MINNESOTA FISHING REPORT
From Outdoor News
LAKE MILLE LACS
East: The deep gravel has produced more walleyes than the mud. The key has been to get off the edges of the structure, oftentimes "in the middle of nowhere" throughout the day. Jigging spoons remain the best walleye option in 25 feet or more. Anglers are finding better numbers of good-sized perch on the reefs in 15 feet and tullibee action is strong on the mud flats in 30 feet or more.
West: The best walleye, perch, and tullibee reports continue to come from deep water on most mud flats. Jigging spoons worked off the flats in 30 to 35 feet throughout the day have worked best. You will pop a few walleyes on top of the flats during low-light periods as well. Northern pike are being found on the eight- to 12-foot weedline in St. Alban's Bay.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes and sauger continue to be pulled most consistently from 30 feet or more six to nine miles out on the lake. Red glow or gold jigging spoons as well as setlines are providing the best bite. There has been some consistent reports coming off the flats and reefs near Oak Island again this week in 22 to 27 feet.
Anglers are dealing with a lot of snow on the lake and limited to where a few roads have been opened. Perch are active during the day in eight to 14 feet off Pine Point, the Goose Island area, and Sand Point. Walleye action has been sporadic with Walker Bay still the best bet over 30 to 35 feet.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Walleyes are being found on the 17-foot weedlines or in 35 to 40 feet during the afternoon and evening hours on Lake Minnetonka. Brown's Bay and Wayzata Bay have been most productive. There's a steady crappie bite on Minnetonka at Spring Park in 10 feet and in Carson's Bay over 19 feet. Look for crappies and a few northern pike on Lake Independence, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake over 25 to 30 feet.
Slush continues to limit the areas people can fish. Birch Point in Sand Bay is accessible and continues to kick out walleyes in 30 to 34 feet. The American Narrows and Rainy Lake City area also is worth hitting for walleyes in 35 feet or more. Crappie action is slow and a few big northern pike are being taken in Black Bay in 20 to 30 feet.
The snow continues to pile up so you need to stay on the plowed roads. A few walleyes are being caught in 18 to 22 feet during the evening hours. The best perch action is coming from 28 to 30 feet or in shallower water on the west side, off Sugar Point. Northern pike remain active and an easy catch in 20 to 30 feet.
Crappies and northern pike are hitting minnows in 10 to 12 feet at Demonterville Lake. White Bear Lake continues to produce crappies during low-light periods in 10 to 15 feet, as is the Bayport area of the St. Croix River in 30 to 40 feet. Centerville Lake, Lake Jane, and Beaver Lake are worth hitting with sucker minnows for northern pike.
Crappies have started hitting on the Dexter side of Whaletail Lake in 15 to 18 feet and you'll find northern pike in eight to 10 feet here. Lake Susan is kicking out sunfish in 12 feet and Lake Sarah is a safe bet for sunfish in 16 to 18 feet. Look to Lake Auburn with tip-ups and sucker minnows for northern pike in 10 to 12 feet.
Northern pike action has picked up on Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef in 12 to 15 feet. A few walleyes have been caught by anglers late at night on setlines in 13 to 18 feet along the main-lake reefs – get away from the big crowds. Sunfish are hitting during the day and crappies can be had at night on Pillsbury and Center reefs in nine to 15 feet.
Walleyes remain active in 20 to 34 feet on Lake Miltona, most of which are hitting spoons and minnow heads. On Lake Le Homme Dieu, you'll find crappies and walleyes in 25 to 30 feet. Lake Ida is giving up an occasional walleye in 27 feet and on Lake Mary you'll hook a few walleyes in 20 to 25 feet during the evening hours. Look to Mill Lake for crappies during the evening hours as well.
Crappies are being found suspended over 22 to 30 feet on lakes John, Clearwater, French, Pleasant, and Buffalo. Walleyes are hitting setlines and shiners or jigging spoons at Clearwater, Sugar Lake, and Cedar Lake in 18 to 28 feet. Look to Pelican Lake for sunfish, crappies, and northern pike in six to eight feet. You'll also catch pike with tip-ups and sucker minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water at Clearwater, John, and Sugar.
Walleyes are being caught in 25 to 35 feet at West Battle Lake and Otter Tail Lake. You'll find suspended sunfish and crappies over 18 to 20 feet at Clitherall Lake, South Turtle Lake, Fish Lake, East Lost Lake, and East Battle Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the 15- to 20-foot weedlines of Otter Tail, West Battle, and South Turtle. Perch have started hitting fathead minnows at Otter Tail on the 10- to 15-foot flats.
You'll find walleyes on Lake Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet in 22 to 27 feet and most fish are being taken on smaller presentations. On Pike Bay Lake, perch and walleyes have become more active in 12 to 18 feet. Wolf Lake is producing crappies on pink and white jigs tipped with minnows, while crappies and bluegills are going on Grant Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Northern pike action has been best on Bemidji and Grace Lake in shallow water and Midge Lake is a safe bet for panfish in 12 to 15 feet.
Golden shiners, rainbows, or rosy red minnows are turning walleyes in 14 to 32 feet at Gull Lake, North Long Lake, and Lake Edwards. A big sucker or shiner minnow will trigger northern pike in 10 to 28 feet at Gull, North Long, and Pelican Lake. Glow jigs tipped with rosy reds or Eurolarvae are producing crappies in eight to 22 feet of water at North Long and Round Lake and sunfish remain active in eight to 15 feet at Nisswa Lake, Round, and North Long.
There are some walleyes being caught at Rabbit Lake, Farm Island Lake, and on the humps at the Deerwood end of Serpent Lake. Most are hitting setlines with a rainbow or shiner minnow in 22 to 28 feet. Northern pike action is strong on most lakes with Bass, Crooked, Bay, Cedar, and Adney leading the way for numbers. Look for crappies at Bay, Farm Island, Clearwater Lake, and Nokay Lake, while sunfish are being pulled from lakes Mahnomen, Milford, and Little Rabbit.
CROSS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are most active during low-light periods and hitting shiner minnows or jigging spoons in 24 to 30 feet at Crosslake and Whitefish Lake. Crappies start to hit just after sunset in 16 to 28 feet at Daggett Lake, Mission Lake, and most small lakes in the area. Sunfish are going on most lakes in 10 to 16 feet and northern pike action has been best with sucker minnows on the 10- to 15-foot weedlines of most lakes.
Walleye action has slowed, but a few continue to be caught on spoons at Deadshot Bay, Lake Melissa, Big Cormorant Lake, and Upper Cormorant Lake in 20 to 25 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows and spearers are doing well on most lakes. Look for crappies in 18 to 20 feet and sunfish along the 12-foot weedlines on lakes Melissa, Deadshot Bay, Big Detroit, Severson, and Floyd.
Look to Fish Lake for steady crappie action in 16 to 20 feet during the afternoon and evening hours. Rice Lake continues to kick out northern pike via sucker minnows in six feet and the harbor on the St. Louis River is a safe bet for walleyes, crappies, and the accidentally caught sturgeon in 10 to 12 feet of water. A few walleyes continue to come off Boulder Lake and bluegill action is slow.
Jigging spoons or sucker minnows are producing lake trout at Snowbank Lake over 48 to 53 feet. Burntside Lake also gave up a few lake trout this week on similar presentations inn 40 to 50 feet. The stream trout bite on most lakes also has been productive with smaller baits. Look to Shagawa Lake for an occasional walleye late at night in 25 to 30 feet.
French Lake continues to produce crappies over 25 to 30 feet during low-light periods, while Hunt Lake and Cedar Lake are giving up sunfish in 12 to 18 feet. Look to Cannon Lake with minnows for perch in eight to 10 feet. Walleye and northern pike action is slow.
GRAND MARAIS AREA
Waxworms are producing splake at Musquash Lake in eight to 10 feet and at Bogus Lake in six to eight feet. Waxies also have worked best for brook trout at Loft Lake in 12 feet and for rainbows at Kimball Lake in 14 to 16 feet. On Trout Lake, spoons and minnows are producing lake trout over 40 feet or 20 to 25 feet and rainbows in 18 to 22 feet. Chubs or spoons are triggering lake trout in 20 to 25 feet at Seagull Lake and in 15 to 20 feet at Greenwood Lake. On Lake Saganaga, a plain hook and minnow is the ticket for lakers in 25 to 30 feet. Look to Elbow Lake with a jig and minnow for perch in eight feet.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Deep snow and slush continues to limit travel for anglers in this area. They are getting on Bass Lake and finding panfish in seven to 16 feet and on Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake in 20 feet. The bays on Lake Pokegama are producing panfish and you'll find perch and bluegills at Big Jay Gould Lake in eight to 16 feet. There's an evening crappie bite on Big and Little Splithand lakes in 20 feet with minnows. Walleye action is limited to a fish or two a night at lakes Wabana, Moose, Sugar, Trout, and Pokegama in 16 to 30 feet.
Third Point on Lake Washington is kicking out crappies in 28 to 32 feet. The west end of Lake Francis is worth hitting for pike and crappies in 12 feet. Duck Lake continues to produce pike and crappies in 12 feet, while the northwest end of German Lake is giving up panfish in 10 to 15 feet. Look to Madison Lake for a few walleyes during low-light periods in eight to 12 feet.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
A few walleyes can be had with fathead minnows at Fish Hook Lake in 25 to 28 feet early and late in the day. Long Lake is kicking out northern pike in 15 feet and bluegill action is consistent in 12 feet at Portage Lake. Look to Big Mantrap Lake for suspended crappies over 30 feet during lowlight periods.
PINE CITY AREA
Crappies are hitting minnows on Lake Pokegama in 20 feet during the middle of the day. Look to Cross Lake for sunfish and crappies during the day in 18 to 20 feet. Walleyes and crappies are hitting at a good pace on East Rush Lake in 15 to 20 feet. Look to the Crane Island area of West Rush Lake for crappies over 40 feet during the evening hours. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on Pokegama in five to 10 feet and Knife Lake is giving up crappies in 11 feet.
Walleyes are hitting jigging spoons or a plain hook and minnow during the morning and evening hours in 12 to 15 feet of water. There has been some action with setlines and minnows in shallower water. The occasional crappie still shows up from deep water and good-sized northern pike remain active during the day throughout the lake.
RED WING AREA
The Baypoint Park area has been productive for ice anglers in 15 to 17 feet of water. Northern pike are being taken on tip-ups and sucker minnows, crappies and sunfish are hitting glow jigs, while walleyes and sauger move into this area during the evening hours and hit rattle spoons. Jigging Rapalas are producing walleyes in the Methodist Point area over 15 feet. Anglers in boats are finding walleyes and saugers below the dam in 10 to 25 feet with hair jigs and minnows.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
Lake Koronis started giving up walleyes in 14 to 28 feet on jigging spoons and minnow heads. Crappies are hitting behind the second island on Koronis in 18 to 25 feet. On Long Lake and Horseshoe Lake, you'll find crappies and walleyes in 18 to 25 feet and northern pike in shallower water. Mud Lake is giving up rainbow trout via waxworms in six to eight feet. On Pearl Lake, you'll find sunfish and crappies in 12 to 15 feet and Grand Lake is kicking out crappies in 25 feet or more.
SAUK CENTRE AREA
Sunfish are hitting on the north end of Lake Osakis in 23 feet and the north end of Sauk Lake in eight feet. Look for crappies throughout Sauk, on Osakis in 22 to 24 feet, Long Bridge Lake in 14 feet, Big Birch Lake, and the southeast corner of Maple Lake in 20 to 28 feet during the evening hours. Walleyes continue to hit spot-tailed shiners on Big Birch in 28 to 44 feet during low-light periods.
Sunfish remain active in 12 to 15 feet throughout Bottle Bay on the Glenwood side of Lake Minnewaska. This area has produced northern pike on tip-ups and sucker minnows as well. Crappie action remains strong on Minnewaska during low-light periods between Fish Hatchery Bay and the Lakeside Ballroom in 15 to 17 feet of water.
The swimming beach area of Lake Tetonka is kicking out perch and sunfish in 15 to 17 feet. Jigging spoons are turning a few walleyes and crappies on Tetonka in 22 feet or more. Look to German Lake for perch and the Janesville side of Lake Elysian is worth noting for crappies in eight feet.
Not has much has changed from a week ago, which means Solomon Lake continues to produce sunfish and crappies in six to eight feet. Crappies are being caught during low-light periods on Green Lake and Norway Lake in 22 feet or more. Look to the north end of Eagle Lake for panfish in 12 feet and a few walleyes in 20 to 22 feet.