Big Six


Fathead minnows tend to produce bigger perch on the mid-depth
rock areas on the east side. The Big Point area also kicked out a
few good-sized perch this week in 25 feet or deeper. Look to Isle
Bay with Eurolarvae for crappies in seven to nine feet. Reports off
the west side of the lake have been limited.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Although most resorts now have pulled their houses, the Pine
Island area continues to provide steady walleye action in 18 to 26
feet. The Rainy River is open at Birchdale and walleye reports seem
to be improving every day. Numbers of 16- to 18-inch fish have been
most common with an occasional trophy walleye mixed in.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Look to Pine Point and Cedar Point for perch in eight to 12
feet. The Goose Island Flats and Sucker Bay continue to produce
perch in six to 14 feet. Bluegills and crappies are hitting on most
small lakes and the bays of Leech in shallow water.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


The north side of Crystal Bay remains the best sunfish option on
Lake Minnetonka in 10 to 12 feet. On Lake Sarah, you’ll find
suspended panfish over 16 to 20 feet during the evening hours. Look
to the south side of Medicine Lake for sunfish in less than 10

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleye action peaks during low-light periods in 36 to 43 feet
at the American Narrows and in 30 to 32 feet off Birch Point. The
east end has been most productive for walleyes in 40 feet of water.
There is some open-water walleye action at the mouth of the Little
Fork River as well.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Limits of perch are being taken off the Sugar Bar Humps, Sugar
Bar, and Raven’s Humps in 20 to 25 feet. The 10- to 15-foot
shoreline breaks along the west side also have provided steady
perch action. ATV travel now is recommended, as are public access
points since many resorts now have closed their roads.

Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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