Big Six


The ice is holding up well and the crappie bite in Isle Bay is
still worth fishing in 10 to 12 feet of water. The north end of the
lake and Nine Mile Flat have produced better numbers of big perch
in recent days. The rock-covered bottom and points on the west side
of the lake also are producing good-sized perch in 16 to 20 feet of

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


As of this writing, the Rainy River was open as far as mile
marker 151 and boats have begun putting in at Birchdale’s Nelson
Park Access. Walleye action has been slow on the Rainy, but the
sturgeon bite is going strong. Most resorts at the Northwest Angle
have concluded their ice fishing season. Walleyes along the south
shore are moving towards the shoreline in preparation for the
spawn. The best walleye bite has been early and late in the day in
26 to 28 feet of water. Small jigs tipped with smaller minnows are
working best.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


The ice is in great shape on most area lakes, and the shorelines
have remained intact. Crappie action has been very good on Woman
Lake in 22 to 25 feet of water during the evening hours. Long Lake
also is producing crappies in 30 feet of water. Midge Lake and
Portage Lake also are kicking out crappies in 20 feet of water. The
best perch reports off Leech Lake are coming from Bear Island,
Deadhead Bay, Goose Island, and the Hardwoods in 10 to 14 feet of
water. Sand Point in Walker Bay also is giving up a few good-sized
perch in five to eight feet of water. Tullibee reports have been
minimal on Leech. The fish don’t seem to be congregating like they
normally do off the deep water of Stoney Point.

Lakeview Inn (218) 547-1212


Lake Sarah continues to provide the best sunfish and crappie
action in this area. The majority of fish have been
weedline-related in 15 feet of water. The North Arm on Lake
Minnetonka is producing a few sunfish in 10 feet of water. The
shorelines have started to open and a few more days of warm weather
could put a quick end to the ice fishing season here.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


The Rainy Lake City area is producing walleyes during the
morning and evening hours in 18 to 20 feet of water. Look for some
northern pike in the same area during midday hours. Crappie anglers
are finding a few fish outside of Black Sturgeon Bay. You’ll also
find suspended crappies in Stoke’s Bay over 40 feet of water.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


There should be no problem getting on the lake during the
weekend. Look to Raven’s Point and Mallard Point for consistent
perch action in 15 to 20 feet of water. The main lake humps also
have produced perch again this week. Depths vary here, but look to
the tops of the humps early and late in the day and slide off the
edge during midday hours. Stay on the move until you locate a
school of bigger fish.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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