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8/31/15 @ 1:15 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (94%)
Waning Gibbous
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.

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8/25/15 @ 5:28 PM
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Snuff8
Snuff8
USER since 6/16/14

MOON PHASE (79%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
Good fishing, drifted/trolling with the wind. Filled our limit by 1:00 probably had around 50 Eyes/Sauger today, most around 16in

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8/25/15 @ 12:11 PM
stan the guide
stan the guide
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JOE HENRY - PUT DOWN THE WEATHER CONDITIONS (WIND, WATER TEMP AND ETC.) Please

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8/24/15 @ 12:29 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (69%)
Waxing Gibbous
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.

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8/3/15 @ 2:19 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (85%)
Waning Gibbous
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.

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7/20/15 @ 1:15 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (20%)
Waxing Crescent
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".

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7/6/15 @ 3:12 PM
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Joe Henry
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USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (74%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
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.

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6/29/15 @ 12:24 PM
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Joe Henry
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MOON PHASE (93%)
Waxing Gibbous
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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6/21/15 @ 1:39 PM
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Jory Simmons
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MEMBER since 11/3/02

MOON PHASE (25%)
Waxing Crescent
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!

Edited on 6/21/15 1:40 PM
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6/15/15 @ 3:57 PM
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Joe Henry
MNJoe
USER since 2/8/12

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent
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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