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    On the south end...  Resorts are open and anglers enjoying fishing and fish frys.  A strong walleye bite continues with best success in 20 - 30 feet of water.  Anchored up and vertical jigging a jig and minnow or frozen emerald shiner has been very successful.  Gold / pink or gold / orange colors hard to beat.  South end water temps warmer than north end of lake.  Fish on the south end mainly post spawn, up north, still spawning.  A nice mix of eaters, slots and trophies.  Some big pike continue to be caught as well. 

    On the Rainy River...   Some good walleyes were caught in the river this week.  Best depth 12-24'.  Jigs and minnows working the best.  Some fish still being caught in the Four Mile Bay and the Bostic Bay areas.  Fish are post spawn.  Some shiners are in the river holding fish. The sturgeon season is closed until July 1st when the season re-opens.

    Up at the NW Angle...  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake and stay in MN waters.  Some resorts are offering transport service across the lake in MN waters to the Angle prior to the border opening.  Various south shore resorts are offering parking for guests of NW Angle resorts.

    Fishing is great.  Anglers fishing the Angle are catching good numbers of walleyes.  Jigging rocky points and reefs close to islands in 8 - 25 feet of water effective.  Some good fish also coming on crankbaits in 8-12' of water.  A complete list of lodging available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging
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    Super Slick Bucktails
    Our buddy Doug Wegner recently posted up a video breakin' down his top 5 musky bucktails from this past season:
    Lots of good info in the video, but here's a quick overview of Dougie's picks:
    #5 – MuskyFrenzy Triple Bladed Apache

    Three Indiana blades rigged up on a 3-in-1 clevis. Believe it or not, the Triple Bladed Apaches actually pull less than your typical double bladed bait. Like Doug says in the video, "it's all about finding something different." This one fits the bill.
    #4 – Spanky Bucktail

    Built on extra-hefty .062 wire, with thick Colorado blades and a bonus hook in the middle of the bait. This one's produced for Doug on both Green Bay and LOTW.
    #3 – Revolution Ticker

    The one-piece blade rotates like crazy and gets "ticked" by the wire as it spins. The bait itself doesn't have much lift, which means this bait runs a little bit deeper.
    #2 – DS4 Bucktail

    Doug actually put together his own custom version with thicker blades in the front and thinner blades in the back. It's a unique look fairly new to the musky world.
    #1 – MuskyFrenzy Staggers

    Lots of different sizes to choose from in the Stagger lineup, but Doug is particularly fond of the 8/9. The one-piece clevis allows you to run two different sized blades without startup issues – the 8/9 has a #8 Colorado and a #9 Indiana.

    Good list – now all that's left to do is wait for bucktail season! 😉


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