By: Joe Henry
Quality sized limits of walleye and sauger this week as well as many trophy sized walleyes. Drifting with spinners or trolling with shad raps and various crankbaits have been the favored methods this week with some anglers still anchoring and jigging over rocky areas. Try Lighthouse Gap, in front of Zippel Bay, Long Point, and 12 Mile or 16 Mile (Archie’s Reef) drifting 24-26′ with a crawler harness. Those jigging are in 28-30′ fishing with a frozen shiner. Hot colors are gold, pink, and orange. Trolling areas have been 12 miles out from Pine Island, Knight and Garden Islands 28-32′. Many hot colors but white/red favored.
On the Rainy River Sturgeon and smallmouth bass on fire! Sturgeon active on cloudy days or evenings best. Deep pockets and adjacent bays using a circle hook and a gob of crawlers from Wabanica Bay to Clementson area producing. Bass are along shorelines and weeded areas casting with spoons. Best areas Clementson headed east towards Birchdale.
Up at the NW Angle, walleye and sauger found in 24-32′ over reefs, troughs, and mud with many perch in the mix. Hot colors are gold or pink glow on a crawler harness drifting or jigging with a minnow. Try points off Falcon Island in Ontario waters or Garden Island to Northwest Point US side. Great fall crappie bite starting in 24-28′ over structure. Muskie and pike found in shallower water casting the edge of weed beds using top water and near rock reefs with big crankbaits or stick baits. Lodging and guides are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging