LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Walleyes remain active on the mud and gravel in 28 to 30 feet during the day, but don’t be afraid to slide shallower at sunset. The deep basin areas off the structure, 30 feet or more, is worth checking for bigger perch and tullibees. The northern pike bite has slowed a bit, but fish continue to be caught on sucker minnows in most bays and shoreline breaks in 10 to 16 feet.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleyes continue to be scattered but active on the main lake mud flats, shoreline breaks, and deeper rock points. Look in 28 to 33 feet during the day and in 20 to 24 at night. There’s been some nice perch in the mix and tullibees are being caught on the mud in 30 to 34 feet.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Daily fishing success seems to depend on the weather, but downsizing your presentation has helped produce more fish. A combination of walleyes and sauger are being caught 20 miles out from the south shore. Work the structure around Knight, Bridges and Garden islands or the reefs near Long Point and Arnesen’s. Frozen shiners are working best on the Rainy River in 15 to 17 feet. At the Northwest Angle, the edges of the 20- to 30- foot structure is holding walleyes, jumbo perch, northern pike and eelpout. Crappie action remains strong on the Canadian side.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Crappie action remains consistent in the North Arm and Phelp’s Bay areas of Lake Minnetonka in 17 to 30 feet. Look for crappies over 30 feet on Lake Independence and a mixed bag of panfish on Lake Sarah in 17 to 24 feet. On Medicine Lake, crappies are suspended over 30 feet and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 14 feet.
Walleye action has slowed to a few fish each day coming off the reefs in 30 feet or the mud flats in 40 feet or more. Perch also can be had in these areas and they’ve actually bit better than the walleyes. Northern pike and crappie action has slowed.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Perch are being found in 15 to 20 feet during the morning and afternoon hours or in 30 feet during midday hours. Work the shoreline break from the Snaghole to River Bar, Horseshoe Bar, North Moses Bar, and Center Bar. Walleye action is slow, but northern pike are mixed in with the perch.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
It’s been a tough week for walleye fishermen with a few fish being found off Cedar Point in Walker Bay over 18 to 20 feet. Look for perch in this same area or the Goose Island Flats in 10 to 13 feet. The north side of Shingobee Bay started producing sunfish in 8 to 12 feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Small walleyes seem to be most active during the evening hours in 30 to 35 feet in Sand Bay; This area will produce perch during the day in 30 to 40 feet as well. A few bigger walleyes are being pulled from the Cranberry Island area in 28 to 34 feet. Ciscoes have been the hot bait for northern pike in the Rainy Lake City area in less than 20 feet.
Deadsticks and fathead minnows are producing walleyes during low-light periods. Most fish are being found scattered on the 8- to 12-foot sand and gravel or mud flats in 13 to 15 feet. An occasional crappie, perch and northern pike is showing up in buckets as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128