East — The best walleye and perch reports are coming from the 24- to 30-foot mud and gravel areas. The south-end gravel bars are producing walleyes during low-light periods in 22 to 28 feet. The bigger perch and some tullibees are being found in the deep basin mud areas over 28 to 32 feet. Cove, Isle, and Wahkon bays are worth noting for perch and northern pike in 12 to 14 feet.
West — Walleyes continue to bite on top of the mud flats such as Eight Mile, Seven Mile, Seguchie’s, and Sherman’s during low-light periods. Look off the flats in 30 feet or more during the day for walleyes and perch. St. Alban’s Bay is giving up walleyes in 18 to 20 feet during the evening hours. Tullibees remain active off the mud flats during midday hours.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes and sauger are hitting silver, gold, or colored-glow jigging spoons in 30 to 34 feet. Many of the bigger walleyes continue to be found suspended. At the Northwest Angle, limits of crappies are being pulled from Canadian waters in 30 to 32 feet. The best walleye action in this area is taking place near Garden Island in 28 to 32 feet with many limits caught.
Walleye action has picked up again on the south end of Walker Bay and south of Cedar Point in 15 to 25 feet. The best perch reports are coming out of Trader’s Bay and the Stoney Point area in 15 to 20 feet. You’ll also find active perch in the Hardwoods area, First Duck Point, and Second Duck Point in 10 to 15 feet. Panfish action is limited to a few crappies out of Shingobee Bay in 20 to 24 feet.
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
There hasn’t been a lot of people fishing, but Carson’s Bay, Phelp’s Bay, and Maxwell Bay on Lake Minnetonka continue to give up crappies in 22 to 30 feet. Sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike on top of the 10- to 12-foot weedbeds of Medicine Lake and Minnetonka. Lake Sarah continues to give up sunfish in 16 to 20 feet, while walleye action is slow throughout the area.
Walleye action has improved with jigging spoons and minnow heads in Sand Bay over 28 to 30 feet. The Eight Mile Island and Three Sisters areas also are giving up walleyes in 30 to 32 feet. Ciscoes and tip-ups are producing northern pike in the Rainy Lake City area in 10 to 12 feet.
The west side started producing more perch in 10 to 13 feet out from Mallard and Raven’s points. The Highbanks area is giving up perch in 16 to 22 feet as are some of the main-lake humps in 18 to 22 feet. Northern pike also can be had during the day in these locations and a few walleyes are being taken early and late in the day on the humps and mid-depth breaks with jigging spoons.
Crappie action remains strong on the St. Croix River in 35 to 40 feet and anglers fishing from boats on the Mississippi River are finding sauger and walleyes. Big Carnelian Lake and Centerville Lake are kicking out northern pike in 10 feet. Centerville also is giving up crappies in 10 to 15 feet, while White Bear Lake is producing walleyes in 20 feet and crappies in 10 to 18 feet.
Sucker minnows are turning northern pike at Lake Minnewashta in 12 to 16 feet. A few sunfish and crappies continue to come off Eagle Lake in 10 to 12 feet during the morning and evening hours. Reports off other area lakes have been very limited over the past week.
On Lake Bemidji, you’ll find perch during the day in 28 to 30 feet and walleyes at night in 30 to 32 feet north of the Cameron Access. Wolf Lake is producing walleyes in 25 feet and Lake Plantagenet is giving up perch in 26 to 30 feet. Spearing remains good throughout Allen’s Bay on Cass Lake, while lakes Grace and Midge are worth hitting for panfish in 18 to 22 feet.
Northern pike remain active along the 12- to 15-foot weed edges of Gull Lake and North Long Lake. Walleyes are most active during low-light periods in 14 to 20 feet at Gull, Pelican Lake, and Round Lake. Sunfish are hitting in 10 to 12 feet at Round, Gull, and Cullen Lake, while crappie action has been slower this week.
Bay Lake is giving up crappies in 17 to 22 feet, while Black Hoof Lake is producing bluegills and crappies in 22 to 25 feet. On Little Rabbit Lake, bluegills are hitting during the morning hours in 10 to 22 feet. Look to Upper Dean Lake for crappies and northern pike in 14 feet. On East Rabbit Lake, tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 15 to 17 feet.
You’ll find crappies in 16 to 21 feet and sunfish in 14 to 18 feet on lakes such as Floyd, Severson, Little Detroit, Big Detroit, Upper Cormorant, and Big Cormorant. Walleyes continue to be caught during low-light periods in 20 to 22 feet at Big Cormorant, Big Detroit, and Lake Melissa. A few tullibees are being found suspended over deep water at Loon Lake, Melissa, and Long Lake by Vergas.
Walleyes continue to hit at Boulder Lake in 10 feet and Rice Lake in six feet during low-light periods. Fish Lake and Caribou Lake are giving up crappies in 15 feet on glow jigs and minnows during the evening hours. A few Kamloops are being taken on nightcrawlers in the French River area of Lake Superior.
Eagle Lake continues to produce crappies in 26 to 28 feet during the evening hours. The north shore of Lawrence Lake is giving up northern pike in 12 to 14 feet. A few walleyes can be had with fatheads at Mitchell Lake in 22 feet during the evening hours and the bay on Ruth Lake is a safe bet for sunfish in 16 feet.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
Crappies are hitting during the evening hours in 18 to 24 feet of water at Big Splithand Lake, Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake, Lake Pokegama, and Little Splithand Lake. Look for bluegills on Little Cutfoot Sioux in 20 feet and Bowstring Lake is worth noting for perch in 17 to 20 feet of water or crappies in slightly deeper water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water at Pokegama and Trout Lake.
Look for crappies in 12 to 15 feet and sunfish in 18 feet at Birch Lake. Spearing for northern pike has been good here as well. The northwest end of Pleasant Lake is giving up crappies and sunfish in 10 to 12 feet. Hit Five Point Lake in seven feet for crappies and sunfish, while Lundstrum Bay on Ten Mile Lake also is producing sunfish.
Crappies continue to be found suspended over 16 to 25 feet on Big Sandy Lake, Lake Minnewawa, and Portage Lake. Northern pike remain active on most lakes in 10 to 16 feet, and tullibee action is improving over the deep holes of Big Sandy with ice flies or spoons tipped with waxworms.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Small sucker minnows are producing walleyes at Fish Hook Lake and Potato Lake in 25 feet. Northern pike are hitting in 14 feet at Big Mantrap Lake, while Upper Twin Lake and the Crow Wing Chain are producing bluegills in nine to 12 feet. Look to Lake Belle Taine and Big Mantrap Lake for crappies over 25 to 30 feet.
Walleyes continue to hit setlines and fatheads at Big Pine Lake in 20 feet during the evening hours. Rice Lake, Lake Marion, Rush Lake, Star Lake, Dead Lake, Tamarack Lake, and Little McDonald Lake are all producing sunfish and crappies in 10 to 15 feet. Little Pine Lake is kicking out perch in 15 feet and tullibees have started hitting over the deep holes of Little Pine and Star.
A jig and minnow head or plain hook and minnow is producing walleyes on the east and south shores in 12 to 15 feet. Keeping-sized perch and big northern pike remain part of the mix in these areas as well. A few slab crappies also are being caught by walleye fishermen.
ST. CLOUD/EDEN VALLEY AREA
A few walleyes are hitting in 16 to 25 feet at Rice Lake and Lake Koronis during the morning and evening hours. Look for crappies in 15 to 20 feet on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes, at Pearl Lake in 10 feet, and Grand Lake in 16 to 18 feet. Becker Lake is kicking out sunfish in six to 10 feet and the deep holes on the Horseshoe Chain are holding channel catfish, most of which are suspended.
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