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MN
United States
49° 5' 56.5764" N, 94° 57' 7.5132" W
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Partly Cloudy Air Temperature: 71-80 F 3 fish caught

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.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Sturgeon
3Muskellunge (Muskie)
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Partly Cloudy Air Temperature: 51-60 F 3 fish caught

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.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Muskellunge (Muskie)
3Sturgeon
3
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Partly Cloudy Air Temperature: 71-80 F 3 fish caught

Still great numbers of fish coming in this week. A mix of walleyes and saugers filling limits and plenty of photo worthy walleyes. Anglers and resorters have stayed on the move either drifting with spinners or trolling/down rigging as the favored methods. Hot colors are gold or pink tipped with crawlers or frozen shiners when using spinners. Try Archie's Reef, Long Point, or the Morris wash out in 24-26 feet. Those that are down rigging are headed to the mud between Starren Shoal, Garden Island, and Little Oak in 28-31 feet. Also try north of Long Point in 27-29 feet. 

 

On the Rainy River, sturgeon keep one season is still in full swing. Try east areas from Clementson headed towards Birchdale using a circle hook and a gob of crawlers. Anchor over a deep pocket and cast in. Walleye and smallmouth bass have been active along shorelines 17-19 feet. Cast for smallies using shad raps.

 

Up at the NW Angle.  Walleye fishing continues to be on fire. Points of islands in 20-28' of water have been consistent.  Jig and minnows and crawler harnesses the go to.  Crappies starting to turn on with colder evenings and warm days. Muskie fishing continues to be strong.  Reports of nice fish caught and released.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Muskellunge (Muskie)
3Sturgeon

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