On the south end… A very strong bite along the south shore of Lake of the Woods. Nice numbers of walleyes and saugers are targeting big schools of emerald shiners in the lake. The target depth is 26 feet of water, give or take, with nice limits being caught from Pine Island, Morris Point, Zippel Bay and Long Point.
Most anglers are jigging with an emerald shiner, rainbow or fathead. Jig colors of gold, pink, orange, glow white and red or a combo of those colors have been consistent.
Some anglers are still trolling lead core and catching walleyes and saugers, but most anglers are jigging with great success.
On the Rainy River… Shiners continue to run in the Rainy River, and to nobody’s surprise, walleye fishing continues to get better and better. Most fish so far have been nice eater fish with small fish mixed in. Those targeting big walleyes are hoping the deer hunting tradition of putting out big fish continues.
Two methods are catching most of the walleyes. Jigging with emerald shiners and trolling crankbaits with lead core line or 3 way rigs are both catching walleyes. Jigging produced nice eater walleyes this week.
Big Sturgeon on the Rainy River
Target depths range from 8 – 24 feet of water depending upon what part of the river you are fishing.
As is the norm on Lake of the Woods, a mixed bag with pike, jumbo perch, sturgeon, crappies and smallmouth bass in the mix as well.
Up at the NW Angle… Walleye fishing is strong on both sides of the border up at the Angle.
Points, reefs, flats and neck down areas with current in 17 – 22 feet continue to hold good numbers of walleyes and anglers are reporting big numbers of fish. Most anglers are catching fish jigging primarily.
Pike, smallmouth bass, jumbo perch, crappies and muskies have been active as well.