Northern Manitoba has experienced a small heat wave which had brought our water temps into and holding in the low 70s. This has finally transitioned most of the lakes into the mid/late summer patterns.
Most of the lakes have the walleye sliding deeper towards the deeper basins. Find those humps and points adjacent to the deep water, and watch electronics as they will sit tight to a certain depth. Vertical jigging with minnows or snap raps, and bottom bouncing with harnesses are proving successful. Also be sure to be there for the twilight bite, as many big fish are podded together and feeding at last light. Be sure to take note of any deadheads or things to watch out for while coming back in the dark!
Pike are in the cabbage on some lakes, preferring cabbage adjacent to deep water. They are also banking up deeper on ledges around the deep basins. Throwing big musky gear in the cabbage or jigging bondies for these big deeper independent marks will make some dreams a reality.
The lakers have headed to deep pockets, and some lakes are really producing. Some locals marked some big arcs on Clearwater Lake and used vertical jigging big baits to boat some big fish. The key as always is to make sure you graph some fish, chum, and then get atop those fish. Making them chase a big tube jig and watching it unfold on your graph is more fun then any video game out there.
We have so many lakes up here that produce quality and quantity. August is known as a slower fishing month, but using your electronics and spending some time on the water can be very rewarding. Once you find them and figure them out, you generally have less fishing pressure around so your hot spot stays hot. And once you find one fish, you generally find a boat load!
Wekusko Falls Lodge
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