6/06/13 - Rainy River
Fishing remains steady!
Despite the recent showers in the area anglers have pushed on and continue to catch some nice bags of fish. A few of the days were a little too rough on the big water for most anglers and forced a majority of the field into the rainy river and four mile bay area. The water level in the river is high and clarity is low causing a tuff bite for most. Fishing lake side has remained steady though, the mud in front of pine island still holds fish and “ up north” in the islands has been good.
Pulling spinners and drifting jigs along stretches of sand and gravel shoreline in anywhere from 6 to 14 feet of water has been very effective. Fish are scattered along shorelines scavenging for young of the year baitfish that roam the shallow warm waters. Jigs from 1/8 to 3/8 ounce, depending on drift speed, tipped with a minnow and single hook spinners with a minnow or a double hook and leech are good options. Don’t rule out deeper water, some fish are located on deep rock and in deep mud right now as well, cold front conditions and rain may have driven some fish deeper for a couple of days.
|Zunker group limited with captain Troy and Darrel awesome day of fishing!
||Buzzy with the Zunker group nice 27 incher with Captain Troy Brandon!
6/06/13 – Oak Island
The island action is heating up!
Many good fishing opportunities await anglers returning to the islands this early summer. Lots of nice walleyes and smallmouth are being caught, maybe one of the best starts to smallmouth fishing in awhile. Lots of 2 to 3 pound walleyes are being caught indicating a healthy population of walleyes in the islands.
Fish remain shallow along shorelines and up shallow on points. Look for fish in shallow sand bays as well, new weed growth is emerging in these pockets of sand and baitfish abound. Drifting jigs along long stretches of sand and gravel shorelines or pulling spinners or crank baits along these stretches. Anywhere from 6 to 14 feet of water and some fish deeper on some rock in the low to mid 20 foot level.
Caitlin Hadrava, staff caught 6//1/13 near Oak Island.
23 ½ inches caught on a live minnow and a tri colored ¼ ounce jig.