On the south end… The lake just keeps producing walleyes. Good fishing in numerous spots across the south shore, near the Lighthouse and Morris Point Gaps in 8-10′ and around Garden Island. Big numbers of walleyes also staged over deep mud in 25 – 31′. Most anglers drifting or trolling harnesses (spinners) with crawlers or leeches. Hammered gold is hard to beat but glow, pink, chartreuse and orange are also popular in the stained water. Some fish are still being caught jigging on structure or rock to mud transitions. Anglers catching plenty of eater walleyes along with good numbers of saugers. Larger slot fish (19.5-28″) along with trophy walleyes over 28″ being caught often.
On the Rainy River… Sturgeon anglers looking forward to sturgeon fishing reopening on July 1st. Big numbers of sturgeon await. No roll sinkers and sturgeon rigs along with crawlers and frozen shiners available locally. Smallmouth bass in rocky areas, around bridges and current breaks. Pike are also active cruising weedy bays, bay mouths and current breaks. Both species don’t get much attention and are present in good numbers. Walleyes hanging out in 20-25′.
Up at the NW Angle… Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake and stay in MN waters. Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options.
Walleye fishing is worth the trip. Schools of walleyes on structure, over sand and on mud. Most fish showing up in 8 – 14′ or 26 – 28′. The best presentation is drifting and trolling spinners with crawlers or a minnow. Pike and smallmouth bass active in weedy bays. There are hundreds around the Angle. Try a spinnerbait or spoon.
Last modified: 07/08/2020