LAKE MILLE LACS
East – During the day, look to the deep gravel and mud flats for
consistent walleye action. Spinner rigs or live bait rigs tipped
with leeches and crawlers have produced numbers of walleyes. The
evening rock bite remains strong as well. Slip bobber rigs and
leeches have consistently produced walleyes over the 8- to 14-foot
rock areas. These shoreline rocks are your best bet for smallmouth
bass as well. Muskie action has picked up with several large fish
caught in the vegetated areas of the lake.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – The mud flats are giving up plenty of walleyes. Work the
tops and edges in 25 to 32 feet of water with spinner rigs and
leeches or night crawlers. The mud also has provided consistent
walleye action at night, so work the same areas, but with slip
bobbers and leeches. Muskie and northern pike reports have
increased on this end of the lake. The best reports are coming from
areas that offer plenty of vegetation.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anglers at the Northwest Angle are reporting some of the best
walleye action in years. Limits of walleyes have been relatively
easy to catch with crawlers and spinners in 17 to 20 feet of water.
The smaller muskies really have started hitting here, while the
bigger fish seem content on following baits rather than hitting
them. The Rainy River is kicking out numbers of eating size
walleyes and a lot of good-sized smallmouth bass. On the main lake,
look to the Pine Island area with gold spinner rigs in 18 to 20
feet of water for consistent walleye action. The Morris Point Gap
is also worth checking out in 17 feet of water. Crawlers and
spinners are producing limits of walleyes in this area throughout
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Walleyes have been most active around the main lake rock reefs
in 17 to 24 feet of water. Long, live-bait snells tipped with night
crawlers are working best, with Mokey Reef and Submarine Island
consistently being two of the better spots. The weedbeds of Portage
Bay and the Walker Bay Humps are giving up a few walleyes as well.
Bass anglers report a better bite this week. Look to the wild rice
of Steamboat Bay to be holding better numbers of big fish. Muskie
action has been surprisingly slow, although a 54-inch muskie was
caught in Walker Bay. The early morning and evening hours have
produced the few muskies being caught.
Leech Lake Guide Coalition (218) 547-3212
Walleyes, muskies, northern pike, bass, and panfish all are
hanging around the well-defined weed edges. As a general rule, the
deeper weeds, 10 to 20 feet, have held better numbers of big fish.
The weed pockets also are worth fishing, especially for sunfish and
crappies. Look for these fish to be most active early and late in
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Lost Bay and Cranberry Bay are giving up numbers of walleyes.
Expect a mixture of eating-size fish as well as some legitimate
trophy-caliber walleyes from both locations. Cormorant Bay on the
Canadian side has produced similar results. The north arm is a safe
bet for big smallmouth bass, and northern pike continue to hit
along the shorelines throughout the lake.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
A mayfly hatch has slowed the walleye action just a bit here,
but it is improving almost daily as the bugs become less
significant. The key is to run from hump to hump on the main lake.
Work the 18- to 20-foot breaks during the morning and evening hours
and gradually move deeper as the day progresses. Perch also are
starting to show up on these humps, with fish in the 9- to 12-inch
range being common. Northern pike anglers are reporting consistent
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226