East – The shallow rocks – nine to 12 feet – continue to produce
walleyes during the evening hours mainly on slip bobbers and
leeches or shallow-running crankbaits. The day bite has been more
difficult, but Lindy Rigs and spinner rigs tipped with leeches or
minnows are turning some fish on the deep gravel and mud.
Smallmouth action has been “off” due to the cold and there weren’t
many muskie anglers out during opening weekend.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – During the day, spinners and rainbow minnows are
producing walleyes on the 26- to 30-foot mud flats and rock areas.
Work the tops of these areas during low-light periods. Small
walleyes continue to be caught off the rock points and shallow
breaks with slip bobbers and leeches during the evening. It seems
the bigger fish have moved out. Smallmouths are active close to
shore. There isn’t much to report from the muskie opener.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Jigs tipped with shiners or leeches are producing walleyes and
sauger around the Lighthouse Gap and Morris Point Gap in 17 to 28
feet. Spinners also have started producing fish. Several “monster”
pike were taken out of Bostic Bay and Zippel Bay this week on
minnows and the Rainy River continues to produce a few small
walleyes. At the Northwest Angle, limits of walleyes are being
taken on jigs and minnows around Oak Island and Flag Island in 19
to 24 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
There seems to be a 50/50 split on presentations with a jig and
minnow or rig and leech both turning walleyes. The main-lake flats
are now productive in 18 to 24 feet and the wind-driven points
remain a good option in less than 14 feet. Muskie action is
limited, but there is some good perch activity reported from the
shallow cabbage beds. Bass continue to be found shallow and panfish
have moved off the docks and harbors and are now in four to eight
feet in the bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Bass and panfish are active from the shorelines out to 14 feet
on Lake Minnetonka. Lindy Rigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, or
leeches are producing walleyes during low-light periods in 17 feet.
Work the tops of the weed flats with small baits for muskies and
sucker minnows for pike. Lakes Independence and Medicine are safe
bets for bass and panfish in eight to 12 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Water temps remain cool keeping the majority of walleye action
in about 10 feet with minnows in Lost Bay and Black Bay. The Kettle
Falls area and Rainy River also have produced walleyes in shallow
water. A few walleyes have started showing up at 40 feet in several
bays. Black Bay is giving up a few crappies in shallow water and
Cranberry Bay is the best option for pike.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
A jig and shiner minnow continues to trigger walleyes on the
six- to eight-foot shoreline breaks off Little Stony Point, Sugar
Point, Raven’s Point, and the bird houses. There has been more
walleyes coming off the bars with leeches and rigs in 14 to 18 feet
– work Horseshoe, Moxes Hole, and the Snaghole. The best perch
action is reported from Rich’s Townsite and Sugar Bay in five
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226