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Fishing report: Walleye biting on Lake of the Woods

Lake of the Woods Walleye fishing continues to be good, with the best action in 32 to 34 feet of water, where anglers are pulling spinners and crawlers or trolling crankbaits with downriggers or lead-core line, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports i...

Lake of the Woods

Walleye fishing continues to be good, with the best action in 32 to 34 feet of water, where anglers are pulling spinners and crawlers or trolling crankbaits with downriggers or lead-core line, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Shiners are showing up at the mouth of the Rainy River-a sure sign of fall-and anglers are catching fish all along the south shore of the lake.

Up at the Northwest Angle, both sides of the border are producing walleyes for anglers pulling spinners and crawlers on the mud flats, with the largest fish showing up south of Garden Island in the basin of Big Traverse Bay. Perch are beginning to school up on top of the reefs, and anglers fishing Ontario waters can expect to encounter more crappies as fish begin suspending above deeper water.

Devils Lake

The recent cool, crisp mornings hint at fall on the horizon. And while many outdoors enthusiasts shift gears to upland game, archery deer and waterfowl hunting, those who continue fishing often encounter the best walleye action of the year.

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As fall patterns take hold, anglers can expect to find more walleyes near the bridges and other current areas. Recent reports indicate anglers are catching walleyes drifting spinners or live bait rigs with crawlers in 19 feet to 21 feet of water or trolling crankbaits in 33 feet of water. The key is to cover water and search for the most active fish.

Red River

Catfishing on the Red is steady, Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick reports. The river still is very low, but some rain upstream has kept levels stable, he said. As for the fishing, numbers still are OK along the Grand Forks stretch of river, but big fish are harder to come by, Durick said. Give a spot 20 to 30 minutes and try different baits before moving. Most fish seem to be coming on the breakline of an inside bend just out of the current. Frozen suckers and frogs have been the best baits, of late, Durick said.

Leech Lake

Walleye fishing has been "up and down" the past week, with best action in 18 feet to 28 feet of water along steeper breaklines that have wind and bait blowing into them, Jason Freed of Leisure Outdoor Adventures reports. Anglers should focus on those breaklines as well as underwater points, bars and humps that top out in 24 to 30 feet of water to find active schools of walleyes. Live bait with crawlers, leeches and minnows, along with Jigging Raps, all are producing fish. As a bonus, jumbo perch have begun showing up in shallow areas, and Freed suggests targeting the fish with a small jig tipped with a minnow.

Muskie fishing has been hit or miss lately on Leech Lake, Freed said, with some days producing multiple fish and other days when anglers barely see a fish. Classic muskie locations such as sand, rocks, weeds and pencil reeds in depths ranging from 2 feet to 40 feet of water all are worth checking out, Freed said.

-- Herald staff reports

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