On Gull Lake, walleyes continue to hit shiner minnows on the rock pile, Dutchman's Bluff, Sandy Beach Bar, Squaw Point Bar, Boat House Bar, and Hole in the Day Bay. North Long Lake, Round Lake, Pelican Lake, Nisswa Lake, Lake Edwards, and Upper Gull Lake have continued to provide steady walleye action as well. North Long Lake is producing some bigger perch, and look for sunfish and crappies to be most active on Love Lake and Booming Out Bay on Gull.
There are a few walleyes coming off Lake Le Homme Dieu in 15 to 30 feet of water, mainly during the evening hours. Crappies and sunfish continue to hit on Pocket Lake and Lake Mary in 10 to 15 feet of water. Northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes.
The best bets for walleyes in this area continue to be Clearwater Lake, Cedar Lake, and Lake Sylvia in 18 to 22 feet of water. Pleasant Lake and Cedar have provided numbers of northern pike as well. Look for consistent crappie action during the evening hours on Clearwater, Cedar, and Granite Lake. Sugar Lake and Clearwater are giving up a few sunfish in 10 to 15 feet of water.
Ottertail Lake is kicking out perch in 8 feet of water and walleyes in 21 feet of water on smaller shiner minnows. Low-light periods of the day have been most productive. Belmont Lake started giving up crappies in 12 feet of water. Look to Dead Lake for a mixed bag of walleyes, crappies, and bluegills in 12 to 14 feet of water.
The south end of Chisago Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in eight to 16 feet of water. The north end of North Center Lake and South Center Lake also are providing plenty of panfish activity in shallow water. Kroon Lake and Little Lake started giving up sunfish and crappies during the past few days, but Green Lake has slowed a bit in recently.
Rattle and glow spoons are producing the majority of walleyes during lowlight periods of the day. Northern pike are hitting on most area lakes, and panfish action has picked up as well. Look for the majority of sunfish and crappies to be slightly suspended off the bottom.
Big Detroit Lake is producing walleyes in 19 to 34 feet of water on shiner minnows. Little Detroit Lake is a safe bet for sunfish and crappies in nine to 14 feet of water. Buckmills Lake started giving up panfish in 12 to 14 feet of water. Northern pike are very active along the weedlines of lakes Sallie and Melissa.
Green Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in 22 to 28 feet of water. Look for a few walleyes in this same area during the evening hours. Blue Lake is kicking out a few crappies in 22 feet of water and Elk Lake started giving up crappies and walleyes in 15 feet of water. Ann Lake is a safe bet for smaller crappies and northern pike.
Panfish action continues to go strong on Roberts Lake, Cedar Lake, and Shields Lake in 12 to 30 feet of water. Look for suspended fish in deeper water. There are a few walleyes coming off French Lake and Shields Lake in 22 to 34 feet of water early and late in the day.
Cutfoot Sioux Lake is producing walleyes in 12 to 20 feet of water and there are crappies hitting in 25 feet during the morning hours. Look to Big Splithand Lake for crappies in 20 to 22 feet of water late in the evening.
Northern pike continue to hit in shallower water with numbers of fish in the 5- to 8-pound class being taken. There have been some trophy caliber pike caught as well. The deeper reefs and outside areas of most current fed bays are your best bet for walleyes, sauger, and perch.
Sunfish action has picked in the Head of the Lakes area in 15 feet of water. Grass shrimp or wax worms have worked best and these fish have been tight to the bottom. Look for suspended crappies in the Battle Point area over 40 feet of water. The bigger perch, a few walleyes, and numbers of northern pike can be had throughout Town Bay.
The best perch bite continues to be found in eight to 10 feet of water. Look to the shoreline breaks and points for better numbers of good-sized perch. Walleye reports are limited, but northern pike are very active in the Third River area. The best walleye reports are coming off the main lake bars and humps.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The morning and evening walleye bite in the Pine Island area remains consistent in 25 to 30 feet of water. Rocky Point, Morris Point Gap, and Long Point are giving up sauger and walleyes in 27 to 30 feet of water. The better sauger reports have come from slightly deeper water. The Northwest Angle/Islands area reports consistent walleye and sauger action in 18 to 25 feet of water. Gold or glow-colored jigging spoons seem to be working best.
Perch are most active in Sucker Bay in 16 to 20 feet of water. Small jigging spoons and minnow heads are turning the majority of fish. Drill a lot of holes and stay on the move. The evening walleye bite in Walker Bay continues to go strong.
Lake Washington is producing walleyes in 20 to 25 feet of water during low-light periods of the day. Madison Lake is a safe bet for crappies in 18 to 25 feet of water. Look to Clear Lake for plenty of sunfish and crappies, although you have to sort through a few small fish.
East -- Deep structure has been most productive for walleyes during low-light periods of the day. Glow hooks have worked well in recent days. Perch action has been spotty with the best action coming closer to shore in 15 to 20 feet of water. The key is to stay on the move picking off a fish here and there.
West -- The mud flats and bays are still providing consistent walleye action, although the flats are a better bet for numbers of fish. In the bays, 20 to 23 feet of water has been best and 26 to 32 feet of water has been key on the mud flats. Set lines with shiner minnows or jigging spoons and a minnow head have been the best presentations. Vehicle traffic has been common over the past week in all areas producing fish.
Sand Bay is kicking out plenty of smaller walleyes in the Rainy Lake City area. The evenings have been most consistent in 12 to 14 feet of water. Big northern pike also are very active in this area. The east end of the lake started kicking out numbers of walleyes just off the reefs in 25 to 30 feet of water.
NORTHWEST METRO -- Lake Francis and Lake Ramsey are providing consistent northern pike action in 10 to 15 feet of water along the outside weed edges. The channel on Ramsey is a safe bet for sunfish and crappies. Look to Middle Maple Lake and Rock Lake for crappies during the evening hours. Buffalo Lake is giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods of the day.
SOUTHWEST METRO -- The north end of Lake Parley is kicking out crappies during the afternoon hours in 15 feet of water. On Hydes Lake, you'll find crappies hitting glow jigs during the evening hours in 14 feet of water.
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