Weather fronts make catching walleyes and panfish more difficult
East – The midday bite has been difficult on this end of the
lake. Spinners and crawlers are turning the most fish on the 22- to
27-foot gravel and mud areas. At night, slip bobbers and leeches
remain productive on the nine- to 14-foot rock reefs. Muskie and
pike reports are limited, but smallmouth bass are hitting
crankbaits on the shallow rocks.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Bottom bouncers, spinners, and rainbow minnows are
dominating the daytime walleye action on the tops and edges of the
mud flats. At night, anchor off the flats in 30 to 32 feet and
pitch slip bobbers and leeches. Seven Mile, Eight Mile, Seguchie’s,
and Sherman’s flats are all worth checking. Muskie action is slow,
but smallmouth bass are hitting tube jigs on the rock points.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes remain active along the south shore from Rocky Point to
Zippel Bay and over to Morris Point Gap and the Lighthouse Gap.
Live bait continues to work best on the mud flats and reefs. As you
travel north, Garden_Island and Little Oak Island are producing
numbers of walleyes and sauger. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes
are hitting at a good pace around Oak and Flag islands. Muskie
action also has been good in these areas of the Angle.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
LEECH LAKE AREA
Daytime walleye action has been a bit more difficult with most
fish coming off the deep humps and breaks in 18 to 24 feet. Evening
action has been better with the points, islands, and main-lake
humps producing fish in slightly shallower water. Muskie reports
remain limited, bass are hitting in the rice beds of many bays, and
perch action has improved in eight to 14 feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
A floating jig and leech will produce a mixed bag of fish on the
16-foot weed edge throughout the lake. A few muskies have been
caught accidentally by bass and pike anglers and northern pike are
hitting spinnerbaits on top of the weed flats. You have to sort
through numbers of small sunfish, but they are easy to catch in the
weeds. Bass are hitting plastics and look for crappies to be
suspended over 20 to 25 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The east end has been best for walleyes along the reefs near
Blueberry Island and in Saginaw Bay over 36 to 40 feet. Sand Bay
also has produced walleyes in 26 to 28 feet. The Rat Root River
area of Black Bay is a safe bet for crappies and crankbaits are
turning pike along the weedlines of Lost Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The humps and main-lake bars are the best walleye options in 18
to 24 feet. Lindy Rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are working
best early and late in the day. Northern pike remain active in the
weeds, but most have been small. The bigger perch have set up on
the deep rocks and can be had with a jig and fathead minnow.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226