Published January 11, 2013, 06:15 AM

Area fishing, skiing, and snowmobiile trail report

Fishing has been spotty, of late, but saugers of all sizes are biting, along with good numbers of walleyes longer than 22 inches in the mix.

By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald

Lake of the Woods

Fishing has been spotty, of late, but saugers of all sizes are biting, along with good numbers of walleyes longer than 22 inches in the mix. Most fish are coming from 18 to 22 feet or 27 to 30 feet of water on gold or red glow spoons, and anglers with electronics should be on the lookout for fish suspended higher in the water column. Walleyes are biting in 22 to 27 feet of water at the Northwest Angle, and anglers also can expect to find jumbo perch, northern pike, crappies and tullibees in the mix.

Walleye fishing also has been decent on the Rainy River, where Clementson Resort reports the best action in about 20 feet of water from about 2:30 p.m. until shortly after dark.

Devils Lake

Perch fishing has been on the hit-and-miss side, of late, reports Devils Lake fishing guide Mark Bry. The key, he said, is to figure out what depth is working best, and that varies. Some of the most consistent perch action has been in 8 to 10 feet of water, Bry said, but perch also are hitting in 30 to 50 feet. Buckshot Rattle Spoons, Forage Minnows, Lindy Flyers and Genz Worms all have produced fish, he said.

Walleye fishing, meanwhile, has been great, and limits are being caught daily. Anglers can expect a variety of sizes from 10 inches to 20 inches, with 14- to 16-inch walleyes being the norm. A Buckshot Rattle Spoon tipped with a minnow head has been the best, Bry said, and most of the walleyes are coming from 8 to 20 feet of water.

Upper Red Lake

Walleye fishing has slowed from the frenzy anglers experienced through New Year’s, but fish are being caught in 12 to 14 feet of water along most shorelines or in 8 to 10 feet during low-light periods. Spoons or a plain hook and minnow both are working. Walleye anglers also are catching a few big northern pike, keeper-sized perch and the occasional slab crappie.

Bemidji area

Anglers who move up and down the bars and breaks on Lake Bemidji in 8 to 23 feet of water can expect to put together a limit of walleyes. Cameron Bar and Diamond Bar have been two of the more consistent areas during low-light periods. Bemidji also is providing fine perch action in 9 feet. Look for walleyes on Lake Plantagenet in 18 to 22 feet of water, while crappies are being caught on Three Island Lake in 15 to 22 feet of water and Portage Lake in 9 to 29 feet.

Blackduck area

Perch action remains consistent on Island Lake and Blackduck Lake in 8 to 14 feet of water or 20 to 24 feet, but walleye reports are limited. Crappies and bluegills are hitting minnows or waxworms in 18 to 22 feet of water on Gilstead and Rabideau lakes.

Leech Lake

Perch action has picked up in the area from Goose Island to Duck Point in 10 to 14 feet of water. Walleyes, most of which have been bigger, are coming off Sand Point during low-light periods in 10 to 18 feet. The humps in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes in 28 to 30 feet, while perch and a few walleyes can be had from Pine Point to GrandVu in 10 feet.

Lake Winnibigoshish

You’ll find perch and a few walleyes scattered in 28 to 30 feet of water near Horseshoe Bar, the sunken island and Snaghole Bar; walleyes tend to get active early and late in the day. The 10- to 20-foot breaks on the west side of Winnie continue to produce perch, while northern pike action has been best in 20 to 22 feet of water for anglers or in shallow water on the west side for spearing.

Detroit Lakes

Crappies are hitting during low-light periods on Little Detroit Lake in 12 to 14 feet of water or in 17 feet on Severson Lake, Deadshot Bay, Middle Cormorant Lake and Sour Lake. Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie, Lake Melissa, Big Cormorant Lake and Pelican Lake are producing walleyes in 20 to 30 feet, and setlines seem to be producing more fish. Northern pike remain active on most lakes, while Little Detroit, Deadshot Bay, Melissa, Sour and Severson Lake are kicking out bluegills around green weeds in 12 to 15 feet of water.

Park Rapids area

Walleyes are hitting during the evening hours in 14 to 20 feet of water on Potato Lake, Upper Twin Lake, Fish Hook Lake and Long Lake. Crappies continue to hit throughout the Crow Wing Chain early and late each day, while bluegill action remains strong in 12 to 14 feet on Fish Hook, Upper Twin, Lower Twin and Long lakes. Tip-ups and sucker minnows are producing northern pike in 14 to 18 feet on Big Mantrap and Fish Hook lakes.

Downhill skiing report

Buena Vista Ski area near Bemidji: 22- to 28-inch base, groomed, making snow, 1 inch of new snow. Skiing and terrain park hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; snowtubing 4 to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Info: bvskiarea.com.

Frostfire Ski Area near Walhalla, N.D.: 20-inch base, trace of new snow, all 10 runs open. Skiing hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today through Sunday. Info: frostfireskiarea.com.

Turtle River State Park, N.D.: Trails are open but in poor conditions, with 3 inches of snow. Hopefully that changes if the storm in the forecast comes to pass.

Cross-country skiing report

Hayes Lake State Park near Roseau, Minn.: Trails haven’t yet been groomed and are in poor condition; local snow depth 6 inches.

Lake Bronson State Park, Minn.: Trails near the contact station have been groomed and are in great condition with a 2-inch trail base; local snow depth 6 inches.

Old Mill State Park, Minn.: Trails haven’t been groomed and are in poor condition; local snow depth 6 inches.

Zippel Bay State Park near Williams, Minn.: The area received enough snow last week to groom part of the seven-mile trail system. Conditions are fair, with a 2-inch base; local snow depth 6 inches.

Lake Bemidji State Park: Conditions are fair, and the trails have been groomed to a 1-inch base; rock skis remain the norm; local snow depth 4½ inches.

Snowmobile trail report

Hayes Lake State Park near Roseau, Minn.: Trails haven’t yet been groomed and are in poor condition; local snow depth 6 inches.

Lake Bronson State Park, Minn.: Trails haven’t been groomed and are in poor condition; local snow depth 6 inches.

Old Mill State Park, Minn.: Trails haven’t been groomed and are in poor condition; local snow depth 6 inches.

Zippel Bay State Park near Williams, Minn.: The trail system hasn’t been groomed and is in poor condition, with a 2-inch base; local snow depth 6 inches.

Lake Bemidji State Park: Trail hasn’t been groomed and remains in poor condition.

Lake of the Woods: The lake has about a foot of snow right now, and groomers were scheduled to be out Thursday on the Super Loop Trail from Wheeler’s Point to Baudette, Minn.; Wheeler’s Point to Warroad, Minn.; Warroad, Minn., to Oak Island; and Oak Island back south to Wheeler’s Point. Riders have reported the trails are decent.

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