holiday Resort over 32 feet where three to four inches of ice has formed. The north-end bay has seven inches of ice and Town Bay has eight inches of ice. ATVs are being used in these areas.
The only area of the lake thats been checked for ice is Waconia Bay. Two to six inches has formed with snow drifts and slush posing potential problems for anglers. As of Tuesday morning, nobody had fished the lake yet.
Spearing has been very good near the West Winnie Campground, where six to eight inches of ice has formed. There hadnt been anyone on the main lake as of Tuesday morning. Perch anglers may get on the big part of the lake by this weekend, depending on how much more snow this area receives.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Anglers are just starting to get on the ice. The small lakes have about six to eight inches of ice. On Leech, Walker Bay still has some open water, but Shingobee Bay and Steamboat Bay have had a few people on them where three to six inches of ice has been reported.
The small lakes have five inches of ice, while the large lakes offer two to four inches. Look to Crystal Lake for walleyes in less than five feet of water. On Lake Elysian, walleyes have started hitting in nine to 12 feet along the points that are being reached by foot. Look to Mud Bay on Lake Washington for panfish.
The snow has caused slush to develop on most lakes. A few anglers have been walking on Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy Lake and catching a few walleyes and crappies during the evening hours. Lake Minnewawa is producing a few crappies where five inches of ice has formed.
Youll find five to seven inches of ice on most lakes, but the snow is causing some travel issues. Slush had yet to develop under the snow but its deep enough to make walking is difficult. The south end of Big Stone Lake is producing perch in 12 feet of water. Reports from other area lakes have been limited.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Fish Hook Lake is producing walleyes near the Assembly Grounds. Look to Straight Lake and the Twin lakes for bluegills. The south end of Long Lake and Straight Lake are worth noting for pike. Ice depths vary from two to seven inches and watch for slush due to the snow.
A few spear houses have started to be set in or near the bays on four to five inches of ice. Theres still a lot of open water on the main lake and the ice that does exist on the main lake is thin and snow-covered.
Ice depths vary, but seven to 12 inches has been reported in the areas being fished. The best walleye and pike reports are coming from the southeast corner of the lake in eight to 10 feet. ATVs were an option as of Tuesday morning, but the snow was piling up on the nine inches that already existed, so travel could become an issue.
RED WING AREA
Ice has started to form in the bays of the Mississippi River. The docks located in the Baypoint Park area are giving up crappies for ice anglers. Boats are still an option on the river where walleyes and sauger continue to be caught on jigs below the dam.
ST. CLOUD-EDEN VALLEY AREA
Four to five inches of ice has taken on hold on most lakes, but some areas just froze so they offer skim ice. Pearl Lake has enough ice for walking and the crappies started biting in 12 to 14 feet. The north end of Rice Lake is producing walleyes during the evening hours in 10 to 12 feet. The Horseshoe Chain is kicking out a few walleyes and pike, while Becker Lake is worth noting for pike and sunfish in six to 10 feet.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Walkable ice has formed on many lakes, but caution is advised due to the recent snowfall. Look to McCormick Lake during the evening hours for walleyes in eight to 10 feet. Northern pike are being taken in the shallow water near the narrows on Sauk Lake. Youll also find crappies in the narrows of Sauk over seven to 10 feet.
Walleyes are being caught off the Starbuck end of Lake Minnewaska in eight to 14 feet during the evening hours. Ice depths vary from five to seven inches and ATVs were being used this week. Look for water to develop under the ice if the snow continues this week.
NORTHEAST METRO Three to five inches of ice has taken on hold on most small lakes. Anglers have begun walking out and fishing with tip-ups and shiner minnows. Northern pike and bass have bit well on most fisheries, with Demonterville Lake and Lake Jane giving up the best numbers in 10 to 12 feet.
WEST METRO Ice depths vary from two to six inches on area lakes. Anglers have begun walking on most lakes and finding limited success. Lake Parley is a good first-ice spot to hit and there has been quite a few people on it already.
Youll find five to seven inches of ice on lakes such as Elysian, Francis, Tetonka, and Sakatah. A few panfish have been pulled from area lakes and Elysian is giving up some walleyes in seven to nine feet during the evening hours.
Youll find four to seven inches of ice on most small lakes. The big lakes such as Green and Eagle just capped last weekend so expect thinner ice. Walleyes have started hitting in less than 10 feet on many lakes. Leading the way this week are Norway, Long, Ringo, Solomon, and Big Kandi during the evening hours.
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