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Lake of the Woods Fishing Report – October 4, 2022

On the south end … Walleyes are set up along various areas of the south shore with some very good fall fishing taking place. A mixed bag of walleyes, saugers, pike, jumbo perch and an occasional crappie.

With cooling water, most anglers are catching fish anchored up and jigging with fatheads and frozen shiners. Jig colors, try gold combined with orange, glow white, glow red, pink or chartreuse.

Trolling crankbaits is still catching fish. As water cools, slowing trolling speed from1.5 – 2.2.

Charter boats are finding good numbers of walleyes and will typically be running through October.

On the Rainy River … Another week of good walleye reports on the Rainy River. Shiners are in the river and so are the walleyes. From Four Mile Bay to Baudette and east, walleyes are showing up.

Hitting various spots until you find fish is helpful. Fish are moving through. Look for clouds of emerald shiners, there are normally walleyes close by. Holes, current breaks, and even flats are holding walleyes. Jigging with frozen shiners is the most common technique, especially when fishing structure. Trolling cranks in the river are both catching walleyes.

Cooler water is getting sturgeon more active. Most anglers fishing the holes of the river. With decreased current, a 3 – 4 ounce weight has been sufficient combined with a sturgeon rig loaded with crawlers or crawlers and frozen shiners.

Boat ramps are open from Wheeler’s Point to Baudette east to Birchdale.

Up at the NW Angle … Walleye fishing has been really good up at the Angle, as it traditionally is during the fall months. Jigging with a minnow or plastic is catching good numbers of fish on both sides of the border.

Fishing structure has been the ticket for most walleye anglers. Points, rock islands, sunken islands, neck down areas, etc.

Big pike are continuing to be caught by both walleye anglers and muskie anglers.

Muskie activity was good this week. Casting shorelines has been productive.

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