Lake of the Woods
Limits of walleyes and saugers, with the occasional trophy fish in the mix, are coming from 24 feet to 32 feet of water, Lake of the Woods Tourism said in its weekly update. Various techniques are working as water temperatures rise, the report said, including anchoring up and jigging, drifting with spinners and pulling crankbaits. Resorts are finding fish all over the lake from Pine Island to Knight and Bridges islands, north of Garden Island, Zippel Bay and Long Point.
Up at the Northwest Angle, walleye action has been good in 18 to 20 feet of water, Sportsman’s Oak Island Lodge reports. Jigging with a minnow in mud bottom areas has been the most productive technique. Pike are hitting flashy spoons and crankbaits in 6 to 20 feet of water, and anglers are catching smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water using spinnerbaits and crankbaits, the report said. Muskie season in Ontario waters opens Saturday, June 15.
Water temperatures are slowly rising, and the best walleye action is in 10 feet of water or less, Woodland Resort on Creel Bay reported Thursday in its weekly update. Anglers are catching fish in a variety of ways, the report said, including leeches below slip bobbers, pitching crankbaits or soft plastics and trolling spinners.
Focus on shallow, flooded areas for best action, Woodland said, along with trees, weeds and mud. Some of the best action continues to come from the west side of the lake, and anglers also are catching some fish in the north end of Creel Bay, the report said.
Last week’s heat wave pushed water temperatures into the low 70s, and catfish soon will begin spawning, Grand Forks catfish guide Brad Durick said Thursday. Most years catfish don’t spawn at the same time, Durick said, so anglers who are patient and “grind it out” will have the best success. Look for fish on the calmer side of the main current — usually an inside corner — and set baits right on the break line where the calmer water and faster water meet. Anglers should give a spot at least 20 to 30 minutes before moving, Durick said, to give the fish ample time to find the bait. Cut suckers have been the best bait this past week, he said.
As the spawn progresses, cats will move tighter to the bank and tighter to structure for a couple of weeks. Anglers who stay patient will still catch fish, Durick says.