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Weekly Oak Island Fishing Report

Fish are hitting the fall patterns hard now


Walleyes are setting up on shorelines and the deep holes.  Fish are packing on pounds and need to eat and eat a lot.  Look for bait and the fish will be there.  Rocks and break lines are going to be good spots to start looking.  Jigging tipped with a shiner is the best way to target walleyes.  Bright colors like chartreuse, orange, and white are good colors.  Crappies and perch are moving to these areas as well! So get out there and good luck!


Big Fish Fall


Everyone thinks of different things when they feel those first cool September winds.  Some people think of walking trails, some people think of the leaves changing colors but for the people of Lake of the Woods it means one thing, big walleyes and a lot of them.  Those water temperatures start dropping and the walleyes go into feed mode.  There are many ways you can target these pigs but here are a few of the best ways.


As we know, the reason that so many walleyes flood the rainy river area in the fall is the emerald shiner run.  Walleyes are putting on the pounds for winter.  A lot of anglers target walleyes with just a jig and shiner.  This can be very productive and is a simply an easy way to catch not only big walleyes but a lot of fish.  The best place to look for these fish is outside the gap or in the river.  As far as outside the gap will be holding to a certain depth.  The farther we move through September and into October that depth will get shallower.  In the river, walleyes will be holding to places where the current breaks or inlets, any place where shiners are going to hold.  Jigging in these areas can be and will be very productive.


Another strategy that has been getting the attention of not only many anglers but big walleyes as well is trolling plugs and stick baits.  Trolling off of Pine Island can be very good.  Long lining shad raps can be very good at times but a good way to troll at all depths is to have a 3oz weight and about a 5 to 6 foot snell followed by a stick bait.  It is much easier to control your depths this way.  As far as the river, trolling the first breaklines into the current has proved to produce big walleyes.

40 inch Pike Courtney Carlson

The fall isn’t just good for big walleyes tho!  Big pike, sturgeon, and smallmouth are also packing on the pounds before winter.  Pike will be holding to current breaks in the river.  Casting spoons and blade baits in these areas will attract these toothy beasts out of hiding. Also, laying dead bait on the bottom, such as smelt or a sucker can be a good way to get these fish to bite later in the year as they get more lethargic.

Joe Henry, smallmouth bass

Smallmouth will be holding to rocky structures and can be caught while actually walleye fishing.  Unlike walleyes and pike, smallmouth will be in the current.  Rocks and gravel areas in the current should hold good numbers of smallmouth.  Soft plastic baits will produce good fish.  Later in the year, live bait may work better than soft plastic.

Sturgeon Swimming

Sturgeon have been getting more and more popular as the years go on up in the rainy river.  Fish over 70 inches are not out of the realm of possibly these days.  And in the fall they are feeding hard before the winter.  Concentrate on areas around deep holes in the river.

This doesn’t always mean directly in the bottom of the hole.  Sometimes just upriver or adjacent to the hole is where this dinos can be lurking.  So before ditching a location completely try a couple different spots on the same spot!

To be fair, if you are looking for a place in the Midwest for big fall walleyes, Lake of the Woods and the Rainy River is one of the best if not THE best place to go.  So get up here and hold on tight!

Deep Waters


A good walleye bite has been going on in 27’-36’.  Fish are beginning to move off of the points and move to their fall spots.  Jig and a minnow has been a good way to target these walleyes right now.  All the usual colors mainly coming back to pink and gold.  A few good days have been had spinner fishing too so don’t be afraid to try something new if the bite is slow.  Good luck!


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Starting to Feel Like Fall!


With cool temperatures moving in it may feel like the island life is over but that could not be farther from the truth!  The islands are hot right now.  Drifting spinners on rocky structures and drop-offs are good places to start.  Walleyes can be found on all types of structures and depths.  They will be moving off of the mid-lake structures and back to the shores and classic fall areas.  Be looking for these fish making this move! Good Luck!


Fish are biting up here!


With the cooling temperatures this fish have really starting eating on the reefs.  Rock points will hold good numbers of walleyes as well.  Jigging the drop offs or drifting spinners will get fish on these reefs.  15’-25- has been good for these fish!  Muskies continue to munch all day long so get up with a guide and be ready! Good Luck!
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Walleyes Are Holding Deep


The walleyes are snapping in the islands. Walleyes are holding to deeper rock structures. Drifting spinners over the tops of these rocks or jigging down the edges will produce walleyes.

The muskies are really ramping up as we head into the later parts of August. Fast moving buck tails and twitch baits have been looking good to these tooth giants as of late! Good luck and we will see you out there!


Jig and a minnow


The great fishing in the island continues! Walleyes are still being caught on jigs. Gold, pink, and chartreuse jigs with a minnow. You can pull spinners on the reefs and catch fish as well!

Muskie fishing is still going well! They are beginning to move out to the large structures. Get to the islands and start throwing baits!

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Fishing is outstanding!


Walleyes are snapping on reefs and flats. As far as the flats, pulling spinners with a crawler or leech will get strikes.  Hammered gold or pink spinners in 12’-20’ have been working well.  If jigging is the way you are going to go, gold, pink and chartreuse have been good on the reefs from 13’-28’ Muskie fishing continues to be good in the cabbage bays! Make sure you don’t miss this great fishing!


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What a fun way to celebrate a birthday! These ladies enjoyed a great day of walleye fishing from Sportsman’s Lodge Rainy River to Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge with Captain Travis M, a relaxing stay at Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge and a beautiful cruise back.

Great walleye and solid muskie fishing


Island life is just chugging along!  Great walleye and solid muskie fishing.  Walleyes are snapping as usual.  Jigging and spinners have been catching fish.  Jigging the reefs anywhere from 24’-30’ and spinners anywhere from 12’-20’.  Tipping minnows on jigs continues to out produce any other bait just as crawlers has by far out done anything on spinners.  The muskies are ramping up as summer chugs along.  Many fish in the high 40s to low 50s are being caught every day!  Get up here and get in on the action!


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Walleyes are biting well on the reefs


The island life just rolls on.  Walleyes are biting well on the reefs.  A variety of jigs and spinners are being used to target them. When jigging go with either gold or pink jigs with a minnow.  If spinner fishing is more your style however, hammered gold with a crawler or a minnow.  With the hot temperatures, the fish are moving to their classic mid-summer locations.  Large rock structures are likely to hold good numbers of walleyes.  Good luck and we will see you out there!


Caught right off the dock at the lodge! Andrew from Wabasso, MN 45.5” northern pike. Nice one buddy!

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