East – Walleyes are hitting Lindy Rigs and leeches or crankbaits
on the 25- to 30-foot gravel and mud areas during the day. Slip
bobbers and leeches have worked best after dark on the 14- to
20-foot rocks and gravel. Smallmouth bass continue to hit on the
rocks and points, but pike action has been limited. Muskie anglers
are seeing a few fish during the evening in the bays.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – During the day and early evening hours, spinner rigs and
live-bait rigs are working best for walleyes in 24 to 30 feet.
After dark, there’s a slip bobber/leech bite off the flats in 30
feet or more or on the shallow rocks. A few good-sized pike have
been taken off the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay and smallmouth bass
are being pulled off the rocks. Muskie action remains limited.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are being taken in five to 10 feet or in 22 to 28 feet
around Pine Island, the Lighthouse Gap, Morris Point, and Zippel
Bay. Jigs or live-bait rigs tipped with crawlers or minnows have
worked best. The deeper holes of the Rainy River are producing
walleyes and pike. There hasn’t been many reports from the
Northwest Angle this week.
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LEECH LAKE AREA
Trolling crankbaits on the points and flats has produced
walleyes during the evening hours in 10 to 14 feet. Lindy Rigs
tipped with crawlers, leeches, or minnows have worked best on the
main-lake structure during midday hours. Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay
are kicking out bass and muskie anglers are seeing fish, but not
catching many. Shingobee Bay is a safe bet for panfish in less than
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Slip bobbers and leeches are producing walleyes, tight to the
weedlines, in 17 feet. Crappies are scattered among the top of most
weed flats and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on the 15-
to 18-foot weed edges. Sunfish remain along the shorelines and bass
are an easy catch in six to 10 feet. Muskie anglers are reporting
follows, but have hooked very few fish.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The reefs around Blueberry Island are producing walleyes in 30
to 40 feet. Look to Black Bay in eight to 10 feet for walleyes. The
islands inside of Sand Bay also have provided steady walleye
action. Gold spinners and minnows are working best, but a jig and
minnow will work as well. Look for crappies in Black Bay and the
weedlines in Lost Bay have started giving up pike. The Canadian
side remains a safe bet for smallmouth bass.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes on the main-lake
bars and humps in 16 to 20 feet. Sugar Bar, the Snaghole, Bena Bar,
and Big Muskie Bar have been most consistent. If the wind blows, a
jig and shiner will still produce walleyes on the points and
shoreline breaks in eight to 12 feet. Perch and northern pike
reports have been limited.
Pines Resort and Campground (218) 246-8546
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226