Gull Lake is kicking out quite a few large walleyes in 15 to 23 feet of water early and late in the day. Golden shiner or rainbow minnows are working best. Look for active northern pike in 12 to 20 feet of water on Gull and Lake Edwards. The best sunfish reports are coming off Nisswa Lake, North Long Lake, and Gull in six to 12 feet of water. Crappie action remains sporadic with an occasional flurry of activity during lowlight periods of the day in 18 to 24 feet.
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes continue to be active along the 12- to 16-foot breaklines on Cass Lake. Jigs tipped with shiner minnows are working best off Engineers Point, South Star Island, and Allen's Bay Narrows. Perch also are active in 12 to 16 feet of water on Cass and Pike Bay Lake. Work the eight to 10-foot sand flats on Lake Andrusia and the south end of Cass Lake for northern pike. Midge Lake remains a safe bet for crappies during the evening hours in 12 feet of water.
Walleye and crappie reports have been very limited. Lake trout anglers are still finding fish in 60 to 90 feet of water on Big Trout Lake. Large jigging spoons tipped with a minnow are turning these suspended fish. Northern pike are active along the weed edges of most area lakes, and you'll find plenty of sunfish in eight to 15 feet of water on Milford Lake, Clinker Lake, and Menohman Lake.
CROSS LAKE AREA
There's been some nice trout coming off Trout Lake in 45 to 60 feet of water. Shiner minnows are producing the most fish. Look for suspended panfish over 20 to 28 feet of water on most lakes. These fish have been finicky, so small jigs and larvae are your best bet. The only walleye reports are coming from deep water on shiner or rainbow minnows during lowlight periods of the day.
Northern pike are still being caught on most area lakes in 12 to 15 feet of water. Panfish and walleye action has been nonexistent this week due to the 20 inches of snow this area received. Many anglers actually have started to pull their permanent fish houses off area lakes due to the deep snow.
GRAND RAPIDS AREA
The bars on the north end of Bowstring Lake are still kicking out quite a few perch and crappies in 17 feet of water. There's also some crappie action taking place early and late in the day on Big Splithand Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water. Northern pike are still hitting in the shallow water of Lake Pokegema. The Tioga Pit is worth noting for brown and rainbow trout. These fish are hitting jigging spoons, right below the ice, over very deep water.
A few anglers continue to brave the cold and find walleyes and the occasional sauger. Perch and crappie action remains slow. The 25- to 35-foot holes that offer a sharp break are your best option. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are still turning northern pike in the shallows. There's quite a bit of snow on the ground, so snowmobiles and portables are the way to go throughout the lake.
LAKE MILLE LACS
EAST -- There's been consistent walleye reports, especially for big fish, off the deep water flats. Set lines and minnows are working better than jigging spoons at this point. Perch also continue to be caught from deep water, although you have to sort through quite a few small fish to find the true jumbo's. The best bet is to pound a lot of holes and keep moving, picking off those larger fish every once in a while.
WEST -- The walleye bite really cranked up this week. Work the deep side of the mud off Sherman's Flat, Seven Mile Flat, and Curley's Flat. Big fish and quite a few slots have been caught throughout the day, into the evening hours. The perch bite also has improved on the deep rocks off Brown's Point and Seguchie's Point. The Rock Pile Flat also has kicked out some nice perch in recent days.
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