LAKE MILLE LACS
The shallow, shoreline rocks continue to hold good numbers of
walleyes. Crankbaits or slip bobber presentations have worked best.
Perch and crappies really have been active in the bays and around
Malone Island. The deer opener went very well in this area.
Registrations are way up from a year ago, and most parties reported
seeing a lot of deer.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The south shore and the Northwest Angle of the big lake are
holding the best concentration of ducks so far this year. The Angle
has become littered with bluebills in recent days. Deer hunters did
very well over the weekend, with many parties filling out by Sunday
afternoon. The big crappies continue to hit at the Northwest Angle.
Fish as big as 2 pounds have been fairly common. Look for steady
sauger and walleye action in this area over 20 feet of water. The
Pine Island area has consistently produced walleyes in 14 feet of
water. Jigs tipped with minnows have worked best in the
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
The few anglers going out continue to catch walleyes in 8 to 12
feet of water. Look to the hard-bottom points with jigs and shiner
minnows to be most productive. Waterfowl hunters are seeing a few
rafts of ducks on the big lake, although the majority of them have
been goldeneyes. The smaller lakes and ponds are holding mallards
and ringnecks. Deer hunting reports have been very good in this
area. Most hunters have said that the rut is on big time.
Leech Lake Guide Coalition (218) 547-3212
The night bite is still going strong for walleyes. Look to the
channel areas with crankbaits or jig-and-minnow combinations.
Northern pike continue to be caught in 8 to 12 feet of water
throughout the vegetated areas of the lake.
Wayzata Bait (612) 473-2227
Most people enjoying the outdoors in this area are doing so from
a deer stand. The few anglers who have gone out are finding
walleyes on the main lake reefs or in the Rainy River. As for the
deer hunting, it’s been a bit slow up to this point. While there
have been some nice bucks taken, there haven’t been a lot of
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Look to the north end points in 6 to 12 feet of water for steady
walleye, northern pike, and perch action. Jigs tipped with minnows
continue to work best. There are a few rafts of northern ducks
hanging around the big lake; grouse hunters continue to see a lot
of birds; and the deer opener went well here.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546