Setlines and minnows are turning a few walleyes during low-light periods in 30 feet or more on lakes Ida, Carlos, and Miltona. Look for suspended crappies over 20 to 25 feet on Carlos and Lake Le Homme Dieu. Northern pike action is limited, but the sunfish bite is picking up in 10 to 14 feet at Smith Lake and Lake Mary.
Look for sunfish in 12 to 20 feet and crappies over 24 to 60 feet on lakes such as Pleasant, John, Cedar, Marie, and Clearwater. Northern pike are taking sucker minnows on the weedlines of Pleasant, Cedar, and French lakes. A walleye or two continues to be caught at Clearwater in 26 to 30 feet each night.
A few walleyes continue to be caught in 20 to 35 feet at Otter Tail Lake, West Battle Lake, and Clitherall Lake. Waxworms are the ticket for crappies in 17 to 25 feet at South Turtle Lake, Ellingson Lake, and West Battle. Sunfish and northern pike action is slow.
Lake Plantagenet and Lake Bemidji are giving up a few walleyes during the evening hours in 25 to 30 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on Lake Hattie and the north side of Bemidji. Work the small lakes in this area for bluegills and crappies.
Perch continue to be caught on the 20- to 23-foot mud areas of Blackduck Lake. Walleye activity has slowed with just a few fish coming off Round Lake and Gull Lake. Stay on the move for panfish and you'll hit crappies at Gilstead Lake over 30 feet or more and sunfish in 15 to 20 feet at Rabideau Lake.
Walleyes are hitting glow jigs or spoons tipped with minnows in 18 to 42 feet at Gull Lake and North Long Lake. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on most lakes in 10 to 15 feet. Panfish action has picked up on most lakes in 14 to 20 feet with lakes such as Nisswa, Round, and the south end of Gull leading the way.
Cass Lake area
The 12- to 15-foot weed flats of Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake are producing perch. The east shore of Pike Bay also is producing walleyes during low-light periods in 20 to 25 feet. Northern pike are inhaling sucker minnows on the cabbage beds of Kitchi Lake and crappie action is picking up over the deep holes of Lower Sucker Lake. Try Grace Lake for bluegills in 15 feet.
The south end of Chisago Lake is producing panfish and pike in 8 to 12 feet. On North Center Lake, you'll find sunfish during the day and walleyes and crappies at night in 8 to 12 feet. The Pancake Island area of South Center Lake is a safe bet for panfish and Kroon Lake started giving up crappies over 28 feet.
Rainbows and shiner minnows continue to produce walleyes on Serpent Lake in 22 to 26 feet. Crappie action has picked up at Cedar Lake, Clearwater Lake, Nokay Lake, and Bay Lake. Sunfish are being taken on most area lakes, but the bigger fish are being found in shallow water. Lake trout reports have been limited, but northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes in 15 to 22 feet.
Lakes such as Sallie, Melissa, and Big Detroit are giving up walleyes in 20 to 30 feet. Northern pike are hitting on the weedlines of most lakes and there is some crappie action over 20 to 22 feet at lakes Melissa and Big Detroit. Sunfish are hitting in 12 feet on Big Detroit, Melissa, Island Lake, and Floyd Lake and in 20 feet on Sour Lake.
The Highbanks area of Fish Lake is producing crappies in 12 to 14 feet. There's an evening bite at Caribou Lake and Grand Lake in 15 feet. Tip-ups and chubs will trigger pike at Rice Lake in 7 feet. The best walleye reports are from the bay, right in town, on the St. Louis River.
Crappies and sunfish are in nine to 12 feet at Elk Lake. On Blue Lake, you'll find panfish in 22 feet on the north end, while the south end is producing a few walleyes in 24 feet. Northern pike have been tough to locate, but Green Lake and Spectacle Lake continue to produce panfish.
Crappie action remains consistent at Low Lake, Bass Lake, and Farm Lake. Although walleye action has slowed in the area, Shagawa Lake continues to produce fish during the afternoon and evening. There's a very good lake trout bite reported off Burntside Lake where most fish are being found suspended over deep water.
Roberds Lake is producing crappies and a few walleyes in 20 feet of water. Shiner and sucker minnows are triggering pike in 15 to 20 feet at Shields Lake and Kelley Dudley Lake. Look to Shields Lake for the area's best sunfish action in 16 feet.
Grand Marais area
Lake trout action has been very good with shiners, ciscoes, chubs, and spoons turning fish. Look for suspended lakers to be most active over deep water at Clearwater Lake, East Bearskin Lake, Loon Lake, and Gunflint Lake. Splake continue to be taken on waxworms in 12 feet at Musquash Lake and there's a good brook trout bite on Carrot Lake in 12 feet. Anglers also are finding good-sized perch at Pike Lake in 8 to 10 feet.
Grand Rapids area
Bluegills and crappies are hitting at a good pace on Bass Lake in 10 to 18 feet. Crappie action has picked up on the north end of Bowstring Lake in 24 to 28 feet and on Big and Little Splithand lakes in 22 feet. Lake trout are being caught over 40 feet on Pit Lake and over 50 to 60 feet at Caribou Lake. Lakes such as Big Trout, Wabana, and Pokegama are kicking out pike and walleye action is limited to a short window each evening in 14 to 25 feet at Pokegama, Wabana, and Sugar lakes.
Jigging spoons are producing perch at Woman Lake in 18 to 30 feet. Look to Pleasant Lake and Five Point Lake for sunfish, while tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning pike at Webb Lake and Portage Lake. Pine Mountain Lake is kicking out small walleyes, but look for bigger fish off Pleasant Lake in 20 feet.
Lake Mille Lacs
East - Jigs tipped with fathead minnows are triggering better numbers of good-sized perch on the mud flats in 28 to 30 feet. Walleyes continue to be sluggish with just a few fish hitting at sunset on the gravel. Setlines and rainbow minnows are working better than jigging spoons.
West - The best walleye action is taking place on the Seven Mile and Eight Mile flats. Work 32 to 36 feet of water during the day and slide on top during low-light periods. Some good-sized perch have been caught in deep water off the Seven Mile Flat. The deep rocks of Sherman's Point and Brown's Point also have given up perch.
Lake Minnetonka area
Jigging with rattle spoons has produced walleyes at dark in Brown's Bay from the weedlines out to 28 feet on Minnetonka. Northern pike are hitting on top of the weed flats in 10 feet of water. You'll find suspended crappies over 19 feet in Brown's Bay. Crappies also have been found suspended over 30 feet of water at Lake Independence and Lake Sarah.
The north end is producing sunfish and crappies in 20 to 24 feet. The Banana Bar is giving up crappies in 36 feet and walleyes during the evening in 16 feet. Northern pike are hitting all over the lake, but most have been on the small side.
Lake of the Woods
The best walleye activity is taking place in 28 to 33 feet on the reefs and mud flats along the south shore, to the Gap, and up to Garden Island. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes, sauger, and perch are biting in 26 to 28 feet on the reefs around Oak Island. The walleye bite has slowed on the Rainy River, but northern pike and sturgeon have become more active.
The best action is taking place during the morning hours in 18 to 22 feet or 28 to 32 feet. Better areas this week have been Moxes Hole, North Moses Bar, Center Bar, South Horseshoe Bar, and the Snaghole. The bigger pike are coming from 18 to 22 feet and walleyes continue to be caught on the main-lake bars in 18 to 24 feet.
Leech Lake area
Perch action has improved in 12 to 16 feet off Sand Point and in Agency Bay. The humps in Walker Bay remain the best walleye option during low-light periods in 25 to 30 feet. Some of the points continue to produce walleyes during low-light periods in 18 to 22 feet as well. Bluegill and crappie action remains limited.
The south end of Big Stone Lake is producing perch in 9 feet of water. Work the Twin Silos area in 14 feet for a few walleyes. On Artichoke Lake, walleyes and crappies are being caught, north of the narrows, in 10 feet. Tip-ups and minnows continue to produce northern pike near the Highway 75 dam on the Minnesota River.
Park Rapids area
Shiner minnows continue to produce walleyes in 28 to 32 feet of water on Big Sand Lake. Northern pike are hitting in 10 to 14 feet of water on Big Mantrap Lake. Work the Crow Wing Chain and Portage Lake in 12 feet of water for panfish. Waxworms are the ticket for rainbow trout in 20 feet or 40 to 50 feet of water on Long Lake.
The east end of the lake from Dryweed Island to Saginaw Bay has produced walleyes in 36 to 40 feet. There's an evening walleye bite off Birch Point in 38 to 40 feet and at the American Narrows in 40 feet of water. The bigger northern pike have started showing up in the Rainy Lake City area in 12 to 16 feet.
Center Bar is producing numbers of walleyes and northern pike in 12 to 14 feet. Walleyes also have been caught closer to shore in 8 to 10 feet. Red glow jigs have worked best during low-light periods and gold jigs seem to work best during the day. The best crappie reports are off the north shore out of Hillman's Access in 13 to 14 feet.
Red Wing area
A jig and minnow combination continues to produce walleyes and sauger for boat anglers on the Mississippi River in 25 to 30 feet. Work the Frontenac Pond area for northern pike and the docks in Baypoint Park are kicking out panfish for ice anglers.
St. Cloud/Eden Valley area
Walleyes continue to be caught in 15 to 25 feet on Lake Koronis. Work the Stonegate Bar, First Island, and Third Island areas. Rice Lake also started giving up a few walleyes in 15 feet. Look to Long Lake, Becker Lake, and Pearl Lake for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Mud Lake is giving up rainbow trout in 5 to 10 feet.
It's been slow throughout the area with a few sunfish being caught on Lake Minnewaska in 12 feet. Walleye, crappie, and pike action has been nonexistent this week on all lakes.
NORTHEAST METRO - Small sucker minnows are turning numbers of largemouth bass in 12 feet at Lake Jane and in 10 to 13 feet on Big Marine Lake. Northern pike are biting in 6 to 12 feet at Big Marine, Jane, and Demonterville lakes. Demonterville also is producing sunfish in 6 to 10 feet and crappies continue to be found suspended over 25 to 35 feet on the St. Croix River. A few walleyes have been taken after dark at White Bear Lake in 20 to 25 feet.
WEST METRO - Whaletail Lake is producing sunfish to the right of the access in 10 to 12 feet of water, crappies in 18 feet, and northern pike in the back bay. Sunfish are biting in 10 feet of water on the south end of Hydes Lake, on Lake Sarah in 14 feet, and at Eagle Lake. The best crappie bite is taking place in the middle of Hydes in 13 feet. Northern pike action has improved in 10 feet of water at lakes Minnewashta, Steiger, and Zumbra.
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