Leech Lake Area
May 2nd, 2019
Walker Bay, Steamboat Bay, and Kabekona Bay were ice-free early this week. There was still some floating ice on the main lake, but it’s expected to be gone by this weekend or early next week. There has been some decent crappie reports coming out of Sucker Bay in 10 feet.
April 25th, 2019
There was still plenty of ice on the lake early this week, but the shorelines are open and the ice is turning black. It appears as though it won’t take long for the ice to go if it stays warm, rains, or there’s a combination of both.
April 18th, 2019
Ice fishing options were limited early this week and most shorelines will likely be open far enough to prevent people from getting on the lake by this weekend. Those that went out also reported soft main lake ice conditions.
April 11th, 2019
There was still quite a bit of activity last weekend for tullibees and perch, but a lot of anglers reported that the shorelines are getting rough and main lake ice is getting soft. If you can get on the ice, the bite should be good, but many people stated that it was risky early this week.
April 4th, 2019
Many anglers have been walking out and some shorelines are getting soft, but ATVs were being used on some access areas early this week as well. Perch reports have been good in 4 to 8 feet off Sand Point, Pine Point, and Agency Bay Narrows. Tullibee reports also have been decent off Stoney Point in 25 to 35 feet, and Shingobee Bay is giving up a mixed bag of panfish.
March 28th, 2019
There is still quite a bit of slush in spots and some shorelines have started to pull away, but ATVs were being used early this week. That may change by the weekend so call ahead. Tullibees were being found suspended off Stony Point and other deep-water locations. Perch reports have improved off Sand Point, in the Narrows, and in Agency Bay over 9 to 12 feet. You still have to do some sorting, but better numbers of jumbos were being caught.
March 21st, 2019
The lake continues to be a mess with slush still causing issues. A few people have been walking out, but struggling with the current conditions. Even anglers with track vehicles are experiencing a tough go of it with all the slush. As a result, fishing reports of any kind have been minimal again this week.
March 14th, 2019
The majority of activity over the past week has been from anglers trying to get their fish houses off the lake and that’s been difficult. Deep snow and slush is causing major travel issues across the lake so fishing has been minimal.
March 7th, 2019
There isn’t much to report other than it’s very difficult moving around the lake. Deep snow, slush, and drifts have made travel nearly impossible and fishing pressure has limited as a result. Anglers trying to remove their fish houses have found it to be a struggle due to conditions.
February 28th, 2019
The lake is a mess after last weekend’s wind and snow. Drifts and slush have caused major issues throughout the lake, while anglers and resort owners alike were still in clean up mode early this week. Make some calls before heading out this weekend to see if lake conditions have improved and what access or travel options exist.
February 21st, 2019
The lake is covered with deep snow and slush, and even the spots where roads are plowed are starting to experience some flooding issues in areas. Off-road travel is nearly impossible without some type of track vehicle, and you’ll come across pockets of slush on those as well. There are some opportunities to get around parts of the lake, primarily in Walker Bay, out of Trapper’s Landing, and a few other areas, but it’s tough to get around. The few walleyes being caught are coming from the humps in Walker Bay over 30 feet or more and on the 16- to 20-foot structure on the main lake.
February 14th, 2019
Setlines and shiner minnows are producing a few walleyes each evening on the 15- to 20-foot points or 30- to 35-foot humps in Walker Bay. Some perch are being caught on the north side of Walker Bay or Agency Bay in 12 to 18 feet. The deep water in Walker Bay also is worth hitting for eelpout. There are roads plowed to some areas of the lake, but a snowmobile is your best option – it allows you to get away from the crowds.
February 7th, 2019
Shiner minnows continue to produce a few walleyes throughout Walker Bay in 22 to 32 feet. The south shore flats out of Trapper’s Landing also are producing some walleyes over 20 to 25 feet. Sand Point continues to produce perch in 6 to 12 feet, but you have to sort through a lot of small fish and you’ll increase your odds of putting a few more jumbos on the ice if you’re willing to stay on the move. Snowmobiles are the best mode of transportation since it’s tough to get off the plowed roads that exist.
January 31st, 2019
Walleyes continue to bite best after dark on structure or shoreline breaks in 16 to 30 feet. Since last weekend, weather conditions haven’t allowed anglers to move around so those with permanent houses have been taking what they can get. Perch reports also have been limited, but look to the Sand Point, Pine Point, and Goose Island areas in 6 to 14 feet.
January 24th, 2019
Anglers are sorting through their perch and those that stay on the move are putting together a nice bunch of fish off Sand Point in 6 to 10 feet or north of Goose Island in 6 to 12 feet. On the south end, the Claybanks and Red Rocks areas are producing perch in 6 to 12 feet. Walleye action has been spotty with the best reports coming from low-light periods on the breaks and humps in Walker Bay in 18 to 30 feet.
January 17th, 2019
Anglers are sorting through numbers of small perch, but coming up with decent bunches of keepers off Sand Point in 9 to 12 feet or Boy Bay and Agency Bay in slightly deeper water. Walleyes continue to be caught, but reports have been best from those on the move, fishing overnight, and getting away from the crowds. The main lake points, flats, and reefs have been productive in 14 to 22 feet and the deep humps in Walker Bay are producing fish as well.
January 10th, 2019
Walleyes are being caught on the south shore humps and reefs in 18 to 24 feet, but the anglers catching the most fish have remained mobile or stayed well past sunset. The 40- to 50-foot humps in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes, again during low-light periods. You’ll also pluck some walleyes during the evening hours in 18 to 22 feet or the 12- to 14-humps around Templar Point, Fisher’s Point, and the Breezy area. Sand Point is giving up some walleyes and perch in 9 to 12 feet, although you have to sort through numbers of small perch.
January 3rd, 2019
You’ll hook walleyes and a few perch off Sand Point in 12 to 15 feet or off the rocks and humps on the south end out of Trapper’s Landing in 17 to 19 feet. Some walleyes also are being caught in 16 to 20 feet in Agency Bay and Trader’s Bay. Ice conditions are generally good even with more than 14 inches of snow hitting the area late last week. There’s some thinner ice, slush, and cracks in Walker Bay so talk to a resort before venturing out.
December 27th, 2018
There’s 14 to 16 inches of ice in the Trapper’s Landing area, and there are roads marked out to Huddle’s Reef, Diamond Point, and Roger’s Point. Ice depths continue to vary from 8 to 14 inches in Walker Bay and 12 to 16 inches on the main lake. Walleye action has been best with shiner minnows and setlines during low-light periods on the points and reefs in 14 to 18 feet. Stay mobile during the day in these same areas, but work deeper water with jigging baits.
December 20th, 2018
Bigger walleyes and a few keeping-size fish are being caught on the main lake flats and Stoney Point areas in 14 feet. The Sand Point area continues to produce perch, but you’ll have to sort. Crappies are being found suspended over deep water in Shingobee Bay and the south side of Walker Bay. Some small houses have been pulled out of Trapper’s Landing where 16 inches of ice is reported, the main lake has 12 to 14 inches of ice, it varies in Walker Bay from 8 to 14 inches, and there is a heave to watch for north of Pelican Island.
December 13th, 2018
The main lake now has areas with 10 to 14 inches of ice. Walker Bay is capped with 8 to 10 inches around the shorelines, but thinner ice the farther out you go, so you need to watch where you travel. Spoons and hole hopping is producing walleyes on the south end rocks in 10 to 14 feet. The Sand Point area is giving up perch and a few walleyes in 6 to 10 feet. Look to Trader’s Bay in 12 to 15 feet for perch and a few walleyes as well.
December 6th, 2018
Walker Bay is capped and some foot travel has started close to shore. On the main lake, ice depths vary from 3 to 8 inches. There has been some perch caught in 6 to 10 feet in Kabekona Bay, around Shingobee Island, GrandVu Flats, and out from City Park in Walker Bay. Walleye action has been limited to a few fish off the south end humps.
November 29th, 2018
A strong wind last Friday opened a big chunk of Walker Bay, which remained open early this week. Foot traffic should be an option out of the Trapper’s Landing area this weekend, and the Trader’s Bay/Pine Point areas would be worth checking for walkable ice as well.
November 15th, 2018
The main lake was mostly covered with skim ice on Monday morning, but pockets of open water remained as well. Walker Bay was wide open and a few muskie anglers were still putting boats in at the City Park Landing. Most small lakes in the area are now covered with ice, but walking out is not yet advised.
November 8th, 2018
Fishing activity has been limited to a few muskie and walleye anglers in Walker Bay. Since the deer season opened, even they have backed off. The deer opener offered mixed reports, but there seem to be a fair number of deer in the area. Anecdotal reports indicated that the rut is not in full swing, and quite a few small bucks were taken.
November 1st, 2018
The majority of anglers sticking it out have been hanging in Walker Bay for walleyes. The deep humps, points, and shoreline breaks have been giving up some walleyes on minnows and crankbaits. Muskie reports have been fewer lately, but the 10- to 15-foot rocks are have still been producing a few fish for those putting in the effort. Deer activity has definitely increased, and duck reports remain favorable despite less participation.
October 25th, 2018
The deep humps in Walker Bay are still producing walleyes, as are the south end rocks. A few walleyes and perch are being taken with minnows in the Narrows, Oak Point, and Hardwoods areas. Anglers trolling large baits over deep water in Walker Bay are picking off suspended muskies. Duck hunting has been decent as a few more ringbills and mallards have moved in.
October 18th, 2018
Windy weather has again limited angling pressure since last week. When people can get out, walleyes are being taken with minnows on the points and deep humps in Walker Bay. Perch reports have been best in 9 to 12 feet in the Narrows, Sand Point, Agency Bay, and Cedar Point. Muskie action continues to be best on the shallow rocks with sucker minnows or rubber baits. Waterfowl hunters have started to see more divers moving in.
October 11th, 2018
Wet and windy weather over the past week has limited fishing opportunities. The few anglers venturing out are finding the occasional walleye on the wind-driven points or shoreline breaks in 6 to 10 feet. The deep humps in Walker Bay also are worth hitting for walleyes with Jiggin’ Raps or minnows. Perch action has slowed a bit and a few muskies continue to be caught off the shallow rocks with bucktails or rubber baits. Steady winds have helped knock some of the leaves down so grouse hunting should pick up, but there wasn’t a big push of new ducks into the area since last week.
Oct 4, 2018
Hit the wind-blown shorelines with a jig and minnow in 6 to 9 feet for walleyes. The deep humps or 18- to 24-foot breaks in Walker Bay are kicking out walleyes as well. Perch reports remain decent, although there is some sorting of small fish involved in 6 to 9 feet off Sand Point, Mounds Point, and GrandVu Flats. Muskie anglers are finding fish on the rocks or via trolling in Walker Bay. There’s some mallards and geese to be had and there has been reports of a few more divers showing up early this week.
Sept 27, 2018
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes early and late each day in less than 12 feet, as are Jiggin’ Raps in 15 feet during the day. Better areas have been Cedar Point, Agency Narrows, Goose Island, and the Snake Pit. Trolling crankbaits around Pine Point, Cedar Point, and Sand Point in 9 to 12 feet has turned walleyes at night. Muskie action remains very good with bucktails on the rocks and rock-covered points. The duck season started on a good note, especially for those hunting areas with rice beds.
Sept 20, 2018
A jig and minnow has started producing a few walleyes during the day on the wind-driven shorelines and points in 9 to 12 feet. Trolling crankbaits in these areas at night has produced some walleyes as well. Bucktails continue to provide consistent muskie action during the evening hours on the rock piles and points. Perch action has picked up in Trader’s Bay and Sand Point – look for the sand/grass areas in 9 feet.
Sept 13, 2018
A spinner and nightcrawler is producing walleyes in the cabbage off Mound’s Point and the breaks off Otter Tail Point. The humps in Walker Bay are giving up a few big walleyes and trolling crankbaits at night in 9 feet has been productive on the Goose Island Flats and Sand Point. Muskie action was a bit slower this week, but the rocks continue to give up some fish early and late each day.
Sept 6, 2018
Trolling crankbaits at night in 7 to 9 feet has produced walleyes off Pine Point and west of Goose Island. If the wind is blowing, there is some daytime walleye action with crankbaits off First and Second Duck points in 8 feet. Work the cabbage in Steamboat Bay or off Mound’s Point and the rocks on the south side of Otter Tail Point and Stony Point for muskies.
Aug 30, 2018
Cover water with a crankbait or spinner and crawler for walleyes in Sucker Bay over 12 to 16 feet. The deep humps in Walker Bay started giving up a few more walleyes on live-bait rigs and crawlers. Trolling crankbaits after dark around Goose Island in 9 to 12 feet has produced walleyes as well. Muskies are hitting blade baits or topwater baits on the main lake rocks. Largemouths have been pulled from the rice beds.
Aug 23, 2018
You have to cover water to catch walleyes during the day. Crankbaits or spinners and crawlers are producing some daytime fish in 12 to 15 feet around Goose Flats, the Snake Pit, and Cedar Point in Walker Bay. A slip bobber and leech also is producing some walleyes in the weeds and Walker Bay breaks in 9 to 12 feet. Muskie action remains best on the main lake rocks, but some fish have been caught in the weeds in Sucker Bay as well.
Aug 16, 2018
Walleye action continues to be off, but some fish are being taken during the day on live-bait rigs and crawlers on the main-lake flats in 10 to 14 feet. You have to cover a lot of water. Trolling crankbaits or anchoring with slip bobbers and leeches are producing a few more walleyes during low-light periods in 8 to 12 feet on the flats and breaks in Walker Bay. Muskies remain somewhat active, but they seem to be more scattered between the rocks and weeds this week.
Aug 2, 2018
You need to cover water on the main lake with a spinner and crawler in 9 to 11 feet for walleyes from Joe’s Landing to the Hardwoods. A slip bobber and leech is turning walleyes on the 16- to 20-foot rocks on North and West bars, while crankbaits are producing walleyes after dark in Walker Bay from 8 to 12 feet. Muskie reports have been good on the cabbage in Portage Bay and north of Hardwoods. Largemouth bass are hitting in the rice beds throughout the lake
July 27, 2018
Muskie action has improved quite a bit from last week with good reports of active fish coming out of Portage Bay, Sucker Bay, Agency Bay, and the Two Points area. Walleyes are tough to catch during the day, but you will hook a few during low-light periods with slip bobbers and leeches or spinners and crawlers off Sand Point and Cedar Point in 10 to 14 feet. Trolling crankbaits in these areas after dark also has produced some walleyes. Find the cabbage beds in most bays and you’ll catch bluegills and bass.
July 20, 2018
Walleye anglers are grinding out bites during the day with live bait or Jiggin’ Raps on the humps and shoreline breaks in Walker Bay or the main lake rock and weed flats. Trolling crankbaits at night in 9 to 12 feet has produced some walleyes from Sand to Cedar Point and the GrandVu Flats to Pine Point area. Hit Portage Bay and Sucker Bay for muskies, the rice in Steamboat Bay for largemouth bass, and the shallow weeds in Shingobee Bay for panfish.
July 13, 2018
A slip bobber and leech or live-bait rigs and crawlers are producing walleyes in the weeds of Trader’s Bay, Sucker Bay, and off Sand Point during the evening hours. The humps in Walker Bay started giving up a few more fish and some walleyes are being caught at night by trolling crankbaits from Sand Point to Cedar Point in 9 to 14 feet. Reports on the main lake have been slower, likely due to a significant mayfly hatch. The cabbage in Shingobee Bay is producing bluegills, and muskie reports have been best off the south end rocks or weeds in Portage and Sucker bays.
July 6, 2018
Rocks continue to produce better numbers of walleyes during the day in 15 to 20 feet. With a good wind, you’ll still pick walleyes out of the weeds and shoreline breaks in 9 to 12 feet with spinner rigs and leeches. Trolling crankbaits at night from Sand Point to Cedar Point in less than 12 feet has produced walleyes as well. Muskie reports have been better this week than last, with fish now being raised on the weedlines and shallow rock areas.
June 29, 2018
Walleye action seems to have moved off the weed edges and onto the rock piles in Walker Bay or the 15- to 20-foot rocks throughout the main lake. Slow-death rigs and crawlers are working best and some fish are being taken with crankbaits on the flats in 14 feet. The rocks also are holding muskies, but anglers are having a tough time getting them to commit to a bait. Hit the Minnesota Island area in Steamboat Bay for bass and the cabbage beds in Shingobee Bay for panfish.
June 22, 2018
Spinner rigs with leeches or crawlers are turning walleyes in around the 6- foot weeds and main lake rock piles. The wind-driven shorelines also have been productive in 9 to 12 feet. The humps in Walker Bay are producing walleyes during the evening hours as well. Muskie reports have been good, but the weeds have been more productive than rocks this week.
June 15, 2018
Walleyes have spread out a bit more with fish still being found on the points and shoreline breaks in 9 to 12 feet, while others are being caught on deep structure throughout the main lake and in Walker Bay. Minnows continue to work, especially on those shallow locations, but leeches seem to be the best option this week. Muskie anglers are hooking a few small fish on bucktails and largemouth bass continue to be caught in the reeds and wild rice area around Minnnesota Island in Steamboat Bay.
June 8, 2018
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes on most wind-driven shorelines and points. Better areas this week have been the east and west shorelines of Walker Bay in 15 to 25 feet, West Goose Flats and Stoney Point in 7 to 15 feet, Trader’s Bay in 8 to 12 feet, and back side of Pine Point in 6 to 10 feet. Bass action has been strong, but muskie reports have started out slow.
June 1, 2018
Walleye action has improved with a jig and minnow, crawler, or leech all producing fish. Work the points and shoreline breaks in 5 to 10 feet with a good wind or cloudy conditions or slightly deeper if the conditions are calm – windy days have been much more productive than the calm ones. Panfish and largemouth bass reports have improved from the reeds and docks in most bays.
May 25, 2018
A jig and shiner minnow combo is producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on GrandVu Flats, Pine Point, Bear Island, and in Trader’s Bay. Fish the wind-driven shorelines, regardless of where you’re at. Northern pike are mixed in with the walleyes, while bass and panfish have started showing up in the shallow bays.
May 18, 2018
Walleye reports vary and most anglers are picking off quite a few big fish with some eaters in the mix. A jig and minnow is working best on the points and shoreline breaks in 6 to 9 feet. Low-light periods or windy days have been best, but the wind hasn’t blown much this week. Work those wind-driven areas when it does blow.
May 11, 2018
As of Tuesday morning, most small bays were open, and the ice in Walker Bay was busted up and looking close to going out. There will be plenty of water to fish this weekend, even if there’s still some ice floating on the main lake, and there’s a chance, with the right weather this week, that it could all be gone. Look for crappies in the small bays and boat harbors as well.
May 4, 2018
Heavy rains on Sunday and Monday night started to take their toll on the ice, but the shorelines were only open about 6 to 10 feet on Tuesday morning. The ice in Walker Bay is black, and with the rain, there was quite a bit of water on top of it. Ice conditions on the main lake looked pretty solid early this week. Some small bays and small lakes are expected to be open by this weekend.
April 27, 2018
Based on lake and shoreline conditions early this week, using ATVs should be an option at least through this weekend. Tullibee action has been minimal, but the perch bite definitely picked up with good reports coming from Sand Bay, Agency Bay, and Second or Third Duck points in 8 to 10 feet.
April 20, 2018
Fishing reports have been limited to a few perch being caught in less than 10 feet off Sand Point, Cedar Point, and in Agency Bay. There hasn’t been many anglers out and the snow has settled enough that ATVs or track vehicles are being used.
April 13, 2018
There’s been a few reports of perch being caught in Sucker Bay and some tullibees coming off Stoney Point, but very few anglers have been on the lake. Track vehicles are still suggested for travel.
April 6, 2018
Most accesses are holding up, but deep snow and pockets of slush on main lake areas means track vehicles are the best mode of transportation. For the most part, fishing reports have been very limited due to the minimal activity on the lake.
March 30, 2018
Travel conditions continue to be difficult throughout the lake with deep snow, slush, and minimal roads limiting where you can get to. Perch action has been particularly slow, and some tullibees continue to be found suspended over 30 feet or more off Stony Point.
March 23, 2018
Deep snow and slush continues to limit where anglers can get to. Perch reports have been spotty at best with a few fish coming off the Sand Point area in 9 to 12 feet. Tullibees continue to be caught off Stoney Point over 30 to 45 feet and eelpout are hitting at night in Walker Bay – some are deep and others are being caught in less than 20 feet. There’s been a few reports of crappies being found suspended in Shingobee Bay over 20 to 24 feet.
March 16, 2018
You have to sort through some small fish, but the Sand Point area is producing perch in 8 to 18 feet. Tullibee anglers continue to do well off Stoney Point, finding suspended fish over 30 to 40 feet. Other areas on the lake have been tough to get to due to deep snow and a lack of roads – snowmobiles remain the best travel option.
March 9, 2018
Another round of snow this week means that snowmobiles remain the best travel option until some road systems are plowed open – check with resorts on those. Some perch are being caught in 10 to 15 feet off Sand Point and Cedar Point in Walker Bay. The Hardwoods, Goose Island area, and Duck Points also are giving up perch in 9 to 14 feet. Expect to sort through some small fish. Tullibees are being found suspended over 30 feet off Stoney Point and the Paris Trench area.
March 2, 2018
Snowmobiles are the best travel option after last week’s snow with limited roads being plowed now that the walleye season is closed – check with resorts. Tullibees are being found suspended over 25 to 30 feet off Stony Point and the Paris Trench area. Perch action has been sporadic with some sorting involved. Look to Sand Point, Goose Island, the Hardwoods, and Duck Points in 9 to 14 feet.
February 23, 2018
You now have to stay on the plowed roads or use a snowmobile to get around after 12 to 17 inches of snow hit the area this week. Look for perch in 15 to 20 feet in Walker Bay or on Variety Reef and Olson Reef out from Trapper’s Landing. These areas also will produce a few walleyes during the evening hours in 15 to 25 feet. Tullibees continue to be caught in the deep hole off Stoney Point, and eelpout action is picking up over the deep water in Walker Bay.
February 16, 2018
Tullibees continue to be found suspended over deep water off Stoney Point, while the 18- to 25-foot breaks in Walker Bay are giving up a few walleyes at night. Look to the Sand Point area for perch and the occasional walleyes in 12 to 15 feet. Some perch also are being caught in 10 to 16 feet by anglers moving throughout the Hardwoods, First Duck and Second Duck points or north of Goose Island.
February 9, 2018
Walleye action has been pretty slow with just a few fish being caught after sunset on the east shore of Walker Bay in 18 to 25 feet. The Sand Point area is producing a few perch and an occasional walleye in 8 to 12 feet, while tullibee action has picked up off Stoney Point over 30 to 40 feet.
February 2, 2018
Walleye action has been sporadic – they bite one day but not the next. The best action is taking place at night in 20 to 25 feet throughout the main lake or on the 18- to 20-foot breaks in Walker Bay. Perch are being caught, but you will have to sort through quite a few small fish in 12 to 15 feet in Agency Bay or the 6- to 10-foot sand grass areas off Sand Point and Pine Point.
January 26, 2018
The Trapper’s Landing area is producing walleyes after dark in 18 to 25 feet. You’ll also hit walleyes in Walker Bay during low-light periods on the shoreline breaks and deeper humps. Look to Sand Point for perch in 6 to 10 feet and Cedar Point for walleyes in 18 to 30 feet. Sucker Bay is giving up perch and a few walleyes in 13 feet.
January 19, 2018
Walleye action has picked up during the evening hours on the 35- to 40-foot humps in Walker Bay. The 18- to 20-foot reefs out from Trapper’s Landing are giving up walleyes, as are the Pine Point and Goose Island areas early and late each day in 15 to 18 feet. Perch reports have been limited with a few nice fish being found mixed in with the walleyes on the main lake areas.
January 12, 2018
Walleye reports have been best off the north and south ends of Walker Bay in 25 to 35 feet. The Sand Point area is giving up a few walleyes and the occasional keeping-size perch in 10 to 12 feet. Main-lake walleye reports have been limited to a few fish on the 12- to 20-foot structure.
January 5, 2018
Ice depths vary with vehicles being used in some areas and ATVs on other parts of the lake. Walleye action has been best during low-light periods on the humps and rocks out from Trapper’s Landing. The 16- to 22- foot breaks or 25- to 30-foot humps in Walker Bay have kicked out walleyes as well. The Sand Point area is worth noting for perch and a few walleyes in 6 to 12 feet.
December 29, 2017
Walker Bay continues to give up a few walleyes during low-light periods in 20 to 25 feet. The main-lake rocks and reefs are producing walleyes in 15 to 20 feet. Trader’s Bay and the Goose Island breaks also are producing fish in 12 to 14 feet. Ice conditions have improved, with the recent cold front shoring up many of the areas that had marginal ice, but you still need to watch where you’re going on some main-lake areas. Extended cold could take care of that.
December 22, 2017
Ice conditions have improved, but depths still vary from pockets of thin ice to as much as 13 inches in some bays and main lake areas. It’s a tricky deal at this point since some areas are not safe for any form of travel, while ATVs are being used in other spots. The first shoreline break, 18 to 25 feet in Walker Bay is giving up a few walleyes during low-light periods. Look to Sand Point for walleyes and a few keeping-size perch in less than 12 feet and some of the main-lake reefs, those with good ice in and around them, are giving up walleyes in 15 to 20 feet.
December 15, 2017
The main lake has 2 to 7 inches of ice, but it varies throughout the basin. Thin ice was still being found in many areas and there was a pocket of open water from Pine Point to Goose Island earlier this week. Trader’s Bay has 5 to 9 inches of ice and Walker Bay is now ice-covered with a thin layer. Anglers have just started to venture out.
December 8, 2017
Walker Bay was wide open on Tuesday morning, but some of the other bays were ice-capped. The wind early this week kept pockets of open water from locking up on the main lake, although some limited foot travel has started, not far from shore on parts of the main lake. The small lakes have better ice conditions, and they’re providing better fishing options.
December 1, 2017
With the exception of some shoreline ice, the entire lake is again wide open. This week’s wind and high temperatures took care of most of the ice that had started to form – there was still a boat or two in Walker Bay last weekend. Anglers are fishing the small lakes for panfish where 4 to 6 inches of ice is being found.
November 24, 2017
After strong winds on Tuesday, any thin ice that had formed on the main basin had re-opened. With the exception of ice on the wind-protected bays and shorelines, there was more open water than ice early this week. Some small lakes in this area have enough ice to walk on, but you need to check it as you go since ice depths vary.
November 17, 2017
Much of the main lake and bays were capped with ice, but conditions likely changed after rain and warm weather early this week – there were still boats in Walker Bay on Monday. The small lakes in the area are capped as well, and some walkable ice has formed on a few small lakes.
November 9, 2017
Deer and duck hunting reports have been good. There were good numbers of deer shot and most were happy. A push of new ducks into the area also has provided success for waterfowl hunters. Ice is limited, but most lakes were open this week.
November 2, 2017
A handful of die-hard anglers have ventured out this past week, but fishing pressure has been light due to strong winds and cold temperatures. Walleye reports have been limited to a few big fish coming out of deep water in Walker Bay. Although muskie reports have been slow look to the shallow rocks for fish.
October 27, 2017
A jig and minnow is finally producing decent walleye numbers on the wind-driven points and shorelines. Some walleyes also are coming from the deep breaks in Walker Bay. Muskie action is limited, but perch are being caught in 8 to 12 feet off Sand Point, Mounds Point, and the Meadows. Hunters are shooting a mixed bag of ducks including more ringnecks and mallards, while grouse hunting action has been noticeably better over the past week.
October 20, 2017
The deep rocks and 16- to 22-foot breaks on the main lake have been giving up walleyes during the day. If the wind is blowing, you will find active fish along the wind-driven shorelines and points in less than 12 feet during the day as well. Some anglers are trolling crankbaits in 12 to 14 feet during the day or in shallower depths at night in Walker Bay and also hooking some walleyes. Muskie aaction continues to be best on the rocks, but fishing pressure for them has been light. Look for nice perch in deep water, but more numbers in less than 12 feet. There hasn’t been a push of new ducks into the area and grouse hunting reports have been pretty good since the leaves have come down.
October 4, 2017
A jig and minnow is producing walleyes and perch in 9 to 14 feet north of Shingobee Island, the Annex, Submarine Island, and North Bar. Similar depths from Sand Point to Cedar Point in Walker Bay have been productive as well. Topwater baits have been best for muskies off Otter Tail Point and the north end of Portage Bay. There hasn’t been a push of new ducks into the area, but ringnecks, teal, and wood ducks are being shot.
September 29th, 2017
Perch and walleye action picked up a bit since last week with good reports coming from 9 to 14 feet on Mounds Point, Sand Point, Pine Point, the rocks south of Bear Island, and off Goose Island. Minnows are producing walleyes on the main lake rocks or east shore of Walker Bay in 8 to 12 feet. Trolling crankbaits at night has produced walleyes from Sand Point to Cedar Point as well. Muskies are being taken with bucktails or topwater baits on the main lake rocks. Most groups shot ducks opening weekend with wood ducks, teal, ringbills, and a few mallards in bags.
August 17th, 2017
There’s a morning walleye bite with redtails or Jiggin’ Raps on the humps in Walker Bay. Crankbaits are producing walleyes in 10 to 12 feet on the Snake Pit Flats and Annex area. Trolling crankbaits after dark in the Sand Point area has produced walleyes as well in 9 to 14 feet. Bucktails or topwater baits have worked best for muskies on the rocks and the rice beds in Boy Bay are kicking out largemouth bass.
August 11th, 2017
Slow-death rigs or spinners tipped with crawlers are turning a few walleyes on the main lake rocks or 10- to 14-foot weedlines. Some fish are being pulled from the shallow weeds as well. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches continue to produce walleyes off Sand Point in 10 to 12 feet during the evening hours and after dark. Hit the reeds in Boy Bay and Steamboat Bay for largemouth bass and the deep, main lake rocks for smallmouth. Bucktails and topwater baits are the best options for muskies on the rocks as well.
August 7th, 2017
Walleye action has been spotty with a few fish hitting spinners and crawlers on the Hardwoods and Goose Island Flats. Crankbaits or slip bobbers and leeches have turned some walleyes in 8 to 12 feet during the evening hours off Pine Point, Sand Point, and in Trader’s Bay. Muskie reports have been mostly positive with bucktails or plastics on the rocks and bass are hitting in the “slop” in most bays.
July 27th, 2017
Crankbaits or slow-death rigs with crawlers are producing walleyes on the 9- to 14-foot weedlines or main lake reefs in 17 to 25 feet. Muskie action has improved with bucktails in Sucker, Portage, and Kabekona bays. Look for largemouth in the reeds and weeds of Boy Bay, Portage Bay, and Sucker Bay or smallies on the 17- to 20- foot rocks.
July 20th, 2017
The past week’s heat seems to have driven walleyes deeper. Work 16 to 22 feet on the main lake rocks and breaks. Some walleyes can be had on the points and shoreline breaks in less than 12 feet during low-light periods. Muskie action has slightly improved with the rocks and weeds now showing signs of life early and late each day. Look to the cabbage in Boy Bay for bluegills and for northern pike in the weeds throughout the lake.
July 13th, 2017
Walleyes are being caught on a variety of live-bait and artificial presentations. The shoreline breaks in Walker Bay, Goose Island Flats, and main lake rocks continue to produce fish in 12 to 16 feet. If the wind blows, the 6- to 10-foot weeds and points also will kick out walleyes. At night, slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits will turn walleyes off Sand Point in 8 to 12 feet. Muskie action has been spotty with some fish being caught in the weeds of Portage Bay.
July 6th, 2017
The main-lake rocks continue to give up walleyes on nightcrawlers in 10 to 14 feet, but with a good wind, a jig and minnow will still produce fish on the shorelines and points. The humps and breaks in Walker Bay started giving up a few more walleyes as well. Look for muskies around the cabbage in Portage Bay and Steamboat Bay, while bass action has been best in the reeds around Minnesota Island.
June 29th, 2017
Crawlers, leeches, and minnows are producing walleyes in 8 to 12 feet around Pelican Island, Pelican Reef, Red Rock Reef, and the Annex. Throwing topwater baits over the weeds in Portage Bay has triggered a few muskies. Work the cabbage in Boy Bay for crappies.
June 22nd, 2017
Crawlers or leeches on a live-bait rig or spinner are turning walleyes on the rocks in 7 to 9 feet – Pelican Island area and the Annex have been two of the better spots. Walleyes also can be had during the evening hours with live bait on the 10- to 12- foot flats. Muskie reports have been quiet, but the reeds in most bays are producing largemouth bass.
June 15th, 2017
It’s been a consistent week of walleye fishing with leeches, nightcrawlers, and minnows. Most fish continue to be found in less than 12 feet and they’re often weed-related. The Hardwoods, Duck points, Goose Island, Pine Point, GrandVu Flats and the breaks in Walker Bay are all producing some fish. Bass fishing reports are strong from the rice and reed beds, but panfish reports have been slow. Look for better muskie action on the mid-depth weeds or shallow rocks.
June 8th, 2017
Walleye action has picked up quite a bit since last week with fish being found in Portage Bay, the Hardwoods, Second Duck Point, the Annex, and Deadhead area. The majority of walleyes are weed-related in 9 to 12 feet and they’re hitting a jig and minnow, and spinners and crawlers or leeches under floats. The pencil reeds in most bays are holding jumbo perch. Muskie action has been slow.
June 1st, 2017
Look for scattered walleyes to hit minnows, leeches, and crawlers in 6 to 10 feet. Fish are being caught in a lot of areas, just not big numbers on most spots. Work the wind-driven shorelines around Goose Island, Battle Point, the Hardwoods, Sugar Point, Pine Point, and Otter Tail Point – stay on the move. Bass are showing up on the shorelines in most bays and remain in pre-spawn mode.
May 25th, 2017
The walleye bite has been sporadic with spurts of activity throughout the day. A jig tipped with a minnow or leech is working best in 4 to 10 feet and fish the wind-driven shorelines. Areas such as the Hardwoods, Meadows, Goose Island, Pelican Island, Battle Point, and Sugar Point have been most productive if the wind is hitting them.
May 18th, 2017
Walleyes seem to be more spread out than expected with fish coming off most wind-driven shorelines and points in 6 to 10 feet. A jig and minnow is working best, but live-bait rigs are producing as well. The routine involves picking off the aggressive fish within a given area and move to the next spot and do the same. Crappies and bluegills are being found in the bays and boat harbors in shallow water.
May 11th, 2017
Crappies are being caught in Boy Bay, Kabekona Bay, and the north end of Sucker Bay in less than 6 feet. Most harbors are holding crappies as well and perch reports have been decent in the Narrows.
May 4th, 2017
Crappies were starting to show up in the bays and boat harbors, but they moved out with the return of cold, windy weather. As conditions improve, start by looking just outside these locations and then inside them as the water warms.
April 27th, 2017
A few crappies have shown up in the boat harbors and shallow bays, but no big numbers. These fish are moving in and out with the constant weather changes and the water needs to warm up in order to keep them shallow.
April 20th, 2017
Start looking to the bays and harbors to hold crappies as soon as the sun comes out and water temperatures climb in these shallow areas. The ice is gone, so it shouldn’t take but a few days of warm weather to get these fish moving into the traditional, spring haunts.
April 13th, 2017
Last weekend’s wind chewed up most of the ice. As of Tuesday, anything that remained was floating and being pushed with the wind. Complete ice-out should occur soon.
April 6th, 2017
There was some limited ice fishing last weekend, but it’s no longer advised. With the shorelines opening and an uncertainty with the main lake ice, the winter season has ended here. Prep your boats and tackle!
March 23rd, 2017
Perch are being caught and anglers with the most success continue to stay on the move. Pine Point, the Hardwoods, Goose Island, First Duck and Second Duck points are all worth hitting in 8 to 12 feet of water. Tullibees are being found off Stoney Point towards the Trench in 25 to 30 of water – some fish are being caught shallower as well. The ice seems to be holding up – trucks were being used early in the week, but ATVs might be a safer option by this weekend.
March 16th, 2017
Anglers willing to move and sort through fish are catching nice perch north of Goose Island in 8 to 15 feet. The tullibee bite also has picked up in the Trench area off Stoney Point over 30 to 35 feet. Anglers continue to catch plenty of eelpout on the sharp breaks off Templar Point. With the exception of some heaves that you need to go around, ice conditions remain favorable for truck use.
March 9th, 2017
Small jigs and wax worms under a flasher are turning tullibees over 30 feet of water off Stoney Point, Paris Trench, and in Horseshoe Bay. Perch also seem to be bunching up on the 8- to 10- foot sand grass areas of Sucker Bay, Steamboat Bay, Goose Island, the Narrows, First Duck and Second Duck points. Most shorelines have improved with the cooler weather, main lake ice is still over two feet thick and most anglers are using ATVs.
March 2nd, 2017
Most shorelines remain intact, main lake ice is good, and trucks were being used early this week – just watch for cracks. Perch reports have been best off Goose Island, First Duck and Second Duck points in 8 to 12 feet. Perch also are going in 9 to 11 feet off Sand Point and Cedar Point – you’ll have to do some sorting of small fish in most locations. Tullibee reports continue to improve off Stoney Point and in Horseshoe Bay over 25 to 40 feet.
February 23rd, 2017
Most accesses have held up through the rain and warm weather, and with some colder air predicted, vehicle travel should remain an option this weekend. Perch are being caught, but you have to move and do some sorting in Sucker Bay, off Pine Point, and around Goose Island. Anglers continue to catch a few walleyes each evening off Sand Point and Cedar Point in 14 to 22 feet. A few tullibees continue to be caught off Stoney Point, but no big numbers at this point.
February 16th, 2017
Perch action continues to improve around Sand Point, Goose Island, the Hardwood’s, and in Trader’s Bay. Tullibees also have started biting with fish being found suspended over 30 feet near Stoney Point. Walleye action has been more sporadic with the best reports coming off the 18- to 24- foot shoreline breaks in Walker Bay or the mid-depth rocks in the Trapper’s Landing area.
February 9th, 2017
Perch action has picked up in 7 to 11 feet off Sand Point, around Goose Island, and the backside of Bear Island. The key to catching walleyes is to move away from the crowds in 16 to 18 feet off Diamond Point and Pine Point or along the 10- to 14- foot breaks in Walker Bay.
February 2nd, 2017
Walleye action has been sporadic, but Walker Bay is giving up fish near Sand Point and Cedar Point in 10 to 14 feet. A few walleyes also are being caught on the main lake rocks in 17 to 22 feet. Look for perch on the east side and north of Goose Island in 8 to 12 feet – stay on the move.
January 26th, 2017
Perch reports have been favorable off Sand Point in 8 to 12 feet, Pine Point in 8 to 15 feet, and the flats off Cedar Point in 10 to 12 feet – drill plenty of holes and keep moving. Walleye action has been best during low-light periods or after dark on the 17- to 22-foot rock areas, around Goose Island, and off Pine Point. A few crappies have started being pulled from Shingobee Bay.
January 19th, 2017
Truck travel is now regular on the lake. Perch action has picked up with better numbers of bigger fish being found in 10 to 15 feet off Goose Point, Pine Point, Sand Point, and the Hardwoods. Walleyes have bit best during the low-light periods, and it is key to get away from the crowds. Look to the Snake Pit in 14 feet and the 30- to 40-foot humps in Walker Bay as good starting points.
January 12th, 2017
Look for walleyes in 18 to 22 feet during the day or in 14 to 18 feet during low-light periods on the main lake reefs – Big Rock and Huddle’s are good starting points. Perch require some sorting, but they are biting in 8 to 12 feet off Sand Point, Pine Point, and in the Walker Narrows. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are turning northern pike on the weedline in Sucker Bay.
January 5th, 2017
Walleye reports have been best during the evening hours off the Trapper’s Landing area in 15 to 17 feet. Areas such as Pine Point, the Snake Pit, Goose Island, and GrandVu Flats are producing walleyes in 10 to 15 feet. There’s also some evening walleye action on the humps in Walker Bay over 22 to 34 feet. Much of the main lake has 14 to 17 inches of ice, with 6 to 12 inches in Walker Bay.
December 29th, 2016
This will be our last report of 2016. New Years weekend fishing is looking like it will be quite good, ice conditions are quickly improving with the main lake having an average thinkness of 10-14 inches but still has many ridges, while Walker Bay is still thin at about 5 inches with some bad breaks. The rockpiles off the main lake have been offering some great Walleye fishing in the 15 foot range.
December 22nd, 2016
Much of the main lake has 8 to 11 inches of ice, but there are some cracks and ice heaves to watch for. Walleyes are being caught off Stoney Point and Pine Point in 12 to 14 feet. In Walker Bay, anglers are reporting varying ice depths from 4 to 8 inches with people mainly fishing off the first shoreline breaks and catching some walleyes during low-light periods. ATVs are being used in Agency Bay and Trader’s Bay, but fishing reports have been limited.
December 16th, 2016
The entire lake is now ice-covered and some limited fishing has begun. Anglers have started walking out “a couple hundred yards” on parts of the south end and off Pine and Stoney points. Early this week, 3 to 5 inches of ice was reported in these areas so there should be some decent fishing options by this weekend.
December 8th, 2016
A few anglers were still trolling crankbaits at night last week and catching walleyes. That’s likely come to an end this week with the cold air arriving and ice expected to develop rapidly.
December 1st, 2016
While some ice had started to form on the shorelines and in some shallow bays, most of it was gone this week due to the rain and wind. Reports of any kind will continue to be limited until some of the small lakes in this area offer walkable ice.
November 17th, 2016
Fishing pressure has been extremely limited since the deer season began, but those that still have their boats out are catching walleyes, mainly in shallow water or on the deep breaks and humps in Walker Bay. Look for a push of ducks to move in with cooler weather expected this weekend. Hunters are seeing deer and filling tags with deer they might have passed on during the first week of the season.
November 10th, 2016
Most of the effort shifted from the lake to the woods, with many sitting in deer stands this week. Reports indicated that there are a few more deer in the area than last year. Some hunters did well and others passed on deer in fear they’d spoil in the heat. Although angling pressure has been light, those going are catching big walleyes in shallow water on minnows during the day and with crankbaits at night.
November 3rd, 2016
Walker Bay is still producing some amazing Walleye's in the deeper bowls, with best results seen with jigs. Perch and Panfish have picked up in the weedy shallows. Sucker Bay has also been producing some agressive muskie as of late, when using spoons and crankbaits
October 27th, 2016
A jig and minnow started producing walleyes over 50 to 70 feet in Walker Bay during the day. You’ll also catch a few walleyes with jigs on the wind-driven points on certain days. After dark, trolling crankbaits in shallow water off the points and shoreline breaks has produced walleyes. Muskies are scattered with the best reports coming off the rocks on North Bar, Otter Tail Point, and Pelican. Perch remain shallow, but haven’t bit as consistently. Grouse hunting has improved, and although some new ducks moved in, hunters are seeing big numbers at this point.
October 20th, 2016
Work the wind-driven shoreline points and breaks with a jig and minnow for walleyes. Bigger pods of fish are being found on rocky structure in 6 to 8 feet, especially if it’s windy, and bigger minnows seem to be working best. At night, troll crankbaits in less than 12 feet around the points and breaks for walleyes. Perch continue to be pulled from the narrows, Sand Point, and GrandVu Flats area in 6 to 8 feet, and muskie anglers continue to find bigger fish on the rocks. Grouse hunting has improved, but there hasn’t been a push of new ducks into the area.
October 13th, 2016
Daytime walleye action continues to be less consistent than most expect, but water temps still haven’t dropped a lot. A jig and minnow is recommended during the day on any wind-driven point or shoreline – just keep moving until you connect with an active pod of fish. At night, crankbaits are producing fish from Sand Point to Cedar Point, along Pine Point, and on the shoreline breaks in Walker Bay. Muskies are active on the rocks. Perch are in the 6- to 8-foot cabbage and points. Duck hunters aren’t finding many new birds. Grouse reports are improving
October 6th, 2016
Walleye reports have been up and down, but a jig and minnow is your best option on the south side of Pelican Island, Otter Tail Point, and the Hardwoods – work wind-driven shorelines. Perch are going strong in 6 to 8 feet off Sand Point and throughout the Narrows. Muskie reports continue to be good on the rocks. Grouse hunters are seeing birds. A few more ringbills have moved into the area for duck hunters.
September 29th, 2016
Between strong wind events, perch are being caught in the Narrows, Sand Point, Meadows, and Grand Vu areas in 6 to 8 feet. A few walleyes are being caught on the wind-driven points and shorelines in less than 10 feet – water temperatures have dipped below 60 degrees. Muskie action remains strong on the main lake rocks and south end structure. Most hunting parties shot ducks, but not a lot of limits were taken – wood ducks and teal were most abundant.
September 22nd, 2016
Muskie reports are favorable on the main lake shallow rocks and bulrushes in most bays. There’s been improvement with the perch bite, although anglers continue to sort through these fish. Look to the Walker Narrows, Sand Point, shallow weed flats and bulrushes to hold numbers. Walleye action has been slow, but a few have taken minnows in the weeds, on flats, and wind-driven shorelines or points.
September 15th, 2016
The jig and minnow bite is picking up along shallow weeds, shoreline breaks, and points as water temperatures continue to drop. Crankbaits also will produce walleyes on the flats, points, and wind-driven shorelines during the day and at night. Perch action has picked up on the shallow weeds during the afternoon hours and with some sorting, you can put together a nice bunch of fish. Most muskies are being found on rocks and windy points in less than 12 feet.
September 8th, 2016
The 10- to 14-foot breaks and weeds off Sand Point and Cedar Point are producing walleyes on crawlers. The wind-driven points and shorelines are starting to hold more walleyes, most of which are being caught on minnows or blown-up crawlers. The shallow weeds and rocks continue to provide consistent muskie action, while Boy Bay is a safe bet for northern pike and Steamboat Bay is producing largemouth bass.
September 2nd, 2016
Walleye reports have improved off Otter Tail Point, Annex, and West Goose Flats areas. Crankbaits are working best in 9 to 12 feet. There’s also an evening crankbait bite off Sand Point and Cedar Point in Walker Bay. Muskies remain active on the shallow rocks and weeds, with bucktails and topwater baits working best in the Pelican Island, Portage Bay, and Pipe Island areas.
August 26th, 2016
Muskies are tight to shore and hitting topwater baits in Portage Bay, Sucker Bay, around Pelican Island, and Pipe Island. Crankbaits continue to work best for walleyes in 9 to 15 feet from Sand Point to Cedar Point, Templar Point, and West Goose Flats. Largemouth bass are in the cabbage areas of most bays. Smallies continue to be plucked off the main lake rocks.
August 19th, 2016
Muskies are tight to shore and hitting topwater baits in Portage Bay, Sucker Bay, around Pelican Island, and Pipe Island. Crankbaits continue to work best for walleyes in 9 to 15 feet from Sand Point to Cedar Point, Templar Point, and West Goose Flats. Largemouth bass are in the cabbage areas of most bays. Smallies continue to be plucked off the main lake rocks.
August 12th, 2016
A jig and minnow started producing walleyes during the early morning and evening hours on Mounds Point and Sand Point in 7 to 10 feet. A spinner and crawler also is working on the Snake Pit and Meadows area in 12 to 14 feet and trolling crankbaits in the evenings near Pine, Sand, and Star points is worth trying as well. Muskies continue to be caught at a good pace on the main lake rocks or weedlines in Portage and Sucker bays.
August 4th, 2016
Walleyes are being caught on live-bait rigs and crawlers along the 14- to 18-foot breaks in Walker Bay. During the evening hours, a slip bobber and leech combination is turning walleyes off Sand Point in 10 to 12 feet. Other midday walleye options include Pine Point and West Goose Flats in 12 feet if the wind is hitting them. Pitch the docks and reeds in any bay for largemouth bass, while Boy Bay is giving up sunfish in 6 to 8 feet. Muskie action has been up and down, but topwater baits remain the best option on the rocks.
July 29th, 2016
Topwater baits have produced muskies on the rock and weed areas of West Bar, North Bar, Pipe Island, and Sucker and Portage bays. A spinner and crawler are triggering walleyes in 14 to 18 feet on West Goose Flats and in Portage Bay, and there is some evening crankbait action in 9 to 15 feet. Jigging Rapalas are producing walleyes on the humps in Walker Bay as well. Work the deep reeds with plastics in Steamboat Bay and Boy Bay for bass.
July 22nd, 2016
Muskie reports have really picked up from the rocks and weeds, with topwater baits around Diamond Point and in Portage Bay or Deadhead Bay, among other spots. Trolling Shad Raps on West Goose Flats or between First and Second Duck points has produced walleyes. Leadcore and crankbaits also are producing over deep water in Walker Bay.
July 15th, 2016
The Pelican Island and Snake Pit areas are producing walleyes in 12 to 14 feet, as is Otter Tail Point in 18 to 22 feet. During low-light periods, pitch jigs or slip-bobber rigs with leeches on the 8- to 14-foot break in Walker Bay for walleyes as well. A few more muskies are being raised in the weeds throughout Sucker Bay, but there haven’t been a lot of big fish reported.
July 8th, 2016
Hit the rock areas such as Submarine Island and the Annex with crankbaits or spinners and crawlers for walleyes in 12 to 16 feet. The 12- to 14-foot breaks and weed areas off Sand Point and Cedar Point in Walker Bay started producing a few walleyes, as are the deep humps in Walker Bay. If the wind blows, the points and shallower weeds will produce walleyes, and the crankbait bite at night is picking up in 9 to 14 feet. Hit the cabbage in any bay for largemouth bass or the main-lake rocks for smallmouth. The weeds in Portage and Sucker bays have produced a few muskies.
July 1st, 2016
Strong winds and a mayfly hatch have slowed walleye action, but the bite was starting to rebound early this week. Trolling Shad Raps early and late each day has produced fish on the rocks in 12 to 20 feet. Spinner rigs and leeches also are turning walleyes on the main-lake structure in 12 to 14 feet, and the humps in Walker Bay have started giving up fish as well. Muskies continue to be tough to find, with an occasional fish pulled from the cabbage.
June 24th, 2016
Spinners and crawlers or live-bait rigs and leeches are turning walleyes on the 12- to 14-foot rock areas such as the Annex and Submarine Island. Work the Meadows in 7 to 12 feet, the Snake Pit in 15 to 18 feet, and Cedar Point in 16 to 20 feet with the same presentations. Largemouth bass are hitting in the cabbage in most bays and smallmouth bass remain active on the main lake rocks. Muskie angling pressure has been light with a few reports coming out of Portage and Sucker bays.
June 17th, 2016
Walleyes are being caught on leadcore and crankbaits on the main basin over 16 to 25 feet. The main lake rocks, the Hardwoods, Meadows, and Duck Points are giving up walleyes on spinners and crawlers in 10 to 14 feet. The wind-driven points and shoreline breaks are giving up some walleyes as well. Muskie reports have been limited, but largemouth bass fishing has been strong in Steamboat Bay, and the south shore rocks are producing smallmouth bass.
June 10th, 2016
The south-end rock, main-lake rock, First Duck Point, Second Duck Point, and the Hardwoods are all producing fish. Look for wind-driven areas to hold the most active fish. The weeds in Sucker Bay and Portage Bay are producing walleyes as well. A jig and minnow or live-bait rigs with crawlers and leeches are producing fish. A few muskies have been caught in the cabbage weeds, and northern pike are biting throughout the lake.
June 3rd, 2016
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.
May 27th, 2016
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.
May 20th, 2016
Some of the best walleye reports are coming from 10 to 12 feet with a jig and minnow. The fish seem to be more scattered, and it’s helped to stay on the move if the bite slows in a specific area. Varying degrees of success are coming from the Duck Point area, Hardwoods, GrandVu Flats, Portage Bay, and Sugar Point.
May 13th, 2016
Crappies are being caught, but they seem to be moving in and out of the shallows and there aren’t big numbers of fish being caught. Key on the afternoon hours in the boat harbors, Boy Bay, Steamboat Bay, and Shingobee Bay.
May 6th, 2016
Crappie action has picked up in shallow water on many of the area’s small lakes. On Leech, crappies seem to be moving in and out of the shallows, with Shingobee Bay and Sucker Bay providing early action.
April 29th, 2016
Panfish action is slowly developing in the shallow bays, but it has not been outstanding. Cool weather continues to keep water temperatures down and that’s preventing crappies from moving shallow.
April 15th, 2016
There was a lot more ice than open water early this week. There is some open water around some of the points, in the bays, and along the shorelines, but the wind is pushing it. There’s a chance that most of the ice that remains could be gone by the end of this weekend or early next week.
April 8th, 2016
The small lakes in this area are open and there is some open spots around the bridges and channel areas in the bays on the big lake. Most of the main lake is covered with ice and it has not started to break up, but it is expected to go out fast once it warms up.
April 1st, 2016
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.
March 24th, 2016
There was some limited ice-fishing activity in a few bays last weekend, but that’s no longer an option. Main-lake ice varies in depth and appears honeycombed, while most shorelines have pulled away, as well. Ice fishing has ended here.
March 18th, 2016
Main-lake ice is black, looks chewed up, and the shorelines are opening. After Tuesday’s rain, finding walkable ice will be day to day, so call ahead for lake conditions going into this weekend.
March 11th, 2016
It’s likely that ATVs will be the best travel option by this weekend. Perch reports have been spotty with anglers finding numbers of fish, but not a lot of bigger perch. Staying mobile has produced better numbers of bigger fish in 9 to 12 feet off Sand Point, Pine Point, Goose Island, and in Agency Bay. Tullibee reports have been limited and the north end of Sucker Bay is worth noting for bluegills.
March 4th, 2016
Anglers continue to sort through perch, but better numbers of jumbos have started showing up around Sand Point, Pine Point, and the narrows in 4 to 7 feet. Some tullibees have started being found suspended off Stoney Point and the deep hole off Goose Island.
February 26th, 2016
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.
February 19th, 2016
The 28- to 40-foot humps in Walker Bay are producing walleyes, while the Pine Point area is giving up a few walleyes and perch in 10 to 15 feet. You’ll also find perch in 8 to 14 feet off Sand Point and Shingobee Bay started giving up crappies in 30 to 34 feet.
February 11th, 2016
Walleye action has really slowed on the main lake with some fish still being caught in deep water throughout Walker Bay or off Cedar Point in 16 to 18 feet. You have to sort through some small fish, but perch are being caught in the Narrows over 6 to 8 feet and north of Goose Island in 8 to 12 feet.
February 5th, 2016
Walleye action has been pretty decent during low-light periods on the humps in Walker Bay over 28 to 40 feet of water. The GrandVu Flats area also is kicking out walleyes in 18 to 20 feet. You have to sort through your perch to put together some keeping-sized fish, but they are biting on the 7- to 10-foot sand/grass areas off Sand Point, Star Point, and the Hardwoods area.
January 29th, 2016
Walleye action has picked up off Pine Point toward Goose Island and the Narrows in 10 to 15 feet. You’ll also find walleyes out of Trapper’s Landing in 18 to 22 feet or the 35-foot humps and shallower shoreline breaks in Walker Bay.
January 21st, 2016
Walleye reports have been best off the main lake, primarily the south shore reefs such as Huddle’s and Olson’s in 14 to 16 feet. There’s also some evening walleye action on the 26- to 36-foot humps in Walker Bay. Perch are biting, but you have to do a lot of sorting through small fish in 6 to 12 feet off Pine Point and the GrandVu area.
January 15th, 2016
Walker Bay continues to have varying ice depths, so ATVs remain the best option, but main-lake ice has improved. Walleyes are being caught along the shoreline breaks or 28- to 34- foot humps in Walker Bay. Again, portables and ATVs are suggested. Walleyes also can be had during low-light periods in 12 to 14 feet in Trader’s Bay, off Pine Point, and at the GrandVu Flats area. Some perch are being caught in the narrows over 5 to 7 feet of water.
January 8th, 2016
East - Most bays have 8 inches of ice and although main-lake ice conditions are improving, check with a resort before venturing out. Perch are being caught on the reef edges and outside the edges of the bays in 12 to 18 feet. Good numbers of walleyes are being taken on spoons and minnow heads in 16 to 24 feet. Angling and spearing for pike has been good in the bays such as Isle, Cove, and Wahkon.
December 24th, 2015
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.
December 18th, 2015
Ice fishing still isn’t an option with the main lake wide open and very limited ice in the bays – the ice that did exist actually deteriorated this week. If it gets cold enough, some limited ice-fishing options could exist by the weekend, but call ahead.
December 11th, 2015
While there is some ice in the bays, walking on it is not recommended after another week of warm weather. The walleye season is open again here and a few anglers have been able to get out in boats due to the lack of ice. They’ve reported catching numbers of fat, healthy looking fish.
December 4th, 2015
The main lake is wide open with skim ice in the bays and along many of the shorelines. There’s nothing fishable at this point, but look to the bays to be the first areas with walkable ice as soon as the weather gets cold again.
November 27th, 2015
Ice is very limited with a thin layer taking hold along the shorelines and wind-protected bays and harbors. The big bays and main-lake areas were ice-free early this week. If it gets cold enough, some of the small lakes tucked back in the woods could have walkable ice soon.
November 20th, 2015
Muskie anglers have been out in big numbers and catching quite a few fish. Most have been coming off the reef edges where the fish are staging, waiting for the tullibees to move on top. Water temperatures are just about cool enough to drive hoards of tullibees to the tops of the reefs. Several reports of jumbo perch catches have come out of Isle and Twin bays in 15 feet.
November 12th, 2015
Fishing pressure has been light, but a few anglers are finding some walleyes on Otter Tail Point or the Hardwoods when the wind blows. There hasn’t been much for new ducks moving through, but hunters report seeing more deer than a year ago. Harvest has been somewhat limited since hunters are in bucks-only or lottery areas throughout the region.
November 6th, 2015
A few more muskies have been caught this week including a couple reported catches of 50-inch fish. But water temperatures need to drop a bit more for these fish to really start hitting in shallow water; they seem to be staging at this point. There’s also been a few reports of jumbo perch coming from Isle Bay in 15 feet and smallmouth bass action remains consistently good on the rocks and points.
October 30th, 2015
Water temperatures are at or nearing the point that tullibees should start showing up on the shallow rock piles and reefs so those areas should be worked for consistent muskie action. Smallmouth bass can still be had on the rocks as well, although fishing pressure for them has been limited.
October 23rd, 2015
Fishing pressure continues to be limited with a few smallmouth bass and muskie anglers on the lake. Look for muskies on the edges of the rock reefs where tullibees spawn and smallmouths on middepth rock reefs.
October 16th, 2015
Look for smallmouth bass on shallow to middepth rock reefs and use caution on these reefs because the buoys marking them have been removed. Look for muskies on the edges of the rock reefs and this bite should only get better as the tullibees move onto the rocks and muskies begin feeding on them. There were several reports of big perch caught this week on the 6- to 8-foot rocks.
October 9th, 2015
Fishing reports have been limited, mainly due to a lack of anglers. Muskies and pike should be hitting on the weedlines in most bays or on the shallow rock reefs. Look for smallmouth bass scattered between the reefs and areas with large boulders.
October 2nd, 2015
Angler numbers remain low so it’s been difficult to gauge fishing success. The few who are venturing out continue to find smallmouth bass on the rock reefs and rock points. Live bait, crankbaits, and plastics are all producing fish. Muskie and pike anglers continue to be scarce.
September 24, 2015
Walleye fishing has improved, but still isn’t as consistent as most would expect. Pitch a jig and minnow combination in 9 to 12 feet off Sand Point, GrandVu Flats, and Hardwoods during the evening hours for better numbers of fish. Catching perch is not a problem, but there continues to be a lot of small fish in the mix off Sand Point and the Narrows in 6 to 9 feet. Muskies continue to be scattered between the rocks and weeds, with the evening hours proving to be most productive.
September 17, 2015
A jig and minnow has become the primary presentation for walleyes on the West Goose Flats, Meadows, and deep structure in Walker Bay. Muskie reports have slowed, but some fish are being taken with topwater baits along the bulrush and wild rice edges. You still have to do some sorting, but perch are biting on the east side of the narrows in 6 to 9 feet.
September 10, 2015
A jig and minnow is starting to produce walleyes during morning and evening hours around Goose Island, GrandVu Flats, the Meadows, and Pine Point in 8 to 14 feet. Minnows also are taking walleyes and some big pike on the deep humps in Walker Bay. Troll crankbaits at night off Sand Point for walleyes in 9 to 12 feet. Muskie, perch, and sunfish reports have been poor, but bass have hit along rice bed edges.
February 2, 2015
Setlines with large minnows are turning walleyes on the 15- to 20- foot humps in Walker Bay. Cedar Point is giving up walleyes in 12 to 18 feet, as are the main lake flats in 12 to 15 feet. Catching perch involves sorting numbers along the 12- to 15- foot sand and shoreline breaks in?Walker Bay or in shallower water off Goose Island and Pine Point.
January 27, 2015
You have to stay on the move, but walleyes and northern pike are being caught on the flats and shoreline breaks on the main lake and in Walker Bay over 10 to 14 feet. Look for perch to be mixed in, but you have to sort through quite a few small fish.
January 15, 2015
Walleyes have been caught on the humps in Walker Bay in 25 to 40 feet and the main bay breaks in 18 to 25 feet. The south end of Walker Bay has been producing walleyes as well in 20 to 26 feet. Look to Pine Point, Goose Island and the Hardwoods for walleyes and a few perch in 10 to 15 feet. Perch have been caught in good numbers, but they have to be sorted through.
January 6, 2015
Walleyes and perch are hitting off Pine Point and the shoreline breaks in Walker Bay in 10 to 14 feet. Walleyes also have started showing up on the deep humps in Walker Bay, but most have been running small. Some of the best walleye action is taking place after dark on setlines and shiner minnows. Northern pike have been active in less than 12 feet in most bays and main lake structure.
December 31, 2014
Angling and spearing for northern pike has picked up in less than 12 feet in Steamboat Bay and Walker Bay. The Pine Point area is giving up perch, northern pike, and a few walleyes in 10 to 14 feet, while walleye reports from Walker Bay remain mostly slow.
December 22, 2014
Last weekend’s warm weather and rain slowed fishing opportunities and didn’t help the ice. Caution is advised in most areas with cracks and some pressure ridges forming; with this week’s colder air, the hope is that most of them will heal up. The only report worth noting is coming off Pine Point where perch and a few walleyes were caught in 10 to 12 feet.
December 12, 2014
Look for walleyes on the humps in Walker Bay over 20 to 30 feet, but watch the ice due to varying depths. The Pine Point area has more consistent ice and walleyes are being caught in 10 to 14 feet of water. A few perch are being caught in the Sand Point area; you have to do some sorting in order to put together a mess of bigger fish.
December 4, 2014
Most main-lake areas now have 10 to 13 inches of ice, while Walker Bay has 5 to 7 inches. Walleye reports have been best in 10 to 14 feet off Pine Point, Stony Point, and in Trader’s Bay. A few good-sized perch can be had in these areas as well.
November 10, 2014
When the wind and weather has allowed anglers to get out, walleyes are being caught with minnows on the shoreline breaks in Walker Bay or on the main-lake flats, points, and shorelines in shallow water. However, fishing pressure has been very limited over the course of the past week. Deer have become noticeably more active and even with the cold weather, there hasn’t been a big push of new ducks into the area.
October 30, 2014
Look for perch in 7 to 10 feet to hit minnows in the Narrows and Sand Point area. Walleyes also can be had with minnows and jigs in 3 to 8 feet along the wind-driven shorelines and points. Muskie action has picked up on main-lake rocks and points. Duck hunters are shooting ringnecks, redheads, canvasbacks, and a few bluebills, but there hasn’t been much duck movement the past week.
Fishing report provided by
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Shriver’s Bait Company