Once again, follow the wind and you will find fish. This has been a nice pattern for anglers as depending which direction the wind blows, fish of all species can be found. The biggest change in the last week is a fairly significant mayfly hatch has arrived but this has not affected angler success. Lindys with a short snell and leeches are by far the tackle and bait of choice. The only problem some are having is a short bite. If you are getting bit short or getting bit off try downsizing your bait, move a little slower and give them some time to take it in.
Tom Cod is still producing fish but not nearly the numbers we usually see this time of year. Try shallower areas around Cutover, Yewbush and northwest to Three Sisters. Once again, wind is critical. Fishing wind blown shorelines and entrance to bays and funnels is still working well. Reefs will pick up soon but with the cooler weather forecasted it could be a couple weeks still.
Northern are being taken more frequently in the smaller variety (2-7 lbs) as the larger fish have become a tougher catch this past week. Pike anglers are getting larger fish to follow but are somewhat reluctant to take the bait.
While most are seeking walleye and pike, small mouth bass reports are limited but do hear of the occasional 18 plus incher being caught. All shorelines with gradual depth changes and rocky points are a good place to target. Look to inside turns.
We have had some fantastic rainbows as of late so don’t forget your camera no matter where you go. Buck deer are in full velvet and more wildlife are being seen along shorelines attempting to escape pesky bugs in the woods. Voyageurs National Park has countless opportunities for photographers, so take advantage of this magnificent area!