On the south end… Great walleye fishing this week. Different schools of fish around the lake being caught in 14 – 36′ of water. Trust your electronics. Two strong patterns, pulling crawler harnesses and trolling crankbaits. Covering water and moving is important. Best spinner colors, hammered gold, pink, glow white, glow red or orange. Mix up crankbaits until you get size, shape and colors dialed in. 2.2 – 2.8 a good range for speed. Shiny or brighter colors are good starts. Some schools are active, some inactive. Different feeding windows throughout the day.
On the Rainy River… Summer patterns continue. “Resident” walleyes are scattered on flats and along breaks. Trolling crankbaits or crawler harnesses this time of year to cover water is effective. Anglers reporting a mixed bag of fish. Target sturgeon in deep holes with sturgeon rigs and crawlers or frozen emerald shiners. Smallmouth bass and pike active around current breaks, rocky areas and in bays.
Up at the NW Angle… Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters. There are shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle via boat. Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.
Excellent walleye fishing this week. Various schools of walleyes throughout the Angle. Some nice fish around Four Blocks and Little Oak Island. Other fish over mud in “no man’s land” north and east of Little Oak Island. Spinners with a crawler or trolling crankbaits both are producing good numbers of fish. Again, some big pike caught this week by walleye anglers. When targeting pike and muskies, casting bays and trolling rocky point areas will produce. Smallmouth bass on rocks in 5-15′.