It's time for another Lake of the Woods fishing report. What a great week of fishing here in the Northwest Angle for Walleye, Muskie, and Pike. Anglers battled through some strong winds, but that did not hurt the fishing. Numbers of fish and quite a few large fish were caught out of Flag Island Resort. Water temperatures are still falling. 72 degrees was the coolest we found and it’s keeping the algae bloom in check. We can continue to expect great fishing as long as the water temps stay down.
Where did all the Walleye go? Fish seem to be spread out throughout the southern portion of the lake. Trolling crawler harnesses seems to be the best option, especially on windy days. The northern portion of the Northwest Angle, however, tells a different story. Jigging deep reefs with a 1/8th ounce jig tipped with a minnow is putting lots of fish in the boat. Steep drop offs off smaller islands being hit by the strong wind are also holding lots of fish.
We have to say it again; you cannot beat Lake of the Woods when it comes to Muskie fishing. No other lake in the world can provide you with as many spots and patterns to fish. Before the big storm hit, fish were going bonkers. Even after, anglers are still reporting several follows and some beautiful catches. Another 50 inch Muskie was caught along with a 49 inch and several 45 inches or better. It’s great to see so many large fish being caught when a lot of smaller fish around 30 to 38 inches were caught earlier in the year. The larger bucktails finally took the trophy this week, but smaller crankbaits and twitch baits are still producing fish. It’s hard to beat a shallow island complex or a shallow rock saddle this time of the year; however, fish are still being caught in the weeds.
Want to target Northern Pike? After a cold front, big Pike like to slip up shallow onto classic summer-time rock spots. Large, shallow gravel areas around islands adjacent to water as deep as 30 to 40 feet are excellent areas to target Pike after a cold front. Bright colored Suicks, side to side glide baits, and twitch baits around 6-8 inches are hard to beat. When the water is warmer, Pike will slip out deep and can be caught trolling 6-10 inch crankbaits in bright colors Weeds hold fish year round and Pike can be caught on a variety of lures such as spoons and bass size spinnerbaits.