Up at the NW Angle, the walleye fishing has been phenomenal and the crappies have started (again!). The water temperature is at 66 degrees.
On the Minnesota side, Jeremy Glessing (Sunset Lodge Guide) caught a nice 25 inch walleye on the north side of Oak Island. Other groups did well around Little Oak and Oak Island. Same as this spring, right out in front of Sunset Lodge is good in the morning and late evening.
We had guest from the MN DNR Fisheries department staying with us this past week during their annual fall netting up at the NW Angle. Here are some of their findings: "Walleye and sauger numbers are still above the long term means. Getting pretty good numbers of both and good size distributions. Tullibee are VERY abundant. (Tullibee are a very good forage item for other fish (specifically, walleyes & northern pike). Yellow perch numbers are down but sizes are up. Catching more lake whitefish than we normally do."
On the Ontario side, we found a nice hole to catch crappies in. It wasn't wild - we camped out on it but it's only going to get better. We were to the east, about 14 miles from Sunset Lodge. Crappie tip: Same as before, fish points like you're fishing walleyes, in 30-34 foot troughs. Biggest crappie caught: A 15 incher caught by Dave Bratsch!
We've had a few 100 fish days so far this fall. I had a group out the other day, we fished for HALF A DAY and caught and released 100 fish! We couldn't keep bait on our hooks!
As it cools down, it will only get better.
Until next week, good fishing!
Sunset Lodge Staff