East – Shallow-running crankbaits are producing walleyes at
night in three to five feet on the east-end rock piles. The day
bite is slow and look to the bays for a few good-sized perch in
nine to 11 feet.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Work the 10- to 12-foot shoreline breaks at night with
crankbaits for walleyes. The day bite has slowed and muskie action
is limited. You could probably find some perch and pike along the
weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay with minnows.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
Tutt’s Bait & Tackle (320) 692-4341
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The shiner run has started in the Rainy River, but it’s taking
place later than most years, which has posed a challenge for
anglers. There doesn’t seem to be one hot spot and walleyes are
being caught from the Lighthouse Gap and up the river to Baudette.
Most reports indicate big walleyes, but a limit of keepers demands
patience. Look for the shiner run to be in full swing by the
weekend and the walleyes should be right behind them.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
Walleyes can still be had with minnows or crankbaits in less
than 12 feet. Look to Goose Island, Otter Tail Point, Sand Point,
and Bear Island. There’s some action reported with minnows and jigs
on the deep humps in Walker Bay during the day. Grouse hunting
continues to improve and expect a few more ducks in the area after
last weekend’s weather. Archery hunters are seeing the bigger bucks
get more active.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
A few muskies can be had on top of the shallow weed flats during
midday hours. Walleyes are hitting jigs and fathead minnows over 15
to 20 feet in the bigger bays such as Wayzata, Excelsior, and
Brown’s. The best option for northern pike is a large sucker minnow
in 12 to 14 feet. Hunting reports remain limited due to standing
corn and poor weather.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The most consistent walleye action is taking place on the Rainy
River with a jig and minnow. When the wind calms down and the
weather allows anglers to get on the main lake, you will hit
walleyes on the reefs in 30 to 40 feet. The reefs and
American_Narrows are the best options for northern pike with
minnows. There seem to be grouse in the area, deer have become more
active, but duck hunting remains spotty.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
There isn’t much to report. Most resorts are waiting for ice and
the few anglers who still have their boats out couldn’t get on the
lake last weekend due to the wind. Look to some of the area’s
smaller lakes for walleyes in 18 to 24 feet.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226