Our Walleye Master Guide are still attacking some prime areas up North around the various islands with much success

Our Walleye Master Guide are still attacking some prime areas up North around the various islands with much success

Activity is definitely the word of the week. Carry lots of bait with you, as the fish are hungry. Sorting is another word to use as there seems to be a lot of small fish getting to the minnows first. In time you will still gather your quota and you will be busy. That has been the conversations from those fishing in front of pine island on the lake side. Our Walleye Master Guide are still attacking some prime areas up North around the various islands with much success. Shiners are the bait of choice and the run this year has been fantastic. The river fishing and Four Mile Bay fishing will continue to increase. Anchoring and jigging is the fall style of fishing.

11th Year of the Chili Bowl went well with many anglers competing for larger prizes this year.  We increased the entry fee and obtained sponsors so we could run with 100% payout!  $10,000.00 was awarded with $7,500.00 for the first 3 teams.

The fall leave colors are starting to show up. It is amazing to see how long the leaves are staying on the trees this year. You can watch our webcam from time to time to see them change.

If you have thought about relocating to a location like Lake of the Woods check out our new employment webpage. We have openings available starting in the ice season. https://borderviewlodge.com/employment/

The forecast for this week looks like a normal fall cool down. Temperatures from overnight mid 30’s to daytime low 60’s are forecasted this week along with some showers.  Don’t forget your rain gear!

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Our Guides are sharing time on the lake in both Big and Little Traverse Bays

Our Guides are sharing time on the lake in both Big and Little Traverse Bays

Our Guides are sharing time on the lake in both Big and Little Traverse Bays.  There are schools of Walleye all around the lake.  Certain areas seem to have more of the 17-18” Walleye Anglers prefer to take home.  Having a limit to take home and eating some fresh while you are here is the norm.  We continue to have days to drift with spinners, but are starting to spend more time anchored and jigging.

The fall leave colors are starting to show up. You can watch our webcam from time to time to see them change.

Schools of Shiner minnows are around the Lighthouse Gap and in the river.  There has been a steady collection for live bait on our charters each day.

Here is a late September and early October Guided Walleye fishing deal!  Charter package specials from September 26th to October 17th.  3 nights lodging and 2 days of Walleye Master Guided Walleye fishing for $426.00 per person, add 8 meals and its only $526.00 per person.

If you have thought about relocating to a location like Lake of the Woods check out our new employment webpage. We have openings available starting in the ice season. https://borderviewlodge.com/employment/

The forecast for this week looks like another repeat. Temperatures from overnight 40’s to daytime 70’s are forecasted this week along with some showers.  Don’t forget your rain gear!

FISH ON!

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We are seeing more schools of Shiner minnows around the Lighthouse Gap and in the river

We are seeing more schools of Shiner minnows around the Lighthouse Gap and in the river

As the anchor and jig bite gets going, we find ourselves spending most of the time drifting with spinners.  Our Guides have been back into using frozen Shiners.  Using a crawler and a frozen shiner on a 2 or 3 hook crawler harness works well.  Starting the day in a warm hoodie or jacket is a good idea as the overnight cool temps are sticking around longer in the day.  

We are seeing more schools of Shiner minnows around the Lighthouse Gap and in the river.  Again, we continue to predominantly fish both Big Traverse and Little Traverse Bays with the wind speed and direction as the basis of fishing options available.  We continue to have a mix of small to trophy size Walleye, and there were many large Northern caught last week.

Here is a late September and early October Guided Walleye fishing deal!  Charter package specials from September 26th to October 17th.  3 nights lodging and 2 days of Walleye Master Guided Walleye fishing for $426.00 per person, add 8 meals and its only $526.00 per person.

If you have thought about relocating to a location like Lake of the Woods check out our new employment webpage. We have openings available starting in the ice season. https://borderviewlodge.com/employment/

The forecast for this week looks like a repeat of last week. Temperatures from overnight 40’s to daytime 70’s are forecasted this week along with some showers.  Don’t forget your rain gear!

FISH ON!

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We are excited to see some shiner activity the last couple of weeks

We are excited to see some shiner activity the last couple of weeks

We are excited to see some shiner activity the last couple of weeks.  The schools seem to be getting larger.  We do not take any at this time, it is too soon and the water temp is a bit warm to treat them properly and make good bait out of them frozen.  Typically, these are the ones that get mushy when they thaw.  There are options on how to freeze them with salts etc, but the best ones hold up after the water temp drops to about 45 degrees.  Of course, there are many opinions on the matter, to us experience is what tells us when and how to make frozen Shiners usable as bait.

We continue to fish both Big Traverse and Little Traverse Bays with much success drifting with spinners.  We continue to have a mix of small to trophy size Walleye.

Here is a late September and early October Guided Walleye fishing deal!  Charter package specials from September 26th to October 17th.  3 nights lodging and 2 days of Walleye Master Guided Walleye fishing for $426.00 per person, add 8 meals and its only $526.00 per person.

If you have thought about relocating to a location like Lake of the Woods check out our new employment webpage. We have openings available starting in the ice season. https://borderviewlodge.com/employment/

Temperatures from overnight 40’s to daytime 70’s are forecasted this week along with some showers.  Don’t forget your rain gear!

FISH ON!

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We continue with the majority of our time using spinners

We continue with the majority of our time using spinners

We continue with the majority of our time using spinners.  Bright colors are still best.  We also continue to work Big and Little Traverse Bays based on wind speed and direction.  There have been plenty of fish in ranging depths for awhile now.  The 12-18 foot range has included many keeper and large Walleye as well as the 25-32 foot range.

Here is a late September and early October Guided Walleye fishing deal!  Charter package specials from September 26th to October 17th.  3 nights lodging and 2 days of Walleye Master Guided Walleye fishing for $426.00 per person, add 8 meals and its only $526.00 per person.

If you have thought about relocating to a location like Lake of the Woods check out our new employment webpage.  Relocation housing is available.  https://borderviewlodge.com/employment/

Temperatures are forecasted with 70’s as daytime highs and 50’s for overnight lows this week.

FISH ON!

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Spinner fishing has been going strong all summer

Spinner fishing has been going strong all summer

Spinner fishing has been going strong all summer.  We have been able to fish while drifting or trolling spinners since late June with great success this year.  We continue to work with single or 2 hook spinners with either a minnow or a crawler.  Mostly the bright colors have been working best.  Strange to say, gold has not been a staple go to color this summer.  Bright yellows have been consistently best.

We continue to catch and release many large Walleye in the slot range and trophy size over 28 inches.  Having a fresh dinner while you are here is always awesome!  Taking home limits has been regular also.

If you have thought about relocating to a location like Lake of the Woods check out our new employment webpage.  Relocation housing is available.  https://borderviewlodge.com/employment/

Temperatures are forecasted with 70’s as daytime highs and 40’s for overnight lows this week.  Much cooler than what we have had.

FISH ON!

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Our Walleye Master Guides continue to work both Big and Little Traverse while mostly drifting with spinners and crawlers

Our Walleye Master Guides continue to work both Big and Little Traverse while mostly drifting with spinners and crawlers

Our Walleye Master Guides continue to work both Big and Little Traverse while mostly drifting with spinners and crawlers.  Bright yellow colors still seem to work best.  We are having much brighter days of sunshine now that the smoke is gone.  There were a couple tough days of wind this past week which one of them trapped many anglers in the river.  Yesterday brought much success, we were able to find more larger schools of Walleye back together after some storms with lightning passed through earlier in the week.

If you have thought about relocating to a location like Lake of the Woods check out our new employment webpage.  Relocation housing is available.  https://borderviewlodge.com/employment/

We start the week off with having the summer heat back and temps in the 90’s with 60’s overnight.

FISH ON!

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The bait fishing remains strong, mostly drifting with spinners

The bait fishing remains strong, mostly drifting with spinners

We have been in a consistent pattern for the last couple weeks.  The bait fishing remains strong, mostly drifting with spinners.  We have been fishing close by when the weather allows, other days have been spent in Little Traverse North of Garden Island.  3-ounce sinkers and yellow colors have been a steady go to presentation.  On different days changing up colors makes a difference.  Leeches are hard to come by, crawlers seem to be working well.

The summer is blowing by fast.  Hard to believe the Vikings play this week.  We still have some openings through October, give us a call and we can let you know what dates we have available.

Smoke in the air, yes, there are many fires on the Canadian side of the Border.  If you go to our website and watch the web cam you can see the action on the docks and river, as well as how the smoke is hovering from day to day.

Forecasted temps are in the upper-50s and highs in the 70’s- 80’s for this week.

FISH ON!

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The bug hatches seem to be over with

The bug hatches seem to be over with

Our Walleye Master Guides continue to work all areas of the lake.  The bug hatches seem to be over with.  Walleye are biting well while drifting or trolling with spinners and crawlers or leeches.  Big Traverse and Little Traverse have schools of Walleye from 28 to 31 feet of water.  There have been many large Walleye caught and released this past week.  Having a fresh catch of the day meal and limits of take-home fish has not been a problem for those fishing multiple days.

Smoke in the air, yes, there are many fires on the Canadian side of the Border.  If you go to our website and watch the web cam you can see the action on the docks and river, as well as how the smoke is hovering from day to day.

An important reminder while angling in warmer water is to play, photo and release fish as soon as possible.  The sooner the fish is returned to the atmosphere it was pulled from, the better chance it has to survive.  A fish that swims away has that chance.

At Border View Lodge we like having as many options in our tackle box as possible.  This gives us the opportunity to do different styles of fishing.  We like to accommodate everyone, but not everyone has the same preference of fishing styles.  We have listened to the anti-down rigging crowds over the years and we have considered eliminating them from our fleet because of their negative social pressures.  We are choosing to keep them as an option.  Experience matters, it is because we do use them from time to time that we are also able to determine what works.  While down rigging it is much less likely a Walleye of any size will swallow the hook and cause harm to the fish, also, those fish are played to the surface much quicker and swim away healthier more often.  There are many other methods of getting plugs to the floor of the lake which cause excessive time playing out fish to the surface.  Also, nothing else besides a down rigger allows for more quality fishing time and less tangles while trolling with 6 people on one boat.

Forecasted temps are in the upper-50s and highs into the 80s for this week.

FISH ON!

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Orange and Yellow still seem to be the preferred colors

Orange and Yellow still seem to be the preferred colors

BORDER VIEW LODGE

LAKE OF THE WOODS ORIGINAL WEEKLY FISHING REPORT July 25, 2021

This past week we finally received some needed rain and the smoke covered haze has diminished.  There has not been much change in tactic from last week.  We continue to work Big Traverse Bay with crawler harnesses drifting mostly in the 30-31 foot of water range.  We have mixed it up some, heading to some sand or rock areas of Little Traverse.  Trolling with plugs is working well in most areas of the lake.

Orange and Yellow still seem to be the preferred colors. Bottom bouncers or inline sinkers from 1.5 to 2 ounce have always been the standard, although this year it seems there is a preference for 3 ounce.

We are excited for the prospect of a little rain this week.  Small amounts are forecasted with temps in the upper-50s and highs into the 80s.

FISH ON!

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