This is the Explore Minnesota Fishing Report as of Thursday, April 1. The Fishing Report will be temporarily discontinued until conditions are safe for open water angling.
The bigger crappies have started biting in 10 to 25 feet of water on Cullen Lake, Round Lake, Hubert Lake, and North Long Lake. Look for sunfish, although you'll have to sort through some small fish, on Nisswa Lake, Pelican Lake, and the Highway 371 side of North Long. The bigger fish are hitting waxworms in six to 12 feet of water. As of this writing you could still get on most lakes by foot or with ATVs.
Once you get on the ice it's fine. The shorelines have started to open in many areas making that difficult. Sunfish and crappies are still coming off Milford Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water. Look for crappies on Little and Big Manohmen lakes in 13 to 15 feet of water throughout the day. On Cedar Lake, you'll find suspended crappies over 32 to 36 feet of water. The northwest corner of Bay Lake started giving up big crappies in 40 feet of water.
CROSS LAKE AREA
Although there's still two feet of ice, the rain over this past weekend put a lot of water on top of it. Crappie action continues to be slow on most lakes, but the sunfish action has picked up in 12 to 14 feet of water. Red glow jigs tipped with waxworms are working best during the late afternoon hours.
in this area, and the crappies have begun to move shallow. Although finding a consistent bite is tough, anglers have begun to pick off a few fish. The best spots have been below the dams in town or in the channels of most lakes. This will only improve as the water warms.
LAKE MILLE LACS
Anglers are reduced to traveling with ATVs, but the ice is still in pretty good shape. The perch bite is very slow although the fish caught on the shallower rocks have been good-sized. The crappie bite in Isle Bay is still worth checking out. These fish continue to be caught with consistency, and they are very nice. Look for the bigger fish in 10 to 12 feet of water out from Scenic Bay Resort.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
While the main lake continues to produce walleyes and sauger, and the ice is still in very good shape, the Rainy River has been the big story here. Many accesses are now clear for small boats.
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