Deer seem to be more active as firearms season approaches


East – There hasn’t been many anglers out and those who have are
finding a tough walleye bite. A few are being taken at night on
crankbaits along the shallow rocks and shoreline breaks. An
occasional muskie is pulled from the shallows on large minnows, but
not with any consistency. Hunting reports have been minimal with a
few ducks and grouse being taken.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Angling pressure is minimal with a few boats fishing for
walleyes at night with crankbaits when the weather allows. Look to
the points and shoreline breaks after sunset. Muskie and northern
pike action also has been limited over the past week.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


With water temperatures now in the low 40-degree range, shiner
minnows have started moving into the Rainy River. As a result, a
few more walleyes are being caught in the morning and afternoon
hours. The best bite remains on the main lake out from the
Lighthouse Gap in 17 to 30 feet. Walleyes, sauger, jumbo perch, and
even some big pike have been taken in this area.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH


Perch continue to be caught on the flats and points in eight to
12 feet on a jig and minnow. The same presentation will produce
walleyes on the shoreline breaks and points in 10 to 12 feet. Look
to Sucker Bay and Shingobee Bay for suspended crappies. Grouse
hunting continues to be much better than duck hunting and archery
hunters have noticed more bucks on the move this week.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


There’s been some afternoon walleye action in the channels of
Lake Minnetonka with minnows and crankbaits in six to eight feet.
Lake Independence continues to produce small walleyes in eight to
14 feet. The weed flats of both lakes are holding muskies with
large sucker minnows working best. Bass action also remains strong
along the weeds of Minnetonka. Hunting reports have been minimal,
although archery hunters are seeing more deer this week.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes, but there hasn’t
been a lot of anglers out. Sand Bay and the American_Narrows remain
the best options in 25 to 34 feet. Large minnows or crankbaits are
turning northern pike in Lost Bay and a few crappies can be had in
Black Bay. Duck hunting was good a week ago, but has since
declined. Grouse hunters have seen good action again this week.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


It’s been tough to get a report due to the lack of anglers on
the lake. This between-the-seasons time might be best spent on the
points and shoreline breaks with a jig and minnow if you’re looking
for walleyes and perch. Some divers are showing up on the main lake
and river areas, while grouse hunters continue to do well in the
big woods.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

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