Walleye action around the Crosslake remains good. Leeches and Lindy Rigs or spinner rigs are turning fish in 18-to-26 feet of water on Whitefish Lake and Cross Lake. Bigger minnows are fooling a few northern pike on these lakes as well. Most lakes are kicking out bass along the deep weed edges and sharp breaks. Panfish have become a bit more elusive this week. Look for suspended fish tight to the weed edges.
The bigger bars and smaller humps on the main lake are producing the majority of walleyes. Lindy Rigs tipped with leeches and nightcrawlers are working best. Some shoreline on the north end is giving up a few walleyes in 9 feet of water. These fish have mainly hit crankbaits during the evening hours. Expect the lake's best northern pike action on this end as well. Muskies have been active on the weedbeds. Numbers of perch have been easy to find, although you have to sort through some small fish. Look to the bars for active schools of bigger perch.
LAKE OF THE WOODS
The area just south of Garden Islands at the Northwest Angle/Islands has continued to consistently give up walleyes in 12-to-20 feet of water. Hammered gold or silver spinner rigs tipped with crawlers or leeches are working best. The weedbeds and rock piles in this have produced muskies as well.
Warm weather of late has continued to improve muskie action. Topwater or hair baits have worked best on the weedbeds during the evening hours. Walleye activity continues to be scattered across the lake. Fish are being caught off the rock piles on the main lake, such as Mokey Reef and Chippewa Bar. Other anglers are having success plucking fish from the weeds of Sucker and Walker bays. Depths depend strictly on the area. Spinner Rigs tipped with Power Crawlers have produced the majority of fish in these areas. Perch action in the shallow weeds remains consistent in 6-to-9 feet of water.
In the east the early morning and midday periods have provided very consistent walleye action. The deep gravel and mud are giving up the most fish in 25-to-30 feet of water. Spinner rigs with hammered blades have worked best. Look to the shallow rocks of Three Mile at night with slip bobbers. There have been some good-sized perch coming from the Father Hennepin Park. Wahkon Bay and Isle Bay have given up some big northern pike in recent days. Sucker minnows under bobbers have worked best.
In the west, the tops and edges of the mud flats continue to produce walleyes during the daytime hours. Hammered silver or gold spinner rigs tipped with rainbow minnows or crawlers are providing the best action. The deep edges of the flats are producing the majority of night action. Northern pike and muskie activity has been excellent in the bays throughout the lake. Numbers of perch are being caught on the flats and deep rocks.
Lower Hay Lake is producing walleyes in 20-to-22 feet of water on green crawlers. Northern pike continue to hit on Pine Mountain and Ada lakes, and look in 12-to-15 feet of water for the bigger fish. On Upper Whitefish Lake, sucker minnows are fooling big pike in 20-to-25 feet of water. Look to Upper Whitefish for suspended crappies in 15 feet of water. Baby Lake is giving up a fair number of muskies along the deeper weed edges.
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