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49° 5' 56.5764" N, 94° 57' 7.5132" W
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Rain Air Temperature: 51-60 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Cloudy

Walleyes and Saugers continue to move closer to the south shore. Good fishing in 23 feet of water outside the Lighthouse gap and all along the south shore. Shiner minnows in the area keeping large schools of walleyes active! The bite will continue to improve in the coming weeks. Anchoring and jigging with a shiner minnow successful with gold or pink/gold the colors of choice. Some crankbait action in the afternoons to cover water to find active schools. Lots of ducks and geese in the area as local waterfowl still around. Should expect a good northern push in a few weeks as it gets colder.

The Rainy River continues to get better each day as more shiners and walleyes push into the river. Fall walleye fishing on the Rainy River can be some of the best! Sturgeon are being boated up and down the river daily. 

Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye and sauger action is hot. Drifting with a bottom bouncer, spinner, and a minnow doing great. Anchoring and jigging with a minnows doing good as well. Look for deep holes and mud areas in 18-30 feet between Oak and Flag Island. Also look for points with depths of 8-18 feet as shiners have started moving into bays. On the Ontario side, walleye fishing is red hot as the feed bags are on to bulk up for the winter. Use electronics to locate schools of fish in 18 to 28 feet and use a jig and minnow. Bottom bouncers with spinners can be used to cover water to locate fish. Crappies over 15 inches are stacked up in sharp drop offs and around flooded timber in 30 feet. Muskie action has turned to trolling large minnow baits in 10-18 feet. Plenty of waterfowl in area with local birds still around. Resorts, guides, and general info at LakeoftheWoodsMN.com

Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Cloudy Air Temperature: 61-70 F Clarity: Clear 2 fish caught

The fish are on the move! Good numbers showing up on the south shore. Charters targeting the south shore and the catch rate has been strong. Jig bite is on the rise tipped with a shiner. Drifting spinners with a crawler has its days. Crankbaits producing limits as well in the mud on the south shore in 32-34 feet. Hot colors include gold, chartreuse, purple, and pink. 

The Rainy River and 4 Mile Bay is a good option as walleyes are starting to move in from the lake.  Drifting spinners, jigging, and pulling crankbaits have all been successful in pulling walleyes.

Up at the Northwest Angle, anglers also catching good numbers of walleyes on the south side of Oak Island, Oak Point, down to Rabbit Ears and the east bar of Little Oak in 15 to 25 feet. In Ontario waters, Twin Island, Bishop Bay, and the east side and west side of Falcon have been good in 14-26 feet. Look for sunken islands and offshore rock reefs. Gold, green, and orange jig tipped with a minnow. Jumbo perch in livewells as well. Crappies in 30 foot holes next to rocky points. For muskies, casting large crankbaits, bucktails, and topwaters has been really moving these large predators! For resorts, guides, or everything Lake of the Woods visit our website at www.lakeofthewoodsMN.com

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
2Northern Pike
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 71-80 F Clarity: Cloudy 3 fish caught

Guides and anglers had an unbelievable week.  Fish are feeding and there are limits to be had. Many resorts are downrigging and pulling crankbaits. Jig fishing and drifting spinners are also putting fish in the box. Schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet being targeted by jiggers and crankbaiters continues to heat up. Gold and silver colors have been strong. White baits also working because walleyes are targeting schools of tulibees. A strong bite along the south shore appears at times as well. 

On the Rainy River, some walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Water clarity continues to be an issue as it seems to rain every couple days. Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes with some anglers using a bottom bouncer paired with a stick bait as well. Most anglers fishing the lake.  Great smallmouth bass bite up and down the river.  Sturgeon "keep" season is now open through Sep. 30th.  

Up at the NW Angle, water temperature is near 73 degrees.  The north and west side of Little Oak has been producing good numbers of saugers and walleyes in depths of 25 to 30 feet. Work the offshore reefs and humps using spinners and bottom bouncers with crawlers, or a jig and minnow combination, as the majority of fish have moved off the larger islands onto the mid-lake structure. The southwest side of Oak and the areas around Four Blocks were also good producers this week. Gold, pink and orange are top color choices. On the Canadian side, the offshore reefs and humps around Bishop Bay, Deepwater Bay, and Massacre Island have been giving up fish in 18-30 feet.  Muskie action is on fire with some fish topping 50 inches. Shallow rocks seems best with bucktails and topwater baits.  Smallie, pike action strong and a emergence of jumbo perch this week.  Resorts, guides, and local events at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
3Muskellunge (Muskie)