MInnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – February 26th, 2016


East – Walleyes and some bigger perch are hitting at a good pace on the mud flats and gravel bars in 22 to 30 feet. Perch and tullibees are off the mud flats in 30 feet or more. Although fishing pressure has declined for them, northern pike remain active on the main-lake structure in 20 to 28 feet and in the bays in 12 to 14 feet.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleyes are active across the lake. Work the rock points, breaks in the bays, or mud flats in 20 to 30 feet and you’ll catch them. Anglers who stay on the move also are catching some jumbo perch. The tullibee bite has been strong with better numbers being found in the deep water off Sherman’s Flat and Curley’s Flat.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Fishing has been “up and down” with many anglers reporting they’re seeing fish on their electronics, but it’s been difficult getting them to bite. The best action is 7 to 10 miles off of Pine Island in 27 to 35 feet; the bite has included mainly saugers with the occasional walleye, tullibee, and perch. At the Northwest Angle, a mixed bag of fish is being caught on the 30- to 33-foot mud and on the reefs in 26 feet. Crappies are hitting in 33 feet of water on the Ontario side.

Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH


Crappies and sunfish are being caught in Carson’s Bay over 19 to 25 feet or the North Arm in 25 to 30 feet on Lake Minnetonka. Medicine Lake is giving up crappies over 35 feet and sunfish in the 10- to 12-foot weeds. A few walleyes and crappies continue to be caught during low-light periods in 30 to 32 feet on Lake Independence.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleyes are being caught in 20 to 29 feet around Birch Island, the mouth of Pike Bay, and from Ely Island to McKinley Park Campground. The key has been to stay mobile and keep moving. Crappie and northern pike reports have been limited.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


Drill a lot of holes, stay on the move, and you’ll put together a nice bunch of perch in 14 to 16 feet on Snaghole Bar. The Hunter’s Hump area is giving up walleyes and perch in 16 to 20 feet and South Moses Bar is producing walleyes during the evening hours in 20 to 22 feet. The 8- to 10-foot shoreline breaks and points on the west side are producing perch as well, while northern pike are most active in 14 to 20 feet.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleye fishing has been slow with a few fish being caught during the evening hours on the east shore of Walker Bay in 30 to 32 feet. Perch reports have improved off Pine Point to Goose Island, and up to Sucker Bay in 8 to 12 feet.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Cloudy days seem to be more productive for walleyes and perch in the McIntyre Island area of Sand Bay in 25 to 30 feet. The Rainy Lake City area toward Black Bay is giving up northern pike in 10 to 15 feet and ciscoes are producing more and bigger fish.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


The walleye bite has been “respectable” for late February and most reports indicate better action this past weekend than the past couple of weeks. The morning and evening hours have been best on the 13- to 15-foot mud or 8- to 12-foot sand and gravel bars. Keeping-sized perch and the occasional crappie also can be had on the mud flats.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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