Lake of the Woods
“Sporadic,” is the word Sportsman’s Lodge near Baudette, Minn., used to describe fishing this week on the south end of the lake. Anglers fishing the resort’s rental houses have had their best luck in 27 feet to 32 feet of water anywhere from 35 to 55 minutes by tracked vehicle from the lodge. Many resorts are traveling 16 to 22 miles out on the ice, according to Lake of the Woods Tourism. Ice conditions remain excellent.
Up at the Northwest Angle, the best walleye and sauger action is in 24 to 30 feet of water on the edge of reefs and on top of sand-bottom areas, according to Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge. Ice is 28 to 32 inches thick in the areas being fished and traveled.
Fishing reports are hard to come by, but deeper water in the 40-plus-feet range generally has provided the best perch action this winter. As always, staying on the move is crucial. Walleye action this time of year traditionally is best in shallow water during low light periods early and late in the day, although some anglers reportedly have had success during the middle of the day while fishing deeper water. Setting up in areas on or adjacent to structure is often a good bet.
Northwest Minnesota trails
Big Bog State Recreation Area near Waskish, Minn.: Excellent snowmobiling conditions, with an 11-inch base; no groomed ski trail; local snow depth 22 inches.
Hayes Lake State Park south of Roseau, Minn.: Very good snowmobiling conditions, with a 6-inch base; no groomed ski trail; local snow depth 12 inches.
Itasca State Park, Minn.: Very good skiing and snowmobiling conditions, with a base of more than 6 inches on ski trails and 4 to 6 inches on snowmobile trails; local snow depth 22 inches.
Lake Bemidji State Park: Excellent skiing and snowmobiling conditions, with a 10-inch trail base; local snow depth 22 inches.
Lake Bronson State Park, Minn.: Very good skiing and snowmobiling conditions, with a 6-inch base on snowmobile trails; local snow depth 13 inches.
Old Mill State Park, Minn.: Very good snowmobiling conditions, with a 6-inch trail base; no groomed ski trails; local snow depth 13 inches.
Zippel Bay State Park, Minn.: Very good skiing and snowmobiling conditions, with an 11-inch base on ski trails and 9-inch base on snowmobile trails; local snow depth 18 inches.
Northeast N.D. snowmobile trails
Red River South Trail (Grand Forks and Walsh counties): Conditions are fair to good on open trails and will be groomed when more snow falls; West Loop trail is closed; snow depth 22 inches.
Red River North Trail (Pembina and Walsh counties): Trail system is open, with good conditions in ditches and marginal riding in open areas; local snow depth 24 inches.
Northeast Trail (Cavalier, Pembina and Walsh counties): Conditions are generally good to very good, and groomers are out where conditions allow; local snow depth 25 inches.
Lake Region Trail (Nelson and Ramsey counties): Trails are in fair to good conditions, although trail 2 is closed to Penn, N.D.; local snow depth 30 inches.
Downhill skiing report
Buena Vista Ski Area near Bemidji: Machine groomed, with a 24- to 48-inch base; 2 inches of new snow in the past seven days. Info: bvskiarea.com.
Detroit Mountain near Detroit Lakes, Minn.: Machine groomed, with a 20- to 48-inch base; 1 inch of new snow in the past 24 hours as of Thursday, Feb. 13, and 1½ inches in the past seven days. Info: detroitmountain.com.
Frostfire Park Ski Area near Walhalla, N.D.: Open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, through Monday, Feb. 17 (Presidents Day). Info: frostfirepark.org.
-- Herald staff reports