Big Six


Not much has changed from a week ago. The water hasn’t warmed
much in the past week so the crappie and perch bite continues to be
slow. The fish being caught continue to be good-sized and hitting
minnows in the bays, harbors, and channels. The best bite takes
place during the afternoon hours in less than six feet of

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


The sturgeon fishing season has been very productive. Fish up to
50 inches have been common from the Gap at Wheeler’s Point all the
way to Birchdale. The best bet is to anchor and fish with a live
bait rig or jig with a gob of nightcrawler. The current is fast, so
use enough weight to keep the bait on bottom.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


A few crappies have started to show up in the bays and harbors
off the main lake. It hasn’t been warm enough to push large numbers
of fish in yet. The same is true on the smaller lakes. Work shallow
bays for crappies, just don’t expect a lot of them until the water
warms a few more degrees.

Leech Lake Guide Coalition (218) 547-3212


The cool weather earlier this week has meant sporadic crappie
action. The fish biting in the small bays have been nice, and
they’re mainly located in four to eight feet of water. These same
bays actually are producing more sunfish than crappies right now,
with the majority of them coming from eight to 10 feet of water.
Small leeches have produced bigger sunfish.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


This area is in transition. The ice is almost off the main lake,
and most of the bays are now open. Even so, the crappie bite has
yet to start in shallow water. Most anglers are passing their time
fishing for sturgeon, suckers, or northern pike.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Look to the points to start producing perch very soon. The water
hasn’t had much of a chance to warm due to the cold temperatures,
but as soon as it does, the perch will be found in less than nine
feet of water. Jigs tipped with minnows are your best option.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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