Msg 1 Posted: 07:52 AM 09/07/12 (CST)
LAKE OF THE WOODS|
Crankbaits, crawlers or a jig and frozen shiner minnow are producing walleyes on the 28- to 32-foot mud and rock reefs in Big Traverse Bay. Better spots this week have been from Lighthouse Gap to Morris Point Gap, Zippel Bay and Long Point, up to Garden Island.
In the Northwest Angle area, Scott Edman of Angling Adventures Guiding Service said fishing remains productive in Ontario waters. As in the past few weeks, the deeper reefs in the Skeet Island area still hold good numbers of walleyes, while the bite on points and drop-off areas closer to the Angle has continued to improve. Jigging along these areas has produced a mixed bag of walleyes, perch and crappies. Anglers can expect to land some big walleyes mixed in with the eaters, Edman said. Muskie anglers continue to report good action, although the late-summer algae bloom has reduced visibility in areas. Northern pike and smallmouth bass have been active along shoreline weed beds, where a spinner bait rolled over the cabbage has produced the best action.
Edman recommends anglers fishing Minnesota waters of the Angle troll crankbaits over shallow rocks or spinners around the deep edge of structure in areas such as Garden and Little Oak islands.
Goose hunters in the Lake of the Woods area reported seeing many birds, but having little success during last weekends opener, according to Department of Natural Resources conservation officers.
Fall patterns are becoming more apparent as weeds die off and walleyes begin moving into shallower water, according to Devils Lake fishing guide Mark Bry. The most consistent fishing still is in 12 to 25 feet of water, Bry said. Walleyes also relate to current areas in the fall, and fishing near the bridges has been productive, Bry said. Presentations have varied, Bry said, from pitching jigs and plastics in the shallows to vertical jigging by the bridges to pulling live bait rigs along points and old shorelines. Fall is a time of opportunity in the Lake Region, with the early Canada goose season continuing through Sept. 15, and the resident waterfowl opener on tap for Sept. 22.
Catfishing on the Red remains spotty, according to Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick. Cooler weather has made the catfish sluggish, and Durick recommends fishing shallow water tight to structure or in the deeper holes. The key is staying out of the current but having some faster water nearby. Also, Durick said, plan on sitting in spots longer than normal at least 30 minutes. The fish are not shut down, but it may take them some extra time to find the bait. Fish are hitting most baits right now, Durick said, but fresh sucker continues to be his top choice. Water levels are low, but the river above the dams still has plenty of water for safe boating. Water conditions below the dams are treacherous but still fishable, Durick said just be careful and take it slow when boating.
Live-bait rigs and rainbow minnows are producing walleyes on the 9-foot weed edges of Lake Plantagenet. On Lake Bemidji, crawlers are best for walleyes in 15 to 18 feet of water. Bucktails or big plastics have raised muskies on Bemidji, and panfish reports are strong from the deep weeds of Balsam, Midge and Grant lakes. Limits of geese were shot opening day, but shooting has slowed since. Bear hunters have taken a few animals, although an untimely drop of acorns has slowed bait activity.
Walleyes are hitting crankbaits at night on the rocks around the Annex and Submarine Island; daytime walleye action is slow. Muskies also have been most active on the rocks, with Pipe Island, Pelican Island and West Bar producing fish. Perch are being found in 10 to 12 feet of water near Pine Point and Grand Vu Flats, and these areas are worth hitting at night with crankbaits for walleyes. Bear and goose hunting reports have been limited.
The points and shoreline breaks on the west side are producing perch in 12 to 15 feet of water. Walleye action continues to be best with crawlers in 7 to 9 feet from Duck Pass to the Highbanks area. Spoons are producing northern pike in the 10-foot weeds throughout the lake.
PARK RAPIDS AREA
Walleyes have started hitting crawlers in 18 feet of water on Big Sand Lake, and theres an evening crappie bite on Potato Lake in 14 to 16 feet. Fifth and Sixth Crow Wing lakes are kicking out crappies and northern pike in 10 to 12 feet, while Fish Hook Lake continues to produce bluegills in 8 to 12 feet. A few bears have been brought in, and reports have been positive from most hunters.
Walleyes are hitting Shad Raps at night in 8 feet of water on Little Pine Lake and crankbaits or a jig and minnow in 12 to 18 feet on Otter Tail Lake. On Big Pine Lake, a jig and minnow is producing walleyes and crappies in 20 to 22 feet. Work the 15-foot cabbage on lakes Marion, Rush, Big McDonald and Little McDonald for bluegills or the deep weeds of Star and Dead lakes for crappies. Top-water baits are raising muskies on the shallow structure and weedbeds of Big Detroit Lake. Bear-hunting reports have been limited, but goose hunting has been productive.