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On the south end... Walleye fishing has been good all summer and is still strong. Lots of limits of walleyes along with some big fish being caught. Lake levels continue to drop thankfully. Boat ramps are open and charters / guides continue to be on fish.

Drifting spinners still producing. Hammered gold, pink, orange, glow white, glow red or a combo of some of these colors working well. Usually a two or three hook harness with just a few inches of crawler off of the back hook.

Good success jigging for walleyes. This technique usually slows down in August, but this year it is still working great. Using a frozen emerald shiner is the go to.

Big walleyes being found, as a rule, over deep mud. Jigging, spinners and crankbaits are all catching the big fish.

Nice eaters still set up in 15-20' outside both gaps on the south end of the lake as well as numerous areas of Big Traverse Bay. Lots of anglers running north if conditions allow.

On the Rainy River... Some good walleye, sturgeon and smallmouth bass reports from the Rainy River. Water levels continue to drop.

Shoreline breaks, current breaks, weed edges and holes holding a mixed bag.

Sturgeon anglers are reporting good numbers of fish. Putting in a couple of days normally results in some success. Holes and flats or saddles just off of the current good areas to look at.

Up at the NW Angle... Lots of walleyes along with a mixed bag is the norm. Some anglers fishing MN waters, others boating into Ontario waters from the Angle and fishing there. Good reports across the board.

Angle resorts are located in MN right on the border. Checking in with Canada Customs and being vaccinated is not needed if boating from the U.S. to Canada and not touching land, docks, anchoring, mooring or exchanging goods or services.

Little Traverse Bay (large open water east of Little Oak Island) still holding good numbers of walleyes over deep mud.

Typical summer spots are producing. Sunken islands, neck down areas with moving water and points. With 14,552 islands, lots of places to fish.

Muskie anglers reporting fish have been active with good numbers being caught.

Various ways to travel to the Angle.

1. Drive through Canada to the Angle (must be vaccinated, no covid test required)

2. LOW Passenger Service (charter boat service across the lake avoiding customs)

3. Lake Country Air (fly from various Midwest locations to LOW and NW Angle)

4. Take your own boat. (Safety first, this is a 40 mile ride over big water)

A complete list of lodging, guide and charter boat trips at www.LakeoftheWoodsMN.com/Lodging.


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Never too early to scout deer food sources†

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by Ron Steffe


As Iíve moved along in age, Iíve developed a habit that I find useful when the moment†comes around to begin my deer hunting.

Being blessed with an abundance of free time, the routine of checking the food sources that whitetails may visit, particularly those that grow near my hunting spots, is an action Iíve made certain†to perform for a good dozen years now.

A recent day with cooler air óat least compared to the days of oppressive heat ó found me stirred enough to check some choice hunting places where I have some treestands posted. The first spot I checked has a couple of nearby thick and sturdy beechnut trees growing. Last year they were loaded with as many nutty fruits as Iíve ever seen. This year they are barren.

There are also a couple of large red oaks nearby, and search as much as I could, I was unable to spot a single acorn.

At this spot, much of the area is also full of tall tulip poplars. Throughout these tall, straight poplars are places of thick underbrush. Much of the underbrush is comprised of some younger poplar, a scattering of a few small oaks and beechnut. Some small red birch ó there are some larger ones in this area ó a couple sugar maples, large greenbrier bushes and thick vine growth.

This mix offers the deer great protected travel routes through this section of forest on their way to nearby grain fields (deer have no problem spending time in farm fields also ó see above photo I took in a bean field). The greenbrier, some ivy growing on trees and the leaves of the sugar maples offer foods to munch on to and from the fields. There is also an older logging road passing through that I hunt next to, one laden with green grasses.

There are no fruit trees in this area, but there are plenty of forbs that edge along the planted grain fields of corn and soybeans.

Wild forbs ó which are non-woody nor grass-like ó are broadleaf plants such as milkweed, sunflowers, clovers, daylilies and wildflowers, to name a few. It is estimated that forbs provide as much as 60% of a deerís diet in warmer months, plus they offer more energy than all other type foods they may consume.

I may consider moving my stand at this spot because one of those nut trees Iíve mentioned, happen to shed their fruit upon the logging trail, and being barren this year, means less of an attractant for the deer. Thatís a decision Iíll make later, but also a reason I come early in the year to check the available food for the deer I hunt that grows near my stand.

I havenít checked my other spots yet, but I will. To walk into a hunting location without a certain level of knowledge of the food in the area, may prove to be an eventual waste of time, and there is no sense in doing that.

Deer hunting requires scouting for the best probability to succeed. An early trip to a favorite spot, searching for and examining the details of nearby obtainable food deer eat, will certainly not hinder oneís chances for filling a tag.


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