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8/2/21 @ 11:28 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  Strong summer walleye patterns continue, which is a good thing for catching LOW walleyes. The two primary techniques are drifting or trolling spinners with live bait and trolling crankbaits.

Schools of walleyes obviously move around based on forage, wind, current and a variety of other factors.  This past week, a couple of patterns emerged.  First and very consistent, targeting walleyes in 30-34' of water over deep mud in Big Traverse Bay.  Fish of all sizes being caught.  

The second pattern was off of Pine Island.  With a south wind, a nice bite set up in 16 - 22 feet.  Other patterns such as walleyes relating to structure are also in play.  

Hammered gold, pink, yellow, orange and red / white are colors doing well.  It is a good idea to use something different from your fishing partner until the walleyes tell you what they want that day.

On the Rainy River...   A mixed bag on the Rainy River this week.  Most walleye anglers focus on the lake this time of year but nice pockets of "local" walleyes are in the river year round.  Holes, current breaks, rock piles and weed edges can all hold fish.  Pull spinners or troll cranks to find scattered fish.

Pike adjacent to weeds and current breaks.  Smallmouth bass in great numbers and they don't get much attention.  

The sturgeon "keep" season continues through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.

Up at the NW Angle...  Great walleye fishing up at the Angle this week.  Much like the south end, one area to consider is the deep mud of Little Traverse Bay.  Walleyes are set up over mud in 28 - 33 feet.  Spinners and crankbaits are effective in covering water and catching these fish.  

There is so much fun structure to fish where pods of walleyes are hanging out.  Underwater points, sunken islands, and neck down areas are just a few also holding walleyes.    

Pike are usually willing to play and continue to be active in weedy bays.  Spinnerbaits, spoons, crankbaits and bucktails are good choices.  

Smallmouth bass are relating to deeper rocks.  Some nice muskies caught and released again this week.

Canada announced driving over the border will be possible August 9th for fully vaccinated Americans who have a negative PCR COVID test less than 72 hours old. Other ways to the Angle...

1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service from the south end of the lake.  


7/27/21 @ 7:12 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  We are in the heart of a great summer walleye pattern on LOW. This means good fishing is taking place with two primary methods, pulling spinners with live bait and trolling crankbaits.

Most anglers are targeting walleyes in 30-34' of water over deep mud. Lots of big fish being caught.  The scattered reefs are holding fish as well.  Spinners and crawlers have been very effective.  Hammered gold, pink, orange and red / white spinners doing well.

Trolling crankbaits and covering water over deep mud has also been effective.  Anglers getting cranks deep in a number of ways.  Leadcore line, a 4 ounce bottom bouncer with a 6' leader, snap weights or downriggers are all viable options.

On the Rainy River...   The Rainy River is a great option on windy days, small boats, kayaks or for a change of pace.  Fishing the river producing walleyes, saugers, smallmouth, pike and sturgeon.  

If targeting walleyes, holes, current breaks, rock piles and weed edges can all hold fish.  Pull spinners or troll cranks to find fish.

The sturgeon "keep" season continues through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.

Up at the NW Angle...  Great summer walleye fishing this week.  Fish in various areas including  the mud, structure such as sunken islands and underwater points and rocky areas.

Most anglers drifting spinners with crawlers or minnows and trolling crankbaits.  

Pike continue to be active in weedy bays using crankbaits and bucktails.  

Canada announced driving over the border will be possible August 9th for fully vaccinated Americans who have a negative PCR COVID test less than 72 hours old. Other ways to the Angle...

1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service from the south end of the lake.  


7/12/21 @ 5:09 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  Another really good week of summer walleye fishing.  Walleyes are being found in many areas but most are targeting deep mud in 30 - 34' of water.

A nice mix of eaters, slots and quite a few trophy walleyes over 28 inches caught this week.  Spinners with crawlers / leeches or trolling crankbaits have been the most effective techniques.  

Good spinner blade colors to start with are hammered gold, red / white, gold / glow, pink, orange or chartreuse.

Crankbait colors, pink UV firetiger, chrome / blue, firetiger.  It is good to start with different colors / shapes / action of cranks when fishing with other anglers and let the walleyes tell you that day what they want.    

On the Rainy River...   The river produces a mixed bag of fish during the summer months.  Walleyes, saugers, smallmouth, pike and sturgeon are all available.  

If targeting walleyes, holes, current breaks, rock piles and weed edges can all hold fish.  Pull spinners or troll cranks to find fish.

The sturgeon "keep" season opened July 1st and is open through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.

Up at the NW Angle...  Lots of walleyes being caught.  Some fish over the mud, others hanging around structure and a few in shallow rocks eating crayfish.  

Anchoring up with jigs and minnows or leeches on structure is still effective if fish are present.  Most anglers drifting spinners and crawlers over deep mud areas.  Trolling crankbaits continues to be effective.

With the Canada border still closed, there are a few ways to get up to the Angle.  

1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service from the south end of the lake.  


7/5/21 @ 2:31 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  An excellent week of walleye fishing.  Walleyes are being found in a variety of areas, but most anglers focusing on deep mud in 30 - 34' of water, although anglers found fish in less than 20' as well.

Walleyes can be scattered across big mud basins or hanging out in small schools.  Covering water by drifting snelled spinners with a crawler or leech or trolling crankbaits has been effective.  

Anglers using a 2-3 ounce weight for spinners in deeper water.  For trolling crankbaits, many options.  Downriggers, lead core line, a 4 oz bottom bouncer with a 6' mono / fluorocarbon leader or snap weights to get your lures down to the fish.

A nice mix of sizes include small fish, eaters, slots (19.5 - 28") and trophy walleyes over 28".  Summer is a great time to target big fish.

On the Rainy River...   The river producing a mixed bag of fish.  Walleyes, saugers, smallmouth, pike and sturgeon are all available.  

From the mouth of the Rainy River at Wheeler's Point to Birchdale, there is 42 miles of navigable river.  A fun option on high wind days or for a change of pace.  Water levels are low so use caution in shallow areas.  

The sturgeon "keep" season opened July 1st and is open through Sep. 30.  Catch and release Oct 1 - April 23, 2022.

Up at the NW Angle...  Lots of walleyes being caught.  Some fish over the mud, others hanging around structure and a few in shallow rocks eating crayfish.  

Anchoring up with jigs and minnows on structure is still effective as if fish are there, they will come through in waves.  Most anglers drifting spinners and crawlers over deep mud areas.  Trolling crankbaits has also been effective.

Good pike fishing for those who like targeting them.  Muskie anglers boating some nice 50 plus inch fish all on the U.S. side as the border is closed.  Smallmouth hanging around deep rocky areas.  .

With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  

1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service from the south end of the lake.  


6/28/21 @ 1:03 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  Another great week of walleye fishing.  Some areas of the lake are experiencing a mayfly hatch and other bug hatches.  This can be a good time to fish spinners with crawlers, leeches or minnows.  A two ounce bottom bouncer with a two hook harness and a crawler is tough to beat.  Drifting the mud flats where walleyes are living is an effective strategy in 25-33 feet.  

As fish can be scattered across big mud basins, covering water by drifting crawler harnesses and trolling crankbaits is effective.  Good colors this week were hammered gold, pink, glow, orange and chartreuse or a combination of these colors.   

Some anglers like to get away from the heaviest part of the hatch as walleyes love the mayfly larvae coming out of the mud and that is a lot of competition for an angler.  Some anglers finding walleyes in shallow rocky areas from 5-15'.  Different forage for walleyes in different spots.  Crayfish and other food sources exist in and around rocks.

On the Rainy River...   A mixed bag of fish from the Rainy River.  Walleyes, saugers, smallmouth, pike and sturgeon are the most targeted.  

Walleyes this time of year in current breaks and holes.  Smallmouth in traditional spots such as rocky areas, current breaks, bridge embankments and weed edges.  Pike are at river mouths, in bays and around current breaks.   

The sturgeon "keep" season opens again July 1st.  

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleye fishing continues to be very strong up at the Angle.  Fish being found both in rocky areas and over mud.

Some still anchoring up with jigs and minnows on structure.  Others drifting spinners and crawlers over deep mud areas in a variety of areas.

Pike hanging out in weedy bays.  Smallmouth relating to rocky points and reefs.

With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  

1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  


6/21/21 @ 12:46 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  A great week of summer walleye fishing.  Fish are being caught jigging, drifting spinners and trolling crankbaits.

Most walleyes in 25-33 feet.  Fish are starting to be scattered across big mud basins.  If you find a good school, anchoring up with a jig and frozen shiner can catch fish quickly.  Otherwise, drifting crawler harnesses effective and covers water.

Good colors this week were gold, orange and chartreuse.   

Covering water trolling crankbaits was effective this week.  Get lures down to where the walleyes are living using lead core line, downriggers or a four ounce bottom bouncer with a 6' leader with shallow diving crankbait.  All three methods can deliver results.

On the Rainy River...   A mixed bag of fish being reported from the river jigging, pulling spinners and trolling crankbaits.  This time of year, current breaks and holes are good places to start.  The lake holds more walleyes but the river is a great fallback area in summer.

Smallmouth bass are plentiful.  Try traditional spots such as rocky areas, current breaks, bridge embankments and weed edges.  

Pike are at river mouths, in bays and around current breaks.   

Working shorelines whether trolling or casting will normally produce a mixed bag of fish. The river is a great option if winds are high or for something different.  Fun fishing.

Sturgeon anglers, mark your calendars, sturgeon season opens again July 1st.  

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleye fishing continues to be strong up at the Angle.  Fish being found on rocks, over mud and in neck down areas between islands.  Anglers are catching fish using a variety of techniques.

Nice walleyes being caught drifting spinners and crawlers over deep mud areas.  Various bug hatches happen throughout the summer and much of the larvae walleye like come from the mud.  

Pike hanging out in weedy bays.  Smallmouth relating to rocky points and reefs.

With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  

1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  


6/15/21 @ 6:59 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  Some good walleye fishing this week.  As many summer weeks, it was helpful to be versatile.  On the big lake, sometimes you have to play the wind, meaning, you have to be flexible where you fish.  

The fish were there and some great catches this week.  Most fishing in 25-33 feet.  Some are still jigging.  Frozen shiners and leeches were both good this week.  With water temps in the mid to upper 60's, leeches and crawlers will heat up.  

Spinners (otherwise called harnesses) with minnows, leeches or crawlers were all effective this week.  It is good to mix up colors and bait until you find the right mix.  Gold, glow, pink, orange, chartreuse or a combo of them are good colors in stained water. 

More and more anglers trolling crankbaits with success.  Some have been trolling cranks since the opener but it seems most anglers wait till the water warms.  A great method to cover water and find cooperative fish.  

On the Rainy River...   Some good summer fishing reports from the river.  Walleyes being caught jigging, pulling spinners and trolling crankbaits.  Current breaks and holes holding most fish.  

Smallmouth bass in rocky areas, current breaks, bridge embankments and weed edges.  Lots of bass in the river.  Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs are good lures to start with.  

Pike are adjacent to weedlines, in slack water areas and in bays.  Working shorelines whether trolling or casting will normally produce nice fish.

Sturgeon anglers, mark your calendars, sturgeon season opens again July 1st.  

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleye fishing continues to be strong up at the Angle.  Fish coming from literally 5-33' of water.  Not every walleye is keying on the same food sources.  With structure, rocks, and mud, lots of variety at the Angle.  Jigging, spinners and cranks all producing. 

Muskie season opens Saturday, June 19th.  Lots of nice fish already caught unintentionally as these predators like to eat.  Muskie anglers were forced to fish MN waters last year with the border closure were happily surprised with the size and quantity of fish on the MN side.  This year should be good.

Pike hanging out in weedy bays.  Smallmouth relating to rocky points and reefs.

With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  

1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  


6/12/21 @ 7:58 AM
FISHING REPORT
Sunset Lodge
Sunset Lodge
USER SINCE 4/2/14

6.12.21 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report

Walleye fishing has been great! 

Large fish have been caught recently in many different depths between 3-35’ with a variety of methods including jig minnow, spinners, crank baits and bobber set ups. 

With temperatures above normal, water temperatures have followed into mid to high 60’s.  

We just experienced our first May Fly hatch of the season which has not shut down the bite but altered it to a suspended bite. Typically, bottom bouncers and spinners with a crawler is most productive post hatch.

Pike have recently started moving into weedy bays where growth has begun.  

The occasional accidental musky has been caught but the season begins NEXT WEEKEND!


Sunset Lodge
(218) 223-8211
6/7/21 @ 6:09 PM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  Walleyes were active this week.  Some warm weather hit the north country and the fish responded nicely.  Jigging with a live fathead minnow or frozen shiner vertically jigged or drifting spinners with a minnow or crawler in 15-29 feet of water has been the ticket for most walleye anglers.  

Snelled spinners or harnesses work well all summer into the fall and also is a really good way to cover water.  They are also versatile as they can be fished shallow to deep.  1.0 - 1.25 mph is a good speed, as long as the spinner is spinning.

Colors to start out with... hammered gold by itself or with another color, pink, glow red, orange and chartreuse.  All good colors in the stained waters.

Trolling crankbaits is gaining steam with very good results.  A great way to cover water.  Get the lure where walleyes are living and hang on!

On the Rainy River...   Some good walleye fishing on the river.  Most anglers fishing the river are locals or folks with smaller boats or on windy days.  Although many walleyes head back to the lake after the spawn, not all do!   There is 42 miles of navigable Rainy River from the mouth at Wheeler's Point to Birchdale which is 26 miles east of Baudette.

Most anglers jigging with a minnow with spinners and crankbaits starting to perform well.  

Multispecies in the river.  Smallmouth bass in rocky or slack water areas.  Pike in bays.  Sturgeon season opens again July 1st.  

Up at the NW Angle...  Great walleye fishing continues around the Angle.  Fish coming from 14-25 feet of water.  A lot of fish being caught in the mud, but plenty around structure as well.

Jigging with a minnow and drifting with spinners the go to methods.  Not as many anglers pulling crankbaits but they are working.  Much like the south end, Gold or gold mixed with another color has been effective this week.

With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  

1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  


6/1/21 @ 10:46 AM
FISHING REPORT
CONDITIONS
Sunny
WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
MNJoe
Joe Henry
USER SINCE 2/8/12

On the south end...  Some excellent walleye fishing this week.  Guides did a nice job of being versatile a couple of days when the wind really blew.  Jigging with a live fathead minnow or frozen shiner vertically jigged in 14-29 feet of water has been the ticket for most walleye anglers.  

Never discount trolling.  Some good reports of trolling crankbaits with very good results.  A great way to cover water where walleyes are living.  Mix up cranks with different shapes, sizes, wobbles and colors until you get dialed in.  Good to have everyone in the boat with a different lure to start out.

Some popular crankbait colors to start out with...  pink UV Firetiger, Firetiger, chrome / blue, gold / orange.


More big pike surprised unsuspecting walleye anglers this week.  When you get hooked up, hang on!

On the Rainy River...   Some nice walleyes are being caught up and down the river in 8-15 feet of water.  A nice alternative to the lake for smaller boats and big blow days.

Most anglers jigging with a minnow.  Spinners with crawlers and crankbaits are also a good option to cover water.  The river offers many species of fish in a setting second to none. 

Sturgeon season opens again July 1st.  Summer sturgeon fishing doesn't get attention due to walleyes but it is productive and fun.

Up at the NW Angle...  Great walleye fishing continues around the Angle.  Fish coming from 13-20 feet of water.  Anchored around neck down areas with a bit of current, points and around shoreline structure producing nice fish.

Most anglers jigging with a minnow.  Gold / chartreuse is a good color this week.  Gold, glow colors and brighter colors in the stained waters are a solid choice.

With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.  

1.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  2.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  3.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  


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