Msg 1 Posted: 06:43 PM 01/21/06 (CST)
There's a crappie bite on Lake Carlos and Lake Le Homme Dieu in 18 to 24 feet of water. The north ends of lakes Victoria and Geneva are producing sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look to Devils Lake and Lake Mina for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 18 feet of water during the afternoon and evening. A few walleyes are coming off Lake Ida and Lake Miltona in 30 to 35 feet of water.
Sunfish and crappies are coming from Lake John in 18 feet of water. A mixed bag of crappies, sunfish and northern pike is coming off Pleasant Lake in 18 to 24 feet of water. The south end of Cedar Lake is producing sunfish in 12 to 15 feet, while Clearwater Lake is producing bigger northern pike in shallow water. Look for suspended crappies over the 40-foot hole on Clearwater. The island area on Granite Lake is a safe bet for crappies in 20 to 24 feet of water. On Lake Marie, sunfish, crappies and northern pike are in 15 to 20 feet of water all day.
West Battle Lake is kicking out crappies and walleyes in 16 to 22 feet of water. Perch have been caught on the Otter Tail Lake flats in 12 to 22 feet of water. Walleyes are being taken on blue jigs and sucker minnows in 30 feet of water on Otter Tail. Look to South Turtle Lake for crappies during the evening, straight out from the access.
Perch action has picked up on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenette in 25 to 30 feet of water. Look for walleyes to hit glow jigs and shiner minnows during lowlight periods in seven to 14 feet of water on Lake Bemidji. Some small lakes started giving up panfish, while large shiner minnows are producing northern pike on Grace Lake, Plantagenette and Bemidji.
Walleyes are being caught on golden shiners or rainbow minnows in 16 to 30 feet of water. Look to Round Lake, North Long Lake, Gull Lake and Pelican Lake during the evening. Glow jigs and Eurolarvae or rosy red minnows are producing crappies in 15 to 20 feet of water, while sunfish can be had in six to 15 feet of water. Lakes to check for panfish are Nisswa, Hubert and Round.
There's a consistent evening crappie bite on Kroon Lake in 21 feet of water. Crappie action is favorable on Chisago Lake in 10 to 13 feet of water and on North Center Lake in 12 to 16 feet. The best crappie action usually takes place during the evening. The evening walleye bite on South Lindstrom Lake is worth noting below the Dinner Bell in 16 feet of water. Sunrise Lake remains a safe bet for northern pike and sunfish in 12 feet of water.
Walleye action slowed, with a short window of opportunity as the sun sets on Serpent Lake in 22 to 24 feet of water. Panfish action has been sporadic with lakes Perry, Little Mahnomen and Big Mahnomen producing sunfish and crappies in 18 to 20 feet of water. Serpent Lake has kicked out a few crappies at dark in 20 feet of water. Look to Mission Lake with sucker minnows for northern pike in eight to 12 feet of water.
The walleye bite slowed, but lakes Big Cormorant, Pelican, Lizzie, Lida and Franklin are good options with Lindy spoons or jigging Rapalas and minnow heads in 18 to 22 feet of water. Crappie action peaks after dark, but bluegills can be had all day on Little Detroit Lake, Floyd Lake, Big Toad Lake, Prairie Lake, Long Lake and Crystal Lake.
Look for eating-sized walleyes to take shiner minnows on Boulder Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Anglers fishing from shore near the French River and Stony Point areas of Lake Superior are catching Kamloops on Looper Bugs and waxworms. The inland trout season opener produced limited lake trout action, but several smaller lakes kicked out brook trout, rainbows and some splake.
Sunfish and crappies can be had on Green Lake in 14 to 19 feet of water. Elk Lake is safe for crappies in 12 feet of water, although you have to sort through small fish. Look to the weedlines of lakes Blue, Green and Fremont for northern pike with sucker minnows.
A jig and small minnow is producing crappies on South Silver Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water. Look to Amber Lake with fathead minnows for walleyes in eight feet of water. There's a shallow perch bite on Temperance Lake and Lake Sissiton is producing crappies in 16 feet of water. On Hall Lake, walleyes will hit fatheads in 18 feet of water.
Look for crappies on French Lake in 35 to 45 feet of water and on Lake Mazaska in 27 to 30 feet of water. Northern pike and walleyes are cruising the shallow weeds on Cedar Lake. Afternoon and early evening has been best in seven to nine feet of water. The 18- to 20-foot rocks on French Lake are providing walleyes during the evening hours.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
There's crappie action on Rice Lake and Lake Pokegema in 16 to 20 feet of water. The north end of Trout Lake is producing crappies in 18 feet, while the south end is giving up walleyes during the evening in 20 to 25 feet of water. Blackwater Lake and Big Splithand Lake are safe bets for northern pike with large chubs. Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake is the areas best option for bluegills.
Crappie action has picked up on Green Leaf Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water. There's an evening crappie bite on Stella Lake in 16 to 20 feet of water. Look to Star Lake for walleyes and crappies during lowlight periods in less than 15 feet of water. On Cedar Lake, crappies are in less than eight feet of water in the evening. Look to Ripley Lake for sunfish and crappies in 14 feet of water and Little Ripley Lake is good for northern pike.
The east end of Kabetogama is providing most action for walleyes and crappies. Most soft-bottomed bays are producing northern pike as well. Mukooda Lake, accessible from Crane Lake or Namakan/Sand Point lakes, produced a few lake trout over the weekend on ciscoes. Most of these fish are suspended about 40 feet down over 60 feet of water.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - The best daytime walleye bite is at south end gravel areas in 22 to 27 feet of water. Lowlight periods seem to provide activity on the 8- to 12-foot rock piles and points. Pink and white jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads are working best. Perch are scattered, but can be caught. Although no area is more consistent for jumbos than any other, you can expect to find a few bigger perch mixed in with the walleyes.
WEST - Anglers willing to be mobile continue to catch limits of walleyes on a jigging spoon and minnow head. Seguchie's Flat, Seven Mile Flat, Sherman's Flat, and Eight Mile Flat have been productive in 28 to 38 feet of water. Sherman's Flat is the best option for numbers of big perch in 38 feet of water.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Sorting is a must, but sunfish will bite in 13 to 15 feet of water on the north side of Crystal Bay and in Phelp's Bay on Lake Minnetonka. A jig and rainbow minnow is turning afternoon walleyes in Wayzata Bay and Brown's Bay over 40 feet of water. The 12-foot milfoil patches are worth noting for northern pike. Lake Independence is giving up walleyes in 26 to 30 feet, as are deep weed edges of Medicine Lake in 20 to 24 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anglers at the Northwest Angle report some of the best walleye fishing they've experienced in years. Limits of 14- to 18-inch walleyes are being pulled south of Oak Island in 26 feet of water. Jumbo perch and large burbot have been mixed in. The water is clearing along the south shore, which has improved the walleye bite. Anglers are finding success in 22 to 24 feet of water, with good reports from as deep as 30 feet. The walleye and sauger mix is a fifty-fifty split for most groups. Most attention is focused between Pine Island and Morris Point Gap, improved reports also are coming from the Long Point, Rocky Point and Zippel Bay areas.
The north end access area is producing sunfish in 14 to 22 feet of water. The Battle Point area is producing a walleyes on shiner minnows in 20 feet of water. Look for northern pike to bite in 12 to 15 feet of water.
Fish have followed forage as it went deeper. Tip-ups and large minnows did well for walleyes in 34 to 42 feet of water. Perch and northern pike have come from deep water. The key is to be mobile and work deep structure areas.
Waconia Bay is producing northern pike, panfish, and a few walleyes off the milfoil edges, or right in the milfoil pockets, in 10 to 17 feet of water. Pillsbury Reef is holding sunfish in 15 to 17 feet of water. Off Harm's Point, sunfish and crappies are being pulled with consistency in 10 to 14 feet of water. The north side of Center Reef has produced walleyes during the evening in 16 to 22 feet of water.
The perch bite is on and off depending on the day. Fish move up and down on main lake bars and north end humps in 21 to 30 feet of water. Cloud cover triggers a better bite in these locations. There's some shallow perch activity off Mallard Point and Raven's Point in 12 to 15 feet of water, and an evening walleye bite in 16 to 18 feet of water on the flats out from Highbanks. Northern pike remain an easy catch with tip-ups and minnows on the main lake bars.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The breaks and humps in Walker Bay are producing walleyes during lowlight periods in 22 to 34 feet of water. Setlines and jigging spoons have worked. Anglers who move and drill a lot of holes are picking up good-sized perch in 10 to 12 feet of water. Better areas are Pine Point, Sand Point and the Narrows. Small jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads or waxworms have been the ticket.
Small shiner minnows have been the ticket for walleyes on Crystal Lake, Eagle Lake and Lake Hanska in six feet of water. Look to First Point in 12 feet of water and Bakers Bay in 16 to 20 feet for sunfish on Lake Washington. The Bray Park area of Madison Lake is producing a few walleyes during lowlight periods in 22 to 24 feet of water.
Warm weather allowed open water anglers to catch walleyes and catfish on the Mississippi River. Ice anglers are pulling northern pike from lakes Ida, Eagle and Big. Look for crappies on Little Maple Lake in 18 feet of water and a sunfish and crappie mix from Indian Lake in 17 to 20 feet of water.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleye action is best during lowlight periods on Potato Lake in 18 feet and Fish Hook Lake in 18 to 25 feet with fatheads. Big Mantrap Lake is producing northern pike. Crappies are active over 30 to 35 feet of water on Big Mantrap and the Crow Wing Chain.
The 40-foot breaks off the east end of Grindstone Island have produced walleyes. Look to Birch Point in 30 feet of water and the Rainy Lake City area in 26 feet for walleyes as well. Jigging Rapalas or setlines have worked best early and late. Crappie action is slow, but bigger northern pike were taken in the Rainy Lake City area over 10 to 16 feet of water. Tip-ups and shiner minnows have worked best in the morning and middle of the day.
Last week, the crappie bite improved as more limits were caught. This past weekend, the bite slowed with each angler catching some fish, but crappie limits were the exception. A few good-sized northern pike and bigger perch also showed up in recent days.
RED WING AREA
There's been nice sauger and a few walleyes caught below the dam on the Mississippi River. Open water access has been fairly easy and bright-colored hair jigs and fathead minnows are working best. The docks in the Bay Point area are producing panfish for ice anglers in shallow water.
ST. CLOUD AREA
There's a good evening crappie bite on Pearl Lake in 14 to 16 feet of water. Rice Lake and Horseshoe Lake also are crappie options in 20 to 22 feet of water. Lakes Pearl, Grand, and Pleasant are safe bets for sunfish. An occasional walleye comes off Horseshoe and Rice in 20 feet of water, while northern pike are active in 12 to 16 feet of water.
Sunfish are biting on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska in 14 feet of water. Bottle Bay area has been best. Crappies are coming from the Fish Hatchery area of Minnewaska in 16 feet of water during the evening.
NORTHEAST METRO - Large sucker minnows are producing northern pike along weed edges of Battle Creek Lake, Beaver Lake and Forest Lake. Sunfish are biting in 12 to 15 feet of water on lakes such as Jane, Peltier, Little, Forest and Phalen. Walleye action is limited to evening, but they will hit shiner minnows or fatheads on setlines in 18 to 20 feet of water on Lake Phalen, White Bear Lake and Forest Lake.
WEST METRO - Look to Hydes Lake for sunfish and crappies in 16 feet of water. There's a consistent crappie bite on Eagle Lake early and late in 12 to 14 feet of water. Steiger Lake is kicking out sunfish in 12 feet of water, while Lake Minnewashta remains the area's best option for northern pike in 10 to 12 feet of water.