Lake of the Woods Fishing Report, NW Angle, Sunset Lodge
What a week we had up at the Angle! The weather has gone from one extreme to the next. A few days of sunshine mixed with days of rain, and some heavy rainfall at that! Aside from the up and down weather conditions, we are still catching fish. Lots of limits being taken and a few larger fish being caught as well. Early in the week the fishing was slower due to a mayfly hatch, but has steadily improved over the last few days.
On the Minnesota side, gold spinners with bottom bouncers and crawlers have been turning fish near Four Blocks, Little Oak, and Crowduck Islands. Work the flats around these areas, as well as the reefs and rock piles in 18 to 26 feet for the best action. Crankbaits have been producing fish in these areas as well. The Flats have been giving up a lot of fish this week as well. Depths from 6 to 10 feet have been best. Orange, gold and pink have been solid colors.
On the Ontario side of the lake working the shorelines, points, and shallow reefs have been producing walleyes. Limits of "eater" fish as well as some over the 24" mark have been common. Jigging in depths of 20 to 25 feet with minnows and crawlers have been working best. Areas worth checking out are Deepwater Bay, Tug Channel, Monkey Rocks Reef, and the West side of Falcon Island. Smallmouth bass action has been lights out as well, casting small bucktails and crankbaits along rocky shorelines has been the ticket here. Muskie season started this week as well, and we've had several guests in camp trying their luck in landing one of these toothy critters! Casting baits in shallow bays, as well as rocky points have produced a few fish. Reports of fish ranging in size from 30" all the way to 45" have been slowly coming in.
This past week can be summed up as the week of storms and the mayfly hatch. It made fishing a little tougher but we still caught plenty of fish. The water temp is holding steady at that 64-66 degrees depending on where you are on the lake.
On the Minnesota side, pulling spinners in the mud was the way to go. 12-16 feet seemed to be the best depth. The Flats bite was strong at the beginning of the week but has slowed down a little bit now. Crowducks in 11-13 feet and Little Oak on the sandbar would be a good choice this upcoming week. Hammered gold was once again the best color.
On the Ontario side, we fished all mud this past week. Fish are scattered throughout the mud and pulling spinners seemed to be the best method in 24-28 feet. Jigging anywhere there was current also seemed to be effective. Gold and chartreuse were the best colors this week. Smallmouth are still up in the shallows and you can catch quite a few of them in a day throwing shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits or tube baits. Musky season is now open and there are a few being caught already. Fishing bays is the best choice but there are a few fish on the post spawn rock spots.
6.13.16 Sunset Lodge Weekly Fishing Reports
Up at the Northwest Angle we had a great week. Everyone is getting their limits and throwing back many more fish, too. The water temperatures rose at the beginning of the week from 60 degrees to anywhere from 63-65 degrees depending on where you were on the lake. The end of the week we had a couple of cold fronts roll thru that made it a little more challenging but we were still catching fish.
On the Minnesota side, we have been jigging anywhere that has a rock to mud transition. Usually, 18-23 feet. Some people have been trolling spinner rigs out in the mud from 20-26 feet of water also. The mayfly hatch is starting, which means the bite at turn on soon at 6-8 feet. will start to
On the Ontario side, we are jigging lots of points in 22-28 feet where the rock to mud transition is. A few of the shallower reefs have fish already staging up on them also. 3/8th ounce fluorescent or gold jig's tipped with a minnow have been the best. Smallmouth bass are up on their beds and fishing has been great for them! The perch are starting to show up a little bit now too. The ones we caught have been JUMBOS!
Ontario Musky season is approaching fast as the season starts up on the 18th! We've already had a couple T-bone our walleyes while reeling them in!
Here on Oak Island, the weather has been up and down over the last week. With rain and wind broken up by days of sunshine. Fishing has been really great this last week lots of limits of eater fish being caught along with some dandy trophy fish reaching the 30" mark.
On the Minnesota side, pulling spinners with bottom bouncers in the mud and reefs between Oak Island and Four Blocks has been effective. Hammered gold and pink were the hot colors this week. 22 to 26 feet seemed to have the most action. Crankbaits have also been working well in these areas as some of the larger fish are suspending well off the bottom. 8 to 10 feet have also been hot. in
On the Canadian side, the reefs on the west side of Falcon Island have been giving up fish in 15 to 24 feet. Jigging with minnows and pulling hammered gold spinners and night crawlers have been most effective. The East side of Tug Channel has also been producing fish. Other spots to consider are the south side of Birch Island, Bishop Bay and up towards Big Narrows.
5.23.16 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report
The beautiful weather this past week has helped to warm up the water to 60 degrees and the fishing is getting even better! On the Minnesota side, most people are still jigging on points but have found some fish starting to move out to reefs near Oak Island, Little Oak Island and the south east side of Hay Island by Northwest Point. 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce jigs and minnows with gold and pink, yellow, gold and black with a yellow eye being the most productive colors and sizes. Some people are starting to pull some spinners and bottom bouncers with hammered gold and hammered gold with pink being the most productive. We are still working that 18-26 feet of water depth during the morning and day and moving up to as shallow as 8 feet for the last 45 minutes of the evening.
In Canada, people are having great success jigging with 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce jigs with gold, black with the yellow eye and gold being the best sizes and colors. We are finding that rock points are producing great numbers of fish with the larger fish being right on the rocks and the 14-20 inch fish being at the transition line from rocks to sand and mud.
The prime depths have been a little deeper in Canada with 24-28 feet being the most productive.By Jeremy Glessing
On the Minnesota side, we made another move to the north side of Oak Island this week and it is paying off. We are fishing in 24-28 feet of water on the edge of reefs that have a little current and near areas that are down current from where the eel pout spawn every year. With the warmer temps, the walleye fishing is really heating up. The fishing has been hot in the late afternoon and evening, but we are still catching several fish throughout the day. The hot colors have been gold, pink and red avian this week. Flashers and jigging are really helping to trigger the bite with ripping raps, Buck shots or rattling spoons and also spoons that are putting off that extra vibration and flash. - Jeremy Glessing, Sunset Lodge Ice Team
On the Ontario side, crappies are still just as fast and furious as ever, guests continue to catch their limits. Reminder, there is no party fishing in Canada. When catching crappies from deeper than 30', keep them as they have a hard time surviving release. When you have your fish, stop fishing crappies as mortality rates can be high in deep water. Also, by the letter of the law, ice is considered land when it comes to U.S. Customs. That means ice anglers not having a NEXUS must go to an OARS phone to report back into the U.S. after ice fishing in Ontario. The closest OARS phone to Sunset Lodge is located at Young's Bay. - Dan Schmidt, Sunset Lodge Ice Team
Until spring, good fishing!
Up at the NW Angle, we currently have 18-24 inches of ice on the Minnesota side and an average of 16-18 inches up on Ontario where we are fishing for crappies.
On the Minnesota side, we have moved all of our houses to the south side of Oak Island to the spring walleye staging areas. There are still some slush pockets and with the warmer temps be prepared to see more slush in the coming days. There is still a good snow pack of 6-10 inches and up to two feet in the bay's that the snow has blown into. This week the fishing has been the best in the first 2 hours and last 2 hours of the day. We are fishing in 24-25 feet of water around points and reefs with a mud and sand bottom. There have been some reports of people catching fish as shallow at 12 feet in the evening. Flashers and jigging are producing a lot more fish this week than the bobber or dead stick. Recommended tackle: Gold, pink or red stop signs; white or pink UV Rippin' Raps and Red Bucket Shot seem to be the ticket to draw the fish in and get them to bite. - Jeremy Glessing, Sunset Lodge Ice Team
On the Ontario side, this is historically the busiest weekend of the year and it was again. We had quite a few guests out for crappies and everyone got their limits. We've got about 6 inches of snow on the ice up there. Recommended tackle: Tungsten jigs with a mustache plastic and a piece of minnow tail. On cloudy days, it's better to use bigger lures/plastics because it's a lot harder for the fish to see down there versus a sunny day - Dan Schmidt, Sunset Lodge Ice Team
Until next week, good fishing,
On the Minnesota side, the bite has been good before 9am and after 4pm, picking a few up throughout the day. We have houses at Little Oak and on the south side of Oak Island. Fishing is starting to pick up on the south side of Oak. We are fishing in the mud and sand on the south side of Oak relating to points and structure in about 22-24 feet. At Little Oak, we are fishing right on the transition from rock to hard bottom and have a few houses out in the mud at depths of 27-32 feet. When fishing deep isn't working, 18 feet right on the rocks is producing the best. Gold, pink & white are the best on sunny days. Recommended tackle: Jiggin' raps, rippin' raps, Gemini, buck shots. - Jeremy Glessing, Sunset Lodge Ice Team
On the Ontario side, the slush is limiting where we can travel with a bomber. The way crappies school, it's been a hay day, the best year yet. The downside is that it doesn't take long, and the size drops and the schools move. The more you search & drill, the more you'll catch! We'll be out scouting the next couple of days and ready for our next guided crappie trips this week. Recommended tackle: Tungsten jigs with a mustache plastic and a piece of minnow tail. - Dan Schmidt, Sunset Lodge Ice Team
Until next week, good fishing!
Up at the NW Angle, we have about 18-25 inches of ice on the Minnesota side where our houses are at and an average of 18 inches up on Ontario where we are fishing for crappies. We've got about 7-8 inches of snow on top of the ice.
On the Minnesota side, we are having to work harder than we typically do. Electronics are helping to improve success. Pink and orange jiggin' raps have been good. Also, buck shots and smaller jigging spoons. Pink, gold, green, red and orange colors have been the best. The best luck we're having is in 25-28 FOW. Our houses are about 7 miles south of the lodge.
On the Ontario side, our guided crappie trips are still producing limits. We are using Tungsten jigs with a mustache plastic and a piece of minnow tail. Our current crappies spots are about 12-18 miles north of Sunset Lodge.
We got to try out the new "tickle sticks" with 13Fishing this week!
We've got some mid-week availability remaining for our Winter 2016 season, call if you are able to visit in the next month!
Until next week, good fishing!
Up at the NW Angle, we have about 20-22 inches of ice on the Minnesota side where our houses are at and an average of 20 inches up on Ontario where we are fishing for crappies. We've got about 7-8 inches of snow on top of the ice. This week are going to have highs at 0-5 above and lows in the teens below zero. We'll be making more ice!
On the Minnesota side, with the warmer weather we've been having the fishing has been better in a little shallower 24-28 FOW. But, with the cold front moving in, fish should start moving a little deeper 28-32 FOW. Jigging raps, buck shots, and smaller spoons have been producing. We recommend red, gold, green, or pink colors. With steadier weather conditions, fishing should continue to pick up once the storm blows through. Our houses are all still located South of Oak Island.
On the Ontario side, our guided crappie trip guests are catching many crappies, some even over 15.5 inches on Tungsten jigs. We're leaving Sunset Lodge around 8am, returning around 5 or 5:30pm.
This week we are looking forward to the arrival of the John Thelen Group who will be staying and fishing out of Sunset Lodge. John is an Otter and Lindy Pro. We are also happy to have Mark Romanack staying with us. He has a fishing TV show called Fishing 411 that airs on the World Fishing Network.
Until next week, good fishing!
On the Minnesota side, the fishing continues to improve, the warmer weather has helped the bite. We are fishing by Little Oak, Norman & Shady Islands in 24-32 FOW. Jigging is working best in the morning and evenings. Dead stick is producing best during the day. Red Buck shots, gold spoons and jigging raps are getting the active fish to bite. For dead sticks, it seems like a whole minnow mixed with a Glow Demon or small gold spoon seem to be the ticket. We've been scouting around Garden Island, which is our late season spot, it hasn't turned on yet.
On the Ontario side, our guided crappie trips are still producing very well. The crappie bite continues to be the best ever. It's as good as what Red Lake ever was and it's a daytime bite. Our guided crappie trips include bomber transportation and Clam houses.
Today, we are looking forward to the arrival of Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz-Walleye Pro's-The Next Bite TV. They will be fishing out of Sunset Lodge this week!
Until next week, good fishing!
On the Minnesota side, we are still fishing south of Oak Island and are continuing to push south towards Garden Island which is always an ace in the hole. Shallow waters are better, we have been doing pretty good on the reefs. We are catching a lot of smaller eater sauger in the deeper water. Some bonus jumbo thrown in the mix. Shallower houses (24-28 FOW) are catching nicer eater walleyes. As is the norm up at the NW Angle, we are getting a nice mixed bag of walleye, sauger, jumbo perch, tullibee, eelpout and northern pike!
On the Ontario side, our guided crappie trips have been good. This past week we had three crappies over 15 inches that are going on the wall. We are fishing crappies at 30-33 feet. Good solid, consistent bite.
Until next week, good fishing! Dan Schmidt