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JOE HENRY
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6/29/15 12:23 PM CST
An incredible week of fishing. On the big water of Big Traverse Bay, walleyes being caught along Pine Island in 8-15'. Some nice fish caught in 30' in front of the Lighthouse Gap. Lems, Archie's and Arnesen's reefs heating up out west. Reefs near Knight, Bridges and Garden Island still holding fish. Most anglers pulling crawler harnesses. Jigging in deeper water on reefs and in mud with frozen shiners and live leeches still effective. Hot colors, hammered gold, pink and glow colors.

On the Rainy River, anglers finding fish in 18-20 feet jigging. Areas like Lighthouse Gap and east of Timbermill park best. Pink and gold the hot colors. Smallmouth bass very active. Sturgeon season reopens July 1. Up at the NW Angle strong fishing continues. On the MN side, good numbers of fish west of Little Oak Island and Crow Duck. Lots of charters with daily limits. Most drifting with crawler harnesses. On the Ontario side, jig and minnow is the go to. Big numbers of walleyes coming in. 24-26 feet of water has been the hot depth. Smallmouth bass on fire in the shallows. Pike seem to be everywhere. Musky fishing strong with small to medium sized bucktails around rocks and weeds. One group boated and released over 60 muskies over the weekend.


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JORY SIMMONS
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6/21/15 1:38 PM CST
Good walleye bite 6 to 10 ft out from Albertson's rock....we were just up from Wisconsin for the week FYI I do not guide on this lake! Thanks Arneson's!

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JOE HENRY
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6/15/15 3:57 PM CST
Great week of fishing. Anchoring and jigging or drifting with spinners most common method. A good shallow bite this week in 8-10' as well as good numbers sliding out deeper. Limits of walleyes and saugers filled daily with plenty of trophies and photo worthy fish in the mix. Some anglers still heading north fishing the reefs of Stony, Knight Island, and the West Bar in 22-27 feet jigging or 8-12' drifting. Anglers that stayed near Pine Island heading west towards Zippel Bay fished 23-27. Long Point and Twin Islands held fish in 17-18 drifting or 31-32 jigging. Shallower depths produced a number of big pike this week as well. Hot colors gold, pink, white and chartreuse.

On the Rainy River, anglers jigging in deep pockets for walleye 18-20 feet. Evenings best for walleye. Daytime hours producing numbers of smallmouth and northern pike along shore lines and weed beds. Hot colors pink, neon, gold.

Up at the NW Angle walleyes and saugers filling limits with a few pike as well. Trolling with spinner harnesses tipped with crawlers or leeches the best method. Try 18-24 feet near Norman, Little Oak and Crow Duck Islands or Fort St. Charles Reef. Some fish off Island points near mud flats. On the Ontario side, try Monument Bay. Walleyes on rocks eating crawfish or in mud eating hatches.


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JOE HENRY
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6/8/15 1:08 PM CST
Fish are on the move daily and resorters are hot on their tails. Great mix of slot walleyes and limits made of walleye and saugers. Some are headed across the lake to Stony, Garden, Knight, and Bridges Islands anchoring and jigging with a frozen shiner 19-21 feet. Those staying close are hitting up Lighthouse Gap 16-25, Morris wash-out 14-22, Graceton Beach 24-27, Zippel Rock 19-23, Long Point to Gull Rock Reef 20-28. On windier days all locations are great for pulling crawler harnesses and spinners. Hot colors are gold, pink, and white.

On the Rainy River, move in toward the shore lines 14-16 feet. Jigging with a shiner favored using gold, green, and orange. Fish the mud flats by Wabanica, the International Bridge, the windsock by the resorts, or east between Timbermill Park and Clementson.

Up at the NW Angle, awesome fishing continues. Walleyes are moving a little deeper in the 18-22 foot range near Crow Duck, Little Oak, and Oak Islands. Sticking with the same bright colors jigging with a minnow is the way to go. Pike and small mouth bass have been active with flashy spoons near shallow bays. Fish full of insect larvae. Starting to relate to reefs, about 1 week ahead of schedule.


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JOE HENRY
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6/1/15 2:09 PM CST
Anglers reporting a good mix of eaters and slot walleyes this week using a variety of methods. Anchoring and jigging is favored. When it's windy,spinners are the go to method. The mud flats outside of Pine were good in 15-22 feet. Pine Island to Zippel Bay had walleyes in 24-30. Long Point over to 12 Mile Reef had numbers in the 19-22 foot range. Those that headed north to the reefs got lucky in 16-21 feet. Hot colors were gold, chartreuse, or pink.

On the Rainy River, smallmouth bass and northern pike very active with walleyes in the mix as well. Best bite in 17-20 feet jigging with a minnow or frozen shiner on pink or gold. On cloudier days with less clarity try shallower waters in 14-16 feet.

Up at the NW Angle, good fishing continues with mixed bags of fish. Walleyes and pike very active in 20-25 feet near Oak Island and Blackbird Island or the west side of Garden using gold or orange. Perch are spawning and the smallmouth bass are in the shallows as well. In Ontario waters, numerous spots producing as well. Try Falcon Island in 25 feet for walleye and crappies.


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5/27/15 11:23 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Up at the NW Angle, we have been having exceptionally good weather which has contributed to great fishing. Temperatures in the upper 70's, light wind and no cold fronts coming through. Our first bugs hatched this weekend which also helped play a part. Our water temperature is now about 50 degrees.

On the Minnesota side, the best walleye spot has been between Oak Island and Blackbird Island. The walleyes spawn on various points and shallow bars around Oak so fishing in deeper water (21-25 feet) adjacent to those spots have been producing good results. There is one spot with a 21 foot hole that does extremely well. There were at least 4 boats in that area all weekend long. Soldiers Point also did very well. We also had lots of boats from both the north and south end of Lake of the Woods having good luck at Garden Island, Bridges Island and Knight Island. We've been using 1/4 or 3/8 ounce jigs.

On the Ontario side, you could pick a point anywhere and catch fish. One group caught and released 77 fish the first day and 78 fish the second day in the SAME spot!. Their largest was a 24" walleye with most in the 18"-20" range. Another group who regularly fish the NW Angle over Memorial Weekend, said this was the best fishing they've seen at this time of the year. Both the east and west side of Falcon Island were just awesome. Crappies still haven't started spawning so were more scattered. 25 feet was the magic number and 1/4 ounce jigs seemed to be the ticket.

While the deer are still back in the woods having their fawns, we were fortunate to see a mama bear swimming while carrying her two cubs on her back!

Until next week, good fishing! Dan Schmidt Sunset Lodge Manager & Guide


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JOE HENRY
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5/26/15 2:21 PM CST
Great fishing this week as the weather is warming and the water is clearing from last weeks storm. Anchoring and jigging with a frozen shiner is the go to method. Good numbers of limits with a mix of trophy walleyes in 17-24 feet near Lighthouse Gap and Pine Island. Some anglers headed north fishing the many reefs around Knight and Bridges islands in 17-21'. Heading west, anglers caught in 16-19 off the fields west of Zippel Bay and in 18-30' off of Long Point and Twin Islands. Those that were pulling spinners had luck in 14-25' between Pine Island and Zippel Bay. Hot colors gold, white, pink, chartreuse/green.

On the Rainy River, anglers still hitting mornings and evening a little shallower in 15-19 feet. Hot colors were pink, orange, and gold. Best from the mouth of the river to Wabanica Bay or the International Bridge.

Up at the NW Angle, mixed bags galore! Walleye, sauger, crappie, pike, smallmouth and more filling limits. Try 18-21 or 26-32 feet hopping between island points and currents. Muskie opener is June 20th in both the MN and Ontario portions of Lake of the Woods!


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5/22/15 7:25 AM CST
"The Canadian walleye opener was on May 16th! We caught fish in 18 to 20 feet of water on Saturday. Since the water was flat and calm, we used 1/4 ounce jigs and also pulled spinners with a crawler. On Sunday, a cold front pushed the fish to deeper water, about 25 to 30 feet. With the rough water, we had to fish the current using 3/8 ounce jigs. The crappies still had eggs and were found at 28 to 32 feet. Fish were found in fall type spots (off island points and in currents)." Dan Schmidt


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JOE HENRY
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5/18/15 3:12 PM CST
Lots of limits and trophy walleyes in the mix this week. Plenty of saugers and pike as well. Anglers had success fishing Pine Island and Lighthouse Gap in 15-19 feet or 22-26 feet. Heading west anglers fished the fields over rock west of Zippel Bay or near Gull Rock Reef and the Twin Islands. Best depths 18-22 or 26 feet. Shallower morning and evening. Anchoring with a 3/8 oz jig / minnow or drifting with spinners and minnows productive. Gold, hammered gold, pink, and white were the best colors.

On the Rainy River, mornings and evenings best. Depths of 18-22 feet. Anchoring and jigging effective. Those that drifted also caught some northern pike and smallmouth bass. Gold or green jigs best tipped with minnow or frozen shiner.

Up at the NW Angle, fish were found in 18-20 or 25-30 feet. Island points south of Oak Island and current areas held good numbers. Anchoring with jigs or drifting with spinners produced numbers of walleyes and jumbo perch. Crappies are still deep in 28-32 feet of water in Ontario waters.


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JOE HENRY
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5/11/15 11:56 AM CST
Waters were low for the 2015 Minnesota Walleye Opener, but anglers still walked away successful! Limits caught all weekend with a mix of walleyes and saugers and many slot fish thrown back. The limit stays the same at 6 fish, a combo walleyes and saugers with no more than 4 walleyes per day. 19.5"-28" must go back and you can keep one over 28".

Pine Island was a popular spot this weekend. Anglers fished 15-19 feet jigging with a live minnow or frozen shiner. Heading west towards Zippel Bay, Long Point and Rocky Point, anchoring up in 17-19 feet over rubble worked well. Hot colors were white, gold, and pink.

Rainy River fishing was very active mornings and evenings. Saugers helped fill limits and a few smallmouth bass were caught and released. Sturgeon were hitting from Clementson to 4 Mile Bay over deep pockets using a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook with 2-3 oz of weight baited with a gob of crawlers and by unsuspecting walleye anglers using a jig and minnow. Catch and release open through May 15th.

Up at the NW Angle, active fishing deep. Limits of nice sized walleyes caught in 25-30 feet while those chasing trophies found larger fish in 15-20 feet. Jigging with a minnow best near Oak and Flag Islands.


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JOE HENRY
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5/4/15 1:50 PM CST
The Lake of the Woods MN walleye opener is this Saturday, May 9th! Same limit as last year includes a combined limit of 6 walleyes and saugers, with up to 4 of those walleyes. Anglers can keep walleyes under 19.5" and one walleye 28 inches and over per day. Check MN DNR for specifics.

Rainy River sturgeon fishing is still going strong. The keep one season continues through May 7th, then it is catch and release through May 15th. Low water levels are keeping sturgeon in the deeper holes with some current. Use a 2 ounce no roll sinker with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook with a gob of crawlers bottom fishing near these deeper pockets.

Northern Pike season is open all year. Anglers have had luck casting with spoons and crankbaits in depths of 3-10 feet. Anglers who are bobber fishing are using dead smelt or a cisco for bait with a treble hook with a spinner. Reports of many keeper pike under 30" and a handful of trophies over 40".


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4/30/15 3:57 PM CST
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JOE HENRY
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4/29/15 10:47 AM CST
With the sturgeon season this spring so far being catch and release only, the "keep one" season opened this weekend and did not let down anglers. Consistent fishing as anglers caught many "dinosaurs" anchoring up in the mid channel or over deep holes using a 2oz no roll sinker with an 18" lead and a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook with a gob of minnows. Timbermill park in Baudette towards the Lighthouse Gap at the mouth of the river producing best results.

Pike season is open all year. Pike are coming off of the spawn and are hungry. Many methods producing this of year. Hard and fast trolling or casting spoons or shallow diving crankbaits proving successful. Others are using a northern harness tipped with smelt, dead cisco, or herring with a bobber. Very shallow bottom fishing from 1-8 feet. Good fishing continues for sturgeon and pike as anglers await the walleye opener on May 9th.


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JOE HENRY
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4/21/15 1:50 PM CST
The Rainy River continues to produce good numbers of sturgeon this week. Anglers have had good success at 4 Mile Bay, Wheeler's Point, the International Bridge, and Clementson Rapids. Many boats are spread in between fishing their favorite sturgeon holes as well. A 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook with a gob of crawlers has been best with a 1-3 oz of weight. Fish the edges of deeper holes. Catch and release through April 23rd. Keep one season opens April 24th - May 7th. May 8 - 15, catch and release only.

Pike season is open all year and there are good reports of 40+ inchers coming out of Zippel Bay, Bostic Bay, and 4 Mile bay. Use a treble hook with a spinner blade and a dead cisco under a bobber. Try a couple of feet off of the bottom and actually laying the bait right on the bottom. Walleye season opens again May 9th.


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JOE HENRY
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4/6/15 2:20 PM CST
The ice season for most is finished up and anglers are focusing on the open water of the Rainy River. Walleye season on this border water is open through April 14th and then again on May 9th. Sturgeon can be caught through May 15th. Pike season is open all year long!

The entire Rainy River is open water all the way to the mouth at Four Mile Bay. Frontier, Birchdale, Vidas, and Timbermill Park accesses are open to all boats. Wheeler's Point access at the mouth of the Rainy River has 10 feet of shore ice left that will be out very soon.

Fishing has been good! Trophy sized walleye showing up along with eaters and numbers of sturgeon actively biting. Boats have been anchoring and vertically jigging with minnows or frozen shiners. Bright colors, gold, pink/white, and chartreuse have been best. Shallower in 12-15 feet best. Good bite near International Bridge in Baudette and current seams.


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