On the south end… Another great week of walleye fishing. Some areas of the lake are experiencing a mayfly hatch and other bug hatches. This can be a good time to fish spinners with crawlers, leeches or minnows. A two ounce bottom bouncer with a two hook harness and a crawler is tough to beat. Drifting the mud flats where walleyes are living is an effective strategy in 25-33 feet.
As fish can be scattered across big mud basins, covering water by drifting crawler harnesses and trolling crankbaits is effective. Good colors this week were hammered gold, pink, glow, orange and chartreuse or a combination of these colors.
Some anglers like to get away from the heaviest part of the hatch as walleyes love the mayfly larvae coming out of the mud and that is a lot of competition for an angler. Some anglers finding walleyes in shallow rocky areas from 5-15′. Different forage for walleyes in different spots. Crayfish and other food sources exist in and around rocks.
On the Rainy River… A mixed bag of fish from the Rainy River. Walleyes, saugers, smallmouth, pike and sturgeon are the most targeted.
Walleyes this time of year in current breaks and holes. Smallmouth in traditional spots such as rocky areas, current breaks, bridge embankments and weed edges. Pike are at river mouths, in bays and around current breaks.
The sturgeon “keep” season opens again July 1st.
Up at the NW Angle… Walleye fishing continues to be very strong up at the Angle. Fish being found both in rocky areas and over mud.
Some still anchoring up with jigs and minnows on structure. Others drifting spinners and crawlers over deep mud areas in a variety of areas.
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.
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.