Walleyes seem to be making a transition back to minnows


East – Slip bobbers and leeches are working best during the day
for walleyes on the 28- to 35-foot gravel edges. This same
presentation will work at night on the deep gravel and shallow
rocks. Muskie action is improving, although most big fish still
seem to be chasing baits rather than eating them. Smallmouth bass
are always active on the rocks and mid-depth weedlines.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811


West – Minnows, leeches, crawlers, and crankbaits have all
produced walleyes on the tops and edges of the flats. The
presentation that produces seems to be changing from one day to the
next. The best bet at night is still to anchor off the flats and
pitch slip bobbers and leeches. Smallmouth bass are hitting on the
rocks and a few muskies have been caught in the bays and shallow

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430



Trolling spinner rigs and nightcrawlers has produced good
walleye and sauger catches in 25 to 30 feet of water on the
southeast side of Garden Island and the northeast side of Little
Oak Island. Along the south shore, Zippel Bay and Morris Point are
safe bets for walleyes in 30 to 32 feet of water, but jigs and
minnows seem to be working best here.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Trolling Shad Raps during low-light periods has been best for
walleyes off Sand Point, Cedar Point, Goose Island, and in_Trader’s
Bay. Lindy Rigs and leeches have turned some mid-day walleyes in
the deep water off Stoney Point. Muskies are being seen on the weed
edges in Sucker Bay and Portage Bay and on the rock reefs near
Pelican Island. Panfish action has slowed, but largemouth bass are
being caught on the east side of Bear Island in good numbers.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Water levels have risen and the bigger bass have moved shallow
as a result. Topwater baits are now working best in three to six
feet. Walleyes are being taken on a jig and fathead in the 14- to
17-foot weeds and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows on top
of the weed flats in 10 to 12 feet. Sunfish are an easy catch in
the weeds and the muskie bite has been “hit and miss” at best.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Minnows are producing walleyes in 34 to 36 feet near the Fox
Islands and in 36 to 40 feet on the reefs in Saginaw Bay. The Rat
Root River area of Black Bay is giving up walleyes and crappies in
10 feet. A few bigger pike have started hitting crankbaits on the
weedlines in Lost Bay. Smallmouth bass reports remain best on the
Canadian side of the lake.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The walleye bite has been sporadic. If the wind blows, work
shallow areas such as the Duck Pass, Tamarack Point, and Little
Stoney Point with a jig and minnow. The best deeper bites have been
on Sugar Bar, the Snaghole, and Moxes Hole in 14 to 22 feet with
rigs and crawlers. The weeds on the west side have been best for
pike and look for perch at the mouth of the river or the rocks off
Raven’s Point.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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