Hello everyone! Checking in from Sunset lodge on beautiful Oak Island here in the Northwest Angle. I hope everyone had a fantastic week!
Here on Oak Island, this week the story was days of sun and heat, severe storms, and fishing that was definitely heating up! Our water temperature is at 76 degrees.
Stateside, anglers are targeting and finding walleyes down by Little Oak Island. The offshore reefs and humps in 25 to 30 feet have been the best. Drifting with spinners and bottom bouncers dragging night crawlers has been the most productive tactic. Reports of decent catches are also coming in from Garden, Shady, and Four Blocks Islands. Fishing the reefs, points and deep mud in these areas has been productive.
Up on the Canadian side, Deepwater Bay has been the area of choice for several of our guests in the last week. Walleyes have been the target species, but anglers have been pleasantly surprised with the mixed bag of fish they have been encountering. Walleyes, Saugers, Perch and Crappies have all made it into several boats live wells. Northern Pike have also been hooked in these areas as well, and some have been real hogs! We've had a couple of reports of Pike up near that 40" mark! Poplar Island has been popular here in Deepwater, drifting and trolling spinners and crawlers in 18 to 30 feet has been most productive. Tug Channel has also shown some promise this week, specifically the southern end. Working offshore reefs in 15 to 25 feet with jigs and minnows have been best. As for all of you Musky junkies out there, the fishing for these large predators keeps getting hotter! Anglers are targeting smaller Islands with rocky reefs, shallow weedy shorelines near deep water, and rock reefs out in the open water. All of these areas have been holding fish, and fisherman have definitely been reaping the rewards! Numerous fish have been raised and brought close to the boat, and several have gotten a mouth full of hooks and their photo taken for their troubles! We've had several fish landed right in that 40" to 45" range, and a few larger specimens that have stretched the tape to 50" and above! Wow! So for all of you Musky faithful out there, grab your stick, sharpen your hooks, and dial in your figure "8" cuz the fish are ready to eat!
Until next time, from all of us here at Sunset Lodge, have a fantastic week! Make sure to book a stay with us soon, and we'll see ya on the water!
Hello everyone! Checking in from Sunset Lodge on Oak Island! Hope everyone had a fantastic week. Here in the Angle, we've had some extreme weather come through the area: rain, thunderstorms and high winds definitely made fishing tougher in the early part of the week. Wind gusts as high as 40mph were reported at one time! But in spite of the weather, our guests were able to keep fishing and scratch out some limits of real quality fish!
On the Minnesota side of the lake, the water temps are at around 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.
Up in Canada, the Muskie action has been getting hotter! Numerous fish are being sighted and several have found themselves at the end of anglers lines! Reports of fish in the mid 40" range have been steadily coming in, with a few reports of some monsters topping 50" being landed! If you ever get a chance to catch one of these toothy giants, you'll be hooked for life! As far as walleyes go, the offshore reefs and humps around Bishop Bay, Deepwater Bay, and Massacre Island have been giving up fish in 18-30 feet. Drifting spinners and jigging in these area have been best. Use minnows and nightcrawlers for best results. Again, gold, pink and orange have been best. We've even had some jumbo perch showing up in these spots as well, and they have been big!
Have a great week everyone! Be sure to book a trip and come fish with us at Sunset Lodge!
Hello again from Sunset Lodge on Oak Island! Hope everyone had a great week! Here in the Northwest Angle, things are about as good as they can be, the weather has been decent and just a few showers and storms to contend with. And the fishing has been good! The water temp was between 70 and 73 degrees this week.
Stateside, anglers are finding that pulling night crawlers behind spinner rigs has been working well and catching walleyes. Depths range anywhere from 8 to 25 feet with hammered gold, copper, orange, and pink being the best producers. Areas to target are the flats and mud between Oak Island and Four Blocks, Little Oak, and Crowduck Islands. The South and East side of Oak Island has also been producing fish. Pulling crankbaits in 8 to 12 feet of water has also been working well.
In Ontario, the Musky action has definitely been heating up! With numerous fish being seen and landed throughout the week. Reports of some larger specimens have been steadily coming in but the majority of fish being landed are between the 40" to 45" mark. Rock reefs and points seem to be the best bets for finding one of these giants. Casting bucktails and large spinnerbaits have been the best producers. Walleyes can be found among the reefs and rocky points in Bishop Bay, Tug Channel, Deepwater Bay, Monument Bay and Skeet Island. Big Narrows is also a good bet. Jigs with frozen shiners and fatheads in depths of 20 to 30 feet have been producing limits for anglers. Gold, pink, chartreuse, and orange are top colors.
Hope everyone has a fantastic week! Come visit us soon at Sunset Lodge!
The bug hatch is over! Fishing picking back up again.
Up in Ontario, small reefs are all holding fish and the big reefs down in Little Traverse are all starting to have fish on them, too. The best fishing was in 22-26 feet right on the edge or top of the reef. Little Traverse is the place to be if it is calm enough to fish there. Otherwise, the reefs up by Skeet Island are all holding fish now too and you can get out of the wind. The best was a fluorescent colored jig tipped with a minnow. Jumbo perch are being caught along with the walleyes.
On the Minnesota side, there have been boats all the way from Four Blocks down to Garden Island. Once again, fishing the edges of the reefs if pulling spinners.
We took 9th in the Musky Bowl at Wiley Point this past weekend. Seen a lot of fish but they just wouldn't eat the bait at boatside. The winning team caught 5 muskys in the two days. You can already sign up for next year. It was a great turnout for the first year with 20 teams in it.
Until next week good luck fishing!
What a great week we had here in the Northwest Angle! Good weather and fantastic fishing were capped off by a Fourth of July celebration here at Sunset Lodge that ended with a bang!
In Minnesota, boats are finding walleyes around Little Oak Island, Crowduck Island and the south side of Oak Island. Tactics have varied, but jigging with gold, pink and orange jigs in 24 to 30 feet of water around deep water humps, points and rock piles has been turning fish. Crawlers and minnows both seem to be working well. Pulling crankbaits and drifting spinners has been a good tactic to cover water and locate active fish.
On the Canadian side, the story has been that the Musky action has been heating up steadily over the last week or so. As the water temps push into the 70's, these fish have been more active and aggressive, with several reports of large fish being caught and landed, as well as several that have followed lures to the boat on numerous occasions! Casting bucktails and large spinnerbaits, as well as some topwater baits has been best. Work rock reefs and cabbage beds to find these large predators. Fishermen and women are finding walleyes in the areas of Tug Channel, Bishop Bay, Deepwater Bay and Skeet Island. Jigs with minnows and crawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water have been steadily producing fish.
Hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend!
Come visit us soon at Sunset Lodge on Oak Island,
Sunset Lodge Staff