East – Many of the bays are now open, but crappies have yet to
be found. On the main lake, ice conditions are deteriorating
quickly. The wind earlier this week busted up the ice and started
pushing it around. With some warm weather, more wind, or
significant rain, the ice should be gone quickly.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
This area is between seasons. There’s still a lot of ice
throughout the lake and along the shorelines. It will be a while
before open water is noticeable. Most anglers are gearing up for
the sturgeon season on the Rainy River, which begins April 24.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
Although there’s still quite a bit of ice on the main lake,
fishing opportunities have come to an end. The shorelines are open,
the ice turned black, and the wind earlier this week helped speed
the ice-removal process up, but it will be at least another week
before open water is an option.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
A jig and minnow is producing crappies along the six-foot
shoreline areas of Lake Minnetonka. The bigger crappies are being
found on the 14- to 16-foot milfoil patches in Wayzata and Maxwell
bays. You’ll also find crappies in the shallows on the west side of
Lake Independence and the north side of Medicine Lake.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
There isn’t much to report for fishing, but many anglers are
getting geared up for the sturgeon season. Ice still covers the
entire lake and the shorelines remained mainly intact early this
week. The current areas are now open so the moving water should
start taking its toll on the ice.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
There was still quite a bit of ice on the lake as of Tuesday
morning. But the shorelines have pulled away and the wind early in
the week had started to open pockets of water and move the ice
around. Look for the ice to be gone within the next week to 10
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226