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DJ_Slick

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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Hoey

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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Hoey

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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srj

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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On the south end...  Strong walleye bite this week.  Water temps cooling off, migration has started and walleyes are putting on the feed bag for winter.  Walleyes in good numbers along south shore with a big school still in front of Lighthouse Gap (mouth of Rainy River) in 28' - 30'.  Various schools of walleyes along south shore and also holding to structure areas.  Emerald shiners continue to run in some bays and Rainy River, but not heavy.  Anglers having success trolling crankbaits, drifting spinners and anchored up and jigging.  The fall jig bite is coming on strong.  Some live shiners are available at local resorts and bait shops.

On the Rainy River...   Emerald shiners in the river, not a huge run, but it has started.  Continued Good reports of walleyes in Four Mile Bay as well as up river east of Baudette.  Most common depth, 14-16'.  The fall run has definitely started.  Snelled spinners and jigging the go to method.  Sturgeon anglers also reporting good success as well.

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleye fishing excellent.  Walleyes being caught in various spots around Garden Island and around islands and in funnel areas between islands.  Jigging around structure and pulling spinners or cranks over flats all effective.  Crappies and perch activity continues to pick up as water cools. 

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Rick

Great report and photos.

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Tom55

Any updates on the shiner run by Birchdale or Klemmentson on the Rainy River in Baudette, MN??

 

 

 

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Hoey

This past weekend was cool and breezy.  Spent most of the weekend attending to seasonal cut over of cabin related items like filling the winter water tank, disconnecting resort water, blowing out water lines, cleaning out summer flower gardens, etc... having fun, and even a few hours of catching.  Our catching occurred on Saturday.  Put in at 10am, winds were brutal out of the NW.  Many boats were coming in due to the wind and others looking and leaving the ramp.  It took a hour or so to get up near the Angle.  We pulled spinners with fatheads, hoping to find fish to jig on.  We never got to jigging as spinners were working for us.  By 2pm we had a nice limit of 16 to 19s for dinner and some to take home to share.  We started out in 28 foot, moving toward shore, and found fish in the 8 to 12 foot shoreline break.  The 14 mile trip back was much easier, since the winds backed off a bit.  We ran into, Joe (if I recall correctly) at the lodge who is a viewer here, but not a card carrying member.  Next trips will be for getting the boat prep'd for winterization or possibly to trade-in, IDKY, getting the sleds out a ready along with the fishing shelters.  Overall a very good year.  

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ifishwalleye

I’ve been fishing the past two days with little success. I’ve been try various spots and depths. Catching some small fish and no slots. Using jig and minnows. It’s been very frustrating!  Sounds like I need to try some blades. I can’t believe how high the lake is. Definitely enough rain up here. I’m guiding for the Veterans fishing outing on the 12th which is out of Wheelers. I’m hoping to get them on a good bite! I’m really looking forward to that event!

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Tom55

Have the shiners reached Nelson Park ( Birchdale) or Vidas Landing (Clementson)yet? Going on a fishing trip to Rainy Rivere at the end of the month and would like to know how the fishing there is.

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LakeofthewoodsMN

On the south end...  Fall fishing is strong with good numbers of walleyes being caught. Walleyes are staged in front of the Lighthouse Gap (mouth of Rainy River) in 18' - 24'.  Anglers on fish in front of Zippel Bay, the Fields, Long Point, Rocky Point, Knight and Bridges and Garden Island.  Anglers having success anchored up and jigging with live and frozen shiners.  Gold, pink, glow and a combo working well.  Anglers sorting through all sizes of walleyes and fish cleaning houses are busy.  Some big pike being caught this past week as well.

On the Rainy River...   Anglers are reporting catches from Four Mile Bay in 12-16' of water.  Mixed pods of fish from the mouth of the river at Wheeler's Point and at various key spots up river all the way to Birchdale.  Lots of current, have big jigs, 3/4, 1, and in some areas, 1.5 ounce.  Some big fish caught this week in the river. Sturgeon anglers continue to do well.

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleyes fishing remains good. Neck down areas, points and mouths of bays holding good fish.  Jigging continues to be the go to method.  Crappie fishing very good.  Muskie fishing remains strong.  

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LakeofthewoodsMN

On the south end...  Fall walleye fishing remains very good.  Walleyes are staged in front of the Lighthouse Gap (mouth of Rainy River), Morris Point Gap, Zippel Bay area and Long Point in 16' - 24'.  Best method is to anchor up and jig with frozen shiners.  Jig colors in gold, pink, glow, orange or a combo of these colors working well.  Limits of eater walleyes and saugers common with small, slot and trophy walleyes mixed in.  Jumbo perch in the mix as well.  Anglers targeting pike finding good success with some big fish.

On the Rainy River...   Nice walleyes and saugers still coming out of Four Mile Bay in 12-16' of water.  Up river from Wheeler's Point strong current, fish congregating in areas with current breaks, often closer to shore or holes in river.  7-16' depending upon the spot.  River anglers finding walleyes.  If fishing in current, have big jigs, 3/4 oz -1.5 oz if in the main channel.  Some slot and trophy walleyes caught this week. Sturgeon anglers reports are good also.

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleyes have the fall feed bag on.  Neck down areas, points and mouths of bays continue to hold good fish.  Jigging continues to be the go to method.  Crappie anglers being rewarded with good slabs.  Muskie fishing remains strong as is typical with fall.  

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Kettle

Cold, windy and few fish today. Tried different depths and moved around with minimal luck.

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LakeofthewoodsMN

On the south end...  A fantastic week of fall walleye fishing.  Walleyes in good numbers across the south shore of Lake of the Woods.  Most popular depths are 14 - 24'.  Anchoring up with a jig with frozen shiner is the ticket.  Jig colors in gold, pink, glow, orange or a combo of these colors working well.  Strong numbers of walleyes and saugers being caught.  Jumbo perch and pike in the mix.  Walleyes also being caught around Knight and Bridges islands and structure off of Long Point and Rocky Point.

On the Rainy River...   Strong reports this past week and weekend of good numbers of walleyes along with some big walleyes taken.  Fish in spots with current breaks from mouth of river to Birchdale.  There is still a strong current and fish are congregating in areas with current breaks, often closer to shore, behind points or holes in river.  7-16' a good start depending upon the spot.  Very good reports this week.  Have jigs up to 1.5 oz if in the main channel, lighter jigs in slack water.  Many personal best walleyes and sturgeon this week.

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleyes in traditional fall spots.  Neck down areas, points and mouths of bays continue to hold good fish.  Jigging continues to be the go to method.  Big black crappie and jumbo perch bite happening also.  Traditional fall muskie bite continues strong, lots of fish boated.  

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Tom55

Any new updates on the shiner run by Birchdale or Clementson??

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LakeofthewoodsMN

On the south end...  Great fall walleye fishing continues for those willing to bundle up and fish.  The south shore of Lake of the Woods holding lots of walleyes.  Most popular depths are 12 - 24'.  Anchoring up with a jig with frozen shiner is the go to method.  As the fall continues, walleye fishing only getting better.  Nice mix of walleyes and saugers.  Setting up nicely for early ice.

On the Rainy River...   The river has been on fire with big numbers of fish and trophy walleyes in the mix.  Fish in spots with current breaks from mouth of river near resorts at Wheeler's Point to Birchdale.  There is still a strong current and fish are congregating in areas with current breaks, often closer to shore, behind points or holes in river.  7-16' a good start depending upon the spot.  Have jigs 3/4 oz to 1.5 oz in your arsenal.  A week of many big walleyes in the river.  

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleyes fishing is good for those still fishing.  Fish are staged in traditional fall spots.  Neck down areas, points and mouths of bays holding good fish.  Jig and minnow still effective and the go to.  Fall crappie and jumbo perch bite.  Muskie bite continues very strong, lots of big fish being caught.  

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On the south end...  Late fall walleye fishing continues for those willing to dress up in warm gear and fish.  The south shore of Lake of the Woods continues to hold good numbers of walleyes and saugers.  These walleyes will remain through ice up.  Anchoring up with a jig with frozen shiner is still the best method.  Nice mix of walleyes and saugers for those few out on the water.  Some small chunks of ice starting to appear.  Small bays and some harbors iced up.

On the Rainy River...   The river was good this past week, with numbers of walleyes.  Not the numbers of trophy walleyes as the week before.  Fish caught in spots with current breaks mainly jigging with minnows or in some cases, plastics.  There is still a strong current.  7-16' a good start depending upon the spot.  3/4 oz to 1 oz jigs the most common with strong current and higher water.  Small back bays icing up.

Up at the NW Angle...  Walleyes fishing remains good but few anglers on the water.  Fish are staged in traditional fall spots.  Most looking ahead to ice fishing.  Jig and minnow still effective and the go to.  Muskie bite has been great all fall.  

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LakeofthewoodsMN

On the south end...  Most open water anglers put away the boats and are looking forward to ice fishing.  Ice forming on back bays and on different parts of the big lake.  With the cold snap, things are coming along nicely.  When the time is right, resorts will communicate when initial ice accesses will be available.  That time is not yet, but it won't be too long! 

On the Rainy River...   A few anglers out braving the elements with good success, but for the most part, anglers have boats put away for the year.  Some anglers fished last week with decent success and some big walleyes.  With increased current this fall, river ice will be suspect.  Back bays iced up.

Up at the NW Angle...  Ice is forming throughout the Angle.  Some reports around the inlet of 3 inches of ice, but no ice travel is recommended.  Most bays and some areas throughout islands iced up.  NW Angle resorts will communicate when ice fishing begins. 

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I have not see anything reports on ice forming on the big lake.  People walking or is it thick enough for sleds and wheelers?

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Kettle

Looks to be super unpredictable still, I heard a few brave souls walking out of Warrod but Arnesens just posted online that they had ice but now gone with the wind. I would imagine it's a few weeks out as it's a huge body of water

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