Weather might have been too nice for opener walleye bite

Big Six

LAKE_MILLE LACS

East – The lack of wind seems to have the most active walleyes
hitting in the deeper rock and sand or the rock/sand transition
areas. Leeches and minnows are both working, with the best action
taking place early and late in the day. There are fish on the
shallow rocks that seem to bite for a short amount of time once the
sun goes down.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

www.johnsonsportside.com

West – The early morning hours have been best for walleyes on
the 16- to 18-foot break in St. Alban’s Bay. Seguchie Flat,
Curley’s Flat, and Seven Mile Flat also are giving up fish early in
the day over 22 to 25 feet. Leeches or rainbow minnows and spinners
are working best. After the sun sets, slip bobbers and leeches are
turning walleyes in 16 to 18 feet off Seguchie Point.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430

www.terrysboatharbor.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS

Limits of walleyes are being caught on a jig and minnow along
Pine Island and out of the Lighthouse Gap in 12 to 25 feet. Gold
jigs and minnows are producing walleyes in the Oak Island area in
12 to 15 feet. Northern pike are hitting large minnows in most bays
that offer an established weed edge.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau

(800) 382-FISH

LEECH LAKE AREA

Walleyes are being caught in 18 to 22 feet off Otter Tail Point,
in Walker Bay, and the south end of Goose Island. When the wind
blows, you’ll catch walleyes in six to 10 feet in the weeds of
Portage Bay and the Big and Little Hardwoods areas. A jig and
minnow has provided the best action with a few fish hitting leeches
as well. Crappies and sunfish can be had in the harbors, bays, and
near docks throughout the lake.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

LAKE MINNETONKA AREA

Walleye reports have been poor, but there seems to be plenty of
fish sitting in 24 to 27 feet – they just won’t bite. Sunfish are
hitting in six to eight feet on Lake Minnetonka and crappies have
been found suspended over the green milfoil in 15 feet on
Minnetonka.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227

RAINY LAKE

Shiner minnows are producing walleyes in 28 to 30 feet outside
of Saginaw Bay and Cranberry Bay. In Jackfish Bay minnows are
turning walleyes in six to eight feet during the morning and
afternoon hours. Black Bay started giving up more crappies this
week and minnows or crankbaits are the tickets for pike in Lost
Bay.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850

LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH

Walleyes are scattered and hitting a jig and shiner minnow off
Mallard Point, Big Stoney Point, Little Stoney Point, and Tamarack
Point in six to eight feet early and late in the day. A Lindy Rig
and leech is producing bigger walleyes on the bars in 16 to 18
feet. Pike are an easy catch on the weedlines or points and perch
action has been strong throughout the lake in shallow water.

Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226

Twin Cities Metro

NORTHEAST METRO

The Prescott area of the St. Croix River is producing walleyes
via crawlers or a jig and minnow in 15 to 20 feet. There’s a night
bite for walleyes on White Bear Lake in 15 to 20 feet with slip
bobbers and leeches. On Bald Eagle Lake, leeches also are turning
walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. Look to the weedlines of Forest Lake,
Lake Phalen, and Silver Lake for northern pike. Anglers fishing
from shore in the Bayport area of the St. Croix are catching
crappies.

Blue Ribbon Bait & Tackle (651) 777-2421

WEST METRO

Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows along the 12- to
14-foot weedlines of Lake Minnewashta,_Lake Auburn, and Steiger
Lake. The creek mouths and current breaks on the Minnesota River
are producing walleyes via jigs and minnows. Look for crappies in
the shallows of Lake Bavaria and Lake Zumbra is a safe bet for
sunfish in shallow water.

Cabin Fever Sports (952) 443-2022

LAKE WACONIA

Walleyes are hitting crankbaits, fatheads, or leeches during
low-light periods in less than six to 10 feet and in 15 to 18 feet
during midday hours. Cemetery Reef, the north side of Pillsbury
Reef, and Kegg’s Reef have been producing the most fish. A few big
pike have been pulled from the weedlines with crankbaits and
panfish continue to be caught on the south shore in eight to 12
feet.

Mases In Towne Marina (952) 442-2096

Statewide

ALEXANDRIA AREA

Look for walleyes on Lake Miltona in 30 to 50 feet or in 10 feet
or less, depending on the time of the day. Lake Reno and Lake Mary
are giving up a few walleyes in 10 to 15 with minnows, leeches, and
crawlers all producing fish. Crappies and sunfish have moved
shallow on lakes such as Geneva, Carlos, Le Homme Dieu, and
Darling.

Christopherson’s Bait and Tackle (320) 763-3255

ANNANDALE AREA

There’s an evening walleye bite on Clearwater Lake in 15 to 20
feet with shiner minnows. Northern pike are hitting sucker and
shiner minnows on the weedlines of Pleasant Lake. Lake John and
Sugar Lake are giving up a few pike and walleyes along the
weedlines. Look to the docks, reeds, and shallow weeds of
Clearwater, John, and Cedar Lake for crappies and a few
sunfish.

Little Jim’s Bait (320) 274-5297

BATTLE LAKE

Minnows are producing walleyes in 14 to 18 feet or in 30 feet on
Otter Tail Lake. Walleyes also are hitting minnows early and late
in the day at Pelican Lake in 12 to 18 feet and on West Battle Lake
in seven to 14 feet. Work the five- to seven-foot reeds of
Clitherall Lake, Deer Lake, Dead Lake, and West Battle for panfish.
The weedlines of Clitherall and West Battle are safe bets for
northern pike.

Ben’s Bait Shop (218) 864-5596

BEMIDJI AREA

A jig and shiner minnow is turning walleyes on Lake Bemidji in
six to 12 feet. Lake Plantagenette is giving up walleyes early in
the day in less than 12 feet also on shiner minnows. The crappie
bite is very strong in shallow water on most lakes and you’ll find
northern pike along the weedlines of many lakes.

Bluewater Outdoors

(218) 444-BAIT (2248)

BLACKDUCK AREA

A jig and minnow is turning limits of walleyes in 11 to 15 feet
on Blackduck Lake. Look to Island Lake with shiner minnows for
walleyes in 10 to 15 feet early and late in the day. Lakes such as
Gull, Rabideau, and Gilstead are safe bets for panfish in shallow
water. Northern pike seem to be mixed in with the walleyes on most
lakes.

Timberline Sports and Tackle

(218) 835-4636

BRAINERD/NISSWA AREA

Lindy Rigs or jigs tipped with shiner minnows are producing
walleyes on the 12- to 15-foot weedlines of Gull Lake, in 18 to 22
feet on North Long Lake, and in 22 to 35 feet on Pelican Lake.
Northern pike seem to be inhaling minnows on every lake in 12 to 16
feet. Waxworms are producing plenty of sunfish in the shallows of
most lakes and crappies are being caught with minnows or Puddle
Jumpers in six to 16 feet at North Long and Gull lakes.

S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League (218)
829-7010

CASS LAKE AREA

The morning and evening hours have provided steady walleye acton
on the south shore and southeast corner of Lake Andrusia in six to
14 feet. Leeches and minnows are turning walleyes on Boomerang Bar,
Tom’s Bar, and Allen’s Bay of Cass Lake in 18 to 20 feet. The
Turtle River area of Cass is a safe bet in shallower water at
night. Anglers pitching jigs and minnows in the “stair steps” area
of Pike Bay Lake are finding walleyes in 20 feet. You’ll find
numbers of sunfish and crappies on the 14- to 18-foot humps or
docks in Allen’s Bay on Cass.

Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

CHISAGO AREA

Walleyes are hitting shiner minnows on the 18- to 20- foot
weedlines of Green Lake. Slip bobbers and minnows are the ticket
for walleyes on North Center Lake in 10 to 12 feet at night and in
14 to 18 feet during the day. The points on the southwest side of
Chisago Lake are producing walleyes via fathead minnows. Sunfish
are shallow on most lakes and crappies are being found suspended
over 16 feet at Chisago and South Center Lake.

Frankie’s Bait (651) 257-6334

CROSBY AREA

There’s an evening/night walleye bite on Serpent Lake with
minnows or crawlers in nine to 20 feet and on Little Rabbit Lake in
nine to 15 feet. Crappies continue to hit minnows or Puddle Jumpers
in shallow water on Black Hoof Lake, Black Lake, and Cedar Lake.
Sunfish seem to be hitting in the shallows of most lakes and you’ll
find northern pike in 16 feet on the Pennington Chain and on the
weedlines of Rabbit Lake and Serpent. Power Bait and bobbers are
producing rainbow and brook trout in 10 to 15 feet on the stocked
pits.

Oars ‘n Mine Bait and Tackle (218) 546-6912

CROSS LAKE AREA

The channel areas of Whitefish Lake and Crosslake are producing
walleyes early in the day via Lindy Rigs or bobbers tipped with
leeches and shiner minnows. Minnows also have been the ticket for
walleyes at Pelican Lake in 12 to 20 feet of water. Most small
lakes in the area are providing steady crappie action in 10 to 14
feet.

Crosslake Holiday Sports (218) 692-2708

ELY AREA

Minnows and leeches are producing walleyes on Basswood Lake and
White Iron Lake in 20 to 28 feet. There’s a morning and evening
bite on Lake Shagawa and Fall Lake with minnows in shallower water.
Crappies can be had over 24 to 26 feet or in the shallow bays of
Gabbro Lake, Birch Lake, and White Iron. A few good-sized pike have
been mixed in with walleyes.

The Great Outdoors (218) 365-4744

GRAND MARAIS AREA

Look for walleyes at Two Island Lake to be hitting chubs and
jigs in 10 to 12 feet. At Elbow Lake, chubs and leeches are
producing walleyes in on the six- to eight-foot weed edge. Minnows
and leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 15 feet at Devil Fish
Lake. There’s an evening walleye bite at Caribou Lake in 10 to 12
feet and in 10 feet at Poplar Lake with minnows. Poplar also gave
up plenty of smallmouth this week with Mepps spinners. Lake trout
are hitting crawlers and ciscoes and rainbow trout are hitting
flies or crawlers on Trout Lake at a variety of depths. On Daniels
Lake and Clearwater Lake, lake trout are hitting ciscoes at 20
feet.

Buck’s Hardware (218) 387-2280

GRAND RAPIDS AREA

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow or leech and slip bobber
in seven to 16 feet during the evening at lakes Wabana, Deer,
Moose, Trout, and Sugar. During the day, a jig and minnow is
turning walleyes in seven to 14 feet at Dickson Lake, Bowstring
Lake, Sand Lake, and Jessie Lake. Anglers fishing from shore on the
Mississippi River also are catching a lot of walleyes on shiner
minnows and jigs. Panfish reports have been slow, but look shallow
on most lakes over the next week.

Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281

HACKENSACK AREA

Guys who put in their time are catching walleyes on Lindy Rigs
and shiners in 14 to 17 feet at Ten Mile Lake, Pleasant Lake, and
Birch Lake. Some fish are being caught slightly shallower early and
late in the day. Minnows also are turning crappies in the shallows
of most lakes with Pleasant, Ten Mile, and Birch providing the best
action.

Swanson’s Bait and Tackle (218) 675-6176

LAKE VERMILION

Minnows and leeches are producing walleyes in eight to 16 feet
during low-light periods and in 28 to 32 feet during the day.
Bobber fishing off the docks at night also works well for walleyes.
A few big northern pike have been caught on crankbaits and crappies
have returned to the shallow bays and docks throughout the
lake.

Lake Vermilion Trading Company

(218) 666-6052

lakevermiliontradingco.com

MANKATO AREA

Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow combination or Lindy Rigs
tipped with leeches in 12 to 14 feet of water near Second Point on
Lake Washington. Look to Madison Lake in 12 to 14 feet or in 18 to
20 feet for walleyes with leeches and minnows. The south end of
Lake Hanska is kicking out walleyes on a jig and minnow. Mud Bay on
Washington is producing sunfish and anglers have been finding and
catching crappies in six to 10 feet here as well. A few crappies
are coming off Madison in six to 10 feet.

The Bobber Shop (507) 625-8228

McGREGOR AREA

Look for walleyes on Big Sandy Lake in 21 to 26 feet of water
with leeches. These fish have been biting best early and late in
the day. Crappies continue to be caught on small minnows at Lake
Minnewawa in less than 10 feet of water near the docks. The
developing weedlines of Minnewawa also are providing consistent
northern pike action.

Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits

(218) 426-3382

PARK RAPIDS AREA

Persistent anglers are catching walleyes with leeches on Fish
Hook Lake in 25 to 27 feet, and at Island Lake and Potato Lake in
20 to 25 feet. Crappie fishing is strong in shallow water at
Potato, Island, Long Lake, and Fish Hook with minnows. Northern
pike are active and usually mixed in with the walleyes.

Delaney’s (218) 732-4281

RED LAKE

Walleyes are being caught on a jig and minnow combination in six
to eight feet of water during the day, and in even shallower water
in the evening hours. The popples area on the east shore, rock
piles and humps on the south shore, and north shore have all been
productive. Anglers have caught a few big northern pike on minnows
near the Tamarack River and an occasional crappie report comes from
shallow water on the north end.

Dr. Tackle Sports (218) 647-8657

SAUK CENTRE AREA

The Sauk River, Graystone Golf Course area of Sauk Lake, and
Little Birch Lake are giving up walleyes in 12 to 16 feet of water.
Spot-tails on jigs or live-bait rigs have worked best. Panfish and
northern pike reports are slow, but look shallow on most lakes this
week.

Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155

STARBUCK AREA

Walleyes are hitting minnows on Long Lake in 12 to 15 feet and
shallow-running crankbaits or minnows on Lake Emily in less than
six feet. On Lake Minnewaska, leeches and spinners or jigs and
minnows are turning walleyes in 18 to 22 feet. There is some big
crappies coming off Lake Emily with large fatheads. Crappies also
have started hitting on the north side of Minnewaska in shallow
water. Northern pike action is strong on most lakes with spoons in
eight feet.

Minnewaska Bait and Tackle (320) 239-2239

WILLMAR AREA

A jig and minnow is turning walleyes and crappies in less than
10 feet at Ringo Lake and Lake Solomon. On Green Lake, walleyes are
being found in deep water, and successful anglers are using leeches
and nightcrawlers to catch them. Sunfish and a few good-sized
crappies can be had in four to six feet at Norway Lake, Eagle Lake,
and Long Lake.

Brad’s 71 Bait and Sports (320) 235-4097

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