Location

MN
United States
49° 5' 56.5764" N, 94° 57' 7.5132" W

Fishing Reports

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Average: 4 (1 vote)
| Water Temp: 51-60 F | Clarity: Clear
3 fish caught

The mayfly hatch happened on parts of the lake this week and has set fishing on fire! Lots of anglers catching limits of walleye and sauger. Trophy and picture worthy walleyes in the mix, usually deeper. Pine Island, Light House Gap, Graceton, and Zippel Bay have been good for jigging 25-30 feet. Long Point to Archie's Reef jigging 22-26'. Those pulling spinners have had luck in the same areas 10-15 feet. Knight and Garden Island reefs have also been good for pulling spinners 8-16 feet. Hot colors are pink, gold, and orange. Some resorts starting downrigging in similar areas.

 

On the Rainy River, sturgeon season opened July 1st. Strong currents call for more weight and more crawlers, but hit pockets around 22 feet. Anchor up and fish the bottom. Walleyes and saugers making anglers work a little harder on the river. Evenings best in 16-18 feet.

 

Up at the NW Angle, walleyes actively filling limits along shorelines of islands. Try shallow depths of 14-16 feet. Jigging with leeches best.  Reefs in Little Traverse heating up on flat days. For pike and bass, bays and weed beds. Many muskies caught and released this week, some by walleye anglers.  For info on lodging and guides, go to www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Northern Pike
3Sauger
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Average: 4 (1 vote)
3 fish caught

An incredible week of fishing.  On the big water of Big Traverse Bay, walleyes being caught along Pine Island in 8-15'.  Some nice fish caught in 30' in front of the Lighthouse Gap.  Lems, Archie's and Arnesen's reefs heating up out west.  Reefs near Knight, Bridges and Garden Island still holding fish.  Most anglers pulling crawler harnesses.  Jigging in deeper water on reefs and in mud with frozen shiners and live leeches still effective.  Hot colors, hammered gold, pink and glow colors.

On the Rainy River, anglers finding fish in 18-20 feet jigging. Areas like Lighthouse Gap and east of Timbermill park best. Pink and gold the hot colors.  Smallmouth bass very active.  Sturgeon season reopens July 1.

Up at the NW Angle strong fishing continues.  On the MN side, good numbers of fish west of Little Oak Island and Crow Duck.  Lots of charters with daily limits.  Most drifting with crawler harnesses.  On the Ontario side, jig and minnow is the go to.  Big numbers of walleyes coming in.  24-26 feet of water has been the hot depth.  Smallmouth bass on fire in the shallows.  Pike seem to be everywhere.  Musky fishing strong with small to medium sized bucktails around rocks and weeds.  One group boated and released over 60 muskies over the weekend.  

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Muskellunge (Muskie)
3Sturgeon
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Average: 3 (1 vote)
3 fish caught

Great week of fishing. Anchoring and jigging or drifting with spinners most common method.  A good shallow bite this week in 8-10' as well as good numbers sliding out deeper.  Limits of walleyes and saugers filled daily with plenty of trophies and photo worthy fish in the mix. Some anglers still heading north fishing the reefs of Stony, Knight Island, and the West Bar in 22-27 feet jigging or 8-12' drifting. Anglers that stayed near Pine Island heading west towards Zippel Bay fished 23-27. Long Point and Twin Islands held fish in 17-18 drifting or 31-32 jigging. Shallower depths produced a number of big pike this week as well. Hot colors gold, pink, white and chartreuse.  

 

On the Rainy River, anglers jigging in deep pockets for walleye 18-20 feet. Evenings best for walleye. Daytime hours producing numbers of smallmouth and northern pike along shore lines and weed beds. Hot colors pink, neon, gold.

 

Up at the NW Angle walleyes and saugers filling limits with a few pike as well. Trolling with spinner harnesses tipped with crawlers or leeches the best method. Try 18-24 feet near Norman, Little Oak and Crow Duck Islands or Fort St. Charles Reef. Some fish off Island points near mud flats. On the Ontario side, try Monument Bay.  Walleyes on rocks eating crawfish or in mud eating hatches.  Lodging and guide info at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Sauger
3Northern Pike

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