Squaw Point Bar, Sandy Beach Bar, Center Bar, and Dutchman's Bluff on Gull Lake are producing numbers of walleyes and northern pike again this week. Work 20 to 40 feet during the day and 14 to 25 feet during low-light periods for the best results. Shiner minnows and rainbow minnows have turned better numbers of fish. Walleyes and northern pike also are hitting on lakes such as Pelican, Edwards, Nisswa, and North Long. On Round Lake, the bars and sunken islands in the middle of the lake are holding crappies and sunfish. You can also expect some decent panfish action on Love Lake, Upper Gull, Lake Margaret, North Long, Pelican, Middle Cullen Lake, and Roy Lake.
Walleye and northern pike action has picked up on most area lakes. The afternoon and evening hours have been best with setlines and shiner minnows turning the majority of fish. Glow jigs and minnows continue to turn crappies during the evening hours on most area lakes as well.
Jay Gould Lake started kicking out perch and northern pike right off the island, in eight to 14 feet of water. The narrows of Cutfoot Sioux Lake continue to provide consistent crappie action late in the afternoon and into the evening. Look to Splithand Lake for crappies and walleyes in 22 feet of water. On Sugar Lake, the crappie bite is just starting to pick up in 28 feet of water. Most lakes in this area are safe for ATV and snowmobile traffic.
The best perch reports continue to come off Tamarack Point in eight feet of water. Small spoons and minnows have produced bigger fish. Walleye action has been a bit slow, but the majority of anglers on the lake are concentrating heavily on perch. Look to the Third River area for consistent northern pike action.
Perch anglers who stay on the move are finding some nice fish off Sand Point and in Agency Bay in 12 to 18 feet of water. Wax worms on smaller jigs have worked better than jigging spoons and minnow heads. Walleye anglers are turning better numbers of fish during the evening hours on the humps in Walker Bay. Rattle spoons have worked best in 20 to 35 feet of water. Fish in the 16- to 19-inch class have been most common.
East -- The early morning and evening hours continue to be the best bet for walleyes. Work the deeper rock, gravel, and mud for the most consistent low-light bite. Perch reports are still best close to shore in 16 to 18 feet of water. The key is to stay on the move. This shallower water does produce a few walleyes as the sun sets.
West -- The edges and tops of the mud flats continue to provide incredible walleye action early and late in the day. Seguchie's Flat and the 8-Mile Flat have been especially consistent. The perch bite has been somewhat slow, but if you take the time to find them in 32 to 35 feet of water they have been good-sized. The shoreline breaks also are giving up walleyes in 18 to 23 feet of water. Ice thickness varies so travel continues to be limited to ATVs and snowmobiles.
The best walleye bite in this area is on Fish Hook Lake in 21 feet of water. Look to Big Mantrap Lake in 12 feet of water for northern pike. Bigger sucker minnows have produced larger pike. Tenth Crow Wing Lake is kicking out some nice bluegills.
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