Wow, what a week we had with bug hatches, rain and temperature changes but Mother Nature couldn't stop the fish from biting! In Minnesota, the fish are on the move, venturing out to the mud and reefs away from the larger islands. We are seeing a lot of people having their best success moving in shallower this past week, jigging in that 10-20 foot range. We are also seeing a lot of fish being caught in 20-26 feet pulling spinners and crawler harnesses and a few getting out there and pulling some crank baits. Gold, pink and orange are always a go to color for jigging on Lake of the Woods and seemed to be the best colors again this week. Gold, smaller spinners on crawler harnesses will be a go to color and set up for all the Minnesota guides through out the summer months.
In Canada, jigging is holding strong on points and reefs in 12-24 feet of water adjacent to deep water. Lots of nice eaters and picture fish being caught this past week. 1/4 and 3/8 ounce jigs have been the ticket with gold, pink and orange being the most productive colors. Shiners and fatheads seem to be the preferred bait for those fishing Canadian waters.
The beautiful weather this past week has helped to warm up the water to 60 degrees and the fishing is getting even better! On the Minnesota side, most people are still jigging on points but have found some fish starting to move out to reefs near Oak Island, Little Oak Island and the south east side of Hay Island by Northwest Point. 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce jigs and minnows with gold and pink, yellow, gold and black with a yellow eye being the most productive colors and sizes. Some people are starting to pull some spinners and bottom bouncers with hammered gold and hammered gold with pink being the most productive. We are still working that 18-26 feet of water depth during the morning and day and moving up to as shallow as 8 feet for the last 45 minutes of the evening.
In Canada, people are having great success jigging with 1/4 ounce and 3/8 ounce jigs with gold, black with the yellow eye and gold being the best sizes and colors. We are finding that rock points are producing great numbers of fish with the larger fish being right on the rocks and the 14-20 inch fish being at the transition line from rocks to sand and mud.
The prime depths have been a little deeper in Canada with 24-28 feet being the most productive.
By Jeremy Glessing
Great start to the Minnesota fishing opener! Went out for a couple hours this evening and picked up our limits with some nice 14-17 inch eaters and some nice bonus picture fish.
We didn't have to go far from the resort and marked fish everywhere we stopped. We were fishing points in 20-27 feet of water with gold and pink 1/4 ounce jigs tipped with a minnow. Come on up to see us and stay for the great spring fishing!
Sunset Lodge Staff