On the south end… Great walleye action this week with numerous pike mixed in. Walleyes are starting to gravitate to fall patterns. Walleyes being caught in various depths 13 – 34 feet of water. Most anglers are still drifting with spinners or trolling crankbaits, but the jig bite is picking up steam.
Water temps in the upper 50’s and low 60’s. Walleyes setting up across the south shore and with more shiners running, this trend will continue.
Reef fishing is starting to pick up. Jigging with a frozen shiner on or near reefs is a fall goto and things are just starting.
September and October are excellent months to fish walleyes. If you like the jig bite, anchored up with a jig and minnow, this is a fun time of year.
On the Rainy River… Emerald shiners are continuing to run in the Rainy River. Some good runs so far and walleyes are showing up. Anglers are catching fish in the river. Fall is here.
Most walleye anglers on the river will anchor up along an edge or in a hole with a jig and minnow. Fishing is taking place from Wheeler’s Point to Baudette to Birchdale.
Fall is a great time to fish sturgeon, bass and pike on the river, although the vast majority of anglers are after walleyes.
Up at the NW Angle…
Excellent fishing continues on both sides of the border. In U.S. waters, deep mud of Little Traverse Bay continues producing walleyes in 24 – 31 feet. Gold, white and orange spinners with a crawler or a minnow is effective. Minnows on some days are starting to be preferred by the walleyes. Try both.
Areas with structure continue to hold fish. 18 – 27 feet are good starting points. Jig and a minnow is the goto.
Pike and muskie anglers are locating fish on weedy points using double blade spinners and topwater. Some nice fish boated this week.
Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open. Boating into Canadian waters is now open. Please note, no live, frozen or dead bait allowed into Canada from the U.S. The various plastics on a jig are working well. Contact a NW Angle resort for details.
Charter boat transport and float planes are still available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air.
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