Msg 1 Posted: 03:18 PM 06/08/05 (CST)
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Lakes such as Ida, Miltona, Darling, Geneva, and Le Homme Dieu continue to provide consistent crappie action in four to eight feet of water. The walleye bite has been poor, but there are a few bass coming from shallow water on area lakes. Plastics or spinnerbaits are turning bigger fish.
Clearwater Lake is the best bet for walleyes in 15 to 22 feet of water. The majority of fish are now cruising the weed edges, hitting minnows or leeches on jigs and live bait rigs. Lakes such as Pleasant, Cedar, Twin, Sylvia, and Clearwater are producing numbers of northern pike and largemouth bass. Look to the shallow sand areas on most lakes for sunfish, while the weed pockets or bulrushes are worth noting for crappies.
Bass are very active in six to 12 feet of water on area lakes. Plastics and spinnerbaits have produced better numbers of nice fish. Leeches are turning walleyes on West Battle Lake in 16 to 22 feet of water. The muskie bite also is going well on West Battle, with crankbaits providing the most action. Look for panfish in the shallow sand and weed areas of South Turtle Lake and Blanche Lake.
Leeches and crawlers are now turning the majority of walleyes on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 14 feet of water. Northern pike have been very active, hitting minnows along the weed edges of most area lakes. Lakes such as Rabideau, Gilstead, North, and South Twin continue to provide steady panfish action in shallow water.
North Long Lake and Gull Lake continue to produce walleyes early and late in the day. Leeches and nightcrawlers are turning fish in 20 to 24 feet during midday, but work the shallow breaks during lowlight periods of the day. Work the inside weed edges for bass, while the outside edges are holding northern pike. Panfish are an easy catch in shallow water on area lakes as well.
The main lake bars have started giving up more walleyes this week on Cass Lake. Buck's Bar, Turtle River Bar, Windigo Bar, and North Cedar Bar are holding fish in 12 to 35 feet of water. Trolling crankbaits during the evening hours in 10 to 12 feet also has worked on the bars. Northern pike are biting consistently around Star Island and look for bigger perch along the 20- to 25-foot breaks on Cass.
Leeches are now the best bet for walleyes on Chisago Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Look to Sunrise Lake for northern pike with large minnows along the 12-foot weed edges. Largemouth bass are relating to docks, inside, and outside weed edges on most lakes and you'll find numbers of good-sized panfish on lakes such as Chisago, North Lindstrom Lake, and South Lindstrom Lake.
Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake are giving up a few more walleyes this week. Leeches are the best bet during midday hours in 20 feet of water, while crankbaits or leeches continue to produce fish during lowlight periods in 10 to 14 feet of water. Rainbow trout continue to attack a variety of presentations at the Pennington and Portsmouth Pit. Panfish action is very good in shallow water on Perry Lake, Mission Lake, Bay Lake, and Serpent Lake.
Northern pike are hitting minnows and spinners along the weed edges of most lakes. The area's best walleye reports are still coming off Whitefish Lake and Pelican Lake in 20 to 26 feet of water. Leeches and nightcrawlers have started producing a few more fish than minnows. Panfish are an easy catch on most lakes in less than six feet of water and the Whitefish Chain is providing steady largemouth bass action.
Panfish are biting in shallow water on several lakes, with Big Cormorant, Sallie, Cotton, Floyd, and Lizzie being safe bets. Spinnerbaits will produce numbers of bass along the eight foot weed edges of most lakes. Walleye reports have been scattered with fish being found in 15 to 20 feet of water on Prairie Lake, Crystal Lake, and Round Lake.
The St. Louis River is still producing walleyes in the deep channel near the Boy Scout Landing. Island Lake is giving up walleyes in 18 to 22 feet of water, but this bite hasn't been as consistent as it was a week ago. Crappie action has picked up in the shallows on many lakes as they begin to spawn. Look for most of the bigger fish to be in less than eight feet of water. Stickbaits have been the ticket on the Wisconsin side of Lake Superior. Expect cohos, lake trout, and king salmon to be hitting these presentations close to the surface.
Green Lake continues to produce good-sized sunfish in three to five feet of water. Crawlers and leeches also will produce a few walleyes on Green in 11 feet of water during the evening hours. Blue Lake is producing quite a few largemouth bass on plastics and spinnerbaits.
Limits of walleyes have been common from Hall Lake in 16 to 18 feet of water. They've bit best during the evening hours on leeches. Look for crappies in 13 feet of water on Hall Lake, Budd Lake, and Lake Sissiton. The power plant area on George Lake continues to provide nice bluegills. Fox Lake is a safe bet for numbers of small crappies in shallow water.
Sunfish and crappies are an easy catch in the shallow areas of Hunt Lake, Shields Lake, and Lake Mazaska. You'll pull a few walleyes with leeches or Shad Raps during the evening hours on Cannon Lake and Lake Mazaska in less than 10 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under bobbers along the weed edges of Cedar Lake and bass continue to be caught throughout the area.
Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake is kicking out crappies in 12 to 15 feet of water. On Lake Pokegama, look to Poole's Bay for crappies. Northern pike also are active along the weedlines of Pokegama, as are the smallmouth and largemouth bass. Balsam Lake and Lake Wabana are consistently producing bass and pike as well. There has been quite a few walleyes caught on Big Sand Lake and Bowstring Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water on a minnow and jig. A few muskies have been caught on Moose Lake and the Mississippi River.
Girl Lake, Ten Mile Lake, and Birch Lake are safe bets for crappies in shallow water. Look to Pine Mountain Lake for walleyes during the evening hours in 12 feet of water. On Ten Mile Lake, you'll still catch walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water. Largemouth bass are biting well in four to eight feet of water on most lakes. Anglers on Portage Lake have caught some good-sized bass with plastics and spinnerbaits.
Lake Washington started producing walleyes in seven to 16 feet of water. On Lake Minnie Belle, you'll hook walleyes in 10 to 15 feet of water. Leeches and minnows continue to provide the best action. Panfish reports have been very limited, but catching bass and northern pike on Lake Jennie is relatively easy.
Pitching a jig and minnow or leech in the shallow bays is yielding walleyes and northern pike. Many of these fish have been over the slot with an occasional "keeper'' mixed in. Most of the slot fish, 13- to 17-inches, are coming from 22 to 30 feet of water on Kabetogama and in 25 to 38 feet on Namakan. The rock piles scattered throughout both fisheries are holding smallmouth bass and sauger. Some crappie action is reported in the shallows as water temperatures continue to rise.
East - The 16- to 18-foot rock piles are holding fish, most of which are taken with slip bobbers and leeches. The north end sand breaks are producing walleyes as well. Long, live bait rigs and leeches have worked best on the sand. Smallmouth bass are hitting crankbaits or tubes on the shallow rocks throughout the day. Muskie reports have been limited during the first week of the season.
West - Sherman's Flat, Seven Mile, and the Banana Flat are giving up walleyes. The best bite has been with slip bobbers and leeches during the evening hours in 24 to 26 feet of water. The day bite has been more sporadic, but the mud is still your best option in 25 to 32 feet of water with long snells and leeches. Look to St. Alban's Bay for northern pike.
Look for smallmouth bass and northern pike in front of the feeder streams on the Rainy River. Large sucker minnows under floats are working for the pike, while crankbaits remain the ticket for smallmouth. Sturgeon also continue to bite well in the Rainy. Along the south shore of the main lake, hammered gold spinners and minnows are producing limits of walleyes. Better areas this week have been from Pine Island, west to Warroad, and around Little and Big Oak islands. At the Northwest Angle, a jig-and-minnow presentation is producing walleyes in 14 to 25 feet of water near Flag Island and Young's Bay.
Walleye reports have been mixed with some anglers doing well in shallow water with slip bobbers and leeches, while others were catching fish on the rock piles, reefs, and submerged islands. Minnows are still the bait of choice, but leeches and crawlers are coming on strong. Crappies are shallow and have provided the best bite of the season so far. Northern pike are shallow and aggressive in most weedy bays.
Muskies are biting on Nelson's Flat and Reinke's Reef. Most of these fish have been under 40 inches, but they've been very active. Panfish continue to be caught in shallow water on the north side of the lake. Dock fishing has been the ticket for largemouth bass. Look to the emerging weed edges to start producing fish as well. The few walleyes have been caught at night at the Claybanks and swimming beach area.
There's been more walleyes caught on the bars in 18 to 23 feet of water this week. Big Muskie, Horseshoe, Moses and Sugar Bar have been most productive with leeches. Little Stoney Point is a safe bet during the evening hours in shallower water. On the east side, the south end of Highbanks is producing walleyes with minnows in 10 to 14 feet of water. Look for perch in nine to 14 feet of water on the points and shoreline breaks.
A jig-and-minnow combination is still producing the majority of walleyes on the points in 12 to 22 feet of water. A few fish are starting to be taken with shallow running crankbaits during the evening hours. The humps in Walker Bay are holding walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water. A jig and minnow or slowly worked live bait rig and minnow is the best option here. Crappie action remains strong in Kabekona Bay and Steamboat. Look for northern pike and bass along the emerging weedlines scattered throughout the lake.
Look for walleyes and crappies in Black Bay over four to 10 feet of water with minnows. Walleyes continue to be caught on minnows in Jackfish Bay and the Bald Rock area in less than 15 feet of water. In Saginaw Bay, walleyes can be had on minnows, throughout the day, in 12 to 18 feet of water. The smallmouth bite has been sporadic in shallow water, but northern pike action has picked up on the emerging weedlines.
The bass bite has been very good on Lake Minnewaska. Smallmouth bass are hitting in 14 to 18 feet of water, while the majority of largemouth bass continue to be shallow. Lakes such as Mary, Long, and the west side of Emily are the area's best bets for walleyes. Crankbaits, minnows, or leeches have worked best. Panfish action has slowed with just a few fish coming from the Starbuck Marina and Glenwood Fish Hatchery area of Minnewaska.
NORTHEAST METRO - The Prescott and Hudson areas of the St. Croix River are producing walleyes in 12 to 25 feet of water. Minnows and crawlers are turning the majority of fish. Clear Lake and Bald Eagle Lake are kicking out walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water during the evening hours. On Lake Peltier and White Bear Lake, sunfish are very active in less than six feet of water. Big Marine Lake, Big Carnelian Lake, and Bald Eagle Lake are safe bets for crappies in 10 to 15 feet of water.
SOUTHWEST METRO - There are a few walleyes biting in the evenings on Lake Parley in 12 feet of water. Leeches and live bait rigs are working best. The west side rock piles on Lake Riley are kicking out walleyes during the evenings hours with shiner minnows and bobbers. Leeches and jigs started producing walleyes in the Bevens Creek area on the Minnesota River. Sunfish action has been very good in two to five feet of water on Lake Parley, just to the right of the access. Look for the bigger sunfish on Lake Minnewashta hitting small leeches in eight to 10 feet of water. Lake Bavaria is a safe bet for crappies and sunfish in shallow water as well. Bass continue to be caught on area lakes in shallow water. Look for northern pike to be hitting small sucker minnows along the weed edges of Lake Pierson and Lake Auburn.
There's a walleye bite on Green Lake in 30 to 35 feet of water. Scattered walleye reports also are coming off Norway Lake, Diamond Lake, Lake Andrew, Ringo Lake, and Solomon Lake at a variety of depths. Panfish, bass, and northern pike are biting very well in shallow water throughout the area.