Lake of the Woods
Walleyes have moved into typical late-summer patterns, which means anglers are having their best luck trolling crankbaits or drifting with spinners and crawlers in the basin of Big Traverse Bay in 30 to 34 feet of water, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Anglers continue to boat strong numbers of trophy fish and “personal best” walleyes. Some anglers continue to have success jigging with frozen shiners in the same depths.
Up at the Northwest Angle, anglers should look for walleyes in 22 to 29 feet of water. Spinners and crawlers have been the go-to presentation, with gold, pink and orange the most productive colors. Anglers fishing the islands in Ontario waters are reporting success with muskies and pike, as well, Lake of the Woods Tourism said.
Walleye fishing has been “fantastic,” Mark Bry of Bry’s Guide Service reports. Anglers are sorting through numbers of smaller 11- to 13-inch walleyes to find keepers, he said, but those who stick with it usually will find 14- to 17-inch fish for the frying pan.
Anglers are having success with a variety of presentations, Bry said. Pulling bottom bouncers and spinners, trolling crankbaits, vertical jigging and live bait fished below slip bobbers in areas with flooded trees all have been productive. Best action is in 8 to 20 feet of water.
Catfishing had been in “sort of a lull” before Tuesday night’s storm and cooler weather, Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick reports. Now that the heat has subsided and more comfortable temperatures have returned, the influx of new water after the storm has improved fishing, and the bite is back to normal, Durick said. Catfish are in the holes near current, and anglers should give a spot at least 25 to 30 minutes before moving, he said. Frozen suckers and frogs have worked well, but anglers are reporting success on a variety of other baits, as well, Durick said.
-- Herald staff reports