Leeches and crawlers starting to produce more walleyes – Northcentral Report


East – The shallow rock bite for walleyes has been excellent during the evening hours with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches. The mid-depth rocks have produced plenty of keeping-sized walleyes during the day and the main-lake mud flats and deep gravel are producing numbers of bigger walleyes. There really hasn’t been a spot  or depth not producing walleyes this week.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes are biting throughout the day, highlighted by some incredible action during low-light periods. Walleyes are hitting slip bobbers and leeches in 16 feet early and late or in 20 to 26 feet during the day in St. Alban’s Bay. The evening bite with crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches has been very consistent on the rock points. During the day, minnows and leeches are producing walleyes on top of the flats in 20 to 24 feet.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Limits of walleyes and some trophy-caliber fish are being caught on gold, pink, and chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows in 24 to 30 feet. Walleyes also are hitting crawlers and spinners or crankbaits in seven to 14 feet. Fish are being caught across the south shore from Rocky Point to the Lighthouse Gap, in front of the lighthouse, Morris Point Gap, Twin Islands, and the buoy south of Long Point. At the Northwest Angle, you’ll hit walleyes in 14 to 24 feet around the Flag Island mud flats and Oak Island. Northern pike action is strong in the emerging weedbeds of most bays.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
(800) 382-FISH


A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes in four to eight feet with the wind or in eight to 12 feet if it’s calm. Look to Portage Bay and Second Duck Point for bigger concentrations of fish. Crappie action has slowed, although Sucker Bay is kicking out a few in shallow water and bluegills are being caught in the boat harbors and shoreline areas.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505


Walleyes are being taken with minnows on the east end near Kettle Falls in 12 to 16 feet. Anglers fishing off their docks with minnows in Jackfish Bay are catching walleyes during the evening hours. Northern pike and crappie reports have been limited this week.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Walleye action has been spotty, likely due to the inconsistent weather. A few fish are being caught on the shoreline breaks, a few off the points, and some on the bars with minnows, but no big numbers anywhere and many of them have been too big to keep. Perch are being taken on the 15-foot rocks with minnows and northern pike seem to be active throughout the weedy areas of the lake.
Nodak Lodge (218) 665-2226


Pitching a jig and minnow combination or trolling Rapalas in six to 10 feet of water on Lake Plantagenet, Big Lake, and Lake Bemidji during low-light periods has produced walleyes. Water temperatures continue to fluctuate so anglers are finding panfish in the shallows one day and eight to 12 feet of water the next. Look to Grace Lake and Grant Lake as decent panfish options.
Bluewater Outdoors (218) 444-BAIT (2248)


Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow or rigs and crawlers in 10 to 19 feet at Blackduck Lake. Rabideau Lake, Pimushe Lake, and Gull Lake are producing bluegills in three to six feet and crappie action has slowed.
Timberline Sports and Tackle
(218) 835-4636


Walleye fishing is best on North Long Lake and Round Lake in 16 to 21 feet, but Gull Lake is showing signs of improvement. Minnows or leeches are turning the majority of fish. Crappie and sunfish action has picked up in shallow water on all area lakes and the weedlines of Upper Gull Lake are a safe bet for northern pike with sucker minnows.
S & W Bait & Guide Service/Nisswa Guide League      (218) 829-7010


Jigs and shiner minnows are turning walleyes at Bowstring Lake in 18 to 20 feet. Big Splithand Lake is giving up walleyes on shiner minnows in 10 to 12 feet, while Little Splithand Lake is producing crappies in eight feet or less. Most lakes are now kicking out panfish in the shallow reeds and shoreline areas.
Ben’s Bait and Tackle (218) 326-8281


Walleyes are hitting minnows and crawlers in 15 to 20 feet on Woman Lake and Ten Mile Lake. Bluegills and crappies have started biting at Birch Lake and Woman in four to eight feet. Small northern pike are an easy catch on most lakes, but look for bigger fish to hit minnows on the weedlines of Woman, Birch, and Pine Mountain Lake.
Swanson’s Bait and Tackle                     (218) 675-6176


Panfish action has been very consistent in four to eight feet of water at Big Sandy Lake, Lake Minnewawa, and Round Lake. Walleyes are being taken on leeches, nightcrawlers, or fathead minnows in 14 to 22 feet at Big Sandy and Minnewawa. Northern pike continue to be caught on shiner minnows along the weedlines and mid-depth breaks of most lakes.
Willey’s Sport Shop & Spirits             (218) 426-3382


Walleyes have been hitting hammered spinners or jigs tipped with minnows along most shorelines in five to eight feet. A few crappies are coming from three to four feet and scattered reports of pike action are coming in from walleye anglers.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128


Lake Koronis is producing walleyes in 16 to 30 feet on leeches, fatheads, and crawlers. Rice Lake is giving up a few walleyes in 12 to 14 feet on live bait, and the river channels throughout the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes can be counted on for walleyes as well. Crappies and sunfish have started hitting on Rice, Koronis, Ripley Lake, Clear Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Long Lake in less than seven feet.
Mike’s Bait and Tackle (320) 453-2248


Crappies are hitting minnows and Mini Jigs in seven feet at Long Bridge Lake and the south end of Sauk Lake  and Lake Levin in two to 12 feet. Little Birch Lake, Long Bridge Lake, Reno Lake, Sauk, and Maple Lake are giving up walleyes via spot-tails in four to 12 feet. Look for northern pike on the weedlines of Long Lake, Sauk, and Big Birch Lake. On Maple Lake, you’ll find sunfish in three to six feet.
Fletcher’s Bait (320) 352-2155


Walleyes are showing up on the main-lake bars of Cass Lake and Pike Bay Lake in 18 to 22 feet. Slow-trolling shiner minnows along the new weed growth is producing northern pike on area lakes. Crappies and bluegills are being caught in the shallows of lakes Andrusia, Kitchi, Grace, Midge, Lower Sucker, and Middle Sucker.
Sunset Cove Resort (800) 279-4831

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