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Minnesota fishing report 1-21-09

January 21, 2009 at 06:37 AM


Crappies are being pulled off Lake Le Homme Dieu in 20 feet and from Lake Reno in eight to 14 feet. Look for sunfish and crappies at Lake Mary in nine to 14 feet. Walleye action is now limited to low-light periods on Lake Ida in 20 to 22 feet and Lake Miltona in 20 to 25 feet. Glow jigs and setlines have started producing the majority of fish.<


Look for suspended crappies on Buffalo Lake in 20 feet, at Pleasant Lake in 20 to 40 feet, and at Granite Lake over 24 to 30 feet. Lakes such as Clearwater, Marie, and Pelican are producing sunfish in eight to 14 feet. On Lake John, sunfish and crappies are hitting in 14 to 18 feet. Clearwater remains the best walleye option in 20 to 24 feet, while lakes John and Pleasant continue to kick out pike in 14 to 20 feet.<


Walleyes are hitting in 16 to 22 feet at West Battle Lake, Otter Tail Lake, Pelican Lake near Ashby, and Rush Lake. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are triggering northern pike in 10 to 16 feet at North and South Turtle, West Lost Lake, and Otter Tail. Crappies are suspending over 30 feet on West Battle, East Battle, Stuart Lake, Pelican near Ashby, and Stalker Lake. Look for sunfish in 12 to 16 feet at Stuart, Blanche Lake, Bass Lake by Underwood, West Lost, and Rush. The bigger perch started hitting fatheads in nine feet on Otter Tail.<


A few walleyes and northern pike are hitting during the afternoon and evening hours on Lake Plantagenet in 18 to 24 feet. On Lake Bemidji, walleyes are being taken on the east and north ends, after dark, in 15 to 30 feet. Grace Lake is producing crappies in 10 to 18 feet and look to the small lakes in this area for bluegills.<


Gull Lake and Pimushe Lake are kicking out bluegills in 15 to 20 feet. Look for crappies, perch, and bluegills at Blackduck Lake in 18 to 20 feet. There’s also some evening walleye activity on Blackduck in 12 to 14 feet. On Island Lake, you’ll hit walleyes during low-light periods in 12 to 15 feet.<


Crappies are being found suspended over 15 to 17 feet on most smaller lakes. Walleyes remain active during low-light periods on Gull Lake and Round Lake in 28 to 42 feet. Jigging spoons and setlines are both producing fish. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in the shallow bays of Gull and North Long Lake.<


Crappies and sunfish are being found suspended over 30 feet at Chisago Lake. Get away from the crowds and you’ll find more fish. On Sunrise Lake, northern pike remain active in six to eight feet and crappies are being caught in 10 to 12 feet. Look to Kroon Lake for crappies during the evening hours in 20 feet. You’ll pop one or two walleyes a night on South Lindstrom Lake in 18 to 25 feet.<


Jigging spoons or setlines are producing walleyes at Serpent Lake. The area between Pumphouse Point and City Hall has been best in 25 to 30 feet. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedbeds of East Rabbit Lake and in the bay between Vinje Point and Thompson Point on Serpent. Lakes such as Black Hoof, Mahnomen, Little Rabbit, and Milford are giving up panfish in 18 to 24 feet. There’s an excellent day bite for crappies on Clearwater Lake over 40 feet. A few good lake trout reports have been heard off Big Trout Lake this week.<


Walleyes are hitting jigging spoons tipped with fathead minnows in 20 to 28 feet on Pelican Lake, Whitefish Lake, and Crosslake. Northern pike continue to be taken in shallow water by spearers and with tip-ups and sucker minnows by anglers on the eight- to 18-foot weedbeds of most lakes. Crappies are being found suspended in 12 to 18 feet during low-light periods.<


Look to Big Detroit Lake for walleyes in 20 feet during the afternoon and evening hours. A few crappies are being caught on Little Detroit Lake, Deadshot Bay, Big Detroit, and Lake Melissa in 11 to 19 feet. Sunfish are being found on these same lakes in 11 feet of water. Northern pike action has been good for spearers and anglers in less than 12 feet.<


Crappies continue to hit minnows in the narrows on Fish Lake in 12 to 14 feet. The best walleye bite is taking place during the evening hours off Park Point on the St. Louis River in 10 feet. Look for northern pike to be hitting sucker minnows or smelt in seven feet at Rice Lake. A few anglers have started sneaking on the ice at Lake Superior and catching some lake trout and cohos over 60 to 70 feet.<


You have to do some hole hopping, but Green Lake is kicking out crappies in 22 to 25 feet. On Blue Lake, the crappies are hitting in 18 to 20 feet and sunfish in 12 to 18 feet. Look for northern pike on Elk Lake and Blue in seven to 12 feet. An occasional walleye is pulled from Blue and Green in 20 feet during low-light periods.<


Slush continues to limit travel on most lakes, but persistent anglers are getting out. Airplane jigs, small bucktails, or tube jigs are producing suspended lake trout on Burntside Lake and Snowbank Lake over 50 feet. You also can sight-fish rainbows and splake in 12 feet at Tofte Lake and Miners Lake. A few walleyes are being taken on Shagawa Lake in 20 to 26 feet with jigging spoons.<


Crappies remain active on the north end of Esquagamah Lake during the evening hours in 20 to 25 feet. The west side of Kego Lake started giving up northern pike via sucker minnows in eight to 12 feet. Walleye and sunfish action has been limited on all area lakes.<


The trout season started with a bang. Chubs have been the hot bait on all lakes during the first week for lakers and stream trout. The best lake trout action is coming off Trout Lake over 40 feet of water, West Bearskin Lake over 18 feet, Duncan Lake over 15 feet, and in 25 to 55 feet of water on Lake Saganaga. Musquash Lake is kicking out splake in 12 to 14 feet and Carrot Lake is a safe bet for brook trout in eight to 12 feet.<


Crappie action remains consistent in 20 feet at Sugar Lake near Remer, in 19 to 25 feet on Big Cutfoot, and in 19 to 22 feet at Big and Little Splithand. Bass Lake is kicking out sunfish and crappies in 14 to 20 feet, as is Trout Lake in water as deep as 50 feet. Look to Sylvan Bay on the Mississippi River for panfish and to Lake Pokegama in 16 to 22 feet. Walleye action has slowed with a few fish coming off lakes Wabana, Moose, and Sugar in 16 to 25 feet. Tube jigs, ciscoes, and herring are producing lake trout over deep water on lakes such as Bluewater, Caribou, and Big Trout. Stream trout also have been active on Taylor Lake, Moonshine Lake, and Nickel Lake.<


EAST - Anglers who move around tend to catch more walleyes than those in permanent houses. Work the mud flats during the morning hours in 28 to 32 feet and move to the reefs in 24 to 30 feet for the afternoon and evening walleye bite. Perch action remains spotty, but seems to be improving each day on the deep edges of the rock reefs.

WEST - The mud flats such as Seven Mile, Eight Mile, Seguchie’s, and Sherman’s are worth checking during the day in 30 to 34 feet. Early and late in the day you’ll want to slide on top of these flats and work the 24- to 30-foot areas. The key is to stay on the move and pick off the aggressive fish. Some perch also have been taken on the deep mud during the day.<


Sunfish and crappies remain active on Lake Minnetonka in the bays such as Carsons, Grays, and Phelps in 12 to 17 feet. Walleye action has slowed, but a few fish are being taken during low-light periods by mobile anglers in 15 to 50 feet. Northern pike remain active on top of the flats in nine to 12 feet. Medicine Lake, Lake Sarah, and Lake Independence are producing crappies over 40 feet of water.<


On the south shore, the best walleye and sauger action is taking place with red glow jigs and minnows in 24 to 34 feet. The most active fish tend to be suspended. Farther north, near Garden Island, anglers are finding a mixed bag of fish in 24 to 28 feet. At the Northwest Angle, jigging spoons are turning walleyes on the reefs around Oak Island in 15 to 23 feet.<


The north end continues to produce sunfish in 12 to 20 feet throughout the day. Buck Point is kicking out a few walleyes during the evening hours in 18 to 24 feet. Crappie action has slowed, but northern pike remain active in seven to 12 feet throughout the lake.<


The best perch reports are coming off Center Bar, Moses Bar, the east side of Moxes Hole, and Sugar Bar in 25 to 30 feet. Setlines and minnows or spoons tipped with minnow heads both seem to work at different times of the day. Northern pike continue to be taken on the bars and shoreline breaks. Look for walleyes during the evening hours on the bars in 20 to 25 feet.<


Small jigging spoons tipped with waxworms or minnow heads are turning numbers of perch off Pine Point in eight to 12 feet. Slush continues to be a problem in Walker Bay, but there is some evening walleye action worth noting in 25 to 30 feet. Shingobee Bay remains a good bet for bluegills.<


The 14- to 18-foot weedlines of Lake Washington are producing sunfish and crappies. The east bay on Madison Lake is producing sunfish and crappies in five feet. Look to Duck Lake for panfish in 20 to 25 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 10 feet or less on German Lake and Big Jefferson Lake. Hit Sabre Lake for northern pike and small walleyes.<


Long Tom Lake is producing crappies during the evening hours in 10 feet. Look to Lake Oliver for perch and crappies in 14 to 16 feet. Reports off Big Stone Lake have been limited due to tough travel conditions. On the South Dakota side, the north side of Pickeral Lake is producing crappies.<


Bluegills continue to hit on Straight Lake and Portage Lake in 10 to 12 feet. Big Mantrap Lake is producing crappies during the evening hours over 30 feet. Northern pike action remains strong with sucker minnows on Fish Hook Lake in 12 to 14 feet. Look to Potato Lake with setlines and minnows for an occasional walleye in 28 to 32 feet during low-light periods.<


Look for walleyes off Birch Point in Sand Bay over 32 to 34 feet. Jigging spoons and minnow heads continue to work best early and late in the day. The Rainy Lake City area is producing northern pike. Spearing in shallow water and angling in 16 to 22 feet with ciscoes have both been productive. Lake trout reports have been decent from the Canadian side of the lake, but you need a snowmobile to get there.<


The best walleye reports off the south end are coming from eight to 12 feet, relatively close to shore. The best north-shore action is taking place out of Hillman’s, about five miles out, in 12 to 14 feet of water. This area also has given up a few crappies. A handful of big pike is being caught in these areas as well, mainly on walleye gear.<


Crappies are hitting on Long Lake, Browns Lake, Rice Lake, and Cedar Island Lake in 14 to 22 feet. Sunfish action has been best on Pearl Lake, Goodner Lake, and Cedar Island in eight to 14 feet. A few walleyes are coming off Lake Koronis in 20 to 25 feet. Look for rainbow trout on Mud Lake in six to eight feet and catfish remain active on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes.<


The Glenwood end of Lake Minnewaska continues to produce sunfish in 12 feet. Northern pike also can be had on the Glenwood end with sucker minnows in eight to 12 feet. An occasional walleye is caught late at night on Minnewaska in 20 to 24 feet.<


NORTHEAST METRO - The St. Croix River is giving up a few more crappies in 35 to 42 feet. The bigger fish have been suspended and most active during low-light periods. Look to White Bear Lake in 18 to 30 feet and on the north end of Bald Eagle Lake in 12 to 18 feet for walleyes. Tip-up fishing for northern pike has been very good along the weedlines of Lake Jane.<

WEST METRO - The south end of Hydes Lake is producing crappies in 12 feet, as is Lake Parley in 13 to 16 feet. Northern pike remain active in 12 to 16 feet at Lake Zumbra, Mitchell Lake, and Lake Minnewashta. You’ll find trout just below the ice over 25 feet of water at Courthouse Lake. Hit Lake Minnewashta in 20 feet, Mitchell Lake in 10 to 12 feet, and in front of the east access on Eagle Lake for sunfish.

LAKE WACONIA - Northern pike action has picked up with sucker minnows on Pillsbury Reef and Nelson’s Flats in nine to 14 feet. You’ll find sunfish in these areas as well. Waconia Bay also is producing sunfish in 12 feet. Look for a few walleyes during the evening hours on Anderson’s Reef in 14 to 20 feet. Crappies remain scattered with Pillsbury Reef and Center Reef holding decent numbers in 14 feet.<


Look to Diamond Lake for walleyes and perch in 18 to 20 feet. Eagle Lake is kicking out some walleyes and crappies in 15 to 20 feet. The northeast corner of Green Lake is worth hitting for walleyes and panfish. Work the west end of Willmar Lake for panfish and pike in less than 10 feet. Lakes such as Norway/Games, Florida, and Nest also have produced some panfish.

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