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Fishing still consistently great and following fall trends. Walleyes have been consistent as the last couple weeks with the movement towards the South Shore and Rainy River. Bait fishing favored pulling spinners and crawler harnesses. Some adding a minnow for aggressive bites. Others are still trolling with red/white small baits or anchoring and jigging with minnows. Best colors hammered gold or pink. Try Knight and Bridges Islands 26-32 feet. Others staying closer to the south end hitting areas of Pine Island or 2-3 miles north of the island, Lighthouse Gap, Graceton Beach, Long Point, and 12 Mile in depths of 22-24 or 28-31.
On the Rainy River, shiners continue their run up river and walleyes following suit. Evening fishing best 17-19 feet jigging with a 1/2 or 3/8 oz jig. Pink, gold, or orange best. Sturgeon active in deep pockets. Anchor up in deep holes using a circle hook and gob of crawlers and maybe a shiner or two. Areas of Vidas to Frontier Landings best but good numbers Timbermill Park towards Birchdale.
Up at the NW Angle, walleyes very strong and shifting towards deeper depths of 29-32 feet. Big or Little Oak Islands in MN as well as Deepwater Bay areas good. Try points and gaps with moving water. On the Ontario side, crappie action heating up with good numbers coming in 32-36 feet jigging over structure. Muskie fishing still strong with trolling starting to show success.
Awesome fishing this past week. Good numbers of eater and trophy walleyes being caught trolling crankbaits in 30-34'. Try west of the 9 footer, in front of Pine Island, 8 miles north of Graceton Beach and all around Lem's Reef. Some going across to Garden and Knight Islands in 22-25 or 28-32 feet pulling spinners. For colors, try firetiger, gold, red or orange. Plenty of eater walleyes and saugers in the mix with crankbaits, spinners and jigs all producing. Walleyes starting to show up on the south shore and in the river.
On the Rainy River, walleye and sauger active in the evenings 18' jigging. Use a crawler or a live minnow for an aggressive bite. Best colors pink or glow. Sturgeon active as well using a circle hook and gob of crawlers. Anglers anchoring for all species on the high side of a drop off casting in. Best areas Baudette Bay towards Clementson. Pike active casting off docks pulling baits over weed beds.
Up at the NW Angle, walleye bite active! On MN side, try areas of Oak and Little Oak Islands, points and gaps productive jigging with a minnow in 22-24 or 28-32 feet. On the Ontario side crappie bite hot! Try 30-34 feet jigging with a minnow in deep troughs or off points over structure. Good muskie fishing as water cools.
Fishing remains excellent. Walleyes are being caught trolling with crankbaits, pulling spinners and jigging. Fish being caught this week in 28-30' in front of Pine Island, off of Long Point and south of Garden Island. Use gold, pink and glow colors most productive. Trollers are targeting areas in 28-32'. Trollers pulling in lots of trophy walleyes.
On the Rainy River, sturgeon active in numerous holes from Baudette to Clementson. Anchor still fish the bottom using a 3 oz no-roll sinker, 5/0 circle hook and gob of crawlers. Many saugers being caught by sturgeon anglers. Most anglers targeting walleyes evenings. Try 18-20 feet using gold or chartreuse colors with minnows.
Up at the NW Angle, walleyes active between Garden Island and Little Oak Island. Try 16-24' over rocky areas and 26-30' off reefs and island points. Anglers boating into Ontario waters are finding walleyes in 22-30' in neck down areas and off of points. Muskies still being found shallow. Crappie bite best around structure jigging with a minnow 24-28 feet.
As summer transitions to fall, fishing remains excellent. Drifting with spinners the favored method. Others jigging and pulling plugs as well. Try Lighthouse Gap, Pine Island, in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point and 12 mile in 26-30' drifting and jigging. Use gold or pink tipped with crawlers or frozen minnows to fill limits. Trollers are hitting areas of Garden and Knight Islands or the middle of Big Traverse Bay in 28-32 feet using orange or purple UV plugs. Trolling pulling in lots of trophy walleye.
On the Rainy River, sturgeon active from Birchdale to Clementson areas. Anchor still fish the bottom using a 3 oz no-roll sinker, 5/0 circle hook and gob of crawlers or frozen shiners. Walleye fishing picking up. Most anglers targeting walleyes evenings.. Try 18-20 feet using gold or chartreuse colors with minnows.
Up at the NW Angle, walleyes are active and on the move. Jigging favored near reefs, points, and rocks. Try 16-24' over rocky areas and 26-30' off reefs and island points. Little Oak and Four Blocks producing in MN waters or Falcon Island when in Ontario water. Fish shallow for muskie using top water baits, spinner baits, or bucktails. Crappie bite best around structure jigging with a minnow 24-28 feet and will get stronger as water gets cooler.
Quality sized limits of walleye and sauger this week as well as many trophy sized walleyes. Drifting with spinners or trolling with shad raps and various crankbaits have been the favored methods this week with some anglers still anchoring and jigging over rocky areas. Try Lighthouse Gap, in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point, and 12 Mile or 16 Mile (Archie's Reef) drifting 24-26' with a crawler harness. Those jigging are in 28-30' fishing with a frozen shiner. Hot colors are gold, pink, and orange. Trolling areas have been 12 miles out from Pine Island, Knight and Garden Islands 28-32'. Many hot colors but white/red favored.
On the Rainy River Sturgeon and smallmouth bass on fire! Sturgeon active on cloudy days or evenings best. Deep pockets and adjacent bays using a circle hook and a gob of crawlers from Wabanica Bay to Clementson area producing. Bass are along shorelines and weeded areas casting with spoons. Best areas Clementson headed east towards Birchdale.
Up at the NW Angle, walleye and sauger found in 24-32' over reefs, troughs, and mud with many perch in the mix. Hot colors are gold or pink glow on a crawler harness drifting or jigging with a minnow. Try points off Falcon Island in Ontario waters or Garden Island to Northwest Point US side. Great fall crappie bite starting in 24-28' over structure. Muskie and pike found in shallower water casting the edge of weed beds using top water and near rock reefs with big crankbaits or stick baits.
Limits of walleye and sauger filled boats this week with plenty of trophy walleyes in the mix. Drifting with spinners or trolling/down rigging has been the favored method. Drifting has been productive in areas near Morris Point, Graceton, Zippel Bay, or Long Point 5-15' or 23-27' with gold or orange best tipped with minnows or crawlers. Trolling with Rapala Shad Raps and Reef Runner crankbaits has been good in 31-34' out from Lighthouse Gap, Garden Island, near Long Point and at various spots in the Big Traverse basin. Wide variety of colors working.
On the Rainy River, sturgeon still active. Best areas are east towards Clementson and Birchdale anchoring over pockets with a 3 ounce no roll sinker, a 5/0 circle hook and gob of minnows or crawlers. Some walleye and bass action 17-19 feet near shorelines and weeded areas.
Up at the NW Angle, fall patterns starting as island points and neck down areas with current turning on. jigging and drifting with spinners the go to. Try 24-30' off Crow Duck, Four Blocks, and Little Oak Islands using gold or glow spinners. North Island and Falcon Island in Ontario waters having walleyes as well as strong crappie bite. Muskie and pike active close to shorelines casting with big crankbaits.
Limits of walleye and sauger filling with ease this past week as charter boats and anglers finding success in a variety of locations and with a variety of methods! Windy days have been perfect drifting with spinners and bait fishing. Try hammered gold, orange, or green tipped with crawlers or leeches. Those jigging had best luck with gold or chartreuse. Others having luck down rigging with shad raps and other crankbaits out in the basin of Big Traverse. More walleyes being caught in Big Traverse and south shore than in past weeks in depths of 10 - 33'.
On the Rainy River, anglers have been hitting the evening hours for walleye with great success near the International Bridge heading east towards Timbermill. Sturgeon fishing keep one season open through September. 45-50" or one over 75" allowed. Deep pockets still best using a circle hook with a gob of crawlers and anchoring upriver.
Up at the NW Angle, consistently good walleye fishing in 26-28 feet over reefs and rocky points off of Little Oak ,Oak in MN and Falcon Island in ON. Use bright colored spinners tipped with crawlers or minnows. Also try casting with spoons in 21-23 feet. Muskie and pike active in weed beds using jerk baits. Consistent great fishing continues.
Bite has been hot and keeping anglers on the move. Walleyes are being caught jigging, drifting with spinners and trolling crankbaits. Nice limits filling in a mix of walleyes and saugers with a few jumbo perch. Graceton Beach, Zippel Bay, headed east towards towards Gull Rock are active in depths of 10-18 or 29-32 feet. Some are still headed north towards Garden, Knight, and Bridges Islands in 15-23 feet over rubble and off points. Hot colors are hammered gold and pink tipped with minnows or crawlers.
On the Rainy River, sturgeon season is still in session! Keep one per year with the purchase of a tag only from July 1st to September 30th or the spring season, which was April 24th through May 7th. The slot is from 45" to 50" or over 75". Also a lot of catch and release. Deep Pockets still best, anchoring shallow and presenting bait in deeper hole. Use a 5/0 circle hook with a gob of crawlers and 3-4 oz no roll sinker in 20 feet. Walleye fishing best during afternoon and evening hours in 16-19 feet.
Up at the NW Angle, points, reefs, and rock piles best for the walleye bite. Areas around Little Oak and Four Blocks active in 26-30 feet using bottom bouncers and spinners. The hot depths in Ontario waters are 22-25 feet. Try areas in and around Little Traverse such as the Massacre Island area. Any florescent colored jig is working tipped with frozen shiners. Muskie anglers are catching and releasing nice fish over 50".
The mayfly hatch happened on parts of the lake this week and has set fishing on fire! Lots of anglers catching limits of walleye and sauger. Trophy and picture worthy walleyes in the mix, usually deeper. Pine Island, Light House Gap, Graceton, and Zippel Bay have been good for jigging 25-30 feet. Long Point to Archie's Reef jigging 22-26'. Those pulling spinners have had luck in the same areas 10-15 feet. Knight and Garden Island reefs have also been good for pulling spinners 8-16 feet. Hot colors are pink, gold, and orange. Some resorts starting downrigging in similar areas.
On the Rainy River, sturgeon season opened July 1st. Strong currents call for more weight and more crawlers, but hit pockets around 22 feet. Anchor up and fish the bottom. Walleyes and saugers making anglers work a little harder on the river. Evenings best in 16-18 feet.
Up at the NW Angle, walleyes actively filling limits along shorelines of islands. Try shallow depths of 14-16 feet. Jigging with leeches best. Reefs in Little Traverse heating up on flat days. For pike and bass, bays and weed beds. Many muskies caught and released this week, some by walleye anglers. For info on lodging and guides, go to www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.
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.
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.
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.