OUTDOOR REPORT: Area fishing report
Lake of the Woods
Many anglers are heading north to Garden Island, West Bar or Hay Island in 22 to 24 feet of water, while others are staying close to the Lighthouse Gap in 14 to 20 feet. Hammered-gold spinner rigs tipped with a leech or crawler are working best. Walleyes are hitting jigs or spinners in 15 to 17 feet during the afternoon and evening hours on the Rainy River. Sturgeon are piled up in the river off current breaks near deep pockets and adjacent streams.
In the Northwest Angle area, Scott Edman of Edman’s Angling Adventures says big walleyes continue to hit in the Little Traverse area. Jigging on the reefs is producing both size and numbers of fish. Muskie anglers continue to do well and are encountering some nice fish. Jumbo perch have been active and are showing up in the daily walleye catch, along with a few random crappies.
In Minnesota waters, the areas around Lunatic, Oak and Crowduck islands have been producing fish. On the west side of the lake, walleye action in the Warroad, Minn., area is good via controlled-depth trolling with downriggers, spinners tipped with crawlers or with jigs and chubs in 18 to 22 feet. Try the sand bar off Springsteel and the south tip of Buffalo Bay.
The hot August fishing continues, Devils Lake guide Mark Bry reports. The best technique is to cover water trolling crankbaits or spinners tipped with one-third of a crawler, a leech or soft plastics. After finding fish, jigging or fishing with slip bobbers has been effective, Bry said. Most of the walleyes are coming from 17 to 26 feet of water, he said, although fish also are hitting in water as shallow as 10 feet and as deep as 32 feet.
Fishing remains the same as the past two weeks, with lots of big catfish in the system, Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick reports. Anchor in the middle of the river at the heads of holes, give the spot 20 minutes and move on if you don’t get fish. Faster current over the spots seems to help. The cats seem to be switching taste from frogs to suckers and back depending on the day, Durick said, but cut goldeye hasn’t been working for him.
Upper Red Lake
Trolling crankbaits or spinners and live bait continues to produce limits of walleyes along the 5- to 8-foot shoreline breaks. There are some crappies in the mix this week, and northern pike of various sizes continue to be caught by walleye anglers.
During low-light periods, work the 6- to 8-foot structure and slide off the edges during midday hours for walleyes on Lake Bemidji. Wolf Lake also is producing walleyes in 16 to 24 feet. Throwing CowGirls in the weeds has triggered muskies on Bemidji and Little Wolf Lake. Panfish and bass action remains consistent on the weedlines of most lakes.
Walleye action remains very good with live-bait rigs and crawlers along the 8- to 11-foot weedlines of Blackduck Lake, Island Lake and Gull Lake. Panfish reports are also favorable in the 8- to 10-foot weeds of Gull, Pimushe Lake, North Twin Lake, South Twin Lake and Gilstead Lake.
Sucker Bay is producing walleyes on crawlers and spinners or crankbaits in 9 to 12 feet. Sand Point, Cedar Point and the weedlines in Walker Bay are giving up walleyes on leeches or crawlers in 10 to 14 feet. There’s some evening walleye action on the humps in Walker Bay, and crankbaits are producing walleyes at night in less than 12 feet from Sand Point to Cedar Point or on the Goose Island Flats. Muskie action has picked up on the rocks and weeds with small bucktails.
Walleye reports have improved, and there have been more keeping-sized fish in the mix, with most of them coming from the 6- to 11-foot weed beds in the northwest corner of the lake on crawlers or leeches. Bigger walleyes continue to be caught on the humps and bars in 18 to 22 feet. Spoons or crankbaits are triggering northern pike on the weed edges along the north and west sides. Look for bigger perch on Hunter’s Hump, Horseshoe Bar, Snaghole Bar and the south corner of Bena Bar in 20 to 24 feet.
Crawlers, leeches and minnows are triggering walleyes in 18 to 20 feet on lakes Sallie, Melissa, Big Detroit, Upper Cormorant, Middle Cormorant and Big Cormorant. Topwater baits and bucktails are raising muskies on the weedlines of Big Detroit and Pelican Lake. Look for sunfish along the weedlines out to 21 feet on Big Detroit, Sour Lake, Siverteen Lake and Floyd Lake.
Park Rapids area
Crawlers are producing walleyes in 18 to 24 feet of water on Potato Lake and during low-light conditions on Fish Hook Lake in 21 to 30 feet. Northern pike remain active, hitting sucker minnows in 14 feet on Big Mantrap Lake. On Two Inlets Lake, crappies are biting on the weedlines during the evenings, and the Crow Wing Chain continues to produce bluegills in 12 to 15 feet. Bucktails have started raising muskies on Big Mantrap.