LAKE MILLE LACS
East – There hasn’t been much to report, and the people looking for panfish aren’t finding much in the way of numbers or size. With a few days of warm sun, the bays, harbors and channels should begin to hold crappies and perch.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Fishing reports have been pretty limited again this week and likely will be until the walleye season begins. There should be some panfish in the bays and harbors as the water warms next week.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Consistent sturgeon fishing continues with the “keep one” season opening last weekend. Anglers are catching numbers of sturgeon by anchoring in the mid channel or over deep holes with two ounce no-roll sinkers, 4/0 or 5/0 circle hooks, and a gob of nightcrawlers. Timbermill Park in Baudette towards the Lighthouse Gap at the mouth of the river has been most productive. Northern pike season is open all year, and they are coming off the spawn and looking to feed. Fast trolling spoons, or shallow-running crankbaits, smelt, dead ciscoe or herring under floats have also worked. Fish are being caught in 1 to 8 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Look for the warm water, 56- to 58- degrees, and you’ll find crappies in most shallow areas on Lake Minnetonka. The bite had slowed with the cooler weather last week but started to improve with the warmer weather this week. Minnows, plastics and small jigs were all producing fish, and it’s worth experimenting with a variety of presentations since these crappies seem to want something different every day.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
There’s been some people out looking for crappies in the bays, but the bite has been slow. Water temperatures remained cool early this week, and most anglers are reporting that it needs to warm up about five to eight more degrees before these fish will start moving into shallow water.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
There are some panfish opportunities beginning on some of the area’s small lakes, but there hasn’t been much to report from the big lake.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
The number of anglers chasing panfish has been minimal on the big lake, but there are some reports coming from the bays on some of the area’s smaller lakes. The harbors and bays on the big lake need to warm a bit more in order to drive crappies into them.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Most of the lake is open, but there are still patches of floating ice, which are expected to be gone by this weekend. There isn’t much to report, with the exception of sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River. Crappies should start moving into the shallower bays as soon as the water warms up.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
There hasn’t been much to report due to the lack of angling. The water remained cool early this week so the crappies haven’t moved shallow. Look to dark-bottomed bays and harbors to start holding them soon.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128