LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Low-light periods of the day are best spent on the rocks
with slip bobbers and leeches. Windy days also provide walleye
action on the shallow rocks. During the day, crankbaits or live
bait rigs are producing walleyes if you’re willing to cover a lot
of water. Smallmouth bass action continues to be good on the rocks,
and muskie activity has improved during the past week, as well.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Smallmouth bass are hitting tube jigs on the shallow
rocks throughout the day. Throwing crankbaits on top of the weeds
in Wigwam Bay and St. Alban’s Bay is a safe bet for northern pike.
Muskie anglers are seeing fish, but few muskies are biting.
Spinners and crawlers are your best bet on the mud during the day.
At night, anchor off the sides of the flats and pitch slip bobbers
and leeches. Flats such as Seguchie, Sherman’s, and Curley’s all
are providing decent numbers of walleyes.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Spinner rigs tipped with minnows or crawlers are producing
walleyes on the south shore in 20 to 24 feet of water. You have to
cover a lot of water along the sandy breaks in this area,
ultimately picking off a fish here and there. The weed edges in
most bays are safe bets for northern pike. The deep points and
reefs of the Northwest Angle/Islands area are holding active
walleyes, although morning action and evening action have been
best. Look for decent smallie action at the Angle as well.
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LEECH LAKE AREA
The deep breaks of Kabekona Bay on Leech Lake started kicking
out walleyes on leeches. The crankbait bite is picking up during
the evening hours in Walker Bay and Sand Bay in shallower water.
Work the weed edges and sharp breaks of Lake Benedict with leeches
and you’ll hit some walleyes. On Lake Thirteen, the walleyes get
really active right at dark in 6 to 10 feet of water. Muskie
anglers are starting to raise a few fish on Leech with bucktails.
The best reports are still coming off the rocks.
Lakeview Inn (218) 547-1212
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Sunfish action has picked in the 6-foot weeds of Lake
Minnetonka, Lake Sarah, and Lake Independence. There’s been an
early morning and evening walleye bite in 18 feet of water with
leeches on Minnetonka and Independence. Muskie and northern pike
action is strong along the outside weed edges with spinnerbaits.
Bass are hitting plastics on the weedlines and crankbaits on the
deeper rocks in Lake Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Black Bay started giving up a few more walleyes in 12 to 14 feet
of water. The humps in Sand Bay and the Seine River area also are
producing walleyes on minnows in 10 to 14 feet of water. Smallmouth
bass and walleyes are safe bets from the Rainy River. Look for
crappies in the shallows of Black Bay, while the weedlines of Lost
Bay and Cranberry Bay are holding northern pike.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The bars are kicking out better numbers of walleyes now. Work
the edges of Horseshoe Bar, Sugar Bar, Snaghole Bar, and Moses Bar
in 18 to 20 feet of water with live bait rigs and leeches. The
points along the west side and southwest corner of the lake
continue to produce a few walleyes during the evening hours in 8 to
14 feet of water. A jig-and-minnow combination will work here. The
best perch reports are coming in between Little Stony Point and
Snaghole Bar in 16 to 18 feet of water.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226