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MN
United States
49° 5' 56.5764" N, 94° 57' 7.5132" W
5
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)
1Walleye
2Sauger
3Muskellunge (Muskie)
5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Weather: Rain Air Temperature: 71-80 F Water Temp: 61-70 F Clarity: Cloudy 2 fish caught

Guides and anglers are on good fish.  Lake of the Woods is known for excellent July and August fishing, and so far fish are cooperating nicely. Many resorts are downrigging as pulling crankbaits is on fire right now. Jig fishing and drifting spinners are also both producing lots of fish. Schools of fish in the middle of the lake in 28-32 feet being targeted by jiggers and crankbaiters. Gold and silver have been strong. White baits seem to be hot right now because walleyes are targeting schools of tulibees. A strong bite near pine island has also been reported.

On the Rainy River, few walleyes are being caught near the mouth of the river and into four mile bay. Water clarity has been an issue with all the rain we are getting this year. Jig and minnow remains best option for catching walleyes with some anglers using a bottom bouncer paired with a stick bait. 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, the bug hatch is over and water temp is around 70 degrees.  Little Traverse and adjacent rock piles are hot.  Resorts and guides are finding walleyes jigging and pulling harnesses with gold, pink and orange jigs and blades in 24 to 30 feet of water.  Garden Island also heating up.  Pulling crankbaits also working well. On the Canadian side, besides hot walleye action, musky action remains hot for these toothy monsters.   Shallow rocks seems best with bucktails and topwater baits.  Smallie and pike action strong.  Resorts, guides, and local events at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com.

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Sauger
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Rain Air Temperature: 41-50 F Water Temp: 51-60 F Clarity: Cloudy 3 fish caught

Mother Nature offered many different weather conditions this weekend for anglers but the fish didn’t seem to mind. Fish still seem to be scattered around the lake but the reefs are picking up. Depths to key in on are 7-14’ and 20-27’. Anglers are using many tactics to catch fish with all of them being successful. Tactics that are working include slow drift or anchoring and jigging with a minnow, pulling spinners with leeches or crawlers, or crank baits. Colors that seem best are gold, and bright colors such as orange, chartreuse, or pink.

On the Rainy River, walleyes are still being reeled in up to 40 miles upstream. Key depth is 5-15 feet of water. Bright colored jigs tipped with a minor working best. Some being caught on crankbaits.

Up at the NW Angle, resorts and guides continue to find eater and picture fish. 20-27 feet of water is producing walleyes of all sizes by pulling spinners or crawler harnesses. 1/4 ounce jigs in pink and gold while tipped with a minnow has been the ticket in 10-20 feet of water. In Canada working adjacent to deep water is producing good fish in 12-24 feet.  Lodging, guides, charters, area attractions and more from around the lake at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com

CatchSpeciesLure / BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (in)
1Walleye
2Sauger
3Yellow Perch

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