Ballard's Fishing Report

High Water Levels

High Water Levels

Welcome to another addition of Ballard’s Fishing Report.
The water level has continued to remain about 4 foot higher than normal levels.  It’s said that it’s at the highest level in 85 years.  The reason being that the water is entering Lake of the Woods about 3 times faster than it’s exiting into the Winnipeg River.  This would seemingly cause havoc around the area, but we have escaped with relatively small amounts of damage.  Now the important question, how has it affected the fishing!?
July is typically the month when we do the majority of fishing near the reefs.  Even with the water being so high, this year is no different.  When the wind permits, we motor up to the north end of Big Traverse to fish near Garden, Hay & Little Oak Islands.  Anchoring and jigging is the most common method but we have started to drift the boats with spinner baits more frequently.
The fishing bite has remained steady as we are seeing limits of both walleye and sauger with the occasional slot fish mixed in.  It’s really business as usual up on the North end, and business is good!
The water will eventually go down, but the fishing will heat up!
Set the hook!

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