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Water temperatures are slowly falling, with surface temps in the high 40's early in the day and ending in the low 50's in the afternoon.
Here in Minnesota, fishing has been great. A jig and minnow set up is the top producer with fish showing preference for orange or chartreuse. Big pike have been caught on the jig and trolling minnow baits.
Canadian fishing is consistently putting more crappies and perch in the well. These pan fish will take shiners and sometimes favor them to a fathead or plastic. Fish are HUNGRY and are well fed, a lot of thick fish with full stomachs. 24-32ft has been the favored depth within the last week.
With water temps falling and the new moon looming, expect to see more large predator fish this week!
10.9.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report
Hello from the NW Angle!
Water temps are still hovering in the mid 50’s.
Jig and a minnow/shiner will fill your live well in Minnesota. Areas of best success, have been between island or high currents spots with depths ranging from 13-16’ or 22-26.’ Fish are really hungry and are packing on the pounds before ice season!
Canadian walleye fishing is also outstanding. Orange, pink or chartreuse with a minnow/shiner have been effective off of points at depth of 18-26.’ We have also experienced a lot of perch this week, limits of crappies when targeted, the occasional pike and muskies on the jig.
Musky action on shallow reef tops has slowed as fish are moving out to deeper waters, trolling cranks or jigging big rubber is common practice now. Many small mouth have been seen this week with wounds from predatory fish.
Less than two weeks left of open water fishing at Sunset Lodge, we have some availability remaining before we close down for the season on October 22!
Hello from the NW Angle!
The water temps are dropping and the fishing is really heating up. Surface temperatures are starting in the low 50’s and reaching mid 50’s by afternoon.
Walleye fishing in Minnesota has been phenomenal. The best fishing is happening close to the resort on a jig and minnow. We have had non-guided boats setting fish counts of over 100! Current areas between islands and near holes are HOT with good numbers of slot fish and perch to be had.
Canadian fishing is excellent as well. Really nice limits of crappies, perch and walleye this week. Crappie location can be simplified by a guide or try known spots with classic structure, orange jig and minnow has been the top producer.
Nice muskies have been boated while trolling and while jigging for walleye.
We plan to close for the season on October 21st.
We hope to see you soon!
Water temps are hovering in the low 60’s despite the very fall like weather we are experiencing.
The scenic Canadian shore lines are coming to life with various critters. Otter, bear and more making preparations for the coming winter.
Walleye fishing in Canada is excellent with a jig and minnow or shiner. The most productive environment has been gaps at 15-18’ with plenty of current present. Good numbers of perch are being caught off deep edges or reefs at 30’ or more. Crappies are a little more difficult this week, the best chances are on a light set up.
Around Minnesota, walleyes can still be had with a crankbait but favored methods are switching over to a jig tipped with a shiner on main lake points between 20 and 24’.
Muskies are moving deeper with anglers transitioning from casting to trolling. There is still time to boat a big fall fish!
9.18.17 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report
Hello from the Northwest Angle!
This week we experienced temps in the low 60’s and a lot of wind. Surface water temps have dropped to the upper 50’s making it to the low 60’s by evening. Fall foliage is in effect and fishing is phenomenal!
Minnesota walleyes can be located rather quickly with a Rapala or good electronics, then jigged up with pink/white or gold, tipped with a shiner or fathead anywhere from 17-24ft, shallower in the evening.
Canadian walleyes are being caught by crappie anglers. Many crappies are being found schooled off of larger protruding points, fooled by a jig and minnow setup. The biggest walleyes are still being caught by Rapalas in 10-22’, including our biggest walleye of the week; a dandy 29.”
Big fish were falling to jerk baits early in the week, with blade baits bringing more fish to the boat recently. Traditional shallow, wind-blown rocks with access to deep water nearby have been the most productive spots. The largest guest fish this week was a beautiful 50” Muskie with a couple more at or near 4 feet.
We hope to see you soon!
Fishing Canadian waters has produced numbers of fish including crappies! Crappies have been found near underwater trees and timber. The walleye bite has been great with limits coming in, as well as many larger fish over 24 inches. Areas producing the best include Massacre Island, Tug Channel, Skeet Island and Monkey Rocks, fishing on reefs and underwater humps from 24-30 feet of water.
Stateside, walleye fishing has been excellent from Oak to Little Oak Island and Dawson Island pulling spinners in the mud or jigging reefs in 26-30 feet. Lots of perch have been mixed in with walleye limits.
The musky bite has really heated up from the cold front that passed through recently. With air temps increasing to the low 80’s this week and water temps in the mid to high 60’s it looks like the action will remain strong.
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Hi, from the Northwest Angle! Water temps are staying consistently in the low 70’s.
Stateside, walleye fishing has been good from Lunatic to Garden Islands. The edges of islands and reefs in 22-29’ will provide walleye, perch and occasional large pike. Most productive methods have been minnows on gold spinners and deep diving crank baits in UV tiger, clown and blue/chrome.
Canadian walleyes can be had jigging minnows with gold, pink, and chartreuse on edges of reefs. Monkey Rocks is holding many schools of fish currently, as well as, reefs south of Deepwater Bay. Bottom bouncing outside these reefs will produce fish as well. Muskie fishing has slowed a little, however nice fish in upper 40’s can be caught in “windows” of time, usually coinciding with Majors and Minors.
We hope to see you for some fantastic fall fishing & hunting!
The weather this past week has been absolutely fabulous.
Stateside, the full moon influence has been making fishing relatively easy. Nice walleye and perch are filling live wells when pulling gold, orange or chartreuse spinners in 13-15’, 20-22’ and 26-3-ft. Large pike are being caught and released trolling crank baits and spoons.
Up in Canada, jigging points and around reefs where fish have been located has been extremely productive. Many large fish this weekend coming on pink, orange, black or chartreuse in 18-26 ft. Spinners will put fish on hooks as well!
The musky bite in both Canada and Minnesota has been strong, especially in shallow weeds or rock.
We have had a great week of fishing! We lucked out with the weather having only a few sprinkles.
Up in Canada, jigging walleyes early morning and late afternoon has been the best, with orange, gold and yellow being the most productive, as has pulling spinners in 20-28’ using orange along the reefs.
In Minnesota, the bite has been on fire with trolling. Blue, chrome, clown or UV pink has worked great in 26-30’. White, orange or chrome spinners have been doing very well from Four Blocks to Garden Island.
Muskies have been very active with any fish being seen after bucktails and hard baits. Our guests boated 49" and 51.5" muskies this past week!!!
Is it always impossible to get a hold of Jeff?? It took me like 8 calls to get a hold of him, brought my boat down after I got a hold of him. I told him I was hoping to use it this weekend for one last trip...I've called him multiple times for an update and he never answers... Seems odd for a business.
Recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) is anticipated to open on several Schedule I Lakes in the Grand Rapids fisheries work area beginning in late October, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to sudden changes that impact water temperatures, will be opened and closed on a 48-hour notice posted at lake accesses, other public places, and the DNR website. Schedule II Lakes, will open Nov. 3.
Schedule I Lakes (48 hour notice)
Anticipated opening dates are as follows:
Friday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Dec.3, for Deer (near Deer River), and Turtle (3.5 inch mesh).
Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 10, for Side and South Sturgeon (1.75 inch mesh).
Friday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 10, for Big Balsam and Nashwauk (1.75 inch mesh).
Schedule II Lakes
Lakes open to whitefish and cisco sport netting Friday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 10:
Bass (north basin).
Cut Foot Sioux*.
Deer (near Effie).
Round (near Squaw Lake –1.75 inch mesh).
Sand (near Max)*.
Swan. (1.75 inch mesh)
Twin Lakes (near Marble).
Little Winnibigoshish* (1.75 inch mesh).
*Bowstring, Cut Foot Sioux, Sand, Winnibigoshish and Little Winnibigoshish are designated infested waters because of the presence of faucet snails or zebra mussels. Nets and equipment used in infested waters may not be used in any other waterbody unless they have been dried for ten days or frozen for two days.
Fishing regulations require that:
Netters purchase both a whitefish netting license and angling license.
A person may use only one gill net, not exceeding 100 feet in length and 3 feet in width.
One end of net must have a pole, stake, or buoy projecting at least two feet above the surface of the water or ice.
Nets must have an identification tag attached near the first float of the end that is projecting from the surface of the water or ice.
Identification tags must be a minimum of 2 ½ inches by 5/8 inch permanently bearing the name and address of the owner. Identification tags for marking nets are provided by the owner.
Nets may not be set after sunset or raised before sunrise.
All gill nets must be set and lifted by the licensee only. Anyone assisting in the taking of whitefish or ciscoes must have proper licensing.
Nets must be tended at least once every 24 hours and all gamefish and non-target species must be immediately released from the net.
A net may not be set in any water deeper than six feet.
A net may not be set within 50 feet of another net.
Minimum gill net mesh size shall be no less than 1-3/4 or 3-1/2 inch stretch measure depending on the lake (see full list of lake and size regulations online).
Nets used in designated infested waters must be dried for a minimum of 10 days or frozen for 2 days before using in a different water body. Nets should be dried for 10 days or frozen for 2 before moving from any lake to another.
Nets used in spiny water flea and/or zebra mussel infested waters should be not used in any other waterbody
Nets should be transported in sealed container.
Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting may not be bought or sold.
Whitefish and ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting may not be used as bait.
Within the Leech Lake Reservation boundaries, the possession limit for whitefish taken by sport gill-netting is 25, and the possession limit for ciscoes taken by sport gill-netting is 50.
Net placement should not inhibit use of the lake by other boaters.
About 700 people obtain special permits to net for whitefish-tullibee each year. The DNR bases netting schedules on expected water temperatures, fish abundance and vulnerability of game fish. As the water temperature cools, game fish head to deeper water and whitefish-tullibee come to shallow water for fall spawning. Netting is allowed when there is little chance that game fish populations would be negatively impacted by recreational netting in shallow water.
Find information about sport netting by lake, minimum mesh sizes, and fishing regulations at
http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/rlp/regulations/fishing/whitefish-tullibee.pdf or contact the DNR’s Grand Rapids area office at 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, or call 218-328-8836.
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I think I'll give it a try today. Looks like it could be windy, which can help a bit with the down river drift.
I might try to get out Sunday as well after the game. But, I think it's time to start putting the summer toys away for the year. Just not the boat yet. Will keep that out for a another 2-3 weeks.
Will tell you how I do if I get out today.
Another thing I'll add. I've fished above the SCSU dam a bit this time of year. Always just went a bit north of the Wilson Park landing and pulled some cranks along the east banks. Normally did pretty well. Would normally work all the way up past the Hospital.
I was wondering if anybody that lives on the lake has Satellite Internet Service? If you do I have a couple of questions- Who is it through? What does it cost for the applicable data plan you have? Do you have any complaints, compliments, concerns about it.
I would like to sign up & do it but I don't want to regret having a 2 year commitment or similar & find out it is bad-horrible connection. Do you burn through the Data extremely fast? We are up to the cabin almost every weekend April - October & then every other through the winter so not being there enough isn't the issue just wanting to justify having it.
Headed up this weekend for the first trip of the fall. Thinking about fishing the lake with all the good reports from there, but has anybody been up to Clementson, Frontier or Birchdale areas recently that could give a report? Thanks.