LAKE MILLE LACS
East – A slowly presented live-bait rig is producing big walleyes on the mud flats during the day, while spinner rigs are best on the gravel during the evening. Look for smallmouths on the 6- to 12-foot reefs. Pike are hitting sucker minnows in most bays over 6 to 12 feet.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – During the day, walleyes are hitting Lindy rigs and crawlers, spinner rigs and leeches, or slip bobbers and leeches on mud flats in 20 to 25 feet; Seven Mile has been good. The bigger smallies are on the 14- to 18- foot rocks. Pike are on 10- to 13-foot weed edges.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
There’s been a mayfly hatch on parts of the lake, and it seems to have improved sauger and walleye activity. Pine Island, Lighthouse Gap, Graceton, and Zippel Bay have been good with jigs in 25 to 30 feet. The area from Long Point to Archie’s Reef has produced fish on jigs in 22 to 26 feet or with spinner rigs in 10 to 15 feet. Knight and Garden islands also have been putting out walleyes on spinners in 8 to 16 feet and some anglers have started turning fish by downrigging. On the Rainy River, sturgeon are hitting crawlers in 22 feet, while the evenings have given up some walleyes in 16 to 18 feet. At the Northwest Angle, jigs and leeches have been best for walleyes in 14 to 16 feet around the islands.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Look for sunfish and bass on the 6- to 12-foot weedlines on Lake Minnetonka. The 15- to 20- foot weeds on Minnetonka are producing walleyes and pike. On Lake Independence, walleyes, bass, sunfish, and pike are all hitting along the 10- to 15-foot weedlines.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Anglers are working for eating-sized walleyes, but big fish continue to hit leeches or crawlers consistently on the 12- to 18-foot rocks. Muskie action has been best during the evening with bucktails and topwater baits on weedlines.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Lindy rigs or jigs tipped with leeches are producing walleyes on the bars and humps in 20 to 30 feet. A few walleyes have started being pulled from the weeds as well in 5 to 7 feet. Pike continue to be mixed with the walleyes and perch are being found in 28 to 32 feet off Sugar Hump, Hunter’s Hump, and the hump towards Raven’s Point.
The 9- to 12-foot breaks off Ottertail Point, Cedar Point, Sand Point, and Pine Point are giving up walleyes during the evening. There’s also walleyes being caught from the weeds in less than 8 feet when the wind blows or 20- to 30-foot humps in Walker Bay on calm days.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Look for walleyes to hit live bait on the 35- to 38-foot humps just before the Brule or in 35 to 40 feet in the Kettle Falls area. You will find an occasional pod of crappies at the mouth of the Rat Root River in Black Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Not much has changed for walleyes. They continue to be caught on a variety of live-bait presentations or crankbaits along most shorelines in less than 8 feet. A few anglers are venturing to deeper structure and catching walleyes as well.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128