Minnesota Great Eight Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016
LAKE MILLE LACS
Walleye action remains strong in 15 to 20 feet during the day or 13 feet during the evening hours in St. Alban’s Bay, Garrison Bay, and the rock points. The tops and edges of the mud flats are kicking out numbers of walleyes as well. Spinner rigs and live bait, a jig and minnow, crankbaits, slip bobbers, and leeches are all working. Find a rock point or rock pile and you should have no problem catching smallmouth bass.
Johnson’s Portside (320) 676-3811
Terry’s Boat Harbor (320) 692-4430
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Walleyes are being caught around the lake, and reef fishing is picking up. Depths to key on are 7 to 14 feet or 20 to 27 feet, with a jig and minnow, spinners with leeches or crawlers, and crankbaits all working. On the Rainy River, crankbaits or bright-colored jigs tipped with minnows are turning walleyes in 5 to 17 feet. At the Northwest Angle, 10 to 27 feet has produced walleyes of all sizes.
Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau (800) 382-FISH
LAKE MINNETONKA AREA
Hit the inside weed edges at night and the outside edges during the day for walleyes on Lake Minnetonka and Lake Independence. Leeches and shiners are working best. Sucker minnows are fooling northern pike in the channels on Minnnetonka, while Lake Sarah and Medicine Lake are producing mixed bags of panfish in 8 to 10 feet. Bass are an easy catch on most lakes, from the shorelines out to 15 feet.
Wayzata Bait (952) 473-2227
A slip bobber and leech rig is producing walleyes in 3 to 6 feet during low-light periods, as are jigs and minnows on the 20- to 30-foot reef edges during the day. The north shore of Ely Island and south shore of Pine Island have been kicking out fish, but the wind-driven sides of any island are all targets. Smallmouth bass are active along most shorelines, crappies are going in 15 to 18 feet, and northern pike are mixed with the other species.
Pike Bay Lodge (218) 753-2430
Jigs and minnows or leeches are turning walleyes in 8 to 12 feet on the west-side points, Little Stoney Point, and the High Banks area. Walleyes also are showing up on the bars in 18 to 22 feet. Northern pike are mixed with the walleyes, and some perch are being caught on the 12- to 15-foot shoreline breaks.
Walleyes are active but scattered throughout various parts of the lake. Generally, the wind-driven shorelines, points, and main-lake structure have been best in 9 to 14 feet. West Goose Flats, Little Hardwoods Point, Pine Point, Agency Bay, and the GrandVu area are all good starting points. A jig and minnow, leeches, and crawlers are all part of the mix this week. There are plenty of northern pike mixed in, and there have been some good panfish reports from Portage and Boy bays.
Reed’s Sporting Goods (218) 547-1505
Shriver’s Bait Company (218) 547-2250
Work the reefs with minnows around Kettle Falls for walleyes in 15 to 20 feet or Olson Reef in 15 feet as well. Some crappies are being plucked from the mouth of the Rat Root River in Black Bay, and a few northern pike are biting in Jackfish Bay.
Loon’s Nest (218) 286-5850
A jig and minnow, spinner rigs, and crankbaits are turning walleyes along most shorelines in 4 to 7 feet. Crappie reports have been best in shallow water on the north end, and northern pike of various sizes are being caught along with the walleyes.
Mort’s Dock (218) 647-8128