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!
Jeremy Glessing, Ray King, Cale Albers, Matt Hendry and Logan Reid.
Flag Island Resort