On the south end… A great week of walleye fishing. Jigging with a frozen shiner vertically jigged in 14-25 feet of water has been the ticket for most walleye anglers.
Some anglers locating fish shallow, especially in current areas or on a wind blown shoreline. There are also good numbers of fish being caught anchored up in deeper water. Different schools of walleyes are often tuned in to different bait, hence, not all walleyes are doing the same thing. It is good to trust your electronics, try an area and if no luck, move on.
Jig colors, gold, orange, glow, pink, chartreuse or a mix of these colors on the same jig.
Some good reports of trolling crankbaits where walleyes are roaming. Crankbaits allow you to cover water and put your lure in front of a lot of walleyes. Trolling shorelines, even if nobody else is, can produce good results.
As is the case in a strong pike fishery, some big pike being caught but unsuspecting walleye anglers. Many pike over 40 inches boated this week.
On the Rainy River… There is always a resident population of walleyes that live in the river even after the annual spawning run is over. Some nice walleyes are being caught up and down the river.
Most are still jigging with a minnow. Try current breaks or holes in the stretch of river you are fishing. There are 42 miles of navigable Rainy River from the mouth to Birchdale 30 miles east of Baudette. The river offers many species of fish in a setting second to none.
Up at the NW Angle… Great walleye fishing this past week around the Angle. Fish coming from 5 – 25 feet of water. A big variance but fish the goto spots. Neck down areas with a bit of current, points and deep edges of bays producing nice fish.
Most anglers jigging with a minnow. Gold and brighter colors in the stained waters have worked well.
With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.
1. The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running. 2. If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option. 3. And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.