Up at the Northwest Angle we had a great week. Everyone is getting their limits and throwing back many more fish, too. The water temperatures rose at the beginning of the week from 60 degrees to anywhere from 63-65 degrees depending on where you were on the lake. The end of the week we had a couple of cold fronts roll thru that made it a little more challenging but we were still catching fish.
On the Minnesota side, we have been jigging anywhere that has a rock to mud transition. Usually, 18-23 feet. Some people have been trolling spinner rigs out in the mud from 20-26 feet of water also. The mayfly hatch is starting, which means the bite at The Flats will start to turn on soon at 6-8 feet.
On the Ontario side, we are jigging lots of points in 22-28 feet where the rock to mud transition is. A few of the shallower reefs have fish already staging up on them also. 3/8th ounce fluorescent or gold jig's tipped with a minnow have been the best. Smallmouth bass are up on their beds and fishing has been great for them! The perch are starting to show up a little bit now too. The ones we caught have been JUMBOS!
Ontario Musky season is approaching fast as the season starts up on the 18th! We've already had a couple T-bone our walleyes while reeling them in!
Here on Oak Island, the weather has been up and down over the last week. With rain and wind broken up by days of sunshine. Fishing has been really great this last week lots of limits of eater fish being caught along with some dandy trophy fish reaching the 30" mark.
On the Minnesota side, pulling spinners with bottom bouncers in the mud and reefs between Oak Island and Four Blocks has been effective. Hammered gold and pink were the hot colors this week. 22 to 26 feet seemed to have the most action. Crankbaits have also been working well in these areas as some of the larger fish are suspending well off the bottom. The Flats in 8 to 10 feet have also been hot.
On the Canadian side, the reefs on the west side of Falcon Island have been giving up fish in 15 to 24 feet. Jigging with minnows and pulling hammered gold spinners and night crawlers have been most effective. The East side of Tug Channel has also been producing fish. Other spots to consider are the south side of Birch Island, Bishop Bay and up towards Big Narrows.
Sunset Lodge Staff