AREA FISHING REPORTFishing on Devils Lake has been good, according to local guide Mark Bry. Best walleye fishing has been during the middle of the day, Bry said, adding he’s had his best luck pitching crankbaits or jigs and plastics into the shallows.
By: Outdoor News and Herald staff reports, Grand Forks Herald
Lake of the Woods
A jig and minnow combo continues to produce walleyes in 28 to 32 feet near Pine Island, Graceton Beach, Lighthouse Gap, Zippel Bay and Long Point. Walleyes also remain active throughout Four-Mile Bay in 6 to 8 feet early and late in the day. Look to Clementson Bay and the Rapid River areas of the Rainy River for smallmouth bass. The best walleye reports at the Northwest Angle are coming from Soldier’s Point, Massacre Island and Falcon Island.
Fishing has been good, according to Devils Lake guide Mark Bry. Best walleye fishing has been during the middle of the day, Bry said, adding he’s had his best luck pitching crankbaits or jigs and plastics into the shallows. Water temperatures are good, he said, and it is important to find stained water, as well. The best depths have been from 1 to 10 feet of water, and crankbaits with orange bellies seem to trigger the most bites. More traditional methods such as live bait rigs have been catching fish, too. This is probably the best time of year to catch trophy fish because the majority of them are in the shallow water feeding, Bry said. “We have had many walleyes over 5 pounds, several northerns between 15 and 20 pounds and many whopper bass,” Bry said.
There hasn’t been much to report from the Grand Forks stretch of the river and points downstream since last week’s heavy rains, but the river in Grand Forks is forecast to be near 22 feet today after cresting at more than 30 feet last weekend. That means the river should be fishable by boat as soon as the ramps are cleaned.
Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in 6 to 10 feet of water early and late in the day and in 15 to 30 feet midday on Lake Plantagenet, Wolf Lake, Lake Andrusia, Lake Bemidji and Cass Lake. Bass reports have been minimal, and panfish action remains strong in the shallows and along mid-depth weedlines on Midge Lake and Grace Lake. Northern pike seem to be hitting in most of the walleye spots.
Walleyes are hitting minnows in 10 to 12 feet of water during the day and crankbaits during low-light periods on Blackduck Lake. North Twin Lake and South Twin Lake are safe bets for bass with plastics or spinnerbaits. Panfish action remains strong in the shallows of Pimushe Lake and Rabideau Lake.
Leech lake area
Walleyes are hitting jigs and minnows, leeches and live bait rigs, and crawlers with spinners throughout the lake when the wind is blowing.
Some of the better areas, of late, have been the points such as Pine, Cedar, Otter Tail and Stony. The Little Hardwoods area and weeds in Sucker Bay also have given up walleyes. The rice in Boy Bay is kicking out largemouth bass.
Walleyes are hitting jigs and shiners in the shallows out to 8 to 10 feet near Little Stony Point, Richards Townsite, the Birdhouses and Sugar Point. The main-lake bars are producing bigger walleyes in 18 to 22 feet, mainly on live bait rigs and crawlers. The west side is kicking out perch in 14 to 16 feet, and pike are mixed in with the walleyes.
Minnows, crawlers and leeches are producing walleyes and northern pike in 6 to 20 feet on Pelican Lake, Big Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Lake Sallie, Big Pine Lake and Little Pine Lake. Panfish are hitting on the weedlines and shorelines of lakes Franklin, Floyd, Big Detroit and Cormorant. Bass fishing has been excellent along the shorelines out to the weedlines of most lakes on topwater lures or plastics.
Park Rapids area
Walleyes are hitting leeches at Fish Hook Lake in 21 to 25 feet of water and at Island Lake in 21 feet. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows at Big Mantrap Lake and Potato Lake in 14 feet. Look to Lake George and the Crow Wing Chain for bluegills in 4 to 6 feet; crappies are biting on the chain in 3 to 14 feet. Smallmouth and largemouth bass reports vary, but the best action seems to be in shallow water.
Shiner minnows are producing walleyes on Otter Tail Lake in 14 to 18 feet and 21 to 27 feet. Look to West Battle Lake during low-light periods with leeches in 7 to 14 feet and to Clitherall Lake in 14 to 20 feet. Bass and northern pike are active on the weedlines of most lakes. Anglers are finding sunfish in 5 to 10 feet on Clitherall, West Battle, Dead Lake, Deer Lake and Fish Lake. Crappies have moved into 8 to 15 feet on Fish Lake, Walker Lake, Deer and Clitherall.