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OUTDOORS REPORT: Area fishing report

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Lake of the Woods

Walleyes are being taken with a jig and minnow in 18 to 24 feet of water at Lighthouse Gap, Long Point and Four-Mile Bay. On the Rainy River, walleyes are hitting from the Gap to Birchdale, Minn., with prime spots located near the airport in Baudette, Minn., and Frontier Landing in 12 to 16 feet or 19 to 21 feet. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are grouped in 25 to 30 feet of water, and there has been consistent crappie, sauger, perch and muskie action as well.

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Upper Red Lake

Grouse hunters are kicking up a few birds along the forest roads and walking trails. Hunters scouting for Saturday's Minnesota deer opener have reported minimal rutting activity, and overall deer numbers appear down from last year. Fishing action has been nonexistent during the past week.

Leech Lake

Fishing pressure has been minimal with the wind and cooler weather. The few anglers venturing out are working the points and shoreline breaks with a jig and minnow for walleyes in less than 12 feet of water. Perch and muskie action also has been limited. A few more diver ducks have moved onto the big lake, and deer seem to have become more active this week.

Lake Winnibigoshish

Fishing pressure has been so light it's been difficult to get a good report. The best option for walleyes and perch is still on the shoreline breaks and points on the west and east sides of the lake in 9 to 12 feet of water.

Park Rapids area

Walleyes can be had during the late afternoon and evening hours with a jig and minnow on Fish Hook Lake in 18 feet of water. Duck hunting has been very good, with a noticeable push of divers and northern mallards into the area. Grouse hunters also are seeing more birds than they had earlier in the season.

Waterfowl update

• Thief Lake Wildlife Management Area near Middle River, Minn.: Waterfowl opportunities are coming to an end; the access points have 1 to 1½ inches of ice, and Thief Lake appears to be mostly frozen. Canada goose numbers have declined from last week, with an estimated 500 geese recorded Thursday, down from 1,200 the previous weeks. Duck activity is minimal, and a bag check planned for Thursday was scrapped because there were no hunters to check as a result of ice conditions on the lake.

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