Location

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

Fishing Reports

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Clear 3 fish caught

Bite continues to be good. Walleyes, saugers and some jumbo perch are being caught anchored up jigging with frozen shiners, drifting with spinners/crawlers and trolling crankbaits. Try Long Point area and around reefs in 28-33'. Lots of walleyes still being caught around and north of Garden Island pulling spinners.  On Big Traverse, trust your electronics.  Find fish on graph and fish them.  If calm, jig or pull cranks.  If a breeze, drift with spinners.

 

On the Rainy River, sturgeon are being caught!  Try upriver east of Frontier. 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 with a jig and minnow.  Try around the airport, International Bridge and Hattie's Hole.

 

Up at the NW Angle, muskie fishing is in its heyday! Groups are getting 2-3 muskies per day. "They are seeing a lot of fish everyday, throughout the entire day. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits during the day and bucktails and topwaters in the morning and evenings. Most fish have moved to the rock reefs with a few fish still back in the weedy bays."

 

Water temperature is at 74 degrees which is the warmest it will get. With the warm, steady weather fishing is great! Walleye fishing is still going strong. 2 out of the 5 reefs we fished this weekend had fish on them. On reefs, jig or pull spinners.  In mud, troll.  On the Minnesota side, Four Blocks at 20-30 feet and Little Oak.  On the Ontario side, reefs to the north are still doing good. Little Traverse is loading up with fish.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Muskellunge (Muskie)
3Sauger
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny 3 fish caught

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".

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Muskellunge (Muskie)
3Sturgeon
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Clear 3 fish caught

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.

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

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