Gull Lake is still producing numbers of walleye as the season comes to an end. These fish are scattered from seven to 40 feet depending on the spot of the lake, but the best reports are coming from shallower depths. Shiner minnows have been the ticket again this week. There are quite a few nice northern pike coming off Round Lake and North Long Lake in eight to 24 feet of water. Look to the smaller lakes in this area for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 30 feet of water.
It's been cold and windy most of the past week. As a result, fishing reports have been very limited due to the lack of anglers who went out and braved the weather. If you were to look for a few walleye this weekend, look to Lake Ida or Lake Miltona in 25 to 30 feet of water. Sunfish and crappie action has been slow, but Smith Lake, Lake Louise and Mary Lake are probably worth checking out.
Look to Pleasant Lake, Clearwater Lake and Cedar Lake for northern pike in eight to 18 feet of water. Crappie action has slowed a bit, with the evening hours producing a few fish on Lake Francis, Clearwater and French Lake. Lake John, Clearwater and Sugar Lake are giving up a limited number of sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water.
The Stoney Point area of Battle Lake is kicking out walleye in 50 to 55 feet of water. Look to Otter Tail Lake for some pretty decent perch in 18 to 25 feet of water. North Turtle Lake is a safe bet for northern pike and crappies. West Lost Lake and Deer Lake are the area's best options for sunfish in 15 to 20 feet of water.
CASS LAKE AREA
Perch continue to be very active on Cass Lake in six to eight feet of water. Work the sand flats in front of Sah-Kah-Tay Resort, south of Star Island, the Kettle and North Cedar Bar. Walleye also are being caught in these areas in 12 to 18 feet of water. The bigger northern pike have started hitting on Cass as well. These fish are hitting large sucker minnows in less than 10 feet of water.
Little Lake is kicking out sunfish in 12 to 16 feet of water. Look to Sunrise Lake for sunfish and crappies during the evening hours in 12 to 18 feet of water. The channel between Chisago Lake and South Lindstrom Lake is producing a few walleye during the evening hours. Small panfish can be expected in good numbers from Green Lake, and the south end of Chisago Lake also is worth noting for panfish in eight to 18 feet of water.
Upper Dean Lake and Fox Lake are producing numbers of northern pike in 12 to 16 feet of water. Big Trout Lake is still producing a few lake trout in 40 to 50 feet of water. Jigging spoons are fooling these fish and they've been suspended. Rabbit Lake is giving up an occasional flurry of sunfish action, while Mission Lake and Clinker Lake are safe bets for crappies. Walleye reports have dwindled over the past week on most area lakes.
CROSS LAKE AREA
Trout anglers are reporting consistent action on Roosevelt Lake and Trout Lake in 50 to 70 feet of water. Look for suspended fish, with rainbow or shiner minnows working best. Most area lakes started kicking out northern pike in 12 to 18 feet of water. Tip-ups with large sucker minnows are producing the bigger fish.
Sunfish have started hitting a bit more consistently on Big Toad Lake in 15 feet of water. Look to the northwest end of Big Toad for suspended crappies over 24 feet of water. Crappies also are hitting on Island Lake in 17 to 24 feet of water. Lake Lida and Lizzie Lake are kicking out sunfish in 14 feet of water. Look to Big Floyd Lake for walleye in 14 to 16 feet of water, and northern pike continue to hit at a good pace on Big Sugarbush Lake.
Fish Lake and Caribou Lake are producing a limited number of crappies each evening. These fish are not real aggressive, but can be had with some persistence in 15 to 20 feet of water. Boulder Lake is still giving up walleye in eight to 10 feet of water, mainly after dark. Reports along the north shore of Lake Superior are still minimal due to the cold weather and lack of anglers.
The north end of Bowstring Lake started giving up crappies and perch in 17 feet of water. Look to Rice Lake for crappies in 20 to 22 feet of water during the evening hours. Long Lake is a safe bet for northern pike, while Splithand Lake is kicking out crappies and a few walleye in 22 feet of water.
Walleye reports have been limited this week. Northern pike remain active on most area lakes in 12 to 14 feet of water. Large sucker or shiner minnows are your best bet for bigger pike. Look to Birch Lake and Pleasant Lake for panfish in 19 to 21 feet of water. Wax worms seem to be working best for crappies and sunfish in this area.
The best perch reports are coming off the deeper bars in 30 feet of water or more. You have to sort through a few small fish, but limits are quite common. If you can move around, your odds of picking off a few bigger perch increase. The walleye bite has slowed in recent days, but there's still plenty of northern pike action in the same areas you find perch.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of 14- to 20-inch walleye are being pulled from 20 feet of water with regularity at the Northwest Angle. Along the south shore, anglers are finding consistent walleye action in 30 to 32 feet of water. Zippel Bay, Wheeler's Point, and the Rocky Point areas are all providing numbers of walleye. Gold or green jigging spoons are turning fish.
The best perch reports are coming off Diamond Point and from Trader's Bay. Small, flashy spoons seem to be working best. Walker Bay is the best bet for walleye, while Steamboat Bay has started producing numbers of bigger northern pike. The eelpout bite has picked up in Walker Bay and Kabekona Bay in 30 to 50 feet of water.
East--The tops and edges of the mud flats are producing a few walleye after dark. The deeper rock areas are worth noting during low-light periods of the day as well. Setlines and shiner minnows are turning more fish than jigging spoons. Perch anglers who put in their time will find an occasional flurry of activity in Isle Bay. The bigger fish are coming from nine to 12 feet of water again this week.
West--Setlines and glow hooks tipped with shiner minnows are producing a few walleye during the late evening hours. Work the tops of the mud flats in 25 to 34 feet of water. There were a few more perch caught in recent days on the deeper rocks. Don't expect limits of jumbos here quite yet, but the fish being caught have been good-sized.
Big Mantrap Lake started giving up a few crappies during the evening hours in 15 to 20 feet of water. Straight Lake is the area's best bet for bluegills again this week, in 12 feet of water. Walleye reports have slowed with the extended period of cold weather.
The weather hasn't been the best for chasing panfish, but those who have braved the cold and wind are finding them in 10 to 12 feet of water on Star Lake, Rush Lake and Cotton Lake. Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake are producing enough walleye to keep people interested. Try 12 to 20 feet of water.
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