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Msg 1 Posted: 05:42 PM 01/25/08 (CST)
On Rainy Lake, recent cold temperatures have slowed the walleye bite, and limited the number of anglers out fishing. A few walleyes can be found at the American Narrows in 36-40 feet of water, but the bite has not been consistent. Once the temperatures become more moderate, check out Sand Bay, Cranberry Island, and Black Bay.
Look for walleyes during evening hours in 16-30 feet of water on lakes Wabana, Trout and Sugar. Crappies continue to be pulled from depths of 20 feet on Bowstring and Big Splithand lakes. Grave and Bass lakes are producing the areas largest bluegills in 14-16 feet of water. Trout anglers are finding rainbows, brook trout and splake on Kramer Lake over depths of 18-30 feet. Caribou Lake is giving up a few lake trout over 40-100 feet of water, and Taylor Lake is giving up a few rainbows and brown trout.
On Lake Kabetogama, tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing good-size northern pike in 18-25 feet of water. Small glow jigs and minnows are turning walleyes off the reef edges, as well as near Ash River, in depths of 25-32 feet. Artificial baits are producing some trout in Mukoda and Little Trout lakes. Please remember that live bait is not allowed on these trout lakes.
On Lake Vermilion, some good-sized perch and an occasional walleye are being pulled from the mid-lake structure and sharp breaks. Sunfish are providing lots of action at the Narrows, Larson Bay, Muskego Bay and Waconda Bay. The weedlines of these bays are also best for northern pike.
Large chubs set at 40 feet of water are turning numbers of lake trout on Gunflint and Bearskin lakes. Rainbow trout remain active in depths of 14-16 feet on Kimball and Duncan lakes, with small flies taking the majority of fish. The best splake reports are coming from 20 feet of water on Musquash Lake. Walleye action remains limited, with just a few fish coming off Devils Track Lake during low-light hours.
Crappies and walleyes continue to be taken near the dam on Boulder Lake in 15 feet of water. Look to Rice Lake for lots of northern pike in depths of 6 feet. The cold weather has limited fishing reports from most other lakes.
On Lake of the Woods, the best fishing action is taking place in the deeper waters off the reefs near Knight, Bridges and Garden islands, with walleyes, sauger, perch and northern pike all being taken. A colored glow jig is turning walleyes over 18-20 feet of water near Clementson Rapids on the Rainy River. At the Northwest Angle and Islands area, walleyes, sauger and perch are being pulled from depths of 22-26 feet around Oak Island.
On Upper Red Lake, walleyes are hitting jigging spoons, as well as red hooks and minnows under floats in 11-14 feet of water. The mud areas, such as Center Bar, have been the most productive. A few schools of crappies have been stumbled upon in depths of 14 feet. Lots of northern pike, including several good-sized fish. are coming from depths of 10-14 feet near the Tamarack River.
Perch action remains consistent in 18-20 feet of water on Blackduck Lake. Also look for a few walleyes at this depth during evening hours. Anglers are finding crappies suspended over depths of 30-40 feet on Gilstead Lake. And, check out Rabideau Lake early and late in the day for bluegills.
On Lake Winnibigoshish, perch remain scattered in 18-32 feet of water, but the bite has improved. South Horseshoe Bar, Moses Bar, and North Moses Bar have been the most productive. Gold, chartreuse, or rattling jigging spoons have turned the majority of fish. Northern pike are active, and easily caught in most perch locations. The walleye action has slowed.
On Leech Lake, numbers of 12- to 14-inch walleyes are being caught in Walker Bay over 28 feet of water or more. Grandview Flats, Traders Bay and Portage Bay have been best for perch in 8-14 feet of water. Benedict and Garfield lakes are producing numbers of northern pike in the shallow waters.
Bluegills and crappies are being pulled from 30 feet of water on Pimushe Lake. Pike Bay Lake is kicking out perch in 5-8 feet of water. For walleyes and perch, hit the 10- to 12-foot weedlines on Wolf Lake. On Cass Lake, the best perch action is taking place off the flats in depths of 25-30 feet. Numbers of northern pike are coming from 10 feet of water or less on Andrusia and Pike Bay lakes.
On Fish Hook Lake, set lines and minnows are producing walleyes in 26-28 feet of water, with sunfish coming from depths of 16 feet. Look to the Crow Wing Chain for walleyes in 18-25 feet of water. Panfish remain active in depths of 12-14 feet. On Portage Lake, anglers are finding northern pike and crappies in 15 feet of water. The deep holes of Long Lake are producing numbers of tullibees, with most fish found suspended.
Sunfish are hitting in 10-12 feet on Little Detroit and Height of Land lakes. Big Detroit Lake continues to produce northern pike on tip-ups and sucker minnows. For walleyes, hit 22-30 feet of water on Little Detroit and Melissa lakes during evening hours.
Small sucker minnows are producing walleyes on West Battle Lake in depths of 16-22 and 30-35 feet of water. A decent crappie bite is being reported during evening hours on West Battle Lake in 16-22 foot depths. Otter Tail Lake is a safe bet for perch and walleyes in 15-20 feet of water. Sunfish remain active in depths of 15-22 feet, with Blanche, Stalker, Rush, South Turtle, Deer and West Leaf lakes producing the most fish. Stalker, West Leaf and Pelican lakes are giving up crappies in 20 feet of water. For northern pike, use tip-ups and sucker minnows along the weedlines of Spitzer and North Turtle lakes.
A few walleyes are being taken during evening hours from 25 feet of water on Lake Miltona. Walleyes are also being pulled from depths of 32-37 feet on lakes Carlos and Ida. Reno Lake is kicking out crappies in depths of 6-10 feet, and walleyes are coming from 12-15 feet of water during low-light hours. Lakes Victoria and Smith have been best for sunfish action in less than 12 feet of water.
Walleyes are being pulled from 36-42 feet of water on Gull Lake during the day, and from depths of 14-22 feet during low-light hours. Jigging spoons, or set lines with rainbow or fathead minnows are working best. Northern pike continue to be pulled from 14-26 feet of water on Gull and North Long lakes. Glow jigs and minnows have been best for crappies, with most fish found suspended over 20-30 feet of water.
On the east end of Lake Mille Lacs, perch are biting in 14-18 feet during the day, however larger spoons and fathead minnows are recommended in order to avoid lots of smaller fish. Some walleyes are coming from the rocks during low-light hours, with a few reports of evening walleye action off the mud flats. On the west edge of the lake, work the edges of Shermans Flat and Seven Mile Flat during the day, and slide on top during low-light hours for the most walleyes. A few good-sized perch have been mixed in with the walleyes. Anglers who drill a lot of holes and stay on the move are having the most success. The roads are now plowed to most of the flats on this end of the lake.
Hit 32-42 feet of water on Sauk Lake for numbers of crappies. Big Swan Lake is giving up crappies during evening hours in 28-32 feet of water. Sunfish action has slowed, although a few fish are being pulled from Sauk, Lilly and Villard lakes. Tip-ups and sucker minnows have been best for northern pike, with fish coming from the weedlines on Sauk, Fairy, Guerney and Long Bridge lakes.
St. Cloud/Eden Valley
Becker Lake continues to produce sunnies and crappies in 12-14 feet of water. Steady crappie action is being reported on Long Lake in 30 feet of water, as well as in depths of 20 feet on Cedar Island Lake. Pearl Lake is giving up crappies during evening hours in 14-16 feet of water. Northern pike remain active in the shallows on Grand Lake.
TWIN CITIES VICINITY
Northern pike are provided the most consistent action, with fish coming from 12-18 feet of water on Clearwater, Cedar, John and Pleasant lakes. Pleasant and John lakes are giving up quite a few crappies during evening hours in depths of 22-30 feet. Lakes Sugar and Marie are producing sunfish in 14-16 feet of water. An occasional walleye is being pulled from depths of 20-plus feet on Clearwater, Cedar and Sugar lakes.
On Lake Waconia, work the deep hole off Pillsbury Reef during evening hours for crappies. The steep break located in 13-20 feet of water on the south end of Andersons Reef is producing walleyes and crappies during low-light hours. In Waconia Bay, the 8- to 12-foot weedlines continue to provide a mixed bag of fish, with panfish and northern pike being the most abundant.
On Lake Minnetonka, walleyes continue to be taken during low-light hours from the 15- to 18-foot weedlines, as well as from depths of 30 feet or more in Browns and Wayzata bays. Grays Bay, and the west side of Medicine Lake are giving up northern pike in depths of 7-15 feet. Lots of small panfish are being pulled from most area lakes, with the larger crappies and sunnies remaining elusive.
Prior Lake/West Metro vicinity
Sunfish can be found just out from the east access on Eagle Lake in 13 feet of water. The swimming beach area of Lake Riley is producing crappies in depths of 18 feet, while Hydes Lake continues to provide lots of sunnies and crappies during afternoon hours. The best northern pike reports are coming from 12 feet of water on the north side of Lake Minnewashta.
Walleyes continue to be taken from 18-20 feet of water during evening hours from North Center Lake, and off Needle Point on South Center Lake. The north end of North Center Lake is kicking out crappies in depths of 18-22 feet. Look to the weeded areas of Chisago Lake for panfish, with lots of northern pike coming from the bays on the south end of the lake.
White Bear/Northeast Metro vicinity
The seven- to 12-foot weedlines on Lake Jane are producing sunfish, crappies and northern pike. White Bear Lake is giving up lots of panfish in 10 feet of water, with a few walleyes taken during the evening hours from depths of 20-25 feet. The Bayport area of the St. Croix River continues to produce crappies over 35-40 feet of water. For northern pike, hit Mud Lake, the north end of Bald Eagle Lake, and Demontreville Lake.
Small hooks and small minnows are producing walleyes in 18-28 feet of water on French Lake. Look to Shields Lake for panfish. The deep hole on Lake Mazaska is giving up crappies, especially during low-light hours. For northern pike, use tip-ups on the weed edges of Kelley Dudley Lake during midday hours.
Panfish continue to be pulled from 10-12 feet of water at Bakers Bay on Lake Washington. A few walleyes are being taken during low-light hours on Lake Hanska in depths of 10 feet or less. Northern pike are still being taken on tip-ups and sucker minnows set along the weedlines on Lake Francis.
Crappies remain active on Eagle Lake in 35 feet of water, and in 20 feet of water on Diamond Lake during low-light hours. Walleyes are being pulled from depths of 25 feet on Green Lake, and look for some good-sized pike in the shallows of Green Lake. Panfish and northern pike are an easy catch on Norway and Games lakes in 10-12 feet of water. Foot Lake continues to give up walleyes and crappies in depths of 10-12 feet at night.
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Msg 2 Posted: 06:28 PM 01/25/08 (CST)
Thanks for the report, holdemtwice!|
Msg 4 Posted: 11:27 PM 01/25/08 (CST)
I'll add a few recent discoveries. Metro area lakes: Spring Lake-crappie about one foot off the bottom in 16 fow, few walleyes join in, not on the subzero days though. Peltier- Sunnies now at 12-14 fow, crappies there too, bigger crappies are deeper now, Pike still somewhat shallow and hanging around the sunnies, have seen a few walleye but cannot get them to bite. Centerville- crappies around 18 fow, just set up 50 yards away from the crowd in the right depth and you'll get them. Round- as usual none stop sunnie and crappie action, but 99% are very small, occasionally you'll pull up a slab sunnie but it looks like its 100 years old! Independence- from the state owned landing-go to the point due north east, set up in 20-26 fow and wait for the sun to begin to set over the hill, you'll have great crappie action for the next 45 minutes to an hour, walleyes are mixed in once in a while but they've been small the last couple years(10-12"), bigger ones are there but I don't fish it enough. Sarah- plenty of crappies straight out from the landing where all the houses are, go across the lake and plenty of sunnies, on occasion a nice Pike will be with the sunnies and recently quite a few large mouth bass. Last couple years the sizes have gone way down though. Enough to keep me off one of my old favorite lakes. Josephine and Johanna- tons lof little sunnies and a mixed bag of little crappies, Josephine producing a walleye here and there straight out from the beach in 20 fow, not sure on Johanna. You will be very lucky to get a wally from Josephine though, plenty of hammerhandles though. Green lake- plenty of crappies in 12-14 fow, but the good ones are only 7-9".|
Just a report of some of the lakes we've fished this winter. The search continues for that honey hole!
Catch 'em fast!
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