Just like that another fall weekend goes by. Walleyes and saugers have the feed bag on! 15-25 feet of water with a jig and a minnow is the ticket. Hot colors are bright colors especially when its cloudy. Fish are being caught across the south shore with a good mix of charter and personal boats enjoying the hot fall fishing. Heading north has yielded many fish as well near Hay Island and NW Point. Schools of jumbo perch are often mixed in with walleyes with reports of a few in the mix to dozens.
The Rainy River is improving as anglers are catching some walleyes at various spots from the mouth up to Frontier Landing. There have been a couple of good runs of shiners so far and current looks good. Some bait dealers are finding nice walleyes in their minnow nets. Fishing continues to improve. The sturgeon are surging with many good reports of sturgeon caught and released.
Up at the Northwest Angle, guides are targeting 15-25 feet on the around Oak Island, Hay Island and various underwater points and holes. Jig and a minnow combo has been best but some are boating fish with spinners or crankbaits as well. On the Ontario Side, water temps are around 52 degrees and anglers are targeting depths of 12-18 feet on reefs and points or 20-35 foot holes in current areas. Most anglers are using jig and a minnow. Falcon Island, Firebag, and McPherson Island have been hot. Jumbo perch are being found in deeper water as well. Anglers are finding slab crappies as well in 30 foot holes. Resorts and guides at LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.
The RUT - a unanimous term that sparks excitement, anxiety, and
giddiness amongst the deer hunting community. It's the equivalent of
Christmas, the 4th of July, and Thanksgiving all rolled into
an unbelievable 3-week period during the fall. Quite plainly, as
hunters, it's what we live for.
Hunting magazines dedicate entire issues to it, the Outdoor Channel
runs nonstop footage of it, and social media is swarmed with it. THE RUT
is a deer hunter's cocaine, when we're not hunting it, we're consuming
it, discussing it, daydreaming of it, and waiting for it. It's the time
when we feel good about every hunt and every hour we are on stand.
Without further ado, here are the 2016 Rut Predictions for Every Theory!