Minnesota’s side of Lake of the Woods continues to produce consistent fishing for walleyes and saugers as the fall bite progresses.

Nick Painovich of Zippel Bay Resort reports steady action for a nice mix of walleyes and saugers off the south shore, with mostly walleyes coming from the areas farther north such as the east side of the Northwest Angle.

“We’re getting a lot of 14- to 19-inch walleyes, along with saugers in the 12- to 15-inch range,” he said.

Given the warm fall, Painovich says the traditional shoreline bite is a little slow in taking off.

“We’re starting to fish some of the shorelines now, but the real shallow bite hasn’t heated up yet,” he said. Painovich also said 15- to 25-foot flats in front of Zippel Bay have been giving up good numbers of fish.

“Gold or pink Lindy Jigs tipped with a frozen shiner are definitely getting the job done,” he said, noting he favors jig weights from 1/4- to 3/8-ounce, depending on the depth and wind conditions.

As the water continues to cool, Painovich expects more fish to move into shallower water close to shore. “It’s going to get better as fall goes on,” he predicted.

Other happening bites right now include trolling size 3 Lindy River Rockers on lead-core or behind downriggers from Zippel Bay down to Morris Point.

“Some boats are doing really well jigging in 25 to 28 feet off Morris Point, too,” he added.

“Depending on the wind, some folks are also running up to the islands for the shallow bite,” Painovich said, explaining that Lindy Crawler Harnesses are producing fish in 12 to 25 feet of water around Little Oak Island and the northwest point of Big Island.