Fishing Report

Bluegill sunfish

Welcome to the FiN Fishing Report! Read this week's report to find out where to find out what is biting and what to use to catch them.

If you have tips or reports you would like to add, please fill out the FiN Fishing Report Form and look for your tip in next week's fishing report!

June 17, 2014


Greetings and welcome to the Fishing in the Neighborhood (FiN) fishing report. We hope this addition to the FiN web page helps you catch more fish. This report will be updated periodically and will highlight fishing at FiN ponds during the year. We'll offer tips on what's biting, bait, and provide weekly FiN pond stocking information.

Spring harvest has wrapped up for the year and the summer survey season has started. Lakes have been stocked this spring with Bluegill, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish and Yellow Perch. Stocking updates can be viewed on the Recent Fish Stocking page. The Channel Catfish stocking occurred on the 16th of June. These fish were purchased from a commercial fish farmer in Missouri and stocked into the following metro lakes: Beaver Lake, Carlson Lake, Colby Lake, Gun Club Pond, Island Lake, Simley Pond, Valley Lake and Wood Park Pond.

With the warm weather we now have the lakes should be producing a lot more fishing action, especially off of the fishing piers for sunfish. If you are having trouble hooking these fish, check the size of hook you are using and move down a size smaller for better hook-ups. Nothing beats a good old nightcrawler for fishing sunnies, but there are also many varieties of artificial baits that you can purchase to entice a fish to nibble your hook.

FiN is planning to conduct lake surveys this summer on the following basins: Prairieview Ponds (Farmington), McDonough Lake (Lebanon Hills Regional Park), East Moore Lake (Fridley), Crosby Lake (St. Paul), McKusick Lake (Stillwater), Sunset Pond (Burnsville), Loeb Lake (St. Paul), Battle Creek Lake (Woodbury), Carver Lake (Woodbury), LeMay Lake (Eagan). This is an ambitious survey schedule, therefore, we may not get to them all.


Good fishing and be safe!