AREA FISHING REPORT: Lake of the Woods kicking out large walleyes, anglers are fishing a variety of depths and techniques on Devils Lake and catfish action on the Red River is steady
Lake of the Woods
It's been an incredible week for trophy walleyes, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Drifting and trolling spinners and crawlers during the morning and evening hours in 24 feet to 32 feet of water has been especially productive. Fishing tends to slow down a bit in the middle of the day, when trolling crankbaits out in the mud in Big Traverse Bay has been a good technique, Lake of the Woods Tourism says. Anglers also have caught some nice pike, many over 40 inches, in with the walleyes.
Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye fishing is good in both Minnesota and Ontario waters. Pulling spinners over rock reefs and similar structure is a good bet both in 16 to 20 feet of water and out deeper in 26 to 30 feet of water. Bucktails are raising muskies for anglers fishing areas with rocks and weeds, Lake of the Woods Tourism said.
Fishing is "all over the place right now," Devils Lake fishing guide Mark Bry said Thursday. Walleyes are coming from as shallow as 6 feet of water to as deep as 38 feet, Bry says, but the 20- to 30-foot range probably is the best.
Being versatile is key, both in depth and tactics. Slip bobbers and vertical jigging with live bait, pulling bottom bouncers and spinners and trolling crankbaits all have produced fish at times, Bry says.
Anglers are sorting through lots of smaller walleyes for keepers, Bry says. The best bet is to cover water and watch your electronics until finding a pattern that works.
In other Devils Lake news, the third regular-season event on this year's Cabela's National Walleye Tour circuit got underway Thursday on Devils Lake and wraps up Friday. Grahams Island State Park is tournament headquarters, and the final weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, with an awards ceremony to follow.
As part of the tournament, the National Professional Anglers Association will host a "Future Angler" program for children beginning about 4:30 p.m. after Friday's weigh-in. The youth-oriented event includes an educational seminar and training from NPAA members, and the first 150 kids who attend will receive a free rod-and-reel combo or "Future Pro" T-shirt.
Catfishing on the Red River is steady, with more big fish showing up, Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick reports. Numbers remain good, overall, with some bigger catfish also in the mix. The best locations have been on the off-current side of midriver holes or the heads of holes. Anglers should give a spot 25 to 35 minutes before moving.
Bait remains a big question, Durick says. Suckers are working well, he says, but frogs will become more of a factor as the late summer frog migration gets underway.
-- Herald staff reports