Action continues to be good at the Northwest Angle. In MN waters, walleyes are being found in good numbers in a variety of depths, 20 feet and under being the best. Saugers and jumbo perch are holding out on the mud in 20 feet or deeper waters. For the walleye, morning and evening have been the best times with some of the largest walleye happening during the overnight. A plain red hook with a lively minnow has been the go-to presentation. Active jigging with gold or glow and part of a minnow, while watching the Vexilar has been holding it’s own as well. Midday has been best for saugers and perch. In Ontario, the crappie bite is still happening, with anglers bringing in decent numbers with a number of fish over the 14 inch mark. Snowmobile trails are groomed and have good cover, while the rest of the lake is drifted up to a foot or two with bare patches of ice between.
The Northwest Angle area of Lake of the Woods continues to be the place to be! We had great fishing his weekend, and every other group of anglers we spoke with was all smiles. The MN side has been enjoying a good walleye, sauger, and perch bite. Walleyes are dominating the catch, and expect to land several slot fish during the day. Anglers traveling into Ontario by snowmobile have been getting into the crappies and big walleye. Average ice depth is 20 inches or more in most areas. Snow cover on the lake is in pretty good shape now, but last weekend’s blizzard left behind strips of glare ice and snowdrifts.
Fishing has been great at the Angle! Most areas froze over smoothly, and have 16-20 inches of ice. Ice roads to Oak and Flag Islands are up and running as well. Walleye action has been fast and furious for most anglers, with a strong early AM bite and even some nighttime action. There have been a few nice jumbo perch showing up in the catch, and sauger have been plentiful also. The bite has slowed the last couple of days with the cold front, but look for things to get back on track shortly. On the Ontario side,the crappies have been hitting, and we will be targeting them soon with our guided snowmobile trips!
Lake of the Woods is now fully iced over. A few people are already drilling holes and trying their luck, although ice travel for heavy vehicles is not recommended yet. Currently, Edman’s Angling Adventures is getting equipment and houses ready for the ice season, and looking forward to some great winter fishing!
Allen will be running his sleeper house again this year. It was a big hit last year, and it should be out as soon as there is plenty of ice to tow it with his new bomber.
New for this year is Scott’s guided snowmobile ice fishing trips into the Ontario islands. He plans to chase after crappies, walleye, and perch mainly, with a little pike and whitefish mixed in. He’s also excited to get into areas that are out-of-reach during open water.
Year after year, the Northwest Angle area has some of the most consistent ice fishing on Lake of the Woods, and this season looks to be no exception. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, come up to the Angle and have an ice fishing adventure with us!
Although school is in full swing for the both of us, we are still running a few trips on the weekends. Fishing has been good, with the recent cool-down in the weather helping the bite a great deal. Without that traditional fall weather, we tend to find that the fish are more scattered out, especially species like crappie. The walleye, perch, and crappie are showing up along dropoff and soft bottom areas, and tend to be mixed all together in most cases, with a few bomber smallmouth showing up as well.
Muskie and pike anglers are starting to troll now that the water temps are starting to cool off, but casting prominent rock structure is still producing fish as well.
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.