Fishing Report 7.19.2021
On the south end… A lot of summer walleyes are being caught and fishing has been good.
Not all walleyes are targeting the same forage consequently walleyes are being caught shallow to deep. Many of the shallow fish are eating crayfish or schools of baitfish. Deep fish feeding on baitfish, mayfly larvae, blood worms, tullibees and the list goes on!
Most anglers are targeting walleyes in 30-34′ of water over deep mud. The scattered reefs can always hold fish as well. Spinners and crawlers have been very effective. Hammered gold, orange and red / white spinners doing well.
Trolling crankbaits has also been effective. This technique puts your lure in front of a lot of fish and will get those “reaction” bites even when fish aren’t actively feeding. Pink UV Firetiger, chrome/blue and shiny golds are good colors to start with.
On the Rainy River… The Rainy River producing a variety of fish. Walleyes, saugers, smallmouth, pike and sturgeon are in the mix.
If targeting walleyes, holes, current breaks, rock piles and weed edges can all hold fish. Pull spinners or troll cranks to find fish.
The river is a great change of pace, is beautiful and doesn’t receive a lot of traffic during the summer months.
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 the spot on the spot can be effective. If fish aren’t there, move and find them. Most anglers drifting spinners and crawlers and trolling crankbaits over deep mud areas.
Pike are active in weedy bays using crankbaits and bucktails.
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.
A complete list of lodging and fishing packages around LOW at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/