Msg 1 Posted: 08:29 AM 03/09/06 (CST)
The most consistent sunfish and crappie action has taken place during the morning and evening hours in eight to 12 feet of water. The key is to drill a lot of holes and stay on the move with lakes such as Le Homme Dieu, Geneva and Ida providing the best panfish activity.|
Black jigs and Eurolarvae have produced sunfish on Clearwater Lake in less than 10 feet of water. Look to the north bay on Sugar Lake for sunfish in six to 10 feet of water. Crappies remain suspended over 30 to 40 feet of water on lakes such as Cedar, Granite, Pleasant and Clearwater. The evening hours seem to be best for bigger crappies.
Sunfish remain suspended over 17 to 20 feet of water on lakes such as South Turtle, East Lost, and West Battle. You'll also find suspended crappies in 18 to 22 feet of water on West Battle and Bass Lake. Tullibee action remains strong on Pickerel Lake and Mollie Stark Lake. Most of these fish are suspended over deep pockets and being taken on waxworms.
Gilstead Lake and Lake Rabideau are kicking out bluegills in 15 to 20 feet of water and some good-sized crappies during the evening hours in 30 to 40 feet. The bigger fish continue to be suspended. Blackduck Lake remains a safe bet for perch. Even though you'll have to sort through some small fish, there is a good number of big perch scattered between eight and 20 feet of water. Waxworms and jigs or small jigging spoons and minnow heads is producing better numbers of bigger fish.
Glow jigs tipped with waxworms or small minnows are producing suspended crappies in 18 to 30 feet of water on lakes such as Gladstone, Round and Margaret. Sunfish continue to be caught on Eurolarvae and glow jigs in six to 16 feet of water on Nisswa Lake, Lake Edwards and the Highway 371 Bay on North Long Lake.
CASS LAKE AREA
Perch are hitting in 12 to 20 feet of water on Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake. Large fathead minnows or Kastmasters and minnow heads are working best. Try Stony Point, south of Star Island or West Cedar Bar on Cass. The northeast end of LeRoy's Bar and the hump has been best in Pike Bay. Allen's Bay on Cass is producing bluegills in 25 feet of water, and you'll find crappies in 30 feet on Kitchi Lake, Sucker Lake and Midge Lake after dark.
There's a very good sunfish bite taking place from Sunset Point all the way to Whispering Bay on South Center Lake in six to 10 feet of water. The south end of Chisago Lake is producing sunfish during the day and crappies after sunset in 30 feet of water. Work the weedbeds on North Center Lake for sunfish throughout the day in eight to 10 feet of water.
Work the narrows on Fish Lake for bluegills in 10 to 12 feet of water. There's a decent crappie bite taking place during the evening hours on Caribou Lake in 14 to 16 feet of water. There's also been a few crappies caught in recent days from Comstock Lake in 12 feet of water. Coho salmon are still an option along the north shore of Lake Superior, but the wind shifted some ice toward shore making it difficult to fish.
Waxworms or minnows are producing crappies and perch on Lake Sissiton in 14 to 16 feet of water. Look to South Silver Lake with waxworms in 10 to 12 feet of water for crappies and sunfish.
Lake Mazaska is kicking out bluegills and crappies in 16 to 18 feet of water. There's also a decent bluegill bite taking place on Shields Lake in nine to 12 feet of water during the day. The 12- to 14-foot weed edges of Hunt Lake started holding active panfish, which have been most active during the evening hours.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The main basin of Bowstring Lake is worth noting for perch during the day and crappies at night in 21 to 25 feet of water. Bass Lake is producing sunfish in six to 16 feet of water, while there's a steady crappie bite on Spider Lake in 22 to 26 feet of water. Look for suspended panfish over 40 feet of water on Gile Lake, but plan on doing quite a bit of sorting. Lake trout action remains strong on Big Trout Lake in 25 to 60 feet of water, depending on the time of day. Look shallower during the evening hours with tube jigs or tip-ups and ciscoes.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST - Big perch continue to be caught, but the bite hasn't been as consistent this week. The deep water, 32 to 38 feet, off the Blue Jug Flat and Boot Flat is holding fish as is the 40-foot hole off the Three Mile Flat. Jigging spoons tipped with waxworms or small minnow heads are working best. A few good-sized crappies started being taken in Isle Bay this week.
WEST - Some days the perch bite and other days it's tough to get a hit. When they go it's been really good off the deep sides of the Seven Mile and Eight Mile flats. Seguchie's Flat also has produced perch in 32 to 38 feet of water. Stay on the move until you find a school of bigger, more active fish.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The northern bays on Lake Minnetonka are producing sunfish during the day and crappies during the evening hours in 18 to 20 feet of water. Crappies continue to be found suspended on Lake Independence over 32 to 34 feet of water during the evening hours.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The best bite of the winter is reported from resorts along the south shore. The reefs, rocky structure, and mud flats have been the best options in 24 to 36 feet of water. The afternoon and evening hours have been the best with colored-glow jigs and minnow heads. Many anglers also noted that many of the walleyes they are catching have been suspended. At the Northwest Angle, look for walleyes and jumbo perch in 16 to 20 feet of water on the reefs south of Oak Island, Crowduck Island and Little Oak Island.
The perch bite remains inconsistent. Sugar Bar, Horseshoe Bar and Moses Bar are worth checking in 30 to 38 feet of water. You'll also find some active fish on top of these areas in 16 to 22 feet of water on certain days. Anglers continue to say there are perch "stacked" on the north end humps, but they can't get them to bite.
LEECH LAKE AREA
Perch and tullibee action has been limited on Leech Lake. An occasional consistent perch report comes off the shallow humps in Walker Bay and off Pine Point in 12 to 15 feet of water, but for the most part, it's been slow. Sunfish and crappies have started biting better on lakes such as Garfield and Welsh in 14 to 16 feet of water.
Crappies continue to be pulled from the narrows of Madison Lake. The best bite takes place during the evening hours in 30 to 35 feet of water. St. James Lake is providing steady sunfish action in six feet of water with waxworms. Baker's Bay and Mud Bay on Lake Washington are giving up sunfish and crappies in 10 to 16 feet of water during the morning and evening hours.
Bellhorn Bay on Big Sandy Lake remains the area's best bet for crappies in 12 to 14 feet of water. Sunfish action remains steady on Rat Lake in 12 feet of water throughout the day. Look for tullibees on the northwest end of Big Sandy over 20 to 25 feet of water.
Small sucker minnows have been the ticket for catfish on the Mississippi River. Lake Constance is producing sunfish and crappies in 10 to 15 feet of water. The north end of Little Maple Lake is a safe bet for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. Most small lakes have started giving up panfish in less than 15 feet of water, especially early and late in the day.
The best option the for bigger walleyes is on the east end of the lake. Grindstone Island and American Narrows have been best in 38 to 40 feet of water. Look to Sand Bay for walleyes and some suspended crappies over 30 feet of water. Ciscoes remain the best option for northern pike in 24 feet of water throughout the Rainy Lake City area.
Crappie success depends who you talk with. Some groups catch limits, while others don't do as well. Staying mobile seems to provide better results than sitting over the same holes all day. The best reports continue to come from the southwest side of the lake in 14 feet of water. Doodle Bugs or Glow demons and minnows are working best.
RED WING AREA
White, plastic ringworms with blue or red tails have provided steady sauger action on the Mississippi River. The dam area remains the best option in 17 to 25 feet of water. More walleyes have been caught in shallower water, close to shore on jigs and minnows.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Look to Grand Lake for crappies in 25 feet of water during the evening hours. There's also some bigger sunfish showing up on Grand, to the left of the access, in 14 feet of water. Minnows are turning catfish and crappies on Horseshoe Lake in 20 to 25 feet of water. Look to Pearl Lake for numbers of small sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water. A few crappies can be had on Pearl, straight out from the access in 14 feet of water as well. Sporadic crappie action is being reported from Rice Lake, mainly after dark, in 17 to 22 feet of water. Look for the bays on Rice to start producing sunfish as well.
TWIN CITIES METRO
NORTHEAST METRO - The power plant area of the St. Croix River started producing numbers of white bass on #3 Jigging Rapalas. Look for sunfish on Lake Peltier in five to 10 feet of water and some crappies during the evening hours in slightly deeper depths. The north end of Big Marine Lake is worth noting for crappies in 20 to 30 feet of water and there's an evening crappie bite taking place in the deep holes of Big Carnelian Lake as well.
WEST METRO - There's a shallow sunfish bite taking place on Duck Lake during the morning and afternoon hours. Prior Lake continues to produce sunfish in 17 feet of water throughout the day. You'll find suspended crappies on Lake Sarah over 40 to 45 feet of water. At Lake Waconia, sunfish and crappies continue to be taken along the 12- to 16-foot weed edges.