In Canadian waters, last week’s warming trend has put the trophy walleyes back on the bite on the reefs in the Little Traverse. The area around Massacre I has been a good place to start looking for the big guys. Expect to catch numbers of solid keepers as well. Many of the reefs up north have been serving up numbers of fish, but plan to sort through some little guys to get your keepers. In Minnesota waters, the areas of Lunatic I., Little Oak I., Crowduck I., and Oak I. have been productive.
Muskie fishing has been active with the warmer weather, with the evening continuing to be one of the better times of the day to fish. The big pike have been showing up offshore in areas where walleyes are being caught. Smallmouth bass have been active on the shorelines, although few anglers are targeting them now. Anglers looking for perch have been doing well on jumbos, and the lake trout report has been good, with most fish being caught over 80 feet of water.
In Canadian waters, the rock reef walleye bite has changed somewhat over the week, the fish have been scattered on the rockpiles in the Little Traverse area, so moving often from reef to reef has been the best game plan for those larger fish. Fishing farther north on deep reefs or working point areas has been a better plan for numbers and action. Along with the walleyes, there have been some nice crappies and perch showing up in our daily catch.
Muskie fishing has improved lately, but the overall action is still inconsistent. The water temp remained in the 70s for the whole week, so expect action to improve if this trend continues.
In Minnesota waters, Oak Pt., and Little Oak I. have been producing walleye; covering ground with spinner rigs to contact active fish on structure has been working well.
Walleye action at the Northwest Angle has been great! The mayfly hatch hasn’t finished yet, but the walleye bite is still hot. Jigging the rock reefs has been producing lots of nice keeper fish and plenty of 20-plus inch fish. In Canadian waters, Massacre Island has been one of the better areas, although most reefs on the Ontario side are holding fish. In Minnesota waters, look for the best action around the Oak I. and Little Oak I. areas, Starren Shoals, and the reefs at Knight and Bridges.
Muskie and pike anglers have been doing better lately, although high winds and the algae bloom have made casting in some areas difficult. Bass fishing remains good, and the lake trout have been active in 80 to 100 feet of water.
The fishing and weather continue to be wild at the Angle! On the calmer days, anglers have found the walleyes are hitting on the rock reefs of the Little Traverse area. Average size has been excellent, with lots of fish over 20”. Jigs or spinner rigs tipped with a minnow or crawler have been the best presentation. The mayfly hatch is still going on, and most of the fish being caught are eating them. Anglers are still catching some big pike while walleye fishing, and muskie casting has been hit and miss for most anglers. Bass fishing has continued to be productive along the boulder shorelines. Try using a topwater bait if the bass are breaking the surface for mayflies.
In Minnesota waters, the Little Oak area has been productive, especially around the rocks on the east side. Spinners with leeches and crawlers have been the best presentation.
Fishing in the Northwest Angle area has been great! In Canadian waters, the reefs have been kicking out walleye in most areas with a lot of 20 inch plus fish being caught. Productive depths have ranged from 10 to 30 feet. The mayfly hatch is definitely on, but it hasn’t seemed to slow down the bite much. Big pike are still showing up in with the walleyes, and musky anglers are still reporting good action. Smallmouth bass continue to be active on the boulder shoreline areas, and lake trout anglers are doing well, finding active fish at 50 to 90 feet in the water column.
The Minnesota side has been active as well, with limits of fish being caught. Most area are holding fish, but look to the Little Oak area, Flag I. flats, and the reefs south of Oak I. for the best action.
Fishing remains good for all species, but the recent winds and rains have kept water temps in the mid to low 60s. In Canadian waters, walleye anglers continue to find walleye around reefs, points, and current areas using jig and minnow combos. Productive depths have ranged from less than 10 feet to over 30 feet on the mud around structure. The mayfly hatch has begun in earnest, and anglers will do best by avoiding the areas with recent hatches. Musky anglers are seeing and catching nice fish in sand bays, weedy areas, and boulder shorelines and points. Smallmouth bass are still going strong on the shorelines, and the large pike have been showing up on reefs and point areas and are being caught by walleye anglers. A second big pike pattern is still going in the back bays with heavy weed cover.
In Minnesota waters, the Flag I. flats, Lunatic I, and Little Oak areas have been productive. Anglers have had the best luck trolling with spinners and crankbaits.
Despite the weather and rising water, fishing has been good for all species, with walleyes and jumbo perch showing up on reefs, and points in the Canadian islands. Don’t be afraid to go deep and fish on the mud around structure if the fish are not on top. Musky fishermen have been doing well in sand bays and boulder areas. Weeds are still somewhat hard to find yet, but any isolated stands will hold fish. We have had some good luck on big northern pike in some of the back bays still, but most of them have moved to deeper water by now. The smallmouth fishing has been exceptional along the boulder shorelines. The mayfly hatch hasn’t hit yet, but many of the fish we are catching seem to be full of the larva.
In Minnesota waters, anglers have been working the Flag I. flats area, as well as Brush I. and Little Oak I. areas.
The fishing has been great at the Angle! In Canadian waters, we have been turning up pike, muskies, and large walleye while casting spoons, swimbaits, and spinnerbaits over emerging weeds. Points, windy shorelines and offshore structures have all been turning out good numbers of eater walleye with some big females mixed in. The smallmouth bass have begun to arrive on the boulder shorelines and points and there are some big pike being caught there as well. Lake trout fishing has continued to be solid.
In Minnesota waters, Little Oak I, Oak I, Brush I, and the Fourblocks area are good places to start. We expect the mayfly hatch to be on soon, we have seen a lot of walleyes that are already eating mayfly larva.
The fishing has been surprisingly good in most sections of the lake, considering that the ice has only been off for about two weeks time. Water temps are in the 60s in most areas. In Canadian waters, walleyes seem to be popping up all over, from shallow shorelines and rockpiles to deep rock points and dropoffs. Keep moving until you hit active fish. Some nice post-spawn females are being caught along with the eater fish. Smallmouth bass have been holding deep off the shorelines, but will move shallow to begin spawning any day now. Expect to find plenty of pike in the shallow back bays. Lake trout anglers have been doing well lately as well.
In Minnesota waters, walleye fishermen have been doing well around Oak Island trolling spinners and crankbaits.
It’s been a good winter season, and now it’s time to watch the ice melt at the Angle! We hit the ice a couple of times in April with the snowmobiles and had a great time icing the crappies and walleye. Both the size and numbers were of fish caught were exceptional, which is why we love fishing late ice! As far as the ice melt goes, the areas with current are opening up, but most of the lake is still encased in a deep layer of ice. It will be with us for a while, definitely past the Minnesota opener!