Published By OutdoorsFIRST Media Published July 12, 2017
Many limits this week as the bite remains excellent. Jig/minnow or jig/leech and bouncers with spinners with crawlers or minnows remaining a great tactic to land fish. Gold, glow and bright colors doing the best. Walleyes and saugers in 14-20' with others a little deeper to 29-30'. Anglers just starting to troll cranks. Lots of areas producing all around the lake. Pike, perch, and a great smallmouth bite mixed in as well. Lots of mayflies around right now but fishing remains good.
Anglers in the Rainy River finding some walleyes with morning/evening the best. Trolling cranks or pulling spinners a good idea to cover more water. Smallmouth bass in good numbers along shorelines and feeder streams. Sturgeon fishing opened July 1st and initial reports are very good for sturgeon anglers with some monsters boated.
Up at the NW Angle, fishing remains great. The areas by Little Oak, Crowduck, and Garden Island all holding good populations of fish. Crawlers on a hammered gold and/or orange/chartreuse spinner are producing fish out of 18 - 28 feet. On days with no wind, troll 1.0 - 1.25 mph with spinners. Crankbaits starting to boat fish more consistently. On the Canadian side, bottom bouncers and spinners have been sending anglers home with limits as have the traditional jig and minnow. Muskie fishing going good with numbers of 30-45" inch fish and a few 50 inchers. Lodging, charters and guides are available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.