State fishing report
Detroit Lakes area: On most area lakes, walleyes are taking jigs and minnows or live baits with minnows or leeches near shoreline structures at about 7-14 feet. Bass and crappie action is extremely active at about 4-8 feet near shallow weed beds. Northern action is productive along weed beds also.
Lake Mille Lacs: Anglers looking for walleyes are focusing on the edges of mud flats during the daytime and rock piles during the evenings on windier parts of the lake using slip bobbers with a leech or minnow in about 10-15 feet. Panfish are hitting on leeches and Flu Flu’s on area lakes such as Smith, Borden and Farm Island at shallow depths.
Lake Vermilion: Anglers are enjoying great walleye action on the central part of the lakes such as Birch Narrows, Oak Narrows and Frazier Bay using slip bobbers with rainbow chub minnows or leeches. Crappies, bass, and blue gills are being caught on all parts of the lake using crappie minnows or wax worms at 1-3 feet. Northerns and muskie action is best around rocky points from about 11 a.m.-3 p.m. using smaller spinner baits.
Lake of the Woods: According to Borderview Lodge, Knight, Bridges and Garden Island areas have been producing walleyes using jigs at about 20-30 feet. Anglers are also catching walleyes on the south end near the Lighthouse Gap in about 20-38 feet either anchoring and casting a jig with shiner or trolling with spinners and crawlers.
Lake Waconia: With the warmer water temperatures, panfish and crappie action is starting to pick up at about 8-12 feet along the northwest side of the lake along the reeds. Anglers are also enjoying good bass action using a variety of baits such leeches, crawlers, shiners, spinner baits, texas-rigged worms or crankbaits along edges of weeds at about 10-15 feet.
Willmar lakes area: The best walleye action is on Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Lake Andrew, Lake Florida, and Nest Lake at about 10-20 feet, using primarily leeches or crawlers. On Green Lake, anglers are attempting to catch walleyes at about 20-30 feet.