LAKE MILLE LACS
East – The cool weather has kept fishing patterns pretty much the same as last week, which means walleyes are hitting leeches and minnows during the day on the rocks in 12 to 22 feet. Smallmouth bass continue to be caught on the shallow rocks with plastics, crankbaits, and live bait.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – The evening walleye bite with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits is strong in 12 feet in St. Alban’s Bay and on most rock points. During the day, work the 16- to 20-foot breaks in these areas with live-bait rigs tipped with minnows or leeches. Hit the shallow rock points for smallmouth bass and the weedlines in most bays for northern pike.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anglers are catching limits of keeping-sized walleyes, some trophy-caliber fish, saugers, and pike as well. Pine Island and Lighthouse Gap have been productive in 15 to 19 feet or 22 to 26 feet. Heading west, fish the rocks west of Zippel Bay, near Gull Rock Reef, or Twin islands in 18 to 22 feet or 26 feet; look deeper during the day. Anchoring and pitching a jig and minnow or drifting with spinners and minnows has produced fish. On the Rainy River, mornings and evenings have been best in 18 to 22 feet for walleyes, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. At the Northwest Angle, fish are being found in 18 to 20 feet or 25 to 30 feet on the points south of Oak Island and in current areas.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The 12- to 15-foot weedlines in the western bays of Lake Minnetonka are producing walleyes during the evening on minnows and leeches. A jig and minnow is turning walleyes on Center Bar and the northwest corner of Lake Independence in 15 to 18 feet. Bass remain active along the shorelines of most lakes and crappies are set up over 10 to 15 feet on Minnetonka, Independence, Lake Sarah, and Medicine Lake. You’ll find sunfish in 10 to 12 feet on Minnetonka and the north side of Medicine. Bow fishermen report clear water on most lakes and they expect to see more rough fish sliding up shallow soon.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Jigs or Lindy rigs tipped with minnows are producing walleyes on the 30- to 40-foot breaks and on the deeper mud flats in Big Bay. A few crappies have been caught in Pike Bay, but the cold water has limited that action.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleyes seem to bite well one day, but it’s tough to put back-to-back good days together. A jig and minnow is best in 9 to 12 feet on Big Stony Point, Bowen’s Flat, and the Highbanks area. Perch action has slowed, but pike are an easy catch on most points and shoreline breaks in less than 11 feet.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
A jig and shiner minnow continues to provide steady walleye and pike action in 7 to 12 feet. Fish wind-driven shorelines and points such as Stoney, Pine, First Duck, Second Duck, and the Hardwoods.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Spinner rigs or jigs tipped with minnows are producing walleyes in Cranberry Bay over in 25 feet and in the back end of Saginaw Bay in 10 to 15 feet during the evening. Smallmouths are hitting crankbaits in Black Bay and along shorelines in less than 12 feet. Look to the mouth of Black Bay for crappies.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
A jig and minnow, slip bobber and minnow, or a live-bait rig and minnow are all producing walleyes in 4 to 8 feet. Anglers are finding northern pike and the random crappie mixed in with the walleyes as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128