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Minnesota fish report 1-1-09

January 01, 2009 at 08:23 AM

East - The mud flats and deep gravel areas are producing quite a few walleyes in 27 feet. The Blue Jug and Boot remain two of the better areas this week. There is a few perch coming from the bays in 12 to 16 feet, but the Banana Bar has produced better numbers of good-sized perch in 20 to 28 feet. Stay on the main roads or use a snowmobile and you’ll be able to get around.

West - Work the flats such as Seguchie’s Sherman’s, Seven Mile, and Eight Mile for walleyes. Work the tops in 20 feet during low-light periods and slide off the edges during midday hours. Some big perch have been mixed in, but not any large numbers. Roads are plowed to all of the aforementioned areas.

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Numbers of eating-sized walleyes and sauger and the occasional big fish are being pulled from 20 to 26 feet around Morris Point, Pine Island, and Zippel Bay. The mud flats in shallower water also have produced walleyes early and late in the day. Fishing at the Northwest Angle has been excellent. The reefs around Oak Island remain the hot spot with limits of 15- to 17-inch walleyes being taken.

LEECH LAKE AREA

Although some roads are plowed, slush is limiting the areas anglers can get to. Pine Point is an option in six to 12 feet or 15 to 18 feet for perch. The humps in the southeast end of Walker Bay are navigable with snowmobiles and a few walleyes are being taken in 25 to 30 feet.

LAKE MINNETONKA

Grays Bay is producing sunfish and northern pike in 12 to 19 feet. Sunfish also are being caught in 10 to 12 feet in Phelp’s Bay and the Spring Park areas. Walleyes are biting late at night over 36 feet in Browns Bay and Wayzata Bay. Crappie action is limited.

RAINY LAKE

Stay on the plowed roads if you want to travel on the lake due to varying ice depths and slush. Birch Point in Sand Bay has been the best walleye option in 25 to 35 feet. Crappie action is slow and although pike are being caught, most have been small. Look to the Rainy Lake City area for occasional big pike in 20 feet or more.

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Some roads are plowed and getting off them is difficult due to deep snow and slush. The perch bite has been tough with some fish coming from the bars in 25 to 30 feet. Walleye action has been better on the bars and humps during low-light periods in 20 to 22 feet. Spearing and angling has been very consistent for northern pike in shallow water and on the bars.

NORTHEAST METRO

Lake Phalen is giving up northern pike in 15 feet and walleyes in 20 to 30 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing bass and pike on the weedlines of lakes Jane and Demonterville. The Bayport and Prescott areas of the St. Croix River are giving up saugers over 30 to 35 feet. Walleyes and northern pike remain active on Bald Eagle Lake in 15 to 18 feet and on White Bear Lake in 18 to 24 feet.

WEST METRO

Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning pike between Whaletail Lake and Dexter Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Pierson Lake and Mitchell Lake also have produced pike in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Hydes Lake for crappies in 14 feet and the north side of Lake Parley for sunfish and crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Lake Minnewashta is giving up decent numbers of panfish as well.

LAKE WACONIA

Sunfish action remains strong in Waconia Bay and on Center Reef and Pillsbury Reef in 10 to 12 feet. Look for suspended crappies on Center and Pillsbury in deeper water. The deep holes in Wagener’s Bay started giving up crappies and most weedlines are worth hitting for northern pike. Find a weedline on the north shore, get away from the crowds, and you should hook walleyes.

ALEXANDRIA AREA

A few walleyes are coming off lakes Ida and Miltona in 20 feet of water. There’s an evening walleye bite on Reno Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Reno and Lake Mary are kicking out crappies in eight to 14 feet, as is Lake Le Homme Dieu in 18 to 25 feet of water. Northern pike and sunfish reports are limited.

ANNANDALE AREA

Look to Pleasant Lake for crappies in 21 to 28 feet and northern pike in 10 to 14 feet. Clearwater Lake is giving up walleyes in 21 feet, crappies in 30 feet, and pike in 14 to 16 feet. Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows on Granite Lake in 24 feet and at Sugar Lake in 20 feet. Lakes Marie and Indian are producing sunfish in 12 feet and you’ll find suspended crappies on Cedar Lake over 30 feet.

BATTLE LAKE

Northern pike are inhaling minnows in 12 to 18 feet of water on lakes such as North Turtle, Clitherall, South Turtle, West Lost, and Otter Tail. Walleye action remains strong in 17 to 21 feet on Rush, West Battle, East Battle, Stalker, Blanche, and Pelican lakes. Look for crappies during the evening hours in 18 to 21 feet of water on East Battle, West Battle, Stalker, Ten Mile, and Stewart lakes. Sunfish also can be had on South Turtle, Stewart, Rush, West Lost, East Lost, and Wall lakes in 13 to 16 feet.

BEMIDJI AREA

Perch action has improved on Lake Bemidji in 20 to 30 feet. This depth also produces walleyes during the evening hours. Lake Irvine is kicking out perch in 15 to 25 feet, but bluegill and crappie action is limited. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in the shallow weed areas of Bemidji and Lake Andrusia.

BLACKDUCK AREA

Jigging spoons and minnow heads are turning walleyes on Blackduck Lake in 10 to 12 feet of water. You’ll find good-sized perch scattered throughout Blackduck in shallow and deep water. Walleyes also are hitting spoons on Island Lake in 13 to 15 feet of water during low- light periods of the day. Panfish reports remain poor, but many of the small lakes are tough to navigate due to snow and slush.

CASS LAKE AREA

Leroy’s Bar on Pike Bay Lake is producing walleyes and perch in 20 to 25 feet of water. Stoney Point on Cass Lake also has turned out walleyes in 20 to 24 feet. The 10- to 15-foot weedlines of Cass and Pike Bay are giving up plenty of northern pike. Bluegill and crappie action has been limited.

CHISAGO AREA

Sunfish and crappies are being caught in seven to 14 feet from the A- Frame to Eagle’s Nest on Chisago Lake. Kroon Lake started giving up crappies to the right of the access in 21 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning numbers of nice northern pike on Sunrise Lake in five to 11 feet. The south end of Chisago is kicking out walleyes in 12 to 14 feet, work the Bluewater’s area on North Center Lake for bluegills, and the hospital area on South Lindstrom Lake in 17 to 22 feet for crappies.

DETROIT LAKES

Walleyes remain active, especially during low-light periods in 14 to 20 feet of water at Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, Lake Melissa, Big Pine, and Little Pine Lake. Look for sunfish in 12 to 14 feet of water and crappies in deeper water on lakes Floyd, Deadshot Bay, Big Detroit, Melissa, and Sallie. Northern pike seem to be active on most lakes in shallow and deep water.

DULUTH AREA

There is a lot of slush on area lakes, which has made travel difficult. Tip-ups set with smelt or sucker minnows are turning northern pike on Rice Lake in six feet. On Fish Lake, crappies are hitting in 14 feet and some walleyes can be had in 12 feet during the evening hours. Look to Boulder Lake for crappies and eyes in 10 feet during low-light periods as well. Kamloops action on Lake Superior is limited due to icy conditions on shore and floating ice on the lake.

EAST-CENTRAL MINN

You’ll find consistent sunfish action on Blue Lake in 12 feet of water and at Elk Lake in nine feet. Blue also is giving up crappies over 18 feet. Look for walleyes late at night on Blue and Elk in eight to 12 feet and on Green Lake in 20 to 22 feet. Northern pike action is strong with tip-ups and sucker minnows on most lakes in less than 15 feet.

ELY AREA

Deep snow and slush is making travel very difficult on most lakes. A few anglers have been getting on Fall Lake in 11 to 19 feet of water and finding a few walleyes. The same is true on Shagawa Lake in 26 to 30 feet. There has been some good-sized perch pulled from Shagawa in 10 feet or less.

EMILY AREA

Look for sunfish on Washburn Lake in 12 to 15 feet. There’s an evening crappie bite on Indian Jack Lake in deeper water. Shiner minnows are triggering some decent walleye action on Round Lake in 20 feet. Hit the weedlines of Stark Lake with tip-ups and sucker minnows for northern pike.

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 10 feet at Elbow Lake and in 15 feet on Devil’s Track Lake. Jigging Rapalas are the ticket for walleyes on Lake Saganaga in 35 feet. Jigging spoons are working best for walleyes at Crescent Lake in 18 feet and at Elbow in 10 feet.

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Crappies continue to be pulled from Big and Little Splithand lakes in 19 to 21 feet of water. Sylvan Bay on the Mississippi River is worth noting for panfish in 17 to 25 feet. Crappies and bluegills remain active in 19 to 24 feet on Big and Little Cutfoot Sioux lakes. Hill Lake is kicking out crappies over 30 feet and Bass Lake is a safe bet for gills in 14 to 17 feet. Walleye action remains strong in 17 to 24 feet during the evening hours on lakes such as Trout, Moose, Wabana, Pokegama, and Sugar. Northern pike action is strong for both anglers and spearers throughout the area.

HACKENSACK AREA

Deep snow and slush is forcing anglers to stay on the roads. On Pleasant Lake, you’ll find panfish in 14 feet and walleyes in 18 to 20 feet during the evening hours. Pine Mountain Lake is kicking out a few walleyes in 16 to 20 feet as is Woman Lake in 26 feet or more. Five Point Lake is worth noting for panfish along the shallow weedbeds.

LAKE KABETOGAMA

There is quite a bit of slush to deal with, but if you can get out, the fishing is good. Walleyes and sauger are hitting in 25 feet near the Kabetogama/Sullivan Bay entrance and outside Lost Lake. Northern pike are cruising the shallows in Duck Bay, Irwin Bay, and Moxie Bay. The shoreline all the way down to Ash Bay also has produced pike.

LAKE OSAKIS

The north end of the lake is worth hitting for walleyes, sunfish, and crappies in 18 to 24 feet of water. Work the Half Mile Bar during low-light periods of the day for walleyes in 10 to 12 feet. The Two Mile Bar is producing walleyes and northern pike in 16 to 18 feet. Shiner minnows remain the best option for walleyes and pike in all areas.

LAKE VERMILION

Ice fishing on the big lake has been difficult because of slush. There are walleyes hitting during the evening hours in 18 to 28 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the soft-bottomed areas and weeded areas in eight to 14 feet. You can expect sunfish and perch in these areas as well.

MANKATO AREA

Panfish continue to be pulled from Lake Washington in 14 to 16 feet of water. Jigging spoons are turning walleyes on Lura Lake in six feet. Hit the southeast end of Lake Hanska for walleyes with jigging Rapalas in six to eight feet. The best northern pike action is coming off Lake Francis in shallow water.

ORTONVILLE AREA

On Big Stone Lake, walleyes are hitting in the Meadowbrook area in 12 to 14 feet and some perch can be had in the Lagunna Beach area in 12 feet. Crappies continue to be pulled from 10 feet on Long Tom Lake and from 12 to 14 feet on Lake Lac qui Parle. Walleyes and crappies also have started hitting on Oliver Lake.

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Fish Hook Lake is producing walleyes in 21 feet and sunfish in 12 feet. Look for suspended crappies over 25 feet on the Crow Wing Chain. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 to 12 feet on Big Mantrap Lake.

RED LAKE

On the north shore, walleyes are biting in eight to 12 feet about six to seven miles out. On the south shore, 12 to 14 feet has been key on Center Bar for walleyes and some crappies. Walleyes also are being found closer to shore on the south end. A few bigger pike were taken throughout the lake in recent days.

RED WING AREA

Boats continue to work below the dam on the Mississippi River where jigs and minnows are producing saugers in 15 to 18 feet. On the ice, the docks around Baypoint Park are holding sunfish and crappies in eight to 12 feet. Salmos, rattlin’ spoons, and jigging Rapalas are producing walleyes and sauger in 21 feet in the Methodist area of the river.

WILLMAR AREA

Eagle Lake is giving up walleyes and crappies in 20 to 50 feet. Look to Green Lake for walleyes in 28 to 35 feet during the evening hours. On Diamond Lake, walleyes and crappies can be had in 15 feet or less and on lakes such as Wagonda and Big Kandi, perch and walleyes are biting in less than 10 feet. Willmar/Foot Lake and Lake Florida are giving up pike and panfish in 15 feet or less throughout the day.

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