LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Perch seem to be scattered throughout shallow and deep
water, and there isn’t a lot of consistency in the bite. Waukon Bay
and Isle Bay are producing a few good-sized perch in eight to 15
feet of water. The deeper sides of most gravel bars and mud flats
are providing slightly more consistent action in 28 to 32 feet of
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Perch action is not fast and furious, but there are fish
being caught. The deep edges of the mud flats in 28 to 32 feet of
water are kicking out the biggest perch. The rock points also are
worth looking at in 20 to 26 feet of water. Jigging spoons tipped
with minnow heads are turning the majority of fish.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Not much has changed here. Walleyes and sauger continue to hit
at the Morris Point Gap, Long Point, and Rocky Point areas in 20 to
28 feet of water. The Oak Island area at the Northwest Angle is
kicking out fair numbers of walleyes and perch in 25 feet of water.
The Rainy River continues to be ice-covered in most areas, with
just limited stretches of open water.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Traditional late-season perch spots are starting to attract
better numbers of perch. Areas in Traders Bay, Agency Bay, Sucker
Bay, and just off Stoney Point are your best bets in 20 to 30 feet
of water. Sharp breaks and large mud flats in these areas have held
better numbers of big perch. Eelpout reports have been good off the
Walker Bay humps and in Kabekona Bay in 20 to 40 feet of water
right at dark.
Leech Lake Guide Coalition (218) 547-3212
Crappie reports have pretty much been nonexistent throughout the
lake. There are a few sunfish being taken along the 10- to 14-foot
weed edges in Black Lake and Carson’s Bay.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The cold weather has shut the walleyes down on the main lake.
The reefs are producing a few fish in 24 to 30 feet of water early
and late in the day. The best bet for walleyes is the Rainy River,
where there’s still plenty of ice to fish. There are a few bigger
northern pike hitting in the Rainy Lake City area in 12 to 18 feet
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
There still are plenty of perch hitting in 25 to 32 feet of
water. Since the cold front, anglers are finding the bigger fish to
be more tight-lipped. Center Bar and the north end humps are two
areas worth looking at with small jigging spoons and minnow heads
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226