On the south end… Resorts are adapting to high water conditions. Despite lots of water, the vast majority of resorts are open, charter boats are running, and summer fishing is in full swing. Most boat ramps are open including Wheeler’s Point and others. Call ahead to your favorite resort or check their Facebook page for specifics.
Lots of walleyes being caught in many different locations. Some fish are in 4-15 feet on sand capitalizing on shiner and minnow spawning. Others are on shallow rocks eating crayfish. Others are deeper, 25 – 33′, feeding on schools of minnows and various critters coming out of the mud.
Some anglers are still jigging, but drifting with spinners with a crawler or minnow has been super effective this week. Both methods are working. Gold, glow, and pink have been good colors this week for jigs and spinners.
Trolling crankbaits and covering water has been very effective this past week. Shiny gold and purple are a couple of good colors. In addition to walleyes and saugers, pike, smallmouth bass and even an occasional muskie are being caught.
Anglers are allowed a combined limit of 6 walleyes and saugers on the MN side of LOW. Up to 4 can be walleyes. All walleyes between 19.5 – 28.0″ must be released. One allowed over 28″ per day.
On the Rainy River… The river still has a lot of current. Anglers 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. Lots of big pike and even good walleye reports in bays and feeder rivers to the Rainy River. Lots of shiners in the river.
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.
Flag Island flats and areas around Garden Island were just a couple of areas good this week. Lots of walleyes with some mixed in pike. Fish being caught jigging, pulling spinners and trolling crankbaits.
A jig and minnow and pulling crawler harnesses have been good fishing deeper structure as well. Neck down areas, rocky points and cabbage weeds all holding fish. 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.
Excellent muskie fishing with numbers of fish being caught.