Lake of the Woods Fishing Report

By: Joe Henry

Limits of walleye and sauger filled boats this week with plenty of trophy walleyes in the mix. Drifting with spinners or trolling/down rigging has been the favored method. Drifting has been productive in areas near Morris Point, Graceton, Zippel Bay, or Long Point 5-15′ or 23-27′ with gold or orange best tipped with minnows or crawlers. Trolling with Rapala Shad Raps and Reef Runner crankbaits has been good in 31-34′ out from Lighthouse Gap, Garden Island, near Long Point and at various spots in the Big Traverse basin.  Wide variety of colors working.

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On the Rainy River, sturgeon still active. Best areas are east towards Clementson and Birchdale anchoring over pockets with a 3 ounce no roll sinker, a 5/0 circle hook and gob of minnows or crawlers. Some walleye and bass action 17-19 feet near shorelines and weeded areas.
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Up at the NW Angle, fall patterns starting as island points and neck down areas with current turning on. jigging and drifting with spinners the go to. Try 24-30′ off Crow Duck, Four Blocks, and Little Oak Islands using gold or glow spinners. North Island and Falcon Island in Ontario waters having walleyes as well as strong crappie bite. Muskie and pike active close to shorelines casting with big crankbaits.  For lodging and guides, go

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