By Dan Johnson

The south shore of fabled Lake of the Woods continues kicking out walleye gold as June marches on. Interestingly enough, some of the best action has shifted into shallow water during the past few days, according to veteran guide and Lindy pro-staffer Jason Taggert.

“We’ve been getting good numbers of fish in depths of 4 to 7 feet close to shore,” he reports. “There’s not a lot of big fish but lots from 19½ to 24 inches.”

The shallow action marks a change from last week, when many of the catches were coming from 12 to 14 feet of water, he notes. “We’re still seeing a few fish on the reefs, but the sand bars and weed edges have definitely picked up.”

Top tactics include trolling Lindy River Rockers at relatively slow speeds, and drifting nightcrawlers on Lindy Crawler Harnesses and Old Guide’s Secret Drift Rigs.

“Anglers are still getting saugers, too,” he adds, explaining that Lindy Jigs tipped with shiners are taking fish in 25 to 30 feet of water.

Other reports from around the lake also revealed steady walleye and sauger action. Top destinations included jigging the reefs of Stony, Knight Island and the West Bar in 22 to 27 feet and drifting in 8 to 12 feet. Trolling crawler harnesses has been the ticket in the Northwest Angle around Norman, Little Oak and Crow Duck Islands and Fort St. Charles Reef.

Farther south, anglers from Pine Island to Zippel Bay targeted 23- to 27-foot depths, while the Long Point and Twin Islands areas held fish from 17 to 32 feet. And finally, not to be forgotten, the Rainy River was also yielding walleyes for anglers jigging 18- to 20-foot holes, particularly during the evenings.