LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Crankbaits started producing a lot of walleyes at night
in four to eight feet of water. Better areas in recent days have
been Big Point, Three Mile, Mac’s Twin Bay, and Cove Bay. As a
general rule, most shallow rock areas are worth checking out once
the sun sets. The rocks started giving up more muskies this week.
The bigger fish seemed to have moved out of the bays and onto the
rocks. Bucktails or topwater baits are working best and sucker
minnows have taken some big northern pike.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes, after
dark, off the edges of the mud in 32 to 36 feet of water. This week
also showed more activity on the shallow rocks. Crankbaits trolled
after dark have worked best. Look for this crankbait bite to be the
best bet for big walleyes. Muskie and northern pike still are
active on the rocks and along the weed edges.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A few sauger and numbers of 17- to 19-inch walleyes are coming
off the Rainy River. The most popular location is up river from the
access. Reports from the Northwest Angle indicate a few walleyes
off the reefs and fabulous muskie action. Along the south shore,
hammered gold spinners and minnows are turning walleyes at the Four
Mile Gap and Morris Point areas. The key is to work the shoreline
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Muskie action has been tough to predict with so many fronts
moving through the area. Bucktails remain the best presentation,
while the rocks are holding the few active fish being caught.
There’s been some big sunfish caught again this week on the north
end of Shingobee Bay in six to eight feet of water. The walleye
bite is limited to the evening hours when crankbaits or a jig and
minnow will turn fish off the points and shoreline breaks in Walker
Lakeview Inn (218) 547-1212
The weed edges and weed pockets continue to hold the majority of
fish. A vertically presented jig and minnow will produce a few
walleyes during low light periods of the day in the bigger bays.
Work the milfoil pockets for largemouth bass, while crappies
continue to set up on top of the milfoil. They’ve also been found
suspended off the deep weed edges. Sunfish are an easy catch
throughout the lake, with the majority of bigger fish hanging tight
to the deep weed edges.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The Eight Mile area and Reinier Rapids area of Sand Bay are
kicking out walleyes in 26 to 28 feet of water. Black Bay is worth
noting for walleyes and crappies in eight to 10 feet of water. The
reefs near Kettle Falls are producing big walleyes, but few
eating-sized fish. Jigs tipped with minnows are the best option in
most locations now. Sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the
shallow rocks and weed edges. The grouse opener was slow. The few
birds harvested were taken by hunters with dogs.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Work the wind-driven points with a jig and minnow combination
for walleyes, northern pike, and jumbo perch. Stoney Point, Raven’s
Point, Mallard Point, and Sugar Point are holding fish in less than
12 feet of water. The morning and evening hours have been best, but
with a good wind, midday action is worth checking out as well.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226