May 30- The fishing has been surprisingly good in most sections of the lake, considering that the ice has only been off for about two weeks time. In Canadian waters, walleyes seem to be popping up everywhere, from shallow shorelines to deep rock points and humps. Some nice post-spawn females are being caught along with the eater fish. Smallmouth bass have been holding deep off the shorelines, but will move shallow to begin spawning any day now. Expect to find plenty of pike in the shallow back bays. Lake trout anglers have been doing well lately as well.
In Minnesota waters, walleye fishermen have been doing well around Oak I. and Brush I. trolling spinners and crankbaits. Overall, it’s shaping up to be a good fishing season!
The Northwest Angle area is mostly clear of ice and rest of the lake ice is melting quickly. Opening weekend in the Rainy River produced some nice slot-size walleye for those who made it out there. By this weekend, it’s likely the whole lake will be free of ice. The satellite picture of the lake is from last weekend.
Stump Lake, ND- With the latest snowfall added to the snow depth and slush patches popping up, truck travel off of the main trails has become difficult. The bite has been decent, with perch and walleye being caught around the trees and sunken timber in the 30 to 40 foot range. A glow Buckshot Rattle Spoon tipped with a minnow head was a solid presentation. Special thanks goes out to Mark Bry and Jeremy Worden from Bry’s Guide Service and Steve from Dakota Outdoors for providing SnoBear transportation and fishing help for the South Middle School Outdoors Club kids last Saturday. The event went well, and some kids said they had the time of their lives!
Scott does some Q and A with Grand Forks Herald outdoors writer Brad Dokken last summer!
Big Traverse Lake of the Woods. Nice weather, but slow fishing. It is mostly a sauger bite with the occasional walleye thrown in. Generally fishing on the mud in the Gull Rock area in 26 -28 feet of water. Saugers ran in size up to 14.5 inches and walleyes up to 18 inches. Some fish were aggressive and fell to the Salmo Zipper while other fish opted for the basic jig-a-bit and minnow on a bobber.
Northwest Angle, Lake of the Woods. Lots of snow on the lake after last week’s storm making for slower cross country travel, however, even with all the snow, slush is not too bad on the lake yet. Venturing into Ontario waters is producing crappies, but they are requiring some enticing. Crappies will do a lot of looking lately and need to be worked a little to be converted to a caught fish. While numbers were down, size makes up for it with crappies running into the 15 inch range. Glow has worked best with Salmo zippers and Northland buckshots, and some shinier spoons have pulled in some walleye and sauger caught incidental to the crappie. 25-28 feet of water was best with fishing right on the bottom while watching for the occasional suspended crappie.
NW Angle Lake of the Woods. Despite slower reports elsewhere in the lake, the reefs in the Oak Island area were doing well. Numbers of walleyes and sauger were coming in. Walleyes were running in the 16-20 inch size and saugers up to 14 inches. Best bite was in 20-27 feet range on the edges of the reefs. Jigging with minnow heads worked best with a variety of lures. Salmo Zippers and Chubby Darters worked as well as glow in the dark Northland Buckshot rattle spoons.
Devil’s Lake. The storm missed the Devil’s Lake area, but pre-existing snow still making tracked vehicles a necessity. The Snobears worked well this weekend running through the snow drifts, pressure ridges, and drifted in access points. The bite was still slow overall, but the use of underwater cameras converted lookers to biters. Both active perch and walleye are in 10-20 feet of water with a few northern pike mixed in. Inactive perch were found deeper, and could be brought in to look, but generally not bite. Northland buckshots with droppers worked the best for perch with walleyes hitting on a variety of gold lures. Using plain hooks and whole minnows were also working on tight-lipped perch onlookers.
Devil’s Lake. Increasing snow making wheeled travel more difficult. Some access points drifted in, others ok. Searching and working the fish is necessary. Perch and walleye have been active from 24-34 feet. Northland buckshot rattle spoons with minnow head has been producing, droppers sometimes are necessary to entice finicky biters.