Another interesting week on Oak Island in the Northwest Angle! We had another bug hatch and weather that went from one extreme to the next. But, we did manage to string together a few nice days of warmth and sunshine!
On the Minnesota side of the lake, the south side of Oak Island has been producing walleyes on the reefs and points anywhere from 15 to 20 feet. White and pink jigs have been producers here. Working the shallow flats in 6 to 8 feet with green, gold, and orange spinners has also been giving up some nice eyes'. Other spots worth trying are Little Oak and Garden Island.
On the Canadian side of things, trolling crankbaits in 10-15 feet have been moving fish. Jigging in depths of 25 to 32 feet with gold, pink, green and orange has been solid. Working the rock reefs and deepwater humps in these areas has been best. Bishop Bay, Tug Channel, and Deepwater bay are good bets. Smallmouth fishing has continued to be great, casting shorelines and rocks has been dynamite! Musky fishing has been slowly getting better, casting bucktails and spinnerbaits over rocks and around cabbage has been raising a few fish. Areas to target are Johnston Passage to Fern Island and Monument Bay to Skeet Island. We had fish ranging in size from 36" all the way to 52".
Bishop Bay and Big Narrows in 20-26 foot of water. Up in the narrows, fish the current. Musky's are still mainly in the slop weeds so far. Smallies are in the shallows.
What a week we had up at the Angle! The weather has gone from one extreme to the next. A few days of sunshine mixed with days of rain, and some heavy rainfall at that! Aside from the up and down weather conditions, we are still catching fish. Lots of limits being taken and a few larger fish being caught as well. Early in the week the fishing was slower due to a mayfly hatch, but has steadily improved over the last few days.
On the Minnesota side, gold spinners with bottom bouncers and crawlers have been turning fish near Four Blocks, Little Oak, and Crowduck Islands. Work the flats around these areas, as well as the reefs and rock piles in 18 to 26 feet for the best action. Crankbaits have been producing fish in these areas as well. The Flats have been giving up a lot of fish this week as well. Depths from 6 to 10 feet have been best. Orange, gold and pink have been solid colors.
On the Ontario side of the lake working the shorelines, points, and shallow reefs have been producing walleyes. Limits of "eater" fish as well as some over the 24" mark have been common. Jigging in depths of 20 to 25 feet with minnows and crawlers have been working best. Areas worth checking out are Deepwater Bay, Tug Channel, Monkey Rocks Reef, and the West side of Falcon Island. Smallmouth bass action has been lights out as well, casting small bucktails and crankbaits along rocky shorelines has been the ticket here. Muskie season started this week as well, and we've had several guests in camp trying their luck in landing one of these toothy critters! Casting baits in shallow bays, as well as rocky points have produced a few fish. Reports of fish ranging in size from 30" all the way to 45" have been slowly coming in.
This past week can be summed up as the week of storms and the mayfly hatch. It made fishing a little tougher but we still caught plenty of fish. The water temp is holding steady at that 64-66 degrees depending on where you are on the lake.
On the Minnesota side, pulling spinners in the mud was the way to go. 12-16 feet seemed to be the best depth. The Flats bite was strong at the beginning of the week but has slowed down a little bit now. Crowducks in 11-13 feet and Little Oak on the sandbar would be a good choice this upcoming week. Hammered gold was once again the best color.
On the Ontario side, we fished all mud this past week. Fish are scattered throughout the mud and pulling spinners seemed to be the best method in 24-28 feet. Jigging anywhere there was current also seemed to be effective. Gold and chartreuse were the best colors this week. Smallmouth are still up in the shallows and you can catch quite a few of them in a day throwing shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits or tube baits. Musky season is now open and there are a few being caught already. Fishing bays is the best choice but there are a few fish on the post spawn rock spots.
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