Fishing Report 7.20.2020

On the south end…  Anglers experienced an awesome week of walleye fishing.  Strong numbers of eater walleyes and big walleyes which were “personal bests” for many anglers.  The two most popular patterns are spinners / crawlers and trolling crankbaits.  As a rule, the larger walleyes are over deep mud and on or adjacent to deep reefs.  Eater walleyes from 7′ as deep as 34′ in scattered schools.  The big walleyes aren’t always with the eaters so adjust accordingly.  Hammered gold, glow white, glow red, firetiger all good colors.

On the Rainy River…   Some walleyes are being caught trolling flats and shoreline breaks.  Sturgeon are starting to cooperate up and down the river.  Use sturgeon rigs and 3 ounce no roll sinkers with crawlers.  Focus on deep holes.  Smallmouth bass around areas of rock, bridge pillars, and on weedlines.  Pike scattered in bays and weedy areas.

Up at the NW Angle…  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are shuttle services available and fishing for multi species has been excellent.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.

Fishing continues strong with big numbers of eater walleyes.  Nice walleyes 8 – 17′ on the sand or 23 – 29′ around structure and over mud.  The best presentation continues to be drifting and trolling spinners with a crawler, leech or a minnow.  Pike and smallmouth bass are active in numerous weedy bays. Muskies being caught in deep bays and rocky points.  A complete list of lodging available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging

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