Pike and sturgeon action was good before this week's cold snap, and there hasn't been much fishing pressure the last few days. Best pike locations include the Warroad, Minn., and Zippel Bay areas, while Four-Mile Bay and the Rainy River are good bets for sturgeon. Ice went off the big lake Saturday, so conditions should be good for the May 14 walleye opener as long as the weather cooperates.
Strong winds and cold temperatures have shut down both pike and walleyes, fishing guide Jason Mitchell reports. Few people have been fishing since the weekend. Mitchell said he went out for a few hours Tuesday, "but we got tired of fighting the wind and quit without a bite." He doesn't look for fishing to improve until the weather straightens out.
Good catfish reports were coming from the south end of the Red River in Grand Forks before the cold snap hit (anyone see a theme here?). The North Forks Landing isn't yet accessible to boats. Look for catfish reports to improve with better weather.
Anglers fishing Maple Lake near Mentor, Minn., were catching some big bluegills last weekend, according to Stuart Bensen, conservation officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Erskine, Minn. Crappie fishing on Maple was slow, but there have been a few reports of anglers catching crappies on Union Lake south of Erskine.