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NW Angle Report 2/11-2/12


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A group of 6 of us made our first trip up to the NW Angle this past weekend and did great. We were fishing near Oak Island both days.

Saturday we caught 60 great walleyes, of which 50 were over 13.5" (very different than all those 12" fish we've caught in past trips in the southern portion of the lake). We had our limits by 11am the first day and practiced catch and release the rest of the trip. Largest fish was 20", one 19", the rest were mostly between 14 and 16. Caught a very fat 33" pike as well and 7 jumbo perch. Only 5 saugers total in 2 days. Day 2 we only fished 4 hours and it was slower, but still caught 20 more wallye, of which 10 could have been keepers if we hadn't had our limit.

Didn't have a magic lure or color. Caught just as many jigging as deadsticking. Overall, some sort of standup jig with the hook on top or angled (jig-a-whoppers, jig-a-bits, genz worms, etc..) outfished lures like buckshots and swedish pimples. Morning was better overall than afternoons, but fishing was good all day except for a bit of a lull from noon to 1:30 or so. We were in 23' of water - lots of suspended fish as well that were more finicky, but when they did bight they were larger fish (all of our 17" + fish came suspended except for maybe a couple).

For a large number of the fish, we were bringing it right down to them on the bottom (Vexilars helped) and then gradually raising it until they bit - many came 4' off the bottom before they took it. Oftentimes, they wouldn't take it if you just left it at a given depth - they wanted to take it on the retreat.

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Deadstick

good info

I will be heading up to NW Angle 20-23rd.I will be at one of the resorts, and hopfully action like that would help keep my dad awake.any more info would be appreciated.thanks!!

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We were at one of the lodges on Oak Island and were between the Inlet and the island, not out on the main lake.

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WE have always wanted to go to the angle were is the best place to leave from how far is it by sled we are sick of the small fish and slow bite on the south shore.

Thanks for any Info

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Thanks for the post. We have a group going up st Sportsman's on Oak island Mar 8-12 and have been watching to see how the fishing has been. Sounds like you had a great time. We have never been there ice fishing always for some reason ended up on the south shore.

One question, dead sticking is that having a hook and a minnow lay on the bottom? Have heard this before just not sure as to what it means.

Also did you hear anything about the crappie bite that is going on?

Thanks

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Honker,

My suggestion is to drive up to the angle if it is a option. The sled ride can be very long and cold and rough if the trails are not in good shape. The fishing can be excellent. My father and 7 other friends are up there right now and are doing well. I did not go this year because we just had a new addition to our family a week ago. If you want anymore info let me know.

Froggy

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Deadsticking is, at the very minimum, a line with a bober on it that you put live bait on (usually) and don't jig very often, if at all. You jig in the hole next to the dead stick and the thinking is that if the fish that pass by aren't interested in the active (jigging) presentation, then they have the option of the dead stick, which should be an easy target for neutral - negative fish.

What I do is use a rod holder that allows my rod to rotate, like a rod rocker or rod rocker 2 and not use a bobber at all. When the fish takes the bait the rod tips down toward the hole, you grab the rod and set the hook and that's it.

The best part about it in my opinion is that I don't have a bobber to freeze up / get in the way, etc. I use a slip bobber knot to mark where I want to the line to be, and set the knot at water level once the rod is in the rod holder.

Good Luck!

marine_man

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We didn't catch any crappies, but did mark a number of suspended fish. There were some guys that stopped by the resort for a beer and did well on crappies at Flag (I think, started with an "F" anyway - but I don't know that area well) Island.

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You can get into some good fishing around Little Oak island. There are 2 reefs on the east side of the island.

It's about 30 miles from the river.

We took sleds up last month and it was a blast.

The trail is marked all the way up. There are some rough spots (20-25 mph) but overall speed averaged 30-40 mph.

Give yourself about an hour travel time each way.

I figure the time it takes to drive up there you could take sleds and not worry about the border hassles.

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