Msg 1 Posted: 02:20 PM 02/17/06 (CST)
Look for suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet of water on Clearwater Lake. Sunfish are coming in 12 to 14 feet of water on Lake John, Lake Sylvia and Sugar Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 16 feet on Clearwater, Pleasant Lake and Bass Lake.|
Northern pike are hitting sucker and shiner minnows on Pickerel Lake in 15 to 20 feet of water. West Battle Lake is providing steady crappie action in 20 to 30 feet of water during the evening hours. The bigger fish have been suspended. You'll also find suspended sunfish in 25 feet of water on lakes such as Dead, West Lost and Norway.
Walleyes are hitting in 30 to 40 feet of water during the morning and in 16 to 20 feet as the sun sets. Bigger fish are deeper, but numbers are shallow. Golden shiners on a colored hook work best on the north end of Gull Lake, Pelican Lake and North Long Lake. Small lakes are producing crappies in 13 to 24 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting large sucker minnows on the south end of Gull, Whitefish Lake and Lake Edwards.
CASS LAKE AREA
Perch are biting along the 10- to 20-foot sand flats of Cass Lake. Pike Bay Lake and Lake Andrusia are providing perch action in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look for bluegills on Midge Lake and Grace Lake, while Lower Sucker Lake and Kitchi Lake produce crappies during the evening hours in 20 to 30 feet of water. Northern pike are active while the sun is out on Midge Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Lindy Rattl'n Spoons and minnow heads will produce a few walleyes at sunset in 18 to 26 feet of water. Look to lakes such as Pelican, Big Cormorant, Lizzie, Marion, Lida, Cotton and Many Point for numbers of fish. Jumbo perch are being caught on Height of Land Lake, White Earth Lake and Little Cormorant Lake. The sunfish and crappie bite is improving on lakes such as Floyd, Round, Little Detroit, Prairie, Franklin, Crystal, Cotton and Big Toad.
There's a perch bite on Fish Lake in 10 feet of water. Look for a few sunfish here too. Shore anglers are hitting cohos along the north shore of Lake Superior. A waxworm or nightcrawler under a float is best. Good-sized northern pike are hitting shiner minnows on Rice Lake in five feet of water.
You'll find suspended crappies on French Lake over 30 to 40 feet of water. On Lake Mazaska, there's a night crappie bite in 28 to 30 feet of water. Northern pike action is strong on Cedar Lake and Kelley Dudley Lake in less than 10 feet of water. Look for a few good-sized bluegills off Shields Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Lake trout action has been good in 25 to 60 feet of water on lakes such as Bluewater, Pit and Big Trout. Most are suspended and hitting large shiner minnows or Berkley Power Tubes. Look for sunfish on Big Splithand Lake in 20 to 22 feet, and on Bass Lake in 12 to 20 feet of water. Walleye action is "decent" with Sugar Lake kicking out fish in 20 to 30 feet of water. Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake is giving up walleyes in 12 to 19 feet, as is Trout Lake in 12 feet during lowlight periods.
Lake Kabetogama and Namakan Lake are giving up northern pike. Stay shallow and fish the mouths of the soft-bottomed bays in 12 to 18 feet of water with small sucker minnows. Minnows and glow jigs are producing walleyes in 26 to 35 feet of water. Look for crappies in 24 feet of water in the Ash River area or bays on Namakan and Sand Point Lake.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - The jumbo perch bite is on, and numbers are coming from gravel out of Lyback's Resort in 16 feet of water The 40-foot hole west of Three Mile Flat has produced jumbos. Jigging spoons and minnow heads or setlines and fathead minnows are best.
WEST - The perch bite picked up in deep water off mud flats and rocks. Walleye action is limited to mornings and evenings on shallow rocks and mud flats. Shallow rocks have given up bigger northern pike on small baits.
Small sunfish and crappies are an easy catch in the shallow weeds. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in Smith's Bay and Grays Bay in 12 to 15 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Rainy River and south shore resorts report more fish than a month ago. Saugers and walleyes are hitting chubs or shiner minnows four miles out from Pine Island in 24 to 28 feet of water. There's a day bite between Graceton Reef and Sandy Shores in 20 to 30 feet and a window of activity in 12 to 14 feet as the sun sets. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes and jumbo perch are biting consistently in 12 to 20 feet of water south of Oak Island.
Walleye fishing is "fair" with fish coming from 20 to 30 feet or 28 to 40 feet of water. Big perch continue to cruise the main basin during the day in 30 feet of water, while panfish and northern pike action remains slow.
Waconia Bay is producing sunfish and northern pike in nine to 13 feet of water during the day. Crappies are hitting in the evening off Pillsbury Reef in 22 to 25 feet and in Waconia Bay over nine to 14 feet. Walleyes will hit small shiner minnows early and late in the day off Anderson's Reef in 14 to 16 feet.
Consistent perch reports are coming off Center Bar to the north end humps in 28 to 33 feet of water. The bigger perch are being taken on plain hooks, fathead minnows and bobbers. Northern pike continue to bite off the edges of the bars in 18 to 20 feet of water.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Walleye action has slowed to a few fish during the evening hours on the humps in Walker Bay. Perch continue to be caught in 12 to 14 feet of water off the main lake points. Look for a few sunfish and crappies in 16 to 20 feet of water throughout Shingobee Bay.
Look for walleyes off Franzen Island in 38 to 40 feet of water. The American Narrows is producing walleye limits in 32 to 38 feet. Northern pike are biting in the Rainy Lake City area over 26 to 28 feet of water. Sand Bay is producing crappies in 32 feet of water.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Although most are small, northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on lakes such as Grand, Pearl and Pleasant in 12 to 16 feet of water. Rice Lake and Horseshoe Lake are producing a few crappies in 20 to 22 feet of water during the evening hours. The area's best sunfish reports are coming off Grand and Pearl lakes in 10 to 16 feet of water.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO - Crappies continue to come from the Bayport area of the St. Croix River in 30 to 40 feet of water. Look for suspended crappies on Lake Jane over 20 feet of water. Tanners Lake continues to produce walleyes in 18 feet of water during the evening hours. Look for northern pike in 12 to 14 feet of water on Lake Phalen and Jarvis Lake.
WEST METRO - Look for northern pike to hit sucker minnows on Lake Minnewashta in 12 to 14 feet of water. Lakes such as Eagle, Hydes and Stieger are safe bets for crappies during the evening in 14 to 18 feet. You will find active sunfish on Prior Lake in 20 feet of water.