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

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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