Just got back from a week of muskies on Lake of the Woods. We fish the south/east in the Morson area between Sabaskong Bay and Miles Bay.
Water was still quite high, probably 3′ above normal pool but dropping fast. The high water made spots fish “small” and many go-to locations were no-go spots instead, with new spots producing. Water was 70-71 degrees, clear in areas with current, dirty in larger basins, and warming to mid or upper 70s in the sun.
We saw fewer fish overall than usual, and fish were scattered on more different areas than usual for August. Most strikes were actually during the retrieve rather than boatside. I think with the they were just starting to move off the summer haunts and hadn’t yet made it to deeper rock structure in any numbers yet. We caught fish from the far back end of weedy bays out to deep rock points. Bucktails, crankbaits, and topwater all produced.
Of the 19 muskies caught in our 2 boats, 7 were over 45″ and both my brother and my brother-in-law were able to nab their first 50″ers! Netting a few big ones for my brother was a special moment for sure. Great trip!
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