AREA FISHING REPORT
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Limits of walleyes and some trophy-caliber fish are being caught on gold, pink and chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows in 24 to 30 feet of water. Walleyes also are hitting crawlers and spinners or crankbaits in 7 to 14 feet. Fish are being caught along the south shore from Rocky Point to the Lighthouse Gap, in front of the lighthouse, Morris Point Gap, Twin Islands and the buoy south of Long Point. At the Northwest Angle, look for walleyes in 14 to 24 feet of water near the Flag Island mud flats and Oak Island. Northern pike action is strong in the emerging weed beds of most bays.
Fishing remains “excellent,” according to Devils Lake fishing guide Jason Mitchell. Look for the best fishing in 2 to 8 feet of water, Mitchell said. Anglers are catching a mix of pike, walleyes and white bass casting crankbaits, soft plastics, Berkley Power Bait Ripple Shads or fishing leeches below slip bobbers.
Catfishing on the Red near Grand Forks continues to be slow, according to reports on the street. Still, there is good fishing to be had. According to Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick, the fish are showing signs of feeding in the early morning and evening hours, especially in faster water near some sort of structure. During the day, especially when the sun is high, Durick suggests fishing in 20 to 25 feet of water in areas near current or snags. Keep on the move and don’t spend more than half an hour at a spot without a fish. Sucker is by far the best bait option, Durick said.
Farther downstream, fishing in the Drayton, N.D., area is much more productive with good numbers of fish being caught, Durick said. Find some faster water or deeper holes with current. Stay on the move and good things will happen. Anglers fishing the Canadian side of the Red near Lockport, Man., also are doing well, with some of the best reports coming from the faster water below the St. Andrews Lock and Dam. Suckers are the bait of choice at Lockport as well.
UPPER RED LAKE
Walleyes have been hitting hammered spinners or jigs tipped with minnows along most shorelines in 5 to 8 feet of water. A few crappies are coming from 3 to 4 feet, and scattered reports of pike action are coming in from walleye anglers.
Pitching a jig-and-minnow combination or trolling Rapalas in 6 to 10 feet of water on Lake Plantagenet, Big Lake and Lake Bemidji during low-light periods has produced walleyes. Water temperatures continue to fluctuate so anglers are finding panfish in the shallows one day and in 8 to 12 feet of water the next. Look to Grace Lake and Grant Lake as decent panfish options.
Walleyes are hitting a jig and minnow or rigs and crawlers in 10 to 19 feet of water on Blackduck Lake. Rabideau Lake, Pimushe Lake and Gull Lake are producing bluegills in 3 to 6 feet and crappie action has slowed.
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleyes are showing up on the main-lake bars of Cass Lake and Pike Bay in 18 to 22 feet of water. Slow-trolling with shiner minnows along the new weed growth is producing northern pike on area lakes. Crappies and bluegills are being caught in the shallows of lakes Andrusia, Kitchi, Grace, Midge, Lower Sucker and Middle Sucker.
A jig and minnow continues to produce walleyes in 4 to 8 feet of water when the wind blows or in 8 to 12 feet if it’s calm. Look to Portage Bay and Second Duck Point for bigger concentrations of fish. Crappie action has slowed, although Sucker Bay is kicking out a few in shallow water, and bluegills are being caught in the boat harbors and shoreline areas.
Walleye action has been spotty, likely because of the inconsistent weather. A few fish are being caught on the shoreline breaks, a few off the points and some on the bars with minnows, but no big numbers anywhere, and many of them have been too big to keep. Perch are biting on the 15-foot rocks with minnows, and northern pike seem to be active throughout the weedy areas of the lake.
Walleyes are hitting minnows and leeches in 10 to 15 feet of water or 20 to 25 feet of water during low-light periods on Big Cormorant Lake, Big Detroit Lake, Lake Melissa, Buffalo Lake and Lake Sallie. Look for crappies moving in and out of the shallows on these lakes as well. Sunfish are hitting in 8 feet of water on Big Detroit, Little Detroit Lake, Severson Lake, Deadshot Bay and the south end of Sallie.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes are hitting a variety of live bait on Fish Hook Lake in 21 feet of water and Potato Lake in 16 to 18 feet. Crappie action is peaking in the shallows, with lakes such as Big Mantrap, Fish Hook, and Long producing the most fish. Bluegill action has been best throughout the Crow Wing chain of lakes in less than 6 feet. Long Lake North and Bad Medicine Lake are kicking out rainbow trout on crawlers or Power Bait.