Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – December 25th, 2015
LAKE MILLE LACS
East – You’ll find 3 to 4 inches of ice in the bays, but the ice hasn’t gotten much thicker in recent days and there’s still open water on the main lake. A few anglers have been trying for crappies with poor success and some northern pike have been taken via angling and spearing.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
West – Ice has started to form. A couple of inches have taken hold close to shore, with less ice farther out and open water on portions of the main lake.
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The big lake is ice-covered and conditions are improving. With current ice conditions, make note that these are in areas resorts and guides have been checking so stay on the marked trails and don’t venture out on your own. While the ice can be good on a marked trail, it can be poor just off of it. Four Mile Bay has 5 inches, Bostic Bay has 2 to 6 inches, Zippel Bay has 7 to 10 inches, and lake ice adjacent to Pine Point is at 3 to 6 inches. Some resorts are hoping to allow ATV/snowmobile travel by this weekend, but call ahead. The Rainy River is iced over in most areas and a couple resorts at the Northwest Angle have started taking houses out. Young’s Bay has 8 to 10 inches of ice and there is a marked trail here from the bay to Flag Island.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
The small bays, channels, and small lakes have a thin layer of ice on them. The main bodies of the bigger lakes such as Minnetonka and Independence were mostly ice-free as of Tuesday morning.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
The shallow bays have up to 7 inches of ice, although pockets of open water do exist on the main lake. Fishing action has been limited, but Stuntz Bay and Everett Bay have had anglers on them. The lake also has some areas with slush due to a recent 9-inch snowfall.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
The entire lake is ice-covered with 7 to 9 inches of ice reported in the areas that froze earliest and remained locked up through the warm weather. The new ice, those areas that recently froze, had about 5 inches of ice early this week. Perch reports have been non-existent, but there has been good activity for angling and spearing northern pike.
Much of Walker Bay remained open as of Tuesday morning, but there is more ice on the main lake this week than last. A few anglers have been walking on 2 to 4 inches of ice in Trader’s Bay, out of Trapper’s Landing and Pine Point. They’ve been getting out to about 9 feet of water and finding a few walleyes. The area’s small lakes do have much better ice conditions and offer more favorable fishing options.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
There are a few pockets of open water on the main lake, but most of the lake is capped. You’ll find a few inches of ice in some of the bays, although there isn’t enough of it for people to start venturing out. If it gets cold throughout the week, a few fishing options could develop by this weekend.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
The ice seems to be improving a little each day with 6 to 9 inches now being found. The cracks are healing, but you should check with resorts daily for up-to-the-minute ice conditions and travel routes. The walleye bite has been a bit inconsistent since last weekend; some groups caught limits, but others struggled. Dead sticks and jigging spoons are both producing fish in 7 to 10 feet.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128