On the south end… Great fall fishing this past week. Walleyes were active with most anglers anchored up and jigging with a minnow. No surprise walleyes are relating to bait in anywhere from 9′ – 27′ of water. Good reports around the lake. Structure and current areas holding good numbers of fish. Good walleye reports from Four Mile Bay in 10-15′. Pike continue to be active in bays and along shorelines. Trolling crankbaits will catch you a mixed bag.
On the Rainy River… A strong run of emerald shiners this past week brought more walleyes into the river. The river is low, current slow. Anglers reporting groups of fish from Wheeler’s Point to Birchdale. Most anglers are jigging with live or frozen shiners. Pink, glow and gold combo effective. Try moving hole to hole until you find fish. Change the angle of your jigging using different weight jigs. Pull the jig forward against current, let it fall back and bang bottom. Trolling crankbaits over flats where fish are spread out also effective. Sturgeon anglers focusing on deeper holes with current. Good reports of smallmouth bass again this week.
Up at the NW Angle… Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters. There are boat shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle. Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.
Walleyes active this week up at the Angle. Jig and a minnow on points, areas with current, and bay mouths where there is bait all good places to start in 8′-24′. With the many islands, lots of spots to fish. Gold, pink, chartreuse and glow colors great choices. Crappies in mix, 15-30′ adjacent to structure. Pike are active. Muskie anglers reporting action trolling cranks or casting jerkbaits in cabbage weed bays.
Last modified: 10/15/2020