Lake of the woods There's a lot of ice on the main lake, and it's been cold enough to prevent it from opening much beyond the shorelines. On the Rainy River and Four-Mile Bay, crawlers are producing sturgeon despite the recent cold weather. Devil...
Lake of the woods
There's a lot of ice on the main lake, and it's been cold enough to prevent it from opening much beyond the shorelines. On the Rainy River and Four-Mile Bay, crawlers are producing sturgeon despite the recent cold weather.
Northern pike have finished spawning, and walleyes should be in full swing. Walleye fishing typically slows for a few days as fish recover from spawning, but look for action to improve steadily after that. The big news on Devils Lake this week is the new "lake record" walleye. Travis Mettler of Concrete, N.D., caught the 31-inch, 13-pound, 3-ounce walleye Monday on Channel A on a pink jig and white twister tail, according to a posting on the Ed's Bait Shop Web site, www.edsbaitshop.com . Mettler's walleye topped the previous lake record, a 12-pound, 14-ounce fish Mike Nelson of Fargo caught in November 2003.
Mother Nature didn't do anglers any favors this past weekend, but fishing activity again is in full swing below Riverside Rapids in Grand Forks, which has produced a mixed bag of catfish, goldeyes and the occasional walleye or sauger. Catfish are still on the sluggish side, but that will change quickly as water temperatures rise. Some of the best catfish action of the year is right around the corner as the fish begin a feeding frenzy before spawning, which usually happens in June.
Maple Lake near Mentor, Minn., has been free of ice for a few days now, and anglers are catching crappies in shallow bays, reports Sue Kaiser of Ceason's Bait and Tackle in Crookston. Kaiser said she's heard that Lake Sarah near Erskine, Minn., also is free of ice, while Union Lake across the road from Sarah still had ice cover as of Thursday. Meanwhile, Kaiser said, anglers are catching a few catfish on the Red Lake River in Crookston, but the focus right now is on the Minnesota walleye opener, which this year is May 10.
Leech lake area
A few anglers were ice fishing last weekend on Shingobee Bay. The small lakes have started to open, while Leech Lake remains ice-covered.
There was about 150 yards of open water along the shorelines early in the week. The entire main lake was ice-covered and blanketed with a foot of snow as of Tuesday morning. The wind is pushing the ice around, but has yet to bust it up.
Walleye action is slow on the south end of Big Stone Lake near Ortonville, Minn., a Minnesota-South Dakota border water, but there are fish being caught farther up the lake. The Cameron's Cove area on the South Dakota side is kicking out fish. Anglers have had their best luck fishing close to shore with a jig and minnow.
Park rapids, minn., area
Most small lakes now are open, but the cold weather and last weekend's snow prevented the big lakes from opening. There has been some limited open water panfish action reported at "The Fill" on Long Lake.
-- Herald staff and wire reports