The big walleyes were active opening weekend, and the fishing was excellent, with many charter boats reporting 100-fish outings. It wouldn’t be exaggerating to say Lake of the Woods served up the best fishing in the state for Minnesota’s walleye opener.
Walleye season remains closed until May 11, but sturgeon fishing has been very good, with numbers of fish, including several measuring longer than 60 inches and weighing more than 80 pounds, being reported.
The Rainy River has produced spotty walleye action in recent days; the water is clear, and the current is slow. Anglers targeting sturgeon reportedly have done well. The Rainy now is open past Silver Creek east of Baudette, Minn., but not yet to Baudette.
The Rainy River as of Thursday morning was open about five miles downstream from the Frontier Landing, which is located along state Highway 11 about 18 miles east of Baudette, Minn., according to Sportsman’s Lodge.
Conditions after another March storm have eliminated any hope of vehicle travel on Lake Winnipeg before the season in southern Manitoba ends March 31, according to fishing guide Jason Hamilton of Winnipeg.
The fish have moved deeper and during the day, 26 to 32 feet of water now is the magic depth for walleyes and saugers. There is some shallower action in 18 feet during low-light periods along the south shore.
The waterfowl outlook near Devils Lake looks good. According to Mark Fisher, wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Devils Lake, many ducks remain in the area, and habitat conditions are favorable for a successful hunt.
Outdoor News and Herald staff reports
, September 29, 2011
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