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    On the south end...  Fishing remains excellent with a nice mix of eaters, slots and trophy walleyes.   Two great ways to catch walleyes this time of year, crawler harnesses and crankbaits.  Walleyes are hanging out on the deep mud in 30 - 36' of water.  Cover water by drifting or trolling.  Crawler harnesses (snelled spinners) in hammered gold, pink, glow or orange with a 1-2 ounce weight.  The second technique is trolling crankbaits through various schools of walleyes over the deep mud.  Get lures down with lead core line, a 4 ounce bottom bouncer, snap weights, 3 way rig or downriggers.  Switch colors often but some starters, pink uv firetiger, chrome / blue, firetiger, and gold. 

    On the Rainy River...   Walleyes are scattered on flats and in deeper holes.  Trolling crankbaits this time of year to cover water is effective.  Mix of walleyes and saugers.  Sturgeon anglers targeting deep holes with sturgeon rigs and crawlers or frozen emerald shiners.  Smallmouth bass and pike active around current breaks, rocky areas and weed edges.

    Up at the NW Angle...  Until the US / Canada border opens, guests can travel across the lake staying and fishing in MN waters.  There are shuttle / passenger services available to the Angle via boat.  Check with your favorite NW Angle resort for options. 

    Strong walleye bite with lots of eater fish on the mud adjacent to reefs and islands throughout the Angle.  Much like the south end, spinners with a crawler or trolling crankbaits both are producing good numbers of fish.  Pike and muskies being caught casting bays and trolling rocky point areas.  Smallies in their summer pattern, 4 - 15' in rocky areas.  A complete list of lodging available at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging
    BUSY is still the word as lots of anglers and boaters using Lakes Oahe along with Sharpe this year. It just hasn't let up much but I suspect August may see a little let off with the lake usage. I have been on the water most days and with the exception of one real bad day on Sharpe fishing for me and most guides has been limits daily. I did spend 4 days on Sharpe catching nice fish but the last day there was just very hard either because of not the right current or big wind but 2 of the days were limits of nice 16 to 19 inch fish so the river can be very good.. I used nightcrawler spinner bouncer rigs but a few of the guides were pulling plugs. Most of the rest of the period I have been on the big lake (Oahe) and fishing is very good as long as the weather lets you fish. The fish on Oahe are deeper from 25 fow down to 45 fow and many different methods are producing the fish I have been staying with nightcrawlers but plugs and jigging raps are also working. The big CVA group just left and is it not hard for me to mention that once again guide  Paul Steffen did a run away with their company tournament  weighing ( get this) a  6 lb. average for 5 fish a day and also weighing an almost 13 lb. walleye in these catches He has a history of winning this almost every year and that is saying something as most of the best guides on the lake work this group. Nice to see these kind of weights are possible and there are more big fish coming in lately so if you are coming over maybe a big one will be in the books for you. Thank you to CVA for once again bringing a real nice bunch of company personnel up for your annual trip and thank you to all my other  customers for your business. Biting fly's in many areas can make for Bermuda shorts wearers doing a lot of slapping so taking a pair of long pants along if wearing them a very good idea. Water/Gator aide type drinks and sun screen make for both safer and better trips. Covid is still an issue so doing the things Governor Noem recommends are still required to be safe and to respect other people’s safety so practicing distancing and Masks when needed is just being responsible .I will mention that I have heard of a better Salmon bite lately but I am not in touch with information other than maybe down around 75 feet is where most down riggers are being set at.





    By eric nestor

    The iconic .44 Magnum cartridge will never go obsolete. 

    This great cartridge just improves with age.

    The .44 Magnum was born when the late great Elmer Keith needed more power from a revolver. When loaded hot, this cartridge will take down any big-game animal in North America with a well-placed shot.

    While big-bore cartridges keep getting bigger, the .44 Magnum holds its place as the Goldilocks of hunting calibers.

    1. It offers hunting rifles knockdown power and accuracy.

    Wide Open Spaces

    In the past, rifles chambered for the .44 Magnum cartridge often produced poor groups. Modern rifles such as the above Henry Arms Color Case Hardened Big Boy Lever-Action Rifle in the iconic .44 Magnum caliber have proven this notion false. What could be a better deer or hog rifle? The speed and accuracy the .44 Magnum cartridge has from a long barrel length is quite impressive.

    2. Modern ammunition is more accurate and powerful than ever before.

    Whether you're hiking in bear country or hunting other big game, ammunition selection is impressive. With many manufacturers trying to outdo each other, serious power has emerged. Better hollow-point, self-defense ammunition and stronger meplat bullets will take care of just about any threatening animal. Hornady offers polymer-tipped cartridges with better downrange ballistics that the traditional soft-point or hollow-point designs, perfect for deer hunting.

    3. You have a lot of options to pick from.

    Whether it's a Magnum Research Desert Eagle Mark XIX semi-automatic pistol, Magnum Research BFR, Ruger Redhawk, Taurus Tracker or a vintage Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver, the choices are great. My current favorite is the lightweight Smith & Wesson Model 329 revolver. Pick a rifle from such brands like Henry Arms, Marlin or Winchester to round out your .44 magnum firearm inventory.

    4. Who else loves the little brother .44 Special?

    Sportsman's Guide

    The .44 Special might be the predecessor of the mighty .44 Magnum, but it still works great in most .44 Magnum weapons. It offers softer shooting for target work. Save the magnum load for defense or hunting. With many manufacturers loading "cowboy loads" for the .44 Special, this is a great load for smaller work. This is similar to the use of .38 Special cartridges in a .357 Magnum revolver.

    5. Reloading this big beautiful cartridge is easier than ever.

    Reloading supplies for the .44 Magnum are just about everywhere. A quick online search and all of the components you could ever dream of are in your hands quickly. Case life is extremely long and this non-bottleneck, straight-wall cartridge is easy to load.

    6. It's a hard-hitting cartridge that's still fun to shoot.

    Face it, either you love the thrill of recoil or you don't. The big X-frame S&W revolvers might be a lot of fun to shoot at the gun range. When accuracy counts, can you put six rounds into a bear's head in just a couple seconds while firing double-action? Remember, this isn't like shooting single-action in the controlled environment of a gun range.

    Not many shooters can deal with the punishing recoil of calibers like the .500 S&W Magnum cartridge. The modern .44 Magnum revolvers are easier to carry and shoot.

    Dirty Harry wasn't wrong to pack his .44 Magnum six-shooter. Why reinvent the wheel when it isn't broken? You'll never go wrong with a .44 Magnum.

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