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Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – 20th, 2015


East – Perch anglers are finding bigger fish on the deep mud, 25 to 32 feet, during the morning hours. Most bays continue to produce northern pike in 10 to 14 feet of water and walleye action has been best during the evening hours, especially for bigger fish, on the reefs in 10 to 14 feet. Most mud flats and deeper gravel bars also are producing walleyes, and there are a significant number of smaller fish in the mix. 
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes are hitting best during the late afternoon and evening hours on the mud flats, shoreline breaks in 13 to 15 feet, or the deeper rock points. Perch and tullibees are being found off the mud flats in 30 to 34 feet. You have to sort through some small perch, but the tullibees have been running good-sized.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Walleyes and sauger seem to be spread out with better reports coming between Knight and Bridges islands or Garden Island in 27 to 33 feet. There is some morning action in 18 feet off Pine Island and in Zippel Bay over 23 to 30 feet. The reefs off Long Point are giving up walleyes, sauger, and some jumbo perch. On the Rainy River, frozen shiners are producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. At the Northwest Angle, crappies continue to be caught on the Canadian side and the reefs are holding walleyes and sauger in 23 to 30 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH


You’ll find suspended crappies over 25 to 28 feet on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, and Medicine Lake. Look for sunfish in the 8- to 10-foot weeds of Phelps Bay and Black Lake on Minnetonka. Sunfish also are being found suspended over 15 to 20 feet on Lake Sarah and northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in the 15- to 18-foot weeds of Minnetonka.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleye, northern pike, and perch action has been really slow. Anglers with portables are traveling to the Raspberry Island and Pine Island areas and finding crappies suspended over 25 to 28 feet of water.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Look for perch in 15 to 20 feet during the morning hours or in 30 feet during the day. The bite has been more spotty, but fish are being caught on the breaks from Snaghole Bar to River Bar, Sugar Bar, Raven’s Point, Horseshoe Bar, and North Moses Bar. Northern pike are mixed with the perch and a few walleyes are coming off the bars and humps in 23 to 25 feet of water.
Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleye reports have been best from Cedar Point to the Leaning Tree area in Walker Bay over 15 to 25 feet. A few walleyes also can be had during the evening hours off Sand Point in 6 to 10 feet. Perch action is slow, but a few tullibees are being caught over deep water off Stoney Point.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Angler numbers have dropped off and walleye activity has been limited with a few fish being caught off Birch Point in Sand Bay over 30 to 35 feet. The Rainy Lake City area is producing northern pike on ciscoes in 10 feet and a few perch in 10 to 12 feet. 
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


For this late in the season, walleyes are biting well on the 13- to 15-foot mud or 8- to 12-foot shoreline breaks along most shorelines. Jigging spoons have started producing more fish again, but setlines and minnows are turning fish as well. Northern pike of various sizes are mixed in, as are a few crappies and keeping-sized perch. 
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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