Lake of the Woods
Ice conditions are excellent, with 24 to 30 inches of ice most places being fished, Lake of the Woods Tourism reported Monday in its weekly update. Best action is in 27 to 34 feet of water, and anglers are sorting through lots of smaller fish to get eaters and the occasional trophy walleye. Some ice roads now extend more than 10 miles out on the lake. Glow- and bright-colored jigs are good bets, and anglers using electronics should watch for walleyes suspended higher in the water column.
Up at the Northwest Angle, Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge reports anglers are reeling in a mix of walleyes and saugers in 23 to 30 feet of water, with gold and pink among the most popular colors.
Six-Mile Bay will be a busy place Saturday afternoon for the Devils Lake Volunteer Fire Department’s 36th annual Ice Fishing Tournament, set for 1 to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers will be drilling more than 5,000 holes for the tournament, and partly sunny skies with a high temperature of 25 degrees are in the forecast, the National Weather Service predicts. A variety of activities also will be ongoing in the Devils Lake Memorial Building, 508 Fourth Ave. N.E. More info: dlvfdicefishingtourney.com.
Upper Red Lake
West Wind Resort in Waskish, Minn., reported Monday, Jan. 20, on its Facebook page that it will not be allowing wheelhouses onto the ice this week or weekend after an additional 7 inches of snow worsened slush and flooding problems. It’s business as usual for rental houses, the resort said. Those planning a trip to Upper Red should check with the resort or road operator they plan to access for the most up-to-date conditions.
Red River North Snowmobile Trail (Pembina and Walsh counties): Trail system is open, with good conditions in ditches and marginal conditions in open areas. Trails will be groomed by the weekend; snowmobilend.org.
Red River South Trail (Grand Forks and Walsh counties): Trails are being opened as the groomer preps them. The East and Alberta Clipper loops were groomed Tuesday, Jan. 21, and the West Loop will be groomed by the weekend. The Turtle River Trail is open and was groomed Tuesday; snowmobilend.org.
Northeast Trail (Cavalier, Pembina and Walsh counties): Trails are closed for prep work, but plans are to groom and be open for the state ride next weekend, Snowmobile North Dakota reported on its website.
Lake Region Trail (Nelson and Ramsey counties): Trails generally are open and in fair to good condition; snowmobilend.org.
Cattail Trail (Barnes, Cass, Steele and Traill counties): Trails are open and in fair to good condition; snowmobilend.org.
Lake Bemidji State Park: Excellent skiing conditions, with an 8-inch base and 9 miles groomed; excellent snowmobiling conditions, with an 8-inch base and 3 miles groomed. Local snow depth 27 inches.
Lake of the Woods area: Snowmobile trails from the south end of the lake to the Northwest Angle are groomed and in good shape, according to Lake of the Woods Tourism.
Area ski report
Buena Vista Ski Area near Bemidji: 24- to 48-inch base, machine groomed, 18 inches of new snow in the past seven days. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Info: bvskiarea.com.
Detroit Mountain Recreation Area near Detroit Lakes, Minn.: 24- to 50-inch base, machine groomed, 8 inches of snow in the past seven days. Info: detroitmountain.com.
Frost Fire Park Ski Resort near Walhalla, N.D.: Conditions report not available; slope hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Info: frostfirepark.org.
-- Herald staff reports