Sand Lake is located North of Deer River and is halfway between Cutfoot Sioux to the West and Jessie Lake to the East. Sand Lake provides visitors with everything you could hope for in a northern Minnesota fishing trip. There are protected bays, wind swept flats and everything in between. It’s about 3700 acres and offers some especially nice scenery during the fall when colors are fantastic. Sand Lake's two distinctly different sections accommodate a variety of fishing styles. There are also a variety of smaller connecting waters that are great fun for the explorer.
Sand Lake has a large main section that is primarily shallow water with lots of weed beds, shoreline points and a smattering of mid lake humps. On the North end of this section, you'll find the entrance to Little Sand Lake and on the East side you'll find your way in to Birds Eye Lake.
The southeast section known as “The Boot” is a deeper section with the main structure being the steeper shoreline drop off. This section of Sand Lake also offers some nice points and a few mid lake rock piles not to mention one of the most breathtaking views of fall color during late September and early October.
Walleye: Early season water temperatures can be slow to rise on Sand Lake and it’s not uncommon to find fish using the deeper structures at first, moving toward shore as the water warms. A typical opening day fishing trip should include some time spent on the steeper drops in 20 to 30 feet of water and some time on the shallower drop in 8 to 12 feet of water. Walleyes work the shallow drop off areas where minnows run as soon as temperatures reach the mid 50 degree range and will continue to use these shallow edges well into the summer. Weed edges, Clam beds and rocks are all good locations.
Jig & minnow combinations are good, but Northern Pike are super-abundant and aggressive. Pike spot the flashy presentations faster than Walleye and you can literally “fish through” the Walleye with realizing that they are in the area.
More subdued, natural looking jig color, darker minnows like Rainbows and Dace and fishing your jig with a light pumping or slow swimming action will give Walleye more time to respond to your offering. Another great pattern for early season Walleye on Sand Lake is a slip bobber rigged with a small jig and a lively leech. Fish the inner edges of the weed flats, seeking out areas of cabbage weeds.
Click on Map Images for links. Click on lake name for link to the Minnesota DNR Lakefinder. The link will jump directly to the Sand Lake Information Page .
Click Here to >> Book A Guided Fishing Trip On Sand Lake .