On the south end… A great week of summer walleye fishing. Fish are being caught jigging, drifting spinners and trolling crankbaits.
Most walleyes in 25-33 feet. Fish are starting to be scattered across big mud basins. If you find a good school, anchoring up with a jig and frozen shiner can catch fish quickly. Otherwise, drifting crawler harnesses effective and covers water.
Good colors this week were gold, orange and chartreuse.
Covering water trolling crankbaits was effective this week. Get lures down to where the walleyes are living using lead core line, downriggers or a four ounce bottom bouncer with a 6′ leader with shallow diving crankbait. All three methods can deliver results.
On the Rainy River… A mixed bag of fish being reported from the river jigging, pulling spinners and trolling crankbaits. This time of year, current breaks and holes are good places to start. The lake holds more walleyes but the river is a great fallback area in summer.
Smallmouth bass are plentiful. Try traditional spots such as rocky areas, current breaks, bridge embankments and weed edges.
Pike are at river mouths, in bays and around current breaks.
Working shorelines whether trolling or casting will normally produce a mixed bag of fish. The river is a great option if winds are high or for something different. Fun fishing.
Sturgeon anglers, mark your calendars, sturgeon season opens again July 1st.
Up at the NW Angle… Walleye fishing continues to be strong up at the Angle. Fish being found on rocks, over mud and in neck down areas between islands. Anglers are catching fish using a variety of techniques.
Nice walleyes being caught drifting spinners and crawlers over deep mud areas. Various bug hatches happen throughout the summer and much of the larvae walleye like come from the mud.
Pike hanging out in weedy bays. Smallmouth relating to rocky points and reefs.
With the Canada border still closed, there are many ways to get up to the Angle.
- 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.