Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

East – Slip bobbers and leeches are turning walleyes on the
shallow rocks. This bite has been especially good on windy days and
under lowlight conditions. The best daytime action has been on the
deep gravel or mud where spinner and live bait rigs tipped with
leeches or night crawlers continue to take good numbers of fish.
Work the shallow rocks with tube jigs for consistent smallmouth
bass action.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – Numbers of walleyes, many of which are trophy caliber,
are hitting throughout this end of the lake. During the day, hit
the mud flats with spinner rigs tipped with rainbow minnows or
night crawlers. The tops and edges of these flats are giving up
better numbers of fish. At night, get on the deep sides of the
flats with slip bobbers and leeches. Look to the weedy bays for
northern pike and muskie.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Not much has changed here since the walleyes are set up in their
summer locations. The south shore is still consistently giving up
walleyes in 12 to 20 feet of water. Hammered gold spinner rigs
tipped with leeches or night crawlers are turning fish from Morris
Point all the way to the Pines area. At the Northwest Angle/Islands
area, similar presentations are producing limits of walleyes in 15
to 20 feet of water. Smallmouth bass have become even more active
on the rocks, while northern pike are relatively easy to catch
along the shorelines and in most bays.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

Walleyes remain scattered but active here. Stay on the move and
adapt your presentation to the area you’re fishing. For instance, a
jig and minnow combination is still the best bet on most main lake
reefs and rocky points. The weed edges of Portage Bay and just off
Duck Point should be approached with live bait rigs. Spinner rigs
are turning walleyes on the mud in 20 to 30 feet of water. Muskie
anglers continue to see plenty of fish in weeded areas, with a few
more catches reported this week.

Leech Lake Guide Coalition (218) 547-3212

LAKE MINNETONKA

The 12- to 20- foot weed edges are holding a variety of fish. It
doesn’t matter which presentation you choose, they’ll all produce a
mixed bag of fish including muskie, walleyes, bass, northern pike,
and crappies. As a general rule, the thickest, most established
weed edges will hold more and bigger fish. The exception to this
has been sunfish which remain on the shallow, inside weed edge.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

The main lake reefs seem to be turning the most walleyes, with
leeches producing better numbers of fish. This pattern has held
true on the Canadian side as well. The bigger smallmouth bass are
on the bite. Look to shallow rock or the deeper reefs for better
numbers of fish. Hit Stokes Bay for crappies and northern pike in
the 40-inch class have been much more active along vegetated areas
of the lake.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

The main lake bars are turning out a lot of walleyes right now.
Leeches on live bait rigs are the best bet in 16 to 20 feet of
water. Bena Bar, Long Bar, and the Snaghole have been a few of the
more consistent fish-producing locations. If the wind is blowing
you’ll find walleyes on the shallow points as well. Stony Point is
a safe bet for perch and northern pike remain active along the
shorelines.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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