AREA FISHING REPORT: August one of best fishing months for Devils Lake
LAKE OF THE WOODS Downrigging is producing limits of walleyes and saugers throughout Big Traverse Bay. Big walleyes are being caught on the rocks near the Bridges Island reefs on crawlers and spinners. South of the Northwest Angle, limits of keep...
LAKE OF THE WOODS
Downrigging is producing limits of walleyes and saugers throughout Big Traverse Bay. Big walleyes are being caught on the rocks near the Bridges Island reefs on crawlers and spinners. South of the Northwest Angle, limits of keeper-sized walleyes are being taken by anglers anchoring and pitching jigs or crawlers. On the Rainy River, walleyes have been most active far upstream near the golf course in International Falls, Minn.
How do you like to catch your walleyes? Jigs, bobbers, live bait or trolling all are producing lots of fish, reports Devils Lake fishing guide Mark Bry. August is going down as one of the best months of fishing in years. Walleyes are coming from 12 to 25 feet of water, with the best action adjacent to water deeper than 30 feet. Work large weedbeds, points, rock piles and flooded roads. Anglers still are catching a lot of smaller walleyes but nicer fish are showing up, as well. White bass have been spotty, but they're huge when you find them, Bry said; he recommends concentrating on 2 to 10 feet of water. Anglers are catching the occasional pike mixed in with the walleyes, Bry said, mostly in the 3- to 8-pound range.
Fishing on the Red is spotty, in large part because of unstable river levels the past two weeks, according to Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick. Catfish are spread out and not following on any sort of pattern. Some are coming in faster water, while others are coming from slow water or even snags. Sucker minnows have been a go-to bait, but frogs are creeping into the mix more and more. Goldeyes also are worth trying.
Barring any heavy rains, water levels should stabilize to a slow decline during the next week, and fishing should straighten out. The key is to stay on the move and try spots until locating fish. Don't get discouraged, as we've never seen river conditions like these so late in the summer.
UPPER RED LAKE
Anglers are catching limits of walleyes in 5 to 7 feet of water just outside the reeds adjacent to rock humps along the south shore. Good numbers of walleyes also are hitting on the east shore in 5 to 8 feet. Crawlers, leeches, minnows and crankbaits are all producing fish.
CASS LAKE AREA
Walleye fishing has improved on Cass Lake and Pike Bay in 12 to 16 feet of water during the day and 6 to 9 feet at night. The bars such as North Cedar, Deadman's, East Cedar, as well as Stony Point, have been best. The 20- to 25-foot main lake humps on Cass are holding perch, while bluegills, crappies and rock bass are hanging around the lily pads in Allen's Bay on Cass and Kitchi Lake. Northern pike are hitting perch-colored Shad Raps, and muskies remain most active during low-light periods.
Walleyes have been tough to find during the day, although live bait rigs are catching a few fish on the humps in Walker Bay over 25 to 30 feet of water, as are Shad Raps in the Meadows area in 12 to 14 feet. At night, slip bobbers and leeches or crankbaits are producing a few walleyes off Sand Point in 8 to 12 feet. Muskie action remains strong, but they seem to be moving toward the rocks and hitting bucktails or jerkbaits.
Most of the walleyes continue to come from along the weed edges in 12 to 14 feet of water on spinner rigs and crawlers. During the evening hours, Shad Raps are producing fish in shallow water. Raven's Point, Mallard Point, Little Stony Point, the Birdhouses, Sugar Bar and Long Bar all have produced fish. Perch are hitting minnows in the northwest corner in 12 to 14 feet, and the west side has been best for northern pike.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes continue to hit minnows and leeches early and late in the day in 14 to 18 feet of water on Long Lake. Big Sand Lake is giving up walleyes in 32 to 36 feet on leeches and crawlers during low-light periods. Look for northern pike on Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes in 14 to 16 feet. The Crow Wing Chain continues to produce bluegills in 12 to 14 feet. Jigs and plastics are triggering bass on most lakes, but muskie action has slowed.