Minnesota Great Eight Lakes Fishing Report – April 1st, 2016


You’ find open water along the shorelines and in some boat harbors, but ice remains quite evident on the main lake. The most open water can be found in front of any current flows and some small pockets of open water can be seen on the main lake.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


The ice is deteriorating on the main lake, but there’s still a lot of it to melt away. The Rainy River is open and starting to clear up so the walleye bite seems to slowly be improving each day with a jig and minnow combination. Open water reaches into Four Mile Bay and into the main basin past the Lighthouse Gap and accesses are ice-free. Sturgeon action has been consistently good in the river and Four Mile Bay. A 3- to 5-ounce no-roll sinker and hook loaded with crawlers are turning most fish.

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


A few crappies are being found in the shallow bays and lagoons, but only if the sun is out and it warms up the water. You’ll find better numbers of crappies stacked over 20 to 24 feet of water on Lake Minnetonka. They’re still over those winter spots and that’s where they’ll stay until the water warms.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Ice conditions remain decent and you could probably fish here this weekend, depending on the weather throughout the week. Fishing reports have been light due to a lack of fishermen out on the lake. Call ahead before venturing out this weekend – lake conditions may well change by then.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


The ice-fishing season is pretty much done at this point. With closed accesses at the resorts, very few anglers have been out, so reports have been pretty limited. Ice still covers much of the lake, although it’s tough to gauge the condition of it.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


There’s still a lot of ice on the main lake, but the shorelines are gone and the ice that remains is no longer safe to walk on. It’s between seasons here as fishermen wait for open-water options to develop.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


A few anglers “snuck” on the ice last weekend, but most shorelines are now open too far to allow anyone to get on the lake and the ice that remains is not good. Open-water fishing has started on the Rainy River and that’s been keeping anglers busy.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


There hasn’t been anything to report on the fishing front other than ice still covers the lake. Some of the current areas and shorelines have started to open and the ice is starting to deteriorate.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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