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FISHING REPORT: Action remains hot on Lake of the Woods, slip bobbers a productive technique for Devils Lake walleyes right now

Lake of the Woods

Anglers are catching walleyes and saugers across the lake using a variety of tactics, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Best action has been in 18 feet to 30 feet of water and jigging with frozen shiners or pulling spinners with leeches. Another productive technique is pulling crankbaits along shoreline areas in 5 feet to 11 feet of water, the report said.

Excellent reports also are coming from the Northwest Angle, where Little Oak, Oak Island, Flag Island flats and Four Blocks are producing walleyes in Minnesota waters, Lake of the Woods Tourism said. Jigging with minnows or pulling spinners with leeches or crawlers behind bottom bouncers in 18 feet to 26 feet of water both work well, the report said. Smallmouth bass continue to be active, the report said. Muskie fishing in Ontario waters opens Saturday, June 17.

Devils Lake

Fishing has been good when the wind and weather cooperates. According to the latest report from Devils Lake Tourism, slip bobbers in 4 feet to 10 feet of water have been an effective technique, of late. Set the rig so the bait is a foot to 2 feet off the bottom, the report advises. Leeches are the bait of choice for slip bobber fishing. Areas with weed growth, especially where reeds are emerging, are good starting points, the report said.

Bemidji area

Walleyes have been getting active at different times of the day on most lakes, Paul Nelson of Bemidji Area Lakes Guide Service reports. The fish are just as likely to be active in the afternoon as they are in the mornings and evenings, especially on lakes with stained water or the beginnings of an algae bloom.

Walleyes often like to move toward structure when they get active, Nelson said. When the walleyes are done feeding, they regroup and head for deeper water.

Fishing on Upper Red Lake has been red hot when the weather cooperates, Nelson said. Most anglers on Upper Red have been trolling single-hook spinner rigs with leeches, fathead minnows or nightcrawlers, Nelson said. Some anglers also are trolling shallow diving crankbaits and catching a lot of fish, he said. Most walleyes are being caught in 5 feet to 8 feet of water along the shoreline break.

Leech Lake

The best fishing has been on the Main Lake, especially rocky bars and humps in 12 to 18 feet of water, Jason Freed of Leisure Outdoor Adventures reports. Anglers have had their best luck pulling spinners or live bait rigs tipped with leeches or crawlers, Freed said. On flat calm days, look for walleyes in 18 to 25 feet of water, he said.

The bite on Walker Bay has been kind of slow, Freed said. Shoreline breaks or humps that are close to shore are producing the best in 18 to 28 feet of water for anglers pulling live bait rigs tipped with chubs or leeches, Freed said.

-- Herald staff reports

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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