Big Six

LAKE MILLE LACS

Muskie reports from the north end of the lake are encouraging.
The defined weed edges and points are worth working with bucktails,
crankbaits, and topwater presentations. There’s been a better
evening walleye bite on the shallow rocks. Slip bobbers and leeches
will produce fish after dark, but crankbaits are a better way to
turn walleyes, and cover more water. The daytime walleye action
remains relatively slow. Work the rock reefs and rock points for
numbers of smallmouth bass.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Cooler weather did little to slow the walleye bite here. The
south shore continues to produce walleyes in 25 to 30 feet of
water. Crankbaits and live bait rigs are still the way to go in the
Pine Island area. The area’s best muskie reports are coming from
the Northwest Angle/Islands area, where topwater baits are turning
fish on the rocks. The walleye bite has slowed a bit here from last
week, but the evening hours are still noteworthy in 20 to 24 feet
of water.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE

There’s a hint of autumn in the air as crankbaits and minnows
started to produce the majority of walleyes in recent days. The
evening hours are your best bet in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Concentrate on the points, bars, shoreline breaks, and reefs as the
sun goes down. Muskie anglers also are finding increased activity
during low-light periods of the day. Topwater baits and bucktails
are producing active fish on the rocks and weed edges. The
largemouth bass bite has been phenomenal. These fish are very
aggressive on both the shallow and deep weeded areas of the
lake.

Leech Lake Guide Coalition (218) 547-3212

LAKE MINNETONKA

Sunfish and crappies are easy to find in and around the weeds.
Look for the evening hours to yield bigger fish, and as a general
rule, the bigger panfish have been relating to deeper weed areas.
The deeper weed edges also are producing an occasional walleye;
look to the tops of the milfoil for northern pike. Minnows are your
best bet for both species right now. Bass can be had just about
anywhere you find thick weed growth. Muskie reports have improved,
with the best action being reported by anglers who accidentally
catch them while fishing for northern pike and bass.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

The best walleye reports are coming from the deep pockets of the
Rainy River. The walleye bite on the main lake has been limited to
the reefs and weedlines where crankbaits can still be counted on to
provide a flurry of activity during the evening hours. The North
Arm is worth noting for muskies and northern pike. Don’t expect
numbers here, but the fish biting have been good-sized. Smallmouth
bass also are very active throughout the rock and sand areas of the
North Arm. The Grindstone Island area and Sand Bay are kicking out
crappies, which continue to be suspended over pretty deep
water.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Big Muskie Bar, Bena Bar, Little Muskie Bar, and Moses Bar are
still putting out walleyes in 16 to 22 feet of water on leeches and
crawlers. There are a few walleyes coming off Little Stony Point in
eight to 10 feet of water as well. The bigger perch have been tough
to locate in recent days, but the main lake bars remain your best
option. Expect numbers of northern pike to be roaming the 6- to
8-foot weedbeds on the east side of the lake.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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