Walleyes continue to hit on Lake Mary and Lake Le Homme Dieu in 20 to 22 feet of water. On Lake Reno, you'll find active walleyes in eight feet of water as well. Crappies and sunfish are hitting at a good pace on Mary, Le Homme Dieu, Lake Geneva, and Lake Louise in 10 to 14 feet of water.
Clearwater Lake continues to produce crappies in 30 to 40 feet of water throughout the day. Look for suspended schools of fish to be most active. Lake Francis and Cedar Lake are kicking out a few crappies as well in 15 to 20 feet of water. Sunfish reports continue to come in from Clearwater Lake and John Lake in 12 to 18 feet of water. Walleye numbers have dwindled, but northern pike are an easy catch on most area lakes.
The big story on Ottertail Lake is still the impressive numbers and size of the perch being caught in 17 to 20 feet of water. They've been most active early and late in the day. Dead Lake and West Lost Lake are safe bets for good-sized sunfish in 10 to 12 feet of water. Battle Lake is kicking out crappies and an occasional nice walleye in 18 to 24 feet of water during low-light periods of the day.
Sandy Beach Bar, Clam Bar, Dutchmen's Bar, and Center Bar continue to produce walleyes on Gull Lake. During the day, the best bite has been coming from 25 to 45 feet of water, with 10 to 20 feet being key depths during low-light periods of the day. Lakes such as Round, Nisswa, Upper Gull, North Long, and Edwards have produced walleyes and northern pike as well. Panfish action has been a safe bet on most area lakes in recent days.
CASS LAKE AREA
Cass Lake, Lake Andrusia, Pike Bay Lake, and Wolf Lake have kicked out walleyes in 20 to 30 feet of water. The jumbo perch have started hitting on Pike Bay in 10 to 12 feet of water. Look for crappies to be active on the mud of Kitchi Lake in 30 to 35 feet of water.
The "Eagle's Nest" and A-Frame areas on Chisago Lake are producing numbers of sunfish. The best bet for crappies is still Kroon Lake in 24 to 26 feet of water. South Lindstrom Lake is a safe secondary option for crappies in 24 feet of water.
Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake are producing walleyes in 18 to 24 feet of water. Northern pike action remains consistent on most area lakes and crappies continue to hit glow jigs and wax worms on most area lakes as well.
Small shiner minnows are your best bet for consistent evening walleye action on Strawberry Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, and Big Detroit Lake in 18 to 22 feet of water. Sunfish and crappies are hitting at a good pace in 15 to 22 feet of water on Lake Melissa, Little Detroit Lake, and Lake Sallie. Expect the most consistent bite to take place early and late in the day, with the crappie action often continuing well after dark.
Boulder Lake is producing walleyes in eight to 12 feet of water during the evening hours. Look to Fish Lake and Caribou Lake for a few crappies during the evening hours as well. The north shore of Lake Superior is giving up quite a few loopers. The French River area has been one of the better spots for anglers fishing from shore. Nightcrawlers and slip bobbers or spinners are working best.
Shagawa Lake is producing numbers of walleyes in 15 feet of water and lake trout anglers are finding numbers of fish suspended over 60 feet of water on Burntside Lake. Ciscoes or smaller sucker minnows have worked best. Crappies are hitting more consistently on lakes such as Low, Grassy, and Bass in 10 feet of water. White Iron Lake and Little Long Lake have started giving up a few bigger northern pike in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Sunfish and crappies remain active in 12 to 18 feet of water on lakes such as Cedar, Roberts, and Shields. French Lake is the area's best bet for walleyes in 30 to 35 feet of water during low-light periods of the day. Lake Mazaska continues to provide enough good-sized northern pike to keep anglers interested.
The north end of the lake is still the best bet for sunfish in 15 to 20 feet of water. You have to drill a lot of holes and stay on the move, picking off a fish here and there. This area will yield some crappies during the evening hours in slightly deeper water as well. The south end of the lake continues to provide a few perch in 17 to 20 feet of water. Wax worms or larvae continue to turn the majority of bigger perch.
Look for better numbers of big perch in shallower water. Tamarack Point and Haubrich's Bay are your best bets again this week in 12 to 15 feet of water. The deeper bars also have provided numbers of perch, but the bigger fish are tough to find in these deep-water locations. Walleye action has been limited, but northern pike are active in 10 to 12 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes and sauger continue to hit in 20 to 30 feet of water off Pine Island, Morris Point, and Rocky Point. Numbers of eating-size fish and the occasional trophy have shown up daily. Gold or glow-colored jigging spoons have worked best. At the Northwest Angle/Islands area, walleyes and jumbo perch are hitting at a good pace early and late in the day over 22 to 28 feet of water.
Walleye reports have been thin due to all the excitement over this weekend's Eelpout Festival. Look to the deep humps of Walker Bay as your best bet for walleyes this week. The few perch being caught are coming from Trader's Bay and the Goose Island area in 12 to 20 feet of water.
Church Bar on Madison Lake is a safe bet for limits of crappies in 18 to 20 feet of water. Look to the evening hours for the most consistent bite. Lake Francis is kicking out northern pike and German Lake is providing quite a few crappies and walleyes in 25 to 30 feet of water. Sunfish reports have been pretty limited with the exception of Baker's Bay on Lake Washington where anglers have done quite well on certain days.
East -- The shoreline breaks and edges of most main lake structure continue to provide consistent walleye action in 20 to 25 feet of water. The mud flats have been most consistent and look for a few good-sized perch in these same areas. Some of the best perch reports are coming from the deep water adjacent to these flats.
West -- Walleyes continue to hit at an alarming rate on the mud flats. The Eight Mile Flat and Seguchie's Flat have been especially kind to anglers this week. There has been a hint of some better perch action over the past few days as well. Work the deep water off most mud flats for better numbers of fish. Northern pike also continue to hit in the bays.
There are a few walleyes coming from the Meadowbrook area of Big Stone Lake in seven to nine feet of water. The south end of Big Stone is worth looking at for perch in 11 feet of water, and evening crappie anglers are finding some fish on Long Tom Lake in eight to 10 feet of water.
Walleyes continue to be caught on Big Sand Lake in 15 to 17 feet of water. Shiner minnows have been the key to bigger fish here. Fish Hook Lake is the area's best bet for northern pike in 12 to 14 feet of water. Look to First Crow Wing and Fourth Crow Wing Lake for bluegills in 10 to 14 feet of water. Crappie action is picking up on Lake Belle Taine, where anglers are finding suspended fish over 20 feet of water.
The east end reefs continue to provide numbers of nice northern pike. Anglers turning the bigger fish have been using ciscoes. Walleyes also are hitting more consistently in the Grindstone Island area in 30 to 35 feet of water. The evening walleye bite in the Birchdale area of the Rainy River remains strong in 12 to 18 feet of water.
Crappie action has been limited during the day, but the night bite remains strong in 15 feet of water. Some of the better catches have taken place well after dark on glow hooks tipped with a minnow. The bigger northern pike also remain active in these areas and are often mixed right in with crappies.
SAUK CENTRE AREA The north end of Sauk Lake is producing suspended crappies in 40 feet of water during the evening hours. The north end of Sauk is also producing a few walleyes in 24 feet of water. Sunfish reports in the immediate area have been slow over the past week to 10 days. Lilly Lake is probably the best bet in 24 to 30 feet of water. You'll have to do some sorting here.
ST. CLOUD AREA
Horseshoe Lake and Cedar Island Lake are producing crappies in 10 to 18 feet of water. Look to Pearl Lake, Becker Lake, and Cedar Island for a few sunfish early and late in the day. Northern pike continue to hit on Beaver Lake, Grand Lake, and Pearl Lake in 12 to 15 feet of water. Look for limited walleye action during the evening hours on Lake Koronis and Rice Lake in 18 to 25 feet of water.
The big news in this area continues to be the panfish bite on Lake Minnewaska. The sunfish action has slowed a bit, but you can still find a limit of keeper-size fish in 12 to 16 feet of water on the Glenwood end of the lake. The crappie bite also is worth checking out in slightly deeper water on the same side of the lake. Wax worms or Eurolarvae are turning the majority of panfish here.
LAKE MINNETONKA -- Although you have to sort through some smaller fish, the sunfish bite has continued to go strong in eight to 10 feet of water. Weed edges are your best bet, and expect plenty of active northern pike in these same locations. Walleye action has slowed, with just a few fish taken at night from the bigger bays in 30 to 35 feet of water.
NORTHEAST METRO -- Beaver Lake, Lake Peltier, and Jarvis Lake are kicking out crappies at a good pace during the evening hours. Look to lakes such as Clear, Phalen and Jarvis for a few walleyes during the evening hours in 15 to 20 feet of water. Jarvis and Little Lake are safe bets for sunfish again this week. Big Marine Lake, White Bear Lake, and Big Carnelian Lake are giving up numbers of northern pike in 10 to 12 feet of water.
NORTHWEST METRO -- Walleye and sunfish action has been relatively slow over the past week, but crappie anglers continue to find enough fish during the evening hours on several area lakes. Leading the way are Buffalo, Ramsey, and Granite in 25 to 35 feet of water.
SOUTHWEST METRO -- Lake Waconia is producing crappies in 15 feet of water during the evening hours. The Pillsbury Reef area on Waconia has produced crappies as well. Stieger Lake also is worth looking at for crappies in 25 feet straight out from the access. Whaletail Lake is giving up a few big crappies in 16 feet of water during low-light periods of the day. Northern pike continue to hit on Lake Bavaria, and Red Rock Lake is a safe bet for sunfish seven feet of water.
Green Lake still is the best bet for walleyes, early and late in the day, in 22 to 25 feet of water. Eagle Lake, Norway Lake, Games Lake, and Lake Calhoun are worth noting for sunfish and crappies. As a general rule, 15 to 30 feet has produced the majority of panfish and look for the most active feeders.
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