LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Scattered perch reports are coming from the main lake in
20 to 30 feet of water. You’ll still find more small fish than
jumbos, but if you sort through the small perch, you’ll find quite
a few larger fish in the mix. The deep water 30 to 32 feet has been
the ticket for walleyes. Quite a few fish over 28 inches have been
caught this week, the majority of them on large shiner minnows.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – The best walleye reports are coming from St. Alban’s Bay
in 18 to 22 feet of water during midday hours. Look in 15 feet of
water early and late in the day. The jumbo perch action also has
been best in the bay in 18 to 24 feet of water. Farther out, Banana
Flat, Curley’s Flat, and the Eight Mile Flat have given up a few
walleyes during low-light periods of the day.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes continue to hit in 18 to 30 feet of water along the
south shore. Walleyes over 7 pounds are being caught daily, but the
majority of fish being kept are between 16 and 18 inches. Sauger in
the 14- to 16-inch class also have been numerous. Gold jigs are
working best. Sauger action has picked up in the Pine Island area.
Walleye action also remains consistent during low-light periods of
the day on the Rainy River. At the Northwest Angle/Islands area,
walleyes, sauger, perch, and even a few good-sized northern pike
are coming from the Norman Island area.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
The deep humps of Walker Bay are still producing plenty of
walleyes in 20 feet of water or more. Low-light periods of the day
have produced more fish. Kabekona Bay is your best bet for perch in
9 to 12 feet of water. Panfish action remains strong on many of the
small lakes throughout the area. Lake Inguadonna has been
especially kind to crappie anglers this week in 12 to 16 feet of
Lakeview Inn (218) 547-1212
Look for suspended crappies in 25 to 30 feet of water in Crystal
Bay, Black Lake, the North Arm, and Phelp’s Bay. The bigger bays
are still your best options for walleyes, and don’t be afraid to
move as deep as 30 feet or more. Sucker minnows are fooling
northern pike along the deep weed edges, and you’ll find a few
sunfish in the small bays in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Lake trout action has been good on the Canadian side. Ciscoes
have worked best for suspended fish over 30 to 40 feet of water.
The walleye bite and northern pike bite have been slow this week.
The evening hours are producing a few fish at the American Narrows
in 30 to 40 feet of water.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The recent cold snap slowed the perch bite over the weekend, but
it improved earlier this week. Look to Horseshoe Bar, Center Bar,
and the Highbanks area in 22 to 30 feet of water for better numbers
of bigger fish. These areas also have provided good walleye action
as the sun sets. You’ll catch quite a few small walleyes, but there
are plenty of “keepers” in the mix.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226