Minnesota Great Eight Fishing Report – May 27th, 2016


East – Walleyes of all sizes are being caught off the reefs in 12 to 18 feet during the day or in 8 feet during the evenings. Walleyes also are being caught on top of the mud flats during the day – leeches and bobbers or crankbaits are working best in all areas. You’ll find smallmouth bass on any shallow sand or rock area.

Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811

West – Walleye reports continue to be excellent in all areas. Leeches are producing numbers of big walleyes on the mud flats, while a jig and minnow combo is turning fish in 13 feet during the day in St. Alban’s Bay, at Garrison Reef, and Pike Point, among other locations. During the evening hours, slip bobbers and leeches are producing fish along the shoreline breaks and points. Smallmouths are shallow and active, and minnows are producing some northern pike along the weedlines.

Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430


Anglers are catching walleyes at multiple depths out to 28 feet on the main basin. Anchoring or drifting with a jig and minnow or spinner rigs are producing limits of fish. On the Rainy River, walleyes are being caught from Four Mile Bay to Fraanz Jevne in 5 to 15 feet on jigs and minnows. 

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


Minnows have been the ticket for walleyes on the 8-foot weedlines of Lake Independence and 18-foot weedlines on Lake Minnetonka. Both lakes are producing walleyes at night on top of the weeds in 3 feet with crankbaits. Minnetonka also is giving up northern pike along the 12- to 18-foot weedlines and crappies in the 8- to 10-foot weeds. Sunfish are now showing up on the sandy shorelines of most lakes.

Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227


Walleye action has been pretty consistent with Lindy Rigs and leeches or jigs and minnows in 30 to 32 feet during the day or 4 to 6 feet during the evening hours. Most main-lake rock reefs, rock points, and transition areas between mud and rock are producing fish. You’ll find smallmouth bass on the shallow rocks, and some crappies are showing up in Canfield Bay.

Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430


A jig and minnow combo continues to produce walleyes on the 8- to 12-foot points and shoreline breaks. Some fish also are being taken with minnows on the 14- to 20-foot mid-lake structure. Northern pike and perch are being found in these areas, as well.

Lake Winnie Resort Association


Walleyes are biting best when the wind blows, with minnows and leeches working best. Work north of the Two Points area in Portage Bay, the Hardwoods, Duck points, and Stoney Point. There have been numbers of northern pike mixed in, and some of the bays and harbors are producing crappies.

Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505

Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250


Walleye activity has still been slow to develop. Some of the islands and bays are producing some fish, but not with any consistency. The same can be said for the crappie bite, although Black Bay  remains the best bet in less than 15 feet.

Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850


Limits of walleyes have been easy to come by for anglers along most shorelines in 4 to 7 feet. While a jig and minnow is working best, spinners or crankbaits are producing as well. Better numbers of crappies are showing up in shallow water, and scattered reports of large northern pike being caught also are coming in.

Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128

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