Location

MN
United States
49° 5' 56.5764" N, 94° 57' 7.5132" W

Fishing Reports

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
3 fish caught

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.  

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Muskellunge (Muskie)
3Sturgeon
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
3 fish caught

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.  Lodging and guide info at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Sauger
3Northern Pike
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
3 fish caught

Fish are on the move daily and resorters are hot on their tails. Great mix of slot walleyes and limits made of walleye and saugers. Some are headed across the lake to Stony, Garden, Knight, and Bridges Islands anchoring and jigging with a frozen shiner 19-21 feet. Those staying close are hitting up Lighthouse Gap 16-25, Morris wash-out 14-22, Graceton Beach 24-27, Zippel Rock 19-23, Long Point to Gull Rock Reef 20-28. On windier days all locations are great for pulling crawler harnesses and spinners. Hot colors are gold, pink, and white.

 

On the Rainy River, move in toward the shore lines 14-16 feet. Jigging with a shiner favored using gold, green, and orange. Fish the mud flats by Wabanica, the International Bridge, the windsock by the resorts, or east between Timbermill Park and Clementson.

 

Up at the NW Angle, awesome fishing continues.  Walleyes are moving a little deeper in the 18-22 foot range near Crow Duck, Little Oak, and Oak Islands. Sticking with the same bright colors jigging with a minnow is the way to go. Pike and small mouth bass have been active with flashy spoons near shallow bays. Fish full of insect larvae.  Starting to relate to reefs, about 1 week ahead of schedule.  

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Northern Pike
3Smallmouth Bass

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