Msg 1 Posted: 12:45 PM 01/26/06 (CST)
Walleye activity is slow except for a 30- to 40-foot bite on Lake Miltona and Lake Ida. Sunfish and crappies are biting on Lake Mina and Lake Victoria in 12 to 15 feet of water. Look for suspended crappies during the evening hours on Lake Geneva and Lake Le Homme Dieu over 20 to 24 feet of water. Northern pike are active on most lakes along the 12-foot weed edges.|
Cedar Lake is producing a few walleyes in 20 to 25 feet and crappies in 30 to 40 feet of water. Northern pike and an occasional walleye comes off Clearwater Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. You'll also find suspended crappies on Clearwater over 40 feet of water. Look to Lake Sylvia during the evening hours for walleyes in 18 to 25 feet of water. Sunfish are biting in Lake Marie in 15 to 18 feet, while Granite Lake is kicking out walleyes and crappies in 22 to 24 feet of water. The north bay on Sugar Lake is a safe bet for sunfish in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Look for walleyes on Otter Tail Lake and West Battle Lake in 35 to 40 feet of water. Jigging spoons and minnow heads continue to work best. Northern pike action has improved on Otter Tail in 17 feet of water. Large sucker minnows and tip-ups have worked best. South Turtle Lake and West Battle are producing crappies in 18 feet of water during the evening hours. Bass Lake, East Lost Lake and West Battle are the area's best options for sunfish in 15 feet of water.
There's a few walleyes coming off Lake Plantagenette and Lake Bemidji in 20 to 25 feet of water. Setlines and shiner minnows are working best. Tip-ups and large shiner minnows are turning northern pike on the Turtle River Chain and Lake Bemidji in 10 to 12 feet of water. There are crappies and bluegills biting throughout the area, but anglers have been tightlipped with specifics.
Walleyes can be had on Blackduck Lake in 18 to 20 feet of water during the lowlight periods of the day. The perch bite also is worth noting on Blackduck between 10 and 22 feet of water. Blackduck remains the area's best bet for northern pike with tip-ups and minnows in 12 to 18 feet of water. Panfish continue to bite, although they're a bit more "sluggish" than recent weeks. Lakes such as Gilstead, Rabideau and Pimushe are worth noting in 12 to 18 feet of water.
Colored hooks or jigging spoons tipped with golden shiners or rainbow minnows are producing walleyes in 17 to 32 feet of water on Gull Lake, Pelican Lake and North Long Lake. Large sucker minnows will turn northern pike on the same lakes in eight to 24 feet of water. The best crappie and sunfish reports are coming from 10 to 12 feet of water on lakes such as Round, Nisswa and Hubert.
CASS LAKE AREA
There's a consistent perch biting taking place in five to 12 feet of water. Most flats with sand and weeds are holding fish on Cass Lake. On Pike Bay Lake, you'll find walleyes and perch in 25 to 30 feet of water. Bluegill action has improved on Grace Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water. Big Lake is a safe bet for crappies and sunfish in 12 feet of water.
Sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike on Sunrise Lake in eight to 12 feet of water. Crappies are an easy catch during the evening hours on Chisago Lake in 20 to 30 feet of water. Walleyes, crappies, and sunfish are coming off the north end of North Center Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. Crappie action also remains consistent on Kroon Lake in 20 to 30 feet of water.
A few walleyes are coming off Serpent Lake and Rabbit Lake in 33 to 35 feet of water. Small shiner minnows have worked best during lowlight periods of the day. Crappies are being pulled in 40 feet of water on Clearwater Lake and in shallower water at the northeast bays of Cedar Lake. June Lake, Nokay Lake, Big Mahnomen Lake and Black Hoof Lake are producing sunfish in 15 to 20 feet of water.
Look for crappies and sunfish to be active early and late in the day on lakes such as Little Detroit, Floyd, Big Toad and Prairie. Walleye action remains sporadic with the area's best reports coming off Lake Lida, Pelican Lake, Big Cormorant Lake and Lake Lizzie in 18 to 22 feet of water. The best bite has taken place during the evening hours along the sharp breaks.
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Rice Lake in five feet of water. Trout fishing has been slow on the inland lakes, but a few Kamloops are being caught along the shorelines of Lake Superior. The Stony Point area has been best. An occasional walleye report comes off Fish Lake in 12 feet of water during the evening hours. Limits of perch are being taken on Pike Lake in 15 to 25 feet of water.
There's a steady crappie bite on Green Lake in 20 to 22 feet of water during the evening hours. Look to Elk Lake for sunfish in seven feet of water throughout the day. Northern pike continue to hit sucker minnows in seven to 11 feet of water on Fremont Lake, Blue Lake and Elk.
There is some decent crappie action on Lake Sissiton, Budd Lake and Hall Lake in 16 to 18 feet of water. South Silver Lake continues to produce a few big walleyes and numbers of crappies in 15 feet of water. Temperance Lake is giving up perch in two feet of water, but not as consistently as last week. Hall Lake is a safe bet for catfish in 16 to 18 feet of water.
Look for suspended crappies on French Lake in 40 to 50 feet of water. There are some walleyes coming off French during the evening hours in 28 to 32 feet of water. Roberds Lake is kicking out walleyes and some nice crappies in 18 to 22 feet of water. The area's best bluegill bite is taking place on Shields Lake in nine to 12 feet of water. Kelley Dudley Lake and French Lake are safe bets for northern pike in less than 10 feet of water.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappies continue to be caught on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 26 to 28 feet of water. Lower Ball Club Lake is producing bluegills and crappies in 26 feet of water. Work the north end of Bowstring Lake for crappies in 24 to 26 feet of water during the evening hours. A few northern pike have been caught in 12 to 14 feet of water on lakes such as Rice, Pokegama and Big Splithand.
Walleye and bluegill reports continue to be very slow throughout the area. There are crappies being caught with minnows on Five Point Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. Ten Mile Lake started producing whitefish in six feet of water.
Look to Stella Lake for walleyes in eight to 12 feet of water during the evening hours. Crappie action also has picked up on Stella in 16 to 28 feet of water. Lake Willey started kicking out good-sized perch in 12 feet of water. Bluegills and crappies started biting on Ripley Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. There's an evening crappie bite, which involves a lot of hole hopping, on Green Leaf Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water.
Walleyes started hitting small jigs and minnows in 28 to 35 feet of water. The bite is still sporadic, but better than it was a week ago. Some good-sized perch also have been mixed in. Northern pike have become more active, taking small sucker minnows in shallow water.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - The midday bite has slowed, but there's still some evening walleye action coming off the mid depth rocks in 18 to 20 feet of water. Some big walleyes over 25 inches are coming off the shallow rocks in eight to 12 feet of water during the evening hours as well. The best bet for numbers of keeping-sized perch is still Isle Bay, Cove Bay and Wahkon Bay in 12 to 15 feet of water.
WEST - Walleye activity has slowed during midday hours, but if you're willing to stay on the move a limit is not out of the question. Seguchie's Flat, Sheridan's Flat, and the Seven Mile Flat remain good options in 32 to 38 feet of water. Perch action has improved off Brown's Point in 30 feet, Sherman's Flat in 34 feet and the Eight Mile Flat in 32 to 36 feet of water.
There's a limited walleye bite during the evening hours in 30 to 40 feet of water in Brown's Bay and Wayzata Bay on Lake Minnetonka. The 20- to 24-foot weed edges of Medicine Lake are giving up a few walleyes as are the deep breaks of Lake Independence. Crappie action remains slow, but sunfish are biting in Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka in 12 to 15 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Near the Rocky Point area, walleyes are hitting glow jigs in 17 to 20 feet of water. While the walleye bite has improved, sauger action remains slow. A few decent walleye reports also have come from the Big Traverse area in 33 feet of water. The Oak Island area at the Northwest Angle is producing limits of walleyes, sauger, and jumbo perch in 26 feet of water. On the Rainy River, authorities still are recommending no travel east of Baudette.
Crappie action remains slow, but shiner minnows are turning a few walleyes each evening off Battle Point in 20 feet of water. Reports of scattered sunfish continue to come from the north end of the lake in 15 to 22 feet of water. The anglers who have had the most success are jumping from hole to hole picking off an occasional big fish. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows throughout the lake in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Some walleye anglers are catching fish after dark in 29 to 35 feet of water on minnows and jigs. There's still some pre-sunset action in slightly shallower water, but it's important to stay on the move. Sunfish are hitting small ant jigs tipped with waxworms and northern pike are being found on the sharp, rocky breaks next to most islands.
Center Reef and the milfoil edges of Waconia Bay continue to provide consistent northern pike activity. Walleye action has improved during the evening hours in Waconia Bay, Wagener's Bay and the south shore weedlines. These fish are hitting best in 10 to 15 feet of water or 22 to 25 feet of water. You'll find crappies in these areas, often suspended and most active during lowlight periods of the day. The shallow weeds off Harm's Point, West Center Reef and Waconia Bay are safe bets for sunfish.
If it's cloudy, you'll still find active perch in 12 to 15 feet of water off Sugar Point, Raven's Point, and Mallard Point. The main lake bars are producing perch in 18 to 33 feet of water. Some of the bigger fish have been taken on a plain hook and large fathead minnow. Walleyes remain active during the evening hours in 16 to 20 feet of water in the Highbanks area, Horseshoe Bar and Moses Bar. Northern pike seemed to be biting on deep and shallow structure.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The perch bite has picked up off Sand Point, Pine Point and Little Hardwood Point in 12 feet of water on Leech Lake. Perch also are being found behind Bear Island in six to eight feet of water. The best walleye reports still are coming off the humps in Walker Bay during the evening hours in 24 to 32 feet of water. An occasional walleye also can be had in the aforementioned perch locations. Tenth Crow Wing Lake and Garfield Lake are providing the area's best bluegill and crappie activity.
First Point, Baker's Bay and Mud Bay on Lake Washington are kicking out sunfish in 12 to 16 feet of water. Walleyes are being taken during lowlight periods of the day on Eagle Lake in six feet of water. The Bray Park and narrows on Madison Lake are safe bets for walleyes in 26 to 32 feet of water. You can expect a few crappies mixed in with the walleyes. Small shiner minnows on tip-ups seem to be working better than jigging spoons for walleyes.
The tullibees started biting on Big Sandy Lake in 20 to 30 feet of water. Small minnows and waxworms are working best on these suspended fish. Rat Lake and Aitkin Lake are producing sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water. Lake Minnewawa is kicking out crappies on minnows and small jigs during the evening hours in 14 to 16 feet of water.
Look to Eagle Lake and Lake Ida for northern pike in 12 to 14 feet of water. Big Lake and Mitchell Lake have produced northern pike in eight to 10 feet of water. On Lake Constance, you'll find sunfish and crappies in 18 feet of water early and late. Pelican Lake is producing panfish in very shallow water. Walleyes and catfish continue to be caught in open water on the Mississippi River with shiner minnows.
The Meadowbrook area of Big Stone Lake is giving up walleyes during the evening in 13 feet of water. There's an evening crappie bite on Long Tom Lake in nine feet of water. Oliver Lake started producing crappies and keeping-sized perch at a variety of depths. On the South Dakota side, Lake Waubay and Pickeral Lake have provided the most consistent perch action.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Fish Hook Lake in eight to 12 feet of water. Big Sand Lake is producing walleyes on shiner minnows in 25 feet of water during lowlight periods of the day. The Crow Wing Chain is the area's best bet for crappies in 30 feet of water, while Fish Hook and Upper Twin Lake are giving up bluegills in 10 feet of water.
Jigging Rapalas continue to produce walleyes during the evening hours in 26 to 30 feet of water off Birch Point and the Rainy Lake City area. The east side of Grindstone Island has provided steady walleye action during lowlight periods in 38 to 40 feet of water. Tip-ups and shiner minnows are producing northern pike in 10 to 16 feet of water in the Rainy Lake City area.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
The north end of Big Sauk Lake is producing crappies in 38 to 45 feet of water throughout the day. Glow jigs and rosy red minnows are working best. Sunfish have bit well at Sauk off Diamond Point in eight feet of water. Northern pike are hitting tip-ups and minnows on Sauk, Long Bridge Lake and Fairy Lake along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines. A few walleyes are coming off Big Birch Lake in 40 to 50 feet of water. Fairy Lake and Lilly Lake just started giving up a few sunfish in deeper water.
Crappies continue to be caught from Fish Hatchery Bay on Lake Minnewaska in 16 feet of water after dark. Sunfish also can be had on the Glenwood end of Minnewaska in 14 feet, but plan on doing a lot of sorting here. Walleye action remains slow throughout the area.
On the St. Croix River, crappie action has been very good in 32 feet of water. The Wisconsin side, across from Bayport Beach, has been best. Crappies, sunfish and northern pike are hitting on Big Carnelian Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water. Lake Elmo continues to kick out walleyes during the evening. Boot Lake, School Section Lake and Little Carnelian Lake are kicking out panfish at a variety of depths all day.
Panfish are providing the best bite in 10 to 15 feet of water. Lakes such as Florida, North Long, Norway and Games are producing the most fish. Walleye activity is limited, usually to a fish or two each evening on Eagle Lake and Long Lake in eight to 15 feet of water. Eagle Lake is worth noting for northern pike and a few nice perch as well in 12 to 15 feet of water.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO - Crappie action has picked up on Demontreville Lake, Bald Eagle Lake and Lake Jane in 12 to 15 feet of water. A few walleyes continue to come off Clear Lake in 20 to 22 feet of water. Look for sunfish on Battle Creek Lake, Lake Peltier and Little Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Demonterville, Jane and Battle Creek in 10 to 12 feet of water.
WEST METRO - The northwest end of Prior Lake started producing sunfish in eight to 14 feet of water. Crappies continue to be caught during the morning and evening hours on Hydes Lake in 12 feet. On Lake Minnewashta, northern pike and sunfish remain active in 14 feet of water and it seems as though the bigger pike prefer silver shiner minnows. Hit Eagle Lake during the afternoon and evening hours for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 14 feet of water.