Consistent crappie action is being reported in 16 to 30 feet of water on Lake Margaret, Round Lake, North Long Lake, Wilson Bay on Gull, and Cullen Lake. Gull Lake is kicking out some nice perch as well in 12 to 28 feet of water. Sunfish anglers are doing best in eight to 12 feet of water on Nisswa Lake and North Long using glow jigs tipped with maggots.
CASS LAKE AREA
Perch action has slowed on Pike Bay Lake and Cass Lake this week although the number of people out fishing was minimal. The best bet on these two lakes is still in 8 to 10 feet of water in areas with scattered weeds and sand. Look for a few crappies on Lower Sucker Lake and Kitchi Lake during the evening hours in 15 to 20 feet of water.
You'll have to sort through some small fish, but Clinker Lake and Upper Dean Lake are providing plenty of numbers. The majority of these fish are coming from 15 to 20 feet of water. The area's best report for sunfish and crappies, which have been good-sized, is coming from the west end of Lower Mission Lake in 16 feet of water. The crappie and sunfish bite on Blind Lake has slowed, but it can still be counted on for an occasional flurry of sunfish and crappie action in 14 to 18 feet of water.
Lake trout anglers are finding active fish on Trout Lake over 35 to 50 feet of water. Jigs tipped with fathead minnows seem to be working best. Pine Lake and Mission Lake are producing a few sunfish and crappies in 12 to 18 feet of water. Small glow jigs tipped with wax worms or small minnows are your best bets.
Splithand Lake is still producing crappies in 18 to 20 feet of water during the evening hours. The north end of Bowstring Lake is a safe bet for crappies in 18 to 20 feet of water and the south end of the lake is producing a few decent perch early in the morning. The Tioga area of Lake Pokegama started giving up perch in 15 to 18 feet of water. Look to Pool's Bay on Pokegama for sunfish in 15 feet.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Numerous walleyes in the 16- to 20-inch class are being pulled from 16 to 24 feet of water at the Northwest Angle/Islands area. You can expect quite a few sauger to be mixed in with the walleyes. Along the south shore of the lake, anglers are finding active walleyes and sauger in 25 feet of water during the day and in 15 feet of water early and late. The Sixteen Mile area has been extremely popular with a lot of people this week. Glow hooks and rosy red minnows seem to be working best.
Tullibee continue to be caught in 30 feet of water off Stony Point. These fish have remained tight to the bottom, but look for them to be suspended at times. Perch reports remain poor, with limited flurries of action coming off the deeper, main lake flats. These fish should start schooling up and becoming active within the next couple of weeks.
Sunfish action has continued to be very limited, almost nonexistent with the exception of small fish on a few lakes. The crappie bite also has slowed.
East -- There's been some limited perch action reported on the deep rock areas. Don't expect limits of jumbos, but you'll find enough good-sized perch mixed in with the small fish to keep things interesting. Upgrading the size of your jigging spoon seems to help eliminate more of the smaller perch. Stay on the move.
West -- The shoreline rocks and points are holding a few jumbo perch in 20 to 28 feet of water. Expect to find small fish mixed in, but with some persistence, you'll find enough large fish to keep busy. The mud flat bite has been slow, with the exception of small perch. It also hasn't helped that there aren't a lot of people fishing.
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