Fishing Report 8.7.2020
On the south end… Excellent “dog days” walleye fishing this week. The two best patterns are crawler harnesses and crankbaits over the deep basin. Although different schools of walleyes are relating to different parts of the lake, big numbers of walleyes are on the deep mud in 30 – 36′ of water. Cover water by drifting or trolling. Crawler harnesses in hammered gold, pink, glow or orange. Crankbaits in colors best for stained water, orange, pink uv firetiger, chrome / blue, firetiger, and gold are good for starters. Mix up crankbait size, shape, rattling vs non rattling, speed and direction of trolling until you dial them in. Some schools are active, some inactive. Keep moving and you will have success.
On the Rainy River… Walleyes are scattered on flats. Trolling crankbaits this time of year to cover water is effective. Mix of walleyes and saugers living in the river. Target sturgeon in deep holes with sturgeon rigs and crawlers or frozen emerald shiners. Smallmouth bass and pike active around current breaks, rocky areas and in bays.
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 / passenger services available to the Angle via boat. Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.
Great walleye bite this week with a nice variety of sizes. Most anglers fishing the mud adjacent to reefs and islands throughout the Angle. Spinners with a crawler or trolling crankbaits both are producing good numbers of fish. Lots of pike caught this week by walleye anglers. Pike and muskies being caught casting bays and trolling rocky point areas as well. Smallies around rocky areas in 5-15′. A complete list of lodging available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/