Fishing action continues to be excellent in Canadian waters. The reefs in the deep basin areas north of Skeet Island are giving up numbers of walleye, while points, dropoffs, and shorelines within the shallower basin areas closer to the Angle are producing larger fish but fewer numbers. Expect to find some nice sized perch and crappie mixed in with the walleye. As usual, a jig tipped with a minnow or soft plastic is the standard presentation.
Angling for muskie has remained consistent. The algae bloom has filled in some areas, making it difficult to spot follows and cast to specific rocks. Look for areas where the wind has cleared the algae away, or run farther north to find clear water. Northern pike and muskie have been a common catch for the walleye anglers working shoreline areas, especially any areas with weeds. Try using a large swimbait retrieved close to the bottom along shorelines to tap into this bite. Most smallmouth bass are still right along the rocky shorelines and points, but expect to find some nice bass on deeper off-shore structure as well.
In Minnesota waters, the most consistent bite has been along the deep edge of structure pulling bottom bouncers and spinners. Speed trolling shallow rock flats with crankbaits will also put plenty of fish in the boat. Areas like Little Oak I., the Crowduck I. flats, and Starren Shoals have been productive.
In Canadian waters, the reefs in the Skeet I. area have continued to be very productive for walleye. You can expect to catch numbers of eaters, and the occasional 20”+ fish. Anglers working this area in depths of 30’ or more should be careful to SLOWLY reel in fish they intend to release, to avoid overexpanding their swim bladders.
Anglers looking for bigger walleye and bonus perch and crappie can fish points and dropoffs in the shallower basins closer to the Angle and Islands. This bite will continue to get better each week going into the fall. As usual, jigs tipped with minnows or soft plastic have been the standard presentation.
Muskie fishing has continued to be productive. Fishing evenings and ahead of storm fronts with topwaters and double bucktails has put a lot of nice fish in the boat for a lot of anglers. Look in offbeat areas like the Little Traverse to find less educated muskies that are willing to bite instead of follow. Pike anglers will find both large and small fish along the deeper weed edges. Spoons, spinnerbaits, and swimbaits have been working well. Bouldery shorelines and points have been the best areas for smallmouth bass; using tube jigs and crayfish pattern crankbaits. Areas away from main travel routes will be a better bet now after the Kenora Bass Invitational tournament.
In Minnesota waters, pulling spinners just off structure on the mud has been putting limits in the boat. Try using pink or red and white tipped with a crawler or leech in the Lunatic I., Four Blocks, and Little Oak areas.
On the Canadian side, the reefs in Skeet I area have been very good, with boat catches of over 100 fish per day. The overall average size will be smaller than other areas of the lake, but you can still expect to throw back a lot of nice keeper walleyes in a day. Rockpiles topping out from 20 to 35 feet have held the most fish. Tip your jig with a minnow, crawler or soft plastic and hold on!
In most other areas of Ontario waters, the rock reef bite has slowed considerably, and will likely remain that way, barring any extended spell of high temperatures. The fish in these areas have begun the “transition” period, where the fish leave the reefs, and return to shorelines and points. In these areas, fishing shallow shoreline rock and weedlines or deeper along points and dropoffs will the best bet, and will produce some bonus catches of perch and crappie as well.
With several fronts and windy days this past week, there are few reports coming out of the Minnesota side, but anglers dragging spinners along the deeper structure, or longlining crankbaits on shallower rock flats will be able to keep in contact with scattered fish schools. Try points and reefs near Oak I. and Little Oak I., and shallow boulder areas like Crowduck I., Hay I., Little Massacre I., and Garden I.
In Canadian waters, the reefs and points in Skeet I area has been producing numbers of fish, while the Little Traverse reefs have been giving up fewer fish, but with much better average size. Many fish in the 20” range and up being caught, along with 28” – 30” trophies. Jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, or plastics have been the best presentation.
Muskie anglers continue to report good success. Evenings and weather changes have produced some of the best catches. Topwaters and large bucktails have been productive presentations. Pike anglers looking for large fish would do well fishing windy rock points with muskie gear. Lately the bass fishing has been excellent, with both good numbers and size being caught. Crankbaits and soft plastics in crayfish colors have been the presentation to use.
In Minnesota waters, walleye anglers have been doing well on the reefs and points S of Oak I., the E side of Little Oak, and the reefs near Hay I. The reefs at Knight I and Bridges I have been good as well, but expect to sort through a lot of “slot” and trophy fish in order to keep a limit. Spinner rigs and jigs have been working well for the anglers presenting live bait.
The fishing continues to be great out of the Northwest Angle area. In Ontario waters, walleye anglers are still finding walleyes on the reefs in most areas. The Little Traverse area continues to produce numbers of above average size walleye and a good shot at a trophy. Productive presentations are jigging or trolling spinners using minnows or crawlers.
Muskie anglers have been seeing a lot of fish and landing quite a few as well. Many of the followers have been sluggish, and catch rates have been better during evening hours on the hot days, or during periods of cooler weather. Topwaters and the Double Cowgirl-type bucktails have been working well. Bass and pike angling has taken a back seat to muskie fishing on Lake of the Woods this week, but anglers pusuing them will do well casting to shorelines and points affected by current or wind, which will mix the warm surface layer with the cooler water below.
In MN waters, the reefs around McDonell I., the flats W of Crowduck I., and structure in the Hay I., Four Blocks, and Little Oak I. areas have been getting the most attention lately. Anglers willing to run a bit farther have been landing trophy size walleye at the Bridges reefs. Use jigs, crankbaits, or spinners depending on the structure and depth the fish are holding at.
In Ontario, the walleye bite continues to be strong on the reefs in the Little Traverse area. Both spinner and jigging presentations are working well, and lots of fish over 25” are being caught. Expect this bite to last for a few more weeks.
Muskie anglers have been seeing lots of fish, many over 50”, but the recent hot weather has made them more likely to follow than bite. Fishing evenings and days with cooler temps will help with that problem. Lately active areas for muskie have been Bishops Bay, Falcon Island, and the Little Traverse area. Few anglers are pursuing bass and northern pike at this time, but casting to rocky points and shorelines with lures able to fish below the 80 degree surface layer will produce fish.
Anglers fishing Minnesota waters have had good luck around Lunatic I., Crowduck I., and the reefs south of Oak I. Little Oak I. has been productive as well. Jigs, crankbaits, and spinners are all productive presentations.
In Ontario waters, the main walleye bite continues to be on the reefs both in the islands and Little Traverse areas. Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers, minnows, and plastics are putting nice keeper fish in the boat, as well as fish in the 5# – 10# class. The bigger fish will become even more commonplace as the month wears on.
Muskie anglers continue to report good fishing, with lots of fish sighted and good fish landed daily. Topwaters and the Double Cowgirl-type bucktails seem to be the most productive baits recently. Casting for bass and pike has remained productive, and there have been a recent rash of pike on the 20# class landed by walleye anglers on the reefs.
On the Minnesota side, the bars on the E side of Little Oak, and the reefs around the Four Blocks and McDonell I area are producing fish for anglers using jigs or spinner rigs. Crankbait trollers will find fish in the boulder flats W of Crowduck I.
The walleye bite continues to be productive on the main basin reefs in most areas of Ontario waters. Both jigging and trolling spinners on the reefs are producing good catches of walleye, and fish in the 28″to 31″ range are being caught daily. The mayfly hatch has lingered on this week, but the heat may finally bring it to an end, and kick off the July trophy walleye bite.
The muskies have really started to move with the recent hot weather, and many have moved onto rock structure. Many fish over 50″ have been seen, and a 58.5″ was caught recently. Northern and bass anglers have been doing well casting to rocky points and shorelines, and the clear water this year has aided in locating underwater rocks and weeds to cast to.
In Minnesota waters, jigging leeches and drifting with spinners has resulted in fast action on the E side of Little Oak, and flatline trolling crankbaits on rocky flats near Little Massacre and Crowduck I has produced good catches as well.