The bass, crappie and sunfish action on lakes such as Darling, Geneva, and Le Homme Dieu has been very good. Look for bigger fish to be relating to deeper weed edges. Walleyes have been most active on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona in 17 to 20 feet of water. The cabbage beds of Miltona have produced a few muskies in recent days as well.
Anglers are finding walleyes on Pleasant Lake in 24 to 28 feet of water. Clearwater Lake continues to produce walleyes as well. Look tight to the weed edges in 10 to 16 feet of water here. Sunfish are hitting on Lake John, Clearwater and Lake Sylvia right in the weed pockets. The area's best bass reports have come from Sylvia and Lake Francis. Crappies continue to hit on Cedar Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. Northern pike have been very active along the weed edges of Clearwater, Pleasant, Cedar and Granite lakes.
Northerns are hitting large suckers in 20 to 25 feet of water on some area lakes. East Lost Lake is putting out walleyes and some crappies. Crappies are in 15 to 18 feet of water. Fisk Lake is kicking out some largemouth bass, as is Otter Tail Lake. North Battle Lake is producing some sunfish.
Gull Lake continues to produce walleyes in 16 to 38 feet of water. Lindy Rigs tipped with leeches, chubs or green nightcrawlers have been hot. The same pattern is producing walleyes on Round Lake in 16 to 25 feet of water. The Merrifield end of North Long Lake is a safe bet in 22 feet of water, and you'll also find plenty of active walleyes on Lake Edward in 18 to 22 feet of water. North Long, Round and Lake Hubert are the area's best bets for northern pike and largemouth bass. Panfish activity picked up again on North Long and Round Lake.
Whitefish Lake has been giving up a fair number of larger walleyes in recent days. Lindy Rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers have worked best in 18 to 26 feet of water during the day, while trolling crankbaits in slightly shallower water has produced fish during the evening hours. Northern pike and bass action remains consistent on most area lakes.
The muskies have really turned on in this area. The flats and points on lakes such as Big Detroit and Big Pelican have produced quite a few fish recently. Big Detroit also is a safe bet for walleyes very early and late in the day in 17 feet of water. Panfish are hitting on most area lakes with Little Cormorant and Big Detroit Lake kicking out bigger fish in 15 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting on Lake Melissa along the weed edges.
Look to Hall Lake for walleyes right on the rock piles and points in 6 to 8 feet of water. The crappies are still biting on most area lakes but in deeper water. Sunfish remain shallow and active on most lakes as well. Boat House Sport & Tackle (507) 235-6931.
Lakes such as Roberts, Shields and Hunt are producing a few panfish, but not with any real consistency. Walleye and northern pike action has been pretty slow.
Devil's Track Lake and Pike Lake are producing walleyes in 12 to 16 feet of water on leeches and slip bobber rigs. Lake Saganaga is giving up lake trout and whitefish in 40 feet of water. Winter jigging spoons seem to be working best.
The Mississippi River is producing walleyes right in town. Anglers are using everything from jigs to crankbaits and catching fish here. Look to the dam area of the river for good bass action as well. Bowstring Lake is a safe bet for walleyes in 15 feet of water, and there have been a few crappies caught here as well.
The majority of walleyes being caught are coming from deeper water. Leeches and nightcrawlers on live bait rigs have provided the best action in 25 to 32 feet of water. A few fish have come from shallower water during the evening hours. Crankbaits are catching northern pike and smallies.
LEECH LAKE North
The weed edges are producing a fair number of walleyes in recent days. The key has been to fish early and late in the day with crawlers and live bait rigs. Crankbaits have also produced a few fish off the points such as Ottertail, Duck and Big Hardwood. Spoons and Mepps spinners have produced a lot of northern pike on or near the established weedbeds. Anglers have run into good-sized bluegills in and around the bulrushes throughout the lake. Muskie action has been very inconsistent. The fish that have been caught have been found along the weedbeds of Sucker Bay, Portage Bay and just off Sugar Point. Bionic Bucktails and other hair baits have worked best during the day, but topwater baits seem to provide better action during the evening hours. Walleyes are very scattered now. There are fish being caught in 8 feet of water in Sucker Bay, down to 25 feet of water around the mid-lake humps. Live bait rigs worked very slowly are providing the better catches. Perch are hitting well near the weedbeds of Steamboat Bay and Sand Point in 6 to 9 feet of water.
LAKE MILLE LACS East
The deep gravel and mud flats continue to produce a lot of walleyes. Work the edges in 24 to 34 feet with spinners or Lindy Rigs and live bait. At night, the shallower rocks continue to produce fish as well. Numbers of active perch can be found in these same areas. The shallow rock piles are loaded with smallmouth bass right now. Rattle baits, tube jigs and topwater lures have all turned smallmouth in recent days. Muskie anglers are reporting a lot of follows, but very few biting fish. The mud flats continue to produce walleyes despite a week of bad weather. During the day, the edges and tops of the flats have produced fish on spinner rigs and rainbow minnows or long Lindy Rigs tipped with crawlers. At night, 28 to 32 feet of water seems to be key with slip bobber rigs being the most productive. Perch action continues to be excellent on the deep, offshore rocks and mud flats. Look to the weeded bays for active northern pike and muskie.
The bigger sunfish are hitting in Town Bay, north of the outlet, and in Miller's Bay. These fish have been tucked right in the weeds. There are a lot of walleyes coming off Center Bar and Moon Bar. The smallmouth bass started hitting on the weed edges in recent days as well.
The majority of walleyes biting on Big Stone Lake are coming from the weeds near Kite Island. Jigs tipped with minnows or leeches have worked best along the weed edges. There have been a few walleyes caught on crankbaits near Hartford Beach in 12 to 14 feet as well. Big Stone has kicked out some good-sized perch near Goose Island. Lake Oliver is giving up walleyes and crappies in 10 to 14 feet of water. The Minnesota River has started giving up a few catfish.
Finding numbers of walleyes has been a problem in recent days, but there are big walleyes being caught. Quite a few fish in the 29- to 32-inch class have been hooked. The main lake reefs have provided the majority of them and even with the lack of eating-sized fish recently, the reefs will still be your best bet for them. The North Arm has provided a lot of good-sized smallmouth bass for anglers fishing with crankbaits. An occasional report of some crappie activity comes from the shallow water of Black Bay. Big northern pike have been very active on the reefs.
RED WING AREA
Even with all the rain this area received recently, the river really hasn't gone up a lot. It has muddied up quite a bit, which has meant tough walleye fishing. The best bet here for walleyes has been on the lower end of Lake Pepin, where anglers are finding scattered fish by trolling crankbaits. Goose Lake and some of the other backwaters on the river have provided some pretty steady crappie action in recent days.
Walleyes have been tough to find in recent days. Fortunately, there's been plenty of panfish, northern pike and bass biting. Expect a mixed bag of fish from lakes such as Pearl, Grand, Browns and the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes. Find a weed edge and you should find plenty of active fish.
The panfish action really turned on in recent days in this area. Sauk Lake, Ferry Lake and Long Bridge Lake have all provided numbers of sunfish in 6 to 8 feet of water. Look for the bigger fish in the weed pockets. Sauk has also kicked out a lot of crappies just off Gull Point, the north end narrows, and the 8- to 10-foot rock piles. Numbers of northern pike in the 3- to 6-pound class are being caught along the 16-foot weed edges.
The Starbuck end of Lake Minnewaska is producing sunfish in 10 feet of water. Bass anglers are doing well with plastic worms throughout Minnewaska on the deeper weed edges. The walleyes being caught on Minnewaska have been scattered in 12 to 24 feet of water. Stay on the move with leeches or crawlers on Lindy Rigs and you'll pick off a fish here and there. One of the better areas has been in front of the high school.
The main lake bars are producing the majority of walleyes right now. Look to Bena Bar and Horseshoe Bar for the most numbers. The smaller humps out on the big part of the lake have produced fish as well. Muskie reports have increased, although the fish being caught haven't been real big. Look to the cabbage beds for them. Tamarack Bay and the main lake humps have provided steady perch action in recent days.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Resorts on the south shore are indicating good fishing off Archie's, Twelve Mile and Arnesen's Reefs in 10 to 12 feet of water. Lindy Rigs and nightcrawlers, or jigs and leeches have worked best. Anglers running downriggers have also turned walleyes just south of Garden Island near Driftwood Point. It seems as though the bigger walleyes have started hitting. In the Northwest Angle/Islands area, walleyes and muskies are keeping many anglers busy. The area south of Garden Island has been very consistent in 12 to 20 feet of water. Hammered-gold spinners and crawlers have been the ticket for walleyes in this area. Look to the weedbeds and rock covered areas for the best muskie action. Bucktails have produced the majority of muskies.
TWIN CITIES METRO
In the northeast, bass anglers continue to do very well on most area lakes. Bald Eagle Lake, Clear Lake, and Lake Phalen are providing a few walleyes in 18 to 22 feet of water. The sunfish are hitting on most area lakes but look to Linwood Lake and Horseshoe Lake for bigger fish in shallower water.
In the northwest, the walleye bite has slowed, but the bass and panfish continue to hit on Waverly and Buffalo lakes. Look for crappies in shallow water on Maple, Beebe and Constance lakes. Sunfish have also been caught from all three lakes. The area's best walleye reports are coming from Waverly Lake in 15 to 18 feet of water. Muskie anglers are doing well on Sugar Lake and Lake Independence.
In the southwest, the bigger northern pike have started hitting on Piersons Lake in 16 to 20 feet of water. Spoon plugs have worked best right in front of the public access. Deep-diving crankbaits are also taking numbers of pike on Auburn Lake. Look to Lake Minnewashta for bass. Plastics have worked best here in 8 feet of water. Minnewashta also is providing sunfish. Look for the bigger fish 12 to 15 feet right off the weed edges. Muskie activity has picked up along the weed edges of Wasserman Lake.
The 17-foot weed edges of Wayzata Bay and Browns Bay continue to provide consistent walleye action. Jigs tipped with leeches are working best. The channels throughout the lake have started giving up northern pike on sucker minnows. Look for numbers of sunfish along the shoreline areas. Small, orange jigs tipped with leeches or wax worms are safe bets for these fish that have been averaging about three-to-a-pound. Crappies are being caught on top of the milfoil, but they're scattered and involve a lot of work. Look for bass at two locations. Spinnerbaits have produced fish on the inside weedlines in 6 to 8 feet of water, and Carolina rigs are working best on the deeper side of the weeds.
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