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Nice report Hoey. Had a fair day today. The water is staying crazy cold....48 on the Canada side and 45 up north but in U.S. waters. A decent bite up north but deep-28 - 31 feet. Nice fish including some jumbo saugers. A bit odd...the fish wanted a little movement. Sloe boat movement worked better than anchored. Even a obviously lost crappie! Forecast is not looking great for Memorial weekend, Hope the wind isn't a big factor.

Good luck

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My parents are hammering the big ones this week.  I don't know how deep or what tactic they are using, I only received the photos.  The top one is 30 1/4 inches.

Hey!! It's fun again on the south side of the lake! There are a lot of fish spread out from the south shore to mid lake. Some of the schools have been enormous. Small fish, big fish and in between. Od

Speaking of Border view had to dig a couple old photos up of the crazy bombardier we use to ride out in years ago. Maybe some of the old timers on here might of got to ride in it 😁

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Up here in the Northwest Angle lines are tight and fish are biting! Water temps are warmer in the shallows at 50-52 degrees to upper 40’s in the main lake.

Recent weather was not great but the fishing was. Some of the best action has been within a few miles of the lodge. Walleyes have been found anywhere from 3 to 30ft. 22-30ft with a jig and minnow is best during daylight hours. 

Multiple trophy walleye were caught this week including a couple 28’s and one 31 inch.  The bite off of the dock late evening is really heating up and will produce limits.

Come up soon to take advantage of great spring fishing! 

 

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I went out after the wind died down. Caught 23 with a mix of eyes and saugers.  12 to 15”   With no slots. Fished 12 to 27’. 

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Saturday 5/25 we caught fish early while the wind was blowing and the drizzle was passing in about 21 FOW near Zippel.  One slot fish, a few nice keepers, a few more small keepers, lots of dinks and misses.  One was about as big as the shiner it was caught on.  Dozens around 10-11".  The future looks bright after these little guys grow up.  Once the wind died, the fishing slowed dramatically.  Moved around the south shore in the afternoon, but had little luck anywhere.  Spent late afternoon off Pine Island in 16', got enough sporadic catches to fill out for the day.  On a day that was supposed to be cloudy with steady winds, got sunburnt in the afternoon with hardly a breath of wind...

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Hello from Sunset Lodge!

Water temps in the Northwest Angle are varying between 55 degrees and 59 in shallower areas.

In Minnesota, the bite has been very good. Big fish have been caught trolling crank baits in less than 15 feet of water. Keeper size walleye are being found in 18-22 feet with orange and parakeet jigs and a minnow being the most preferred combo. We saw multiple fish over 28 inches this week!

The fish in Canada have been smacking pink and white, and parakeet jigs tipped with a shiner or minnow in 22-26 feet of water.  Aggressiveness has picked up with the rising temperatures. Anglers are reporting a good number of multi specie catches including crappie, perch, walleye, sauger, bass and pike.

Open water season is just getting started and will only improve! 

We hope to see you soon!
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The best bite of the year has to be occurring now and I'm not able to be there.  In 10 days I will be fishing again, Father's Day WE, can't wait.  This will be followed by high school friends WE.  And I just might spend 10 days straight at the cabin, rather than traveling home and returning a couple days later....

 

It has been about 10 days since we last fished, Memorial WE.  I spent 5 days at the cabin and two traveling.  Wind and rain held us back some during this trip.  We did quite a bit of scouting and looking around for fish, generally away from other boats.  When we did find them, the bite was good, fish where healthy, and we'd be done within a couple hours or so.  No real secrets, plated gold, painted yellow, green, gumball jigs and fat heads, working them vertically.  Shallows and mid-depth areas and structure were holding some fish that were not taking the baits.  The winds were mostly from the east.  Most success was deeper edges off the reefs, later in the day.  

 

Got my list of supplies updated and putting together a list of to-do's for 4 days.  The spinner bait bite is just around the corner.  

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We caught 19 slot fish today biggest 27 1/2 several in the 23 to 24 inch size. All we're caught on leeches and crawlers and hammered gold spinners.Plus we had a limit of nice fish for 2 guys.

 

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,We caught 19 slot fish today biggest 27 1/2 several in the 23 to 24 inch size. All we're caught on leeches and crawlers and hammered gold spinners.Plus we had a limit of nice fish for 2 guys.

From 18 to 26 feet

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Here is the latest from Lake of the Woods......Man it is good out there when the wind isnt blowing too hard.    Enjoy

 

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Fished yesterday and today yesterday 12 slot fish with a 29-28-26 1/2 several around 23&24 a limit for of nice fish. Today 11 slot fish 28-27 1/2-27-26 all fish today we're released all reef's held some fish some we're better than others

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On the south end...  Summer limits of walleyes and saugers with mixed in big fish.  Plenty of fish to eat and take home.  Most walleyes coming from 24-32'.  Various techniques working as water warms including anchored up and jigging, drifting with spinners and pulling crankbaits.  Resorts finding fish all over lake.  From Pine Island to Knight and Bridges Islands, north of Garden Island, Zippel Bay, and Long Point.  Some walleyes found shallow when wind is right or bait prevalent.  Gold, pink, glow and orange good starting points.    

On the Rainy River...  River offering mixed bag, nice options.  Walleyes and saugers being caught in go to areas such as holes, current breaks and sand riffs.  Trolling shad raps a good technique to find fish.  Smallmouth bass relating to rocks, bridges.  Pike in and adjacent to bays and current breaks with spinner baits a good choice, especially around weeds.  Sturgeon season opens July 1st for the catch season again.

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleye fishing strong on both sides of the border.  Anglers in MN finding walleyes in 18-26' with various shallow bites popping up.  Spinners with minnow or crawler heating up.  In Ontario, walleyes in 22 - 26' with most anglers jigging with minnows.  Parakeet, pink and white and orange strong colors.  Lot of fish.  Saugers, pike, perch and bass also in the mix.  Muskies open June 15th in both MN and LOW Ontario.  

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I spent the past 11 days at my cabin, fished 8 of those days and got some projects completed.  Fished Father's Day weekend with my FIL, 2-BILs, and my son, then High School friends this past weekend.  Both groups went home with limits with plenty of fish to eat during our stay. 

 

Yes the bite was tough.  We moved around a lot and did what the weather allowed.  No real patterns, depths, colors, baits, or presentations.  Just put in time looking for them.  I'd say the bite was OK/good, a 5 out of a possible 10.  Some days slot fish were the rule.  My biggest was 29.5.  Some of the fish are already very fat, while others seemed to be on the slimmer side yet.  

 

One day both the Coast Guard and the CO where working an area we were fishing.  Seemed like the CO found issues with 2 out of every 3 boats checked.  The CG seemed to find issues with 1 out of every 4 or so - ended their day escorting a charter boat back to the Rainy direction.  Sounded like they were working the NW Angle this past week.  We were ready, but did not get checked.  

 

I will be up with my wife the week of the 4th, arriving Monday or Tuesday and heading back on Saturday to avoid the traffic.  

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Nice report as usual, Hoey.

We are fishing Wed and Thurs. Sounds like it will be ugly hot coming up. Hopefully, the fish will finally get into their summer patterns.

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14 hours ago, going4it said:

Any tips on smallies up there? First time coming up.

I do not target smallies, but I do run across them when fishing shallow, rocky areas, typically along the shore and back in the small bays.  The ones we have caught were nice and strong, running from 19 to 21 inches.  Good Luck.

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Hot bite in the mud at 32" on the east side Wednesday. Also a few on the rocks but not the number of fish on the rocks that I would expect this time of year. Mayfly larva seems to be the food of choice based on the amount of ugly brown stuff on the carpet. It was the first time this year I have seen the basin fish up off the bottom a ways and they were really banging the jigs. I thought leadcore would work really well on those fish but they thought otherwise.

Thursday we found a few fish on the rocks up north but again not big numbers. Hardly anyone fishing Knight/Bridges humps but a fair sized pack west a ways in the mud. Also hardly saw any fish off the bottom in the mud but they were still willing biters. A bit of a strange year. Still think the hot spell now here and the mayfly hatch will change things a bunch.

Good luck.

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On the south end...  Walleye fishing is excellent.  Healthy mix of eaters (under 19.5"), slots (19.5 - 28") and overs (28"+).  Jigging with frozen shiners or leeches super effective.  Drifting spinners with crawlers also producing nice walleyes.  Main depths are still 29-32'.  Gold mixed with orange, pink or chartreuse strong color choices.  Some walleyes coming on crankbaits.

 

On the Rainy River...  Sturgeon keep season July 1st - Sep 30.  1 per calendar year 45-50" or over 75".  Positive reports from sturgeon anglers.  Walleyes relating to holes in river, current seams.  Smallies in rocky areas, weed beds and bridges.  Pike on edge of weed beds.  42 miles of navigable river.

 

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleye fishing remains excellent.  Mayfly hatch nearing end.  Drifting spinners west of Little Oak producing combo of eaters and slots.  Jigging and pulling spinners on and around reefs in 13-20' and around islands producing walleyes in Ontario.  Smallmouth bass being taken on cranks and spinnerbaits over rocks.  Big muskies caught and released this week.

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Just getting back from our Independence Day week at the cabin.  We traveled on Tuesday and found the traffic to be manageable.  Passing Millie Lacs, it was odd that the lake was blanketed by a cloud that looked smokey, more brown than white, but the air did not smell smoky. 

 

Worked on cabin projects everyday and got out fishing just about everyday, even if it was only for 3 or 4 hours.  Weather was awesome.  On Friday morning we woke up to a smoke cloud.  It smelled smokey.  At first thought there was a nearby fire only to hear that wild fires north of Kenora, up by Red Lake, Ontario were the source.  So interesting sun-sets.  This one from Saturday.

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This one from Sunday after the smoke started clearing out.

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For fishing, we found fish in a variety of locations including the south and north shores, active fish seemed to be along long sandy bottom breaks, 14 to 19 feet.  Found some nice ones on top of reefs jigging as well as along sloping sides of the reefs with crawlers and spinners.  Some folks we talked to had a tough bite, while others we doing quite well, such as Fiskyknut.  

 

We traveled back on Monday to avoid the traffic and that was a good choice.  Next trip in a couple of weeks.  

 

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We fished over the 4th also. Thurs/Fri/Sat.  Tried down rigging Thurs but couldn’t get anything going.  Pulled spinners/crawlers around long point and did pretty good. Found fish in 18-20 ft and also out in 30.  No big ones but steady action.  Friday went north to garden.  Fished the southern tip of  starren shoal with jigs/shiner.  Morning bite was fantastic for about 2 1/2 hours in 32 ft. 7 slots in that time and good keepers in the 15-17 range.  Action stopped about 11 so we went back to spinners and trolled the East side of starren almost to shore till we got to about 12 ft.  Caught fish in all depths from 30 up to 12.  Bigger fish were deeper.  Sat was a repeat of Fri except not as many slots.  The smoke was weird because you couldn’t see anything.  You had to be within a mile or so to see land or boats.

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A quick update seems to be in order.  Over the past month I have fished 6 days or so on 3 trips.  Finding fish that are biting has been the key, remember the fish have tails, and they use them and they do not eat everyday.  Some days near reefs, others out in the middle mud, and others along shore breaks.  Some days there are high percentage of slots and others with barely any.  Along the shore breaks there is a nice mix of perch to be caught as well and they are still kicking out crayfish that are molting. 

 

I am not a down-rigger/long-liner unless i have to.  At this time of year we mostly troll at .8 to 1.0 mph, dependent upon the current, with spinners, 1.5 to 2 ounce bottom-bouncers, and full crawlers. 

 

We have had some success raising our lines for the high-flyers, those fish hovering off the bottom.  I had one nice mark, a high flyer up 7 feet, i raised my line up, felt the bite, began raising my rod tip more and cranking, but the fish was so strong, i was fully extended had little to no leverage and , it slammed my rod against the side of the boat and shook off.  It was easily a 30-plus incher. 

 

The next trip looks to be Labor Day weekend and the World Ploughing Contest near Baudette.  Here is a couple photos of our catches.

 

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Still a good bite on the rocks, just fewer humps having fish. Takes some searching to find a group. However, the fish still on the rocks are biters...and some big ones. I've been spending part of each day pulling cranks with lead core or flat lining and that is putting lots of fish in the boat also. I'm not seeing the huge schools in the mud anymore, just pods here and there but very fishable. Also catching some jigging. The water is amazingly cool still...below 70 every morning off the south shore. It has been a while since so many fish have been hanging within a few miles of the south shore. Boats are scattered over a huge area from around 28 feet and out. Sure nice not having to make long runs all the time. Fall fishing could be terrific this year with all the fish still on the south side. Forgot to mention the lack of algae blooms. Can't remember a year without major blooms by mid August.

Good luck

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Labor Day weekend was sloooooow.  Drifting or trolling spinners, anchored and jigging, down riggers, it didn't seem to matter.  Lockjaw was in full effect, and heard many similar reports from all over the lake.  We tried everything from 5-34 feet, over sand, mud, and rocks.  Drifting spinners in the deep mud was most productive for us, but that isn't saying much.  Wife and I ended up with 5 eaters, one 29", and a half dozen dinks over two full days all over the lake.  It seems they must have loosened up though, as I heard of two 29's and more eaters caught on Monday after we left for home.

Marked tons of baitfish outside the gap in 27' (one cloud was so dense it tricked the depth finder to 14') but nothing underneath them would bite.  Most of the boats outside the gap were hanging around 30', but we never saw much action (and we had none).  Launches were scattered here, there, and everywhere.

Water temp was 65-ish both days.  Water coming through the gap was dirty, but you could get out of it into clean water without having to go too far.  Early goose season is open, and there were hunters on the lake side of Pine Island.

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DJ - We were seeing and hearing the same, but not experiencing the same.  We fished the shoreline breaks, worked to find those active and ended up with impressive catches.  Ended up with a meal and a traveling limit of 16 to 19 inchers with a few perch and sauger as well.  Yes - not a hot and heavy bite, but more slow and steady, not many doubles, but one every 15 to 20 minutes or so.  We fished for 4 hours on Friday along with a trip to the ploughing contest.  19 foot was the best.  Saturday we ended up targeting 21 to 24 foot and on Sunday, 17 foot.  The fish were fat and strong, and were full of perch minnows and larvae, not crayfish as they were a month ago.  Next trip in a couple of weeks.  

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Was out fishing this past weekend, Saturday and Sunday.  The fall bite is on.  Fish are stacking around the reefs and along shore line breaks.  Jigging with frozen shinners or fatheads is the method of choice. 

 

Saturday the weather was beautiful in the morning, we put in around 1030am and the clouds rolled in with some light rain.  We fished a lot of areas along the south shore, marked many fish, but they were not feeding.  Headed in around 230pm as we need to prep for the barn dance.  As soon we got back to the cabin, the skies cleared and it was a very nice evening.  

 

Sunday we got out late again and finally found fish in the last two hours in 8 to 12 feet along some shore structure, filled our limit of nice 16 to 19 inchers, and headed in around 4pm.  The weather was fabulous.  

 

Our next outing is in a couple of weeks to fill the winter water tank and other winter prep, and of course - hope we get some nicer weather as well for fishing.  

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Quiet place, this is...…...there are a lot of fish not far off the south shore. Sure hope that leads to a great fall bite and winter season. 26 - 28' was my best depth Sun/Mon with a jig and shiner. Nice fish too. At least when I was on the lake this summer, I never saw a water temp over 69 degrees. A first for me. No algae blooms either, although on Sunday when the wind stopped, there was a bit of algae coming to the surface but not a "bloom".

All in all, a much better summer on the south side.

Good luck

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      Sturgeon fishing this past week was excellent.  Sturgeon of all sizes being caught which bodes well for the health of the fishery which is very strong.  Sturgeon catch and release season through 4/23/21.  Keep season 4/24/21 - 5/7/21, (45-50", or over 75")  Catch and release 5/8/21 - 5/15/21.  Closed 5/16/21 - 6/30/21.  Harvest season, 7/1/21 - 9/30/21.
      A 4-6 ounce no-roll sinker combined with a sturgeon rig (18" snell of 60 lb test with a 4/0 or 5/0 circle hook) with a glob of crawlers, frozen emerald shiners or both is the ticket.  Local bait shops / resorts have rigs and bait available.
      Find a deeper spot or hole in a stretch of the river, anchor up and still fish the bottom.  Your bait sends a scent trail the sturgeon will find!
      Up at the NW Angle...  The NW Angle is ice free and everyone is looking forward to the May 15th fishing opener.  There are many ways to access Angle resorts.  The LOW Passenger Service, charter boat shuttle service from the south end, is open and running.  If you have the right boat and expertise, boating across is an option.  And finally, Lake Country Air flying service, a float plane service out of Baudette and other locations.  


    • BigTrucka
      By BigTrucka
      Hey all, just moved back to MN where I grew up after living in the PNW for a long while. I became addicted to fishing rivers and streams out there and have started to check out the offerings in the NW section of the state as of yesterday’s opener. Wondering if anyone has experience in this area and can give me some pointers or just tell me if I’m wasting my time since that’s what I’m wondering right now since I didn’t find any signs of fish. I’m using a spinning rod with Mepp’s and Panther Martin style spinners and went through a bunch of color combos. I started yesterday morning at the Clearwater River in western Beltrami County essentially on the border with Clearwater County where the state has some land and a pretty lengthy easement. Probably a well known area. Beautiful area to walk through. Found multiple holes, but yeah no fish at all. I waded for a bit and decided to leave. I went south since I live closer to Moorhead and stopped at Felton Creek. I’ve read a DNR study about this creek having a decreasing population of fish, but it’s still considered a trout stream although not “designated”. I understand the channelization of creeks in this region ruined fish habitat over the last 100 years, but still find some DNR material as of the last 5 years that reference Felton Creek as a spot for trout. Walked the stream for a bit before I left and headed to Lawndale Creek south of Barnesville. I waded through the AMA on the Atherton WMA expecting to find some brook trout since the DNR has stocked it as of at least 2017. Nothing through the entire stretch besides frogs and minnows. Are there actually fish in these places? The Clearwater and Lawndale are designated trout streams. The Clearwater is stocked annually and Lawndale is supposed to have wild brook trout. Anyone have any experience in these spots? Should’ve just drove down MN200 & 71 to the obvious spots in Becker/Hubbard?
    • SkunkedAgain
      By SkunkedAgain
      Someone had to kick things off.
       
      I caught some shrimp at the grocery store over the weekend. I'm hoping to see some spawning walleye this weekend. Who knows where they will be in a month when we are all allowed to actually fish for them!
    • Coleman
      By Coleman
      Has anyone been on the water of areas lakes?  Kinda curious what the water temps are hovering around?  
  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • gimruis
      Absolutely.  Although they are technically considered a "rough fish" by the DNR, they play a critical role as a food source for many game fish.  In lakes and rivers that lack tulibees, they are often the top forage for muskies too.  Additionally, they are native to our state whereas the carp species which look similar, are not.
    • SkunkedAgain
      Thanks, I definitely will check those guys out.
    • SkunkedAgain
      I remember counting just shy of 50 boats in Black Bay around Memorial Day last weekend. It's more than I've ever seen even at Fishing Opener when the spawn is timed perfectly.   What I love about Black Bay is that once the walleye and crappie runs finish up in the spring, the fishing pressure calms way down.
    • DonkeyHodey
      Brag Alert***:  Got a PB white sucker.  With tail pinched it was just at 26 inches.   1.)  This Fish is almost certainly a post spawn female (she was pretty flattened out in the egg section).  probably 20-30 years old (maybe more). 2.)  A big fish drops ~10,000 eggs per spawn (give or take 5000).  With that said, this lovely lady has probably (through her babies) directly provided >200,000 fish meals for the predatory fish (and birds) in the river. 3.)  Many of her offspring will have grown up to spawn and continue the process;  If a mere 5 of her babies grew to spawn for 20 years then Statistically >1 million baby suckers will have come from her to feed the game fish in the Mississippi river!  However, playing the statistics/numbers game:  if ~0.1% of her babies grow to spawn and their babies (with a similar 0.1% chance) grow to spawn, you are looking at 100 million baby suckers descended from this one fish!   Next time you catch a nice plump Smallie or Wally in the river, realize that they grow and thrive because of "grocery getters" like this.    Preachy Alert***--Too many "fisherman" think these are trash fish and fail to recognize their critical role in a healthy fishery...  NEVER throw these on the shore! (notwithstanding the fact that it's also illegal...)
    • Muskyhunter73
      Cliff was guiding last year. Did he retire this year?
    • Pat McGraw
      Getting so excited for 2021 walleye season!  
    • CigarGuy
      Ya, not much you can do about it. Still enough lake to get away from most of the crowds. My son and buddies will be all weekend, we'll be following each other around. They're were about 12 boats in Black Bay last night and didn't have to play bumper boats.
    • leech~~
      Might be able to do some shore fishing by the boat launch on near by Trout Lake as well.  Good Luck!  
    • gimruis
      With Canada closed and the covid crowd still out there in force, even a far northern MN lake is going to see added pressure now.
    • jkrash
      Go talk to Bill at the parts store in Cook, he has a shop behind Northwoods auto.
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