After a stretch of unusually warm weather, Lake of the Woods’ fabled fall walleye bite is a bit behind schedule, but still producing solid catches.

“We’re a couple of weeks late on the shoreline and river action, but still catching a lot of walleyes and saugers in deeper water right now,” reported Nick Painovich of Zippel Bay Resort.

“The best bite has been in 30 feet of water about a mile offshore from Zippel Bay,” he explained.

Anchored anglers vertically working a gold or pink 3/8-ounce Lindy Jig tipped with a shiner minnow are enjoying steady action for a 50-50 mix of ’eyes and saugers.

Size-wise, Painovich says walleyes are averaging 13 to 17 inches, with a chance at larger fish, while saugers are running 13 to 15 inches with the occasional 16- to 17-incher.

Although the near-shore and river patterns have yet to develop, Painovich believes it’s only a matter of time. “There are shiners along shore and in the river, so it won’t be long until the walleyes move in, too,” he said.

Painovich also reports that Zippel Bay is producing good numbers of jumbo yellow perch in as little as four feet of water

“The bay’s perch bite has been good all summer and is still going strong,” he said, noting that anglers wielding 1/8-ounce chartreuse Fuzz-E-Grubs tipped with a small minnow are taking pot-bellied perch topping 10 inches in length.

Painovich expects the perch to hang around the bay through fall, and says he’s eager to target these jumbos after ice-up as well.