On the south end… Walleyes were active this week. Some warm weather hit the north country and the fish responded nicely. Jigging with a live fathead minnow or frozen shiner vertically jigged or drifting spinners with a minnow or crawler in 15-29 feet of water has been the ticket for most walleye anglers.
Snelled spinners or harnesses work well all summer into the fall and also is a really good way to cover water. They are also versatile as they can be fished shallow to deep. 1.0 – 1.25 mph is a good speed, as long as the spinner is spinning.
Colors to start out with… hammered gold by itself or with another color, pink, glow red, orange and chartreuse. All good colors in the stained waters.
Trolling crankbaits is gaining steam with very good results. A great way to cover water. Get the lure where walleyes are living and hang on!
On the Rainy River… Some good walleye fishing on the river. Most anglers fishing the river are locals or folks with smaller boats or on windy days. Although many walleyes head back to the lake after the spawn, not all do! There is 42 miles of navigable Rainy River from the mouth at Wheeler’s Point to Birchdale which is 26 miles east of Baudette.
Most anglers jigging with a minnow with spinners and crankbaits starting to perform well.
Multispecies in the river. Smallmouth bass in rocky or slack water areas. Pike in bays. Sturgeon season opens again July 1st.
Up at the NW Angle… Great walleye fishing continues around the Angle. Fish coming from 14-25 feet of water. A lot of fish being caught in the mud, but plenty around structure as well.
Jigging with a minnow and drifting with spinners the go to methods. Not as many anglers pulling crankbaits but they are working. Much like the south end, Gold or gold mixed with another color has been effective this week.
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.