Lake of the Woods
Anglers have enjoyed another strong week of walleye fishing, with limits of fish and some big walleyes again in the mix, Lake of the Woods Tourism reports in its weekly update. Late summer patterns are prevalent, with anglers having their best luck trolling crankbaits or drifting with spinners and crawlers in 30 to 34 feet of water throughout the main basin of Big Traverse Bay.
Up at the Northwest Angle, anglers should look for walleyes in 17 feet to 25 feet of water over mud adjacent to structure and in funnel areas between islands. Spinners with crawlers or minnows are producing the best results.
The team of Chad Lunde and Luke Schultz of Littleton, Colo., used Jigging Rapalas in 40 feet of water to win the recent Masters Walleye Tournament on Devils Lake. The anglers weighed 10 walleyes -- five fish daily -- weighing 52 pounds, 6 ounces to win the tournament, held Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17. Lunde and Schultz landed $14,085 in cash and prizes for winning the tournament.
Coming up, the Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shops National Walleye Tour championship is set for Sept. 11-13 on Devils Lake, with tournament headquarters at Grahams Island State Park. Info: nationalwalleyetour.com.
Catfishing is decent, with action varying from day to day, Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick reports. One day, catfish will be in shallow water tight to structure, and the next day they’re out in the middle of the river actively feeding. Don’t be afraid to mix up locations, Durick says, but anglers should give a spot about 25 minutes before moving. As far as bait, Durick says, “take it all and figure out what they want that day.” This week, frozen suckers, day-old dead suckers and goldeyes -- in that order -- have been his top three baits, Durick said.
Fishing is already is picking up in many Bemidji-area lakes and will keep getting better as water temperatures cool, Paul Nelson of Bemidji Area Lakes Guide Service predicts. As young-of-the-year minnows move from reed beds or shallow weeds into deeper water, walleyes and other game fish likely will follow suit.
-- Herald staff reports