Msg 1 Posted: 07:11 AM 06/22/05 (CST)
Lake of the Woods
Limits of walleyes are common on western Lake of the Woods when the weather allows it, according to Larry Milbridge, conservation officer for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Warroad, Minn.
The story's similar farther east. According to Gary Moeller of Ballard's Resort near Baudette, Minn., the resort's launches have been catching numbers of walleyes, along with some decent-sized fish, along the shoreline areas near Pine Island, Zippel Bay and Stony Point. Spinners tipped with minnows are producing most of the fish, followed by leeches and crawlers, Moeller said.
This would be a good time for a trip to Devils Lake if recent reports are any indication. Leeches fished below slip bobbers or on a jig are enticing walleyes in the flooded trees and off the points in 12 to 15 feet of water.
The western side of the lake continues to produce the best action, and Minnewaukan Flats, Doc Hagen's and the Mauvais Coulee area all are worth trying. Anglers drifting or trolling with bottom bouncers also are catching fish, but recent reports indicate the shallow water crankbait bite has slowed during the past couple of weeks.
Fishing has ground to a screeching halt with the recent flooding, and that won't change until water levels improve. Catfish action was excellent all spring, so hopefully there'll be more of the same once river levels recede.
Fishing has been good, even during the recent heavy rains, reports Stuart Bensen, conservation officer for the DNR in Erskine, Minn. Maple Lake near Mentor, Minn., is a good bet for walleyes and northern pike, Bensen said. Meanwhile, Union and Sarah near Erskine are producing good catches of panfish.