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OUTDOOR REPORT: Good fishing continues on Lake of the Woods and Rainy River

Lake of the Woods

Open water fishing soon will wind down if cold temperatures persist, but for anglers who fished Lake of the Woods during last weekend's Minnesota deer season opener, walleye action was good.

According to the weekly report from Lake of the Woods Tourism, mixed schools of fish are being reported in depths ranging from 10 feet to 25 feet along the South Shore, with activity around both Lighthouse and Morris Point gaps and along Pine Island. Anchoring and jigging with frozen shiners has been the top technique.

Rainy River

The Rainy River is loaded with walleyes, and anglers are having success in key spots up and down the river, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports. Jigging with a shiner or rainbow chub remains the go-to method, and anchoring has been the most effective approach. There's a "good amount" of current in the main channel, and jigs as heavy as 1 ounce may be required, Lake of the Woods Tourism said. Many trophy walleyes being caught along with eaters. Anglers are reporting big numbers of walleyes when they find them, so moving around to locate fish is crucial.

Devils Lake waterfowl update

The 2018 waterfowl season in the Lake Region is winding down, but hunters still venturing out are finding a few birds, reports Mark Fisher, district wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Devils Lake. Hunters were averaging three to four birds per gun, with nearly all birds taken being mallards or Canada geese, Fisher said. The corn harvest is nearly complete, so food is plentiful for the upland-feeding waterfowl.

However, snow has fallen, and the ground has been covered, Fisher said. Very cold temperatures, with highs in the teens and low 20s, are in the forecast as the weekend approaches and beyond. All wetlands will freeze, Fisher said, but some pockets of open water will persist on Devils Lake.

For best results, hunters should concentrate their efforts on or very near the big water, Fisher advises.

-- Herald staff reports

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