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Minnesota fishing report

January 28, 2009 at 06:40 AM


Look for crappies in eight to 12 feet on lakes Mary and Reno during the evening hours. An occasional walleye is caught during the evening hours in 20 feet or more on Lake Ida and Lake Miltona. Sunfish action is poor, but the northern pike have started moving in the shallows of most lakes.<


Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 14 to 18 feet on Clearwater Lake, Pleasant Lake, and Lake John. Crappies are being found suspended over 25 to 35 feet on Buffalo Lake, Cedar Lake, Granite Lake, Pleasant, and Clearwater. Sunfish are biting during the morning hours in eight to 12 feet on Lake Marie, Pelican Lake, John, and Clearwater. Walleye reports have been limited.<


Walleyes and perch can be had with jigs and fathead minnows on Otter Tail Lake in 35 to 45 feet. On West Battle Lake, you’ll find walleyes in 30 to 35 feet and suspended crappies over 20 feet. Panfish action has slowed, but Blanche Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in 14 to 20 feet.<


Perch action has picked up in 30 to 40 feet on Lake Bemidji with small jigging spoons and minnow heads. Walleyes can be had during low-light periods in 10 to 12 feet or 28 to 30 feet on Bemidji and Lake Plantagenet. On Pike Bay Lake, walleyes and perch have bit in 20 to 30 feet. Grace Lake remains the best option for bluegills and crappies in 20 feet.<


Eating-sized walleyes can be had during low-light periods in 10 to 12 feet on Island Lake and Blackduck Lake. The last hour of daylight has been best for bluegills at Pimushe Lake in 15 to 18 feet. There’s a steady perch bite on Blackduck during the morning hours in 19 to 22 feet with jigging spoons and minnow heads.<


Golden shiners and rainbow minnows are producing walleyes in 18 to 38 feet on Gull Lake and Round Lake. Glow jigs and small minnows are turning crappies over 14 to 26 feet at Lake Margaret, Round Lake, and Nisswa Lake. Sunfish remain active and shallow on most lakes and big sucker minnows are triggering northern pike throughout Hole In the Day Bay on Gull.<


Crappies and northern pike continue to hit on Sunrise Lake in eight to 12 feet. Crappies and sunfish are being found suspended over 20 to 30 feet on Chisago Lake. There’s an evening crappie bite at Kroon Lake with glow jigs and minnows in 18 to 20 feet. Walleye reports are limited, but with some persistence, you’ll catch an occasional fish in 20 to 25 feet on lakes such as Chisago and South Lindstrom.<


Fish the 25- to 30-foot gravel, rock, and main-lake structure areas of Rabbit Lake and Serpent Lake for an occasional walleye during low- light periods. Crappie action remains decent in 40 feet during the day and in 22 to 30 feet at night on Black Hoof Lake, Clearwater Lake, Milford Lake, and Nokay Lake. Waxworms or Eurolarvae are producing sunfish during the day at lakes such as Milford, Mahnomen, Perry, Little Rabbit, and Clinker. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are the ticket for pike at Lower Mission Lake, Black Bear Lake, East and West Rabbit lakes, and Black Hoof.<


Lake trout action has slowed since opening week, but Trout Lake continues to give up a few fish over deep water. Trout also has kicked out a few walleyes in 35 to 45 feet at sunset each day. Glow jigs and shiner minnows are triggering walleyes during the evening hours at Pelican Lake and Whitefish Lake in 12 to 28 feet. Northern pike action remains good with large sucker minnows on the weedbeds of most lakes. Crappies remain suspended and active during low-light periods over 12 to 18 feet.<


Sunfish and crappies remain active on Little Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Big Detroit Lake, Deadshot Bay, and Floyd Lake. Look for sunfish in 10 to 12 feet and the crappies to be suspended over 12 to 20 feet. Northern pike continue to be taken by anglers and spearers in less than 12 feet on most lakes. Walleyes are getting more difficult to find, although Little Detroit is producing some during the evening hours in 20 feet.<


A good stretch of ice has set up in Two Harbors Bay and Agate Bay on Lake Superior, which has allowed anglers to get in on some decent lake trout and coho fishing. The Duluth Harbor also has ice and it’s produced walleyes in about 10 feet. Look to Park Point on the St. Louis River for walleyes in 10 feet as well. On Fish Lake, you’ll find bluegills in six to eight feet and crappies in 12 to 14 feet. Smelt continue to trigger northern pike on Rice Lake in seven feet.<


Walleye action is limited to an occasional fish being taken on Green Lake or Blue Lake in 20 feet during the evening hours. Green also is producing crappies during low-light periods in 22 to 25 feet. Look to Blue for crappies in 20 feet and sunfish in 12 to 18 feet early and late in the day. Elk Lake remains the best bet for pike in seven to 10 feet with tip-ups and sucker minnows.<


Anglers are seeing lake trout, but getting them to bite has been difficult. Burntside Lake produces an occasional laker over 50 to 55 feet via tube jigs or Airplane jigs, but there’s a lot more fish being seen on electronics than being caught. The same is true with stream trout, although Miners Lake is giving up some brook trout, splake and rainbows in less than 10 feet. Walleye and crappie reports have been limited.<


Silver or copper-plated spoons are producing splake on Musquash Lake in 12 to 14 feet and brook trout on Carrot Lake in eight to 12 feet. Generally speaking, the stream trout bite has been good on most lakes throughout the Gunflint Trail. Lake trout also remain active, with chubs on setlines or Lake Takers being jigged. Look for suspended lakers over 20 to 60 feet on lakes such as West Bearskin, Saganaga, Trout, and Duncan.<


Walleyes remain active during low-light periods on Trout Lake and Lake Pokegama in 19 to 35 feet. Lake Wabana continues to kick out walleyes in 15 to 25 feet. On Bass Lake, you’ll find sunfish and crappies over 17 feet. Look to Big Cutfoot Sioux Lake for crappies in 20 feet during low-light periods. Northern pike action remains strong in the deep and shallow weeded areas of most lakes.<


EAST - It’s been a difficult week of fishing. The walleye bite has been extremely difficult with just a few fish reported off the mud flats and gravel bars in 28 to 32 feet during the evening hours. You can catch perch on the rocks, but most have been small. The jumbos have been difficult to catch, although anglers with cameras are seeing them.

WEST - Look to the Seven Mile Flat in 33 to 35 feet for a few perch and walleyes. The key is to stay mobile, which has been difficult due to the recent cold temperatures. Small jigging spoons and waxworms are producing some jumbo perch on Seguchie Flat in 30 feet. The rock points should start giving up perch in the next couple of weeks.<


Crappies and sunfish are being caught on Lake Minnetonka in Carsons Bay, Grays Bay, and Phelps Bay in 12 to 17 feet. Experiment with different colors and jig types and stay mobile for a few more big fish. Anglers on Medicine Lake and Lake Independence are finding crappies suspended over 30 to 40 feet. Walleyes can still be had on area lakes, but they are scattered at various depths and seem to prefer small baits at the present time. Work the tops of the weed flats in nine to 12 feet on Minnetonka for northern pike.<


The best walleye and sauger reports are coming from 32 to 36 feet. The bigger fish continue to be suspended and hitting frozen shiner minnows. At the Northwest Angle, jigging spoons and minnow heads are turning walleyes on the reefs around Oak Island in 16 to 24 feet.<


Sunfish and crappie action remains decent on the north end of the lake in 16 to 22 feet. Freshwater shrimp and Eurolarvae are working best and look for the bigger fish to be suspended. Northern pike also remain active throughout the lake in eight to 14 feet, but walleye reports are minimal.<


Glow jigs and minnows are turning walleyes during low-light periods in 18 to 26 feet. The shallow, soft-bottomed bays continue to produce panfish and northern pike on standard presentations. Lake trout fishing has been very good with Airplane jigs, white tube jigs and ciscoes.<


In between cold fronts, the perch bite has been decent in 28 to 35 feet on Moses Bar and the Snaghole. A few fish are coming from 17 to 22 feet during the morning hours. Sugar Bar and Moxes Hole also have produced some perch at similar depths. Walleye action is best on “the island” in 20 to 22 feet during the evening hours. The flats off Moses Bar are producing the best northern pike action.<


Perch action continues to be very good from Pine Point to GrandVu Flats in 10 to 12 feet. Sand Point and the Walker Narrows also have produced perch in eight to 12 feet. Walleyes continue to be caught during the evening hours on the 28- to 32-foot humps in Walker Bay. Jigging spoons and setlines have both produced fish.<


Crappies started hitting on the east side of the island in 26 feet on German Lake. Sunfish and crappies remain active in 14 to 18 feet on Lake Washington and in the east bay on Madison Lake. On Duck Lake, you’ll find a mixed bag of panfish over 20 to 24 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in six to 10 feet at German and Big Jefferson Lake.<


Look for walleyes early and late in the day off Birch Point in Sand Bay over 32 to 34 feet. The American Narrows is producing walleyes in 40 feet. Work the Rainy Lake City area with ciscoes for northern pike in 22 feet. The lake trout bite on many of the border lakes remains decent. Look for suspended fish over deep water on these portage lakes.<


Walleyes are hitting setlines and shiner minnows in eight to 10 feet. On the south shore, the Mort’s Dock and JR’s Landing areas have been most productive. On the north shore, eight to nine miles out from Hillman’s has been best. The stray crappie and big pike also can be had in these locations.<


Walleyes are hitting in 25 to 30 feet in the Fontenac Beach area. Jigging Rapalas, BuckShot spoons and Lindy Rattlin’ jigs are working best tipped with minnow heads. Panfish continue to be caught in eight to 12 feet near the docks in Baypoint Park and in the Coville Park area. When it’s warm, anglers in boats also do well for walleyes below the dam.<


A few walleyes continue to come off Lake Koronis during the evening hours in 30 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning pike in 12 to 14 feet on Eden Lake and Browns Lake. Catfish are hitting jigging spoons throughout the Horseshoe Chain over 20 to 30 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies in eight to 16 feet on Cedar Island Lake, Pearl Lake, Goodner Lake and Long Lake.<


Sunfish and crappies started hitting on Lilly Lake in 24 to 28 feet. The north and south ends of Sauk Lake continue to kick out crappies in 22 to 40 feet. Look to Long Bridge Lake for sunfish in nine to 12 feet. Walleye action is slow, but northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at Fairy Lake in 16 to 18 feet.<


NORTHEAST METRO - Walleyes are hitting setlines and small minnows during low-light periods on White Bear Lake in 20 to 30 feet and on the north end of Bald Eagle Lake in 12 to 18 feet. You have to do some sorting, but sunfish and crappies can be had in six to 12 feet at Centerville Lake. Tip-ups and sucker minnows continue to work best for northern pike on Demonterville Lake and Lake Jane. Look for suspended crappies over 30 to 40 feet on the St. Croix River.

WEST METRO - Sunfish remain active on Mitchell Lake in 10 to 12 feet, in 18 to 20 feet on Lake Minnewashta, and in front of the east access on Eagle Lake. Walleye reports have been limited, but northern pike continue to be taken on tip-ups in 12 to 18 feet on Minnewashta, Mitchell and Lake Zumbra. Look for crappies during low-light periods on the south end of Hydes Lake in 12 feet and on Lake Parley in 13 to 16 feet.

LAKE WACONIA - Sunfish continue to hit on the northw est end near Nelsons Flat, in Waconia Bay, and off Pillsbury Reef in nine to 12 feet. Crappies can be had in 20 to 23 feet off Pillsbury as well. A few walleyes are being taken during the evening hours on setlines and small minnows on Anderson’s Reef in 15 feet and on North Reef in 12 to 14 feet.<


Look to Green Lake and Eagle Lake for walleyes and panfish in 18 to 20 feet. Willmar Lake is kicking out panfish and pike in 10 feet, while Eagle Lake continues to give up crappies and an occasional walleye in 16 to 20 feet.

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