LAKE MILLE LACS
East – The walleye bite continues to go strong in 20 to 25 feet
of water. Look to the edges of most structure for active fish
during low-light periods of the day. Setlines and glow hooks tipped
with minnows have worked best. Perch action has been slow, with a
few fish coming off the deeper gravel and mud. The shallower
shoreline structure has produced a few perch as well. Northern pike
are hitting at a good pace in Isle Bay in six to 12 feet of
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Look for consistent walleye action on the mud flats in 25
to 32 feet of water. The Seven Mile and Eight Mile flats have been
especially kind to anglers over the past few days. There are roads
marked to these flats from Terry’s. Perch reports have been
sporadic. The fish being caught have been good-sized and mainly off
the mud flats in 28 to 35 feet of water.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The Pine Island area is a safe bet for limits of eating-size
walleyes and an occasional trophy in 27 to 30 feet of water.
Anglers have moved deeper in the Zippel Bay area, 24 to 30 feet
during the day, and found plenty of active walleyes. Late in the
afternoon there has been some consistent action up shallow as well.
A mixed bag of walleyes and sauger can be had off Morris Point and
Rocky Point in 22 to 30 feet of water. At the Northwest
Angle/Islands area, limits of walleyes and numbers of jumbo perch
are being taken in 15 to 20 feet of water near Little Oak. Glow
jigs and shiner minnows have worked best in all the aforementioned
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
The best walleye reports are coming from the deep humps of
Walker Bay in 35 to 50 feet of water. Setlines and minnows have
worked better than jigging spoons. There also has been some evening
walleye action in Sucker Bay and Portage Bay in four to nine feet
of water. Finding numbers of perch remains a struggle, but if you
put in your time and stay on the move you should find perch near
Goose Island in 12 to 18 feet and in Trader’s Bay in 18 feet of
Leech Lake Guide Coalition (218) 547-3212
Sunfish continue to hit throughout the lake in eight to 10 feet
of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 18 feet of
water. Walleyes are most active during the night in 35 to 40 feet
of water in the bigger bays. Lake Independence is a safe bet for
crappies. Look for suspended fish in 45 feet of water.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The Grindstone Island area started giving up walleyes in 30 to
35 feet of water. The Rainy River, near Birchdale, is a safe bet
for walleyes during the evening hours in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Sand Bay is kicking out numbers of smaller walleyes and a few nice
crappies. The big northern pike are hitting ciscoes along the east
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The best perch reports are coming from 20 feet of water in
Haubrich’s Bay. Perch Bar and Tamarack Point have produced plenty
of good-sized perch as well. Fathead minnows and jigs seem to be
working best. There are a few walleyes mixed in with these perch.
Northern pike are active along the shoreline breaks in 10 to 12
feet of water.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546