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.