Terry's forecast and the fish are both looking good!
Fishing is excellent on Devils Lake right now!! We are catching lots of walleyes (anywhere from 13-25 inchers) and pike are mixed in with the eyes pike with many in that 34-40 inch category. Water temps have exploded and with the warm weather fish are being caught in lots of different places. The best bet for eyes and pike is still shallow (find weeds and reeds)
pitching of cranks and jigs/plastics as usual. Slip-bobbers with leeches has produced many nice eyes as well. Best depth are in the 2-10 ft of water. Many people are also working that 10-18 ft range with bottom bouncers and spinners and fish are being caught.
Bass are a bit spotty, but look for them to really turn on any day.
Overall, the bite is great and there are lots of places you can fish and many different presentations that will work, good luck to all!!
Baudette - Lake of the Woods & the Rainy River
Lake of the Woods walleye and sauger action remains strong despite recent fluctuations in weather conditions. Anchoring and jigging in front of Long Point near the Twin Islands in roughly 31 feet of water, and near the Graceton Beach area in 29-32 feet of water has produced some nice trophies! When the wind is blowing, check the shallows using plugs or spinners. Some anglers are also catching fish when pulling crankbaits with downriggers and leadcore. At the Northwest Angle & Islands Area, anglers are doing well on the rocks on the big lake. The may flies are hatching so anglers are doing well as the mud flats. 800-382-FISH
The bite has improved considerably. Walleye anglers are pulling fish from 16-22 feet of water on redtail minnows and nightcrawlers on a roach rig. Northern pike are attacking flashy spinnerbaits or jig and shiner combinations at the cabbage weeds. Weeds found in depths of 6-14 feet have been best on most bodies of water. Crappies are moving toward the weeds in slightly deeper waters. For the most fish, hit depths of 6-10 feet. Leave the minnows behind and try a 1/16th ounce mimic minnow, letting the bait fall periodically as you retrieve it very slowly. Smallmouth bass have just finished their spawn; look for post-spawn fish at the drop-offs to deeper waters at the gravel and rock flats. Crayfish-imitation baits are also working well since these areas hold crustaceans. Largemouth bass can be found in 1-10 feet of water when using slow-moving plastic worms and jungle jigs. 800-247-0054
While rising water temperatures and lots of sunshine caused the mayflies to begin to hatch, the recent cold front put an end to this, at least for a while. Water temperatures have actually dropped 5- or 6-degrees over the last three days, and many walleye can still be found in 11-18 feet of water. The best approach has been a leech or crawler. Bass have become very active at the deeper weed edges, especially during the cold spell. Lots of bass are being taken by walleye anglers rigging for fish at the weed edges. Look for these fish to move back into more shallow waters as temperatures increase the end of this week. Northern pike have been active anywhere there are weeds. Some nice crappies can be found in depths of 9-13 feet on the edges of flats when aggressively jigging plastic baits. These fish are now moving out of the shallows to their summer locations. Sunfish remain active on the inside and outside weed edges, however finding the larger fish can be a challenge; try leeches and crawler pieces on small jigs or hooks under bobbers for the most fish. 800-542-3992 Central Region
Otter Tail Lakes Area
Walleye are coming from 10-20 feet of water on spinners with crawlers or leeches on Otter Tail Lake. Crankbaits are productive in 8-10 feet of water once the sun starts to set. Panfish action has slowed a bit now that they have completed their spawn. Water temperatures average roughly 70-degrees. 800-423-4571