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Water temps are hovering around 48 degrees and fall fishing is phenomenal! Walleyes are biting anywhere from 14 to 30ft with jigging being the most effective method. Crappies are continuing to bite around sunken trees and deep holes with a good amount of perch mixed in. Anglers have had success trolling for large pike and muskies with jigging also bringing some to the boat.
We are getting fish houses ready for the 2017-18 ice fishing season and are very excited for hard water!
We recommending checking availability for winter ASAP!
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!
Hello from the NW Angle!
Water temps are currently in the low 60’s.
Walleye in Minnesota are firing on all methods; bottom bouncing, jigging, or trolling with cranks. Current areas between the islands have been hot! The best depths are deeper early and mid day, migrating to 10’ or less in the evening. Fish coming in have been FULL of shiners.
Canada has been giving up more and more Crappies everyday, some at 16” plus. Jigging with the lightest set up possible has been the most effective method, a few have even been caught on crank baits, which continue to yield the nicest Walleyes of the week with a few occasional Muskie. Jigging is also very productive for Walleyes on 17-22’ shelves, on break lines with access to deeper water. Our Walleyes are feeding on schooled up shiners and fishing is phenomenal!
Muskie casting season is soon winding down, come up quick to reel in that fish of a lifetime!
It finally feels like fall up in the Northwest Angle. Crank baits have been producing larger walleyes out of Canada, while bottom bouncing the deeper waters between reefs is yielding fish as well as a jig and minnow set up.
Crappie season is in full swing, being found at 30ft plus off of points with a light set up and a minnow.
Muskie action continues to provoke anglers. Many are experiencing multiple fish days and seeing big fish move on a variety of baits be it blades, top water or minnow baits. The approaching full moon should ensure great opportunities at a true giant.
In Minnesota waters, we have been seeing mixed bags of perch, and walleye/perch limits. Fish are being found in many difficult areas; shallow 14-18’ and deeper 25-28’. While fish are spread out, bottom bouncing continues to be a popular and affective approach. Our biggest walleye last week was caught on the jig in shallower rocky areas.
We hope to see you soon for some fantastic fall fishing!
By the look of the forecast, single digit lows at night and no snow. Should it be safe to say that the first of December would be safe for snow machines? Itching to make the trip. Also any recommendations for lodging would be helpful
Yesterday Finn and I went hunting for ducks and I should have had 4 mallards and pair of woodies.i hit one woodie and it hit the water as Finn went to get it jumped up and flew away. Next weekend I will try again.
I figured I would start up a new thread for us to use for the winter now that things are starting to set up and guys may be starting to creep out on the bays and smaller water.
I did some more poking around on Pike Bay this morning and I don't have anything much new to report. We've got less than an inch of fluffy snow on the ice and things healed up after the warm front this week. I worked my way from shore out into the middle of the bay and ice was relatively uniform between 5.25 and 5.5 inches of nice clear ice. Earlier this week I checked all landings on the Tower end and everything was iced up except for open water way out in Big Bay appearing to mostly be all West of Birch/Ely islands. Not sure if all the recent strong winds from North and South have changed that status though. I'm still sticking with my original guess of December 2 for my first trip off McKinley on 5 inches.
Good luck this winter to all and Be Safe!
extended forecasts look good up north. We won't have fish-able ice in the metro until at least the 2nd weed in December assuming no dramatic temp changes. The big Expo is Dec1-3 but temps look promising ~1.5hrs north. I wonder if the ability to go fishing might impact the amount of traffic at the show!