Big Six


East – The bays and harbors started producing crappies again
this week. The weather has dictated how many fish are caught, which
means the bright, warm days have been most productive. Look for
walleyes to be spread over the shallow reefs and rock points this

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Water temperatures are currently between 52 and 56
degrees. If the weather remains stable and water temperatures hold,
the opener should go well. Work the points such as Sherman’s,
Seguchie’s, and Brown’s with slip bobbers and leeches during the
evening hours in eight to 15 feet of water. The sand breaks of St.
Alban’s Bay always produce walleyes early in the year as well.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Twin Pines Resort (800) 450-4682


There are a few people fishing northern pike, but anglers are
anticipating this weekend’s walleye opener. The Gap and shoreline
breaks near Pine Island should kick out plenty of walleyes this
weekend in 10 to 15 feet of water. The Rainy River is worth noting
as well.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


The crappie bite has been very good this week in shallow water.
Steamboat Bay, Shingobbe Bay, and Miller’s Bay are all holding
crappies, most of which are close to shore and hitting small
minnows. Panfish leeches or waxworms also have produced some
good-sized bluegills in these same areas.

Walker Bait Company (218) 547-2248


Crappies continue to be caught, but they are scattered. The
bigger fish are coming from six to 15 feet of water on the milfoil
edges or on top of the weeds. The shallow bays and channels are the
best bet for sunfish and you will find smaller crappies in these
areas as well.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Black Bay is kicking out crappies in six to 10 feet of water.
Small jigs and a minnow under a float are working best. The shallow
weed areas are holding northern pike and the lake trout action has
been very good on the smaller lakes across the border. Most of
these fish are being caught by anglers fishing from shore with
ciscoes or sucker minnows.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Perch reports have been nonexistent, but most anglers are eager
for the walleye season to begin. Look to the points on the west
side of the lake, the Highbanks area, and most shorelines with
feeder creeks to be holding fish. The spottail shiners are running
in shallow water right now, which traditionally means a good start
to the walleye season.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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