Baudette area: Rainy and windy weather kept anglers off Lake of the Woods, but walleye fishing has remained strong on the lake. The best depths are 15 to 25 feet during the day and 10 to 15 feet during morning and evening hours. The Rainy River action has slowed a bit, but anglers are finding some walleyes.
Bemidji area: Bemidji, Plantagenet, Turtle, Andrusia and Wolf lakes are producing good fishing. Walleye are being caught on area lakes on the main lake bars, humps and emerging weedlines. The northern pike bite has been superb. Bass and panfish are being caught along the reeds in the shallows. By late last week, water temperatures had reached the upper 60s to low 70s.
Detroit Lakes area: Walleye still are relating to the shoreline breaks, long extending points and shoreline break humps, but they are starting to move deeper. Bass and northern pike have been aggressive in the shallows. Crappies have started to move off their beds, transitioning to the outside weed edges.
Lake Winnibigoshish: Anglers are having success working the shoreline breaks, Little Stoney Point, Rich’s Townsite, The Bird Houses and the Raven’s Point and Mallard Point on the west side of the lake. Walleyes are being caught in 8 to 12 feet. Perch are being caught in 14 to 18 feet. Many northern pike are being reported.
Lanesboro/Preston area: As of late last week, most area streams and rivers were running high and slightly off in color because of recent rain. Some streams were in good shape, while others were not fishable. Boaters are urged to watch for fallen-tree current traps in waters upriver from Preston. The DNR said there have been reports of light Hendricksons trout, along with some caddis flies activity.
Willmar area: Anglers are reporting a strong walleye bite on Big Kandiyohi and Wakanda lakes. Ringo, Solomon and South Long lakes also have been seeing good walleye action. Sunfish, crappies and largemouth bass have been active on Diamond, Florida, Andrew, Willmar and Foot lakes.