On the south end … Walleye fishing has been good all summer and is still strong. Lots of limits of walleyes along with some big fish being caught. Lake levels continue to drop thankfully. Boat ramps are open and charters / guides continue to be on fish.
Drifting spinners still producing. Hammered gold, pink, orange, glow white, glow red or a combo of some of these colors working well. Usually a two or three hook harness with just a few inches of crawler off of the back hook.
Good success jigging for walleyes. This technique usually slows down in August, but this year it is still working great. Using a frozen emerald shiner is the go to.
Big walleyes being found, as a rule, over deep mud. Jigging, spinners and crankbaits are all catching the big fish. Nice eaters still set up in 15-20′ outside both gaps on the south end of the lake as well as numerous areas of Big Traverse Bay. Lots of anglers running north if conditions allow.
On the Rainy River… Some good walleye, sturgeon and smallmouth bass reports from the Rainy River. Water levels continue to drop. Shoreline breaks, current breaks, weed edges and holes holding a mixed bag.
Sturgeon anglers are reporting good numbers of fish. Putting in a couple of days normally results in some success. Holes and flats or saddles just off of the current good areas to look at.
Up at the NW Angle… Lots of walleyes along with a mixed bag is the norm. Some anglers fishing MN waters, others boating into Ontario waters from the Angle and fishing there. Good reports across the board.
Angle resorts are located in MN right on the border. Checking in with Canada Customs and being vaccinated is not needed if boating from the U.S. to Canada and not touching land, docks, anchoring, mooring or exchanging goods or services.
Little Traverse Bay (large open water east of Little Oak Island) still holding good numbers of walleyes over deep mud.
Typical summer spots are producing. Sunken islands, neck down areas with moving water and points. With 14,552 islands, lots of places to fish.
Muskie anglers reporting fish have been active with good numbers being caught.