Let’s breakdown West Bay and the West Arms into fishing
areas, describe them and tell you where and how to fish
these honey holes. Please click on the following
Running short drifts over areas that have weed or rock
structures is the most common way to catch walleyes at
our lodge although back trolling and still fishing when
the winds are not agreeable will also produce nice fish.
Fishing depths range from 6’ to 18’ in spring and summer
and will drop to 30’to 35’ in the fall. Tackle used is
as simple as lead jigs 1/4 to 3/8 oz in various color
choices; Keep in mind that our water is very stained so
brighter color can be more effective.
Northern Pike is caught one of three ways. If the wind
is perfect, drifting anywhere in the bay is usually
fruitful. Casting along the weeded edges using spoons,
crank-baits and spinner baits will assure you success.
Trolling can be done throughout the bay.
Bass are caught the same way as caught in any other
lake. The small mouth likes to hold off on rock points
and underwater rock structure where they prey on
crayfish, their primary source of food. As for the large
mouth, there is no shortage of cover in west bay when it
comes to targeting these fish. Open area weed beds can
be targeted with a variety of casting lures. Back bays
and creeks, where the water is shallower only a few
feet, can offer some great top water on a calm day.
Musky is caught one of two ways, naturally casting or
trolling. One is not more productive than the other, it
is all in personal preference and covering a lot of area
is the key. Most areas fished or targeted have a variety
of structure from open areas of South Muskrat to small
coves along the south shore, which have deeper water
adjacent. As far as tackle is concerned the true
faithful for years has been buck tails as large as they
make for casting and suicks for trolling, but I must say
that there is so much variety available and fish are
being caught on these lures, that what has been good
throughout the years should not be perceived as the
cat’s meow for catching these amazing fish.