Lake of the Woods
Fishing was good during the recent warm-up, but the impact of colder weather the next several days remains to be seen.
Walleyes continue to spread out, and resorts and guides are making the push to deeper water, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. "Dead stick" presentations, whether bobbers or other set line techniques, remain hot for saugers in most areas, but walleyes have preferred jigging, the report said. Spoons or lures with rattles always are a good bet in gold, glow and pink.
Walleye action is best during the morning and evening hours in 15 feet to 18 feet of water, while 25 to 31 feet is the go-to depth for midday saugers and walleyes.
Ice roads now are permitting trucks and larger wheel fish houses, Lake of the Woods Tourism said, but anglers should always check with the resorts they plan to access for the most up-to-date ice reports.
Up at the Northwest Angle, ice conditions are good where resorts have roads and trails, and good fishing continues, Lake of the Woods Tourism said. There's 20 inches to 26 inches of ice in the areas where resorts have their houses. Look for walleyes in 22 feet to 28 feet of water and slightly deeper for saugers and perch.
Perch reports are pretty good, with best action in 25 feet to 35 feet of water throughout the lake, Woodland Resort reported Wednesday in its latest update. A few anglers have reported catching perch in 18 to 25 feet of water on parts of the main lake, Six-Mile Bay and East Bay, the report said. Smaller rattle spoons and jigs, along with plain hooks and small minnows fished below a bobber have been worked well. Anglers are targeting walleyes in 15 feet to 25 feet of water, with best action in the mornings and evenings.
According to Woodland's report, ice thickness varies throughout Creel Bay, Walfords, Military Point, Rocky Point, the Dome House and the Towers areas. There's 17 inches of ice in many areas, with 10 to 12 inches near the north end of Creel, Eagle Bend and the north towers. As always, anglers should use caution near pressure ridges and other areas where ice looks questionable. Getting around with trucks and other large vehicles could be dicey after this week's winter storm.
• Grand Forks Greenway: Ski trails were groomed Monday and in great condition before this week's winter storm. Check the Greenway of Grand Forks Facebook page for updates once the weather improves.
• Turtle River State Park near Arvilla, N.D.: Trails were listed as open and in good condition as of Jan. 3 and should be even better once they're groomed after this week's winter storm.
• Grahams Island State Park: Cross-country ski trail was listed as open and in fair condition as of Jan. 3.
• Lake of the Woods: Snowmobile trails across the lake are marked and groomed.
• Hayes Lake State Park near Roseau, Minn.: Snowmobile trails are groomed and in fair condition with a 4-inch base; ski trails have yet to be groomed. Local snow depth 12 inches as of latest update Jan. 4.
• Itasca State Park, Minn.: Ski trails are groomed and in good condition with a 4-inch base, and snowmobiles are in fair condition with 31 miles groomed. Local snow depth 8 inches as of Jan. 5.
• Lake Bemidji State Park: Ski trails are groomed and in very good condition with a 3-inch base; snowmobiles aren't groomed but are in good condition with a 3-inch base. Local snow depth 7 inches as of Jan. 3.
• Lake Bronson State Park, Minn.: Ski and snowmobile trails are groomed and in good condition with a 4-inch base. Local snow depth 7 inches as of Jan. 8.
• Old Mill State Park, Minn.: The snowmobile trail is groomed and in good condition with a 4-inch base. Local snow depth 9 inches as of Dec. 28.
• Zippel Bay State Park, Minn.: Ski trails were listed as groomed and in good condition with a 6-inch base as of the last update Dec. 27. Snowmobile trails were groomed and in fair condition, also with a 6-inch base. Local snow depth 9 inches as of Dec. 27.
• Snowmobile trails in northeast North Dakota all were listed as closed as of last update Jan. 4, but that could change after this week's winter storm; snowmobilend.org.
• Detroit Mountain Recreation Area near Detroit Lakes, Minn.: 19- to 60-inch base, no new snow, making snow. Info: detroitmountain.com.
• Buena Vista Ski Area near Bemidji: 12- to 36-inch base, machine groomed, making snow. Info: bvskiarea.com.
-- Herald staff reports