Msg 1 Posted: 02:27 PM 03/03/06 (CST)
Catching decent numbers of sunfish and crappies currently involves a lot of hole hopping and small presentations. Lake Victoria and Lake Geneva are the areas best options in 15 to 20 feet of water during the morning and afternoon hours.|
Clearwater Lake, Lake John, Lake Sylvia and Sugar Lake are producing a few sunfish in 12 to 16 feet of water. Look for these fish to move shallower very soon. Crappies continue to be suspended over 20 to 40 feet of water on lakes such as Clearwater, Cedar, Granite and Pleasant. This action has been best during low-light periods of the day.
Small minnows have worked well for perch on Otter Tail Lake in 18 to 24 feet of water. East Lost Lake and Bass Lake are producing sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water. The best crappie report is coming off West Battle Lake in the evening in 18 to 20 feet of water. Tullibees are suspended and active over 25 to 30 feet of water on Mollie Stark Lake.
Minnows have been the ticket for keeping-sized perch on the 20-foot flats of Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenette. Jigs and shiner minnows are turning numbers of eelpout on Lake Bemidji in 20 feet of water just as the sun sets. Crappie and bluegill action has been decent throughout the area, but anglers have been tightlipped with the lakes they've been on.
Perch remain active, but scattered between seven and 20 feet of water on Blackduck Lake. Bluegill action remains steady during low-light periods of the day in 14 to 18 feet of water on Lake Rabideau. Look for suspended crappies over 40 feet of water during the evening hours on Gilstead Lake.
Minnows are the best bet for crappies in 16 to 24 feet of water on Round Lake and Lake Hubert. You'll have to sort through small sunfish, but catching numbers on Eurolarvae hasn't been a problem up shallow. Lake Margaret, Nisswa Lake and the Highway 371 bay on North Long are worth noting.
CASS LAKE AREA
Perch are hitting well on Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake. The best reports are coming from five to 10 feet of water in areas with a sand/weed combination. A Kastmaster and minnow head or small green jig and minnow is turning bigger fish. The west side of Big Lake is kicking out crappies and bluegills during the morning and evening hours.
There's an evening crappie bite on Chisago Lake in 28 to 30 feet of water and on South Lindstrom Lake in 22 to 28 feet of water. Sunfish continue to bite on the south end of Chisago in eight to 10 feet of water. On South Center Lake, sunfish have hit well early and late in the day from Pancake Island to Sunset Point in eight feet of water.
Lakes such as Little Pelican, Little Detroit, Height of Land, Toad, Cotton, Floyd, Prairie and Franklin have decent bluegill bites going during the day. These lakes are producing crappies during the evening hours on glow jigs and waxworms or minnows. Find a pocket of green weeds and you should find panfish on the aforementioned lakes.
Numbers of keeping-sized perch are being caught on Fish Lake in 12 feet of water and on Pike Lake in 15 feet of water. Comstock Lake is worth checking for crappies in 15 to 18 feet of water during the next several weeks. Look to Caribou Lake for sunfish in 12 feet of water. Along the north shore of Lake Superior, anglers are hooking more cohos than Kamloops. Looper Bugs tipped with waxworms or night crawlers have worked best near the French River Fish Hatchery.
The 12-foot hump on Blue Lake is producing numbers of sunfish and you'll find crappies on Blue over 20 to 25 feet of water. On Rush Lake, there's a crappie bite in 17 feet of water and some sunfish being caught in 12 feet during the morning and evening.
There's consistent perch and crappie action on Hall Lake in 16 to 18 feet of water with waxworms. Waxworms also have been the ticket for crappies and sunfish on South Silver Lake in 14 to 16 feet of water during the morning and afternoon hours.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappies and perch can be had on the north end of Bowstring Lake in 18 feet of water. The rock bars on the south end of Bowstring also have kicked out quite a few perch. Big Rice Lake continues to produce crappies in 15 to 18 feet of water during the evening hours. Eurolarvae has been the ticket for bluegills in 15 feet of water in Sylvan Bay and Poole's Bay on Lake Pokegama.
Woman Lake started giving up some good-sized perch in 14 to 18 feet of water. Small minnows and jigs are working best. Crappie action is slow and look for a few sunfish from Pleasant Lake in 18 to 22 feet.
There's an evening crappie bite on Stella Lake in 18 to 24 feet of water with minnows. Look for sunfish to be hitting waxworms or Eurolarvae on Ripley Lake and Green Leaf Lake in 12 feet of water throughout the day.
Namakan Lake remains open all year for northern pike and they have hit well on large sucker minnows and plain hooks. Look for areas with some current or to the soft-bottomed bays for better numbers of fish. Crappie reports are limited.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - The perch bite has been very good with the majority of big fish coming off the deep sides of the mud flats. Jigging spoons and minnow heads are working best in 32 to 35 feet of water and the biggest key is to stay on the move. The Blue Jug Flat and Nine Mile Flat are primary starting spots this week.
WEST - A jigging spoon tipped with a waxworm or minnow head is producing the best perch action. Look to the deep rocks in 26 to 30 feet of water or the deep sides of the mud flats in 35 feet of water. Look for the most consistent bite off Seguchie's Flat and the Inner and Outer Eight Mile Flat.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Lake Independence continues to produce crappies during the evening hours in 26 to 30 feet of water. Look to Lake Sarah for suspended sunfish and crappies over 40 to 45 feet of water. On Lake Minnetonka, Crystal Bay and Gray's Bay seem to be the best options for sunfish and crappies in 15 to 18 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Red glow jigs are the ticket for walleyes, sauger, perch and tullibees along the south shore in 20 to 28 feet of water. This area reports a better bite almost daily. There's a primary walleye bite taking place four to 10 miles north of Pine Island in 20 to 35 feet of water during the day. Look much shallower early and late in the day, and this shallow water provides a good chance at a big northern pike as well. At the Northwest Angle, 16 to 24 feet of water has provided limits of walleyes and numbers of 10- to 14-inch perch. The areas south of Oak Island, Lunatic Island and Crowduck Island have produced most consistently.
Anglers report seeing plenty of sunfish on their electronics, but getting them to bite has been an issue. The best bet remains out from the north end access in 22 feet of water where there's a short window of opportunity at sunset each day. Crappies have been extremely difficult to find, but look for areas such as Coon Point and Four Mile Bay to start producing fish in 20 to 40 feet of water within the next couple of weeks.
Perch action has been very good in the large basin bays in 18 to 26 feet of water. Small jigs and minnows have produced limits of fish. Crappie reports have been minimal, but look for them to start hitting very soon throughout the bays.
Numbers of sunfish are an easy catch off the weedline in Waconia Bay, but look for bigger sunfish between Pillsbury Reef and Center Reef in 12 feet of water. Sunfish continue to be caught off Anderson's Reef in 15 feet of water as well. The best crappie bite takes place during the evening hours over the deep water off Pillsbury Reef.
Perch reports have been spotty at best, which means one day they bite and the next they don't. The top of Center Bar is worth checking in 14 to 20 feet of water. There's some fish set up over the north end humps in 25 to 32 feet of water. Sugar Point also has produced some perch in 12 to 14 feet of water if there's significant cloud cover.
LEECH LAKE AREA
The best bet for perch remains eight to 15 feet of water on Leech Lake. Sand Point, Pine Point and the shallow humps in Walker Bay are worth noting in the weeks ahead. Tullibee action has been slow, but typically picks up in the weeks ahead. Lakes such as Garfield and Welsh are the areas best options for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 16 feet of water.
Look to Bakers Bay on Lake Washington for sunfish and crappies in 16 feet of water. The narrows on Madison Lake continue to provide steady crappie action during the evening hours in 30 to 35 feet of water. On St. James Lake, you'll find numbers of smaller sunfish in six feet of water.
Big Sandy Lake is producing crappies in 12 to 14 feet of water during the afternoon and evening hours. You'll also find some tullibees on the northwest end of Big Sandy in 20 to 30 feet of water. Waxworms and small jigs are working best for these suspended fish. Rat Lake and Lake Minnewawa are the areas best bets for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water
PARK RAPIDS AREA
There's an evening bluegill bite on Fish Hook Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water. Straight Lake continues to produce gills in eight to 10 feet of water. Crappies can be found suspended in 25 to 30 feet of water on the Crow Wing Chain of Lakes and on Big Mantrap Lake during the afternoon and evening.
The evening hours continue to provide the best walleye activity in Sand Bay and the American Narrows in 30 to 36 feet of water. The main lake reefs also are kicking out walleyes during low-light periods of the day in 34 to 38 feet of water. Ciscoes have been the ticket for northern pike in the Rainy Lake City area. Crappie reports have been limited, but look for suspended fish to start showing up in Black Bay and Sand Bay within the next couple of weeks.
The best bet for a limit of crappies is on the southwest side of the lake, out from JR's corner access. These fish have started biting consistently in about 14 feet of water with numbers of good-sized fish being reported.
RED WING AREA
Blue and white or red and white plastic jigs or a hair-tied jig and minnow have been the ticket for walleyes and sauger on the Mississippi River. Most are being pulled from the dam area with the majority of walleyes coming from 10 to 17 feet and the saugers are hanging in 30 feet of water. The key has been to thoroughly work the rip rap.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Sunfish continue to come off Pearl Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water. Grand Lake also is producing sunfish in six to eight feet of water out from the public access. Look to lakes such as Rice, Horseshoe and Long for crappies in 20 to 24 feet of water during the evening hours.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Crappies can be had in 40 to 44 feet of water off Diamond Point and Dutchmen's Creek areas of Big Sauk Lake. There's a shallow crappie bite developing in Red Barn Bay on Sauk in 20 to 24 feet. The sunfish bite seems to be improving in eight to 12 feet on lakes like Fairy, Villard, Long and Sauk.
Look for sunfish during the day on the Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska in 16 to 18 feet of water. Most have been hand-sized and hitting waxworms. Glow jigs and minnows are
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO - Jigging Rapalas are producing walleyes and sauger across from the Bayport area of the St. Croix River in 30 to 35 feet of water. You'll find some crappies in this area over 40 feet of water. Lake Jane is giving up crappies after dark in 15 feet of water on small minnows and glow jigs. Look to Lake Peltier for sunfish action in 10 to 12 feet of water.
WEST METRO - Look for suspended sunfish during the day off Nagle's Point on Lake Minnewashta in 22 to 24 feet of water. There's also been some evening crappie activity here. On Lake Parley, sunfish are being found on the east side of the sunken island. Lake Ann is providing steady sunfish action, as is Lake Sarah in 10 feet of water - straight out from the south access. There's some decent crappie action taking place during the morning hours on Sarah over 45 feet of water.producing crappies after dark near the Fish Hatchery in 16 feet of water.
A few crappies are being caught on Willmar/Foot Lake between six and 20 feet of water. There's a night crappie bite on Ringo Lake in 10 feet of water with minnows. On Games Lake, look for suspended crappies over 30 feet of water and sunfish in 11 to 15 feet of water. Norway Lake and Nest Lake are producing sunfish in less than 20 feet.