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OUTDOOR REPORT: Walleye fishing remains strong on Lake of the Woods, Game and Fish Department stocks rainbow trout in Ryan Pond, fall foliage reports begin

Lake of the Woods

Walleye fishing remains great, with the best action in 32 to 34 feet of water in Big Traverse Bay, where anglers are trolling crankbaits or drifting with spinners and crawlers, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. In a sure sign of fall, emerald shiners are showing up at the mouth of the Rainy River, with some reportedly running up the river, Lake of the Woods Tourism said.

Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye action is good in 22 to 27 feet of water on both sides of the border. Anglers are having their best luck trolling crankbaits or pulling spinners and crawlers. Perch are schooling up on top of reefs, Lake of the Woods Tourism said.

Red River/Grand Forks

Fronts on top of fronts have made catfishing spotty and full of ups and downs, Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick reports. Water levels are down from last week, which isn’t helping. Catfish seem to be holding shallow and out of the current most of the time, Durick said, and the lack of current has the fish spread out. Even though the fish are holding in quieter water, they want current nearby so anglers should try to find visible current. Durick also recommends giving spots a fair amount of time and trying a variety of locations to determine where fish are holding on a given day. Anglers who find the fish and replicate the pattern can catch a lot of catfish in a short time, he said.  

Cats are hitting frogs and frozen cutbait. Frogs seem to be working better during or after a rain, while frozen cutbait is more productive on the drier and hotter days.  

Elsewhere in Grand Forks, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department on Thursday stocked 300 rainbow trout in Ryan Pond at Kings Walk Golf Course. According to Jim Job, outreach biologist for Game and Fish in Grand Forks, most of the trout weigh about a pound but a few larger fish also were part of the stocking effort.

Bemidji area

The fall bite is starting to kick in and will continue to improve, Dick Beardley of Dick Beardsley’s Fishing Guide Service reports. Walleyes are starting to hit jigs and minnows along the deeper weed edges and the sharp breaks, Beardsley said, which is a typical fall pattern. Bigger pike are hitting live bait rigs and sucker minnows in the same areas.

Anglers continue to find crappies in and around green cabbage, but some of the fish are starting to slip out into the deeper basins and suspend as they typically do in the fall, Beardsley said. Bass fishing remains excellent, he said, hitting plastic baits along deep weedlines and midlake humps.

Fall color updates
  • Turtle River State Park near Arvilla, N.D.: About 20 percent of trees are showing yellow and red.
  • Pembina Gorge near Walhalla, N.D.: About 30 percent of trees are showing yellow, red and orange.
  • Old Mill State Park, Minn: 25 percent to 50 percent color.
  • Lake Bronson State Park, Minn.: 25 to 50 percent color.
  • Hayes Lake State Park, Minn.: 25 to 50 percent color.
  • Zippel Bay State Park, Minn.: 10 to 25 percent color.
  • Lake Bemidji State Park: 0 to 10 percent color.
  • Itasca State Park: 0 to 10 percent color.

-- Herald staff reports

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