OUTDOORS REPORT: Fishing, goose and bear hunting updates

Lake of the Woods A jig and minnow is providing limits of walleyes close to shore near Long Point and Zippel Bay. Anglers pulling plugs in 28 to 34 feet of water also have done well near main-lake structure. Anglers are catching sturgeon in Four-...

Lake of the Woods

A jig and minnow is providing limits of walleyes close to shore near Long Point and Zippel Bay. Anglers pulling plugs in 28 to 34 feet of water also have done well near main-lake structure. Anglers are catching sturgeon in Four-Mile Bay and the Rainy River, and farther upstream on the Rainy near International Falls, Minn., walleye action has improved from the golf course to the Shorewood area. At the Northwest Angle, walleyes are being taken on live bait and spinners around the islands.

Devils Lake

Walleye fishing remains good, and northern pike action has picked up in the same areas, according to the most recent report from Woodland Resort. Some of the nicest walleyes of the summer are being caught trolling crank baits such as No. 5 Rapala jointed Shad Raps and No. 5 Salmo Hornets, the report said.

Anglers also are having luck trolling live bait with bottom bouncers along the weed beds, especially when there's enough wind to create a "walleye chop."


Grand Forks area

Fishing reports on the Red River have been hard to come by, of late, because so few people are fishing.

Anglers looking to wet a line close to home, though, might want to head for Turtle River State Park near Arvilla, N.D. According to Steve Crandall, park manager, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department dropped off about 500 rainbow trout Wednesday afternoon. They're nice fish, averaging about 1½ pounds, with some bigger trout included, Crandall said.

Upper Red Lake

Anglers still can catch a limit of walleyes on a jig and minnow in 6 to 8 feet of water at the mouth of the Tamarack River and the Popples area.

Northern pike have been active, but the number of big fish has been minimal. Goose hunting continues to be productive, and bears are hitting baits and being taken somewhat consistently.

Bemidji area

A jig-and-minnow combination is producing walleyes on Lake Bemidji in 15 to 25 feet of water. Northern pike are hitting sucker minnows in 12 to 16 feet on Big Lake and Lake Bemidji. Muskie action is slow, and anglers continue to catch a few sunfish on Grace Lake in 12 feet or shallower. Goose and bear reports have dropped off since opening weekend.


Blackduck area

Live-bait rigs and crawlers are a good bet for walleyes in 12 to 14 feet of water on Blackduck Lake. The shallow weeds on Blackduck have produced nice bluegills, as well. Walleye action has picked up in 14 to 16 feet of water on South Twin Lake. Look for northern pike and bass in the weeds of South Twin, North Twin Lake and Gull Lake. Bear-hunting reports have been minimal since the heat arrived this week.

Cass Lake area

Leeches during the day in 20 to 25 feet of water or crank baits at night have worked for walleyes on Cass Lake. The bars, such as Dallen's, Deaman's, Buck's and East Cedar, have been most productive. Work the cabbage breaks of Cass for muskies and northern pike. Allen's Bay on Cass is giving up bluegills, and the crappies have moved deeper on most lakes.

Leech Lake

Consistent perch action has been reported off Sand Point and Otter Tail Point in 6 to 8 feet of water. Walleyes have been a bit more difficult to catch during midday hours, but the mornings and evenings have been productive on the points and weed lines. Crank baits and jigs and rigs tipped with crawlers or minnows are working best.

Muskies are chasing baits, but they have been difficult to hook; bass anglers are doing well in the rice beds and along shallow weed lines in most bays.

Lake Winnibigoshish


Low-light periods or windy conditions have been the best times to catch walleyes on jigs and minnows in 10 to 12 feet off Raven's Point, Little Stony Point and the Duck Pass. But with this week's heat and calm weather, the bars such as Big Muskie, Long, Little Muskie and Big Bend have been more productive with crawlers in 13 to 20 feet of water. Perch action is limited, but northern pike are being taken on spoons and minnows off Raven's Point and the Highbanks area.

Detroit Lakes

Walleyes are hitting minnows and crawlers along the 15- to 17-foot weed lines of Big Detroit Lake, Lake Sallie and Lake Melissa. On Big Cormorant Lake, the best walleye action is taking place in 25 to 30 feet. Look for sunfish in the 6- to 12-foot cabbage beds of Big Detroit, Sour and Floyd lakes, and you'll find crappies suspended over 16 to 20 feet of water on these lakes as well. Muskies are hitting CowGirls and top-water baits at night on the humps of Big Detroit.

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