LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Leeches or crankbaits are producing walleyes during the evening on the shallow rocks, while mid-day action has been best on middepth rocks with leeches. Smallmouth bass are an easy catch on the reefs in 3 to 12 feet and weedlines in most bays are holding northern pike.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleyes are hitting spinners and minnows or leeches on the mud flats. Work the tops of the flats during low-light periods and the edges or just off the mud in 22 to 32 feet during the day. The shallow rock points continue to produce smallmouth bass and some pike are being caught along the weedlines in St. Alban’s Bay.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anglers are reporting a good mix of eaters and slot walleyes being caught on a variety of methods. Anchoring and jigging or spinners have been best. Areas worth hitting include the mud flats outside Pine Island in 15 to 22 feet, Pine Island to Zippel Bay in 24 to 30 feet, Long Point over to 12 Mile Reef in 19 to 22 feet and the reefs farther north in 16 to 21 feet. On the Rainy River, smallmouth, pike, and some walleyes are hitting in 17 to 20 feet. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes and pike are active in 20 to 25 feet near Oak Island, Blackbird Island, and the west side of Garden Island. Perch and smallmouth bass are along the shorelines, while Falcon Island on the Canadian side is producing walleyes and crappies in 25 feet.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
You’ll find crappies and pike on top of the 10- to 15-foot milfoil on Lake Minnetonka. Walleyes are hitting in the channels during low-light periods and on the deep weed edges during the day on Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Shallow, sandy shorelines of most lakes are producing sunfish.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Trolling crankbaits or drifting a jig and minnow have produced walleyes in 5 to 7 feet in Pike Bay. A Lindy rig and minnow is best for ‘eyes in Big Bay, Armstrong Bay, Mud Creek Bay, Seven Sisters area, and around Raspberry Island in 20 to 30 feet. Smallmouth bass are stacked on the shorelines and northern pike can be had with sucker minnows along the weedlines in most bays.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleyes are hitting jigs and shiners or leeches on Little Stoney Point in 7 to 11 feet, the 8- to 12-foot break at the Duck Pass, and on top of the bars in 14 to 18 feet. When the wind blows, walleyes also get active on the west-side points and Bird House area in 9 to 12 feet. Northern pike are scattered throughout the lake and remain an easy catch, while bigger perch are being caught in 20 to 25 feet off Raven’s Point, Sugar Point, and Rich’s Townsite area.
Lake Winnie Resort Association
Walleyes can still be had with a jig and minnow, but leeches and crawlers have become more prominent this week. Look to Sucker Bay and Trader’s Bay in 9 to 12 feet and if the wind is blowing, areas such as Pine Point, Sugar Point, and the Hardwoods will produce walleyes in slightly shallower water. Perch action is slow, but bass are hitting along the shorelines and shallow reeds.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Walleyes are hitting minnows on gold spinner rigs around Franzen Island and Eight Mile Island in 15 to 25 feet. The Tilson area is giving up walleyes during the evening, close to shore, on a jig and minnow. The middle of Black Bay is giving up crappies around the 15- to 20- foot structure, smallmouth bass are hitting along the shorelines.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Walleye action remains strong along most shorelines in 5 to 8 feet. Still-fishing with jigs or slow-trolling spinners and crankbaits have worked best. Some slab crappies have been caught in 3 to 6 feet and northern pike are hitting sporadically throughout the lake.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128