Lake Edward is a 2,032-acre lake located just north of Merrifield in Crow Wing County. A public access is located on the west side of the lake. Lake Edward offers a great multi-species adventure for all anglers. It is annually stocked with walleye fry and northern pike can be found in great abundance and it holds good numbers of largemouth bass. Also, there is a good number of sunfish, perch and crappies to entertain the whole family.
When targeting walleyes on Edward, start with fireball jig, tipped with a fathead minnow/night crawler piece. A live-bait rig is also a good option, tipped with a minnow or a night crawler, but sometimes the thick weed vegetation will get in the way. During the summer months, the night crawler will typically catch more fish than a minnow.
Look for walleyes on the main lake hump close to the landing, or some of the weed points scattered throughout the lake. On a typical day, target depths between 12 and 25 feet because these fish like to move. When walleyes slow down, try a bottom-bouncer with a silver spinner rig and cruise the weed lines for some fun action and hopefully a few walleyes.
For bass and northern, find the weedline (usually in around 10-14 feet of water) and pitch a 1/2- to 3/4-ounce jig rigged with Berkley Gulp or Trigger X and work it back through the weeds. Some of the best weeds are located at the North end of the Lake. You can also try pitching shallow diving cranks over the tops of the weeds.
If you like to troll, try a spinner rig with a minnow or crawler or try your favorite crankbait outside the weed lines for consistent action all day. Berkley Flicker shads or the Salmo Hornet or Frisky are good options to cover water.
Any time you are trolling or casting weedlines with crank baits, you will want to “tick” the weeds a little, but not get so deep or close that weeds wrap around your crankbait. Some contact with the weeds is good to draw the fish out of those thick haunts.
For panfish, there are bunches of reeds scattered through the lake. Find those and you will find the perch and sunfish. In the northwest corner of Edward, you’ll find clumps of reeds and bullrushes — a great place to begin your quest for panfish.
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