Rainbow minnows and shiner minnows are producing walleyes on Gull lake in six to 32 feet of water. Most area lakes are kicking out northern pike and bass in eight to 20 feet of water. Minnows and crankbaits have produced bigger fish. The best sunfish and crappie reports are coming from 12 to 25 feet on many of the smaller lakes in this area.
CASS LAKE AREA
Minnows, worked slowly, are producing a limited number of walleyes on Cass Lake in 30 to 50 feet of water. Duck hunting has been much more productive as a significant number of northern birds have set up on area lakes and ponds. Mallards, bluebills, and buffleheads have all been bagged.
Anglers continue to find walleyes in 18 to 24 feet of water along the breaks and bars of Pelican Lake and Upper Whitefish Lake. Crappie action has moved shallower on most area lakes with bigger concentrations of fish coming from 12 to 18 feet of water. Northern pike and bass also remain active in the shallower weeds of most area fisheries.
Crappies are biting on the days anglers can actually get out on Fish Lake. The Highbanks area remains the best bet in 12 to 14 feet of water. Island Lake and Boulder Lake are the best bets for walleyes, but it has been a real hit and miss bite on both lakes. Action along Lake Superior also has been inconsistent because of the weather. Grouse and duck reports have been minimal again this week.
Walleyes and northern pike still are hitting along the points and shoreline areas in eight to 12 feet of water. Minnows or crankbaits are working best in these areas. Duck hunters are doing quite well on the main lake where they're finding a mixture of divers and mallards.
Anglers are battling the weather but finding numbers of 14- to 18-inch walleyes has remained relatively easy. The deep break off Cedar Point has been red hot in 25 to 40 feet of water. The humps in Walker Bay and most main lake points also are producing fish on jigs and minnows. Muskie anglers have seen an increase in activity this week. Trolling or casting jerkbaits has worked best on the shallow rock piles off Pelican Island. Kabekona Bay also is producing a few fish. Perch anglers are finding schools of fish in Portage Bay near Five Mile Point and in Boy Bay in six to 11 feet of water.
Look for limited walleye action on Madison Lake and the Minnesota River. These fish are mainly shallow and hitting jigs tipped with minnows during midday periods. Panfish reports have slowed in the area, but look to German Lake in 10 to 15 feet of water for a few nice crappies. Duck reports are limited, and pheasant hunters are starting to see a few more birds in the area.
East -- Another week of "less-than-ideal" fishing conditions has made it tough to fish the main lake. The majority of fish being caught are coming from shallow, shoreline structure in eight to 14 feet of water. Work the points and rock piles with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches. There have been a few grouse taken by area hunters, but duck numbers have dwindled, and there doesn't appear to be any significant number of divers in the area yet.
West -- Northern pike are hitting minnows in Wahkon Bay and Vineland Bay in 10 to 14 feet of water. Walleye anglers have been limited to afternoon fishing due to the cold and wind. The shoreline breaks, points, and reefs continue to produce a few walleyes for those who have battled the weather.
Anglers fishing from shore on Big Stone Lake are finding walleyes during the evening hours. Minnows and crankbaits have worked best well after dark. The Minnesota River near Odessa is a good bet for smaller walleyes as well. Pheasant hunting has been a struggle again this week. There are birds being harvested, but an abundance of standing corn is limiting shooting opportunities. Goose numbers are very good, but duck hunters are finding fewer birds and not a lot of migrants yet.
Jigs tipped with minnows are turning walleyes along the reefs in 26 to 28 feet of water. Sand Bay is worth noting for walleyes in 20 to 28 feet of water, especially early and late in the day. Northern pike have been active along the shoreline breaks and in most bays. Duck hunters are finding quite a few northern birds in the area.
NORTHEAST METRO -- The Mississippi River and St. Croix River are providing the area's best walleye action. The key here is to find the shad and you'll find walleyes. Clear Lake and the south end of Bald Eagle Lake have given up a few walleyes. Look to Big Marine Lake and Lake Jane for northern pike and largemouth bass. Minnows and crankbaits have produced bigger fish.
NORTHWEST METRO -- Buffalo Lake is really the only option for walleyes in this area. Minnows have worked best during the afternoon hours in 10 to 20 feet of water. Pheasant hunters are finding a few birds.
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