LAKE MILLE LACS
Crankbaits, plastics and live bait are all producing smallmouth bass on the 12- to 14-foot rock points and reefs throughout the day. You’ll find northern pike on the weedlines in most bays, but muskie action has been slow.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of walleyes and sauger are being taken on spinners tipped with crawlers or leeches, jigging, or downrigging with crankbaits in the Big Traverse and south shore areas in 10 to 33 feet. On the Rainy River, walleyes are being caught during the evening hours near the International Bridge heading east towards Timbermill. Sturgeon also are being caught on circle hooks and crawlers in the deep pockets of the river. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being taken in 26 to 28 feet on reefs and rocky points at Little Oak Island, Oak Island, and Falcon Island. Jerkbaits are producing muskies and pike on the weedbeds as well.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
On Lake Minnetonka, bass are scattered between 10 and 30 feet of water and hitting plastics, sunfish are in the 6- to 8-foot weeds, crappies are being caught in the 18-foot milfoil, and spinners and sucker minnows are turning northern pike in 16 to 18 feet. Bucktails and topwater baits are raising muskies on Lake Independence and the 15-foot weeds on Lake Sarah are holding sunfish, bass, and crappies.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
Walleye action has slowed with some fish being taken with slip bobbers and leeches on the 12- to 15-foot rocks and some on the 25- to 35-foot sand breaks with live-bait rigs. Smallmouth action remains strong with crankbaits or tubes along the shorelines and reefs. Muskie anglers are reporting good activity but more follows than hook-ups on the shallow rock reefs.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are turning walleyes in 12 to 17 feet off Raven’s Point, Mallard Point, Center Bar, Big Stoney Point, Horseshoe Bar, and Big Muskie Bar; generally the northwest corner of the lake has been productive. Hit the weed edges with spoons or crankbaits for pike and bigger perch continue to be found in deep water off the main-lake bars.
With strong winds over the past week, fishing pressure has been limited and those who have ventured out are working for their walleyes. Cover water during the day with crankbaits around the rock piles and flats in order to pick off a few aggressive fish. Crankbaits also are working at night from Sand Point to Cedar Point in 10 to 14 feet. A few muskies have been caught on the rocks with topwater baits and bass reports have been limited.
Reed’s Sporting Goods
Shriver’s Bait Company
Leeches continue to work best for walleyes in 25 to 32 feet on most main-lake reefs. Some fish are being caught on the shallower breaks during the evening hours as well. Pike are being caught in 14 to 18 feet, but most have been small and smallmouth bass are being caught on the rock reefs and rocky shorelines.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
Consistently strong winds have limited fishing pressure, but when anglers can get out, walleyes are being taken on crankbaits or spinner rigs in 5 to 8 feet and on the 8- to 14-foot rock humps; the key is to cover water and pick off those aggressive fish.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128