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8.29.16 Sunset Lodge Fishing Report, nw Angle of lotw

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Hello folks! Checking in from Oak Island this week, would you believe it's the last week of August already? With the fall season fast approaching, now is the time to head North to the Angle and get in on some fantastic fishing that we're experiencing and the even better fishing that's yet to come as the days get cooler and those leaves start turning!

Up on the Canadian side, water temps have cooled significantly, they are hovering around the 65 degree mark. Anglers are targeting walleyes around the offshore reefs and humps in depths ranging from 15 to 25 feet. Jigs with minnows and spinners with crawlers have been producing limits of quality fish this week. With several slot fish being caught and released as well! Reports from anglers on the dock have included areas such as the reefs around Skeet Island, Deepwater Bay, Tranquil Bay, Bishop Bay and Big Narrows. Muskie hunters have been having some success this week as well! Several boats have reported seeing multiple fish, and quite a few of those fish have been hooked and landed! We've had several reports of fish in the mid 40" range and above being hauled in for a photo opportunity! Casting rock reefs offshore and shallow weedy bays have been best. Topwaters, bucktails and thrillers have been go to baits this week!

In Minnesota waters, boats are reporting good numbers of walleyes and saugers around Oak Island and the areas near Four Blocks and Little Oak. Spinners with bottom bouncers and a night crawler have been stellar, as well as trolling deep diving crankbaits with leadcore or downriggers. Depths from 15 to 30 feet have been best depending on the conditions for that day.

It's not to late to make an end of the summer fishing trip to the Northwest Angle on beautiful Lake of the Woods! Come stay with us at Sunset Lodge Resort on Oak Island. We would love to be the hosts for your next fishing and outdoor adventure!

Until next week, take care!
Cale Albers

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