By Dan Johnson

It might not be the land of 10,000 lakes, but North Dakota is still an A-list destination for world-class fishing adventures.

For example, Jack Fletcher of Fargo made headlines this week for breaking the state’s longstanding cisco record with a 2-pound, 9-ounce behemoth caught on Lake Oahe's Beaver Bay February 28. Set in 2000, the old record was 2 pounds 8 ounces.

Record ciscoes aside, Oahe is also producing walleyes, reports Lindy pro staffer and veteran fishing guide Jason Feldner of Perch-Eyes Guide Service.

“They’re starting to get open-water walleyes in the Missouri River tailwaters in the headwater areas of Lake Oahe,” he said.

Feldner spends most of his time on another North Dakota hotspot, mighty Devils Lake. There, he says ice conditions are holding up, allowing anglers to pursue the lake’s legendary perch population, along with walleyes and northern pike.

Feldner says perch action slowed a bit recently in deep basin areas.

“They may have started their migration toward shallow water,” he notes.

Early rising walleye fans are enjoying faster action along shorelines and on the tops of humps, he says, and doing the same in the evening.

Top presentations include fire tiger or glow red Lindy Rattl’n Flyer Spoons tipped with a minnow head or whole minnow hooked through the back beneath the dorsal fin.

It’s worth noting that Minnesota also produced a super-sized cisco recently. Outdoor News reports that 11-year-old Austin Stoll of rural Erhard, Minnesota, landed a 5-pound, 13-ounce cisco, or tullibee, from Sybil Lake in Otter Tail County on March 9.

Stoll’s father said paperwork has been submitted to the Department of Natural Resources to have the fish certified as a new state record. The current cisco benchmark stands at 5 pounds, 11 ounces. That fish was taken from Little Long Lake in St. Louis County back in 2002.