Msg 1 Posted: 07:06 AM 12/29/05 (CST)
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Look for crappies and sunfish in less than eight feet of water on lakes such as Mary, Reno, and Cowdry. Jigging spoons are the best option for walleyes on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida in 15 to 20 feet of water. Reno has produced a few walleyes during the evening hours as well.
Cedar Lake is producing walleyes and crappies in 20 to 22 feet of water. Expect some evening walleye action on Clearwater Lake in 16 to 24 feet and on Sugar Lake and Lake Sylvia in 20 to 30 feet of water. Crappies and sunfish continue to be pulled from Lake John in 18 to 20 feet of water. Look for the 15- to 22-foot flat on Pleasant Lake to be holding northern pike and crappies.
Small minnows are producing crappies on West Battle Lake in 18 feet of water. Bass Lake is providing the best sunfish action in 17 feet of water. Otter Tail Lake and Clitherall Lake are kicking out a few walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water early and late in the day. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows under tip-ups on lakes such as Clitherall, Otter Tail, and West Battle. The north end of Otter Tail is a safe bet for good-sized perch in 17 feet of water.
Fathead minnows are producing perch and a few walleyes on Lake Bemidji in 22 to 30 feet of water. Setlines and shiner minnows have been working for walleyes along the 20-foot breaks of Lake Plantagenette. Panfish action remains slow, but northern pike can be had on tip-ups and sucker minnows on Lake Bemidji in 10 to 12 feet of water.
There's been some consistent bluegill activity taking place on Rabideau Lake and Lake Pimushe in 20 feet of water. On Blackduck Lake, you'll find good-sized perch at a variety of depths and some walleyes in 18 to 22 feet of water during the evening hours. A Jigging Rapala and minnow head is working best.
Chisago Lake is producing sunfish, walleyes, and crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water near the A-Frame and Eagle's Nest. Look to the channel on Chisago during the evening hours for walleyes in 19 feet of water. The Pancake Island area of South Center Lake is kicking out sunfish, crappies, and northern pike in eight to 12 feet of water. Walleye and crappie activity also is strong on South Lindstrom Lake in eight to 18 feet of water. Look to Kroon Lake for crappies in 18 feet of water, while Sunrise Lake continues to kick out sunfish and northern pike in 12 feet of water.
Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish coming off Rabbit Lake, Pelican Lake, and Serpent Lake in 22 feet of water. There's no problem catching northern pike on shiner minnows along the 12- to 15-foot weed edges of Klinker Lake, Upper Dean Lake, and Mahnomen Lake. The best sunfish and crappie action is taking place in 11 to 14 feet of water on Black Hoof Lake and Little Black Hoof Lake.
A Lindy jigging spoon and minnow head is the best bet for walleyes on the 18- to 32-foot breaks of lakes such as Big Cormorant, Pelican, Cotton, and Lizzie. Find some green weeds on Floyd Lake, Big Toad Lake, Prairie Lake, and Lake Lida and they should be holding the active panfish.
The north end of Fremont Lake is producing pike in less than six feet of water. Consistent crappie reports continue to come off Blue Lake and Green Lake in 17 feet of water. Walleye activity has dropped off, although a few fish continue to be caught during the evening hours on Elk Lake and Green Lake.
Minnows and Eurolarvae are turning crappies on Lake Mazaska in 27 to 30 feet of water. Jigging spoons are fooling walleyes during the evening hours on Cannon Lake in seven to nine feet of water. Anglers are catching an occasional walleye on Roberds Lake in 12 to 17 feet and you can expect some steady bluegill action from Shields Lake in nine to 11 feet of water.
The north end of Bowstring Lake started producing crappies in 20 feet of water. The Muskrat Bay area of Bowstring also is worth noting for perch in 15 to 18 feet of water. On Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, you'll find crappies and bluegills in 18 feet of water and some evening walleye action near the island in 17 feet of water. The shallow weedlines of Lake Pokegama are the best option for northern pike.
Shiner minnows are the best bet for walleyes during the evening hours on Pleasant Lake in 18 feet of water. Hit seven feet of water on Ten Mile Lake with waxworms for sunfish, but you will have to sort through some small fish. Birch Lake is kicking out a mixed bag of fish, including walleyes in 22 feet, sunfish in 25 feet, and northern pike in less than 12 feet of water.
The best walleye bite is taking place near the mouth of the Ash River as it enters Kabetogama in 18 to 28 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting minnows under tip-ups in the weedy bays, primarily in less than 15 feet of water. Crappie action has been spotty with tube jigs working best on the east end of the lake. The mild weather has taken its toll on ice conditions, especially on Lake Namakan, so caution is advised as you venture out.
LAKE MILLE LACS
East - Walleye anglers have been reporting consistent action on the reefs in 10 to 15 feet of water. There also has been some good reports coming from the south end gravel bars in 24 feet of water. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are producing more consistently than setlines. You'll find some perch in the bays, with most of the keeping-sized fish running about nine inches long. Call for daily ice updates and travel information on the lake, because of the warm weather.
West - During the day, work the deep edge of the flats in 30 to 34 feet of water. Slide into 25 to 28 feet during lowlight periods of the day. Seguchie's Flat, Sherman's Flat, and the Eight Mile all have provided steady walleye activity with jigging spoons. Perch are scattered throughout the flats, although somebody seems to fall on a school of jumbos each day.
Work the weedlines in 18 to 29 feet of water for walleyes during the evening hours on Lake Minnetonka. Fathead minnows also have turned some walleyes on Lake Independence in 18 to 30 feet late in the day. Look to the north side of Crystal Bay on Minnetonka for sunfish in 12 to 15 feet of water, and you should find suspended crappies in 30 feet of water as well. Shiner minnows are producing quite a few northern pike on the 12- to 14-foot weed flats. There is some slush to deal with on area lakes.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Many resorts are saying that cloudy water conditions are limiting the walleye action. A few fish are coming from the Pine Island area in 14 to 24 feet on red glow jigs and minnow heads. Better numbers of sauger were caught this week in deeper water. There's still some fish coming from Four Mile Bay during the early morning and evening hours. At the Northwest Angle, gold jigs have produced walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water on the south side of Oak Island.
There's sunfish biting on the north end, off the hill access, in 13 to 22 feet of water. Small jigs tipped with maggots or freshwater shrimp have worked best. You'll find walleyes as well on the north end in 22 feet of water in front of the hill access. Jigging spoons or setlines and shiner minnows have produced the most fish. Crappie action remains slow, but Town Bay is a safe bet for northern pike.
Three-to-a-pound sunfish are biting in the shallow, weedy bays on small ants and waxworms. Numbers of 15- to 18-inch walleyes are being taken during lowlight periods of the day in 18 to 26 feet of water. You'll find perch during midday hours in these walleye spots as well.
Look for sunfish and crappies on the 14-foot milfoil edges of Waconia Bay and Wagener's Bay. These areas also have kicked out a few walleyes via fathead minnows during the evening hours. Cemetary Reef is the best bet for bigger northern pike.
Look to Horseshoe Bar, Center Bar, and the sunken island for walleyes in 18 to 22 feet of water. A few perch can be had in these areas in 27 feet of water, and off the top of River Bar in 15 feet of water. Northern pike action remains slow with tip-ups and shiner minnows producing the few fish being caught in shallow water.
Shingobee Bay continues to provide steady crappie and bluegill action in 12 to 15 feet of water. The 15- to 30-foot humps in Walker Bay remain the best bet for walleyes during the afternoon and evening hours. Perch action has been sporadic in recent days, although Sand Point continues to hold active fish between six and 12 feet of water.
Look to Lake Washington for sunfish in 10 to 16 feet of water and crappies in 12 to 18 feet. Third Point on Washington is kicking out walleyes during the evening hours in 14 to 20 feet of water. The west end of Lake Francis is providing a shallow panfish bite and a few walleyes have been caught on Lake Hanska in 10 to 12 feet of water. Tip-ups and shiner minnows are producing walleyes north of the access on Crystal Lake.
Jigging spoons are producing walleyes on Lake Minnewawa in 14 feet of water. Tip-ups and sucker minnows have been the ticket for northern pike in eight to 12 feet of water on lakes such as Round, Gun, and Fleming. Look to Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy Lake and in 16 feet of water on Fleming Lake for crappies. The area's best sunfish reports are coming off Rat Lake in 16 feet of water.
Fatheads and bobbers are producing walleyes on Fish Hook Lake in 21 feet of water. Look to Long Lake in 14 feet of water for northern pike. Bluegills continue to be caught on the Crow Wing Chain in 12 feet of water throughout the day. You'll find suspended crappies over 30 feet of water on Big Mantrap Lake during the evening hours.
The McIntyre Island area of Sand Bay is kicking out walleyes in 26 to 28 feet of water. There's been a morning walleye bite in 26 feet of water on Community Reef as well. Work the shallow breaklines of Sand Bay and Black Bay for northern pike with large sucker minnows. Due to limiting ice conditions, these are the only spots available to anglers.
Diamond Point on Big Sauk Lake is kicking out sunfish and you'll find crappies west of Diamond Point and in Red Barn Bay on Sauk in 18 to 24 feet of water. Rosy red minnows seem to be working best. Big Swan Lake started giving up crappies, as is the north point on Guerney Lake. The best bet for northern pike is sucker minnows in the narrows of Sauk Lake.
NORTHEAST METRO - Tip-ups and fatheads or shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet of water on Lake Phalen and Clear Lake. There's an evening crappie bite taking place in 20 feet of water on Bald Eagle Lake and Jarvis Lake. Little Lake and Lake Peltier are the area's best options for sunfish in 12 to 15 feet of water. Northern pike are inhaling sucker minnows on most lakes in 10 to 12 feet, but expect bigger fish off Beaver Lake, Lake Jane, White Bear Lake, and Battle Creek Lake.
WEST METRO - Crappies and sunfish continue to be caught in 12 to 14 feet of water on Hydes Lake and Eagle Lake. There's been northern pike caught on Lake Auburn, straight out from the access, in 10 to 12 feet of water. Northern pike and sunfish also can be had on Prior Lake out from the public access.
SOUTH METRO - Large sucker minnows are producing muskies along the north end weed edges of Lake Harriet. Walleye reports have been minimal, but sunfish and crappies are an option on Harriet and Lake Calhoun in 17 feet of water.