On the south end… Great fall walleye fishing again this week. As the traditional deer hunting opener approaches, walleye fishing is typically in high gear. This pattern is holding true. Various spots along the south shore are producing nicely. The walleyes and sauger are active. These fish are also setting up nicely for ice fishing which is just around the corner with water temps in the upper 40’s.
Anchored up and jigging with a fathead or emerald shiner is the go to method. Live shiners are available and effective. Some anglers are still pulling spinners with a minnow or trolling crankbaits with good success. Gold, pink, white and chartreuse hot colors this week.
The best reports are coming from 17-27 feet of water across the south shore in areas such as Pine Island, Morris Point, Zippel Bay, Graceton Beach, Long Point and Rocky Point. Various schools within these depths.
In addition to walleyes and saugers, pike, jumbo perch, sturgeon and even a few crappies are in the mix for walleye anglers.
On the Rainy River… Nice pockets of walleyes being caught in the river. Jigging with a frozen or live shiner, is the go to method. Emerald shiners are tough to beat.
Some groups are trolling crankbaits in the river and because of their consistency, they never switch. Also great in locating walleyes or when fish are scattered.
Sturgeon activity with cooler water is good with numerous fish caught and released.
Up at the NW Angle… Fall fishing up at the Angle continues strong. Most anglers are using a jig and minnow or jig and plastic (when boating into Canada) for walleyes. In some areas, walleyes continue to be stacked and big numbers of fish are being caught.
Gold, pink and/or glow colored jigs and spinners are doing well. Reminder, no live, frozen or dead bait being able to be transported over the border from the U.S. into Canada, consequently anglers boating into Ontario waters reporting various plastics on their jigs and spinners working great.
Various areas of structure such as points, reefs and sandy areas in neck down areas continue to hold good fish. 12 – 26 feet is the range depending upon the spot.
Big crappies are being caught on jigs and minnows in 24-30′ adjacent to structure.
Muskie action continues to be strong. Jigging large baits has boated good numbers of fish as well as casting and trolling.
Travel to and from the Angle via vehicle through the 40 miles of Canada is open. Boating into Canadian waters is now open.
Want to avoid crossing the border? Charter transport via water and ice and flights over the lake are available through the LOW Passenger Service and Lake Country Air both this fall and into the winter months via ice.
Enjoy – Received 10.29.21 to [email protected] from Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau – cmp