LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Tullibee reports have been strong off the mud flats and in the Tullibee Hole over 30 feet of water or more. The best perch action also is taking place near the mud flats in 28 to 33 feet of water. Sucker minnows continue to produce northern pike in Isle Bay and Wahkon Bay in 10 to 14 feet of water.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – ATV travel is probably going to be the best option by this weekend with the shorelines starting to get beat up and you’ll also want to avoid any pressure ridges on the main lake. If you can get to them, Seguchie’s Flat and the Eight Mile Flat were giving up tullibees in 30 to 34 feet of water. The north end of Curley’s Flat was producing tullibees and some perch in 30 feet or more as well.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A mixed bag of walleyes and sauger are being caught in 26 to 31 feet of water off Pine Island. Hit the reefs on the west end of the lake and the Garden Island area for fish as well, and there are a lot of tullibees in the mix. Northern pike activity is beginning to heat up with smelt and quick-strike rigs in front of Morris Point Gap and just west of Zippel Bay in 9 to 14 feet of water. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being caught in the mud along the south side of Oak Island in 18 to 22 feet of water and by Crow Duck Island in 24 to 28 feet. Crappies also remain active in this area. Fish houses can be on the ice through March 31.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Lake Sarah and Medicine Lake are producing sunfish on red Eurolarvae in 10 to 18 feet. The North Arm of Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence are providing the area’s best crappie action in 24 to 28 feet during low-light periods.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Fishing pressure has been really light with just a few walleyes being caught in 25 to 35 feet. Perch and crappies have been tough to locate at this point.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Look for perch on the 12- to 15- foot flats and shoreline breaks during the morning hours. During the day, look in 25 to 35 for bigger perch – the key is to do some hole hopping with spoons and minnows regardless of the time of day.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Perch action has started to improve throughout Agency Bay in 10 to 12 feet. Perch also are being found in 7 to 12 feet off Sand Point, Pine Point, and the Goose Island Flats. Tullibee reports have been limited, but crappies are hitting on many of the area’s smaller lakes.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
A few keeping-sized perch are being caught during the day off Birch Point in 35 feet of water. Walleye reports have been limited to a few fish off Birch Point in 30 feet and the Rainy Lake City area is giving up an occasional northern pike in 10 to 14 feet of water.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Fishing pressure remains relatively light, although the occasional pod of crappies is found on the north end in 12 to 14 feet of water. Limits are the exception for most groups, but the fish caught are running good-sized.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128