Big Six


East – Rocks remain the best option for walleyes during the day
in 18 to 22 feet or at night in eight to 15 feet. Crankbaits or a
slip bobber/leech combination are working best. Muskie action is
limited, a few good-sized perch have shown up in the bays, and
smallmouth bass are hitting on the rocks.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Slip bobbers and leeches continue to turn some walleyes
on the mud flats at night. Sucker minnows or crankbaits are
triggering northern pike on the weedlines of St. Alban’s Bay. Look
for perch in the bays or on deep rocks and smallmouth bass action
remains strong on the rocks. Muskie anglers are reporting a tough

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341


Walleyes are hitting all along the south shore from the
Lighthouse Gap to Long Point in 20 to 30 feet. Downrigging,
jigging, or drifting with live bait rigs have all worked – there is
no wrong way to fish walleyes right now. On the Rainy River,
sturgeon, smallmouth bass, and northern pike can be had around the
Clementson Rapids area. At the Northwest Angle, a jig and minnow is
turning walleyes on the 10- to 15-foot mud flats.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Topwater baits have started producing muskies on the weedlines
and rocks around Pipe Island, Pelican Reef, and in Portage Bay.
During the day, jigs and minnows are the best walleye option in 10
to 14 feet near Sand Point, Goose Flats, and Big and Little
Hardwood islands. Crankbaits continue to work best during the
evening hours in these areas. Minnows are the ticket for big
walleyes on the Walker Bay humps in 25 to 30 feet.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


A jig and fathead minnow has turned a few more walleyes in 18
feet throughout Brown’s and Wayzata bays. Plastics are turning bass
on the inside weedlines and sunfish remain active on the shallow
weed edges. Topwater baits are raising muskies on top of the weeds
and flats.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes are hitting minnows and crawlers in 30 to 38 feet on
many main-lake reefs. Sand Bay is giving up walleyes in 20 to 30
feet, mainly on minnows. The American Narrows area also has kicked
out walleyes and some good-sized pike in 20 feet. Look to Lost Bay
for northern pike and the Rat Root River area of Black Bay is worth
noting for crappies.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The southeast corner of the lake has been producing limits of
walleyes. Look to Bena Bar, Big Muskie Bar, Little Stoney Point,
and the shoreline breaks with Lindy Rigs and/or leeches and
crawlers. The west-side points and weedlines also are giving up
walleyes and northern pike continue to be taken along with the
walleyes in most areas. The best perch reports continue to come off
the rocks near Raven’s Point.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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