LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Perch are active on the gravel, mud, and rocks. The key
is to work deeper water, 25 feet or more. Look to the 3-Mile, Isle
Bay, and the Hennepin Island areas for better numbers of perch.
Walleyes are hitting well on the edges of these areas early and
late in the day. Neon glow spoons and jigs have worked best.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – The mud flats have produced plenty of walleyes and perch.
The best walleye reports are coming from the tops of the flats,
while the perch have been most active off the edges in 30 to 34
feet of water. Look to the 7-Mile, 8-Mile, and Seguchie Flat for
better numbers of active fish. A jigging spoon tipped with a
portion of minnow has been the best presentations.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The south shore of the big lake is producing walleyes and sauger
in 24 to 26 feet of water. The evening action has still been in
shallower, 10 to 12 feet of water. The Pine Island area has been
most consistent again this week. At the Northwest Angle/Islands
area, limits of walleyes are coming from 15 to 18 feet of water.
Look for the reefs to be holding more fish.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
The deeper, main lake bars and the Walker Bay humps continue to
produce walleyes in 22 to 28 feet of water, especially during the
day. The early morning and evening hours have been better spent in
8 to 12 feet of water off Sand Point and Sucker Bay. These shallow
water locations also have given anglers plenty of perch-catching
Leech Lake Guide Coalition (218) 547-3212
Big crappies have started hitting over 19 to 30 feet of water
during the evening hours. Look to Maxwell Bay, Grays Bay, and the
North Arm. Northern pike remain active along the weed edges
throughout the lake. Walleye action has slowed, although there are
a few fish coming from deep water, 30 feet or more. Look for
numbers of smaller sunfish in Black Bay and Phelps Bay in 8 to 12
feet of water. Lake Sarah and Medicine Lake are also producing
plenty of sunfish and crappies.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The Birch Point area is producing walleyes in 30 feet of water.
Expect fish in the slot, but many of these fish have been over 8
pounds. Jigging spoons have worked best. The Rainy Lake City area
is the best for big northern pike in 15 to 18 feet of water.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The early morning and evening hours are still the best bets for
walleyes. Look to the main lake structure for walleyes, and a few
good-sized perch as well. The majority of perch action is still
taking place on the shoreline breaks in 8 to 12 feet of water. Look
to this shallower water for the best northern pike action as
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546