Msg 1 Posted: 07:35 AM 03/15/06 (CST)
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 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 a lot 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just North Pro Staff