Hello folks, hope all is well! Here in the Angle, the weather has been typical of October, with cool temps, rainy days and wind, to occasional bluebird days with sunshine. The open water season is winding down, as colder temps and first ice is right around the corner. Fishing pressure in the area has been light, and the water temps are between 46 and 48 degrees.
On the U.S. side of the lake, the North and West side of Oak Island has been producing the best action. Jigging with minnows in depths ranging from 14 to 28 feet have been dynamite! The gap between Oak and Flag Islands and the Soldiers Point area has had consistent action over the last week. Anglers have been able to catch good numbers of walleyes and saugers in these areas, finding plenty of fish for the livewell and quite a few slot fish.
In Ontario, the fishing has been absolutely lights out! (Which means great!) The fish are feeding heavily this time of year and putting a limit of quality eyes' in the box has been a daily of occurrence. Good numbers of trophy caliber fish have also been reported with quite a few fish in the 25" to 30" range being caught and released! Top areas this last week have been Bishop Bay, Lily Island, West Falcon Island and Big Narrows. Depths of 21 to 28 feet with a jig and minnow combo have been best. The crappie bite has been hot as of late as well, several boats have reported catching good numbers of slabs and some real dandies at that! Deep points of 30 feet or more, or near trees and flooded timber are top spots for giant crappies. Musky anglers are having the best luck trolling large minnow baits in depths of 14 to 20 feet near rocks with deep water nearby. Jakes, Grandmas, and Depth Raiders are top choices for these large predators.
The waterfowl action has been red hot! As the temps cool, more and more birds are showing up in the area and hunters are taking full advantage. A mixed bag of Bluebills, Buffleheads, Goldeneyes, Canvasbacks and Redheads have been giving hunters plenty of wing shooting opportunities. Set up decoys off of points with the wind at your back and watch those birds set right in for fantastic shooting! This is a great time of year to get in some awesome fishing and hunting action! It only gets better as it gets colder. Ducks by the thousands fly right past our front door and the fish are hungry as ever!
Our last guests of the season departed this morning. We are closed until the end of December while we wait for the ice road to open!
We hope you join us at Sunset Lodge for your next fishing, hunting or ice fishing adventure!