LAKE MILLE LACS
East – Cover water during the day with spinner rigs and live bait on the 25- to 30- foot sand and mud areas for walleyes – you’ll often find bigger numbers of fish away from the structure in 30 feet or more. The evening walleye bite remains strong on the rock reefs and points with slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits. There’ve been a few more reports of muskies being caught in the weedy bays, and smallmouths remain active on the shallow- to mid-depth rocks; plastics, crankbaits, and leeches are all working.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – A variety of live-bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes during the day off the mud flats in 28 to 32 feet. During the early morning and evening hours, the most active fish are being found on top of the mud in shallower depths. Pike are set up on the weedlines in most bays, and smallmouth bass are being found on the rock points, reefs, and shoreline breaks in less than 12 feet.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
A mixture of walleyes and sauger continue to be caught on jigs or spinner rigs tipped with leeches and nightcrawlers. Most fish are being found in 14 to 25 feet during the day with some active fish showing up shallower early and late each day. Hit the reefs, rocks, and mud flats for bigger numbers of fish; gold and orange have been hot colors. At the Northwest Angle, crawlers are producing walleyes in 18 to 24 feet on the Minnesota and Ontario sides, while smallmouth bass and muskie reports have been best on the rocky areas throughout the Canadian side.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The weeds are key to success for walleyes on Lake Minnetonka in 17 to 24 feet and in 15 to 18 feet on Lake Independence. Muskie anglers are seeing quite a few fish on the shallow weed edges of Independence and Minnetonka, while bass and sunfish are being found on the 12- to 14-foot weedlines on Medicine Lake, Lake Sarah, and Minnetonka. Crappies also can be had on area lakes, but look for them to be suspended on top of established weed patches.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Leeches and crawlers are producing walleyes on main-lake structure and breaklines in 14 to 17 feet during the day; look shallower with crankbaits during low-light periods. Northern pike are hitting minnows or crankbaits in 8 to 15 feet throughout Mud Bay, Mud Creek Bay, and Stuntz Bay. Topwater baits continue to trigger muskies during low-light periods on the shallow vegetation and rocks, and smallmouth bass remain active on the rock-covered shorelines and points.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Look for walleyes on the main lake bars in 18 to 32 feet, depending on the wind and time of day. Wind-driven bars have been best, with the morning and evening hours producing a few fish on Lindy rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches. Northern pike are being found on the 8- to 12-foot weedlines all the way out to the deep-water bars, and the biggest perch are being found on the bars and humps in 28 feet or more.
A jig or slip bobber and leech continue to turn walleyes in the 8- to 10-foot weeds off Sand Point and Cedar Point when the wind blows. Spinners and crawlers are working better on the main-lake structure and breaks in 10 to 12 feet, and reports from Walker Bay indicate that the 20-foot structure is producing some eaters, while big walleyes are being found in 30 feet or more. There’s also been some success by those trolling shallow-running crankbaits at night around the points. Muskie reports have been best from the weeds with bucktails and topwater baits.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Spinners tipped with minnows or crawlers are turning walleyes on the reefs in 20 to 30 feet. The Three Sisters area and Eight Mile Island continues to produce walleyes in 22 to 32 feet. Northern pike are hitting on the reefs and weedy areas in some bays, but the majority of them continue to run small.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Walleye action continues to be pretty consistent, with most live bait offerings and crankbaits catching fish. Anglers haven’t had to travel far to find fish, usually in 6 to 8 feet on most shorelines. These same areas will kick out an occasional large pike as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128