Published January 14, 2010, 11:41 PM

Outdoors report: Area fishing, skiing and snowmobile conditions

Lake of the woods
The mud flats north of Pine Island are kicking out walleyes and saugers in 30 to 34 feet. The afternoon hours have been best with shiner minnows and any jig that glows. Look in the 20-foot range during the early morning and evening hours. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes, saugers and some jumbo perch are being found around the islands in 20 to 30 feet of water throughout the day.

By: Outdoor news and Herald staff reports, Grand Forks Herald

Lake of the woods

The mud flats north of Pine Island are kicking out walleyes and saugers in 30 to 34 feet. The afternoon hours have been best with shiner minnows and any jig that glows. Look in the 20-foot range during the early morning and evening hours. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes, saugers and some jumbo perch are being found around the islands in 20 to 30 feet of water throughout the day.

Elsewhere, Springsteel Resort north of Warroad, Minn., has a road plowed to the south tip of Buffalo Point, where the best action has been from 1 to 4 p.m. in 23 to 25 feet of water, according to Riverside Bait and Tackle in Warroad. The roads also are open at Long Point, where fishing has been best on glow- or bright-colored jigs in 25 to 30 feet of water. Zippel Bay Resort reports good action throughout the day in 25 to 27 feet of water, with a morning and evening walleye bite in 12 to 15 feet of water. All roads at Zippel are open and in good condition, the Riverside Bait and Tackle report said.

Devils lake

Fishing took a turn for the tougher during the cold snap, but on the plus side, ice conditions improved, and anglers now are driving on 14 inches to 18 inches of ice. As always, though, keep away from current areas near any of the bridges or coulees. The welcome warm-up that’s occurred the past few days should bode well for this weekend’s fishing prospects.

Walleyes continue to provide the best action, overall, and some of the better spots include the sunken roads and humps in the Minnewaukan Flats, Doc Hagen’s, the Fort Totten and Cactus Point areas, Rocky and Military points, the north end of Creel Bay, the Spirit Lake Casino area, Mission Bay, East Bay, Stromme Addition and sunken structure in Black Tiger Bay. Lake Irvin also is producing walleyes. Best action generally is mornings and evenings in 14 to 25 feet of water.

Pike fishing has been good in Pelican Lake, the north end of Six-Mile Bay, Walfords Bay and East Devils Lake. Smelt or herring fished below a tip-up are providing the best action.

Upper Red Lake

Walleyes continue to hit glow jigs and minnow heads on Center Bar in 13 feet of water and on the south shore rocks in 12 to 14 feet of water. Anglers are catching a few big northern pike in the walleye spots, and the occasional crappie also is mixed in with the walleyes.

Bemidji area

Walleyes have started hitting rainbow minnows on Lake Bemidji in 15 to 18 feet or 28 to 30 feet of water. Perch and a few walleyes remain active on Pike Bay Lake in 15 to 30 feet. Look to Kitchi Lake for bluegills and crappies in 10 to 12 feet of water or 20 feet and deeper. On Grace Lake, you’ll find crappies suspended over 30 to 35 feet of water. The east side of Lake Bemidji has been productive for spearing.

Leech lake area

The 26- to 34-foot humps in Walker Bay of Leech Lake are producing walleyes early and late in the day. The best perch reports off Leech are coming from Sand Point and Pine Point in 12 to 14 feet of water and the “trench” area off Stony Point in slightly deeper water. Look for crappies during the evening hours in Shingobee Bay. Garfield Lake is kicking out bluegills in 12 to 16 feet.

Lake Winnibigoshish

Anglers are finding walleyes in 20 to 24 feet of water off the main-lake structure during the last hour of daylight. Horseshoe Bar, Sugar Bar and the island have been a few of the better areas. Look for perch in 21 to 30 feet, but that varies on the bar and the steepness of the break being fished. Northern pike seem to be mixed in on the deeper perch spots, and tip-ups are taking fish.

Detroit lakes, Minn.

You have to stay on the move, but you’ll pop walleyes in 20 to 24 feet at Big Detroit Lake, Deadshot Bay, Big Cormorant Lake, and Little Cormorant Lake. Sunfish and crappies are being found in 12 to 14 feet at Little Detroit Lake, Floyd Lake, and Prairie Lake. Northern pike seem to be an easy catch with sucker minnows on most lakes in 12 to 18 feet.

Downhill skiing report

- Buena Vista Ski Area near Bemidji: 32- to 48-inch base, machine groomed, making snow, trace of new snow in the past week. Hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Info: (218) 243-2231 or on the Web at www.bvskiarea.com.

- Frostfire Ski and Snowboarding area near Walhalla, N.D.: 24- to 35-inch base, 4 inches of new snow, all runs open. Hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today through Monday. Info: (701) 549-3600 or on the Web at www.frostfireskiarea.com.

Cross-country skiing report

- Grahams Island State Park near Devils Lake: As of Monday, trails looked good and were tracked twice last week. Base is good throughout except for two small areas where cover is adequate. Tracking for the weekend is scheduled for today.

- Icelandic State Park near Cavalier, N.D.: Conditions remain quite good; no significant new snow, just some drifting. Trails are groomed each Friday.

- Turtle River State Park near Arvilla, N.D.: Snow conditions are good, and all ski trails are packed and tracked, with a 12-inch average base. Sledding and snowshoeing conditions are good; a 1½-mile packed walking trail also is accessible.

- Beltrami Island State Forest-South (south of Baudette, Minn.): No recent updates.

n Beltrami Forest-West (trailhead at Hayes Lake State Park): As of Dec. 29, skiing conditions were listed as poor, with a 5-inch trail base; local snow depth 15 inches.

- Hayes Lake State Park near Wannaska, Minn.: Ski trails are very good, with an 8-inch trail base; local snow depth 19 inches; six miles groomed.

- Itasca State Park: Good skiing conditions, and the 21 miles of trails are fully groomed; local snow depth 11 inches.

- Lake Bemidji State Park: Good skiing conditions; nine-mile ski trail groomed with a 5-inch base; local snow depth 10 inches.

- Lake Bronson State Park near Lake Bronson, Minn.: Skiing conditions were excellent, with a 4-inch base, as of last update Jan. 8; local snow depth 12 inches.

n Old Mill State Park near Argyle, Minn.: Good skiing conditions, with a 5-inch trail base; six miles groomed; local snow depth 15 inches.

- Zippel Bay State Park near Williams, Minn.: Skiing conditions are excellent, with a 6-inch trail base; seven miles groomed; local snow depth 13 inches.

Snowmobile trails report

- Grand Forks area (Red River South): The trail system is open should be entirely groomed by tonight; snow depth 12 inches with 7-inch base.

- Grafton, N.D., area (Red River North): The trail system is open except for stretch between Drayton and Oakwood. The trail conditions are good; snow depth 14 inches with a 7-inch base.

- Pembina Gorge Trail (Northeast): The trail system is open, and grooming is taking place this week. The following trails are closed for preparation: Sandhills Trail from the intersection of the Neche Trail to Walhalla, N.D., the Gorge Bypass Trail and the Border Trail. Trail conditions are good; snow depth 14 inches with a 7-inch base.

- Devils Lake area (Lake Region Trail): As of Thursday afternoon, the trail system was open and being groomed. Trails 5 and 6 east of Devils Lake near Doyon and Lakota, N.D., will not be groomed this week. The section of Trail 3 north and west of the U.S. Highway 2 rest area is closed; snow depth 12 inches with a 6-inch base.

- Beltrami Island State Forest-East: Good snowmobiling conditions, 14 inches of snow and 52.5 miles of groomed trails.

- Beltrami Forest-South: Snowmobile conditions fair, with a 5-inch base, as of last update Dec. 29; 35 miles groomed.

- Beltrami Forest-West: As of Dec. 29, snowmobiling conditions were fair with a 5-inch trail base; local snow depth 15 inches; 40 miles groomed.

- Big Bog State Recreation Area near Waskish, Minn.: Snowmobile conditions were listed as good, with a 13-inch trail base, as of last update Dec. 28; local snow depth 13 inches.

- Hayes Lake State Park: Snowmobile trails are excellent with an 8-inch trail base; local snow depth 19 inches; six miles groomed.

- Itasca State Park: Snowmobile trails are in fair condition with 32 miles groomed; local snow depth 11 inches.

- Lake Bemidji State Park: Fair snowmobiling conditions, three-mile trail groomed with 5-inch base; local snow depth 10 inches.

- Lake Bronson State Park: Snowmobile trails were very good, with a 4-inch base, as of last update Jan. 8; local snow depth 13 inches.

- Old Mill State Park: Very good snowmobile conditions, with a 5-inch trail base; one mile groomed; local snow depth 15 inches.

- Zippel Bay State Park: Snowmobile conditions are very good, with a 6-inch trail base; two miles groomed; local snow depth 13 inches.

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