Fishing Report

Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, NW Angle 5/21/18

The last week was beautiful with some rain showers mixed in which was good for our low lake level. The Ontario opener was successful and fishing overall has been good.

In Minnesota, the Walleyes are done spawning and the Crappies should be in shallow bays spawning. The depths we have found to be producing is between 4-10 feet in the mornings and evenings and between 18-26 feet mid day. As far as location we haven’t had to venture far. Rock points and shorelines near large islands and shallow bays have been successful. Specifically, Soldiers Point and Rabbit Ears have been producing. The water temp is between 53-58 degrees.

Over in Ontario, the walleye season opened on Saturday. Some crappies are still spawning while the walleyes seem to be done. We found that the walleyes are starting to move from the shallows back into deeper water between 16 and 23 feet. Fishing on the sides of rock reefs or steep breaks where the bait seems to be pushed together and just off the bottom seems to be the most successful. A 3/8 oz. jig in gold or chartreuse tipped with a frozen shiner proved to be successful. While out jigging for walleyes the chances of pulling up a pike or smallmouth is fairly good which made for some fun days of fishing.

We saw several quality fish over the last week many 26, 27 inchers and a 31 like this 26 caught by Doug on a bobber from shore last night!

Until next week, good luck fishing!
Guides Jeremy Glessing and Matt Hendry
Flag Island Resort
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Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, NW Angle 3/12/18

As we are nearing the end of the season, fishing is starting to heat up. The lake is rough in some areas with a lot of snow pack on the lake, scratchers on snowmobiles are a necessity. The dam in Kenora has been opened creating faster current in some areas as well as daily changing ice conditions. We are seeing a few new cracks opening so please use caution as the ice is starting to move. Check in with local resorts and guides for safe travel routes before heading out.

On the Minnesota side we are seeing a lot of walleye and sauger starting to move towards their spawning grounds and near reefs around large land masses. We are fishing the depth range of 20-26 feet during the day and 14-19 for the evening bite. We are fishing reefs, shoals and areas with current around Little Oak, Lake Trails, Garden and Oak Island. Gold has been the hot color on sunny days, glow lures on cloudy days in red, white, pink or green. Lind Rattling flyers, Northland Glo Shots, ripping raps and jigging raps or a plain glow hooks or a gem-n-eye on a dead stick. Jigging has been the best tactic for producing fish.

Over in Ontario, the walleyes have been active and aggressively hitting baits on the reefs. The morning and evening bite has been best for Walleye in the depths of 20-30 feet. We are finding the Walleyes near reefs, rocks and rubble as well as points, saddles and inside turns. Jigging spoons of a wide variety have been catching walleyes tipped with a minnow head or tail in gold, glow pink, green and orange. We are fishing in 30-35’ deep holes over mud for Crappie and Perch. The Crappies have been a bit more fussy so presentation is key with the best bite in the morning and daytime hours. We are still using tungsten, small jigging spoons and plastics tipped with a waxworm or minnow head. Hot colors include pink, white, red and green. We are seeing Pike in 12- 18 feet active on rock reefs.

Until next week, good luck fishing!
Guides,
Jeremy, Cale, Ray, Matt and Logan
Flag Island Resort
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Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, NW Angle 3/5/18

On the Minnesota side the walleye, sauger and pike bite has been good with some perch in the mix relating to sand bars. We have seen the day bite in 18-26 feet and the 16-22 foot range for the evening bite- the evening bite has been better especially in areas with current. Most days we are seeing saugers found at the bottom of the break lines. Garden Island seems to be putting out some better numbers with a mix of smaller and keeper fish and areas with rocks have been producing quality fish during the day. The tactic of choice has been a plain red or white glow hook on a dead stick accompanied with a jigging rig.

Over in Ontario, the crappies are being caught in deep holes in 30-35 feet off of points. The pressure is high on local fishing spots so patience has been key as the crappies are quite picky. The tackle of choice has been tungsten jigs, lindy toads, 13 Fishing Dudes and Doug jigs all tipped with a plastic and a wax worm or frozen shiner head. Top color choices include pink, white, red, purple and green. This time of year we are looking for suspended fish- a few feet off the bottom, the walleyes have been aggressive attacking a variety of baits. We are fishing walleye in 20-30 feet on reefs and rocks. Some hot tackle options for walleyes include; Northland Glo-Shots, Lindy Flyers and 13 Fishing flash bangs. Good color options include gold, glow red and glow pink. The high amounts of snow and ice have depleted oxygen levels in the lake causing the fish suspend off the bottom.

The ice road out to the resort is in good condition and is marked with signs to direct travelers out to us. We have a good 36+ inches of ice in most places and are using extensions on augers. There is a lot of snow on the lake and we are still advising no wheeled travel off of the ice road. In order to travel on snowmobile trails you must have a vehicle/machine that has ski’s on the front and tracks on the back- in other words if the machine was not manufactured with tracks/skis on it, it is illegal to be on the snowmobile trail and could be fined. Please be aware that there are many areas that are froze over but have very thin ice on them and are not safe for travel due to current- these areas especially include the sturgeon channel and around blaze, falcon, center and cyclone island in Ontario, in Minnesota areas especially between Oak and Flag. We’ve got some warmer weather coming this week which should improve fishing as well as cause more snow to melt creating areas of slush on the lake.

If traveling on your own please check with local guides and resorts before heading out as this time of year can bring rapid changes in ice conditions, the damn in Kenora has been opened creating more areas of current.
Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides Jeremy Glessing, Cale Albers, Matt Hendry and Logan Reid
Flag Island Resort
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Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, NW Angle 2/13/18

On the Minnesota side the bite is between 19-26 feet with some shallower day time bites as well. We are still fishing boulder points, rubble and mud. We are using ripping raps, jigging raps, lindy rattling flyers and northland glow shot spoons. Again, jigging has been best and producing most of the fish so don’t forget your flasher/depth finder. We’ve got 32” of ice in most places and extensions are needed at this point. The week started out strong and turned into hit and miss at times with some groups struggling with finding the true bottom on their flashers when fishing the boulders.

Over in Ontario, we’ve seen a good morning and evening bite or walleye in 20 feet near reefs and moving out to 26-30 feet during the day. For walleyes we are using lindy flyers, quiver spoons, talkers, buckshot’s, ripping raps and jigging raps in gold, red and green. For the Crappies the bite has been best in the morning so upon arrival be ready to catch. We are fishing the crappies in the 30-35 foot range off of reef edges, trees and holes between reefs. The crappie bite slows during the mid-day and afternoon. We’re still using tungsten in glow pink, red, green and white tipped with a plastic and wither a minnow head of wax worm. Electronics remain a must for working the fish to bite. We’ve still got ice forming making extensions a must in most areas up in Canada as well. We also have a lot of blowing and drifting snow so using caution is important for travel with the rough areas on the lake. The snowmobile trails are in good condition.

As always, check with local guides or resorts before traveling out on your own for safe passage.

Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides,
Jeremy Glessing, Ray King, Cale Albers, Matt Hendry and Logan Reid
Flag Island Resort
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Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, NW Angle 2/7/18

Over the past week, we’ve had several colder days although fishing has remained good. After seeing some on again off again in the weeks prior things have turned back on full force 6/7 days with the slower days seeming to be the result of windy days for the Minnesota side. In Canada, walleye fishing has been fantastic with the best bite coming in the morning and the afternoon having good activity as well. We’re seeing many larger fish being caught and released with a few trophy pike in the mix. The snow on the lake ranges from minimal up to 2 feet making for tracked vehicle or snow machine travel only. The lake is rough in a few places from blowing and drifting snow, use caution. We’re seeing about 30 inches of ice on the lake- still with areas of high current varying.

In Minnesota, again the best fishing has been in the 19-26 foot range from 730 am- 11 am and other days from 11am-3pm. The 12-19 foot range with current has been best between 330 and 6pm. The eel pout spawn is on and the walleyes are sticking tight to rocks and gravel and the saugers more in the mud on the deeper side of 26 feet. Most days jigging is producing 75% of the fish. Lindy rattling flyers with gold and glow red along with ripping raps with a minnow head have been the best tactic.

Over in Ontario, the walleye bite has been aggressive with the fish attacking lures near the bottom on rock reefs and points in 25-30 feet and the crappie bite has had some slower times and persistence has been key to catching these finicky monsters in 30-35 feet. Finding good walleye spots has been successful by trying reefs, bars, points, and rock piles in the 24-30 foot range and crappies in deep pockets off points between reefs and near current. As far as tackle, lindy flyers, quiver spoons and rapala rippin raps with a frozen shiner have been successful in gold, glow pink, orange and red for walleye. For Crappie, flyers, forage minnows and tungsten with plastics with waxworm or minnow heads have been successful in pink, white and red glow. As always, when crappie fishing we advise catching your limit and moving on to another species due to the low survival rate of catching and releasing crappies.
Check with local guides and resorts for trail and ice conditions before traveling out on your own.

Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides,
Jeremy Glessing, Ray King, Cale Albers, Matt Hendry and Logan Reid
Flag Island Resort
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Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, NW Angle 1/31/2018

In Minnesota, over the last week we did see some slower fishing- making the slow fishing worth it several large fish were caught. Fishing has rebounded quickly with the last couple of days being lights out and many limits and high numbers coming top side. During the day we are fishing in the 19-26 foot range and in the evenings 10-14 feet. As for tackle, the northland glo-shot with the red glow stick, lindy gold, silver and pink walley talkers and pink and red glow spoons have been best. We are still fishing the mud, rocks, shoals and gravel.

Over in Ontario, walleye fishing has been fantastic with aggressive fish and good numbers with several larger fish being caught. A few trophy pike have been caught patrolling the walleye reefs and crappie fishing has been good. The last week we’ve seen a lot of crappies in the 12-14 inch range. Patience has been key as well as having the right gear to catch these finicky light biters. Walleyes have been biting throughout the morning and daytime hours and somewhat slower in the evening with the crappie bite following the same pattern. Crappies are in deep holes off points in 30-40 feet of water. Walleyes are near reefs, humps, bars and islands on top of reefs and in the rock/mud transition in 22-28 feet. For walleyes we are using gold lindy flyers, red glow buckshots, pink charmers, and rippin raps all tipped with minnow heads. For Crappies we are using small tungstens in #6 of 8 hook, pink and white has been best for color. Using a small spoon with a minnow head or wax worm has also been producing.

As always, if fishing or traveling on your own check with local guides and resorts for safe travel routes and trail conditions.
Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides Jeremy Glessing, Cale Albers, Ray King, Matt Hendry and Logan Reid
Flag Island Resort
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Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort, Lake of the Woods NW Angle 1-22-18

Over the past week we’ve had a warm up with a big swing in temps. This has made some rough areas on the lake, also because of this many ruts have developed on well used trails so traveling with caution is a must. Overall fishing has stayed pretty consistent, the crappie bite has been a little finicky in Ontario and in Mn we have been seeing a lot of nice fish caught, many 20 plus inches and several 27-30 inch coming up top side. We’ve got 26-30” of ice and have been hearing some mixed reports of extensions being needed depending on your auger. The ice road out to us is still in good condition.

Stateside, we are fishing 23-28 feet deep off of points, shoals, reefs and mud in between points. We have still been seeing some dead stick action with a plain red hook and flashers are still key for producing numbers. Jigging has been best with lindy rattling flyers, ripping raps, jigging raps, and slender spoons. Gold, red and pink on sunny days with purple, red, silver and blue being best on cloudy days. We are also catching many saugers and perch as a bonus.

Over on the Canadian side, we are fishing crappies in 30-35 feet and Walleyes in 24-30 feet. Flashers/electronics & patience have been key. For the crappies using a slower presentation and coaxing them into biting is a must. We are fishing near the bottom and getting them to chase up. Tungsten jigs with a plastic and wax worm have been most successful and for color; gold, red, pink, white that glow have been best for both species. We are finding crappies in deep holes over mud near points, reeds and steep drop offs.
We’re finding walleyes near rock reefs, bars, shoals, points and humps as well as saddles between structure. Both jigging and dead sticks are producing. Lindy flyers, Northland buckshots, Rapala jigging raps and ripping raps have been best tipped with a minnow head or tail.

If fishing on your own, as always, we advise talking with local guides and resorts before heading out for safe travel routes and trail conditions.

Until next week, good luck fishing!
Guides Jeremy Glessing, Cale Albers, Ray King, Logan Reid and Matt Hendry

Flag Island Resort
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Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort 1/15/18

Over the past week we have had several weather fronts come through bringing some bearable temps and some other pretty cold temps as well as a lot of snow. With that said, fishing has stayed consistent with some slower days in the mix on both sides of the border.

In Minnesota, the walleyes, saugers, pike and perch have been biting in the 23-28 foot depths. Reef fishing continues to be good with fishing in the mud between points starting to produce 16-18 inch fish. Dead sticks have been the ticket most days throughout the day or just right away in the morning and switching to jigging later in the day. Making noise has been key with ripping raps, lindy rattling flyers, blade baits and small jigging raps. For sunny days red, gold and pink have been best and on full overcast days blue, silver ad purple. The early morning bite has been the best. Vexilars/electronics have been key to working the fish and producing the bite.

Over on the other side of the border in Ontario, the crappies have been biting on smaller lures. Patience has been key as well as using electronics to work the fish until they bite. We are fishing in 30-35 and the bottom 3 feet of the water column. When you mark a fish, slowly jig them up till they bite. The bites are typically light. We are finding the crappies in deep holes off points, mud and reefs and fishing with tungsten, plastics tipped with a wax worm or chunk of a minnow or a small jigging spoon. The walleyes and saugers are in the 20-28 foot range and are being found near reefs and in the transition zone between rocks and mud and on the reef tops. Flyers, buckshot’s, ripping raps in gold. Pink, white or orange for both species has produced. The walleye bite has been best morning and evening, on cloudy days the bite can be all day.

If fishing on your own, as always check with local guides and resorts for tips on safe passage routes with the ever changing ice conditions on areas with high current. Stay on and respect the staked trails.

Until next week, good luck fishing!
Guides,
Jeremy Glessing, Ray King, Cale Albers, Matt Hendry and Logan Reid.

Flag Island Resort
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Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort Lake of the Woods, NW Angle 1/2/18

Happy New Year!!! We’ve had a cold and busy start to the season and its been great!!! The ice road out to us on the island is plowed and in good condition.

On the Minnesota side the walleye, sauger and perch bite has been good. The magic depth has been between 23-28 feet on shoals, reefs and points. Lindy rattling fliers ¼ oz, frosties and ripping raps have all shown to be successful, hot colors include red, white, gold and chartreuse. We have between 16 and 20 inches of ice on the lake. We seem to be finding larger walleyes in 26 feet or shallower and a lot of nice saugers in that 26-28 feet of water. Several nice 20 plus inch walleyes caught this past week with a couple in the 26-30 inch range.
Over in Ontario the walleye, sauger and crappie bite has been good. The crappie bite is in the 30-35 foot depths with the best action on the deeper side. Tungsten jigs in red, white and glow green have been best threaded with a red, white or pink plastic tipped with wax worm has been the best tactic. Crappies are also being caught on small spoons and jigging raps, patience has been key. Walleyes and saugers are being caught on traditional lures such as flyers, buckshots, flutter spoons and jigging raps. Targeting reefs and points around 26-30 feet has been the most successful. The morning bite has been on the better side in comparison to the evening for both the walleye and crappies but, both are being caught throughout the day as well.

As always, when fishing on portables we advise staying on staked trails and talking to guides/resorts before going out for your safety.

Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides Jeremy Glessing, Matt Hendry, Cale Albers and Ray King

Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort 7/11/17

Last week we had a few thunderstorms roll through and the temperature is indeed telling us we are in July. The bug hatch has wrapped up and the water temps are rising. The cabbage and weed growth is reaching full growth as well. We recently sponsored two teams, Ron Bachleitner and Chris Pinket and Forrest Husset and Shaun Husset in the Wiley Point Musky bowl and we are proud to announce that they took 2nd and 7th place.

On the Minnesota side, the walleye, sauger, perch and pike bite are good. The walleyes have begun feeding on crayfish on the rocks and in the sand while the saugers are found in the mud and on rock bars. The depths to fish have been between 12 and 28 feet. Drifting and trolling with spinners near reefs as well as jigging on rocks and reefs have both been successful. The magic colors have been gold, orange and pink.  The water temp is 72.3 degrees.

Over in Ontario, the walleye, saugers, perch, smallies and muskies have been biting. The Walleyes are moving off of mud areas to mid lake rocks and reefs and are feeding heavily on crayfish. Jumbo perch have been caught in these areas as well. Muskies are being seen and caught on rock points and reeds. The magic depths for Walleyes and Saugers are 16 to 28 feet for perch 28 to 32 feet and for musky 5 to 10 feet on rocks. 3/8 oz jig and minnow combo or spinners with a crawler have been the best for walleye. Pink, orange, gold and green have been the best colors. Spinnerbaits, topwaters and bucktails for muskies in orange and black have been best.

Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides, Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Cale Albers

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Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort 7/4/17

We hope everyone is having or has had a great holiday weekend and we wish you a happy fourth of July!

On the Minnesota side, the Walleyes are moving onto mid lake structure and mud flats. The bite has been in the 14 to 26 feet range for walleyes, sauger and perch. An 3/8 oz jig with a minnow or spinner with a crawler and bottom bouncer have been the way to go. Hot colors include orange, gold, pink and green. The water temp is 66 to 68 degrees.

On the other side of the border in Ontario we are looking for walleyes to start moving onto mid lake reefs and humps and the Musky are getting more active. The magic depths for walleye has been 14-30 feet, for perch 26-30 feet. Walleye, sauger and perch are found on reefs and humps. Musky are in the 5-10 foot range in weedy bays with red cabbage and smallmouth are still in the shallow rocks. 3/8 oz jigs, the best colors being orange, gold and pink for walleyes and saugers. Spinnerbaits, buck tails and top water baits all being good for muskies. The mayfly hatch is just about over!

 

Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Cale Albers

Flag Island Resort

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Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort, Lake of the Woods, NW Angle 6/21/17

With several windy days and a mayfly hatch the water has become dirty and turbid making fishing a little on the tougher side. Anglers still managed to catch several nice fish including some beautiful muskies.

 

On the Mn side the walleye, sauger and smallmouth bite has been good. Walleyes continue to be caught on the Flag Island Flats in 5-7 feet on the mud. Reefs and rock bars continue to produce in about 24 feet. The shallows with rocks have been best for smallmouth. Locations with mud, rock piles, reefs, bars and points has been best for the walleye and sauger bite. For tackle choices, spinners with crawlers and 3/8 oz jigs with minnows has been best for walleyes. Top water raps or a jig with a leech has been best for smallies. The water temp is between 68 and 70 degrees.

 

Over in Ontario, the walleye, sauger, smallmouth, perch and muskies have been plentiful. Walleyes and saugers are located on rocks reefs and humps in 15-26 feet. Areas with current, areas adjacent to reefs and inside turns have been the most successful. Smallmouth are found in 3-5 feet on rocks. For tackle, 3/8 oz jigs in gold, pink or orange with minnows or spinners with crawlers have been best as well as crankbaits and x raps. Top water and spinner baits for smallies.

Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides, Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and  Cale Albers

Flag Island Resort

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6/12/17 Fishing Report from Flag Island Resort, Lake of the Woods Northwest Angle

With some hot days, a few storms and winds fishing has stayed steady. We have seen a few beautiful trophy sized fish that were caught and released over the last few days including both 29.5” and 30 ¼ inch walleyes. Anglers are reporting many slot sized fish being caught as well as a lot of “good eaters”. The May Fly hatch has started in the shallow water bringing the fish in to feed.

On the MN side the walleye, sauger and pike bite has been good. The Flag Island Flats are still producing in the 5-7 foot depths and 12-17 feet on sand bars and mid lake reefs. The west bar of Little Oak has been producing as well and the fish are beginning to disperse to mid lake humps and reefs. Spinners and bottom bouncers with crawlers seem to the ticket; colors being gold and gold and purple. The water temp is 65-67 degrees. The Muskies have finished up spawning and the season opens Saturday June 17th, less than a week away!

Over in Ontario, the Walleyes are feeding on May Flies and Larvae in the mud as well. We are finding the fish in the mud near rock points and reefs. The magic depths have been between 20 and 28 feet. The water temp is around 63 degrees. The bass have come up into the beds and spawned.

Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Cale Albers

Flag Island Resort

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5/29/17 Fishing report from Flag Island Resort NW Angle, Lake of the Woods

Happy Memorial Day!

The past week has brought some variation in weather including sunshine, wind and rain. Overall fishing has been good.  The bug hatches have started with the fish flies having some impact on the fishing but, anglers are still consistently getting limits.

On the Minnesota side, the walleye, sauger, pike and perch bite continues. The magic depths have been between 7-13 feet in the mud and 16-26 feet on rocks. The Flag Island Flats are starting to heat up. Other hot locations include points and near shore reefs. Just the same as last week all tactics have had their day. Jigging, raps and spinners have all been producing once you find what is working. The water temp is around 58 degrees.

Over in Ontario anglers are still catching a nice mixed bag of walleye, sauger, crappie, perch, pike and smallmouth bass. The crappies are moving shallower getting ready to spawn. Some depths according to their species are as follows; Smallmouth bass 2-8 feet, Walleyes 20-24 feet and Sauger 26-30 feet. Points, reefs, humps, areas with current, rock piles and inside turns have all worked when looking for locations. A jig or spinner with a minnow or crawler has worked best. The hot colors have been gold, pink and orange.

Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides, Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Cale Albers

Flag Island Resort

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Greetings fishermen and women! Its great being back in the swing of things and better yet in the boat! Both the MN and Ontario season is now open and fishing has been great! Staffers here at Flag Island Resort have been busy getting ready for the upcoming summer months with some deep cleaning, window washing, grounds work and remodeling!

On the Minnesota side anglers have been catching nice saugers, walleyes and perch. Soon the crappies should be finding their way into the shallows around Angle Inlet and other small creeks and the walleyes have spawned out over the past couple of weeks. With the warmer temps that started out last week anglers were finding fish in shallower water between 5-17 feet now, with the cooler temps, rain and winds most of the fish have been pushed deeper into the 16-26 foot range. Points and reefs close to large land masses adjacent to sand and rubble have been hot locations. Anglers have found fish near Soldier’s, Little Oak, Oak Island and NW Point. The water surface temp has been in that 50-55 degree range. Right now it seems like everything is working from ¼ to 3/8 jigs to slow trolling with raps in the shallows as well as trolling spinners keeping on the move at 0.9 mph.

Over in Ontario, the walleye, sauger, crappie, perch and pike have been hungry. Perch and crappie should be spawning soon. Crappies are being caught around the 20 foot mark . Sandy bays and points have been best for the walleye and crappie bite while the perch are still caught in the rocks. Many pike have been caught in areas with current. There have been reports of a lot of smallmouth mixed in with the walleyes.  Jigging with a ¼-3/8 ounce jig has been the ticket and the water temp has been around 49-52 degrees.

We hope to see you up here soon!

Until next week, good luck fishing!

Guides Dan Schmidt, Jeremy Glessing and Cale Albers

Flag Island Resort

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