Baudette area: Walleyes and saugers are biting all over Lake of the Woods, and anglers are catching walleyes in the early morning on the Rainy River. The walleye fishing has been good near the Northwest Angle as the water temperatures have warmed. Smallmouth bass have been active in the Rainy River and all over the lake.
Fairmont area: Fairmont’s chain of lakes (Amber, Budd, George, Hall and Sisseton) have been producing crappies and bluegills. Some walleyes are being caught on Budd and Hall lakes and on Tuttle Lake near Ceylon (southwest of Fairmont). Some muskies are being caught on Fox Lake, west of Fairmont, by trolling over the 12-foot rocks.
Lake Minnetonka: Walleyes are being caught with spinner rigs tipped with leeches and crawlers on the deep weed edges early and late in the day. Bass are being found from the shoreline out to the deep weed lines. Crappies are being found on top of the 15- to 20-foot milfoil patches, while sunfish have moved to the shoreline.
Lake Winnibigoshish: Walleyes are being caught in 15 to 20 feet during the day and in shallower waters during low-light periods on leeches or shiner minnows. The Bird Houses, Little Stoney Point, Big Stoney Point, and Raven’s Point have been most productive. Northern pike are being caught in the 8- to 14-foot weeds.
Osakis/Sauk Centre area: Big Sauk Lake is producing a lot of nice walleyes. Anglers have been having success using a spot tail shiner and spinner worked in depths of 12-21 feet at the structure. Anglers also are having success catching walleyes on Lake Osakis. They have been using shiners and leeches in 16 feet of water. Good-sized crappies are being caught near Battle Point.
Winona area: In the past week, the water level on the Mississippi River has receded, enabling anglers to fish the river once again. Walleye action has been good, and lots of crappies are coming from the snags. Anglers trolling Lake Winona also are having success with the walleye. Crappies and perch also are being taken, and bass action is expected to improve.