On the south end… Resorts are doing a nice job of adapting to high water conditions. Despite lots of water, charter boats are running, fishing is in full swing and has been good. Most boat ramps are open including Wheeler’s Point and others.
Walleyes are being caught in literally 4 – 30 feet of water. Different schools of walleyes are targeting various forage in the system.
Some anglers are jigging, some drifting with spinners with a crawler or minnow. Both methods are working. Gold, glow, and pink have been good colors this week for jigs and spinners.
Trolling crankbaits hasn’t been as popular of a method but has been effective. Some are trolling deeper depths while others are trolling shorelines with success, especially mornings and evenings.
For anglers wanting pike, bays, shoreline structure and the tops of rock reefs are good spots. Lots of nice pike in the system. The pike limit is 3 fish per day. Pike 30 – 40 inches must be released. Anglers can keep one fish per day over 40 inches.
On the Rainy River… The river still has a lot of current. Anglers finding success have been keying in on current breaks as a rule.
A mixed bag in the river right now includes walleyes, saugers, smallmouth bass, and pike. Sturgeon season reopens July 1st.
Current breaks off of the main channel for walleyes and saugers. Smallmouth bass near rocky areas, feeder streams and bridge embankments. Bays have been good for pike.
Up at the NW Angle… Fishing continues to be very good up at the Angle. Anglers are fishing both the U.S. side and Ontario side of the lake with good success.
Anglers who are staying on the U.S. side of the lake can boat into Canada without clearing customs as long as they don’t touch land, touch a dock, anchor up or exchange goods or services in Canada during the day.
For those intending on touching land in Canada after boating across, you must be vaccinated, complete the ArriveCan App and call the 888-CAN-PASS number to clear customs before boating over.
A jig and minnow and pulling crawler harnesses have been good with good fish in 15′ – 30′ as a rule. There are typically some fish shallow near shore morning and evening with good numbers being caught.
A mixed bag for most anglers with walleyes, saugers, pike, smallmouth bass, crappies and jumbo perch.
The muskie season on the MN and Ontario side of LOW is open.