LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Spinners and crawlers are turning walleyes on the edges of the mid-depth rocks and mud flats during the day, as are crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches on the shallow rocks during the evening hours. Smallmouth bass action is excellent with tubes and paddle tails producing fish on the reefs in 3 to 12 feet.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Walleyes continue to hit Lindy rigs and leeches, spinners and live bait, or slow-death rigs during the day on the edges of the mid-lake mud flats. During the evening, slip bobbers and leeches are producing fish on top of the flats. Weedy bays are holding numbers of northern pike.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Anchoring and jigging or drifting with spinners are taking walleyes on the reefs north of Stony Island, Knight Island, and the West Bar in 8 to 12 feet or 23 to 27 feet. You’ll find walleyes in 23 to 27 feet near Pine Island and Zippel Bay or in 17 to 30 feet near Long Point and Twin Islands. On the Rainy River, the evening has been best for walleyes with jigs in 18 to 20 feet. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes and sauger are hitting spinners and live bait in 18 to 24 feet near Norman, Little Oak Island, Crow Duck Islands or Fort St. Charles Reef.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Hit Lake Independence during the evening with jigs tipped with leeches or fathead minnows for walleyes in 15 feet. The west side of the lake is producing lots of bass. The thick weed patches on Lake Minnetonka are holding a mixed bag of fish.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleye action has been best during the evening with crankbaits, minnows, or leeches on the rock reefs in 6 to 15 feet. Pike and crappies are biting in the weedbeds in most bays.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Walleyes are hitting during the day with leeches and crawlers in 28 to 32 feet or during low-light periods in 16 to 20 feet on the main-lake bars such as Bena, Big Muskie, Horseshoe, Snaghole, and Little Muskie. Perch are hitting in 30 feet or so on minnows and jigs.
Spinners and crawlers or leeches are taking walleyes off Otter Tail Point in 14 to 20 feet and in 10 to 13 feet off GrandVu, the Hardwoods, and Duck Point. Some bigger walleyes have taken chubs in 25 to 35 feet in Walker Bay, and jigs with minnows will produce walleyes and pike in the shallower weeds. Muskie anglers are seeing more fish than they’re catching in the weeds, and bass fishing has been strong over 3 to 10 feet.
Reed’s Sporting Goods
Shriver’s Bait Company
Drifting with minnows or crawlers on the reefs in 20 to 30 feet has produced walleyes. Smallmouths continue to hit plastics on the shorelines and shallow reefs. An occasional big pike is caught on the reefs, and a few crappies are being caught in Black Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Walleyes continue to hit consistently in 4 to 7 feet along most shorelines. A jig and minnow, trolling spinners with leeches or minnows, or slow-trolling crankbaits are all producing. Pike have been found at most depths, and a few crappies in 3 to 6 feet.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128