Fishing Report 9.27.2022
On the south end… Walleyes are starting to stack up in various areas of the south shore with some good fall fishing taking place. Most anchored up jigging with fatheads and frozen shiners.
Various techniques are still proving effective in catching, but as water temps cool, jigging will be the desire of walleyes and has been successful this past week.
Trolling crankbaits is still catching fish. If you are struggling catching the fish you are jigging or the fish are spread out, try pulling cranks which will put your lure in front of many fish in which you only need a taker here and there for a successful day.
Good numbers of fish are still being caught pulling spinners, especially over flats or on the outside of structure.
On the Rainy River… Some very good reports on the Rainy River this week. Shiners are in the river and so are the walleyes. Is this the big run, not sure, but most are catching fish, and some big ones.
Anglers report nice fish both in Four Mile Bay and the river, but these fish are moving around. Try different spots until you find them. Look for clouds of emerald shiners, they show up nicely on most sonar.
This is the fall run and it should only get better. These river fish are moving, once you find them, it can be a memorable day. Looking for fish, trying different spots can be helpful in finding fish. Anchoring up in the same spot all day hoping the fish come through can make for a tough day.
Jigging with a frozen shiner or trolling cranks in the river are both catching walleyes.
Sturgeon activity continues to pick up as water cools. Most fishing the holes of the river. A 3 – 4 ounce weight with lower current has been sufficient combined with a sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers or crawlers and frozen shiners.
Fall is a great time to take your own boat on the small waters of the Rainy River. Boat ramps scattered from Wheeler’s Point to Baudette east to Birchdale.
Up at the NW Angle… Walleye fishing stays consistently very good up at the Angle. Walleyes are being caught using the three techniques mentioned above. Some fishing MN waters, others venturing amongst the Ontario side of the lake. Good fish being caught on both sides.
In addition to fish still over deep mud, traditional structure is also holding walleyes. Points, rock islands, sunken islands, neck down areas, etc.
Some nice muskies were caught this week. October is traditionally a great month with trolling shorelines in the mix of techniques.
The government of Canada has officially announced they are lifting the COVID vaccination requirement and is allowing the ArriveCan app to be optional starting October 1, 2022. This will make the drive to the NW Angle for many, which includes about 40 miles through Canada, once again possible.
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