On the south end… A really good week of fall walleye fishing. Big numbers of fish being caught. It should only improve as water temps get cooler. This fall has been unseasonably warm. Big numbers of walleyes and saugers are set up along the south shore and anglers are catching a lot of fish.
Most anglers are anchored up and jigging with a fathead or emerald shiner. Live shiners are available and effective. There are still a lot of walleyes being caught on spinners with minnows surprisingly. Trolling crankbaits has also been catching a lot of fish.
The best reports are coming from 18-28 feet of water across the south shore in areas such as Pine Island, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Graceton Beach, Long Point and Rocky Point. Various schools within these depths.
In addition to walleyes and saugers, pike, jumbo perch, sturgeon and even a few crappies are in the mix for walleye anglers.
On the Rainy River… Emerald shiners continue to run in the Rainy River and more and more walleyes are entering the river each week. Fishing has picked up but most believe when water temps reach the 40’s, it will get even better. Currently, temps are in the low 50’s.
Jigging with a frozen or live shiner, is the go to method. Emerald shiners are tough to beat this time of year.
Some reports of big fish being caught, but not in big numbers… yet.
Sturgeon activity continues good. A gob of crawlers and/or frozen shiners on a sturgeon rig (18 inch leader made of 60lb test, circle hook and a 2-3 ounce no roll sinker) is the ticket. The catch and release season continues through April 23, 2022.
Up at the NW Angle… Fall fishing up at the Angle continues to be excellent. Most anglers are using a jig and minnow or jig and plastic. Some strong reports with warmer than normal water of spinners with a minnow or plastic being the hot bait.
Gold, pink and/or glow colored jigs and spinners are doing well. Reminder, no live, frozen or dead bait being able to be transported over the border from the U.S. into Canada, consequently anglers boating into Ontario waters reporting various plastics on their jigs and spinners working great.
Various areas of structure such as points, reefs and sandy areas in neck down areas continue to hold good fish. 12 – 26 feet is the range depending upon the spot.
Big crappies are in their fall spots and being caught on jigs and minnows in 25-30′ around various structure.
Muskie anglers report good fishing overall. Trollers reporting mixed results. One day is great, the other not so much. Covering water trolling is a strong fall muskie technique and should get better as water cools.
Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open. Boating into Canadian waters is now open.
Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.