Msg 1 Posted: 10:56 AM 06/02/05 (CST)
Jigs and minnows continue to produce walleyes on Oscar Lake and Lake Mary in eight to 14 feet of water. Crawlers and leeches are just starting to turn walleyes; look to lakes such as Miltona and Ida for walleyes if water temperatures continue to climb. Crappies have begun moving to their spawning areas on many lakes, so look shallow with minnows and Flu Flus.
The bars on Cedar Lake have produced a few big walleyes this week. Fathead minnows or leeches continue to turn walleyes on Clearwater Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water. Look to the breaks on Lake Sylvia and Pleasant Lake to start kicking out walleyes very soon. Crappie action is very good along the 4-foot sand and bulrush areas of Lake John, Sugar Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Lake Sylvia.
Shiner minnows remain the ticket for walleyes on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water. You'll find plenty of crappies in three to six feet of water on Clitherall Lake, Dead Lake, and West Battle. Minnows are producing numbers of northern pike throughout the area in 12 to 15 feet of water.
Jigs tipped with minnows are fooling walleyes in six to nine feet of water on Lake Bemidji. Jigs also have been the ticket for walleyes on Wolf Lake in less than 10 feet of water. Panfish action is slow, but lakes such as Irvine and Bemidji can be counted on for northern pike in eight to 10 feet of water.
Shiner minnows remain the best bet for walleyes on Round Lake, Pelican Lake, and North Long Lake. You'll find plenty of active walleyes on Gull Lake as well, but most have been small. During midday hours, the best bite is taking place in 17 to 35 feet of water, but you'll catch walleyes as shallow as five feet after sunset. Spinner rigs and a 4-inch sucker minnow are turning numbers of northern pike on Upper Gull Lake. Crappies continue to be caught in the shallows of Upper Gull and Merrifield Bay on North Long.
Walleyes remain active on North Center Lake, South Center Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake. During the day, most fish are coming from 12 to 18 feet of water, but they are more active in shallow water during low-light periods. Panfish are clinging to the shallow docks on all area lakes, and anglers are seeing bass in the shallows as well. Big Rapalas or sucker minnows are turning northern pike in eight feet of water on Sunrise Lake.
Some walleyes are being caught in 18 to 24 feet of water on Pelican Lake and Upper Whitefish Lake. Jigs and shiner minnows or Lindy Rigs and leeches have worked best. Northern pike have become active in the shallows on area lakes. Try JB Hot Flash Steel spinners and large pike minnows. Crappie action remains good although the fish are coming from slightly deeper water this week.
Look for walleyes on Fish Lake in eight to 10 feet of water. On Island Lake and Boulder Lake you'll find walleyes hitting chubs in 10 to 12 feet of water. If the wind isn't blowing, you'll catch lake trout and salmon near the surface on Lake Superior. The Wisconsin side has been most productive with plugs and spoons working best in the top 30 feet of the water column.
Limits of keepers and numbers of big walleyes are being caught on Rapalas or shiner minnows in shallow water on Hall Lake and Budd Lake. The evening bite has been "unbelievably good" on both lakes. Crappie action is going very well at the filtration plant on Budd Lake and the power plant on George Lake. Bluegill action is slow, but Hall Lake continues to kick out northern pike.
Cannon Lake is kicking out walleyes in four to six feet of water. Rapalas have worked best in the evenings, while leeches remain the ticket during the day. The 10- to 12-foot weed edges on Cedar Lake are giving up walleyes on slip bobbers and leeches. The panfish bite really picked up this week on most lakes, but the shallows of Mazaska, Roberds, and Shields have been especially noteworthy for crappies.
Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake started producing walleyes on jigs and shiners in eight to 12 feet of water. There are a few walleyes coming off the north end of Bowstring Lake in eight to 10 feet and off Lake Wabana as well. Fish the weed edges of Balsam Lake and Spider Lake with spinners and minnows for pike. The only local panfish reports are coming off the Mississippi River where a few bluegills and crappies can be had.
After the sun sets, there's a good walleye bite with Shad Raps along the weed edges of Lake Jennie. Minnows and leeches are still producing walleyes on Belle Lake in 14 feet, Lake Minnie Belle in 14 to 18 feet, and at the river mouth on Big Swan Lake. Panfish and northern pike have been tough to find.
Walleye reports continue to be limited, but the crappie and northern pike action have been very good in 10 to 14 feet of water. Look for bigger crappies in the milfoil, while the majority of pike are cruising the milfoil edges. Sunfish are an easy catch in six feet of water throughout the lake, and the bass opener is expected to be excellent with plenty of fish to be had in shallow water.
Slip bobbers and shiner minnows or leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods of the day. Look to Moon Bar and Johnson's Bar in 15 to 30 feet of water and off Miller's Point in 12 to 15 feet of water. Northern pike are biting throughout the lake, while the shallow water off Miller's Point is worth noting for crappies.
Vertical fishing with a jig and minnow has been the ticket for walleyes on the west side of the lake in 30 to 40 feet of water. There are a few walleyes hitting crankbaits during the evening hours in shallower water. The key is to work the windswept shores. There's also some evening action with slip bobbers on the rock humps. Crappies have moved into the traditional shallow bays, but you need to finesse them in about two feet of water. Northern pike and bass have been caught by anglers fishing in the mid-teen depths at a decent pace.
Walleyes continue to be caught off the wind-driven points and Highbanks area. Jigs tipped with shiner minnows are the best bet in six to 10 feet of water. Numerous walleyes between 14 and 16 inches have been reported with the occasional walleye over 20 inches in the mix. Stoney Point is producing a few good-sized perch in 10 feet of water
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Catching numbers of walleyes along the shore has been relatively easy this week with a jig and minnow combination. Four Mile Bay, the Lighthouse Gap, Pine Island area, and Morris Point Gap have all provided a steady walleye bite. At the Northwest Angle, Shad Raps have turned the majority of fish in two to eight feet of water.
Jig and shiner minnow combinations are turning walleyes near Star Point and Pine Point in 12 feet of water on Leech Lake. Jigging also has been productive during the evening hours off the points in Walker Bay in 12 to 15 feet of water. Crappie action remains strong in the shallows of Shingobee Bay and the north end of Kabekona Bay. On Garfield Lake, walleyes are hitting jigs tipped with minnows in eight to 12 feet of water.
East - The north-end sand is kicking out a lot of walleyes in 12 to 14 feet of water. Long, live bait rigs or slip bobbers with leeches have been most productive. The shallow rocks on the east end continue to hold walleyes during the evening hours. The midday bite also is worth noting on mid- depth rocks that lie in 15 to 20 feet of water. The top of Three Mile Reef, the outer edges of the Three Mile, and Lakeside Reef all have been productive this week.
West - The walleye bite is much better than a week ago with limits being taken in St. Alban's Bay. Drifting Lindy rigs with rainbow minnows or leeches in 14 to 20 feet of water has been best. The edges of the mud flats continue to give up more fish than expected in 23 to 28 feet of water. Sherman's Flat and Curley Flat have been especially good this week. The evening bite is still best off Pike Point, Seguchie Point, and Brown's Point with slip bobbers and leeches.
ORTONVILLE The areas above and below the dam on the Minnesota River at Odessa continue to provide steady walleye action. The Corral Bridge area is another spot worth noting on the river. Shad Raps or jigs and Twister Tails have been most productive. Lake Lac Qui Parle is producing walleyes at a variety of depths. Work the islands area on the south end of Big Stone Lake for walleyes during the evening hours. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches are working best.
Shiner minnows and jigs are turning walleyes in nine to 14 feet of water on Big Sand Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 to 12 feet of water on Fish Hook Lake. The area crappie bite comes and goes with the weather conditions, although the pencil reeds on Lake Belle Taine seem to be holding a fair number of fish.
The deeper breaks near the island in Sand Bay are producing limits of walleyes on a jig and minnow. Work toward the falls in the Rainy River and you should find plenty of walleyes as well. Black Bay and Jackfish Bay are providing consistent evening walleye action in less than 10 feet of water. Black Bay also is the best bet for crappies in six to 10 feet of water.
Three-way rigs and crankbaits or a live bait rig and leech/crawler combination are producing walleyes on the Mississippi River. Better areas this week have been Hidden Rock Flat and Head of the Lakes area in 15 to 18 feet of water. Catfish also are active in some areas of the river.
There's a good crappie bite in three to eight feet of water on Sauk Lake. These fish are scattered throughout the entire lake and are active. Fairy Lake, East Long Lake, and Sauk are safe bets for sunfish in shallow water. Large sucker minnows are turning northern pike on Sauk Lake. Just work the traditional weedline areas. The inlet on Guerney Lake is producing walleyes, as is Big Swan Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water.
TWIN CITIES NORTHEAST METRO
There's some decent evening walleye action taking place with minnows on Clear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water. Sucker minnows are fooling northern pike along the weed edges of Forest Lake and Centerville Lake. Crappie action remains consistent on Lake Peltier, White Bear Lake, and Vadnais Lake along the 10-foot weeds. SOUTHWEST METRO
Sunfish and crappies remain active in shallow water near the access on Lake Auburn and the northeast end of Lake Minnewashta. Smaller walleyes are coming off Lake Susan, straight out from the access, in eight to 10 feet of water. Fish the wind-driven weed edges of Parley Lake with Shad Raps or live bait rigs and leeches for walleyes as well, and try the east side of Lake Zumbra for northern pike.
As water temperatures continue to climb, the walleye bite improves. Green Lake is kicking out walleyes in 30 feet of water during the evening hours. Nest Lake, Solomon Lake, Norway Lake, Ringo Lake, and Diamond Lake all have provided steady walleye action in nine to 15 feet of water. Leeches, crankbaits, and crawlers have begun to turn a few more fish than minnows. The panfish bite on these same lakes also is good in three to nine feet of water.