The bite is on! Shiners keep moving in the river and the walleyes are following. Water temperature is down 6 more degrees this week sitting at 47 degrees now. Vertical jigging 3/8 oz-1oz gold, glow in the dark and bright colored jigs tipped with a shiner is working well. Areas outside of Pine Island, Four Mile Bay, and many points in the Rainy River from Wheeler’s Point to Clementson have been good. Once you find the school of walleyes, it’s game on! Morning and evening has been the best time. We have guided trips available in our 18’-20’ outfitter boats for a few more weeks, great for a group up to 4 people and charters available for groups up to 6 per boat through the weekend. Dock slips and boat rentals available too.
Check out some of the latest catches and the shiners!
28.5 inch walleye Berdan Group Guided by Travis Madrazo
Guide Travis Madrazo 27.75 inch walleye released
Shiners in the Rainy River. Picture courtesy of Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau
Sturgeon & Pike are popping too!
The fall transition has got the fish moving and aggressive. Pike are in good supply in the river and bays in cabbage weeds adjacent to rock structure. Jerk, spinner baits or dead bait out in 10’-12’ and working deeper have been the best approach. Lake sturgeon are roaming in the deep pockets of the river and bays where there is current. A 4/0 hook, 2 oz. no roll sinker and a gob of worms topped off with a minnow or two is working well. Right now lake sturgeon is catch and release through April 23. Pike limit is 3. Only 1 over 40″; all northern pike from 30″ through 40″ must be immediately released.
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The best action for nice 15+ inch walleye is around Wheeler’s Point, Wabanica Church, and Clementson as well as areas on the lake just outside Pine Island and around the Morris Point Washout area. Water temperature is 51 degrees. The best depth is approximately 13-18 feet, but fish are being caught anywhere from 12 – 24 feet of water. Jigging with a 1 oz. jig tipped with a shiner minnow using colors gold, pink, white and glow in the dark. Guides available!
Pike a plenty!
Check out these whoppers caught by a group this week guided by Captain Travis Madrazo. Crankbait and large dead bait is working well.
Aggressive Sturgeon action
24 Sturgeon in two days including a double, 41 inch and 55 inch! That was the report from a group that was here and fished with Captain Travis Madrazo this week. Deep pockets in the river are holding the sturgeon. (This group also caught 42 walleyes and 26 northerns! ) Fall fishing is hot! Book your guided fall trip today! 800-862-8602
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Reeling in fish
The bite in the islands this week has been great! Lots of nice walleyes, saugers, crappies, pike, bass and muskies have been reeled in. Jigging with a minnow in 10’-15’ and 22’-26’ has been good for walleyes and saugers around shore lines. Soldier’s Point and McPherson Island have been notable hot spots. Crappies have been found in 24’-30’ using smaller jigs with a minnow in areas with structure but we have also seen plenty caught were the walleyes are targeted too. Bass, pike and muskie fishing has been best trolling using spinner or jerk baits around points and areas with current. Casting around rocks has been successful too.
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We have seen a real big change this week in the movement of the walleye schools. We are seeing more walleyes in shallower, in Four Mile Bay, Lighthouse Gap and the Rainy River. The shiners are pushing through and the walleyes are chasing! Anglers have found a really hot bite this past week in 16’-24’ using bright colored 3/8 oz-1/2 oz. jigs tipped with a shiner minnow. Many boats reported a very aggressive bite and anglers have been enjoying hours of catch and release action or a limit in just a few hours. The water temperature has dropped 7 degrees this week, currently at 53 degrees.
One of the nice fall walleyes caught recently. 23 inch walleye caught and released by Joy
More than just walleyes
A good northern pike, smallmouth bass, lake sturgeon and perch bite have also been a hot topic this week. Pike and bass are in good supply in the river and bays in cabbage weeds adjacent to rock structure. Jerk or spinner baits or a jig and a minnow starting out in 10’-12’ and working deeper have been the best approach. Lake sturgeon are roaming in the deep pockets of the river and bays where there is current. A 4/0 hook, 2 oz. no roll sinker and a gob of worms topped off with a minnow or two is working well. Right now lake sturgeon is catch and release through April 23. Mixed into where the walleyes have been found, a large amount of sweet jumbo perch have as well. Lots of fishing action! We have lodging and docking available through freeze up and guided trips and boat rentals available through October.
Crappies! A few of our guides went out the other day and brought in a nice bunch!
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Water temperature has dipped a few more degrees to 57-58 degrees. Walleyes are biting this week in varying depths between 18’-28’ of water using brightly colored jigs tipped with a minnow on the outsides of points. Soldier’s Point, south shore of Oak Island, Massacre Island and the east side of Falcon Island have been hot spots.
Muskies & Northern Pike
Trolling using spinner jerk baits around points and areas with current have been good as well as casting around rocks.
Crappies are biting
Cooler the water gets the better the bite gets! Areas with structure in 20’-30’ are the key. Jigging using pink, gold and orange colors tipped with a minnow works best. The guides have been finding some goooooood spots! Guided trips available!
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The water temperature is now 58 degrees and the forecast is cooling down. We expect to see a sizeable dip in the temperature this week which means better fall fishing! More and more shiners are showing up in the river every day and the walleyes are starting to chase after them. Right now the best fishing has been outside of the Lighthouse Gap, Zippel Bay and Graceton Beach in 21’-26’ of water anchored using gold and orange 3/8-1/2 oz. jigs tipped with a shiner minnow. The sturgeon bite has been good in deep pockets of the Rainy River and Bays using 4/0 hook, 1-2 oz. no roll sinker tipped with a gob of worms and a few minnows. Get into some great soft water fall fishing action now through early November!
Nice walleye caught by a member of Hank Specialities Group. Guided by Captain Dave
Fall Fishing Hanks Specialities Group Guided by Captain Dave M.
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Walleyes are biting this week in varying depths between 20’-30’ of water using brightly colored jigs tipped with a minnow on the outsides of points. Little Oak island, Soldier’s Point, Massacre Island and Deep Water Bay have all produced some nice walleyes. Water temperature is currently 61 degrees. We have openings available now through mid October and for the winter season.
Muskies & Northern Pike
September and October are some great months for active muskie and pike fishing on Lake of the Woods. Trolling using spinner jerk baits around points and areas with current have been getting good as well as casting around rocks.
Crappies are biting
Cooler the water gets the better the bite gets! Areas with structure are the key. Jigging using pink, gold and orange colors tipped with a minnow works best. Areas around Falcon Island have been great as well as points 20’-30’.
Winter is just around the corner time to get your reservations in!
It won’t be long and the bombardiers will be running the ice, the fish houses will be placed and we will be reeling in walleyes through the ice. Now is the best time to get your reservations in for the best options of dates and accommodations. Reserve online here or give us a call. Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River 800-862-8602, Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge & Sportsman’s Eagle Ridge 800-772-8411 and Sportsman’s Sleeper House Division 218-634-1589.
The water temperature dipped a few more degrees this week to 61 right now. We are seeing more shiners in the river every day. The big walleye schools are moving but not quite to the river yet. The best fishing continues to be in 22’-26’ of water outside of Pine Island, Graceton Beach and on the northern reefs. It won’t be long and the walleyes will be moving into the bays and river. Jigging with a gold or pink ¼-1/2 oz. jig tipped with a shiner or gold spinner, 1-2 oz. sinker and a night crawler is working well.
22 inch walleye caught and released by the Lyman Group. Guided by Captain Travis M
26 inch walleye caught and released by the Lyman Group. Guided by Captain Travis M
Sturgeon- The sturgeon bite continues to be good in deep holes of the river and bays where there is current. A 4/0 hook, 2 ounce no roll sinker and a gob of minnows works well.
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Large schools of fish
A sure sign of fall is when we start to see fish start group together in large schools. That has certainly been the case this week. Walleyes are biting using jigs and shiners and spinners and night crawlers in 18’-24’ of water around Deepwater Bay, Massacre Island, south shore of Oak Island and Little Oak Island. Water temperature is 63 degrees.
One of the 60 fish caught by this group, Saturday and Sunday. 24.75 inch walleye caught and released by Jenny Johnson, east Grand Forks, MN
Pike have been found along weed and reed lines and along shorelines. Areas with submerged trees are especially good spots to try. Throwing spinnerbaits with a worm or twister tail on the end has worked well.
Smallmouth Bass are starting to move deeper. Best approach has been starting at 10’-12’ and work to deeper water off reefs and points using a spinnerbait or a jig and a minnow.
Top water baits and large crankbaits around rocks is where anglers are finding the muskies.
A few more crappies have been found this week using a small 1/4 ounce jig or smaller tipped with a minnow in areas with structure. The cooler it gets the better the fishing will be!