Look to Wilson Bay, White House Bar, Center Bar, Squaw Point, Dutchman's Bar, and Hole in the Day Bay for walleyes on Gull Lake. During the day you'll find active fish in 18 to 40 feet of water, but slide up shallower at night. A few walleyes and northern pike can also be had on lakes such as Round, Pelican, Edwards, North Long, and Margaret. For panfish look to the Cullen Chain, Upper Gull Lake, Nisswa Lake, North Long, Edwards, and Pelican in 12 to 14 feet of water.
CASS LAKE AREA
The perch bite on Cass Lake continues to go strong in 10 to 12 feet of water around South Star Island, North Cedar Bar, and the Roadside Park area. Look to Pike Bay Lake for walleyes and perch in 12 to 14 feet of water. These fish have been weed-related. Northern pike are becoming more active along the breaklines of Cass, Pike Bay, and Lake Andrusia.
Strawberry Lake started giving up walleyes on the 18-foot rock piles. Big Detroit Lake is kicking out walleyes on shiner minnows in 19 to 36 feet of water. Smaller shiner minnows have worked best. The best bets for panfish are Lake Melissa and Lake Sallie in 14 to 24 feet of water. Northern pike are biting at a good pace on most area lakes in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Crappies have started to bite more consistently in 30 to 34 feet of water. These fish have been suspended and hitting minnows and glow jigs. Walleye action has slowed with a limited bite taking place during the evening hours. The best northern pike reports are coming from 12 to 16 feet of water on the outside weed edges.
The sunfish bite continues to improve on the north end of the lake in 15 to 18 feet of water. Grass shrimp and wax worms have worked best. Crappie action has slowed, with the evening bite offering the best bet in 40 to 50 feet of water. Walleye action has been slow, but the perch bite on the south end of the lake is a safe bet in 10 to 17 feet of water.
Numbers of northern pike in the six- to eight-pound class have been biting along the weed clusters of Waconia Bay, West Center Reef, and Harm's Point. Look for a few walleyes in these same areas. Downsize your baits for better numbers of fish. The bigger crappies are hitting late in the day in 12 to 15 feet of water. Sunfish continue to be active in 12 to 15 feet of water, although you'll have to sort through some smaller fish.
The best perch reports are coming from 20 feet of water in Haubrich's Bay. Perch Bar and Tamarack Point have produced plenty of good-sized perch as well. Fathead minnows and jigs seem to be working best. There are a few walleyes mixed in with these perch. Northern pike are active along the shoreline breaks in 10 to 12 feet of water.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The Pine Island area is a safe bet for limits of eating-size walleyes and an occasional trophy in 27 to 30 feet of water. Anglers have moved deeper in the Zippel Bay area, 24 to 30 feet during the day, and found plenty of active walleyes. Late in the afternoon there has been some consistent action up shallow as well. A mixed bag of walleyes and sauger can be had off Morris Point and Rocky Point in 22 to 30 feet of water. At the Northwest Angle/Islands area, limits of walleyes and numbers of jumbo perch are being taken in 15 to 20 feet of water near Little Oak. Glow jigs and shiner minnows have worked best in all the aforementioned areas.
The best walleye reports are coming from the deep humps of Walker Bay in 35 to 50 feet of water. Setlines and minnows have worked better than jigging spoons. There also has been some evening walleye action in Sucker Bay and Portage Bay in four to nine feet of water. Finding numbers of perch remains a struggle, but if you put in your time and stay on the move you should find perch near Goose Island in 12 to 18 feet and in Trader's Bay in 18 feet of water.
East -- The walleye bite continues to go strong in 20 to 25 feet of water. Look to the edges of most structure for active fish during low-light periods of the day. Setlines and glow hooks tipped with minnows have worked best. Perch action has been slow, with a few fish coming off the deeper gravel and mud. The shallower shoreline structure has produced a few perch as well. Northern pike are hitting at a good pace in Isle Bay in six to 12 feet of water.
West -- Look for consistent walleye action on the mud flats in 25 to 32 feet of water. The Seven Mile and Eight Mile flats have been especially kind to anglers over the past few days. There are roads marked to these flats from Terry's. Perch reports have been sporadic. The fish being caught have been good-sized and mainly off the mud flats in 28 to 35 feet of water.
The Grindstone Island area started giving up walleyes in 30 to 35 feet of water.
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