Hello everyone! Checking in from Sunset Lodge Resort on beautiful Oak Island, hope everyone had a fantastic week! Thanks to everyone that came to stay with us over the past week, we hope you had a wonderful time and made some fantastic memories. We had a great week as far as Mother Nature was concerned. A mix of clouds and sun along with some heat made for great boating and vacation weather, however fishing can get downright tough with those conditions especially this time of year. But, this is the Northwest Angle, and great fishing is always available as long as anglers can adjust and adapt to the conditions.
On the U.S. side of the pond, the water temps are in the mid to upper 70's. Anglers are having luck finding walleyes in the deep mud near Four Blocks and Little Oak Islands. Working the mud to rock transitions in these areas with bottom bouncers and crawler harnesses has been most effective. Trolling deepwater crankbaits with down riggers or leadcore has also been producing good numbers of quality fish. Fishing in 30+ feet of water has not been uncommon during the heat of the day.
Across the border in Canadian territory, again the famous Tug Channel has been a consistent producer of walleyes with a few saugers mixed in. The southern end of Tug out to Garden Island has been really cranking out good numbers of quality fish. With some dandy fish over the 25" mark being landed. Other areas worth checking out for eye's would be Poplar Island, Fox Island, Sturgeon Channel and Deepwater Bay. Again, working the offshore structure and mud areas with spinners and crankbaits has been the go to tactic. For all you musky faithful out there, the action has slowed some over the last week, with less fish being seen and only a handful being boated. Anglers that are raising fish have been burning bucktails over rock reefs and cabbage beds. And some who used stickbaits and topwater did well. But don't let the slow bite discourage you, some of the best action for these giant predators is yet to come! With July behind us, and August and September fast approaching the bite should definitely heat up over the next few weeks!
Summer is quickly coming to an end folks, be sure to book your next fishing trip or family vacation with us here at Sunset Lodge! And don't forget that our fall fishing is some of the best in the country, and the waterfowl hunting is some of the finest in the area! Maybe a combination fishing/duck hunting adventure is in store for you this fall!
Until next week folks, keep your line tight and set the hook. Take care!
Sunset Lodge Staff