Bemidji area: Bass, northern pike and walleye fishing has been good throughout the area. Crappies are being found in and along the cabbage in 8-12 feet of water, while the larger bluegills and sunfish are in and around the deeper cabbage. According to visitbemidji.com, the early morning topwater bite also has been outstanding.
Lake Kabetogama: Water temperatures dropped into the mid-60s after the recent cool weather, but the fishing has remained steady. Some fish are showing up near the reefs, but not in big numbers. Northern pike and smallmouth bass have been easy targets for anglers casting along the shorelines and into the shallow bays with emerging weeds.
Lake Mille Lacs: Northern pike and muskie fishing has been sporadic, but anglers looking for walleyes are finding success at the mud flats. Walleyes are being found in depths of 6-35 feet, while most of the northern pike and muskies have been produced near the bays at the south end of the lake.
Lanesboro area: As of late last week, conditions of southeastern Bluff Country-area trout streams were mostly clear, with normal water. Camp Creek and the South Branch Root through Preston were in great shape with clear and normal flows. Wisel Creek and Mill Creek were off and somewhat high, but fishable.
Prior Lake area: Prior Lake anglers are finding walleyes in the weeds in 12-to-15-foot depths. Spring Lake, just southwest of Prior Lake, is producing crappies and a few walleyes in 12 feet. The weed lines on Cedar Lake, northeast of New Prague, are producing crappies and sunfish. Lake O’Dowd, northwest of Prior Lake, is producing largemouth bass.
Lake Waconia: Muskie action has been slow, but northern pike have been active on the weed lines of most reefs and the north end of the lake. Crappies are being caught on the north side of the island in 12 feet while walleyes are being taken on Cemetery Reef and Kegg’s Reef along the 13-to-18-foot weed lines. The lake’s weed lines and shorelines have been producing sunfish.